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$1500 Enthusiast Gaming Build - Featured Guide

by maclamby

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23 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 16, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.708 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Our featured build video had a target price of $1500 (USD), built around a red and black theme. You can read the full breakdown on part selection by checking out the Build Guide. A big thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard for this build.

Now on to some benchmarks (with more to come soon):

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test
FireStrike v1.1 14726 107.3 FPS 88.94 FPS 23.36 FPS 33.25 FPS
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 4973 28.4 FPS 18.75 FPS 23.77 FPS 12.68 FPS
Game Settings Resolution FPS
Overwatch Ultra 2560x1440 146 FPS
Overwatch Epic 2560x1440 85 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 99 FPS

If you have any questions about the build let me know!

Comments Sorted by:

llamacaust 2 points 28 months ago

How you liking the gpu

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 28 months ago

Another great build from the staff. +1 :)

Akhan1028115 1 point 28 months ago

true

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 28 months ago

Hey, we have the same profile pic!

Akhan1028115 1 point 28 months ago

kind of mine's is the one from the bios of the msi x99 carbon

realyounglion 1 point 28 months ago

I think I'm gonna build this one with my taxes!!

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

it's a shame that EK only made 50 of the Vulture cases. I would rather get the original than a knock off case like this. it promotes bad behavior. Thermaltake seemingly knocks off a lot of case designs, like caselabs,Corsair, and others. kind of embarrassing for a company, not being able to come up with anything original.

Never the less, great build.

VINAYPALAKKODE 1 point 28 months ago

Brilliantly built! I am trying to build a similar one for Deep Learning/ Machine learning number crunching. Do I need water cooling for my use cases????

megalkh 1 point 28 months ago

can you suggest another motherboard that is compatible since the tomahawk is out of stock at many vendors?

Chillsabre 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

If you want to keep the red & black scheme, you can get the MSI Gaming M5 or the Gigabyte Z170X Ultra Gaming.

OzymandiasKW 1 point 28 months ago

is the rear fan a riing 120mm fan from thermaltake? it is with the case or you add it?

Motorcharge 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

It comes with the case. It's the only fan it comes with actually.

theflamer 1 point 27 months ago

Could you use a Zotac Amp extreme card instead of the current one?

maclamby staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

You can

Kaoscre8tor 1 point 26 months ago

How did the thermaltake riser cable work? I was thinking about doing a similar build, but I've heard a lot of negative with the riser cable so I was just curious how it worked for you

SlickShoes17 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

What extra hardware do you need to mount the GPU like that, other than the cable? I'd like to do the same thing in my corsair air 240...

maclamby staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

The bracket and riser came with the case.

Jackredfrog 1 point 21 months ago

I made a slightly higher priced alternative because the MOBO isn't manufactured anymore https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Jackredfrog/saved/st8D3C if you remove the peripherals however it is on par with this great setup!

vishalpalve 1 point 21 months ago

Great job!!!

Penguino659 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Would it be a good idea to get a higher wattage power supply If you were overclocking?

PC_Mate 9 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Masterpiece!

hipapa 1 point 11 months ago

do you like that Hitachi Ultrastar drive

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OzymandiasKW 1 point 28 months ago

yes, you have to buy it separately

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