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The Malicious

by MaliciousKen

Description

This system is use for casual gaming, video streaming, web browsing, graphic editing, office work.

Aesthetically lit up with NZXT HUE+ 2

Case fans controlled by NZXT GRID+ V2

Will be purchasing another Asus GTX 970 Turbo for SLI (or maybe a single GTX 980Ti), in time to come.

Updated 30 Dec 2015:

After reading the feedback from some of the gurus here, I decided to heed their advice to remount the radiator from the rear to the front for a much cleaner look.

Photos updated. I hope the new look is now more aesthetically pleasing.

Updated 18 April 2016:

Added new parts : http://pcpartpicker.com/b/2F7hP6

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claytonga87 7 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

fantastic looking build. I would try and put the cpu cooler rad in a dif location, maybe toward the front of the case if it will reach. Just so you can see more of that beautiful mobo...

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Great Idea. I shall try it out during the the New Year weekend.

However, the front fans are setup in push config to draw air into the chassis right now.

If I were to mount the radiator at the front using push+pull config, would it affect airflow?

Any suggestions how I can configure the fans?

nashvillain 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Do you really need the CPU Radiator fans in push/pull? (The only benefit would likely be that your can run them at low RPM) You could try it with just push or just pull and see if your temperatures are affected. If not, having just one fan would expose more of your motherboard and still allow your current setup for intake and exhaust.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for your suggestion. You have a point on exposing the motherboard.

I will try to setup the radiator at the front with a single fan as intake. Hopefully it will not affect the temperature too much.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I have remounted the radiator to the front. Indeed it looks much better now! Thank you, once again.

Technical_Turk 2 points 29 months ago

If you had got an NZXT cooler like the X61 on that i7 it would have made my day (excuse my "brand matching OCD"), but still it is a very good build and well done on matching that motherboard and gpu because they look great!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Why should I be excusing your OCD? I felt exactly the same!

The H80i GT was from my old build.

I am inclined to get a kraken as well. However, I am not too sure if it's worth the upgrade.

At least, I do not have to run corsair link and cam at the same time if i get the X61.

Dukanater 2 points 29 months ago

its to bad they took all the time to make the shroud on that GPU look fancy and then they didn't cover the top with a backplate lol

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Same sentiments. Its a pricey card after all.

Jhobbster 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

How do you like those fans I heard the airflow was AMAZING

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yeah! the fans ran much quieter than Corsair SP120 (led) that I used to own.

Each fan includes 2 voltage adapters which are really useful for limiting the fan's RPM if one is not using a fan controller.

Deci 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I had 2 Corsair SP120 fans that were extremely loud until I flipped them upside down. If they're horizontal and pointing up, they rattle horribly.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Funnily, I didn't experience this problem.

I am rather unobservant in nature. I shall keep a "lookout" from now and get back to you.

tpb1908 1 point 29 months ago

Wait? The JetFlow fans are quieter than the SP120s? I originally had JetFlows because they were cheap. But they were too loud even at 5V. Next I moved to Sp120 quiet editions. Which were still too loud at 5V. Finally, I got a BeQuiet CPU cooler which is silent at 400RPM, and I don't turn the other Fractal fans on until the CPU reaches 65C.

Is fan noise just not annoying?

Anyway, I like your build. Very clean.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Through my personal observations, the jetflo are quieter than the SP120 between 800 to 1200RPM.

Because i OC my GPU, RAM, and CPU, i usually run my fans around that RPM range.

I live in Singapore. Being a tropical country, our average daily temperature hovers around 35 degree Celsius.

At 70% load, my CPU easily hits high 50's to mid 60's

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Great work with this build. I like the color scheme and the parts. Enjoy this new rig of yours! Plus one.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Thank you so much. I added more photos for your comments, please.

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

You are very welcome. Amazing photos, thank you so much! I truly appreciate the extra photos. Very clean inside and the colors give each other lovely compliments. I like it! You did well the cable management.

mb67 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Nice build! That's the same case that I bought on Black Friday, and I can't wait to get the last two pieces so that I can assemble it.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

What are your last 2 pieces?

mb67 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Oddly enough, the motherboard (Received the wrong board and had to send it back), and the GPU. I'm going to get the GTX 980Ti, because I've got this pretty awesome 21:9 34" WQHD monitor that was a KILLER deal at $585-

http://i.imgur.com/C9YPbmR.jpg

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

OMG! That's a gorgeous monitor!

GTX980 Ti again! LOL. I am so so so tempted to sell my GTX 970 and upgrade to that. Hope I will order one online when I get drunk enough.

BingoFishy 1 point 29 months ago

Is that IPS?

If so, I call hacks

mb67 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

No, it's not IPS. I've read that the curved IPS panels suffer from light bleed so I got this (VA) one.

BingoFishy 1 point 29 months ago

VA seems pretty nice. Better blacks, right? How're the viewing angles?

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Somebody likes Logitech : )

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Logitech FTW!

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yeee boi

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Your setup is definitely one too be jealous of, but I guess mine isn't a slouch either http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6DD7K8 what do you think?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Very well chosen parts.

I feel that you should go for 16gb of ram (2x8gb). 2133/2400 sticks will do. I don't feel any real life difference running the ram at 2133mhz VS 3200mhz.

I am very inclined to get the GTX 980TI too. Its definitely a beast. However, I can't convince myself to shelf out that sum of money, since I gaming at 1080p and hardly play any graphic intensive games.

Good choice with the Enthoo Luxe. Phantek make excellent cases with first class build quality and outstanding price/performance ratio. I came from an enthoo pro before my current Noctics 450.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

Well, I don't know because 8gb is $45 and 16gb is $75 what do you think

Yes, yes it is!

I love their cases! They are amazing!

One last thing can u check out my forum post https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/2-part-list-opinions-wanted/ Thanks!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 0 points 29 months ago

The price difference isn't that big. Nevertheless, it pretty much up to how much multitasking you do. I usually requires around 10gb of RAM at least, since I run a VMware in the background.

I have replied to your thread.

Cheers!

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

If you aren't going full liquid cooling, you can get the Enthoo Pro for around $110

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

What are the differences

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

And, what do you mean by full liquid cooling?

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I meant a custom built liquid loop where you are cooling several components and require more than one radiator

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

The pro (black) is $79 while the white version is $120, which socks because I wanted the white version, oh wellook

Also, from what I know, isn't the only difference between the Luxe and the pro is that the Luxe has leds, correct me if I am wrong

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Nice Pics!!

HTTPRO 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Such a beautiful build but I can't help but cringe at the side window panel...like couldn't they just make it symmetrical? Can you tell me if the fans are loud at full speed? I have a NZXT GRID the first one which makes your fan run at I think full speed if not at performance mod, I also am running Coolermaster Sickleflows I wanna know if they are a worth of an upgrade.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

The fans are really loud at full speed.

I am running them at around 1200rpm. They are audible at that speed but the noise is acceptable.

Anything beyond 1500rpm is noisy.

HTTPRO 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks guess I'll need a fan controller upgrade then! Are they 4PWM tho?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

The jetflos are 4 pin PWM. The grid+ V2 control the speed of individual fan using voltage though.

Russkie69 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

This is such a clean build, and I love the color scheme. The Trident Z heat seekers are so sleek. How do you like the case because I'm working towards assembling my PC sometime in the summer and I have 3 cases in mind the one you have then the Corsair 760T and the Enthoo Primo Luxe. That Gigabyte mobo and the Asus Hero are honestly the best looking one out of all the Z170s. My only concern is the limited color scheme options that we're given, so If we custom paint it or mod it, then we void the warranty on them. I highly doubt many are willing to risk that. I recommend that you take some clearer pictures again, and I guarantee you'll get featured.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the compliments!

I came from the Enthoo Pro before i got the Noctis 450. To be frank, I prefer the build quality of Phantek cases. They just feel more premium in my opinion.

I really like the large windows on Corsair 760T. But the 5.25" front drive bays spoil the looks of it.

Aesthetics aside, if you prefer UEFI bios, go for ASUS. Gigabyte's UEFI is crappy and very much similar to legacy bios. The motherboard/bios fan control on Gigabyte Mobo has only limited and sub-par features. It is much easier to find components that match the black/red scheme on the Hero compared to the white/red scheme on the Gaming 7.

Too bad I don't own a camera. I am never into photography. Those pictures were taken with my Galaxy S6. I will try to take clearer ones when I find time over the weekends.

Russkie69 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the advice I'll keep that in mind when picking the mobo I'm going the x99 route with a 5820K because my main uses will be audio production, and I really want to get into photography and video rendering because all kind of go hand and hand. I'm currently working on building an in home studio for audio production. I have two builds that I've completed, one for my brother in late July, and another one for my friends birthday in October that I haven't posted yet. I just think the quality of the pictures that I have are pretty bad, but I'll post them anyways since I finally got a few days off from work.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I agree the 2 extra cores from Haswell-E will serve your purposes better. Do comeback and share the links with me after you have posted the 2 builds. I will be most interested to check them out.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That's a really nice build too. Very well chosen parts.

Any feedback on the R9 390?

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Got a soft spot for that GPU..nice color scheme. +1

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Maybe I should learn how to do custom loops too.

I have some spare components and an enthoo pro lying around in the house.

Where can I find a comprehensive beginner's guide to custom loop?

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

There are quite a few videos online/articles but heres's one I used.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks. I will check it out and do some experiments!

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526christian 1 point 29 months ago

https://i.imgur.com/859eJf8.gifv

Overpayed on the PSU a little don't you think?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the up vote! Appreciate that.

A quality PSU goes a long way.

I was contemplating between Seasonic and Superflower (normally priced cheaper).

In the end, I decided on the Seasonic unit since there's a good discount at a local store during x'mas sales.

I am from Singapore by the way.

piemancoder 1 point 29 months ago

Congratulations on the featured build! You definitely deserve it :)

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks pal! It's really encouraging.

Meithen 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Great looking build, love the color scheme.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

My friend, you have got a much more amazing rig.

I wouldn't have the patience to spray individual components.

Wish I have the budget to go for a pair of 980 like you did.

kiyoshi3 1 point 29 months ago

cool i have the reverse of this color scheme

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hmmm.. do you have a link for me to check out some pictures of your build/scheme?

XxD34THxX 1 point 29 months ago

I have a problem with the GPU cooler but I still like the build... I also think that is the sexiest RAM heatsinks I have seen in ages.. +1 Also, hi Jipster69

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

What's with the dual blower cooler?

XxD34THxX 1 point 29 months ago

I mean more of the design, not the fan design. The angles and whatnot... Not my thing.. To each his Own.

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That case is pretty wicked.

TCO

Grid_Knight 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Nice build! Literally saw this on instagram a minute ago.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you!

Amazed that my rig make it to instagram.

TJLano 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Nice build! I can say so because we have VERY similar builds! I really like how your GPU looks so clean with that motherboard! Well done! How do you like the H80i? Also, if you purchase a 980 Ti I might suggest the Gigabyte G1 Gaming as I can personally say it is a solid card. However, if you're a big fan of Asus, I haven't had a chance to read about the Strix 980 Ti, but I imagine it is also very good! Cheers!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for sharing your build.Very nicely done too. I am drooling over the dual GTX 980Ti.

If you are going for 120mm radiator, you may wish to go for the H60i. The radiator on the H80i GT is much thicker. In my case, I have problem mounting it on the top vents. Mounting it at the rear will stop me from showing off a big portion of my mobo.

I am leaning towards Gigabyte G1 over the strix too. I am not a fan of any brand in particular. I am even considering the R9 390X.

BingoFishy 1 point 29 months ago

The brands I like are EVGA and MSI. They make me feel good about my build :)

SP3CT3R_7 1 point 29 months ago

Those TridentZ's FTW!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hell yeah! They are great looking RAMs.

SP3CT3R_7 1 point 29 months ago

Yep! And 3000 MHz is awesome for rendering and gaming alike!

droovhoto 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I dig the color combo on this one very nice build +1

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you!

LittleCarrot 1 point 29 months ago

Have You tried putting the radiator near the front for aesthetics?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I am intending to do so over the weekend.

I will update with some pictures after I am done.

Thanks for the suggestion!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hi there!

I have shifted the radiator to the front and uploaded some new pics. Let me know what you think, if you have time =)

Cheers and have a wonderful new year ahead!

IMojoe134 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

that case tho

Its good to see technology advance

And this build is a perfect example of that

i love the new fast ram, and that m.2 ssd

But that case dude thats sweet

cheers

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I am pretty much in love with the case.

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Nice colors

Nice pictures

Nice build

But....I think in the long run give your M.2 some time to appreciated your new speed. (based on your prior comment)

edit: you made me smile with your $96 monitor's :) What ever works!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the compliments!

LOL! The monitors are indeed terrible. The viewing angles are bad.

They are actually from by previous build. Shall upgrade them to G-Sync ones, when I can afford.

Zggui 1 point 29 months ago

I love this build but I think the rear mounted radiator kills the aestetics, if you can you should buy a 240 or a 360 radiator, mount it to the top of the case and put those cooler master case fans on it, and put one 140mm in the back, it'll look great ;) +1 From me

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hello!

A few users pointed out the same.

I have just remounted the radiator to the front. Check out the new pics and let me know how you feel.

I will observe the temps for some time. Hopefully, they doesn't get too affected.

Appreciate the +1 =)

Zggui 1 point 29 months ago

Amazing! :D It looks way cleaner!

allgoodnamesareused 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

This build is amazing!

How good are the 950 Pro speeds?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

The speed is great! But, the bump is not as fantastic as compared to the switch of mechanical drives to SSD.

Perhaps the increased speed can be felt more significantly with the 500GB variant that has even faster read/write speed.

jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

jetflo fans... can you hear me now? i have the same case put some of the Enermax red Vegas fans in the front and a noctua industrial in the back, screams now. i can only imagine how loud those fans are at full speed.

i love how the RAM matches the MOBO it just looks great. i do think the white nzxt version of this case with modded red lights would have really set this color scheme off.

+1

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

The jetflo fans are deafening at full speed. I run them 1200rpm at most, so that they are less audible.

I was tempted to get the white version initially, but I am not technical enough to replace the blue leds with red ones.

YyvoN 1 point 29 months ago

"Casual gaming and web browsing" $2600 build

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

LOL! I am a PC enthusiast.

YyvoN 1 point 29 months ago

haha nice!

mrfaosfx 1 point 29 months ago

LMAO!

bessemzarrouk 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

great work ! just seeing this makes me happy ! i like your ram and cpu. enjoy .

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you!

Skizzy 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Could you link me to those LED light strips?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

https://store.nzxt.com/products/hue-plus-rgb-led-lighting-kit

it is out of stock at the moment. I got mine in a local store.

I'm from Singapore by the way.

S.Salud 1 point 29 months ago

Everyone has these GTX 970's and 80's... All i have is Radeon HD 4850 from 7 years ago.. :( But this Rig is Amazing! I like the Red, White, and Black colors, and the Hue+. <3 from me and + 1

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Plan to upgrade your GPU anytime soon? 4850 was a good GPU back then. I couldn't afford it back then when I was a student and settled for a 4770. It was my mid-end GPU.

The hue+ 2 is just WOW! Had the first generation of the hue+ in my former rig.

Thanks for the <3 and +1

BingoFishy 1 point 29 months ago

Your GPU needs a backplate. Other than that, a beautiful build. Well done!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

Probably got to customize one. Have not seen one for this model.

tommy099431 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I dont usually like these kind of builds but I love this one! Great Job its awesome

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you. Good to hear that

These kind of builds as in? Too loud?

muckyduck_ 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Nice build! Reminds me of an F1 car... I recommend getting 980 ti instead of 970's, because SLI technology isn't that great yet, and the 980 ti is an excellent card! +1

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks! Maybe I should add 4 wheels on the chassis. Hee

I will be hanging on to my single 970 for at least another half a year.

Intending to observe the trend on whether developers will be making new game titles that take advantage of Direct X 12's feature that combines the VRAM of 2 GPUs.

If so, 970 SLI may be a more affordable way to achieve performance similar to a single 980Ti

muckyduck_ 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

The 970 is a great card, hands down. (Best mid-level card in my opinion)

I forgot about DirectX 12's use of GDDR5 in SLI, which is a fancy way of copying what you said. :P

I heard something about new nvidia SLI AND AMD Crossfire usage coming up in a DirectX 12 patch, though I (regretfully) dunno where I read that from.

I was only concerned about the 970 vs 980 ti because if the DX12 software doesn't turn out great, the 970's might turn out to be a serious bottleneck, emphasis on if.

Nice motherboard btw.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I am not pinning my hopes too high on DX12. Even if it turns out well, it wold be prevalent any time soon.

Don't think 970 will bottleneck my system if I continue to game at 1080P.

I do yearn for a 980Ti and it's currently sitting right on top of my wish list.

rikoman17 1 point 29 months ago

are the Cooler master jetflo really noise ?or are they ok ?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Personally, I am tolerant to fan noise.

I feel that they are okay.

razorcustoms 1 point 29 months ago

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!!

APEBuilt 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Just wondering:

Why not X99? For an all around system X99 can't be beat, especially when you start throwing in multi-threaded and/or RAM intensive workloads.

I am still very much liking the build!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I hardly use any multi threaded applications.

Anyway the X99 is out of my budget too =)

APEBuilt 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

X99 would be roughly the same cost since X99 mobos are $200-$250 and a 5820K is around $30-50 cheaper than a 6700K right now.

You could have changed only the CPU and mobo and leveraged the extra memory bandwidth and 2 extra cores (will come in handy for 2016-2017 games I would bet)

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

In 2016 -2017 i will be happily married with a family. I will like to provide for my kid or my wife rather than a com.

I hope you rationalize. That few hundred bucks might mean nothing to u, but a big deal for another family.

APEBuilt 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I apologize,

I didn't see the other posts about you not being located in North America where the X99 change would have made financial sense because here in USA it would actually be the same price as your parts. On a different note I think that your Samsung 950 Pro SSD should vastly outperform any SATA SSD if you are fully utilizing it. If it was used as a scratch disk in Adobe Premiere it should make a large performance improvement there, as an example.

Very sexy build and congrats on the family.

Have a great 2016!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the well wishing. I apologize for sounding rude too =)

You are right about the scratch disk part. I do notice some of my photoshop and illustrator operations run much faster on Samsung 950 Pro.

JuniorVid 1 Build 0 points 29 months ago

It's the same price man.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $374.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H80i GT 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $79.99 @ Micro Center
Thermal Compound Noctua NT-H1 3.5g Thermal Paste $12.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus X99-A/USB 3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $249.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill TridentZ Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $229.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $81.61 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $189.99 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Deskstar NAS 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $125.88 @ B&H
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card $308.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT Noctis 450 ATX Mid Tower Case $136.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $161.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM (64-bit) $130.65 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans $27.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Monitor AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $96.99 @ Directron
Monitor AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $96.99 @ Directron
Keyboard Logitech K800 Wireless Slim Keyboard $64.99 @ NCIX US
Mouse Logitech G602 Wireless Optical Mouse $49.99 @ Newegg
Headphones Logitech G930 7.1 Channel Headset $69.99 @ Amazon
Speakers Creative Labs Inspire T10 10W 2ch Speakers $39.99 @ Micro Center
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2672.21
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $2632.21
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-31 15:21 EST-0500
Weeaboo_Slayer 1 point 29 months ago

2600$ Build and a single 970, Fail

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

my apologies. I am to your disappointment.

mrfaosfx 1 point 29 months ago

I spent $2.5k on my build and it has one single GTX 980Ti not everyone wants an SLI configuration.

mrfaosfx 1 point 29 months ago

Now that is what I call SEXY. Made all the right choices in spending here! This is how it's done!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

thank you! i truly appreciate!

JuniorVid 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Actually you could have gotten a 5820k + X99-A for about the same price.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

You favor a X99, but I don't ...

I mentioned in a couple of my replies. Actually, if you ever realized, I am from Singapore.

Pricing in the US is not a good representation of how pricing is like in SG.

ActuallyImJerome 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

How's the SSD?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Erm.....

On paper, PCIE X4 is a step up from SATA SSD.

The increase in real world performance isn't that significant in my opinion.

Maybe those who have the 500GB model which has faster read/write speed will beg to differ.

YyvoN 1 point 29 months ago

I like how your RAM costs as much as my graphics card . . . : ( sad face panda

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Awwww....

I guess anything that caters to your need and liking is just fine

zacR 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

NZXT sells case parts, if you want that upper right LED strip to be hidden you could get an H440 side panel.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

That's a good suggestion. But may need to respray the side panel, since the noctis casing is matte.

zacR 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

The metal on the colour versions of the H440 is matte too.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Omg. I can now place an order for it without hesitation. Thanks for letting me know.

pcpeaaker 1 point 29 months ago

Why not 980TI?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Beyond Buget =(

I game casually @ 1080P.

Hence i settled for 970.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Oh man, I just realized I didn't up vote it until now, I should be beheaded :)

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the +1

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

r.i.p my head :)

BlackShads 1 point 29 months ago

Those ram sticks look beautiful in that motherboard! Nice Waifuranger background! !mmr Kappa

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you! Windranger FTW!

PatrickKimball 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Did you buy new cables for your PSU and GPU or did they come with that nice felt-like cover on the wires?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

The custom sleeved cables for my PSU were bought from a local retail store in Singapore.

You may checkout silverstone's sleeved extension cables available on amazon. They will give you a similar finished.

PatrickKimball 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Got to keep that in mind... my cable management is atrocious

livingspeedbump 1 point 29 months ago

Really love the way this came out. Looks fantastic.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you!

foamyfink 1 point 29 months ago

The build is alright, but I think you could do better considering with 2000+ I'm sure you could do a Titan X or gtx 980 build.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Not all parts are brand new. Some are from my old rig.

Didn't spend so much in fact.

I game casually @ 1080P. A single 970 is more than enough to handle the games I play.

Huckerman 1 point 29 months ago

That 3rd pic got me so hype omg. It looks amazing +1 man

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you. Sir.

zudnik 1 point 29 months ago

Awesome build. Congrats.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

Wiseman9 1 point 29 months ago

Mate, all I can say is that the white led lighting makes everything look soooooo good.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I thought so too. Was trying out all the fancy options in the NZXT Hue+ 2. But ended up with simple white lighting suits the rig the best

Greensuit1 1 point 29 months ago

lol "casual" gaming

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

As in I am working most of the time. Only game 2 to 3 hours a week during weekend

jffry0112 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Hi,

Nice Setup!!!

May I ask where you connected the 2 fan connectors from the CPU Cooler and the PWM Fan hub? I have build my setup last weekend and connected the 2 fans from CPU Cooler to CPU Main and CPU OPT and connected the PWM Hub to case fan 1, But now I can't control the speed for the PWM Fan Hub.

Is it possible to split the CPU Cooler fans (with Y Splitter) to CPU Main and connect the PWM to CPU OPT and do I need the Serial ata connector to the PWM Hub?

Please any help!!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

For my setup, I connect the pump (cooling block) from the H80i GT to the CPU_FAN header on the mobo.

The 2 fans that came with the H80i GT are connected via the Y splitter on the pump.

Fan speed of the 2 fans are controlled via corsair link.

I did not use the CPU_OPT or the Noctis's pwm fan hub at all.

I am using the NZXT Grid+ V2 to controlled the rest of my case fans.

I suggest you can remove the pwm fan hub from the Noctis. Get a 2 pieces of 3-way Y splitter (plugged into SYS_FAN1 and SYS_FAN3 respectively) to control the fan speed of the remaining 6 case fans directly from your BIOS.

jffry0112 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Hi,

Finally it's working here! What I did I connected the 2 fans from the H80i to CPU_Main and CPU_OPT. I connected 1 fan from the PWM hub to the white connector and the PWM cable to Casefan1. now I can control the speeds for that fans as 1 single fan.

Draynged 1 point 29 months ago

Hello MaliciousKen, can you please tell me how your build is running I am a first timer who is stuck between 3 to 4 mobos and you own one of them I play games like Rust and a few graphic intensive games including Ark: Survival Evolved which I know those games are not stable and will have a hard time running at 60 fps anyways also how the OC is in the UEFI I would really appreciate a response

Draynged 1 point 29 months ago

P.S. please take it easy I have been working with(games,downloads,fixing via youtube) PC for long time but never knew much about them at all til lastnight maybe 2 days now ...lol

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

My system is running cool and fast.

At what resolution are you gaming at? With a GTX 970, you should get very decent frame rates (50 to 60fps with high/ultra settings) in the above games you mentioned, if you are gaming at 1080p.

So far, I only did a mild overclock to 4.4ghz by changing the multiplier via UEFI. I haven't try to change the value of bclk. RAM are "O.C" with XMP.

Draynged 1 point 28 months ago

Oh, very nice I am very stuck on the build of o 980ti, also it is 1080 atm, but it will be 4k within 6 or 7 months so i don't want to make the jump and already have spent the money on a 970. I will post a list of motherboards and if anyone including yourself would give me some thoughts to which board to use for gaming some streaming and most definetly OCing...lol I would appreciate it a ton.. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VZ9b7P keep in mind I was aimging for $2000 build or close to it.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

For 4k gaming, without adoubt, you should go for the 980Ti

Draynged 1 point 28 months ago

List of mobo's I am stuck between the one I like the most is the titanium for OCing and for gaming I like the Alpha but I could just be going way to nuts for a build like this!! LOL Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA

MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION

MSI Z170A GAMING M7

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+

ASRock Z170 OC Formula

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Personally, I had used a number of ASUS mobos over the past decade. ASUS mobos usually have the coolest features, best UEFI, build quality, and are highly recommended by most experience builders.

However, I never have any luck with them. Most of my ASUS mobos only lasted me around 2 years before they get spoilt.

On the other hand, I have got really good experiences with MSI mobos. In my opinion, the MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION looks great. However, it will be difficult to find components that match the looks of the xpower.

Draynged 1 point 28 months ago

Also your thoughts on the M.2 and if I really need it or not cause like I said I am new to all this all I know is what I've learned over the years and what I have been researching the past few days to a week now.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

A M.2 PCI-E X4 SSD is good to have, but not a must.

The real world increase in speed compared to SATA SSD (e.g. Samsung Evo 850) is not that significant in most computing tasks.

Nevertheless, I do realise some adobe software (photoshop, illustrator) running much faster, with the M.2 PCI-E X4 SSD used as the scratch disk.

You may wish to note that the Eluktro Pro-X you chosen is a AHCI model, and may not have support for NVMe.

Draynged 1 point 28 months ago

Thanks a ton for your replies I love your build it inspired me for the first one I did, and got me to do tons of research which led me to the revision of my build, I just like the UEFI setups in MSI a ton and ASUS a little more. Great Job an your build it looks fantastic!!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

It's unique looking and stylish. Something that is different from the norm. I would say the aesthetic is outstanding.

I wonder why there is a handle at the top of the case. It is unlikely that the case will be move around frequently since it is really HUGE.

I have never like built-in solutions for LED and Fan control that comes default with PC cases. I feel that fans are best controlled either with the mobo, or a dedicated fan controller. Likewise, nothing can beat the NZXT HUE +2 when it comes to lighting up your case with LEDs.

I will always prefer a case with a big window.

Again, the above are just my personal preference.

Different individual has different taste.

Draynged 1 point 28 months ago

New build with the MSI Titanium

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hh36CJ

What do you think??

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Your RAM and GPU matches the colour of the MOBO perfectly. Good choices.

Your chosen case has a window, but is too small to let you show off the matching components inside.

Lastly, I would suggest you pick a better PSU. If you like corsair, go for HXi or AXi series.

Else, consider the following:

  • Seasonic Gold/Plat series

  • EVGA G2

  • Superflower Leadex Gold/Plat

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Nice pc. That case is really cool looking. +1

Nexar 1 point 28 months ago

This build is absolutely just amazing. Nice work!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Thanks!

warbler7 1 point 28 months ago

your build is almost exactly like mine. except different case and different brand gpu

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Wow. Would be interested to check out your build.

Do you have a link to share?

kiteves 1 point 28 months ago

Do you have a picture of where the H80i gt is in?

moon261 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Hey man, do you have any issues with this board at all?

Congrats on finding NZXT Hue+ as well, I've been struggling to find one for my build.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

The board works perfectly as advertised. I am loving it.

Hue+ is available in NZXT store. https://store.nzxt.com/products/hue-plus-rgb-led-lighting-kit

threemilerunner 1 point 27 months ago

Very pretty

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks!

orbitalwalsh 13 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Looking good. Turbo is begging to be Hybrid cooled - alphacool blocks work nicely :) not to hard to do

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Will check it out!

MaxtheKidMD 1 point 26 months ago

This build is a beauty :D Good job MaliciousKen!

OGbobbywilson21 1 point 26 months ago

39 decibels for all of those fans? This has to sound like a jet engine! But I'm kinda bias, if my computer isnt whisper quiet it freaks me out. Otherwise amazing build love the case choice!

Xar-Das 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Just now came across this build. You did a beautiful job. Clean Build +1

I just got back from visiting Singapore, beautiful place, great food.
Congrats on the Feature!!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you for the compliments for both the build and my homeland!

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MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Thanks! To be honest, the speed bump is not really noticeable over a tradition SATA SSD like those in the same category with Samsung EVO/PRO 850.

Devonrayg 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

That is because you only got the 256gb m.2 and not the 512gb :/

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Perhaps.

Nevertheless, I couldn't afford the 512gb variant.

Devonrayg 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Are you glad you went with the 256gb 950 pro? Or would you rather have had a 500+ gb 850 Evo?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

without a doubt ... the 950 Pro.

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MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks buddy, for your very positive remarks!

The rig could have been better if i could afford the 500gb 950 pro and a GTX980 Ti.

I do agree sleeved cable is a must, at least for the 24pin mobo cable and PCI-E cable.

I am indeed proud that my rig is featured. 400 is a a bit far fetch, but I do hope it will happen.

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MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I can be malicious when provoked. Haha!

I shall get you a beer if my votes hit 400. LOL

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MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Nice!

That's a hard way to earn a can of coke!

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MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

LOL.

Amazing video!

Thank you.

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Eltech 19 Builds 5 points 29 months ago

Of course, a long, lengthy description is not required by the great and powerful manirelli.

* places a manual on your desk that has 2,000 pages of how to write a description in PCPP and sets a pint of beer *

And it's good to see you again jipster. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and may you have a Happy New Year. :)

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 5 points 29 months ago

Honestly, most times I'm happier with an active builder responding to users questions and Ken has done a fantastic job of this.

Some people like to write, some like to build, and a small group like both ;)

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Thank you so much for featuring my build.

It is my first time posting a build here, and I am sure there will be many more to come!

Have a great new year ahead!

Lyrix 1 point 23 months ago

Sexual Build man! But the extra fans are a little bit to loud for me

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 4 points 29 months ago

Wow. Overjoyed that my humble build got featured!

Thanks!

I am not good with words, and therefore the short description.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

Humble? More like boss

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 0 points 29 months ago

LOL!

I look like a clown in front of those who have dual GTX 980Ti

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Manirelli don't lie

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Ok, maybe, but the question is, do u really need it?

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I don't. That's why I didn't cut my budget for other components to squeeze out some $$ for the 980.

However, it is good to have. Haha. Kind of add some completeness to my build.

eopest 8 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Better to have and not need, than to need and not have. :)

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MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Looking forward to see the real life performance of the pascal too.

I am in doubt that the new technology will be priced so competitively.

jamster3141 1 point 29 months ago

You're back!

Jhobbster 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

He has been he just does not comment on very many builds.

X99Intel 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

We missed you so much!!!!!!

mjaj 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

this build speaks for itself. love it.

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hey! You're back! XD

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Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

The feels man, the feels are real

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tokugawa 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Pretty sure that 950m.2 ssd is using PCIx4.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

You are right!

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Not a avid gamer here. Hence, I don't need a G-Sync monitor. I prefer multi-display (for streaming videos in the background while I game or work) and 2X G-sync monitors will easily raise my budget by more than 1k.

Since I am gaming at 1080p, that explains why I do not need GTX980 in SLI. 970 is capable of handling most titles at 1080p. Nevertheless, I may get a single GTC980Ti when I feel like splurging the money.

Tokugawa right. My Samsung 950 Pro is a M.2 NVMe PCI-E x4 SSD.

auldae 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

The Acer xb2870h g-sync (1080p) is only 350 USD refurb from the factory. Well worth it. I never notice when my fps dips below 60. I use it and a crap Dell 17 inch for a second screen to stream (and a 55 inch 4k Vizio for a third to watch tv). Works great.

The M.2 placement on the mobo is nice btw. On my X99 board its so close to the GPU that I'm scared to get a 950 due to the potential for overheating and consequent throttling.

MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

A G-sync monitor is definitely worth considering for an avid gamer.

However, I only do causal gaming (games like Dota, L4d, SF IV) and wondering if paying a premium for a G-Sync monitor is justifiable.

I can imagine the 55 inch 4k Vizio to be so .... WOW!

auldae 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Yeah, g-sync does only makes sense when you start taxing the GPU to the point where you drop to less than 60 fps (see: me playing AC Syndicate). But it is a 1ms 144hz 1080p 27 inch for 350, which is still a decent value.

The Viz is sweet (800 USD at Costco), but not for intensive gaming - more for watching 4k video and the like. The lag for DIRT Rally had me ROTFL. And the 4K res. had my 980 pushing out Witcher 3 in the 20-30 fps range (no bueno).

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MaliciousKen submitter 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

pal... to be honest... i suck at photography too .

All these photos were taken with a camera phone.

I felt embarrassed when you said I have good photography skills.

I am sure you will do equally good =)

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