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illusion FX-1.0

by 31337x



Date Published

Sept. 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C


Note1: Forgive my broken english

Note2: This is not a place to start Intel vs AMD war, I am a man who used both since Intel 80486 and I am still having that PC till this very moment.

Its been long time since I built a PC for myself. The last one I made was in 1999-2000 and I still remember it was

266MHz AMD K6-2 3DNow / 64MB SDRAM / 1.2GB Quantom Bigfoot HDD / 16MB Creative 3D Blaster Banshee / Creative Sound Blaster Live / 3Com US Robotics 56K Modem / 17" ViewSonic CRT Monitor/Windows 98SE/Slackware 7.1.

Because I used to move a lot I had to use laptops for 15 years and all the laptops were Intel/Nvidia all the way (I am writing this using my Lenovo Y410p) but this year I decided to build a PC and it will be AMD/ATI all the way so I came up with this built.

The Main use will be Virtualization/Linux/Service Provider for SOHO/Gaming/Streaming/Media Center.

I bought all the parts from amazon since its too darn hard finding these parts in the local market even if I am lucky and I can get them from a local store ill have to pay 300% extra for them, like the case for example, I wanted to go with Define S and the distributor of fractal is selling it for 250 USD which is idiotic so I tried buying it from amazon but they don't ship it internationally so i had to go for F51 (I still hate the idea of buying a fake copy of R5 but what can I do ?)

I built a PC last week for my cousin which is:

i5-6600k/Z170 VIII Hero/Strix970/ASUS DVD-RW/ASUS Wireless PCI-E/ASUS Swift ROG/Corsair SSD/Corsair h100i GTX/Corsair 2400DDR4/Corsair RM750/Corsair Air540/Corsair Mouse/Corsair Keyboard//Corsair Headset/Corsair Extended Mouse Pad/Corsair Fans (YES HE IS CORSAIR/ASUS FANBOY).

I would be so happy if i can get my PC to reach 75% of his PC's performance since this one costs 50% less than his (My PC cost 1670 USD for EVERYTHING from the mouse to the processor but his PC cost 1589 USD FOR THE PC ONLY, I cant afford that, I have a family to feed LOL)

so 75% is going to be fair if its not a win for me xD.

Part Reviews


Best processor you can get for its price

CPU Cooler

seems so quite

UPDATE1: Not so quite anymore,,,,,, in less than a month!!!!!


SUPER... buy it,, just buy it.

UPDATE1: the mobo throttle the CPU above 4.6 GHz and without a fan on the NB+VRM heatsink u will never pass over 4.6 GHz and u will keep bouncing between 7 x multiplier and Ur OC x multiplier,, i don't recommend this mobo for extreme OC unless u know how to cool it.


  1. DDR3 1866 MHz 9-9-9-27
  2. Looks Epic
  3. Trustworthy Company

What else u need?


So fast, Even faster than my HyperX 3K.

Video Card

a beast in black,, but make sure u can feed it well, it uses 8+8 power connectors, the only sad point is there is no backplate on it(the new ver has but its 30 USD more).


really nice case for those who want to buy fractal define r5/define s but cant get them, almost perfect copy but a lil bigger , (I still wish if i can get define s over this one).

UPDATE1: i dont regret having this case anymore but i dont like its fans.

Power Supply

one of the best PSU I have ever dealt with.

Operating System

I have Windows 8.1 Pro but buying 10 Pro for that price was a win/win deal for me.

Wireless Network Adapter

Nothing impressive, doing its job (I prefer wired connection, I just got it in case if I need to go wireless sometimes).


Beast, I LOVE it (the only problem is Diablo III forcing me to play windowed but i can live with that since i dont play that game a lot anymore)

Finally I am able to work on 2-3 Virtual Machines at the same time with acceptable resolutions. Its sad i cant give this monitor more stars.

UPDATE1: now i want to get its big sister (34um67-p) this monitor is amazing once u get it u cant go back to normal monitors anymore(not sure about heavy gamers).


Its a modern version of IBM Model M or MSX AX150, its sound reminds me by good old days.

love it.

UPDATE1: click click click click ,, amazing but my wife hates it specially when I work at night so be careful xD.


Smooth and it fits my big hand nicely (Fingertip Grip User).


I had Razer Chimaera 5.1/Razer Tiamat 7.1/Corsair Vengeance 1500/Steelseries Elite but I have never been able to use them for hours comfortably except this one and the Corsair (Corsair 50mm Driver is amazing), I wish they make 50mm driver for this model.

Comments Sorted by:

kingawesome7 1 point 34 months ago

Hey dude hows the motherboard on this thing??? im wondering if can get my 8320 to 4.8ghz on this board and i plan to do a custom loop but for now i have a powerful and big air cooler.

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

990FXA-UD3 (rev 4) is known to be so good with 8+2 power phase and that gives it the ability to be good for OC and to be able to run FX-9x series so lets hope 990FXA-UD3 R5 is just the same (this is a new mobo not just a rev of ud3)

I cant guarantee anything about it because I am still waiting for it(3-5 more days) but i guess u will be fine with it.

kingawesome7 1 point 34 months ago

The reason im so picky about getting the right motherboard becuase its going to be in my system for a long time as well as the other compnents in my system. Let me know how it does when you get your parts and had time to play around with it!!!

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

u cant go wrong with tier one 990fx mobos like ud3 or sabertooth

actually i was going to pick sabertooth but its 164+ USD so i decided to save the 30 USD and use it for shipping my ud3 r5 xD.

kingawesome7 1 point 34 months ago

i could afford the sabertooth but after i saw the recent reviews........uhhhh no. And i wanted to get it soooo bad but after i saw people saying recently that their boards caught on fire....i changed my mind IMMEDIATELY.

kingawesome7 1 point 34 months ago

Thats why i wanted to choose those motherboards. I was thinking about this one:


31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

actually M5A99FX PRO is really nice and stable my only problem with it is its color ( my case has no window but still I cant just ignore the fact that the mobo inside is blue xD)

kingawesome7 1 point 34 months ago

And if you can?? Please post more pics so we could see what your build looks like.

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I am just waiting for the mobo and the case after that ill spam more pictures xD.

kingawesome7 1 point 34 months ago

No prob dude!!! ill be waitin for more build pics!!! I just love seeing everybody's build ideas and the hard work that goes into builds. Anyways i think im just plain weird.... LOL

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Great Build! +1

Needs a more powerful PSU though.

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I am thinking on adding/changing some parts on this beast such:

  1. 1TB SSD 850 EVO
  2. R9 390 Nitro 2-way CF
  3. NH-D15 (H90 is kinda noisy)
  4. 3 NF-A14 FLX 140mm
  5. EVGA 1000w GS
skyrise 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Even better upgrade:

  1. Crucial MX200 1TB SSD - best consumer SSD currently. Has power loss protection, higher quality and is cheaper than Samsung and OCZ.

  2. Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 G1 Gaming 8GB - best R9 390, the Gigabyte G1 Gaming series as a whole have the best air cooling and performance.

  3. Cooler Master Nepton 240M 2x76.0 CFM - best 2x120mm liquid cooler.

  4. EVGA G2 1000W (120-G2-1000-XR) - best 1000W PSU.

Cooling schema:

  • Front - 2 x Noctua NF-A14 FLX

  • Bottom - Noctua NF-S12A FLX

  • Top - Cooler Master Nepton 240M (liquid CPU cooler)

  • Rear - Noctua NF-S12A FLX with an ULN adapter


199 CFM constant intake - 120-152 CFM variable exhaust - 49 CFM constant exhaust

= from 0 to 30 positive CFM

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

thank you for ur advice but 1. I dont feel like going for AIO water cooling kits anymore, the H90 changed my mind on all water cooling kits so i think ill go for NH-D15.

  1. G1 R9 390 is lovely, actually I was going to get it first but I wanted to get something which is totally unknown in our market and the only 2 respected companies u cant find anywhere here were XFX and Sapphire and i picked the nitro, and I DID NOT regret that pick and i would do it again.

  2. G2 SuperFlower vs GS Seasonic, u cant go wrong if u pick any side to go with

thank you for the cooling schema and the cfm calculation, i really appreciate it.

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Good choice on most of the stuff mate. :)

I mentioned the Nepton 240M because it is the quietest liquid cooler you can find (less than 38 db at max load) and it is at the same price as NH-D15.

But NH-D15 weights 1.3 kilograms and stresses the mobo structure, while the 240M doesn't stress the mobo at all. :)

4.8 GHz is a huge clock btw. Congrats.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

3.Cooler Master Nepton 240M 2x76.0 CFM - best 2x120mm liquid cooler.

its a great cooler... but to say its the best 240mm I don't think so!!

what about the swiftech H220X and the predator 240

And the NH-D15 should perform the same or a bit better than the nepton 240m. The only problem is that it takes more space, but its way more silent and will never leak.

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I meant CM Nepton 240M is the best cooler price/performnce/quality wise.

Yes, Swiftech H220X is 2-3 degrees better, but it costs almost twice as much.

Nepton 240M actually has better cooling performance than NH-D15.

The NH-D15 itself is huge and heavy and any single 120mm AIO liquid cooler is a better option since it will stress the mainboard less.


pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Nepton 240M actually has better cooling performance than NH-D15.

not true. like i said before they are very similar.



The NH-D15 itself is huge and heavy and any single 120mm AIO liquid cooler is a better option since it will stress the mainboard less.

really... since when are 120mm rads even worth buying. A cheaper air cooler will outperform it. AIO start to make sense at 240mm.

Yes, Swiftech H220X is 2-3 degrees better, but it costs almost twice as much.

Aren't you exaggerating when you say almost twice as much


its $140 and the nepton 240m is $119 right now


the $20 additional is well worth it!! It is expandable and its better in every aspect. So that means it has to cost more... Is like buying a VW and a BMW, which is going to cost more?

AIO liquid cooler is a better option since it will stress the mainboard less.

I would like to see some proof that noctua coolers which have one of the best mounting system will damage your motherboard, cause they won't( the back plate will spread and relieve the pressure) . Its true that there will be less stress but AIO can also leak and damage all your components and will also be louder. So many cases of loud and defective pumps. I have read so many horror stories of AIO leaking and in many cases doing extreme damage. Its true that this won't happen in most cases but its always a possibility. So each has its advantages and disadvantages.

MLGNeverFail 1 point 33 months ago

That SAO wallpaper

dccorreia 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Amazing machine. Congratulations! How you made the installation from Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler? I mean the air flow you push it from outside to inside the case? With my own i've made the installation right like that, push/push (from outside to inside the case). That made all the difference with cooling the CPU.

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Nice build. Clean cable management. +1

issac.mantle 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

This guy isn't seeming to have any problem overclocking on his board... xD 5.0ghz and he says he could probably push it further. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/4z3Ff7

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

LOL,, check the "other guy" name xD

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

and please check what I wrote there xD

issac.mantle 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Whoops i guess i sent this to the wrong guy. Someone reviewed the motherboard you're using and said it wouldnt overclock past 4.6 because the vrms get too hot

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

and thats true, without 7 fans 140mm running at max and still i cant keep it running 24/7

issac.mantle 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Oh dang, alright... Im only looking to get a 4.5 ghz overclock on an 8350 so i should be fine right?

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

4.5ghz is great on that board, 4.6ghz is ok if u have good air flow, 4.7ghz and throttle will start and you will start lose performance.

TylerCooper 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

+1! Really awesome build and setup you've got man. Everything looks so clean and neat. Also, I've started looking into this motherboard. How's it working out for you? And how's the 390, I'm also looking to buy the same one :)

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

good mobo for mid range oc ( dont go above 4.6 unless u dont care about throttling during gaming or heavy work ) and the 390 is nice but I got 390x as a gift from my wife so I sold this one and got another 390x on crossfire xD but it used to work very well (bf4 ulta,,,etc 90-120 fps on 2560x1080)

James_SR 1 point 26 months ago

Great build and thanks for sharing. Do you think the F51 case is too large or about right? I'm considering getting one but not sure if it will take up too much desk space?

Which desk is that by the way, looks like an Ikea?

31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

F51 is too big, if you want something even better from thermaltake, get the smaller one F31 or get the original Define R5 or Define S.

and the desk is not from Ikea, its L shape office desk (but i removed it half of it)

James_SR 1 point 26 months ago

Great, thanks. I think I'll give the F31 a try and investigate the Fractals

ParkourPig2014 1 point 26 months ago

what is that chair? Wanted to know

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I just prefer Intel for gaming but again, not trying to start an argument it's just my preference. Solid build overall, very good budget build.

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31337x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

nope, never.