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GGPC - The Dark Knight - Large & Formidable

by GoodGamingPC

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28 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 19, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

Around the same time as our the little Carbide 88R chassis (used in my Warlock build) arrived in the workshop a couple gigantic graphite 780T in black also came in and I really wanted to make something massive without going too far budget wise so I set out to create something with good looks, performance and price :)

Did I mention that this case is MASSIVE! Easily twice the size of my other builds with enough cable management space to fit a whole other PC :P

At the heart of this build is the Intel i5-6600 which sits at the highest end of the non-k skylake i5 series, even though I won't be overclocking the performance is great, cpu cooler included and it more than meets the requirements for a VR ready system.

Graphics wise I choose the massive Asus Strix GTX 980 to fill out the large corsair case and provide gaming performance to match the rather fearsome appearance of the rig. This card really is big and it certainly became the center of attention whenever someone looked in the side window :)

For the first time I've added a small 120GB SSD into the base build , I usually stick to my trusty 1TB WD blue (which is in there as well) as the in-game performance boost can be pretty hard to spot but with such a nice cpu and large graphics card I wanted to keep everything running fast.

Motherboard choice was a tough one, the GA-H170-HD3 is a popular choice value wise but for just a little more I can use the GA-H170-D3HP which adds a Type-C USB port and that was too good to miss out on. Super fast transfer here I come!

The last really different thing i've done in this build is use a fully modular power supply from EVGA, I did this to keep the inside very tidy and it does look great, especially with the way I used the cables to provide a bit more support to the large GPU.

Part Reviews

Storage

My goto drive for all builds, so reliable and pretty quick!

Case

I like the push to release system corsair used on the front and top dust filters and the screwless side panel handle releases are fantastic as well. I like the 380T as well and if corsair had something in the mid tower form that looked like this it would be amazing as well - take my money Corsiar, take it.

Power Supply

So fancy! Whats not to love really, it's just like the regular power supplies I use all the time but with all black cables which ooze quality and look awesome. Well worth the extra $20 and a serious consideration for all future high spec builds :) Nicely done EVGA

Comments Sorted by:

digah2750 1 point 38 months ago

I'm too lazy to look at your other builds (will do that soon), I just wanted to ask what you're doing with all those gaming PCs! It looks like a really sweet project ;)

upvoted because of the title, hardware choices, and case.

GoodGamingPC submitter 23 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks :) I think you'll find my other builds a little more sensible and I hope they still get an upvote :P I work with a few pc gaming places in New Zealand and these four builds are for a graphics card performance test youtube channel - there are no intros, commentary or ads etc it's so people in the shops can quickly check the in-game performance of various gaming hardware with 60 second videos showing system performance/usage up top (mainly laptops, desktops are new)

digah2750 1 point 38 months ago

That sounds like a really interesting idea! Sweet, I hope it goes well, and I'll make sure to check out your other builds ;)

AW1018 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

The cooler is kinda the sore spot of this build. 10/10 for everything else. How's the Strix card?

GoodGamingPC submitter 23 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Yep I feel ya. It was so tempting to fit a cooler master seiden 120v to make it look killer, then I thought about putting a little EVO 212 on there but the extra cooling just isn't necessary :/

AW1018 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

:P i guess so how are the noise levels and temps?

GoodGamingPC submitter 23 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I just played the Division BETA and the GTX 980 gets to around 70 degrees. The loudest part so far are the twin front 120mm fans included with the chassis, though there is a fan controller on top so I'll turn that down and continue testing :)

AW1018 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

What would you recommend buying if you had 150 dollars to upgrade your PC assuming you were coming from a Core 2 system?

GoodGamingPC submitter 23 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Please let me know your motherboard model + power supply

ProgramCrazy 1 point 38 months ago

Easily twice the size of my other builds with enough cable management space to fit a whole other PC

Wouldn't that be cool... Two motherboards, two CPUs, two GPUs, two PSUs and some RAM in one case!

GoodGamingPC submitter 23 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I'm sure I could fit a little person in this thing... Seriously though with some custom brackets and a hole cut for the second IO bracket it could house a double up rig :) co-op lan party :P

andymin000 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I feel like you two are on to something. I just wonder how it would do with all the heat housed in one unit. If ignore the details though, this would be an excellent case for a gaming couple or roommates.

GoodGamingPC submitter 23 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Future project marked :P Maybe a custom twoface paintjob as well...

andymin000 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I didn't know they made houses for computer parts. Are there any open showings for your case? I'd be willing to sublet.

GoodGamingPC submitter 23 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

I'll let you know when the space is on craigslist :P

DouBLEPC 1 point 38 months ago

Sweet build! For 1300 dollars this thing is a beast

GoodGamingPC submitter 23 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks!

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GoodGamingPC submitter 23 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks :) I've been scaling up the GPU with each build - 980ti next on the list!

Performance wise it's going to be really interesting to see how they all stack up side by side in the gameplay fps tests from a price/performance standpoint. I just started on the GTX 970 Warlock build tests and I've got around 10 games for each in the current todo list - let me know if you want to see any games tested :P https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc87nj5wQB4EK-Ssa1S9Dhg