Description

The purpose of this was for gaming. For years I have only had laptops which could only run on the lowest of settings and still not very well. The name came from the gigantic CPU cooler which is essentially a big brick of metal that was not needed. A wonderful Christmas gift to my self:)

CPU: Should have gone with a 4790k but oh well. I have not hit a wall where my CPU has bottle necked me yet.

CPU Cooler: My biggest but most fun regret of the whole build. Since my CPU is not overclock able I could have even gotten away with the stock fan instead of spending $90, but my CPU never goes above 40°C so I got that going for me. It is also where the name came from.

Motherboard: Could have saved a bit on a different mobo but this thing is great. Later on if I so desire it can easily be upgraded on.

Memory: Kinda hard to go wrong with memory.

Storage: I thought about some SSDs but decided on mechanical. I do plan on adding a SSD in the future.

GPU: How could you deny a 980?

Case: Amazing case. Only thing that could be improved on is a tad bit more room on the cable management side. Other than that it would be hard to beat. I am also 98% sure HAF stands for Heavy As ****...

That One Stupid Fan: I hate that 200mm fan. The housing was to big for the case so in the end I wedged it into the top to the point where screws are not necessary. Just the sight of it makes me anger (yes anger).

PSU: It was on sale at the time so I just went all out.

Other Stuff: The Mouse, Keyboard, and Headset were gifted to me. The mouse and keyboard are great. The headset on the other hand is not the most comfortable thing but it gets me by till I finally decide to order a new one.

Overall I am happy with the build. Going from unstable lowest of the low settings to smooth ultra settings has been a great journey. 10/10 would recommend again.

-Now Don't Forget- I like to squirt and eat dirt :D

Some parts have been changed from the original build. Not gonna update this list

Part Reviews

Motherboard

If you plan on going with two or more GPUs then this thing is amazing. Not only is it a beautiful board but the orientation of the various connectors are great. If you don't plan on using sli or crossfire then don't get it. Save ~$100 on a board more suited to what you need. Glorious board!

Video Card

Glorious card. Unless you are using a GPU intensive game/program it is either completely silent or extremely quiet. Occasional coil whine but never very loud. A buddy has the same card and he has never had any coil whine. (Yes I am sure it is the GPU and not something else)

Case

Amazing case. Only thing that could be improved on is a tad bit more room on the cable management side. Other than that it would be hard to beat. I am also 98% sure HAF stands for Heavy As ****...

Case Fan

Pros

Quiet fan with good airflow.

Cons

The housing does not work for all 200mm fan 'capable' spots in some cases. Airflow is nearly exclusive to the very outside of the fan.

Case Fan

Pros

Absurd amount of airflow

Cons

If over 40% it becomes quite loud

Monitor

Pretty bad back light bleed but other than that a decent panel.

Headphones

Great budget headset with decent audio quality but the mic is lacking. The head pad is rather hard. After a year or so of use and several tugs on the wire I had to open it up and re solder the wire back on.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

way overkill psu. but besides that, nice system.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

how did you get the 1tb black for 50$?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it from Amazon during Cyber Monday

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

nice.. i got only blue in that price

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

for gaming, your cpu and ram are overkill and you probably wont hit a bottleneck unless the game is poorly optimized. The psu is way overkill and you could probably run 3-4 980's on it. (the 980 has small power draw for the beast of a card it is) For now and the next few years that computers gonna be a beast though.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Poorly Optimized == PlanetSide2

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

holy crap my 780 ti cant even run 60 FPS even with low settings when anyone near me is shooting a gun lol.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? My rig destroys that game in all scenarios at high settings.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I run the game at ultra. The only time I dip below 60 FPS is during battles over 100 people. The game is really broken though so you can't expect much out of it. Lets see what Daybreak, or whoever it is, does with the game.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The game is very broken indeed, there is almost no fixing it haha. I like your build, btw. I plus 1 it

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

do you regret about getting the noctua nh-d15 instead of a liquid cooler for asthetics?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite the opposite. The thing looks hilarious and preforms just as well as any liquid cooler. I am also an extremest in the hate for liquid coolers.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

actually the reason i'm asking is that im building a pc and already bought the noctua but its still packaged..

dont you think it will look ugly from my nzxt phantom 530 window?

and may i ask why do you hate liquid? actually i never tried them..

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The odd color that Noctua likes to use would not look that great. If you recolor the housings for the fans it would look pretty cool but that is a whole new project. Liquid cooling is always more expensive than air cooling and often times the performance difference is minimal. The lifespan on liquid coolers is shorter as well depending on the one you go with. There are two sides on the air and liquid cooling deal, and I for one am on the air cooling side.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I see. What if i go with premium one like corsair h110?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to go with liquid cooling that is a really good one. In the end it is personal preference. Now if you don't plan on overclocking just go with the stock fan or a cheap aftermarket fan like the cooler master 212.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that headset, sounds amazing for the price. Why 2 stars?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The wire was not very well secured so it easily got pulled out. I had to open it up and re-solder the wires back. Not very comfortable either.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I find it odd how you said that if you don't plan on doing SLI or Crossfire, then you shouldn't buy that motherboard. And yet that's exactly what you did. Do you plan on doing SLI with that 980...?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This build has been modified since it was posted and I have not updated it on here (mostly little things like more storage and peripherals).

To answer your question, I will SLI the 980 if I ever get a 2/4k monitor. Currently there is no game that I have that will benefit from having another 980 at 1080p.

As for the review: The spacing of the 16x slots allow even air cooled cards to keep cool. This board is overkill for my purposes.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, okay Thanks for clearing that up :)