I decided to put this up right after I finished building it, but unfortunately I was too excited to play rather than sharing it. But wait no more, for Iblis is finally here!
Since I do not care about my PC taking up space, I thought why not merge my Cooler Master Storm Stryker with my older case, Gigabyte Sumo 5115? Which is exactly what I did. I married them together as one, using the CM Storm Stryker as my main case for all my PC components, and the Gigabyte Sumo 5115 as my cable management chamber (I wanted to do it properly and fast).
The Cooler Master Storm Stryker is by far the best PC case I've ever had and seen. It offers great cable management options and awesome fan system. I'm using it horizontally merged with my old Gigabyte Sumo 5115 case. Very cool and calm. It also has an SSD dock (Or laptop sized SATA HDDs) if you want to connect them externally to your PC. The rubber handle makes it very easy to move the case without making much of an effort.
The monitor at 27" 2560x1440p was an important upgrade for me in both gaming and photography/video/logo editing (Having moved from two previous 27" 1080p Samsung screens. The colors of the Qnix 2710 are very accurate (Calibrated to Adobe RPG 1998) with higher brightness than my previous monitors, which were all 1080p. I seriously cannot go back to using 1080p for anything, unless it was my only choice.
The AMD FX-8350 is incredibly stunning in every aspect. I opened and used as many programs as I could (Until I lost my patience) and this CPU did not lag a bit, not a little tiny bit, at all. Multitasking has never been this powerful, with 8-Cores being fully utilized by my OS and most of my games. It is water cooled even though I never needed to change the stock fans, but I thought why not? The temps never bypassed 39 Celsius at full load running the heaviest demanding games and programs. Stays at 17 Celsius while browsing, and 8-9 Celsius while idle. Cold as a serial killer.
===========================UPDATE=========================== (10/03/2014) I have overclocked my FX-8350 CPU to 4.51GHz stable at a maximum temperature of 43 Celsius (8° Celsius minimum). I could push it to 4.8GHz or 5.0GHz, but I see no need in doing that. Damn, 4.51GHz is more than enough for me and it is very stable and cool. (03/04/2014) I have overclocked my CPU even further to 4.83GHz (Stable), but this time I mixed my FSB with a slight multiplier raise. Temps are 17° idle and 52° load. Yeah I know, I'm laughing too at my previous overclock comment above.
The AMD HIS 7970 IceQ X2 is a crazy cold killer running all my games at 1440p without any problems at all. Smooth and stable at all times. The temps are 27-33 while at normal-to-heavy use of programs, and 40-58 while at heavy gaming (Games like Battlefield 4 maxed out at ultra settings). Stock clocks never needed overclocking, unless sometimes when recording at 1440p +60FPS using fraps, which will raise my temps up to 61-64 maximum). A beauty indeed.
The 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1866MHz (CAS 9) RAMs are more than enough for me to never even check how much I'm using. Never needed to overclock them and not planning to do so anytime soon.
The Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z is a piece of art. It's an overpowered motherboard that can handle all kinds of overclocking. It has 3-way SLI/CrossFireX support and a 7.1 built-in audio sound card (That is purely clean and high in quality). This motherboard is designed for the serious gamers who are looking for the best in gaming hardware. I love it.
The Seagate 2TB 7200RPM SSHD is a great upgrade from normal HDDs if you want an SSD-like performance. It boots fast and shows a great difference over normal HDDs when using programs and games. Overall it is much better than a normal HDD at 7200RPM, but not better than an SSD.
The Rosewill 1000W (80 Plus Gold) PSU is definitely an overkill for my current build, but for the price vs. performance, I couldn't have found a better option. It's just great.
I apologize for not writing a detailed review about the other components, but I'm satisfied with all of them nonetheless.
My ratings for the custom parts: QNIX QX2710 Evolution ll DVI-D MATTE: 5/5. VideoSecu Articulating Arm TV Wall Mount: 5/5. Cable Matters Gold Plated DVI-D Dual Link...: 5/5. Cooler Master Storm Stryker: 5/5. Gigabyte Sumo 5115: 4/5. Thermaltake eSPORTS Shock One: 4.5/5.
You might've noticed that I gave 5-stars to all of my main items, but that's actually because I like every one of them. I took a very long time (almost 13 months) to decide on my build parts. Yes, I did my wait (+Very deep intense research on PC building/benchmarking websites and YouTube videos, every single day).
BENCHMARKS: (Stock clocks w/ Mantle BETA) Star Swarm Benchmark Test Extreme - Picture attached: http://pastebin.com/C40vWxRp
If you have any question or requests, please feel free to add them in your comments.
|CPU||AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core||$189.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid||$84.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 12g||$17.34 USD||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+||$214.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866||$152.80 USD||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid||$134.29 USD||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB||$299.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Rosewill 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V||$169.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||ROCCAT ISKU||$67.14 USD||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Perixx MX-2000 Wired Laser||$34.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Custom||QNIX QX2710 Evolution ll DVI-D MATTE||$399.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|VideoSecu Articulating Arm TV Wall Mount||$13.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Cable Matters Gold Plated DVI-D Dual Link Cable with Ferrites 10 Feet, 100% Bare Copper||$7.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Cooler Master Storm Stryker||$188.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Total (United States):||$1975.49 USD|
|Date Published||March 22, 2014|