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Tobias... you blowhard!

by nostrocrompt



Date Published

March 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.35 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


First ever PC build! After years of being a console/ mac gamer, I decided to jump in with both feet and up my gaming experience. I wanted something that would be a quality machine for now and at least 4-5 years to come, and was willing to spend (see: overspend) to make it. All in all I had a blast from researching to building to tinkering, and I want to thank pcpartpicker.com and its community for being such an incredible resource. I completed the initial build in September, and naturally I've already helped 2 other friends with their build since :)

I'll go into a more thorough discussion of each part shortly, but for some of its main features:

The name, courtesy of Tobias Fünke, is a reference to this being an entirely air-cooled system. I could say that I went with air cooling vs water cooling for reasons of durability, yada yada yada, but the truth is I saw the Cryorig R1 and said "wow that looks cool!", so there you go. The name is also appropriate because you better believe I sacrificed silence at the altar of performance and temperature. It's not deafening, but quiet it is not. I'm more than happy with my temps considering my overclocks...we'll see how summertime and a higher ambient temperature affects things.

Why X99, and why the 5820K? The more I read on the subject, the more it was clear that while right now you're likely to have better gaming performance on an OC'd 4 core processor vs a 6 core, there's a good chance that games developed over the next 4-5 years will better utilize the additional cores. Additionally, I had originally thought I'd add a 2nd 980 ti in SLI, and wanted to be sure I had the full allotment of PCI E lanes the Haswell E lineup afforded. Now, I'd say it's more likely I'll use up those lanes with additional PCI E storage and swap out cards a couple years down the line, but I'm glad to have the option either way. Finally, all reviews and tests indicated that the 5820K was a more than capable overclocker, and factor in a Microcenter sale for $300 and that was that.

What's up with the Intel 535 120 Gb? I got it for one thing only: to some day be a Hackintosh boot drive. Thus far my attempts have been unsuccessful, but I haven't put a TON of effort into working out those issues. Someday, I will have my PC cake and eat my Mac cake too!

Why a 980 Ti and not a cheaper card to replace once Pascal is out? Because...shut up! I might have done that in retrospect, but really, I couldn't be happier with the build right now. No regrets!

Finally, the most high-tech feature of the build: the Evercool 5.25" Black Drive Bay storage box. Because why wouldn't your PC have a drawer? Where'd that one flash drive go? Oh yeah, it's there!

I love this thing, I've loved learning everything about the process, and am excited to share with the community! Any and all feedback is appreciated and welcome!

Part Reviews


BA little CPU. Stable OC of 4.7 ghz at 1.3 V, just been a beast. Decided I didn't need the extra 12 PCI lanes from the 5930K, and I do not regret that decision one bit. Having such an awesome overclocker didn't hurt.

CPU Cooler

This thing really blows! Really though, it looks great and works about as well as any air cooler could on my CPU. I'd go so far as to say that 70 degree load temps on a OCd 5820K is just fine for an air cooler.


This board does everything I need it to, easy to work with in OCing, and has given me zero issues since I purchased it.


It's nice to have this thing as a boot drive. I initially installed Windows w/o updating the NVMe protocol in BIOS, so I wasn't getting the screaming fast read/ write speeds as advertised. Updated the BIOS, reset Windows and bam! Who has time for load screens amirite?


I'm just as happy that this performs as advertised as I am with the perfect little spot I found to mount it on the floor of my case, between my bottom intake fan and my PSU. Thanks for the removeable HDD trays, Fractal Design!

Video Card

It. Rocks. Hard. Even OCs a bit, you know, if you want to beat your all time Firestrike score. Fun game, Firestrike.


What a great case. Built to be intuitive, easy to configure, cable management was a DREAM, love that I could toss out the HDD trays. If the Define S had been around when I first built this, I might have gone for that instead, but I still love this thing. Even if the LED light on front is a little too bright :p

Power Supply

Too much power for my rig? Unquestionably. Is my rig's power very, very well conditioned and efficient? Unquestionably.


Went from 1080p to this and...yeah. This is just a little bit better. That was sarcastic.

Comments Sorted by:

gorkti200 3 Builds 7 points 37 months ago

I love so much about this rig, but the write-up is even better! +100

That R1 DOES look cool. Also, gigantic. Wow. The R5 and Define S are both dope cases, you got a good one. And that Evercool storage box is so cool, never heard of that before.

How do you like that Steam Controller?

After years of being a ... mac gamer

It even opens with a funny joke, I love it!

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Hardy har har :)

Really appreciate the compliments, thank you!

I'm glad you asked about the Steam Controller. I would agree with the reports that it has a bit of a learning curve, but that shouldn't dissuade someone from trying it out. After having used it for the past couple months... I love it. It takes some getting used to, but the level of responsiveness is incredible, and DEFINITELY viable for FPS.

gorkti200 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Wow I may get one then. I was really thinking about getting an Xbox One/360 controller for my PC. But the Steam Controller has always interested me since they first unveiled it.

rightinthepope 2 Builds 5 points 37 months ago

That CPU cooler looks simply orgasmic

dditty 1 Build 4 points 37 months ago

Seriously looks amazing - I can't believe I don't see more builds with it!

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you!

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 3 points 37 months ago

I'm not sure that's what you're supposed to use it for... Thanks :)

MannyPCs 3 points 37 months ago

+1 for cable management. Great job

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Thank you! I may be most proud of the last picture :)

dditty 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Yeah that last picture looks sexy af

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Zip ties FTW!

MannyPCs 1 point 37 months ago

No problem. You won't have any issues with temps inside. Keep up the good work

J.Sammour 2 points 37 months ago

Don't know how it costs 3k, but this is a very reasonable build, especially with the high quality components you. Welcome to the pc master race. " MAY YOUR FRAME RATES BE HIGH.... AND YOUR TEMPERATURES LOWS"

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you so much! Glad to be a member! Some of the prices are a little different from what I paid. Not that it's...much lower than 3k :)

BillyBroken 2 points 37 months ago

You zip tied the back plate to the cable channel? First time I've seen that, but hey it seems to work as an anti-sag measure. Have a +1 for your ingenuity !

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Sure did! I was about halfway to going out to buying some fishing line and then I thought... this will work. Thanks!

NicoMan2240 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

First thing that comes to mind seeing your profile picture Ocean Man, take me by the hand, lead me to the land, that you understand because that is a picture for that song. Coincidence or not?

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Come love, come fear, I am the Stallion!

JoeyHall 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Mac gamer?! you're a funny one +1 for cable managment

Finlay_Massie 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Great Build, and humor...lol

Boith 3 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Love this build. Looks pretty cool, especially with that massive r1 cooler (I've got the same cooler on my rig, it's insane). Also approve of the 5820k (using that in my rig as well). Some say it's overkill, but it's amazing, especially when OC'd (4.3 ghz here, have yet to notice any hiccups). Overall, good build.

MyNameIsLucid 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

I didn't even realize how short MSI 980ti's are. Good build +1

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks! When I first popped it in, there was a bit of a dip on the far side, but a couple zip ties took care of that.

bobdude_01 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Welcome to the PC Master Race! +1

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you! Glad to be here!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Ahh I found where you hide your weed....

Nice powerful pc build.

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

No comment, and, thanks!

iMacKiller 1 point 37 months ago

Lol, Niiice build :) +1

I use a $3000 iMac for a monitor, SWAG (The reason is that I bought it but it was trash except for the pixels :)

iMacKiller 1 point 37 months ago

Your pc's price for a monitor, such a waste of money :)

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Dang thanks for making me feel better :D Those 5k imacs do look pretty sexy.

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NitroOG 1 point 37 months ago

Nice build.

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you!

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

How are you liking the monitor? Any issues?

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

This was an upgrade on a 27" 1080p VA monitor. In my very non-professional estimation, it's been a huge step up. A couple minor things: The viewing angles are somewhat limited - obviously not an issue if your the sole person viewing it. Mine has a slight bleed along the lower edge, which is utterly unnoticeable when I'm gaming. The color and brightness are quite good for a TN panel, and the features - 1440p, G-Sync really shine. Gaming on this thing is a dream, loving the as-advertised smoothness of G-sync. Overall I'd recommend it if you want to save $200 or more and forego the newer IPS g sync models out there.

alphacor3 1 point 37 months ago

How's the ram clearance on this cooler?

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Not particularly high. With the Corsair Vengeance sticks I had no issues, but I suspect anything taller than that (such as ripjaws or corsair dominator) wouldn't clear the bottom of the cooler. The 3rd and 4th channel slots fall outside of where the cooler sits (which was convenient when I added them), but the 1st and 2nd slots are right under it.

Christo84 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I gave you an up vote before I even viewed the build. Love the title name. how are those Cryorig fans?

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Universe, you've done it again! I've been quite pleased with the R1 Ultimate; I bought it for looks as much as for performance, and I'm still happy in both regards. As for the case fan, it's been perfect as my bottom intake fan as the highest CFM fan in my rig - airflow is good, and not too loud. In all I think they are fine products!

Jagmin 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Do u need drivers for the D-link Wifi Adapter or does it work with the Mobo wireless drivers???

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I believe I still loaded the drivers manually, though it's possible that it would have worked anyway. On the most recent build I helped with we just plugged a PCI wifi card in and it worked right away. I'd recommend having a wired connection at the ready just in case.

Milkman92 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Very nice build. Some things I would have changed for myself, but obviously different things work for different people. As you probably know plenty well, you missed the Pascel and Broadwell-E launch by just a month or two, but still a very powerful very respectable pc. Actually building a new rig myself in a couple weeks here, and it's good to see the R1 Ultimate fits comfortably inside the FD R5 as I will be using both for my own purposes. Only real thing I'd say you went overboard on was the psu, 1200 watts is super overkill. But hopefully you see peak efficiency from that choice. I like the drawer. Didn't even know that was a thing, might pick one up myself. All in all, hell of a good job. Welcome the master race. Lol

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks! Yeah almost a year later I'm still very, very happy with the final product. The arrival of Pascal has stung somewhat, but that's how it goes with GPUs. I have to say I'm not at all bummed about missing the broadwell-e boat, by all accounts the haswell-e is a far more consistent and capable overclocker, and broadwell didn't add game-changing features. I definitely would have gotten a more modest PSU given a second try, as I doubt I will ever even use half of the wattage, but it's not keeping me up at night. Good luck with your build, and welcome to the community!

Offense 1 point 31 months ago

I'm about to build my first PC and it's pretty damn close to this one. Not even sure what I Googled to find this page, but it's crazy. I got a 5820K, Phanteks TC14PE (I almost went with the R1 Ultimate), Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB, GTX 1070 (performance is almost identical to the 980Ti), Phanteks Enthoo Pro M (I almost went with the Define S), EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W and Dell S2716DG. Talk about parallel thinking.

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Haha, well great minds I suppose :) If mine has been any indication, you should be very pleased with your results! Good luck!

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nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

More like...easy Gob

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nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I know I know...forgive me :) Appreciate it, thanks!

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SR91 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

You're welcome and I hope it helps.

nostrocrompt submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I got mine at Microcenter: http://www.microcenter.com/product/298575/525_Black_Drive_Bay_Internal_Storage_Box# Sometimes I just open and shut it. Aww yeah.

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