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The Relentless

by glek


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Date Published

May 3, 2015

Date Built

April 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

44.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


Here she is, the Relentless, named after the Heavy Planetary Assault Carrier (HPAC) Relentless, flagship of the 9th Planetary Assault Fleet. Don't bother searching Google for that information, it's not there. The HPAC Relentless is a ship of my own design.

Though it works fine for regular, everyday use, this build is absolutely meant for gaming. It features the i5-4690k on a Z97 motherboard, meaning this system is ready to be overclocked at any time. The solid state drive means that Windows starts within seconds and the entire system is ready for use in under a minute from power on to ready to game.

The second 2 TB drive is for storage, mostly games, videos and music. Optionally, you could upgrade the SSD to a larger size and put games on there. I'm not because loading screens don't bother me. In fact, I like to read the stuff the developers put on them, which I can't do when they're on screen for only a few seconds.

The heart of this build is the GeForce GTX 970. It's been able to handle everything I've thrown at it thus far at 1080p, 60 FPS with maximum settings with one exception. Watch_Dogs chugged at times with the anti-aliasing set to TXAA. MSAAx8 runs perfectly smooth.

The rest of the system is fairly standard. 8 GB of RAM, perfect for gaming, a power supply able to run everything, a case and peripherals. I opted for Windows 8.1 Professional because of the Hyper-V support so I can run virtual machines.

The keyboard/mouse combo works quite well, though it's not as good as a gaming keyboard/mouse. The headset is actually very good for the price and I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a good headset at an amazing price.

There are two problems I have had. One is that the monitor's brightness can't be turned down far enough for comfortable gaming in low light conditions. I'm using F.lux to help soften the colors to reduce eye strain once the sun sets. The other problem is that, despite having a Blu-Ray drive, I have so far been unable to play commercial Blu-Ray disks. This is not a problem with the drive itself but with the lack of proper support for playing commercial disks on Windows 8.1.

UPDATE: I have managed to get some commercial Blu-Ray disks to play with the use of VLC and the AACS/BD+ plugins. Most of the newer commercial Blu-Ray disks don't work yet as nobody has the AACS keys for them, but those older than 6 months seem to be working quite well (Serenity for example). Still no menu support at the moment, though.

I have also upgraded to a white Cyborg M.M.O 7 mouse in the last month. I will add a picture in the near future.

I've added a Razer Deathstalker Chroma keyboard and Sentey SYMPH Elite Gamer Series headset to the mix, swapping out the other peripherals.

Oculus Rift DK2 optional.

Part Reviews


This monitor performs exactly as expected. Great color quality and a good size for gaming at a desk. The only complaint I have is that the monitor's brightness can't be reduced enough to make it comfortable to use in low light conditions. I've had to install third-party software to help soften the screen colors to avoid eye strain after the sun sets.

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TheOne 2 points 48 months ago

throw that disgrace of a cpu cooler and get something else....other than that, really nice build and have fun!

glek submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I absolutely plan to upgrade the cooler once finances permit. My house is normally very cool, which is why I've delayed getting a better one to let my bank account recover.

Blue51 1 point 40 months ago

what was the cpu cooler?

glek submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Currently still the stock one that was shipped with the CPU. I'm attempting to save some cash for a liquid cooling unit.

phantom_5 1 point 22 months ago

on a scale of 1-10 how washed out is your monitor I heard people complaining it is

glek submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Depending on which preset I'm using and how I've configured it, anywhere from 2 to 5. Some of the presets are very washed out, but the theater preset is pretty 'rich' in terms of coloration. I have customized the settings, though.

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I am not a big fan of the green.

P.S.: I am looking through old builds because I am bored.