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VR Beast - Wallet not safe!

by degamega



Date Published

July 18, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.721 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz


Took me a while to get my card but today it finally arrived. My plan was to build something for VR which is my next step.

CPU: I overclocked this build to 4.6ghz at 1.31v but I couldn't go any further even when raising the voltage to 1.45. Oh well.

GPU: Overclocked to 2100mhz so far, running bench and will see if I can go up further. Benching with 3dmark

I know the psu is not superior but considering I got it for $66 I am happy I saved some money, it's working perfectly.

For my monitor I am still using my old Q270 yamakasi catleap at res 2540 x 1440 Future plan is to get curved monitors but saving costs right now because vive or another vr unit is more important to me.

I've thrown everything except VR games at this build and it runs them smooth as butter.

The motherboard needs to be RMA'd, very unhappy about that. Seems one pci slot (top) is broken on arrival, the gpu didn't work. I really don't want to send it in right now and might just extend the rma expiry. Really unhappy because the price of the motherboard should justify a premium product.

Since I'm on a 1Gbps connection I also purchased the TP-Link AC3200 router at $180 (saved money) and I have the wifi in another room, no loss of speed in a congested wifi area.

Next steps

-Overclock gpu and bench all day -Buy vive

-Send in motherboard for RMA (ughh)

I thought I might need a sound card but surprisingly the Realtek hd is good enough for the hd598 headphones and my logitech 7.1 speaker system.

Will upload photos with all the shiny lights later

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/13397319? Still optimizing though

Part Reviews


No complaints, wish it overclocked a bit more because I couldn't get it passed 4.6ghz stable. Possibly better in the near future when I upgrade wc to custom or maybe delid.

CPU Cooler

Surprisingly good considering the price. Could have went custom but this is good enough. Just had to replace the fans which did add to the total cost but it was worth it.


Would be perfect if I wasn't forced to RMA it right after buying, top pci slot broken (if you look at my picture you will see the defect inside the slot). The features are great, just the big downside is having to send the motherboard in when my build is finished.


Good price for a fast drive. Working at optimal speeds.


No complaints yet, I know it's seagate but the price was good.

Video Card

Stunning card, got a good batch it seems as it lets me overclock it to 2100MHz


Expensive but worth it. Not as heavy as my old haf932 and looks beautiful. Lots of space and options to work with. Cable management is perfect with large space in the back for cables and the included accessories give you the ability to do everything with the case. In the back it has nice slots of ssds, the doors come off without any screws and the large window is amazing for showing off your rig.

Power Supply

For the price and company, no complaints. Only wish they sleeved the 24 pin and gpu power cables all the way to the plastic part so that the different colors wouldn't be exposed when building a clean look. Also not a lot of options with the modular cables. If I end up adding one more ssd I will probably be forced to buy some kind of cable or extension.

Case Fan

Awesome fans, quiet, slightly overpriced. Best fans for the corsair cpu wc solutions like the gtx h110i. I bought 3 of these.

Comments Sorted by:

ATXON 5 points 29 months ago

+1 Super tidy!

Shame about that mobo though. :/ I would be pissed if I paid that much and it came pre-borked. I think you might want to go with a different brand, Asus have really been dropping the ball with the reliability of their mobo's recently.

degamega submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I've avoided asus for many years but this time I just really liked the features on the board. Especially the m.2 connection and thunderbolt. But yes, I'll never buy asus again in the future. They probably have one of the worst RMA processes and even opening the RMA takes hours. I expected quick support considering I bought it 1 week before calling them.

CFStorm 2 points 29 months ago

Good build!

degamega submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you

Snikpoh 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

I have an FTW sitting in the box waiting to be opened after I get my new monitor. How's the card running at 1440p? 2.2 GHz is insane! How much extra voltage did you apply?

degamega submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

You know what, I made a mistake on that. I got around 2 GHz. Since it was my first time using precision x and overclocking a gpu I followed a guide online and they said to use unigine valley. So i passed the stress test after 1 hour with that outdated software. I decided to buy 3dmark anyway and it crashed. So right now I'm running a stress test for 1 hour and we'll see what happens.

As for the card itself, it's definitely a beauty. It's not loud (yet), it looks gorgeous and runs without any hitches. I would have got the strix but heard that one overheats like crazy and almost always reaches 100 Celsius which is ridiculous. Since it's evga we don't have to worry about the warranty in case it doesn't work. Absolutely no problems at 2560 x 1440

giodinoman 1 point 26 months ago

I have the Strix gtx 1080 on my parts list right now, and now I'm skeptical about it. Do you remember where you heard about it's problems? Also, what lead you to finally pick the EVGA 1080?

AddisonKwong 1 point 29 months ago

You mean 598 headphones?

degamega submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Yes, I've had my set for over 6 years still going great.

X47man 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Love my HD 598SE too.


degamega submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

The funny thing is I bought another pair last year on black friday and it's been laying in my drawer. Feels like these will never break. So i can see myself using these for the next decade.

X47man 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Yeah. But there so light. I got mine for a steal on primeday for $109.

degamega submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

same $109 on amazon. They really are amazing if you burn them in. There is a site where you can use the burn in and you need a couple hundred hours to make them sound perfect.

Togoswaga 1 point 29 months ago

Extension PCI-E and 24pin cableeeesss !!

degamega submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Sorry, please elaborate

PurpleDragonX99 1 point 29 months ago

Great Job, buy a 24 pin extension and 8+6?? or 6+6 pin i think, and it will look even better

degamega submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Hmm the card actually came with 2 cables 6+ 6 but I think the problem is the psu as I don't have another slot for a second 6+6 cable. I might be wrong, i will see tomorrow

SajalG 1 point 28 months ago

I am building an almost similar build. One question about Enthoo EVOLV case - How is the temps since the top of the case is closed with radiator mounted. Does it have any impact?

degamega submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

surprisingly good, I was worried about this but honestly don't see any temp difference than with open top case. Which is good because less dust.

SajalG 1 point 28 months ago

Thank for the confirmation. I went ahead and ordered one for myself.

GrayStriked 1 point 23 months ago

hey, nice build just that don't rate the Asus Motherboard badly because you had to rma it, it is a good Motherboard and it shouldn't be downgraded.

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