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Windforce v2.0

by Benipoo



Date Published

May 26, 2016

Date Built

May 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


This build started about a year ago when I first purchased all of my necessary components at Microcenter (with some very appreciated help), I have been making frequent modifications and finally found it worthy to be posted on the pcpartpicker forums at the end of my junior year in high school. I completed the blue paint job a couple of months ago which includes the case, the cpu cooler/tubes, and both the graphics cards. I know you are wondering whether the paint raised my operating temperatures and I will have to tell you I did not see a difference at all. I previously had a single 970, an msi z97 pc mate, and just one hard drive. I eventually swapped motherboards for the z97 Sabertooth, acquired another G1 windforce, and a 250 gb Samsung ssd. I do plan to upgrade this summer and purchase a full EK waterloop for my system, I do realize I could just buy a gtx 1080 for the same performance, but I really wanted to fulfill my idea of a watercooled pc because this is my last computer I will make until I am out of college. I mostly use this system for gaming although I have worked with Autodesk Maya and Inventor, as well as Solidworks and Photoshop. I will give my opinion about the major components of my rig below. I appreciate all of the recommendations and support the pcpartpicker forums offer. Thank you.

Part Reviews


Beast. I am glad I chose this chip for my first build because it is fast...super fast. I have also overclocked this chip to 5000 mhz although I keep it at 4000 mhz because I do not believe ramping up the voltage gives enough performance for the risk. The single threaded performance is amazing and it destroys anything I have to throw at it.


I have not have any problems with this motherboard other than the bios. When I turn my rig on and press delete to enter the bios, it freezes. I then have to turn the rig off and on again and it will then let me into the bios with ease. This board is known for its stability and ability to withstand different operating environments and I completely recommend this to anyone.


I have not experienced any problems with this ram whatsoever, it gives awesome performance and overclocks to 2133mhz.

Video Card

Gigabyte G1 Windforce gtx 970 (sli) - Both of these cards have not had any problems with performance and sli works great. I have reached nearly 1600mhz on both cards when overclocking and I have seen a maximum temperature of 80 degrees Celsius.

Comments Sorted by:

SquareOreo 2 points 24 months ago

Feature this please....

dcope 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Really cool paint job and your cable combs look gorgeous. Only thing I don't like is the look of your AIO. I might have left that alone. Maybe even have paint the hard drive cages white.

Really is a cool build though.

KoolPuff444 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Dang. I really like that custom paint job. Realizing my rig isn't half as sexy (╥﹏╥).


LikeThis 1 point 24 months ago

Love it but can you get a different sli bridge

Benipoo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Yep, it is on my list

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 24 months ago


Benipoo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you

Coop2860 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

That looks awesome.


Astrowings230 1 point 24 months ago

You inspire me. +1.

MaxTheSavage 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago


twinn 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Nice detail work. Those blue WIndforces really standout (in a good way).

Benipoo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago


Angry_Plzen 1 point 24 months ago

it's amazing

PolarGhostex 1 point 24 months ago


I mean Smurf


NicoMan2240 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago


johngerges582 1 point 24 months ago

The way the SSD is mounted is amazing.


Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Neat to see blue paint job case.

Thumbs up

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Dude... That's an AWESOME painting job!


Caminon 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Very, very nice. You even painted the graphics cards! Enjoy it, man.

quzar469 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

+1 for amazing paint job

ctanmaster 1 point 24 months ago

Really like it overall, I would like to see the front painted the white and blue too, but thats just me

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Great build!

But that SLI bridge... :p And the SSD placement lol.

Good job though man.

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 24 months ago
Whenever I see this sort of color combination, I am reminded of Papa Smurf. Good job with your build. Despite that I can see the blue paint looking a tad off from the Liquid Cooler's surface... which kind of bothers me a little bit so I do apologize for saying it. (Not the tubes, just the top surface of the Liquid Cooler.) No matter what I think, this is still a cool looking build. Again, enjoy it and thanks for sharing. :)
shadowfax6482 1 point 24 months ago

fix the sli bridge but that is the best mod color i have seen

Boeing77W 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I have been waiting for so long to see a blue-painted Windforce 3X. Great job! +1

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

lol that sli bridge... sticks out like a sore thumb

but still looks really cool to me! +1

pwelch234 1 point 24 months ago

Cpu cooler Is a few shades off of the rest of the blue Only complaint

GoodGamingPC 23 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Awesome work +1

s.a.wood15 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

+1 for zip tie SSD mount. Slash I actually kinda like the orange SLI bridge, nice contrast.

waffle502 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

This build is awesome. It would look even better if you replaced the ugly sli bridge with a blue painted evga one

Michelle.G 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

WOW! I have the same case and GPU. Your's makes mine look boring......dang! Well done.

NZXTmk1 1 point 24 months ago

cool blue and white theme!

johnginn 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

This may be a bit of a silly question, but have most of the bugs of SLI with Windows 10 been worked out? I read that there were a number of problems a while back, but am not sure of the current status of SLI and Windows 10.

Overall fantastic build! Keep up the good work!

Benipoo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I have not noticed any bugs at all in games although my greatest setback is the fact that about half the games I own do not use sli.

CodyJohns97 1 point 24 months ago

Nice!!!!!!! Case colors remind me of Speedracer. +1

SmokeDrugs 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Why didn't you paint the front of the case? It doesn't look like its even a part of the same case. Looks great, just curious. I like the DIY electrical tape on the water cooling.

thenrycoop 1 point 24 months ago

Mmm... I think I smell a feature here. also +1 for amazing paint job!

elias.boehmer 1 point 24 months ago

Beautiful!!!!! You should get and paint a new SLI bridge.

asiankickazz 1 point 24 months ago

Great build. Question, what are those things you put on the cables to neatly organize and align them? I've been trying to find out what they're called and i have no clue

8686sid 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Very clean build, I am considering sleeved PSU cables but since my PC is sitting on my desk it's difficult to even see the bottom part of the PC so I guess I'll leave them as they are for now. May I ask why your SSD isn't mounted in the designated slots? 10/10 regardless!

Aaronb1874 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Loving the random SSD ziptied in the middle of nowhere lol. But a little idea for the SLI bridge. You can either pick a custom one up online or grab yourself some blue electric tape, make sure its non conductive though, and place that over the bridge. Itd look alot better than the random brown spot. I did the same with my neon green, ugly PCB wifi card and now its a sleek black in my system. 1+ though man, keep up the great work

RAMPAGE24680 1 point 18 months ago

Nice build, but one quick question. What spray paint did you use to for the plastic and metal components?

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