Description

This blue and black beauty, was worth every penny...

This bad boy suits my needs perfectly, and crushes any game at 1080p, no compromises, no matter what. I know, I know 980 ti is overkill, but that's what its all about.

CPU: I wanted the best DDR3 capable cpu due to minimal gaming performance gains from not just DDR4 but the cpu's that followed this one anyway.

CPU Cooler: Good, reliable, and inexpensive. What more is there to say. Also want to mention I swapped the stock fan for a cooler master jetflo 120. Had to use the stock screws that came with the jetflo due to the threads on the fan mounts. Unfortunately that meant I was unable to use the anti-vibration pads, but no problems yet and the thermal compound was swapped for arctic silver 5. All together this combo is keeping my i7 nice and chilly

MoBo: Not much to say. Good budget blue and black board

RAM: G. SKILL is bulletproof, went low profile-ish to prevent issues with cooler, and color matched

GPU: Gigabyte's windforce cooler one of the best, and wanted that 980 ti performance

SSD: wanted a fairly cheap snappy drive for my OS which is Windows 10 Home 64 bit

HDD: 1 x 6tb wd blue for all my roms, and isos, and 1 x 3tb wd blue for my pc games

PSU: 80+ Gold, Fully Modular, Blacked out Cables, and by a reputable company. Enough said

ODD: wanted a blu ray drive cause this monster sits next to my tv as my media center

Wireless: more needed the Bluetooth for wii emulator, but all in all great wireless card

FAN: added a couple fans to the case cause its a really budget oriented case, a little extra cooling never hurts

(the fan on the window is the stock hyper 212 evo fan. Which I'm pretty sure is a cooler master sickle flow)

CASE: honestly just grabbed the cheapest case with a window, front usb 3.0, and fit my color scheme. My opinion is its just a piece of steel to hold everything together. If it were really that important, I'm pretty sure consoles wouldn't be built in plastic housings

UPDATE 3/1/16: Decided to illuminate the real i/o with a blue led strip to match the build and help when fumbling for cables in the dark. NOTE: if you decide to illuminate your rear i/o make sure leds are 5v so they'll turn on the second you flip the switch on the psu, opposed to 12v which requires the pc to be running to illuminate

UPDATE 9/20/16: Decided to Build another pc around February next year.... Coming Soon, Sith Lord Nvidia

UPDATE 4/12/17: What ended up replacing this PC with.... Sith Lord Matix https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WsZRsY

Part Reviews

Video Card

This is an as awesome graphics card. The only thing preventing a perfect 5 stars...... OC GURU II SUCKS

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like your overall build between the ram, mobo, and cpu, but if I had to critique one thing, it would be the case. i know you said that its just "a piece of steel to hold everything together" but i personally own an r5, and its actually a lot better than a cheap case :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well in your case no its not just a piece of metal holding everything together, its a piece of art. I was just looking for something to hold it together, and honestly for how cheap this case is, its pretty feature rich

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious about the motherboard. How well does it overclock? Would you recommend it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have yet to overclock, but I imagine it'd be alright. Understand its a budget z97 board, and 9 times out of 10 you get what you pay for. Who knows it could be a diamond in the rough, ill get back to you as soon as I have conclusive results

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Execute Order 66.

:P Very nice build, +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

“Always pass on what you have learned.” - Yoda

Good job with your build and good parts! +1
  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very interesting seeing that you went with a cheap case with a 980Ti, most people who buy a 980Ti tend to buy expensive cases.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly the one place I feel like you can kind of scimp on is the enclosure. My buddy was thinking about building a sleeper system inside an old hp p6 2100 case. As long as thermals are good, it shouldn't matter much. Like I said before this case is actually not half bad considering its price tag.... bottom mounted psu with removable dust filter, support for over 310mm graphics cards, 165mm cpu cooler clearance, 240mm radiator support, 2 5.25" bays, 1 external 3.5" bay, 3 devoted 2.5" drive sleds, 4 devoted 3.5" drive sleds, side window, and great airflow and fan support

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

wait til you see my next build lol.... revenge of the budget case

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

My next Build is coming soon, it'll be a little unconventional but it'll be a beautiful unorthodox monster