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Draco Imperator

by vekspec


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Date Published

June 14, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.84 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.108 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C


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

Part Reviews


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.

Video Card

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.

Comments Sorted by:

texasmayne 4 Builds 5 points 32 months ago

debating whether to get an assault rifle, or a 1080

madurham84 3 Builds 7 points 32 months ago

The rifle never drops in value, better long term investment.

ATXON 3 points 32 months ago

Yeah, that's pretty much inarguable...

But can it run Crysis? ;)

madurham84 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

lol got me there

johnvossen 5 points 32 months ago

Why not both ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

with Azeroth in turmoil, I would get a blunderbuss, unless you are certain you can defend your family with 2 100mm twin frozr fans... xD

madurham84 3 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

Nice build; curious, are you seeing a difference on fallout 4 running faster DDR3 ram?

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

I have indeed. The max fps hasn't changed much but the min fps is much higher resulting in a more smooth feeling. I haven't ran any benchmarks or anything but on 1866 ram there would be dips in city areas, small but noticeable. On 2400 ram it's nearly all ironed out.

madurham84 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

That's good to hear, I'm not quite ready to change processors and jump to DDR-4 but the min FPS in the cities is making the game sluggish. Great info; thanks!

cbalmaceda 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

I'm curious, what are your CPU and GPU temps when idling and under load? Thanks and nice build.

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you! much appreciated! :)

I ran Firestrike I have the following data: CPU Idle: 33C CPU Load: 61C GPU Idle: 48C GPU Load: 67C

This is running the 1080 using the MSI App on OC Mode.

cbalmaceda 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you very much for the info! :) That GTX 1080 looks like a beast!

pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

The MSI 1080 is a beauty..


Pyromaniac579 2 points 32 months ago

love the stuffed animal in first pic +1

Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Damn, I love that GPU! MSI nailed it!

StickyStix 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Sweet build!!! I love that case and how the window is huge. I admire all of those awesome lights. :D

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

thank you! :) love the case very much! it's very heavy to move though.

warden66 1 point 32 months ago

If you wanted you could just swap the fans to the top of the rad and therefore hide them, but if you don't really care about looks just leave em. Anyways sweet build, lovin the 1080. +1

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

thanks! :)

actually I might consider that, a pull set up instead of push.

DayQuil_Man 1 point 32 months ago

Great build +1.

Just wondering how that fan setup is working out for you? I'm going to be building my PC in the same case with the same fan setup.

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I think it is working out well. Originally I had only 2 intakes and one exhaust. added more fans in later. not sure if this the optimal airflow set up but my MB/Case temps have been cool and consistent.

Thank you :)

Akben 1 point 32 months ago

I don't want to sound stupid but when you installed Windows did you use the ssd or the hard drive to store it ? Just wondering I'm new to this stuff :(

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

the SSD. windows doesn't take much space so a 128GB is plenty. by storing to the SSD, the boot time, application speed and overall response is increased to "ludicrous speed" compared to HDD ;)

Akben 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks lol

Elite_Omega420 1 point 32 months ago

Have you had any issues with the keyboard, are the leds bright?

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

The only issue is the key clacking as it's mechanical. If you don't like the sound or if folks in vent complain then the solution is the Stealth model. xD other than that I havent encountered any real issue lol

Imo the led is just bright enough. Not too bright and not too dim.

Elite_Omega420 1 point 32 months ago

The reason I ask is because I can't decide between the Blackwidow Chroma vs the Blackwidow X Chroma.

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Never heard of the X before. must be new.

Looking at some reviews it looks like a more entry level to the standard Blackwidow Ultimate, ie more affordable Blackwidow so I'm going to say:

Blackwidow Chroma > Blackwidow X Chroma

Elite_Omega420 1 point 32 months ago

But doesn't the chroma(original) have that cheap plastic stuff that pics up all the fingerprints and oils?

leooooo 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Great color combo, debating btwn black/red vs black/white for my build

vekspec submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Red and black is probably the easiest. But I'd do black and white if I could redo it. It's brighter and cleaner looking.

badjazy 1 point 23 months ago

The GPU is still too expensive in my country, even after the drop.

jashan0singh 1 point 13 months ago

Is the monitor worth?

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vekspec submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I have an Asus PCIE wireless adapter near the psu connected to the 3rd pcie slot. You can see it on pic #9 :)