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First Build. Excitement got the best of me...

by Wakibara


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Date Published

Jan. 1, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 31, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.377 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.2 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


Before this, I used a $600 pre-built (with probably $300 worth of parts, being optimistic) to spending nearly 3k on my first build in total.

Originally, I was planning on spending maybe 1.5k at best... then everything got WAY out of control.

Using it for primarily gaming, media, and programming.

Got maybe half of them at a stellar price during various sales since October (very rough estimate).

Got lazy towards the end, have to make the front neater.

Still awaiting the final piece, the monitor to come in. Saw it on sale briefly on Newegg by coincidence and jumped at it as I saw that other monitors that I was looking at (ROG Swift PG279Q, Acer Predator X34) were out of stock pretty much everywhere (or $300+ above MSRP), as well as many complaints about poor QC on both. I got the XB271HU because for the most part, the complaints were not as bad as the other two.

Part Reviews


Originally was going to go the Skylake route, but found an extremely good deal on my motherboard and my CPU, so decided not to in the end.

I don't regret it one bit. Have to OC this soon to see some even better results.

CPU Cooler

Keeps temps around 30-35c idle. Looks great and performs just as well.

Bit overpriced. Could've got something like a Corsair H110i GT(X) for a little cheaper and similar performance but from my experience, the CAM software is more useful than Corsair Link when I played with it on a friend's computer.


Great motherboard. Pretty easy to work with. Got it on a Black Friday sale. For the price, it's amazing, no complaints so far.


Pretty solid all around. Not much to say, gets the job done is all.


Going from an HDD to an SSD has been mind blowing. Insanely fast...


Can't tell too much difference from a regular Seagate ST1000DM003 or WD Blue, but decided "why not" at this price.

Video Card

Just arrived on New Year's Eve. Through Fire Strike tests, I have never seen it exceed 70c. Idles around 30-35c. Temps are great. Scored around 16.4k so far, have to find some time to finetune the OC as I was just messing around at first.

Only complaints are that the tubing is a bit stiff. Made it difficult to attach the fan somewhere as it is difficult to bend. Also, the OC Guru software is kind of poorly designed, so you're better off using something better like MSI AfterBurner/EVGA PrecisionX


Easy to work with, spacious, looks fantastic. My terrible camera doesn't do the LEDs justice. The first picture is actually more of a white color than blue.

Power Supply

Bit overkill for a single-card set up (for now) but I got a great deal on it online, so jumped on it as it'll serve me for a long time.


Went from a Microsoft Optical mouse to this. Can't say too much about it. Feels great, and the buttons are nicely placed.

Just wish the LED was RGB, then it would be perfect.


Sounds okay, not bad, not amazing. Decent budget speakers. More than sufficient to just fill up a single bedroom.

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Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

Hey if you're going to go overboard get the best you can afford, right? Nice parts. Bet that joker games really well. +1

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

True! I don't regret going overboard after it was all and done. It runs superbly

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I'd bet that would look awesome on a big 4k tv

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Indeed, though for now, I'm satisfied w/ a 2k monitor. Tempting recommendation though...

chris.3488 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Where did you get the monitor from?

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Picked it up from Newegg. Recently released I believe, they ran out of stock within a few hours. I only know that Amazon/Newegg sell it, not sure where else.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

So how long will you be satisfied with the power? I give it 3 months at BEST before you add another 980 ti in sli. :P

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Hm... hard question. Maybe you are right and I'll end up throwing another one in there in three months or less. Though, if I were to, I'd want to get the same exact card (hard to come by though) but the issue with that is that I'm completely out of space for fans, I think. 280mm rad w/ fans + 140mm on top, 140mm on rear, 200mm in front, and threw the fan w/ my GPU onto the top hard drive bay.

Only options left would be to remove the shroud and place it on the floor of the case, though I really like how the shroud looks.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

oh, then new case it is!

chasm31 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

+1 Nice build. I would run MSI Afterburner. I tried using Gigabyte OC Guru and gave up on it.

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Oh yeah... forgot about that. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

staples93 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I would say look at EVGA precision too. I used afterburner for a bit but I like EVGA's program better, it also seems more stable for me. Both are good programs, so you'll just have to see which you like better.

Also, +1 :D

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

nice to see the water-cooled gigabyte 980ti!!

You did a great job selecting the components!! The Enthoo luxe case is a beauty!! I love your build! +1

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, the water-cooled GIgabyte 980 TI is an absolute beast.

The Luxe... the pictures honestly don't do it any justice. It's a beautiful case with tons of space and great build quality.

Hamza1299 1 point 39 months ago

How is it in terms of cooling ? Does it run hot?

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Not really. I never see it surpass ~70C or so even during FireStrike w/ an ASIC of 79.5%

KaiserSenpai 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Overboard is better than underboard!

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Indeed, was scared at first but once the parts all came... no regrets.

mb67 5 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Nice! +1 I understand the out of control thing- My budget limit was around $900 but I'm up to $1,500 now. Just waiting on the last couple of pieces to come in. :-P

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Yeah, I mean... if I ordered it all at once I'd be pretty reluctant to dropping this much money at once.

But, I ordered everything over a couple months. Forgot to keep tracking costs and for the last two pieces (GPU/Monitor), decided to just throw it all down and go for it

mb67 5 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

It's taken me a couple of months to get this far, but I actually started out with getting the monitor first. Everything I bought so far has been on sale so I can take comfort in that. :-P

This monitor: (21:9 34" WQHD (3440x1440) http://i.imgur.com/C9YPbmRh.jpg

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Ah, nice. Lots of money saved. That monitor looks pretty awesome too. Was thinking of grabbing a 4k monitor too, but I'll save that plan for later.

Acs328i 1 point 40 months ago

I hear that! I told myself I was only going to spend 1500. Then I ended up spending 2400. THEN I NEEDED A WATER LOOP! Then i Wanted to go crossfire x with a second 390x. Then I wanted upgrade the loop!

I totally feel ya. Wait until you get into watercooling though, A good loop really adds up. Im about 900 into my water loop :x

Acs328i 1 point 40 months ago

BY THE WAY, I have a msi gaming board too ! MSI Gaming 7 ftw! Love this board! How are you liking yours?

Wakibara submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Was thinking about getting into water cooling. Maybe the next time I have a bunch of time on my hands I'll seriously look into it. $900 is pretty crazy, damn...

The MSI board is doing pretty well. I like it so far and got it for so cheap that it's hard to complain about anything. Looks nice, inexpensive, BIOS are pretty easy to navigate too.

Darzael 1 point 39 months ago

I'm having difficulty finding info on the length of the hose on that gpu and the rad/fan size. Could ya confirm that for me? Thanks!

This card is nice and short (compared to 3-fan 980ti) to slide in a tight squeeze (beside a push/pull 280 rad) for my upcoming build.

Gkender 1 point 37 months ago

Jesus, is that GPU Memory clock for real? 7.2GHz is insane.