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Wings Of Freedom v1.2

by TioJorge



Date Published

Oct. 26, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


V.3.2 Edit: GTX 1070 STRIX. I have arrived. This is what my original plan of upgrade was but due to money constraints as well as immense impatience, I decided to go with the 1060. Would have been a lot more epic to go from a 770 SC to a 1070 OC...boy, this is insane. Truly, just going ham with this thing and maxing everything to 11 and still getting better FPS than I did before is...YUM!

V.3.1 Edit: Woooot! AIO Cooler successfully installed! Huuuuuge difference. I didn't realize how puny that cooler was until I really put the AIO to the test. Before, anywhere from 25-30C was normal under idle/browsing/iTunes/Twitch/etc. Now it's a steady 19-25C depending on how much stuff I have open, but still considered "idle". GTAV before would set me at an easy 65C under multiple cores after a good session, and I'm looking at my max temps now, just played for about an hour or so and the max load is 47C. Good lord. Amazing.

V.3.0 Edit: Finally got rid of that super old monitor in lieu of a gaming monitor, an Acer model that is a really nice yet fairly priced 144hrz monitor. Super excited about that on top of my new LEDs that I put behind my desk so I can bask in the darkness while still being able to see. I really like how it works for my gaming needs considering that my lamp usually puts a slight glare on my screens. This is going to be dangerous for my health. Help. But don't. Cause I love it.

Edit edit: Put my temporary dual-screen setup since I like to use it for Twitch watching whilst gaming, but I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it. At least not until I get another monitor that's the same size/quality as the main one I have since it puts my slight OCD particulars on edge (also it's just a very old monitor that isn't very good by today's standards)

Repost Edit: Alrighty then, I've decided to repost this since I've made a few major upgrades, the main being the GPU (coming from a GTX 770 SC), the other being the cable management...in the front. The back uh... it's not protruding and it's not affecting airflow, power, etc. so I'm going to call that good for now. But it's nothing pretty to look at. Either way, I'll get to it eventually. But all this is to say, other than another SSD sometime before the end of the year, this build is complete for the foreseeable future (probably into Summer of next year). Yaaay! I did it without screwing up my thousand-some-odd investment! The rest below is what was posted in the first post of this build, which I will keep for those that are bored.

So, I got my first build done. I see all of these fantastic first builds on PCPartPicker and I'm just aghast when thinking about trying to match them. Mine is simple, it works (for now #PerpetualParanoia), and I love it to death...and I already want to start upgrading and perfecting. The bug got me early. But as of now I'm just happy with it running and want to see how it runs for a while on its own to see if I really did work it out or if I just got lucky. It's only been alive for a couple weeks (or less, or more? I dunno, I'm an always-working server, my internal clock was screwed long ago).

A little backstory on this... I got into PC gaming in Winter 2013 when a friend built me a PC and I fell in love. The boot times, the ability to actually play games on maximum settings, the look of the rig and the HORROR of it all when something goes wrong. I still don't know what happened. It just BSOD'd one day and was fine, then the next wouldn't turn on.

So I salvaged the GPU and the PSU (the only parts that aren't new), what I knew was fine thanks to another friend testing them...and I got to studying. Cue the usual spiel about hours of learning. Then came the build. After a 10 hour shift I stupidly drank a Monster (screw that acidic poison) and started. Finished after 6 hours and it wouldn't turn on.

Screw it, I said. I waited a day and tried again and found out that in my hazy fatigue, didn't connect the 8-pin power. Dumb. Then my CPU and RAM wouldn't post. I reseated, reapplied thermal paste and tried again. Voila. It's been a dream ever since.

Completely and totally different feeling when you build it yourself and get it to work. Even though I had a "custom PC" before, it wasn't really mine. Now it is, and even though I experienced some of the most horrifying and frustrating moments I've ever had considering the money I spent (I know, a dime compared to others but for me it's nearly breaking the bank; not the I'm downplaying the amount, it's still a lot of money to spend), it was worth it and hopefully will continue to be as I learn and become more acquainted. I'm slowly working up to upgrading it but am too much of a pansy to even touch it as of yet.

Also, don't ask me why my friend installed a 760w PSU in the previous build, one that used even less wattage than this one. I have no idea. I can only assume he was thinking of the future and powering it to oblivion. Good future proofing though!

All in all, definitely a work in progress. But I wanted to post my initial build for some feedback. Maybe get some tomatoes thrown at me. Y'know.

Part Reviews


Eventually, I plan on overclocking. Other than that, I don't do any major video or imaging to justify the i7 but also like to dabble in it, so this suffices for both my gaming and video/image hooha.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is cooler than cool.


I'll be blunt: For as little as I know about PCs still and the intricacies of their workings, I know even less about the mother of boards. This had good reviews and was even better for what amounts to "customization for dummies" as well as an easy to work with BIOS. I can only confirm the latter, it's got a very user friendly BIOS. Otherwise, it's the board's mother. Duh. It's good.


RAM. DDR4-2400. 16 gigawatts of it.

Beets. Bears. Battlestar Galactica.


Not my first encounter with an SSD, but my first that was of high(er) quality. After working on a 2012 mediocre laptop for a year, I'm still getting all tingly over the boot times, the load times for games and the general ease of working with (both installation and afterwards) this thing. I get still needing an HDD, but lord do I just want SSDs to take over already.


I hate caviar. But I love this drive. The hardest of drives.


OoOoOoO Barracuda! Dum-da-da-dum da-da dum da-da dum da-da dum da-da dum da-da duum duuuuummm.

Video Card

This thing is the end of the line for people who don't mind not having 4K (or in my case can't for quite some time). It really is all you need and unless you just want future proofing for when you do get 4K, there isn't any need to go any higher. Just max the hell out of it all and still fantastic FPS.


I knew I wanted to build in this chassis the first time I saw it and...the second...and fifteenth. This thing is crazy popular and now I know why. It's easy to build in, it's spacious but it isn't gargantuan, and it's sleek design is pleasing to the eye. It's also very nice for those who like to destroy their case with premium decals and customize it with their own wretched taste, just as I will in the coming weeks. (Just a single emblem from Attack On Titan, but I know the mere mention of that will have some people retching. Retch away)

Power Supply

Soooooo...yeah. This thing. This guy here. What the hell. I still don't know much about PCs as far as their nuances go but when I researched my old parts, what their compatibility was with what I'd be buying new, etc...I...my brain broke. For the love of god, why in the hell did my friend put this in here? I mean, I paid for it, and I had no idea what I was paying for so I figured the price was just what most PSUs cost. Now. Now I know. This thing has me full proof for a good long while. I mean wow. It's almost like he knew what was going to happen and then that I'd be rebuilding what he had built and I'd become addicted and end up spending all my money on going insane through technological advancements and conspiracies continue

Operating System

I don't get the hate for Windows 10. It's not bad. It's fairly customizable and isn't too intrusive. Does a part of me pine for the simplicity of 7? A little. But I'd rather just not deal with the issues that come up with using a dated OS. Cortana can go work a corner though, I don't need that uppity wench.

Wireless Network Adapter

This thing is great. It let's me access this crazy world from within my PC in which I can communicate with other beings who are like...not around me. I also don't need a phone line. That's nuts.

Case Fan

Makes wind. Quiet wind. Good stuff.


Now I can see myself in perfect motion getting headshot'd by players better than I am! Or mauled by zombies that are smarter than I am! Or the gorgeous FPS of my car crashing into a tree because I'm a horrible GTAV driver! It's great! IT'S WONDERFUL.


Now I can spam macros from my mouse and spaz my pointer out with the insane DPI!


Some bass, some decibels, some waves of sound. Nice sounding sounds.

External Storage

I've had this for years and it's still doing it's job quite well. It holds tons of very important information vital to the betterment of mankind.


Now people can hear me hack and cough in their ear and I can hear them breathe heavily with great sound quality!


Now the whole household can hear me type and I get that tingly satisfaction of hearing and feeling dem clicks as I type away, kind of like now! Tingles

Comments Sorted by:

towerdivermp 5 points 28 months ago

I wish that the ASUS DUAL series gpu's would come with a backplate. Now that I think about it, all gpu's should come with a backplate. Great build still.

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I was thinking the same. I used to like the circuitry but after seeing so many nice custom backplates on this site, I got over it pretty quick. And thank you!

chrles12 1 point 27 months ago

Have you experienced any sag or dust accumulation on the gpu without a backplate? I like the look of the circuitry personally, but I am worried about just letting the circuitry hang out unprotected. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Not at all, it's pretty normal to have exposed circuitry for a GPU on the backplate. I mean, obviously keep it as dust free as possible, but otherwise there's zero harm in having it open like that. I even went a good bit with my first PC when I was more green behind the ears and didn't dust properly for about a year. I used that same GPU before I bought the 1060 and it ran perfectly (used it for a few weeks); so suffice it to say it can take some blows without damaging anything. Zero sag, the GPU is fairly light weight for how it looks and it's not that lengthy so it's a non issue.

chrles12 2 points 27 months ago

Awesome. Thank you for the informative and speedy reply. It is extremely, extremely appreciated.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Looks good.

Thumbs up.

Amazian 2 points 28 months ago

"Attack on Titan" name and overall a solid build. +1

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I've (clearly) got an addiction with the manga and anime. Thanks!

__Animal__ 2 points 28 months ago

<3 Dwight Schrute Comment In The RAM Review, Also Beautiful Build You Have There!

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Love that Dwight. Thank you!

ikevpod@gmail.com 2 points 27 months ago

+1 for Attack on Titan You should get one sticker for each city. Maria Rose Sheena

TheFrozenShogun 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Very beautiful!

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thank you!

turtlesaurusrex25 2 points 26 months ago

You should have the colossal titan looking over from the other side of your case. I think you should also have put Levi inside the case as well, but It's a very good computer. I'm planning to build a very similar computer although I'll be waiting for AMD ZEN.

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I actually did end up putting a nendroid Colossal Titan on top of the case! I just didn't think it warranted and updated picture, and at this point it'll be looked at very infrequently given the age of the post. But Levi most definitely would not fit nor would it be conductive to air flow even if I could squeeze it in given the size of the figure. The size can't be properly seen due to the angle of the pic and the fact it's next to the large case but it's a pretty huge figure to put inside of a case.

I appreciate the comments though! Always happy to see a fellow fan.

elijahjustin 2 points 25 months ago

This setup went through a lot of upgrades, How is your twitch performance on this build?

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Haha, indeed it did.

Immaculate! I don't stream myself a whole bunch but when I do, I'm never stuttering, nothing is ever strained or put through too much, the GPU and CPU don't heat up, it's really as close to perfect as I could ask for. Only thing that could be improved has nothing to do with the PC or set up itself and that is of course internet connection. When I'm watching someone stream and doing some light gaming it's even better performance and is silky smooth.

I'd assume that even for a hardcore streamer it'd be just as good unless long duration of streaming changes anything like lost frames or strain on any components, which would surprise me considering some of the 24 hour streams I've watched and knowing their rigs are just as good if not a bit less powerful than mine. Only thing that would've concerned me before was the CPU temps and now that is put to rest with the AIO cooler.

elijahjustin 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks for your answer. Do you think its a smart move to buy a 6700k but not an z170 mobo since im afraid of overclocking. Again thanks for your great answer and have a great new year!

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Well, the main advantage of having the unlocked CPU is to overclock, so if you don't think you'll ever overclock, or at least won't for a long time, then I'd save the money and go with the locked, non-k version if you're set on a non-Z170 mobo.

For all the research I've done, there's a lot of hype and big talk about overclocking that seems overblown. Unless you're doing a whole lot of CPU intensive work, overclocking isn't going to drastically change your PC experience. Don't get me wrong, it obviously helps but it isn't a game changer, it's merely a "boost".

So I'd say go with the non-k, but hey, if you think you'll be open to it in the future and have the money to get it, why not? Being open to expanding is never a bad thing and that CPU will last a long time. Happy new year!

Chanc3y 1 point 28 months ago

I'm just wondering, how is the GPU working out? I'm planning on building a PC with the same GPU

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

For a few hours I've just been going through my games and pushing them to the limit and it's incredible so far. Metal Gear Solid V is maxed out with a constant 60FPS and the GPU stays around 55-ish C; GTA V is on the higher-end with a steady 55-60 FPS, but gets upwards to 60C and mid-60C if I go insane with the mods and explosions galore; Dark Souls 3 is almost maxed out with a solid 60 FPS; but oddly enough this game gave me the highest temps at high 60's and is the only one that made me hit 71C. Fallout 4 is high-Medium (or low-High depending on how you look at it) with a tradeoff in nearly maxed out distance viewing and is steady as well with a good temp of around high 50's, low 60's C.

I'm not a huge graphics addict so I'm okay with not having everything at super-maximum-ultra settings all the time, so unless you need all the newest AAA games maxed out and are playing on 4K, this is more than sufficient for all your gaming needs. It should be noted I'm also not a huge FPS online player (or online in general with strict exception to Final Fantasy XIV, which is a misnomer and a joke for this GPU) so I'm not sure about Overwatch benchmarks and stuff like that. I also haven't tried out Unigine or anything yet but I will sooner than later.

I did however just get into H1Z1 and that game is horribly optimized, and I'm running it on high (the lower end of high, granted) without a stutter, so that should say something.

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Played the same games at a longer rate and am getting a lot of 70-ish C temps, but that's completely fine with me given I'm essentially (or actually in some cases) maxed out in the games. I'm pretty finicky and squirrely when it comes to temps so even around 70C I'm all paranoid but it's (at least from what I've seen and know) alright.

Overall, I couldn't be happier. I can't see myself (unless I get some random influx of money) upgrading for the next couple years at least.

In B4 upgrades next year

dfrancisco1 1 point 28 months ago

How's the wireless adapter? Also, how did you download windows without an Optical Drive?

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Really awesome! It also doubles as bluetooth so it's supreme. Great range, great speeds (of course depending on your initial ISP's speeds).

There's a multitude of ways to download or buy Windows without the disc. For me, I bought the ISO off of the official website and then downloaded it to a formatted USB drive (needs at least 4 GB of space), then when you do your initial boot of the PC, you set it to boot from the USB drive, and wham bam, it immediately sends you to the initialization and installation screen. Easy as pie.

Alternatively, you can buy an actual pre-installed USB drive if you don't have one, but then you have to wait for it to ship. Those are the easiest methods other than buying the disc. I can't remember the last time I needed or wanted an optical drive.

dfrancisco1 1 point 28 months ago

Thanks for the response! Do you have to keep the USB in for every boot, or just the initial one?

TioJorge submitter 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Sure thing! Nah, upon initialization of the temporary USB drive, it will ask you what HDD/SDD you would like to install Windows on, and then from there that drive will be your main boot drive. Obviously I recommend SDD because of the crazy speeds, but it's up to each person.

k3y3 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Wow this computer is worthy of even the Stamford branch’s gaming endeavors XD +1 for black bears