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Windstärke V1

by vagabond139



Date Published

Sept. 26, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 11, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

70.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


I name it Windstärke which means Windforce in German because all of the fans that I have in my case, a grand total of 10. 3 on the front, its the Sliverstone fan, the Industrial, and the Rosewill. The Sickleflow fan on the bottom with a fangrill on top of it to stop any lose cables getting in it and its blowing air towards the gpu, 3 of the stock fans on top, and the Fractal HP14 on the rear and finally two on the cpu cooler.

In case you are wondering about the odd cpu temps, I used the thermal margin.

I put V1 in the name because I plan on upgrading it soon to a i5 6600K or maybe Zen depending on how it is along with a new motherboard and ram and maybe a new cpu cooler, sleeved cables, and I might make a psu cover so I can just keep all of my extra cables which I have a lot of down there and give the back of the case more room so I can maybe install a fan hub without it being crowed or something else and maybe put some sound dampening foam on the front panel. After that I plan on working on a custom loop which would be V3, I plan on filling the case up with rad's and maybe upgrading the gpu.

The parts that are at $0 I already had from my old build expect for Windows.

The 860K does not like high overclocking. I have mine at 1.5V at 4.6Ghz. It wouldn't want to 4.7Ghz at 1.5V but I haven't tried 1.55V which is really the max safe limit so It might be capable of doing it. My temperatures would be lower but my cpu cooler is a pain in the *** to install and caused me to mess up my thermal paste.

I got the motherboard for a steal at micro-center, $40 for a motherboard made for overclocking was a no brainier for me, I'm currently have my A8 6600K at 4.7ghz with it and I might push for 4.8ghz, My only complaints about it is that the things that hold the stock cooler on were very hard to remove, I contacted Gigabyte and they recommend some unorthodox methods to try to get it off like trying to pry it off and not all of the sata ports are 6Gb/s like it said on their website so my SSD is running at SATA 2/3Gb/s speeds but it is still pretty fast. I just messed around with the sata ports and now it is running at full speed, a whooping 520MB/s. I had to replace the A85X UP4 with a A88X UP4 due to it being psychically broken, more details below. The A88X UP4 has been a amazing motherboard so far, the VRM heatsink wouldn't even get hot with a A8 6600K at 1.55V at 4.9Ghz but then again that is probably due to all of the air flow I have in my case.

I have recently got a R9 390 which has been overclock balls to the wall, its at 1180Mhz currently. Now I know someone is going to stay "hey that is going to bottleneck, vagabond your stupid" you should chose the cpu for the FPS you want and the gpu for the graphical settings you want. I am mostly happy with the FPS I want but I would like it higher in cpu intensive games like Just Cause 3 but ~40FPS is good enough for me for now I love how it matches my color scheme and EK has a waterblock coming out for it soon. I chose the MSi one because it seems to one of the best overclockers on average and I love overclocking and pushing things to their limit.

If you are wondering how I got the Fractal Fan for super cheap, I brought it brand new off of Newegg and used the promo code that was for it along with a free $10 gift card they sent me. Maybe they secretly did it to make up for the detective R7 260X I brought from them months ago.

I chose the case because I plan on doing a custom loop sometime in the near future and it offers plenty of room to do so and it has sound dampening foam in it but all that does is makes my build a little less loud, nothing is quite like having the gpu fans going at 3KRPM, the Industrial fans at 3KRPM and the Sliverstone fan at 2KRPM, it literally sounds like a leaf blower once you crank everything up. The next case I get is either going to be a Phantek Luxe if I win the random drawing on the MSI contest or a caselab case for me since its go big or go home.

I don't need to explain why I chose the psu if you know anything about psu's. I was considering getting the Corsair RMi but the price was too high for me to justify it. I do regret not getting a 850 watt psu a little but I doubt I am going to even be doing crossfire/sli any time soon so 750 watts will work fine for me.

Why all of the fans? I am big fans of fans. I realize I don't need this many but I like making use of the room in my case. I chose the Industrial fans because the Chromax corners for them and there performance and durability.

I also have some insanely fast internet right now which is very nice, I have gotten over 700Mbp/s on it before and over 600 Mbp/s upload.

The case was dropped on to pavement on the day before thanksgiving, I swear it wasn't my fault. The motherboard had to go, RIP Gigabyte A85X UP4. Part of the 16X PCI slot was detached, the debug led didn't light up and when I went to removed the cpu cooler the cpu was stuck to it. The graphics card (a XFX DD R9 280) was ok. The psu seems to be okay, if it goes out I will just have it replaced asap and with a 850 watt G2 or maybe P2,it shouldn't take anything out. The case was damaged, the side panel wouldn't even go on. The original motherboard was a Gigabyte A85X so I just got a A88X and the case was a non window version of the Define S. I didn't pay for any of the repairs so I just got a new version of the motherboard and a version of the case with a Window.



Part Reviews


It has beefy VRM heatsinks on it, 10 power phases so it is begging for you to overclock on it. It came with 6 sata cables which is a lot, about the same amount as some X99 motherboards come with. The only real downside to this motherboard is its feature lacking bios, its basic and really isn't much different from cheaper boards. it doesn't give you much control over fan speed which I find disappointing.


Its a very fast SSD, one of the best in its class, I don't think I need to say much else here.

Video Card

Its a thick card but it that is due to the beefy heatsink on it. It stays fairly cool, about 70C at full load with the fans at 50% which you really can't hear but that is probably due to my other fans in my case. Its also a great overclocker.


Its a semi quiet case, the non Window version is quieter due to more sound. The case is very open so it has a ton of airflow and it supports a 420MM rad and a 360MM rad and a 140MM rad, that is as much as $150 cases. The only real downside when it comes to the case is the lack of room for easy cable management and it only holds 3 HDD's.

Power Supply

Its a very good psu, it has a ten warranty, very good performance, its quiet, has plenty of custom sleeves out there for it, and its made solid, its a easy 5/5.

Case Fan

I like to think of this as civilized Delta fan that won't fry a fan header. It moves a ton of air with a ton of force behind it. Its loud but that is expected for a 3KRPM fan. The only real downside to this is that it requires a good amount of voltage to get started so a normal voltage reducer isn't likely to work for it.

Case Fan

Nice fans. They move quite a bit of air at full RPM and don't make much noise at 2K and they look great with the Chormax attachment. They also are water proof so you can just pop them out of your case and rinse them off with water if you want to clean them. They are great fans overall.

Case Fan

Its a quiet fan that moves a good amount of air, not much else to say here.

Case Fan

They are ok fans, move a ok about of air but they are dead silent and you can even stick your finger in them without it hurting. Its nothing I would recommend buying unless you could get it for around $5 or less.

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FastTempo 3 points 32 months ago

Thank you for using a R9 390 instead of a GTX 970.. +1

FastTempo 1 point 32 months ago

And nice duct tape on your desk

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Lol thanks, the desk didn't want to stay close on its own so I just had to tape it shut. I was wondering if anyone was going to notice.

GreenBeanPie 2 points 38 months ago

I also have some insanely fast internet right now which is very nice, I have gotten over 700Mbp/s on it before and over 600 Mbp/s upload.

I just tested the internet speed I'm getting and it was 3.19 Mbps download and 0.43 upload, and its not a problem for me LOL.

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I just deleted Skyrim and reinstalled it because I was too lazy to unistall my mods, it took under 30 minutes. Also you just made me realize I really need to get some decent non potato pictures for my build so it will get published and do some spell checking because I already see one error above, there are probably more.

GreenBeanPie 2 points 37 months ago

I really need to get some decent non potato pictures for my build

I don't see any potato, maybe you should use a banana for scale.

rosswalker 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

It took you < 30min to install skyrim?

I have 150mb/s download and can download it in <10min...

floridaboz 4 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Very nice build

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 34 months ago


floridaboz 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

NO problem, now i am going and hide in off topic where i belong.

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Don't stay in the dark, stay on the surface.

johngerges582 2 points 34 months ago

What caselabs case were you looking at?

Nice upgrades. +1

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Maybe a Magnum TH10A or a SMA8.

johngerges582 1 point 34 months ago

2 pretty similar cases.

But they are very pricey. Best cases you can buy though.

I remember you saying something about water cooling. Did you decide on anything?

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I am going to retype that since I made quite a few errors...

They are pretty pricey which is why my case isn't going to change for a while, for at least a few years. I do plan on doing a custom loop, not for this 860K of course. I still have not made any final decisions on the parts besides the fans and the pump and res and that I am going to use rigid tubing. its hopefully is going to be done by late 2016.

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526christian 2 points 34 months ago

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S0nny_WarBucks58 3 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Is there a reason you took a pic of your computer screen at 4:20?


vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I was hoping someone would notice lol. That actually just happened to be the time I took the picture at.

S0nny_WarBucks58 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Okay I was looking at the pictures and my first thought was "he waited for that". Nice build.


Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

This makes sense and is a great price +1

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago


bobby567 2 points 31 months ago

Nice build! How's the 860k holding up?

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Thanks! Its holding up decent, the only games that make me really wish I had a better CPU is Beanmg and Just Cause 3, Hitman. Beamng goes into the 20's sometimes if you start going crazy in the game and Just Cause 3 and Hitman goes into the low 30's but really never goes below that . I might be getting a i5 6600K soon.

bobby567 1 point 31 months ago

Nice! Can't wait to build my own PC over the summer. Oh yeah almost forgot, can I add you to my friend list?

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Can't wait to build my own PC over the summer.

I bet you can't.

Oh yeah almost forgot, can I add you to my friend list?


bobby567 1 point 31 months ago


Acepirer 2 points 28 months ago

Hey there vaga, nice build. A question though, what do you use in your build to connect that many fans to your mobo. would you mind giving me the link to what you are using. Thank you :)

vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Thanks. The top and rear fans are powered via molex since they are dead silent and I'm using a 4 way splitter for them. The bottom and top front fan is powered by molex. The CPU fans are powered by a 2 way splitter. The middle and bottom fan are powered by the headers on the motherboard.

TL:DR 6 are powered by 6 molex and the other 4 way powered off of the motherboard.

Acepirer 1 point 28 months ago

Alright dude, thank you very much :)

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vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago


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vagabond139 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks! What R9 390 do you have?

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