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Zora's Remains X99 - MY FIRST BUILD

by 8686sid


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Date Published

July 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


/UPDATE: This build died early September. The motherboard failed. I will be rebuilding a V2 after I select an appropriate motherboard./

This is my first PC build, with no prior experience! So I am proud to join my fellow brethrens in superior computing.

I purchased most core components around July 2015! The GPU is what kept me from completing this build.

The reason it's an Nvidia 1070 and not a 1080 is because I will save the extra cash purchase a 1080ti upon release. I have my eyes set on the 1080ti by KFA2/Galax. White PCB is just lush.


[Q] What's the meaning of the name? [A] Zora's Domain. A level in the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. Google it and you will see why.

[Q] Is it truly complete? [A] Officially yes, but there's many things that need to be 'tweaked'. Such as incorrect GPU cables, a full set of PSU sleeved cables, and ofcourse, as mentioned in comments, cable management. Other small things like LED lighting, I have white LEDs that have yet to be added, aswell as ambiance of the whole setup.

[Q] Some pictures show different parts. Wiring has changed in some shots... [A] At the time of building I purchased some extra items (patience fail). Such as buying 16GB RAM initially, and a few months later, I got 16GB more, removed old GPU taken from a friend 650 GTX, removed HDD and bays, etc.

[Q] I think you paid too much? [A] I wasn't always looking for deals, sometimes I just purchased it because I got itchy fingers. There wasn't a budget for this build. I wanted a long lasting PC. For almost £3,500, it better be :@

[Q] You have a BenQ and an ASUS ROG, which do you prefer? [A] The ASUS is G-Sync and 1440p, whereas the BenQ is 1080p. Both have similar specs 144hz, 1ms. The ASUS is easily the better choice and better in every way. The BenQ has more features to play with, but the picture quality of the ASUS is good enough to not need much configuring anyway!

[Q] Where did you get your custom sleeved cables? I noticed you don't have it on your GPU? [A] I am in the UK, so I had to purhcase mine from eBay, a shop by the name of ShakMods. Quality is excellent. I ordered GPU cables but I selected 8-pin, these don't fit on my Palit 1070 (4+4pin) so I will need to get them exchanged/sold. I'm also looking at PexonPC cables for a full set.

[Q] How difficult was the build, what was the hardest part? [A] Anyone who has put together anything that requires assembling with some tools will find building a PC VERY EASY. And I'm not bragging, generally I'm not great with practical DIY stuff but assembling things is as easy as connecting dots. All you need is patience, because rushing things will have you breaking delicate things and I am very experienced is breaking things. The hardest part however? Reading the instructions. As tedious as it can be, if you aren't prepared to have your brain go insane over repetition, you shall not succeed.

[Q] Talk to me about your case fans? [A] I have Corsair case fans, a Pro ML (LED) fan for the rear exhaust, one AF120 fan on the bottom intake. 2 stock fans on the front intakes, I believe they are AF140 or SP140? And for the radiator on the H110i GTX I have 2 ML fans (non-led) set to exhaust. The ML series were release this July, they are improved over ball-bearing predecessors but at a cost of a higher price. They look fantastic.

[Q] How is the GPU? [A] It was an aesthetic choice but luckily, the Palit 1070 is a brilliant card, one of the best 1070's actually. Very quiet and top performance. The colours were brave (White and blue) and they happened to match my build colours, the RGB Led is a cool gimmick but the way it transitions in rainbow mode is pretty ugly (it just changes instantly) so I leave it set to one colour. I will upgrade to a special 1080ti if Galax/KFA2 can release one in time.

[Q] What's the overclocking like? [A] OC is reserved for when it's absolutely necessary. This PC runs stock. No overclocking whatsoever, but it's good to know I have some more 'oomph' should I ever need it.

[Q] Bruh... [A] Say no more fam.

[Q] How is the gaming? And that chair? [A] Excellent. It's all I ever imagined it to be. Super smooth, silky gameplay and detailed graphics. Games like GTA5 and Dark Souls 3 are stunning, Fallout 4 looks good after some graphical mods. Metal Gear Solid 5 is a masterpiece. The DXRacer KING Series chair is suited for taller people (6ft3) so it fits snug around the hips, back support is great although the armrests are a little tacky cheap. It's a great chair which also goes well with my whole build and desk :)

[Q] No speakers? I saw some cube shaped ones, what are those? [A] Nope. I have AKG K551 stereo headphones for viewing, and my Astro A50 7.1's for gaming (pretty mediocre). No one else will use this PC so a set of speakers isn't needed. In the future however, I will get a good sound system. I've been looking at Boston Acoustics 5.1 XS, Mission speakers and also Tannoy and obviously Wharfdale 9's, all are 10 out of 10 speakers.

Feedback and suggestions, more questions? All sincerely appreciated, thank you for viewing!

London, United Kingdom.

Part Reviews


Fantastic CPU for all round task-intensive use.

CPU Cooler

Keeps CPU temperature in the low/ mid 20's on idle. Stock fans aren't that quite on normal mode.


Top spec motherboard, tons of features aswell as crazy overclocking options. Not to mention the sublime design.


Great looking RAM from Corsair. Superior performance on stock clocks!


Obligatory well performing SSD.

Video Card

One of, if not the current best Nvidia 1070 available. Cool temps and top performance.


Huge case, perfect for future proofing.

Power Supply

Fully modular, that's what you need to have a good looking build!


Phenomenal performance. Anti-Glare is disappointing, looks like it's constantly half wet.


Great keyboard for gaming, love the mechanical architecture, MX Brown keys.


My favourite mouse ever owned.


Extremely comfortable, sound quality is good but nothing compared to proper audiophile headphones. Silly price.


Ridiculous sound stage, excellent lows, mids and highs. Best of the best.

External Storage

Backup? Backup.

Comments Sorted by:

Aceboyz 4 points 31 months ago

You my friend have a lot of cable management lessons to be learned.


8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Yup, that's my weakest part of this stuff. I had no plans whatsoever where to put wires through, especially the fan wiring. I will be getting full custom sleeved cables for the PSU, that would make a big difference.

aaron.hossain75 2 points 31 months ago

NIce Build!

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

thanks aaron

sw3dishfish4life 2 points 31 months ago

I'm just speechless on how sick that whole setup look's.

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

thanks dude, I only wish the motherboard had the slots set slightly high as you can't really see the GPU at normal eye level.

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someta 4 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Welcome to the PC Masterrace jokes! And this is a very impressive build. Especially for a first time builder. My first rig worked and ran cool, but didn't look cool like this (and even my second/current one isn't as nice)!

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

thank you Someta, that's a nice compliment. I think the Corsar 760T case helped alot as it's good at hiding wires around the back, and the ASUS 3.1 Deluxe X99 motherboard's layout is very clean.

hcoke 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

This is such a pleasing build to look at. The colors work really well. I recently did a purely black and white build but after seeing this I might need to add some blue LEDs. The only thing I would say you should fix is your GPU power cables. From the power supply loop them back behind your cable management wall. Then have them re-enter the main compartment in one of those middle rubber guarded holes and connect them to the GPU so that there is minimal wire showing. I think that would clean up the front a lot and make it look perfect! Really nice build!

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

You're right! that's what I plan to do with the custom cables once they arrive, I'll loop them under and behind. I was hoping to get some sort of plate that could hide the cables from the bottom, NZXT does a better job of allowing one to hide cables better.

wilkmorbey 2 points 31 months ago

Really cool build and set up! As others have said cable management could be better but you're getting custom cables so I guess you've got it sorted! Nice choice of parts too

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Yeah the cable management is poor, I'll make use of the zipties properly aswell, those cable combs are expensive, I feel like just getting a 3D printer and make them myself!

wilkmorbey 1 point 31 months ago

I'm planning on getting cable combs too! I may 3D print a panel to cover the USB headers at the bottom of my motherboard, would look much better!

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

BAM! You're a mind reader, I have a white plastic plate that I could fit to hide the PSU wiring, which would save me on the custom set of wires, but I'm looking for a black panel. Good idea either way.

wilkmorbey 2 points 31 months ago

If you ever get your hands on a way to do so drop me a message. Think it would greatly improve the look of my PC!

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

will keep you posted on progress.

rmad26 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Pretty awesome build. This is the only case I would get if I hadn't gotten the storm trooper.

adrian_torres01 2 points 30 months ago

...This is officially the only thing I care about...

For real, though? Very nice build! I'm just about to purchase parts for my first-ever build as well! I'm using the same basic components but was wondering what other cosmetic decisions people have made. Mine keeps with a basic black theme with some silver accents here and there in a black corsair carbide air 240 case. I've got a small desk so I didn't want any flashy design choices to steal most of the visual space for my workstation. After seeing this, though, maybe it could be worth it to throw in at least one or two little LEDs? White might work better than blue for mine, though. Thanks for posting this and helping my decision! And congrats on the sexy build xD

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

thanks adrien, yeah I recommend getting a set of LED strips, they are very cheap, about the same price as a set of cable combs :(

PCIntake 2 points 28 months ago

This is surprisingly very similar to mine... same mousepad, same mouse (white tho), same keyboard, same case, same equivalent of mobo (I have the Z170 Deluxe), same SSD brand (but 250) aaand same PSU... wow.... +1, this is almost like putting my PC in the mirror haha

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Good to know there's someone else with the same great taste!!

Jacob_LePage 1 point 31 months ago

Did this come with or without the Pepsi?

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Ha, I used that for people to compare the size of the GPU, the front cover is huge. I was surprised it didn't sag when fitted.

bestwestern 1 point 31 months ago

Nice build :) Could you fit another 1070 gamerock in SLI?

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Easily, BUT I don't believe the 1070 or 1080 in SLI is worth it. I am selling the BenQ so I'll use that money on top with the 1070 to get a 1080ti when it arrives and by then, I may swap some things around and rebuild this.

soldier5637 5 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

What the hell is Palit though.

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

lol, I believe they're owned by PNY? I might be wrong, but I know they also make Gainward graphics cards!

Flashtro 1 point 31 months ago


Matomix 1 point 30 months ago

Absolutely brilliant build! I'm planning on doing a similar build soon with the Corsair 760T!

What desk is that btw?

8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Unfortunately, this build has died LOL. Mobo is faulty, so looks like I'll be doing a V2 very soon!

The desk is a Galant from IKEA (discontinued though) I purchased off eBay used.

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8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

They are great, less noise, better air flow and lower RPMs for more peace and quiet, compared to my Airflow Series and SP Series fans. I wouldn't say they're worth the higher price tag though, I'd recommend waiting for a price drop OR sell your current ones and put some money for the ML series. They certainly look great.

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8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I wish these had the ring design, they are the best looking LED fans you can get.

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8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

thank you Geekazoid!

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8686sid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Appreciated! I will update this build when I get all the right cables and have them tucked away neatly.