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Long Overdue Upgrade

by spongeblake



Date Published

May 16, 2018

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C


I've never tried this level of custom build before. As in making it all work AND look good at the same time. Used to be we'd just plug in the various AGP/PCIe/etc. cards, connect the MOLEX spaghetti to everything, shove it in a completely closed case with 2 pathetic, choked-off fans, and turn it on. That was nearly 15 years ago.

I went pre-built with my last system out of necessity, but had always wanted to get back into something I built. I've had my Dell XPS 8300 for a while now, and finally decided that it was time for an upgrade.

I may have gotten carried away.

Still needs some work on the lighting and the OC, but for the most part, she's done.

EDIT (28/05/18): Added a picture of the cable management at first attempt. Since I'm going to be adding an internal NZXT USB hub, I'll be redoing it all (hopefully better) soon.

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EASTER_EGG 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago



cmdr_flint 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Very nice build, quite similar to my own (same case).

One thing I would recommend is switching out the stock case fans for something better, they're not fantastic (no pun intended). I switched them out for the nzxt aer RGB fans (120 and 140mm), they're much quieter and move more air, but any good fan will be an improvement.

Enjoy your new rig :)

blizz7 2 points 5 months ago

oh noes, where cable goes?

spongeblake submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Cables are either hiding or not there yet depending on which picture you're looking at. I added a link to a new picture showing the progress I made.

blizz7 1 point 4 months ago

the management tho its


TheMarkEyen 2 points 5 months ago

is a clean build man. I'd do something about the cables though. cable management is your friend and looks clean AF

spongeblake submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Didn't realize I had forgotten to post a picture of the cables after everything was hooked up. Link is below in the comments. It still needs some wok, but this case has awesome cable management, so even a bad job like mine still looks crispy.

Grime720 2 points 5 months ago

i didnt know PC's come in wireless

Amazing cable management

spongeblake submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

They sure do! At least until you connect them all and hide them.

Judespace 1 point 5 months ago

That case is amazing! It’s super clean in there great cable management

spongeblake submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

The real nightmare was at the back of the case. I added an image link below.

Memo1010 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

37/25 +1

spongeblake submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Ok, ok... you all keep asking about cables, so here goes.


Still needs a bit of work, but not bad for my first attempt.