This is version two of my custom built gaming PC, The Red Viper. Improvements compared to the Original Red Viper are a new Full tower ATX case, aftermarket CPU cooler, another GTX 970 for 2-Way-SLI, 750 Watt Platinum Rated PSU, optical drive, and a fan controller.

Part Reviews


It may not be a fancy new 6th generation Intel i7. But this CPU runs strong and bulls anything I throw at it out of the way. I have no intention on overclocking it because in my opinion 4.0GHz is more then enough for anything. Even though i know this processor is capable of being clocked up to 5.0GHz with the right cooling hardware.

No complaints. It may be older but it runs like a champ. Great for someone on a budget looking to get the most bang for their buck.

CPU Cooler

I had $100.00 so i figured i'd buy a few smaller upgrades for my pc. This was one of them, now honestly I don't believe that i REALLY needed an aftermarket CPU cooler because surprisingly enough the little dinky stock cooler that my FX-8350 came with was doing the job very well indeed. I honestly don't notice much of a difference in temperatures. But the stock cooler is ugly looking and i figured it was time for an upgrade.

Does the job, good quality and can support 2, 120mm fans on either side of it for a push/pull configuration.

Overall: Good Product!

Thermal Compound

Well, If i wasn't such a dope and payed more attention. I would have realised that this is thermal ADHESIVE.

I question the motive behind wanting to basically, super glue your cpu cooler to your CPU.

No matter the case, I'm sure its a great product. Arctic silver always is. I just don't wish to permanently bond my cooler to the CPU lol.


Great board for starters. Features all the things needed to build a great gaming computer. The only complaint I have is that it doesn't have a USB 3.0 header. But i guess that's what you get when you are on a budget.

It has been running strong for the whole time i have had it.

Once again: Great board for anyone on a budget or just newbies.


Not much to say about this, 16 Gigs, 1866MHz. It's RAM...RAM is RAM lol.

Does the job very well. Only annoyance was having to go into the BIOS and changing some settings around to get it up to the intended 1866MHz clock speed.

I like the red cap, looks good in my Red color themed build.


Absolutely NO, need to go buy an expensive Samsung brand SSD of the same capacity. This works just as well.

HDD Boot Time: ~ 1 Minute

SSD Boot Time: 12-14 Seconds

^ That says it all. Great Product!


It's a 1 TB Hard drive. Nothing to say, does the job haha.

Good product and cheap for the capacity.

Video Card

Great GPU. It may not be very glamerous looking compared to other cards. But i bought this specifically because of the blower style cooler. It is the best type of cooller for running SLI because it just blows the heat out the back of the case instead of back into the case. Great for close quarters that happen with SLI.


Great case! I spent hours looking through the multiple full tower atx cases on the market. My main selling point was the promise of future water cooling. This case sealed the deal for me being able to support 10, 120/140mm case fans. It can support up to a 360mm radiator on the top, a 240mm radiator on the bottom, and a 140mm radiator on the back. Perfect for any type of water cooling setup i can think of.

Now besides that, it is a great quality product. Very sturdy feeling. The larger then average thumb screws are a nice touch. Sleek design, great looks. The 4, 5.25" inch bays are nice. One of the bays being an internal bay which would be good for something like a drive bay water pump or reservoir. Everything is an easy tool-less design that makes switching parts easy and painless.

The only thing that aggravates me about this case is the side window is tinted so much that you can barely tell that my LED lights are on inside the case when the panel is on.

10/10 Glad I chose this case!

Power Supply

Great power supply. I originally had a Cooler Master G650M 80+ Bronze rated. This thing is a massive step up in quality. 80+ Platinum rated for a 750 watt PSU is amazing for this price. I honestly just don't have that much to say about this power supply because their really isn't that much to say other then: It runs great, looks great, and does the job great!

Optical Drive

I honestly don't have anything bad to say about this product. I've only used it once to watch a movie. I really only bought it to have it in case I needed it for something. It does the job.

Fan Controller

Great product. Not a whole lot to say about it, because it's simple and does the job very well. That's what I love about this product, the simplicity of it. Simple slider's to controll the speeds. I have all the case fans in my case hooked up to this, that's 9 fans in totall (A few have splitters). Great fan controller and looks good too in my case.


Great headset! Good sound and multiple sound profiles.

EXTREMELY comfortable. The ear cups design is that so it will perfectly fit around your ear without crushing your ear. I can go all day wearing these non stop whereas with other headphones i could only go an hour or two before my ears hurt.

Only problem I had is that i accidently broke the usb plug by bending it while reaching for something on my dresser. I fixed this by finding an old USB charger and cutting it and splicing it onto the end of the headset's cord. Works fine.


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  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Sorry it might just be me but I cried a little when I saw that you used an AMD processor but chose Nvidias 970 over something like AMDs 390. Still a solid build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me, I thought about going with R9 390's. But, at the point i discovered the 390. I already had a GTX 970. But the real reason i decided to stay away from AMD GPU's is because i've heard that they have really ****** drivers. That and because of the power draw for a single R9 390. A single 390 Draws like 5 more watts then a Titan X or 980ti does. So to go crossfire with a 390 i would need to spend even more cash to get a higher wattage PSU then 750.

This rig alone with the dual 970's costs me around an extra 50-60 bucks a month on my electric bill. I get the feeling 2, R9 390's would kill me.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah.. when I had wrote that comment, the only thing I could think of was that it may be about the higher PSU requirements of AMDs GPUs

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Odd fan orientation, mind explaining?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The rear fan blows air onto the cpu cooler (that fan was set up that way from the factory and was too lazy to change it) The first top fan (140mm) blows hot exaust out the top, as does the second fan (120mm), because the third fan (120mm) is not over any motherboard parts i had it blowing air into the case to increase the airflow. The front 140's are also intake, as is the bottom 140.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, for a few extra degrees lower in CPU temps I suggest flipping the rear fan to exhaust out the back and orient the CPU cooler to exhaust out that side rear exhaust. This will provide fresh air from the front of the case through the CPU cooler rather than less air off the pcb of the GPU.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me, the CPU can't get any lower temps. I have tried many orientations. 24C is the lowest i can get it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Re-orienting the CPU does not make a huge difference which explains the same temp in every orientation. With that rear fan in-taking air it does create positive airflow in the case (more air coming in then going out) which means there is hot air floating in the case. This can affect certain parts such as motherboard chip sets and other modules on the motherboard and things like your graphics card. It is your system and completely your decision. In reality most people get an upgrade anyways before any noticeable symptoms occur anyways. Nice build though +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice build man love the dual 970s and i have the same headset and i love it :) +1 from me

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Got a bottleneck... Get a i5 4960k and you'll be better off besides a i5 4960k > Any AMD CPU

And a 980tis are superior to the inferior and waste of money 970 SLI

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like your Corsair VOID? I think it looks amazing, how is the quality, comfort, sound?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it, before this I was using Turtlebeach X42's. I had them from a while ago when i had an Xbox 360. They did the job just fine.

The main selling point for this headset to me is the ear cup shape. The odd shape is PERFECTLY designed to go around your ear. Like with my X42's i could only wear them for like an hour or 2 straight before it made my ears hurt by basically crushing them. But with the shape of the VOID's ear cups i can wear them all day and i do. No fatique or anything!

Great quality, its sturdy great construction. Doesnt feel at all cheap. I went with the USB version on purpose because wireless can be such a pain in the ***. But great headset. I would recomend it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm kind of wondering why the fans are set up that way. Also your cable management looks fine, but peering through the case it looks like you might be hiding a catastrophe. Lastly, if your lighting has an RGB controller, I would try to get a slightly darker red. They kinda look orange to me.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what I said to paintboy131 regarding my fans :

"The rear fan blows air onto the cpu cooler (that fan was set up that way from the factory and was too lazy to change it) The first top fan (140mm) blows hot exaust out the top, as does the second fan (120mm), because the third fan (120mm) is not over any motherboard parts i had it blowing air into the case to increase the airflow. The front 140's are also intake, as is the bottom 140."

Yeah, the back the back panel is a bit of a disaster zone. The problem is that pretty much all the cables cross over each other at one point. So major build up. I need to do a re-wiring.

Also, unfortunately my lighting is not RGB. It is NZXT Sleeved LED Lights.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually never used the thermal adhesive. I did not realize it was an adhesive when I purchased it. Seeing as it is pretty much a permanent bond between the heat sink and the CPU I didn't use it. So, long story short I have no clue how long it takes for the adhesive to bond and/or dry.