You may have seen my build Black Rose before, where I had an FX-6300, and later an FX-8320.

Basically due to too high of an OC, a transistor popped and the motherboard caught on fire.


Not good, thus began a lengthy process of rebuilding the machine.

New CPU, CPU Cooler, Motherboard, Memory, Storage, Video Card, Fans and some accessories.

There was no real damage to the machine other than a destroyed board, but I figured it was time to upgrade to newer and more current parts.

Thus, the new list:

CPU: i7-5820K - 6 cores with hyperthreading, this CPU is a monster. I've had it clocked through AISuite3 to as high as 4.6 stable. I just installed the new SSD so I have yet to optimize the system.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i GT - 120mm rad with nice hoses, solid packaging, easy to set up and configure through Corsair Link. Only gripe is that the stock fans are absolute jet engines, and were replaced with 2 Noctua NF-S12A's in Push/Pull. Pump and fans set to Performance through Corsair LINK

Motherboard: Asus X99-A/USB 3.1, this board is beautiful, it has a nice overall look, it's clean, many different features and plenty of USB's. This board supports M.2 PCI-E NVMe as well as Quad Channel DDR4.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 32GB - Because this motherboard is Quad Channel, the minimum number of memory sticks you need is 4, also needed 32GB for VM requirements in school.

Storage: Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2-2280 - Oh. My. God. It's fast, like so much faster than a regular SSD. Once Win 10 was set up in UEFI mode you can feel the boot time just dropping. 2GB/s read and 1GB/s write is absolutely ridiculous.

Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB - I was looking into getting a large drive for backups for both my SSHD, which has all my games, as well as my SSD. Solid drive, nothing fast, nothing fancy.

Video Card: MSI Gaming X GTX 1060 6GB - Compared to the R9 390 I had before this, this card is in another world. Performance of a 980 for the price of a 960. On my 144Hz monitor, running at 120Hz, playing games such as Witcher 3, Rainbow Six Siege and The Crew, all on Ultra, easily hitting consistent 120 fps, and never exceeding 66 degrees. Compared to the 90 degrees I was seeing on the 390, this card is so much better.

Replaced the front 120mm fans with 140mm fans to increase airflow.

Just recently installed NZXT Hue+, what an awesome lighting system this is. Still have lots to fiddle with in the settings in CAM.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build +1

About the card's temps it's due to the STRIX cooler, it's an atrocious cooler.

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

No that is definitely not true. I have the MSI R9 390 and it hits well over 90 degrees if I do some moderate overclocking. Its just AMD with the overly hot GPU.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I can resist "+1ing" PCs with RGB lighting! D':


  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

what is your idle GPU temperature while fans no spin? and is your country cold or hot?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Idle temps were around 50-53 degrees. I live in Canada so... :)