A fairly significant upgrade from my last build(s), not much else to say otherwise. It's used primarily for gaming(wow) at 1440p/144hz high settings.

Update 1: RX 480 8gb installed meaning that I finally have a freesync compatible card

Update 2: Got myself an new Xbox Controller to play Forza....and that's about it

Update 3: Purchased head tracker from Trackhat for War Thunder Sim and Arma 3 Jets

Update 4: New mouse and headset

Part Reviews


"upgraded" from the FX 8320e. The upgrade was kinda cancelled out by the higher res monitor but I can play Arma better! First intel cpu since my i7 980x, so there's that.

CPU Cooler

Only chose this because it was better than the H7 and was actually in stock. Not four hours go by that the h7 comes back in stock. I've been eyeing this heatsink for a year now and I'm honestly amazed by its performance. Even at 1500 rpm my GPU fans are louder. Get this if you can fit it in your case.


Cheap, z170 platform, stable, and has a good feature set. I do have a problem with a red LED just over the first PCIe slot(which I know isn't just for aesthetics for the specific LED in question). Also the separated audio PCB LED doesn't work. Still a great board though.


RAM is RAM and 16gb gives me a sizeable desk space increase.


Somehow cheaper and yet much faster than my Ultra II ssd. These fit my OS and plenty of games flawlessly. Plus they look nice.

Video Card

Two words describe this card: loud and proud. It runs very hot, can run fairly loud, and tends to scare me with the noises it makes every so often. Above all of that, this card is amazing at 1440p and destroys doom at 90-100+ fps maxed out. At least the loud fans can be managed with software and an undervolt and the noise has made me appreciate my logitech headset more and more.


Second build I've done in this case and it just gets better and better. The integrated fan controller frees up three fan slots on the motherboard, The airflow is surprisingly good, the window is massive for the size of the side panel, and has the most ridiculous storage capacity potential known to man.

Power Supply

It didn't die, stays quiet, has beautiful black cables, and came with a generous amount zip-ties.

Case Fan

Sold the Node 804's stock fans alongside my last build and didn't expect much from these. The original fans already did a great job but these are quieter, have better static pressure, and are more than worth the money. Only problem I had was with the mounting screws that I needed to force in at the risk of stripping them.


Two dead pixels and a bit of backlight bleed but is well worth the price. Amazing panel with freesync wit LFC and an IPS panel.


So far so good. It has amazing tracking, the shape is very good for a claw grip style, and fits with the trend of me constantly buying $30 mice. The RGB is okay, the Discord feature is actually kinda helpful, and the software isn't a train wreck.


Great media speakers(Not studio monitors!). Good bass, decent high end and amazing mids.


"Oh dear, a gaming headset, let me post a reductive comment about how my superior audio will make you feel bad about yourself." I used to have a fairly high end audio setup when I was on x58(DAC, AMP, $400 headphones, and studio mic included) but for gaming and streaming every so often, a gaming headset with good noise cancellation means no more desk clutter, a recording device that does its job well, and doesn't require DACs or AMPs in order to get the most out of it.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you said the 770 is temporary. what do you plan on buying?

  • 46 months ago
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Most likely an Rx 480 or an Rx 490 when it comes out. (RX 485 if they address the efficiency and OC problems of the 480). The 490 is the ultimate goal for the best experience at 1440p.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build :)

Whenever you're done with that GTX 770, want to send it my way? I have that exact same one and I'd love to SLI these.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I would sell it for cheap if it were my card. Sorry about that, only borrowing it.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there quick question... How do you feel about the pixio monitor? Feel like it's a great value but can't find much info on it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The best value known to man. Out if all of the reviews on Newegg and Amazon mine is the only one that seems to have any minute issues. If you have the money, you are almost obligated to buy it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Thanks for the reply