First ever PC build! After years of being a console/ mac gamer, I decided to jump in with both feet and up my gaming experience. I wanted something that would be a quality machine for now and at least 4-5 years to come, and was willing to spend (see: overspend) to make it. All in all I had a blast from researching to building to tinkering, and I want to thank pcpartpicker.com and its community for being such an incredible resource. I completed the initial build in September, and naturally I've already helped 2 other friends with their build since :)
I'll go into a more thorough discussion of each part shortly, but for some of its main features:
The name, courtesy of Tobias Fünke, is a reference to this being an entirely air-cooled system. I could say that I went with air cooling vs water cooling for reasons of durability, yada yada yada, but the truth is I saw the Cryorig R1 and said "wow that looks cool!", so there you go. The name is also appropriate because you better believe I sacrificed silence at the altar of performance and temperature. It's not deafening, but quiet it is not. I'm more than happy with my temps considering my overclocks...we'll see how summertime and a higher ambient temperature affects things.
Why X99, and why the 5820K? The more I read on the subject, the more it was clear that while right now you're likely to have better gaming performance on an OC'd 4 core processor vs a 6 core, there's a good chance that games developed over the next 4-5 years will better utilize the additional cores. Additionally, I had originally thought I'd add a 2nd 980 ti in SLI, and wanted to be sure I had the full allotment of PCI E lanes the Haswell E lineup afforded. Now, I'd say it's more likely I'll use up those lanes with additional PCI E storage and swap out cards a couple years down the line, but I'm glad to have the option either way. Finally, all reviews and tests indicated that the 5820K was a more than capable overclocker, and factor in a Microcenter sale for $300 and that was that.
What's up with the Intel 535 120 Gb? I got it for one thing only: to some day be a Hackintosh boot drive. Thus far my attempts have been unsuccessful, but I haven't put a TON of effort into working out those issues. Someday, I will have my PC cake and eat my Mac cake too!
Why a 980 Ti and not a cheaper card to replace once Pascal is out? Because...shut up! I might have done that in retrospect, but really, I couldn't be happier with the build right now. No regrets!
Finally, the most high-tech feature of the build: the Evercool 5.25" Black Drive Bay storage box. Because why wouldn't your PC have a drawer? Where'd that one flash drive go? Oh yeah, it's there!
I love this thing, I've loved learning everything about the process, and am excited to share with the community! Any and all feedback is appreciated and welcome!
BA little CPU. Stable OC of 4.7 ghz at 1.3 V, just been a beast. Decided I didn't need the extra 12 PCI lanes from the 5930K, and I do not regret that decision one bit. Having such an awesome overclocker didn't hurt.
This thing really blows! Really though, it looks great and works about as well as any air cooler could on my CPU. I'd go so far as to say that 70 degree load temps on a OCd 5820K is just fine for an air cooler.
This board does everything I need it to, easy to work with in OCing, and has given me zero issues since I purchased it.
It's nice to have this thing as a boot drive. I initially installed Windows w/o updating the NVMe protocol in BIOS, so I wasn't getting the screaming fast read/ write speeds as advertised. Updated the BIOS, reset Windows and bam! Who has time for load screens amirite?
I'm just as happy that this performs as advertised as I am with the perfect little spot I found to mount it on the floor of my case, between my bottom intake fan and my PSU. Thanks for the removeable HDD trays, Fractal Design!
It. Rocks. Hard. Even OCs a bit, you know, if you want to beat your all time Firestrike score. Fun game, Firestrike.
What a great case. Built to be intuitive, easy to configure, cable management was a DREAM, love that I could toss out the HDD trays. If the Define S had been around when I first built this, I might have gone for that instead, but I still love this thing. Even if the LED light on front is a little too bright :p
Too much power for my rig? Unquestionably. Is my rig's power very, very well conditioned and efficient? Unquestionably.
Went from 1080p to this and...yeah. This is just a little bit better. That was sarcastic.