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Enter the Dragon

by ObelixThe



Date Published

Jan. 24, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.241 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.012 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


My first Gaming "gaming" Build.

Processor - Intel Core i7-6700K

Motherboard - Asus Z170-A

Memory - G.Skill TridentZ 16GB DDR4-3200 (8GB x2)

Graphics Card - Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980 Ti 6G (73.2% ASIC)

Power Supply - Cooler Master V850 850Watt Fully Modular 80+ Gold

Case Fans - Cooler Master Blue LED JetFlo 120 x2

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212X

Case - Thermaltake Core V51

Part Reviews


So far so good. Time will tell whether or not I made the better choice choosing it over the 5820K.

CPU Cooler

Wanted the best and cheapest cooler to tide me over until I can save up for a AIO wc. Works like a char,. Ran prime95 for 1hr and temps never exceeded 85 celsius @4.2Ghz.


Board has all the stuff I need and no unnecessary bells/whistles. The bios was a little temperamental; first time I booted up set up windows, restarted and it went into a shutdown/restart loop. Had to reset the cmos and stick the RAMs into the B1/B2 slots. Haven't tried switching the RAMs back into dual channel mode but will try it soon.


Worked right out of the box. Set XMP in bios and running at full rated speeds.

Video Card

I wanted a 980 Ti so went for the coolest one I could get out of the ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Zotac... the G1 Gaming was the coolest. Zotac was cheaper and had the highest OOTB clocks but some reviews read it was also unstable and had very little OC headroom. Whereas the Gigabyte OCs the highest because of its overkill cooler.

Coolest = coldest


I value function more than looks in cases. The Core V51 certainly is just that. Not that it's not good looking. The stock fans are not good enough, but are silent. I could have got the "Nvidia Edition" but that didn't match with my board and GPU so I got this black one.

Power Supply

Bought it because of JohnnyGuru's excellent rating and since it is "Made by Seasonic."

Case Fan

Does the job well and more. The only "con" is they are loud... as much as a vacuum cleaner.


After the fans started humming and buzzing too loudly under gaming loads, I stopped using the adapters which come with the CM JetFlo fans. Instead I plugged the PWM conectors directly into the motherboard "cha fan (3+4)" slots.

I also switched the CPU fan to the other side of the HS so that the top JetFlo fan can provide cool air for the cpu fan to pull through the HS and then blow the hot air through the back chassis fan out of the case. I think this is a much more efficient process.

Then I set up a custom rpm and temp profile with ASUS FAN Xpert software. This way my rig is now much more quieter than before. And the fans don't sound like vacuum cleaners anymore.

Comments Sorted by:

SilentKillerLN 2 points 38 months ago

I have the same case and I love it.

Bor3alis 2 points 38 months ago

Best description ever

lireaper 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

flip that bottom fan it being exhaust is very bad for air flow other than that nice build though you could have a better description

ObelixThe submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Sorry. English isn't my first language.

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Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

There is a fan on the bottom of the case forward from the PSU - first comment was correct, the fan should be flipped over so that it is an intake

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I don't know how I didn't see that. :/ You're correct.

ObelixThe submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks for pointing it out. I fixed it.

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Riley_port 1 point 27 months ago

Built in wifi yes or no

irishmikov 2 Builds 0 points 38 months ago
ObelixThe submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago


That's the store's cook. Someone was telling him to save some food for me and the assembling guy.

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