Description

Originally Built March of 2016:

Nothing too crazy for my first build. At the time I already owned an Xbox system but wanted to get into PC gaming. I already owned a "functioning" monitor from a workstation PC I owned, a 2009 gateway tower, but I wanted to build a system that I could really call my own. I went with an overbuilt power supply and AIO CPU cooler than what I needed at the time because I figured if and when I decided to upgrade my PC in the future those parts would be able to handle whatever I could throw at them. Sorry I don't have any pictures from back when I first built the system. This was back when I just wanted to build a no-frills system to game. The mouse is $0.00 because I received it from a friend as a congratulation present for completing my build.

(September 2018) I decided to get my first M.2 SSD, the Samsung 970 EVO 1TB version.

(November 2018) I finally got around to purchasing a gaming monitor, the Acer XB271HU, to replace my old workstation monitor and let me tell you, G-sync is where it’s at. At the same time a friend of mine decided he wanted to upgrade a system he had pre-built and asked for my help in upgrading it. When he upgraded his Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB AORUS video card to a 1080 Ti. He was nice enough to give me his 1070 as thanks for my help. I ended up selling my 980 Ti as opposed to the 1070 due to the fact that I would get more $$ for selling the 980 Ti. This helped to offset the final build cost of my system.

(December 2018) Lucked out again with this one. The same friend who just recently upgraded their GPU to the 1080 Ti decided to upgrade their headset for Christmas. As a result I got a hold of their HyperX Cloud Revolver S headset.

(January 2019) This month I decided I wanted to try my hand at overclock my 6700k from its base clock of 4 GHz and see where I could comfortably go. As of today I have managed to overclock it to 4.6 GHz.

Since I wasn’t playing my Xbox as much as I used to I decided to pull my old 2TB hard drive from it and install it into my system for extra game storage/redundant system backups. I also decided to purchase the FSLabs Graphics Card GPU Brace Support to help with the GPU sag.

(February 2019) Welp, I did it. I decided to go full bore on some RGB fans and I am happy to say, they look pretty darn good.

(March 2019) As of this month I have yet to need to upgrade my RAM, Motherboard, or CPU.

Part Reviews

CPU

This has been a very solid CPU for me over the last 3 years. Was easily able to be overclocked without any issue. Just make sure you have a decent cooler to handle the extra heat you generate when overclocking. All in all a great buy.

CPU Cooler

For those who aren't comfortable with running hard/soft tubing to water cool a system this AIO cooler was a great buy. All the advantages of water cooling with out any of the work. Installation was simple, just screwed onto the motherboard like any other cooler. After 3 years of constant use i'm happy to report no leaks. Highly recommended.

Thermal Compound

Decided to use this instead of the stock compound that came with my AIO cooler. After 3 years I can say I haven't run into any problems as of yet with the compound losing it's thermal conductivity.

Motherboard

While considered old after only 3 years I feel this has been a very solid motherboard. Haven't run into any issues with the board itself, however I feel that the APP Center software that Gigabyte provides could use a little work. All in all a pretty great board.

Power Supply

EVGA has always made quality products and this power supply is no exception. With an 80+ Gold Certification and a decent amount of fully-modular ports, it can't be beat. Plus at 850W it's a great buy for upgrading more power hungry parts in the future.

Keyboard

Purchased this keyboard because I wanted an entry level gaming keyboard without having to spend $100. This keyboard has been a solid runner for the last 3 years. Out of the box it comes with Brown mechanical switches and an additional 8 backup switches in case your WSAD or UP, Down, Left, Right keys die which is a nice touch. Anti-ghosting feature and RGB. Lastly you can customize the keyboard with software from Reddragons website to adjust the RGB as well as set macros, it's pretty cool. Love this keyboard.

Custom

Great product for the price so far. Haven't had any connection issues due to the device. Recommended purchase.

Custom

Just remember, you're getting silver screws with a black brace.

The piece installed easily enough, the paint on the brace is super thin and the amount you need to torque the screws down will immediately strip the paint from behind where the screw meets the brace so don't expect to easily adjust the brace after your first installation. Product works as advertised.

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Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Just brilliant. You have done loads of research and this sure looks to have paid off. What do you think of the 1070 by the way? Can it still run games on high with such a good monitor?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1070 has been treating me pretty well still as of yet. Actually manage to run a good amount of games on Ultimate settings. While I do not have a 4k monitor to test, with my 1440p monitor, high settings for every game I have played so far is a non-issue.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Also that case is just amazing. Shame its not made anymore

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, While I really do like this case, my only gripe is the side panel isn't tempered glass so it has the potential to pick up scratches rather easily. Other then that, the case's large format makes it easy to fit pretty much anything you can think of, even those larger than average graphics cards. For it's age it's been treating me well. If I were to upgrade the case I probably would go for the Corsair Crystal 570x for the tempered glass and overall design.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny! From “nothing too crazy” to 32GB DDR4, 1 TERABYTE m.2, SSD, TWO Hdd, and an upgraded fan system plus liquid cooling! It’s an expensive hobby. I’m jealous. I have used the same Mastercase Pro 5 for two years and can’t wait to upgrade my mobo, processor, and memory; I will be removing the trays and adding four of those Corsair 140ML Pros (just black, non RGB) to replace the standard fans included. So much better than Xbox huh? Don’t need to worry about losing Halo after the announcement the other week. Cheers!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yes, while my Xbox still holds a special place in my heart, I find myself playing on my PC more often than not. However, I did just pick up Sekiro Shadows Die Twice for the Xbox. I'm so looking forward to Halo coming to the PC. Did you have a specific mobo, processor, or memory in mind? Also, the ML fans work great. I think you'll really appreciate what they bring to the table.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. I am using an i7 4770k which still runs well, I would like to get the i5 9600k (I just play games, no streaming) when there is a big sale. Upgrade the mobo to the 1151 (300 series) and get 16GB of DDR4 memory. I would like to get another msi mobo and I like g.skill or corsair for memory, with a little touch of rgb. That Corsair H115i would also be added to the cart as well.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! You should totally do a before and after completed build submission with pictures. I haven't really seen any other Master Case 5 builds yet on this site for comparison. What GPU are you currently running?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I will post it for sure. You can search the case on this website, that is how I saw your build. I have a EVGA 1070sc and will keep it for the upgrade. I game in 1080p and don't plan on getting one of the RTX cards, I'll wait for their next lineup before a gpu upgrade.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense, can't go wrong at 1080p for all those frames. Have you tried overclocking your CPU or GPU yet?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a before and after for the Mastercase upgrade; you can check it out on my builds.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice upgrades!