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That GPU Tho v1.0

by incognito213



Date Published

June 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.059 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


Timing is everything. Notable advancements have been introduced in the gaming world (4K resolution, VR, and GTX 1080) so the time has come for me to get a new gaming PC. Besides, my old unit was so unstable that I couldn't even finish a game of Overwatch!

All things considered, I decided to move on and build my first custom PC. My build is inspired by the Duscati Streetfighter...think of a Transformer fighter jet. Vroom! Vrooom!!

Part Reviews


At that price, it seemed like a unicorn deal that I could not pass up. This will be used primarily as a gaming machine, so I was looking for something that offered a high stock clock speed. The i7-6700K delivers in spades and should offer more than enough juice to run dual GPUs, 4K resolution, and VR games in the future. Bought this on Father's day, so remember to call me daddy.

CPU Cooler

Goes well with the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro. Natural fit on top of the case to keep your rig running smoothly at cool temperatures. My research revealed that the 120mm fans are more ideal for radiators. Replaced fans with red LED Corsair SP120s, cuz that's how I roll (twin pack for value).


After a combo deal with the processor and rebates, I was able to snag this beauty for just $220. This mobo was built with overclocking and gaming in mind. It offers SLI, M2 Slots, USB 3.1, and everything else under the sun. After this core purchase, the foundation for the source of my inspiration was discovered. Now I'm only looking forward because I don't care who is behind me.


I decided to go with G. Skill TridentZ because it was on the qualified vendor list and matched the color scheme of my mobo so seamlessly. This also leaves enough room for me to upgrade to 64GB in the future. You know what they say about systems with large memory? Big sockets.


Recently purchased component to try and salvage my last rig, so might as well incorporate it into the new gaming build. Will be used to browse internet, stream, and store other games.


Went with the M.2 850 EVO over the 950 EVO primarily due to price. This is my main storage device which will be used for my OS and my favorite games. That speed is sexy delicious.


Another HD recently purchased. For storage and media files (i.e. pictures, music, movies, and etc). Looking forward to replacing this with something for the U.2 slots.

Video Card

That GPU tho...still good enough to run the latest games @ Ultra settings with Full HD. Waiting for Asus OC GTX 1080 to become more widely available...


I was looking for a case that offered great airflow, modularity, and good cable management. Although it comes up a little short in design, you'll be hard press to find another case with this much flexibility at this price tier. Transformed front panel to exclude the optical disk drive and replaced it with another intake fan.

Power Supply

Only holdover from my prior rig. May need more power if I decide to run dual GPUs. Don't worry babe, I've always had just one GPU. Should be sufficient for now, as long as I'm not juggling.

Operating System

Made this purchase because I wanted to make sure I got a product key. Found out that even the full-version is not transferable.

Case Fan

3 JetfFlo fans for front intake. Offered great performance for both static pressure and airflow. The different LED display from the other fans was also appealing. The awesomeness bucket is overflowing with all these red LED fans (6 @ $100).

Case Fan

Will be used as the rear exhaust. The 140mm fan offers better airflow with less noise. Who doesn't like an LED party? my Life Every Day

Case Fan

2 radiator fans for the top exhaust. And did I mention that I like twins?!


1920 x 1080 resolution. Been abusing this screen pretty bad but it's still working with no issues after 3-4 years. Waiting for a 27" monitor in the future with G-Sync and 4K resolution. I'll probably end up getting a 2K, G-Sync, 144Hz screen if I can find a slick deal.

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colinreay 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Quite a looker you got there. Be sure to add more photos once you upgrade! Did you plug the leds into the mobo?

incognito213 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks colinreay! LEDs being shipped from China so haven't received them yet. Wondering if the "Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus 3 ft. Extension" would work with my RGB headers...

colinreay 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

They probably should! RGB Leds are wired 12v, Blue, Green, and Red. 12v is always on one side, but the order of the 3 color channels can change. Even if the connector order is different between the mobo and led strips, I would imagine the board can do a soft reset to work with the leds.

Sid25243545 1 point 33 months ago

Wait for the GTX 1080 ti

incognito213 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Too late, got my Asus OC strix already. Patience is a virtue, of which I have very little

AlexTheTechFreak 1 point 25 months ago

It's a good thing you didn't; you would've been waiting 7 months for the 1080 Ti, lol.

JacobGunther12 1 point 32 months ago

Dude! If you wanted just a CD for Windows 10, why didn't you just get the OEM? Also, it is transferable because you can burn an ISO to a USB drive...

MARCOzid 1 point 26 months ago

where the front fans connected?

OWENBATCHELDER 1 point 7 months ago

Can you change the colour of the mobo lights to green? Making a green themed build :p

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incognito213 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

I have dreams of running my games @ 4K

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 34 months ago
You're getting a bit annoying with that...
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