Description

Finally decided to make a PCPP build of my rig, which I have been upgrading regularly (who doesn't?) since around March 2015.I built the PC strictly for gaming, but it gets just as many hours on YouTube and Reddit as it does in game.

The looks

Coming from a Cosmos II and an NZXT H440, I like clean and somewhat anonymous builds, so when the urge hit me a few months ago to swap case, the choice landed on a MasterCase Pro + the tempered glass addition, which I think looks amazing. The tinted glass really helps keep the PC low-key while still looking great. Now about the glass inside the case; a while back me and my friend was just admiring other builds here on PCPP (my friend got a build here as well) and stumbled upon this and straight up decided that as far as looks goes, the glass/mirror plate is the way to go and from there pretty shamefully did the same. What I did was measure the flat space on the PSU shroud where the glass plate was going to rest, and visited the local glass workshop, got a dark-tinted mirror for 100NOK, a bargain IMO. Used some double sided tape to secure it, and voilà. Now if anyone thinks about doing this, consider the holes in the PSU shroud for the USB, audio and front panel cables, as there is no way in hell they where fitting with the glass blocking them, I just barely got the 5 pin fan extension cable to fit. Other than that, it was a pain-free installation.

Before I jump into the actual hardware, let me just say that when I ordered the MB, CPU and RAM, price/performance wasn't exactly what I had in mind, I wanted something that would stand out, while performing well, not necessarily being the best purchase from a price-performance standpoint.

The CPU

I Went with the 5820k mainly because it was the the most affordable desktop CPU usable on the x99 chipset. Which was pretty new a the time, and also turned out to be a decent overclocker, while also being somewhat future proof (whatever that actually means in this computer world we live in) with its 6 cores + 6HT. I am able to push this to 4,65ghz stable under full load, but at the cost of good temps while gaming (hovering between 60-70degrees) and instead went with the much better temperature wise ~50 degrees while gaming.

The MB

I went all out with the motherboard, not even considering anything else, I was absolutely in love with the white shroud over the heatsinks and rear-IO plus the built-in audio. And got it almost strictly because of that. After all it does also include M2 (new at the time) a pretty damn good audio card, and plenty of expasnion possibilites with regards to plenty of sata and usb ports. It also supports plenty of fans (even more with the included extension card) and lastly, Wifi, wich is just straight up handy.

The Ram

Dominator Platinums, need I say more? They look amazeballs, lets not talk price.

The GPU

At the time, the 980 was the best card, maybe even including the titans. And liked the looks and general specs of the GPU, also got it for a good price so the choice was easy. The card was also fitted with a backplate ordered from EVGA. The card havent really turned out to be a good overclocker, doing +100mhz in some games okay, other games crashing at +50mhz core, at that point, why bother?

Storage

Had up until this summer been using the Samsung 830 as OS drive, but it being 20000 hours on-time, and 18TBW, I decided I'd upgrade before a system crash. I could after all loose my cookieclicker save! And got a good price on the 950PRO via my workplace, been the 950 since then as my OS drive and. And the 830 as my dedicated game storage.

Future

Will be upgrading GPU as soon as both Vega and Volta lands next year, depends on which is better. Will also be upgrading the Monitor then, most likely to an ultrawide à la the ROG Swift PG348Q.

As a final note, please ask questions if you have any, I'd be happy to answer any. Even adding pictures if there is something specific you want to see. And as a final final note, if you didn't catch it further up, check out my friends build, and a major inspiration for making the final touches, Ryanautry's build

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Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

Hey man is it just me or is that case gold ?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

It is black, but maybe you are one of the people that sees the dress as white and gold? :D

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahahaha wow, isnt it white and gold???? xD Yeah it looks like a gold metallic case ahhh

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks black to me :P On a more serious note i probably overdid the lighting when I took that picture, still think it shows off the glass pretty well.

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

When I went to click on your build it said your CPU was at 45.0 GHz lol

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

SILICON LOTTERY!!!!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I know, I just fixed, the preview hadn't updated yet ! :P

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm dying right now XD. But what if it was...

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally someone who tells us how they went about getting the bottom mirror for the case. Every time I see this in a build I ask. No responses. Thanks for the great attention to detail in your post.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, happy to help!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

The MoBo has eight slots for ram?!?!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Eight too few if you ask me, that ram swag is underrated.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This comment just confused the crap outta me lol. But why do you have eight ram sticks on the part list?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Worded it poorly I see, I meant I could have taken 8 more slots because those platinum bars look crazy good IMO :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Filled the part list as good as i could, so i could get a vague price estimate as well.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh haha. It would look good though. Don't they have other colors for them?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

They had an orange, more premium kit, dont know if they still do those, but they sell light bar inserts that comes with white and blue light, and other 3rd party manufacturers makes several different colors, like these

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

definetly a feature if you add more pictures. nice job!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Working on photos, kind of hard getting good photos with a phone and limited lighting :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

More pictures and you have a guaranteed feature. +1 :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

funny this case looks gold and white and a bit of black for me but those dom ram doo look good though

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice i love it :-)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean build bro, congrats! Hehe

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

DAMN! 1+! WOW!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any trouble mounting the rad on the top of the case? CoolerMasters product page says it's not possible, so I was wonering if you had to jump through any hoops to get it to work.