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Guardian-GWS (A Journey of Heartache and Redemption)

by LightningManGTS


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Date Published

March 15, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 12, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C


This has been a build I've been planning since early last year after I found this wonderful site and have been working on it since the 21st of December, and I'm just glad I finally have everything together and stable..... After going through the ASRocker Fatal1ty 970 Performance mobo and the NZXT Grid+ V2 and ending up $110 out I can safely say that even after spending three and half months and over 2 grand I would still have gone ahead and purchased everything I have baring the "mistakes" (though as you may see, if I could choose/find a better case I would have)

With that said a few things of note before I wrap this bad boy up, pending later addition and upgrades down the road

  • As I said I had initially purchased the Asrocker mobo as a means of using an m.2 drive for windows, for obvious reasons that did not pan out, but I digress, so instead of driving 2 and a half hour's to the only Micro Center in my state to return the M.2 drive (I got the mobo on clearance for 50 bucks so there's no returning that) I just got a syba enclosure and called it a day.

  • the Seagate drive IS up in the 5.25 bay, I have it slightly titled and held there by the sata splitter which just barely wraps around the 2.5 bay up and then two screws on either side into the brackets which are screwed to the drive itself. With this setup I was able able to get the full economy out of the 1 sata power splitter that my PSU came with. If I ever need to get another hybrid drive I will more than likely shift all the connections up one from the syba enclosure (second 2.5 bay). Granted if I'm really dying on storage I plan on using the ableconn pcie m.2 expansion card I initially and accidentally bought with a Samsung 950 Pro in the future when I have money again.

  • As far as the cable management goes behind the mobo tray, I have the fan controller sitting perfectly in the bay in such a way that the display does not flex and as a result I hooked up all the extension cables minus the thermal probes so I don't have to mess around with taking it out (the thermal probes are simple to get to from behind there because they are on the main panel side and are all on the far right) beyond that, there is very little reason to go back there unless I'm adding or moving things inside the case around so its of lesser concern if its slightly more difficult to get the panel back on as a result.

With that out of the way I wish to point out, that to a point, I don't care terribly much about benchmarking every little thing. What I mostly care about is to be able to run the games I play as pretty and smooth as I can without my frames dipping below 60 or killing my machine in the process. Though for those who care I also posted the crystal disk benchmark results for those who are interested in how my two EVO's stack up against one another at the end of the gallery.

That said I am more then likely ganna come back and put down another 300 dollars on a custom loop from EK so I can bring the CPU up to its full stock "overclock" vs the 4500 MHz I have it at now, I also posted my BIOS settings at the end of the gallery for dealing with the 9590 and the 2133 MHz ram since its imperative that the CPU gets treated like its overclocked (because it technically is) as well as making sure you set the dram timings to the your ram manufacture's specifications.

If anyone found this testimonial helpful in anyway or have comments and/or critics concerning my build please feel free to post them in the comments below. This is an ever evolving build and will more thank likely double in part count before the year is out so I appreciate any sort of feedback I get.

Part Reviews


This Sucker's incredible, and even with slightly underclocking it; The Performance completely out weighs the fuss (I feel anyways) with setting up the bios just right to keep the system stable


For being a 2 year old mobo, its stood the test of time, process and handling, and random enthusiast like myself who put bigger things in it then it was initially intended to take and it took it all like the beast this thing is.


Complements my CPU rather nicely when its all configured and running at its intended spec levels.


Its a great case for what it is; even if its annoyingly tight or silly in some cases. (the 2.5 bay is held up and straightened by the 3.5 case requiring some extra fiddling to make the 2.5 sit nice, snug, and not flopping about useless off of the 5.25 bay). That said there are plenty of people who modifier there case to much more extreme levels compared to myself and while it may never suit those type of peoples needs this thing still has plenty of room for random things to be glued to the sides and then dragged through the back and yada which is about the largest extent I foresee myself going with this thing for the foreseeable future

Case Fan

a beast is a beast, and this one helps tame another beast so it stays cool. In all seriousness, without this fan my CPU would still be reaching temps of 56 degree's Celsius

Fan Controller

For Delivering 36 watts per channel and not buckling underneath the wait of my delta fan this thing earns its gold stars.

that said I wish the construction on it was a bit more sturdy so that the display doesn't flex so easily, it would also benefit from an extended "bracket" for putting it into your 5.25 bay. The screws are annoying to screw into my case due to the fact that they hide behind the lip of where it opens up behind the panel. All in all though its a good piece even with its few quirks

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Mason54 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

You may want to try flipping the PSU over so it's not pulling air away from the GPU.

LightningManGTS submitter 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Eh..... The NZXT fan is pushing cool air up through the bottom of the case which the GPU is immediately getting, the rest of the air flow is going around the GPU and being pushed out by the enermax fan on the side and the delta fan on the radiator. There is also two stock fans in the front behind the door that are also drawing air in. While in theory this setup should create a zero pressure system with there being only one fan bringing in air, in practice the case isn't air tight so the venting fans are bringing in small amounts of air and with every other fan other than the delta being slower then the nzxt fan so they fall behind in priority as far as them grabbing that air goes. So what happens is the GPU has first dibs, then the enermax which pulls the hot air from the GPU out , then the psu (which is a very small amount of air) and then the delta with what's left of the cool air plus whatever it's ambiently drawing in itself. At the end of the line are the top two fans which are the Noctua and the stock corsair fan both running at Max to draw out whatever heat is not being pulled by the delta out.

Whew. With that said thanks for the feedback and my apologies that the flow design isn't quite clear

Mason54 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

That... Was... Amazingly described and excellent. A+ for that description and clarification. You just clarified everything and made it such a simple understanding.

Well done!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I'm curious to know why have that Delta fan on your cooler. It's not a PWM fan, all it has is a high rpm count. Must sound like a jet engine every time you power on.

LightningManGTS submitter 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

The fan controller I have can deliver 36 watts per channel and the delta fans rated to use 30~35 watts total, with that said the fan needs to be set at roughly 45% (5 volts-ish) in order to start up and stay on which brings the decibel rating down to 10~20ish. As it stands I need to keep it running at 56ish percent to keep the cpu's temperature down.

KaiserSenpai 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I like your CPU! Good steal!

LightningManGTS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago


BrassShot 1 point 1 day ago

How much did your motherboard cost?