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by PureBlackFire


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Date Published

June 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.5 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C


I built this system in stages, changing parts out over the last 3 years. I had the SSD, CPU, motherboard and RAM the longest and RMA'd my 7 year old Corsair HX750 80+ silver PSU and got a new HX750i in return.

I bought an Open Box GTX 970 for $289.99 a month or so after it's release. I was able to get a GTX 980 EVGA SSC for $254.99, then step that up to a GTX 980 Ti ACX 2.0 for the difference, which was $41 (+$25 shipping) and sell off the GTX 970 for $265.

The GPU musical chairs and the three Thermaltake Riing fans were the last changes I made to the PC (as seen in the pics). I painted my motherboard heat sinks, RAM and radiator white.

In the last 20 months or so I've seen everybody and every manufacturer get on board the black/white train, so naturally my build feels boring now. Black and red was still the thing when I got most of these parts, the main parts were black and red :).

Anyway, I'm finally posting this now because I've never been enthused to post a build for something I had long before I joined the site. However, I frequently get asked as to why I haven't posted any of my builds, so I thought I'd start with this one.

I hope you all enjoy it!

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pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Very nice build!!

Your first +1, i would try giving you more but i cant..

Are you watercooling the 980ti anytime soon?

PureBlackFire submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

possibly. was thinking about a change to hard tubing. might change the rad to a thinner 420 rad (29-40 mm) and add a pair of HW labs stealth 240's as well. more than anything though, I want to upgrade the system first, because if I do a full loop or hard tubing i want it to stay like that for a good while.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Going with skylake or broadwell-E?

PureBlackFire submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

whatever makes sense when i upgrade. definitely not getting Skylake Z170.

rosswalker 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Very nice, clean build. +1

tbhpcbuilder 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

It's okay man, I used to do things before they were cool too....+1

Milopita 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build. Love the simple colour scheme. What do you think of the new tempered glass version of your case? Do you think that you could fit this build easily enough in the smaller pro M case or would you not recommend that?

THEFLAMINGAMER 1 point 25 months ago

What keyboard is that

PureBlackFire submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Corsair K65 RGB.

PseeCarguy47 1 point 21 months ago

1.2 OC! I can't justify the extra for liquid just yet but thats cool. I'm planning on going the opposite way. But just not Underclocking. I wanna see how cool I can make mine by undervolting and lowering latencies until I can Overclock on liquid. But even then I'm not gonna push the planned ryzen. Nice setup though.

DvoLogic 1 point 17 months ago

Haha, this is really late but how does the SSD function?

PureBlackFire submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

hi. I have since replaced the SSD with a 525GB MX300.

DvoLogic 1 point 17 months ago

Oh okay, thanks for replying :D

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