Description

Hey all,

So this build has come a long way. It was an Alienware Area 51 that I received for free as a coming home gift from deployment. I have always liked building my own rigs, but since I received this for free, I was not complaining. Well. One day, one ram slot decided to die on me. I checked all the slots and sticks and it was not the sticks. It was the slot. So, I decided it was time to upgrade. I already had the ram and two SSD's in the Alienware, so all I really needed was a case, motherboard, and more upgrades were recently added today. The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate and the Corsair H80i GT was added to the CPU and GPU respectively today. Before that, I just used the default Alienware liquid cooler for the CPU and kept the GPU air cooled. Well, the 120mm really thin rad for the 5820k overclocked just wasn't cutting it. Now with the new liquid cooler my temps are much cooler. By about 20 degreees. Went from 50 celcius IDLE on that Alienware liquid cooler to now in the 28-30 range idle with the big water. I ran AIDA 64 for a few hours and it never peaked 60 on a 700mhz overclock. Sounds good to me, so I am now getting a full 1ghz overclock out of it. At 4.3ghz. Hopefully the results are still awesome. I'd like to get the 1080 eventually, but honestly with the games I play, I am maxing all settings out at 1080, which is what I play at. The two SSD's are in RAID 0 and im getting around 900mb/s random read and write. Alienware's bios and motherboard allowed for RAID, just not with SSD's. Much happier now. The 2 3TB WD Red's are also in RAID 0 and are my storage for movies, and I use the 2TB WD Black as storage and backup. Also, I added a 1600 watt EVGA power supply because I used the power supply that came with the Alienware that was 1600 watts at Gold rating. Thanks for looking at my build and please post comments!

Part Reviews

CPU

Blazing fast. A bit on the warm side. I highly recommend at least a 240mm liquid cooling solution if you plan on overclocking.

CPU Cooler

An absolute blessing. Dropped my temps by 20 degrees on idle and load and is very efficient and quiet. Especially with the low noise adapters for the fans. A bit difficult lining all the fans up, but what large radiator isn't?

Motherboard

Great for the price. I absolutely love the easy overclocking in BIOS. I just hit 4.0ghz or 4.3 ghz and it is stable and working very well. Not as awesome as what more money can buy you, but that is expected.

Memory

Can not complain here. Great RAM at a great price. I have mine on XMP Profile 1 which runs them bad boys at 2800mhz. Stable all day.

Storage

No complaints. Been running very well for over a year.

Storage

Same as the 840. No complaints.

Video Card

The Ti was not out when I got this card, so it was the best thing to ever fall in my lap. Absolutely destroys anything I throw at it.

Case

Great case. Love the foam padding for extra noise dampening. Decent cable management. Love the rubber grommets. HDD slides are a bit finnicky.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Seems like a "decent" rig. This must be a pretty big improvement from the stock area 51.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It definitely is. Much better temps and so much quieter. Also, performs a lot better as well.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you mount that 120mm rad to the case and put the fan on the rad? It looks really goofy the way you have your GPU rad mounted atm. Otherwise, I love the resourcefulness. Fun upgrades.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried that first, but due to the large size of the rad, it was hitting the raised up part of the case that makes room for the io. Trust me, I tried. :( But thanks for your input!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn, that's too bad. And there's no way to mount that double rad to the front of the case? I've never built in that case, so sorry if the question seems silly.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

lololol oh it's a 360mm rad. I'm an idiot.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. I could mount it to the front, but the tubes might have trouble reaching, and also, I'd have to remove all the hard drive cages. Which I need for all my HDD's.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Just use a custom part instead of a placeholder for the PSU. Looks great!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought about it, but I honestly don't know how much the psu is worth.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Just put 0.00 because you got it free.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. How is the HG10? I was thinking of getting one to keep my GPU Temps down and prevent thermal throttling. Also, great build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

For a gpu, I absolutely love it. It works so well. My gpu rarely touches 65. As for a cpu cooler, I would suggest at least a 240 rad aio.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Spends $4000 on a pc and calls it decent.......Smh This guys humility is +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks for the plus one.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean by that?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Talk about not having respect for those that serve your country.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Keep it polite or don't comment on this site.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You did not provide criticism. You directly insulted the OP. If you cannot provide constructive feedback you need to refrain from commenting.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Its ok I guess ;)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

;)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

"Decent Rig"

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Decent? This thing is a beast! Awesome build :D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! And it is decent compared to a lot of other builds out there! I'm being modest I guess.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Thanks for serving America!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate your support!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice bro +1 sloid all around quality parts, tons of room for 3-way sli. Have you thought about some custom sleeved cables hey how are the GPU temps with AIO Cooler under gaming load?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. And yea, I am thinking of getting some cable extensions from CableMods. However, my new plan is to sell my 980 and get two RX 480's when they are released. One is more powerful than a 980, and two for 400? Can't beat that. Andthey gpu temps are awesome with the H80i GT. I definitely recommend this AIO because it has a massively thick radiator. So it disperses heat very well. Under load I have yet to see the GPU hit 65c.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Now you got me thinking about getting one

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I definitely would if I were you. Its not that expensive and it is so much better than air cooling or a single rad option.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the way you fit the radiator fan first. But is still room for three fans in the front?.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

There is. I have three fans in the front currently.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I surely don't have a ton of money my friend. I wish that was the case. I simply have been buying a part or two each time I get payed. This rig is almost 2 years in the making.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed. Only thing stock in this build from the Alienware anymore is the CPU and GPU.

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