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New home gaming rig.

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Previous build was AMD FX8350 and GTX 770 OC 4 years ago. This is my first Intel build and I'm anxious to see what this rig can do. I'm a fan of all-black builds, never really got into the RGB scene. This build was pretty simple, but I did run into a few snags.

The 400C case is very tight with a few parts. I relocated the case fan to the top because the CPU cooler wouldn't fit on top due to the front IO wiring interfering and the loops were obstructing the memory slots. I also couldn't put back the PSU shroud because there were some USB connectors on the mobo that interfered with the slots on the case. It's not a big deal if you don't mind showing off the PSU. I temporarily removed the rear SSD mount since I'm going to stay with the m.2 drives for now.

The GPU is... insane. Going from 2GB to 11GB of Vram, I don't know what to think. I was super fortunate to get this GPU at the price I did, and the fact it didn't take long to get it in stock to order. I am not sure how long these GPU prices will be so inflated due to the miners cornering the market. Haven't done much gaming yet, but I was getting 600fps in COD Black Ops II zombies, and 140fps in GTA V with maxxed out graphic settings. I am using a 144hz 1080p ASUS monitor, so no 4k gaming at the moment.

The 960 Evo m.2 drive is astonishingly fast. Can't say much more.

The PSU I feel is a bit overkill in retrospect. I didn't really need the "i" version of the HX1000, and I didn't need 1000w. Probably could have gone down to 850.

Everyone knows this CPU by now, not much to tell. Going from an 8-thread AMD to 12-thread Intel may not seem like a huge improvement, but technology-wise I feel Intel has the edge, and is better supported with other components. I run CAD software on this rig also, and I need the cores to help with multi-core rendering.

I named this build MEGAWEAPON because of a silly 80s movie called 'Warrior of the Lost World' and there was this huge black dump truck with spikes on the front. I just like the name.

Thanks for checking out this build, let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

Man without a 4k monitor you aren't unleashing the full potential of the 1080 Ti, but damn 140 FPS in GTA V lol I only get 54 on medium settings.

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

4k may be great, but very often you see even a 1080ti pushing 60fps with any respectable graphics settings. On a 1440p with, say, 165hz refresh rate like mine, I'm getting max settings on every game,, while consistently running over 100fps on everything I play. The visual difference between 4k at medium and 1440p at Ultra is minimal, and in fact may look worse due to the creamy goodness that is high fps+high refresh rate.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm still of the mindset that FPS > Resolution, but I'm sure my opinion would change once I try out a 4k monitor. Personally I would rather game at 1080p 144hz+ over 4k 60hz but I can't justify that opinion until I get to properly try out a 4k monitor. Also, looking forward to modding GTA V when I get the chance. I bet there are some sweet visual mods for that game.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

My opinion is FPS is always greater. I would never trade my 2k 144hz monitor for a 4k.

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

Simple parts list delivering simple power. Well done. +1

+100 for build title

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice..great photos too...

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

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