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6 cores at 4.3 ghz with 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM and an EVGA GTX 980 Ti. This is a lot of power in a relatively small package- a small Corsair Carbide 240 with room for full-size-everything for MicroATX.

This build is the culmination of my 10+ years of random building of PCs. I went from an AMD diehard struggling to get an FX-8350 to work on a 3+1 power motherboard (lol) and I came from the Phenom II X6- the Phenom X4 and Athlon X2 etc. before it as well. I decided to go big when I switched, and went for the X99 platform because of its potential power. And fu** do I mean power.

The boot time is incredibly fast due to the SSD, and obviously gains in gaming performance come in loading scenes and assets. 4TB (3 on a 5400, 1 on a 7200 RPM) combined storage means tons of content and no worrying. This thing laughs at most processor-intensive things I do. Rendering 30+ FLAC audio files to M4A and MP3 takes seconds versus the minute(s) it typically takes. Handbrake laughs at encoding videos and only takes 30 mins for 1080p60 versus what I imagine would be a lot faster encoding time if I gave it the headroom in RAM.

Most games run at Ultra / 1080p / 60+FPS, as of 2016. Typically I can push 1440p downsampled and keep 60FPS, depending on the engine of course. GTA V lets me do this and it's pretty glorious. MGS V was exceptional in higher-than-1080p. 4K gaming is totally possible if you want to settle for 30-45 FPS- at which it never seems to tip below with Nvidia Adaptive Sync set to half refresh rate. Doom 2016 runs at above-90 FPS all Ultra, and this is ultimately satisfying. While not gaming console-sized, it's portable enough to throw a GearGrip Lite on it and take it around- monitor in tow or easily connected to any HDTV.

Temps never go above 60 for the CPU at full load, and I installed a side panel with an intake mesh and a dust filter behind said mesh.

If you're wondering what the name I gave to it is: "Outer Heaven"

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build; Personally I swapped out the 980Ti for a 1070 FE (It's a bit better and $10 cheaper as of the end of June 2016) but at this level it won't make a difference in quality. I feel like somewhere along the line money can be saved without losing quality, but this build is definitely solid!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the motherboard? I'm considering getting one myself, same CPU as well :)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

To be fair it is the highest spec Raidmax one Ive ever seen but I suppose its like having the least bad STI

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It's gold, it's highly rated, it has the specs I need. Saved money. Meh indeed.

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