This build is really more of a set of upgrades to my previous rig, White Lightning. I have put a lot into the rig since I posted it, so I decided to list it as another build. It essentially is a new build in terms of performance gain, which is anywhere from 20-50% depending on the application being used. Below is a list of my upgrades and how they effected my system:

1) Intel Core I5 4690k @3.5GHz --> Intel Core I5 4690k @ 4.5GHz: A night and day difference. This processor overclocks like a champ, and only with 1.25 volts running through it. My physics scores in 3D mark jumped noticeably after applying this overclock. The is probably still a slight bottleneck to the system but overall definitely pulls its weight well.

2) Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO --> NZXT Kraken X61: The 212 EVO is one of the best air coolers out there, but since I planned to overclock, I needed a water cooler to accommodate the additional heat. With this cooler, my CPU does not get hotter than 65*C when stress testing, which is incredible considering it is at nearly a 30 percent overclock. I may try to push more out of the CPU, but performance is fine for now!

3) 2x GeForce GTX 960 4GB --> 1x GeForce GTX 1080 8GB: The 1080 can display at QHD with higher framerates than the dual 960 setup could muster at 1080p. The only complaint I have from the 1080 is very minor coil whine. It also runs fairly hot, but still cooler than the reference card.

4) No SSD --> Sandisk Ultra II 480GB: Get an SSD for your build. It is definitely worth the cost to gain so much speed over a mechanical drive!

5) Old 1080p LG Flatron --> Asus MX27AQ QHD Monitor: My games look so much better in QHD compared to FHD.

That's all for now, I may upgrade to the Skylake processor world, but I likely will wait for its successor since my performance at this point is strong. Where could I make improvements? Thanks for checking out my build! I've really enjoyed putting it together and making it work as well as possible so far!

Part Reviews


Still going strong at 4.5GHz. If you want to spend a little less and are willing to overclock, this chip is still a great gaming option.

CPU Cooler

*See temperatures in build details.


The board has plenty of features for an 1150 chipset and is SLI capable for those that are using two cards. It seems to be of good quality overall and I've had no issues thus far.


Great RAM. It is reliable and easy to overclock so I've heard. I'll have to see if I can squeeze 2133 out of these sticks!


For the money, it can't be beat. The controller transfers at a consistent speed (the transfer speed does not nosedive about a quarter of the way through like some SSDs do) and the capacity is plenty for my OS drive since I mainly use this PC for schoolwork and gaming.


It's a mechanical drive with plenty of capacity for cheap. I only have games on it and it performs just fine.

Video Card

If you have the budget for one, this card is king. I game at QHD and no game I own can slow this card down at max settings (Save for some of the crazy AA settings in certain recent AAA games). It runs circles around my old 960 SLI setup!


Sturdy, attractive case with plenty of room for cable management and a PSU shroud. Works for me!

Power Supply

Bought it factory certified refurbished from my local Micro Center and have had no issues whatsoever. Got the warranty just in case though.

Operating System

Perks of being a college student - Free software!


A beautiful monitor. Even when the screen is off this thing is sexy. Displays everything beautifully and has that trademark IPS color accuracy. I highly recommend this monitor!


The mouse I really like. It has a varying speed optical sensor and seems to work well. The keyboard is nice, but makes me wish I would have sprung for a mechanical keyboard.


Have had these for years, I used them to play Xbox 360 games prior to my ascension to the master race. They still work well and have good sound clarity so no complaints here!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome dude. Great setup!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yours is immaculate so it's nice to hear you say that haha

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You forgot to mention your LED Lighting Upgrade, I presume this is the NZXT Hue+? Looks great!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I did, apologies! Yes it is an NZXT Hue+ and I love everything about it, it definitely is a great way to show off your hard work!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a couple of questions if you don't mind.

How are you liking the H440? I was reading and reviewers talk about reduced airflow due to the ventilation built into the case, do you feel your components are adequately cooled? Also how do you like the software that controls the Hue+, do the LEDs come on as soon as the PC boots up or do they only get colored after the OS loads?


  • 42 months ago
  • -3 points

Way too overkill in my opinion. Unless you have some super hard core cpu reliant games you should've gotten the 1060 Zotac man. Should've gotten a 24 inch 144hz monitor instead of a 60hz since its better quality. Maybe a 120gb SSD for games an a 1tb for files and movies and such. Wouldve been atleast 700-800 dollars cheaper.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for your input. Here's some of my login behind my choices:

I got the 1080 over the 1070 or 1060 because it is much more future proof than the other two and I was able to offset the cost to me by selling both of my 960s and my 212 Evo. After that, the 1080 only cost me about as much as a 1070, so I sprung for it.

I use this PC for more than just gaming, so I wanted a larger screen for CAD drawing and overall productivity. And my monitor is definitely high quality, so I'm not worried about that at all. Also, a QHD 144Hz monitor is probably just as expensive if not more in a smaller size.

With regards to the storage space, I have a lot of steam games and 1TB would not store them all :)

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