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Patriot's X99 Upgrade - 4K here I come

by PatriotXT1992



Date Published

April 13, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 20, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

500 MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C


Update: Swapped out monitor and GPU for a move to 4K.

This build shows the current state of my PC which has evolved a lot over the years. I just recently upgraded to the X99 platform from the P67 platform.

CPU: Intel Core i7 5820k Reasoning: I decided on the entry level 6 core i7 CPU as I tend to run various VM’s and occasionally convert video files using Handbrake. I also went with the 6 core to be more future proof as DirectX 12 becomes more popular.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i Reasoning: I have had this CPU cooler for over a year now. It still works great and keeps the i7 5820k nice and cool. I have replaced the fans with 2x 120mm Gentle Typhoon 1850 RPM fans. At 4.5GHz this combination keeps my CPU at 68-72 C under full load stress testing.

Motherboard: MSI X99A SLI Plus Reasoning: Part of why I went with this motherboard is due to it being a part of a 3-piece bundle on Newegg’s Black Friday deals. This board is affordable and comes with a reasonable amount of features. I have the i7 5820k overclocked at 4.5GHz on this board without any issues.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Reasoning: This memory was also a part of the Newegg bundle. It has a low CAS of 14 and can run at 2400 or 2666 mhz using the XMP profiles (note: The 2666 profile increases the timings, but the 2400 profile does not).

Storage: Crucial MX100 and MX200 Reasoning: I collected these two drives over the years of upgrades. They are currently running in Raid 0 and perform really well.

WD 1TB Black and WD 2TB Black Reasoning: I also collected these over the years of expanding storage. These are used for purely large file storage and backups.

GPU: XFX Fury X I just recently swapped out my 780 Ti for a Fury X while it was on sale. I also picked up a 4k monitor which the 780 Ti was struggling to support. I went with the Fury X for the quiet and cool operation and also to take advantage of my monitor's Freesync. I will use the Fury X until AMD's Vega comes out and there are reasonable sales.

Case: Corsair 750D Reasoning: This is a very roomy case that has a lot of potential with water cooling. I have replaced all the case fans with Noctua 140mm PWM fans to increase the airflow.

PSU: Corsair HX1000i Reasoning: I went with a 1000w PSU to be sure that I would be future proof. In the near future I may end up going SLI. I also wanted to be sure that I had enough power to handle any overclocking that I may do now and in the future. I also purchased a set of white sleeved cables to replace the terrible stock flat cables that it came with.

Monitor: LG 27UD68 4K and ASUS VG248QE Reasoning: This display was on sale at Best Buy. I picked up an open box one for $350 and it has been great. I kept my old 24" ASUS 144Hz monitor for when I want to play any fast paced FPS games.

Part Reviews


Great workstation/gaming CPU. It is worth it if you do more than just gaming. Mine was able to be overclocked to 4.5GHz with relative ease.

CPU Cooler

Really pleased with this cooler. For those that do not want to bother with creating a custom loop and like the 240 mm form factor it is a great option. Keeps my CPU below 75 C at 4.5GHz under stress testing.

Thermal Compound

Great thermal paste. I have used it on my CPU and GPU and both have relatively good temps. CPU stays below 75 C at 4.5 GHz and the GPU stays in the low 70's during 1440p gaming.


Good budget X99 board. You do not have to sacrifice too much while saving money. My only complaint is that I ended up running out of USB 2.0 headers between my Cosair PSU, Cooler, and front panel USB. Overclocking ability may not be the best but I was able to get my i7 5820k to 4.5GHz on this board.


Low CAS RAM that works. Not much else to say about it.


Very roomy full tower case. It leaves plenty of options for watercooling. Stock case fans are okay but not the best. Front panel USB would be better off with 4x USB 3.0 instead of 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0. Despite the small complaints I am happy with this case.

Power Supply

Nice and quiet platinum rated PSU that will be enough for most people's builds.

Comments Sorted by:

Redglitch 2 points 33 months ago



Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Nice. Hard to believe the 780ti would ever be in need of replacement, but 4k is here. Still a great build with a 4.5ghz oc setting. Good job.

Gooberdad thumbs up

(My voting is currently disabled by pcpartpicker staff so I cannot up vote your beautiful build)

Inferno331 1 point 33 months ago

Upvoting disabled? Lol what did you do

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

I angered the website gods

PatriotXT1992 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks. My wallet still feels the pain of buying the 780ti back then. If I didn't move from 1080p it would still have a couple more years left of solid use. At 1440p with some games (BF4) I have to turn the settings down to maintain a steady 60 FPS.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Yeah it is amazing how quickly technology changes. 780ti is still an awesome card. So you thinking of the jump again when the newest super computer gpu's go into production? I hope they aren't priced through the roof.

PatriotXT1992 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I haven't yet decided. I've been considering Crossfire/SLI with midrange cards. So far there's nothing but speculation about Pascal and Polaris. If there isn't enough of a performance jump I may just grab another 780ti and wait another generation or 2.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I was told a single generation jump was not enough of a performance increase to justify purchase in the past. We will see if the new tech is as big a leap as the hype.

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Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Hell yeah. Getrdone

Caminon 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Gotta say, pretty slick. Take my upvote.

Michelle.G 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Very, very nice!

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PatriotXT1992 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Sure, after I get off work I can add a few pics without the case lighting. I don't have a real camera but I'll see what I can do.

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PatriotXT1992 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Well I got distracted after work and forgot about taking pics. I set myself a reminder so I should add them later today.

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PatriotXT1992 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Updated with additional pics.