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Semi-Entry x99 build

by pillagerv



Date Published

Jan. 15, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 19, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

37.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.771 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.8 GHz


I use this PC for gaming mostly. She runs great but the m.2 is not as fast as it was in my old z170 build.

CPU: I picked my CPU because i was rocking a i5 6400 and i was dropping frames bad with my 1080. This processor was at the end of my price range but she runs well compaired to my old system.

Cooler: I had the Water 3.0 ultimate already from my z170 build. it was way overkill with 6 nautica 3000RPM fans.

Motherboard: I originally purchased a MSI Gaming 9 ACK but it was doa so i had to bring it back to microcenter and they had one of these left which i purchased and it was much easier to work with. The bios has much to be desired compared to other board manufacturers but she works fine.

I had 32GB of dual channel ram from my z170 build which worked but only showed 24GB of ram. I ended up purchasing quad channel ram so i could use all 32GB of ram and it works great it goes with the black and blue theme my case has going on.

Storage: I had the M.2 drive from my z170 build which it seemed really fast in that build. For some reason it is slow in this build. Probably the m.2 port is not of the same revision. Sadly i did not get to check that out as i was at microcenter and x99 is older then z170. I just picked up the 960GB OCZ SSD as i put 4 games on my m.2 and i had a full drive. so all of my games are on the SSD with lots of space left.

Video Card: I picked the Zotac 1080 because i sold my 980ti to a friend so i could upgrade my pc. I was using his old graphics card for a while (960) i could see no difference in cards as the i5 6400 was that slow. I saw reviews of the Zotac card and i thought it looked nice and it seemed to run fine and cooler then most other cards. Well she runs great i cant compare to other 1080s.

Case: I had a small case that my z170 setup was in and the case fans were failing. I looked up new cases as i was going to have a hard time getting a 200mm fan for the side of the case as that is the one i thought was going first. it sounded awful. Well this case the core w100 does not come with fans... it comes in a large box all in parts. took me an hour to put together the way i wanted as it is semi modular. It is very roomy and great to run cables in.

Power Supply: I had this power supply yet again from my z170 setup. i picked it because it was modular but if i would do it again i would have purchased a EVGA 1300 Power Supply as i like to have more power then not enough. Granted i am barely at 600 with my build but 250 is to close for comfort.

OS: WINDERS 10! because it seems to be pushed down our throats by Microsoft anyways... installs in less than 10 minutes on the m.2 from a thumb drive so yeah it is easy to install.

Overall: I do like the build i see lots of issues with it like 32gb is a lot for just gaming. Power supply should be swapped, case is rather large and i could have had a x99 setup much cheaper but i reused a lot of items and it took a lot of the cost away from moving. I do have lots of left over parts from a stupid z170 build where i obviously had no clue but i am much better now.

Part Reviews


Great large case! There is a new core w200 out but this one is very large! you can put a 560mm rad in the top! It would be great for a custom water cooling loop which is my next plan for my build. It is sent all in pieces and no fans. This is a enthusiast case. So if you are looking at this case you probably want to put your own fans in it anyways as the case fans in most cases are loud and don't blow a lot of air. The one thing i think was bad was that it took forever to build because the instructions are not clear. They say your done and you have no drive bays, or anything on the inside to mount to. the page after it says you are done is to take it back apart to a point to put more things in then put it all back together. Just bad instructions.

Power Supply

I have had 0 problems with this power supply. The only thing now is that i am almost out of power. lol it has lasted a few builds and is currently powering a x99 rig with a gtx 1080. no issues moving it between builds and i love having a power switch on the power supply which is much different from my last power supply.

Comments Sorted by:

CallOfSnowGolem 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

This is not a entry level X99 system this is a Excellent build


mlach 4 Builds 3 points 24 months ago

Would like to see the internal build too.

Justiceinacan 7 Builds 2 points 24 months ago


Good build tho

BodiXDDD 1 point 21 months ago

How noisy is the power supply?