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Nemesis (First Build)

by Snuggleicious



Date Published

Aug. 5, 2015

Date Built

Aug. 3, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.4 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C


So I've been a hybrid gamer for most of my life. I got my first gaming experience on a Sega Genesis and my 2nd was on a PC with a little game called Runescape. Its been back and forth ever sense. I played Halo then i played WoW then Call of Duty then League of Legends. Most of my gaming for the last year has been PC gaming but sadly most of it occurred on a 2010 iMac. Then one day after my 3rd attempt to fix an issue with the Mac port of League I stumbled across the PC master race sub-reddit. And one of the top threads was about 144hz gaming and and the advantages of a custom PC build. I. Was. Hooked.

Here i am 3 months later after hours of research and planning with MY build. I took great care into choosing each piece while I worked 100 hour work weeks saving as much as possible for this monstrosity. This build is in no way perfect and I'll be outlining my likes and dislikes but I can say that it is the best decision I've ever made.

CPU: Love it, some part of me wishes it was a 4790k but it OC's like a mother and is more than enough for my current work load. Maybe I'll upgrade later on but for now its a great pick.

CPU Cooler: Simply put, Amazing. Keeps my i5 cool as a cucumber.

MOBO: One of the 2 pieces I wouldn't choose again. I accidentally purchased the UD3H instead of the UD5H and didn't have the patience to return and get what I wanted but I'm kind of glad it worked that way because the MOBO works physically but the Software associated with Gigabyte stuff is horribly clunky.

RAM: Its ram.. works great.

SSD: I originally wanted to get a 120gb with a 1tb storage drive but i got this one on sale so i decided to just go for the 500GB and get the HDD later.

GPU: No problems with the card so far. It eats up everything i throw at it and spits it out even at 1440p. The software again is clunky as heck and isn't perfect but the cards power makes up for it.

Case: Great, easy to work with and i love the esthetics. It was the reason i chose to try to do a color themed build. Next time i'll go red and black though because all the good hardware is that color.

PSU: Quiet and reliable, I haven't had any issues so far so I like this purchase. I could have gone 850Watt and probably should have but oh well its a win in my book.

Monitor: The worst decision I've ever made. I got all of the parts together after 2 weeks of owning this thing with no way of using it due to it only having 1 Display Port input and after all the waiting and scrounging cash to finish this build it was met with horror as after 2 hours of glorious gaming it crapped out on me. Asus is a company that I have always felt was reliable but with after seeing all the reviews on this monitor I can concur Asus needed to do a better job of QC. I'll be returning it and waiting till i can afford the Acer Predator. (unless something better comes along)

Part Reviews


Overclocks and runs like a dream. Excellent for gaming.

CPU Cooler

Does a good job of keeping my CPU cool while overclocking but the software associated isn't my favorite. As more drivers come out for Windows 10 it seems to be getting better though.

Thermal Compound

Replaced my Corsair H100i GTX stock application with this. Saw a 2 degree drop in temps. Negligible but still an improvement.


This Mobo has been a headache for me. Physically it has performed fine and the BIOS has plenty of editing options for overclocking once you figure out how to use it. But the Drivers and installed software with this thing is garbage. The Gigabyte software people should be ashamed.


Does its job. Slight overclock used and no issues. Good enough for my use.


Love the 5 year warranty and the drivers and software for this thing are awesome. So fast.... So so fast.

Video Card

This thing chews up frames and spits them out faster than a scalded ape. Sadly the OC software required to adjust the LED's is abysmal. It does not remember OC settings so you have to adjust them every time you restart as well as adjust the LED settings back every time you shutdown. Also, the software even though its set to run at start-up will not do it.


Looks good. Great airflow. Good temps. Did i mention it looks good? Also has plenty of cable management choices.

Power Supply

Works good for me. PSU's are hard to judge unless there is a problem but this one is quiet enough and does its job. A++

Operating System

So far so good.


I've had about 6 different 80-120$ range gaming mice and this one woops them all. Logitech has done a great job. Software is great too.

Comments Sorted by:

Eafin 1 point 44 months ago

100 hour work weeks... Damn dude, even working every single day a week, you're still working 14 hours per day. Great dedication and an equally great build. Nice job man.

Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

They weren't all 14 hour days. Some days were 18's and some 12's my regular work day is a 12 hour schedule in a 911 Dispatch center and the overtime is always available.

Eddie0711 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Great build a few people have said they've had issues with the rog swift monitors but they are awesome when they work! I'm waiting for the 4k version to see if it's any good.

Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 0 points 44 months ago

I hope they get their QC issues under control by then. I would love a 4k setup but that would require more than I'm willing to spend atm. Maybe in a year or 2.

Eddie0711 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I guess because this is the first version of a gsync monitor there were probably some issues. Hopefully the next version will iron all the kinks out. That being said, when you spend so much on a screen you expected to be flawless. Congrats on the build I'm sure you'll get plenty of enjoyment out of it!

Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

My thoughts exactly, a 700$ monitor should work flawlessly. Sadly this time it wasn't the case but unless something gets announced soon I may try my luck again with this model. Haven't decided yet.

Eddie0711 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

There's a 4k rog swift monitor in the works but it's only going to be at 60Hz which is fine as only the very best systems can push that with high settings. I think that if you are into fps or competitive gaming you're better off getting the 1440p rog swift due to the higher refresh rate. Hopefully the next one won't have any issues!

Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I am very into competitive games such as CS:GO, LOL, Dota 2 and so on. the 1440p ROG Swift was the perfect monitor for those games. If I was only playing more casual games i probably would have just gotten an IPS panel monitor with GSync and called it a day. I'm gonna wait till Black Friday / Cyber Monday before I decide what to do about the monitor. Hopefully by then there will be more options. If not I'll probably try my luck with another ROG Swift.

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Too bad about the bum monitor, they're amazing when they work. I would suggest you just get it replaced with a working one honestly, its going to be better than any alternative other than the newer crop of g-sync monitors set to release later this year. You could just wait for those too, if you've got the patience and a backup monitor.

Nice clock and temps on that i5 by the way, what's your core voltage set to? Are you running the h100i gtx in performance or quiet mode?

Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I think I'll have the patience to wait a few months till maybe Christmas i have a backup monitor and a friend is loaning me a monitor so I can have a duel monitor setup. core v is 1.285 and i only set my H100igtx to performance when i know I'll be gaming for a long period of time. The hottest core at load is usually 60 C. I may back it down in the future if i run into issues.

noap7 1 point 44 months ago

Wait so what exactly is the problem with that mobo? The one I had planned to use :|

Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

The software associated with every Gigabyte hardware in this build has been difficult to deal with and clunky, as well as slow on driver updates. It OC's well and has good settings so physically its fine but the BIOS is a bit unintuitive and leaves much to be desired for a first time build.

noap7 1 point 44 months ago

Hmm. Thnx!

Realcasualzombie 1 point 37 months ago

not gonna lie it's a sweet build, however you are gonna experience some bottlenecking

bigbossant 0 points 44 months ago

Isn't that i5 4690k going to bottleneck the heck out of that gtx 980ti i would highly suggest a cpu upgrade

Eddie0711 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

I'm running 980tis in SLI using an i5 4670k (ocd to 4.2ghz) and there's no issues in terms of bottlenecks. At anything above 1440p the CPU isn't really a factor as the gpus are doing all the heavy lifting.

Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

That CPU will NOT bottleneck the GPU at all! Don't worry bro, you have one hell of a build! I also broke my gaming cherry on the Sega genesis! I love the Sega so much, I actually built a htpc purely to run Sega emulations! Long live Toejam and Earl all nighters!

Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Sega G represent! Lol

Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

So far I've not seen any issues. Maybe once I get into more AAA titles that are CPU intensive like AC Unity or something but from what I've seen CPU doesn't make enough difference right now. This build was made for 144hz gaming at 1440p. In that respect its a home run.

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Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks! I'm excited to finally have it up and running. Sad thing is I'm tapped out for a little while before i can stock up on all the PC games I've been missing out on.

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Snuggleicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you!