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My Crysis 3 Killer

by mattyoung50



Date Published

July 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


So this is my first pc build after being on console for the past 10 or so years and I must say I love it. It really wasn't hard at all and I really enjoyed finding all these parts and putting it together. I am going to school for Computer Engineering and I wanted to build something that could be good to run lots of programs and run games on great settings with great framerates. Also I figured if that's my major, I should at least know how to put a PC together right? I usually used a little laptop for school but this thing is my go to now. And yes the 1070 is a BEAST. I highly recommend it if you want to game on a 1440p monitor at 60 fps max settings. Only had a couple mix ups. 1) Forgot to plug in the cpu power cable... 2) You can see that I had gpu sag pretty bad. My fix was the prettiest way I could figure out and that was to loop 3 cable ties together and tie it from the gpu to my drive cage on top and it worked like a charm. You can see my fix in the last picture. Plan on getting an Alex desk from Ikea in the next coming months and move up to 16gb of ram when I have 30 bucks I don't need.

Part Reviews


Works like a charm. Didn't go with the k version to save some money and mostly just wanted the cheapest skylake with hyperthreading and turboboost.

CPU Cooler

I love this cpu cooler! It looks so cool. I am not doing any overclocking. I mostly got it because it really made my black and white theme come together. Very quiet.


This is a great mobo for the price. Has an m.2 slot, sli/crossfire support, sata express and it really matched my theme. All the bells and whistles. Really couldn't find a cheaper mobo for that had all the features this one has.


I mean.. It's ram. Cheap DDR4 at 2400mhz. I went with the 1x8gb instead of 2x4gb because I plan on grabbing another stick when I get 30 bucks I don't need and running them in dual channel. The most i've seen my usage go up to is maybe.. 6gb? So it's fine for my purposes right now.


This is honestly the cheapest240 gb SSD I could find that didn't suck. I found this on reddit.com/r/buildapcsales and it was like... $35 less than the samsung 850 evo so I had to grab it. Works like a charm. 5-6 second boot times :)


1 TB of storage for $50? I'll take one. All of my games are on it while my OS is on the SSD.

Video Card

This card is awesome.. I can run Crysis 3 on max settings and get like 100-120 fps (60 fps if 8xMSAA) on 1080p. It slaughters 1080p gaming while it keeps up with 1440p monitors at 60 fps. I plan on grabbing a 1440p monitor some time in the next year to do this card justice. Highest temps I've seen are 69C under full load. MSI's fans are bomb.


This was probably one of the hardest decisions of the build. I knew I wanted a black and white theme but I was torn between this one and the NZXT H440. I eventually decided on this one because it had more of a minimalist look that I really wanted. A breeze to build in. It comes with cable straps on the back so please don't go out and buy cable ties like I did. And the sound dampening foam is a big bonus. Love this case.

Power Supply

Gives me plenty of power with the option to add in more drives and such. Mostly bought this one because it had great reviews and it was fully modular.

Operating System

Its an OS.

Wireless Network Adapter

Great network interface card. I really just needed a cheap dual-band card to use with my dual-band router. I usually get crap wifi on my laptop but this guy has GREAT range. I almost never lag in game.

Case Fan

Really clean fan. Made my build come together a lot.

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savantfool 3 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Gods I dig the white builds they look so elegant. Love the light too.

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Thanks man! It really turned out looking better than I thought it would!

LuckyTheSage 2 points 28 months ago

How creepy is it that I'm also building my pc and coming from Xbox which I've had since I was 7 O.o I'm even going to college for computer engineering O.o you sir are copying me please stop :)

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

hahaha that's awesome man! Building a PC is definitely a very rewarding experience. And once you see the performance gains you can get, it's just awesome.

Elios123 2 points 27 months ago

Can you tell me the overall performance of this build.Are there any lag ,noise issues? Thanks.

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

The case has sound dampening foam so it is a pro at keeping the noise down. I have not once been able to hear my fans or anything on low/medium. But if i turn the fan speed to max, I can kind of hear it. Granted I never keep the fans on max. Everything stays plenty cool at low/medium fan speeds. Also the game performance is really really nice. I started gaming at 1080p and the gtx 1070 dominates this resolution on any game I threw at it. I now game at 1440p and still rarely have to compromise any graphical settings aside from games like The Witcher 3 and GTA V. I could not be happier with this build.

tbhpcbuilder 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Nice theme and components, +1.

Although Fractal has a premium enthusiast look to it, I really do like the power supply shrouds from NZXT. Those simple sheets of metal really put a clean finish to any build.

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yea I mostly just didn't want something really flashy or with all those "gamer edges". It has a nice simple look to it.

GamerBeast 1 point 30 months ago

Great build but why did you go with such a high powered PSU? Wouldnt the same PSU but 550W be enough? Going for a really simillar build.

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Yes a 550W would have been fine but I wanted to start with about 100W extra to make it more future proof (More drives, SLI, More RAM). I wanted to future proof a lot of aspects of my build for the next 3 to 4 years at least.

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Really nice build btw! Though you could've got a lot of those parts a lot cheaper. And if you're not planning on running those 2 HDDs in Raid, you should consider just getting one 2TB HDD.

AlejandroLariz 1 point 30 months ago

Where did you get that wallpaper from?

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

www.reddit.com/r/wallpaper is where i found it. It's where I get all of my wallpapers from. Here's the link to it http://i.imgur.com/tfraio8.png

AlejandroLariz 2 points 30 months ago


PhantomRaider 1 point 29 months ago

What kind of speakers are those? Are they any good?

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

They're ok for 20 bucks. I just wanted some cheap speakers to use when I wasn't using my headphones. They have pretty good quality and sound but they have almost no base. If you just want some speakers to use when you're not using your headphones I recommend them but if you're going for some AMAZING INCREDIBLE speakers I don't. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EZ9XKCM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

PhantomRaider 1 point 29 months ago

Okay then, so what would classify as incredible speakers, that hopefully aren't too pricey...

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Well I don't know too much about which speakers you should go for since these are the only ones I have or have used before so I don't have much to compare it too. If I had a few extra bucks and still wanted to stay budget oriented I would try to find some around 40-50 bucks WITH a subwoofer for nice bass. I found these a minute ago and seem to have decent reviews. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002FU5QM0/?tag=pcpapi-20

PhantomRaider 2 points 29 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it...=3

Doofindinho 1 point 29 months ago

The Ibuypower BB905 model is the same exact machine as this. I went ahead and bought it because it cost 1400$ with monitor and I'm loving itz

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Yea that is a great deal! I didn't see that prebuilt but I have a 240 gb SSD instead of a 120 gb and my ram is clocked at 2400mhz instead of 2133. Still thats definitely one of the best prebuilts I've seen.

Doofindinho 1 point 28 months ago

yea its running like a dime, and if I upgrade ram It will be better

Ieuanam 1 point 25 months ago

Did you overclock your gpu? I have the same and what settings do u run crysis 3, GTA V and if you have BF4 or BF1 as I don't get as many frames as you even though I have the i7 6700k as well. and if you did overclock it, how do you do it? Thanks

mattyoung50 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Yes I did overclock it for about a week to see what kind of performance I would gain but I turned it back to default for now. I was gaming on 1080p and most games did really well except for GTA V. If you plan on overclocking just use this and this for reference. I never messed with the power limits or voltages but I used Msi Afterburner that you can get here and just tweaked the memory and core clock in 25Mhz increments until it began to become unstable. Can't remember what I had it running at though. GTA V was always a pain to find decent settings at. Even for a 1070. If you have everything at max including the advanced settings you may see frame drops from 70 all the way down to 30 when you go through grassy areas like up in the mountains. Watch this guy to see what settings you should be able to hit and what you should set to make it look ok. He does similar tests for like.. a million games. I have BF4 and never struggled with any settings. I had everything as high as it would go including AA and even put the resolution scale at 175% with an average of around 75 fps. Again, watch ARTIS on youtube and see what settings he sets up usually and I usually replicated him.

Ieuanam 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks dude