The Rise of the Dragon Emperor
The Imperator has now been infused with the power of the Red Dragon
CPU: Remaining with the same 4790K. CPU has been overclocked under H105 to 4.7ghz/1.225v stable.
CPU Cooler: H105 with Noctua NF-F12 fans. Not the best looking fan and ruins the red theme but they are one of the best fans for radiators. Plus with it tucked in on the top, you can't really see them unless you are looking from below.
Motherboard: Z97X-Gaming 7. Always have trusted Gigabyte. The board has not let me down. Great design and solid with overclocking.
Memory: Memory has been upgraded to GSkill 16GB DDR3-2400s. It was upgraded to faster speed RAM because, 1) it was on sale on Newegg and 2) Fallout 4 apparently improves with performance the faster the RAM speed. some benchmarks show 10 FPS bump. and being dual-channel, ofc, is better :)
SSD/HDD: Samsung EVOs, excellent SSDs as everyone knows. 850 EVO for OS/Prog, 250GB 850 EVO for most used games. WD Black for everything else. WD makes awesome drives and the Blacks are amazing.
GPU: NEW Behold the power of the dragon! Meet the new MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G. The card was very hard to get and I'm glad it was in stock for a brief moment. Sadly all the companies are overcharging due to the limited stock and MSI isn't an exception. $70 more than the nearest competitor. But as everyone says, when paying $650+ already, what's $70 more? xD
The GPU comes with two RGB LEDs. One for the logo and one on the front stripes. Sadly only the logo can be color changed, the stripes cannot be but can do many different themes like breathing or "Jazz". Red color chose for the theme.
Case: Remains the same. Absolutely beautiful, huge side window is a plus and there are tons of room for stuff and cables. Just a bit heavy.
PSU: EVGA SuperNova G2 750. Same solid PSU rocking two 970s and now a 1080.
Firestrike and Firestrike Ultra scores posted in pictures. Disregard the "error" as the app has not recognize the GPU yet.
Please feel free to share your comments or suggestions.
10/4 updates: Replacing Noctua fans with ML120s. apparently the NF F12s aren't the best for rads, more so for air cooling
A great chip and a great overclocker. Although probably overpowered for most people if you want a good cpu that will last for sometime, this is definitely one to get.
Amazing card. The LEDs are cool to play around with. The zero frozer keeps everything cool and MSI is usually great at overclocking. The only atm is the price. It's the most expensive 1080 currently at $720.