This was a project that started out as a simple graphics card upgrade to my Z68 / i5 2500k PC I built in 2011.
Let me start by saying my Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 and the i5 2500k with a Hyper 212 Plus cooler had tremendous value and longevity. I was able to overclock to 4.4Mhz for the entire 5 year life span of the hardware. What wasn't holding up was my Radeon HD 6950's in Crossfire. In most games these cards held their own, but as more demanding games came out, these cards began to cause headaches. Microstutter was very prevalent with these cards. So when the GTX 1060 came out, I pulled the trigger and bought the GTX 1060 6gb MSI Armor OC GT edition. Price / performance is spot on for my 1080p gaming. It doesn't come with future SLI, but I'm not sure I'll run a dual card system again until the experience gets a little better.
So what started out as a GPU upgrade turned into an obsession to build a rig that I liked to look at. I love the Corsair Air 540 Case. I'm not one for cable management and this case hides my cable rats nest nicely. I had to go with the coolest looking cooler I could find...the Cooler Master V8 GTS.
A big shout out to Coldzero for the GPU backplate and the case midplate that hides the Corsair's curious decision to put the 3.5" HDD mounts in the visible part of the case. Love these accessories, it really cleans up the look of the case.
I also used some Silverstone white power cable extenders. Really helps with the white theme.
I added six Corsair SP120 RGB case fans. you'll notice the RGB controller was fed through the NZXT Sentry 3 and stuck to the front of the case for easy access. I like to roll with the white LED's. It makes it look like I'm cryogenically freezing a mechanical heart. By the way - I love the look and control of the Sentry 3, makes the case look like it is more high tech than it actually is.
I've included Time Spy benchmarks pre and post overclocking.
Best looking cooler on the market. Looks like a mechanical heart in the middle of my rig. Cooling on par with my former Hyper 212 Plus.
Love that I can hide my awful rats nest cable management in the side compartment. Makes the windowed compartment very clean. I installed 6 Corsair SP120 RGB fans. Had to get a Coldzero midplate to cover the 3.5" HDD slots.