Description

This build has been an ongoing project. It started almost 2 years ago with an i5 and 750ti. As time went on and I become obsessed with upgrading my machine with an emphasis on both price to performance and aesthetics. First I upgraded the case, next the GPU, then switched to the X99 platform, and most recently I made upgrades to cooling and switched GPUs again. I very happy with how far this build has come. I mainly use this system for gaming although I have recently started getting into some audio and video editing. So far I haven't had a single problem with any of the components and I am very impressed with the performance I am getting. I do plan to upgrade my RAM to either 16 or 32gb whenever I can find a good deal. I'd like to thank both Microcenter and Newegg for having such great deals that allowed me to get the CPU, Motherboard and GPUs for such low prices. Aside from some custom sleeved cables whenever I get around to learning how to do that, I think I will keep this machine in its current configuration for a while. Let me know what you all think of this build and if anyone has suggestions on what I could do next!

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent processor considering the price I got it for. Gotta love Microcenter's motherboard CPU bundles. Overclocked to 4GHz no problem.

CPU Cooler

Great CPU cooler. Keeps my 5820k running nice and cool. Only complaint is the crazy loud fans that come with it. Replaced those for some nf-f12s and now it's dead silent.

Motherboard

Really the only reason I got this board was for the insane deal I got on it. $70 for X99? Count me in. I havent had an problems with it although the lighting is a bit more yellow than the rest of the gold accents which makes it kind of ugly. I just shut that off in the BIOS tho so I'm not complaining considering the price.

Storage

Was the best SATA SSD back when I bought it. Makes booting into my OS quick as could be.

Storage

Quick and reliable mass storage. I have 2 running in RAID 1 for some pescar of mind as all of my school and work documents are saved on this machine.

Video Card

Probably the best deal I got in this machine. I paid $259 for each of these monsters with a $20 rebate. For $500 I got more performance than I could with a single 1080 for over $100 less. Plus having two GPUs and HBM is pretty awesome too. I pulled a graphics score of 30,555 on 3DMark Firestrike running at stock frequencies.

Case

Big. A**. Cube. This is a massive case. Plenty of room to work in and cable management is a breeze. If you've got the space for it I highly recommend it.

Power Supply

Clean, reliable power at a good price. The all black cables are and added bonus for keeping things looking good without having to shell out the extra money for custom sleeved cables.

Operating System

Windows is a no brainer for any custom PC build. Sure you can try to get a Hackintosh working but in my experience it's never worth the trouble. Make sure you make your own bootable USB and get a cheap activation key online. No need to pay $100 for your OS.

Case Fan

Gold standard for silent and effective case fans. Once you get past the ugly colors you will fall in love with these fans. I got them to replace the stock fans on my H100i, but will probably get a few more to replace all of my case fans.

Case Fan

I got these purely for aesthetic purposes as they matched the 2 140mm led fans that came with my Air 540. They are a little too loud for my tastes, but after ramping down their speed in the BIOS I can live with them for now.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

From a fellow 5820k and R9 Fury owner, I love it! +1!

Is the 5820k handling the two Furys well? I don't think I'll get a second Fury, but it's a thought lingering in the back of my head. How's the scaling in BF1 or Overwatch?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems to handle the pair without a problem! I haven't had a chance to do much of a comparison between one card and two yet but I'll let you know when I do.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! My biggest concern with the GPU is the lack of VRAM. It doesn't make sense to me to have so much GPU power that's plenty enough to push high settings in 4K, but be limited by VRAM capacity. My main monitor is a 1080p display, but I still do own a 4K TV that I enjoy playing games on periodically. The VRAM capacity is whats stopping me from getting a second Fury. If it was 8GB or so, I wouldn't be as worried.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that is stunning.

The sli and the blackness of the build. Awesome job with asthetics. +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! I'm glad you like it. I love the look of black and silver together. I've got the same color combination on my keyboard and monitor too.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I am very partial to the 540 air myself. I love mine. This is a beautiful build. May I suggest possibly moving radiator fans to a push config through radiator out top? Cuts way down on noise and takes up some hose slack.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

How much of a noise reduction would that provide? I initially had the stock fans in push, but I moved the news ones to pull to both hide the ugly color of the noctua fans and to make cleaning a bit easier as dust won't get trapped between the radiator and fans as easily. I'm glad you like the build though! As big as the air 540 is, those two Fury cards sure make it look smaller haha.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct, cleaning is much easier. Noise difference was noticeable on my setup with OEM fans.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I am curious please add a benchmark (3DMark) Very good construction and pretty also :-)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't gotten around to over clocking my GPUs yet, but at stock speed I managed a firestrike score of 19,108 with a graphics score of 30,555. I added a picture of my resaults above.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Also I'm glad you like the way she looks! I tried my best to keep it looking good while still getting the best I could for the money.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

GTX 1080 killer for only 2/3 the price, very good deal on those R9 Fury cards.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

does the fan need the lighting node?

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!