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The Chaos Engine (1st Build)

by C0RSA1R


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Date Published

Sept. 16, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.688 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

83.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.012 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.192 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


Complete Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hgGppb

Full resolution images: http://imgur.com/a/8Lw0o

I've been a console gamer for a little over two decades. I would play PC games on old computers every once in awhile. A few years back I moved over to laptop gaming, but it was hugely lacking. I started tirelessly researching everything I could about all things PC. After going through many variations I finally decided on the build you see here.

Putting "The Chaos Engine" together has been an awesome and very educational experience for me. The only problem I ran into was that my PC wasn't properly shutting down or restarting at first. I found out that I had to turn off fast boot in the bios to fix this issue.

I've been mainly using this for 3440x1440 @60FPS gaming. I just started dabbling in DSR to see how much further I can push this rig. I also do some light video recording & editing. I haven't tested all of my games, but I haven't found a game yet that I cannot run with max settings @60FPS.

-Custom Part Reviews-

Blue Yeti Blackout Edition Microphone - Great clarity. This can easily pick up my voice from several feet away without competing with the 15 fans in my case or clicks from the mechanical keyboard. The multi-pattern options are great. Plug & play!

Custom Cablemod Extensions - I used the Cablemod Configurator for these. Out of everything in my build, these were the most disappointing. The GPU connections did not match up with my cards. Instead of giving in to better judgement and returning them, I "fixed" this problem with an Exacto knife.

AudioEngine S8 Power Amp - Very powerful. Works flawlessly in tandem with my A2+ speakers. I have to keep this on a low setting to avoid disturbing my neighbors.

Xbox 360 Wireless Red Chrome Controller - Works just like any other controller out there. Remember to get a wireless receiver if you plan on using this on your PC (or one specified for computers).

Mayflower Objective2 + ODAC RevB - Excellent headphone preamp and DAC. If you're in the market for an amp to pair with high impedance headphones, get this. You won't be disappointed. So powerful that the gain only gets turned up 1/4.

MSI 2-WAY SLI bridge - It matches my GPUS, works, and looks nice. Only downside is that you cannot change the LED colors.

Cablemod LED strips - These are bright and they stick firmly, no complaints.

A couple of things I would do differently... Don't buy parts until I have my entire budget saved. I started purchasing parts before the X99 platform was released. I'm sure I'm not missing out performance-wise, but I wish I started there because now a CPU upgrade will also mean a new motherboard and RAM.

A more neutral colored motherboard would've been a better choice so I could change my color theme easily. I'm not knocking red & black. It's been done a lot these past few years, and it still looks excellent.

There a few parts I got for free from a co-worker since he just recently upgraded and knew I was closing in on finishing my build. He got me started early and I took it from there. A big thank you to Eric! You're awesome dude. The free parts I swapped out will be going into my wife's build which I hope to start planning soon.

Part Reviews


A great CPU. Overclocked nicely under my CLC. Handles video editing and gaming with ease.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my 4790k cool, stays quiet, and the link software works nicely in the background.

Small Update

You can definitely hear the pump whirring when the CPU is @ 100%, but since that doesn't happen unless something is going wrong in software, it shouldn't be considered a practical or real world issue.

Thermal Compound

Used the classic pea method for application. CPU is staying cool. No complaints.


A great motherboard. Its comes with more bells and whistles than I ever anticipate to use. The bios is easy to navigate and change.

It cannot use my NVME M.2 SSD to it's full potential and disables the X1 PCIE lanes when an M.2 is in use, but that was expected and doesn't deserve to lose a star over that.


It's fast, looks nice, and runs at 2400mhz by enabling the XMP profile in the bios.


Fast and reliable, works great for my high priority programs.


Fast speeds and reliable brand. Used for games. HUGE difference in load times.

EDIT: After a couple months of use this drive was no longer being read. Samsung replaced it with a refurbished unit in the same week I sent it out. So far the refurbished drive is running good.

Note I did not have to pay for return shipping.


Amazingly fast. Boots in 6 seconds. Using for OS and various programs.


Fast, reliable, quiet, and lots of room for all of my miscellaneous programs and files.

Video Card

An insanely powerful GPU. Coming from a low powered laptop and console to SLI 1070s was a religious experience. Simply amazing.

The red LED setting in the MSI gaming app looks pinkish instead of a true red.


Several months down the road now and running this in 2-way SLI is still surprising me. I'm playing all games at the highest settings at 3440x1440 60 FPS without even a hiccup.

Download the MSI LED third party tool and you can utilize the full color spectrum you expect when paying for a $400-$500 GPU.


BIG & HEAVY! This case is expensive, but is drowning in quality. Cable management was a breeze. Even with the crazy amount of fans I have (15). Phanteks has a lifelong customer.

Power Supply

Overkill for my needs. Fully modular. Can handle any normal builds without issue. EVGA support is 2nd to none.

At fault of my own, I would've been severely lacking in cables if I hadn't previously purchased an EVGA 750w PSU before this one.

Optical Drive

Rarely used, but still comes in handy for some old games and programs I have floating around.

Operating System

Very responsive OS. I haven't had any issues yet, but I'm unnerved by the amount of tracking that comes with this.

Case Fan

Pushes lots of air quietly and looks really nice. Quality and aesthetics in a fan!

Case Fan

Great performance without looking like a turd.

Case Fan

Quiet with interchangeable rings that can be easily painted to match your build.

Case Fan

Quiet AF, that's what the AF stands for right?

Case Fan

Quiet, pushes lots of air, and the LEDs aren't overpowering.

Fan Controller

Simple, works great with plenty of cable length. RGB options are a nice plus.


3440x1440, IPS, 60HZ, NOT curved, and a good price. This has the same guts as the far more expensive LG versions. The bezel AOC uses is so small I forget it's even there.

-Doesn't support HDMI 2.0. -Sometimes the refresh rate gets out of sync between the left and right side. It's not often and is easily remedied by powering it off/on.

Once you go ultra wide, you'll never go back to standard widescreen. It's super immersive in both gaming & movies. The added real estate makes multi-tasking vastly easier.


High quality mechanical keyboard. The feedback (both feeling & sound) is very pleasing. I'll never go back to soft/domed keyboards.

The simple LED options are nice. The media buttons, audio scroll wheel, and locking options make this a top tier board.


Replaced my 2013 Razer DeathAdder. This is far superior with accuracy, grip material, on the fly DPI adjustments, optional weights, and it's driverless!

EDIT: This mouse has built-in acceleration and since it doesn't work with the CUE software there is no way to disable it. It's too much of an issue to keep using. I'm switching to the M65 Pro RGB FPS mouse.


Everything I wanted with the Raptor M45 without built in acceleration. Great grip, good adjustable weights, accurate sensor, form fitting for right-handed people, and the RGB effects along with the sniper button are nice touches. DPI switching on the fly is a nice advantage when switching between multiple games.

The CUE software is inclusive, doesn't feel bloaty, intrusive, or resource hungry. 5 stars.


If you're into music, you owe it to yourself to get these. Open-backed headphones are great when paired with a quality preamp. The default ear cups were too hot for me so I swapped them out with some red leather ones.

EDIT: The left channel started producing static constantly. Sent in for warranty repair and Beyerdynamic replaced the whole left side. Now it works flawlessly.

Note I did have to pay for shipping to send it in. It took roughly 10-12 days to get it back.


QUALITY to price is off the charts. I would've easily paid double for these. They're super comfortable and have surprisingly good clarity. The 7.1ch drivers are exceptionally pleasant in stealth games. Headset mics are terrible and should never be used, but this one could hold me over if my Yeti ever bites the dust.

EDIT: The USB portion of the cable stopped working properly. Kingston sent me a new one free of charge within 2 days and I returned the old one with a provided label.


You get what you pay for. These are no exception. The clarity of sound you get from these will blow you away. If you want bass, these aren't the speakers for you. Get the additional separate amp and you'll never need another sound system. My volume currently stays around 2-8 because they can get extremely loud.

Comments Sorted by:

Wegason 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago

Blimey. When you switched to PC gaming you went ALL IN. That is one impressive colour themed build! You have my +1. I didn't colour theme nearly as well as this on my build.

xbolt16x 3 points 31 months ago

Can it run minecraft at 60 FPS?

nightslashs 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago


C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago

Nothing can.

Nater650 1 point 12 months ago

Yes it can

TioJorge 6 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Awesome plethora of pictures. Always nice to see every bit and piece detailed. I'll hopefully be starting my first build either this weekend if I get lucky or next week. I'm hoping for tomorrow. It's truly torturous having nearly every single piece here except for one... So I'll echo the statement of setting aside some dough/an account specifically for the build budget and then getting everything as close as you can.

jxdi 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

blown away. monster build

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 31 months ago

Love the colour scheme, along with the parts and the name. +1 for everything. One of the best black and red builds I've seen. :)

clintjackson101 2 points 30 months ago

This is the best build I've seen on here. The Red looks awesome. Love the funko pops too! Great job

C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks! I'm hoping to have a mini ITX build done by the end of the year.

BuildStore 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Love to see the series of upgrades on this build. From a 660 mid-range build to an SLI i7 X Build. Nicely done!

C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Just upgraded to an 8700k, hybrid 1080ti, rog maximus x code, and 32gb of 3200 ram. Will be doing a slight upgrade in my monitor next week then posting an update on the build.

BuildStore 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago


martin4884 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Speechless , nice build! Check my build out.

C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks! Gave you a +1, well deserved.

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I just loved picture 101........it was the last one!!!

nice build!!

Update: I AM looking at all 101 pics. This case is what I want in the coming days/months is yours in red/black.

Question? I was concerned the video card maybe to long and your red cable cover might have to be removed. I see yours is in place, but it looks very close to touching. Can you give me a approximate gap from the end of your 1070 to the "red cable plate"?? Thanks

your 1070 = 279mm
Mine 270mm, so based on the facts it should fit also

The GPU connections did not match up with my cards.

Could you take a minute to explain?

C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

-Gap- I have a 1/4" gap between my cards and the red plate.

-Connections- http://i.imgur.com/Bo1FlwJ.jpg See how the plastic mold around the connections is either square or rounded? Some of the connections on the cable were square and the port they plugged into were rounded on the GPU. I "shaved" them down to be more rounded so they would fit.

C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I forgot to mention there is a black plate that needs to be removed for the GPUs to fit. You'll see it in place prior to the 1070s being installed. It only took a couple of screwa being removed to take it out.

bmbhomie 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Love your build and setup, check out the post I made about it on my Instagram!


RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

This build is beautiful, all around aesthetically pleasing and nicely done. Went a litttttttttttttle bit overkill on a case unless you have future plans for pump res & radiators to watercool the entire thing?

C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago


Long-term, I will remove a lot of the fans and make a custom loop. Being that this was my first build, I wanted to stick with air, but leave room to grow.

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Good logic, love to see people rationalize their part choices versus "I bought it because it looked cool and I wanted it". This still looks amazing for your first build, you certainly took the time to make sure you did this correctly.

Kevo05s 6 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Awesome build, very well done, but why did you put your bottom and front case fans as exhaust? You are creating a very big negative pressure were most of your air intakes wont be filtered...

C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Bottom and front are intake. Rear and top are exhaust.

Kevo05s 6 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

ok because in your pictures the fans are on the wrong side

C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Yeah, I had to swap several of them over to correct that and never took additional pictures detailing it.

beastmodegaming 1 Build 0 points 31 months ago

if your planning on playing fps games on pc with a controller your gonna get wiped, mouse and keyboard is way more accurate.

C0RSA1R submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Lol no. The controller is for racing games / point & clickers.

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