Description

Edit: will be posting some new pictures of better cable management, i will show a before/after contrast. Not saying my older cable management was bad but I just did not have a system... I am going to try to eliminate as many wires as possible and put the power strip behind my alex drawer. Will post new pics.


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This is Frostbite... well it's white like frost and the bite part came from vikings in Norway. Anyway, this build was mainly focused for coding, general use, video editing and light gaming. I know the parts that are chose look like they are meant for gaming, but some faster rendering times, better performance and overall faster speeds can contribute to a better PC.


Anyway, so when my father and I started this build, we looked up some build guides from PCPartPicker and Youtube. While I had done my research since November 2017, my father was quite new to building a PC. We started off with the motherboard and moved our way up. The first problem which was quite possibly one of the most chaotic problems in this build was the Deepcool AIO installation. The pictures in the manual were not clear and there were not many words, so we looked up some videos and tried to find a way to install it properly. While we were finally able to install the AIO, the cables to connect the cooler to the motherboard were very confusing as the deepcool cooler has a 3 pin connection and my asus mobo has 4 pins. That was very frustrating, but in the end, we connected the 3 pin to a 4 pin socket leaving 1 pin sticking out.


The next big problem was the radiator installation. While I love Deepcool's build quality, tubing is extremely short which caused us to change the position of the originally thought position of the radiator. So instead of mounting it on the top of the case, we had to mount it on the front. We also has to put the radiator in the center of the front part of the case because it was either pushing the GPU or the Ram. This also caused us to give up one CF 120 fan in the front. Huh


The rest of the parts were pretty simple to install. GPU barely took a minute and RAM was as easy as... I don't even know. Just really easy. Cable management took some time but it was pretty ok. Another problem was the Deepcool's fan hub adhesive. It just wouldn't stick, so in the end we applied some pressure and quickly closed the case. I don't even know if it is stuck or dangling mid-air. Cablemod cables were awesome to look at, but there were no manuals, so we had to figure out the cables for each part ourselves. Lastly, the front panel connectors are pretty hard for a beginner and the Phanteks' one is pretty confusing.


Things I would change:

  • The radiator position... I would like it on the top of the case
  • The clearance on the bottom of the case is really cramped and we had to give up a fan for that.
  • Connecting the actual case lighting to our motherboard. The lighting on the outside of the Phanteks P400S was really hard to connect because the cable was not fitting as the other RGB cables did. However, we could control the lighting from the top buttons so it's OK. Just a matter of convenience.

Things I would upgrade:

  • Adding more RAM sticks to make it look more pretty and have better performance.
  • The AIO, since Deepcool AIO's are pretty tough to handle for a beginner or a first build.
  • Possibly add a backplate.

My thoughts:

  • As far as lighting and looks go, I am loving the vibe of frostbite... really enjoying the look and feel. The asus aura software needs tweking but the corsair products are awesome. If you have the budget, go for more corsair products, otherwise stick to asus aura. If you care about looks but aren't extremely picky, go for cooler master's products over Deepcool for a first build, but Deepcools products, in my opinion, look better.

I hope you like Frostbite!

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome overclocking capabilities, it's not worth an extra $100 for the 8700k, this is more value!

CPU Cooler

Awesome looks and build quality, tubing is short and plugging the AIO to the motherboard is a hastle.

Motherboard

Awesome motherboard, I got this on sale and it looks amazing. Lots of headers for various RGB and device supports and it looks like something out of stark industries. I give it 6 stars for the Wifi thing, I don't know what you call it but if you see my build pictures, you would know :D

Memory

Everything is awesome except the lack of support to asus aura

Storage

Pretty fast and awesome value.

Video Card

This card is awesome, just wish you could customize the color of the logo but oh well.

Case

Pretty awesome case with amazing looks. The front IO connectors were just a little hard to put in but the looks defeat that.

Power Supply

Awesome value power supply, packaging from SeaSonic is amazing!

Operating System

Pretty expensive considering this is an OS... but it's windows so it's good

Case Fan

The looks of these fans surprised me a lot... Great stuff from Deepcool

Monitor

This monitor is perfect except for the fact, it lacks display port and you need an audio cable running from the monitor to the PC for the audio to work. With a DP to HDMI adapter, it works without and audio cable. Lack of Ports but great colors and viewing angles. Awesome for potrait mode. 6ms response time is a little too much but for light gaming is alright. Also it is one of the few good looking dell monitors to have VESA mounting.

Keyboard

BEST KEYBOARD!!! Looks and feels awesome.... I tried the razer greens, but it was no match to this bad boy. Multimedia keys are a plus and overall solid design. Just wish the wrist wrest was a cushion.

Mouse

It's a competitor to the mamba wired. Highly underrated mouse.

Headphones

Got this an year ago and it has been awesome... Great cushiony ear cups. It get's hot after and hour's use so you have to play in cold conditions or take it off for 5 minutes at each interval.

Headphones

Also very comfy... it's definitely a steal when you get a deal like this on prime day.

Custom

Awesome beginner and budget friendly microphone.

Custom

By far, one of the coolest nifty gadgets I've bought. Awesome for work and taking notes.

Custom

Looks good but the base construction is bad. It scrapped off some of my monitor mount and there are scratches all over the mic mount itself.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

that desk tho

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

It's from ikea, I really like it. :D

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the cleanest builds I’ve ever seen. Great job +1

As for improvement, the only thing that bugs me is that the mouse is not perfectly in the middle of the mousepad ;D lol

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh sorry about that, I didn't realize that when I was taking pictures... anyway I plan to get and extended mousepad and drilling a hole in my desk so I can run my wires through. Thanks for the compliment!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I was being sarcastic, it was such an ocd thing that I thought would would be funny to comment about! No problem

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, anyway, it would be helpful if you could check out my channel.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd be happy to hear about any improvements I could make to this build and if possible, please consider subscribing to CodeCrunch. I'll be posting videos really soon!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

What desk is that?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, this is an Ikea Linnmon Desk resting on 3 adils legs and 1 alex drawer. It's pretty inexpensive without the drawer. Hope this helped.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, great description, great setup and fun video to watch and listen when you coded html to created a navigation bar. I subbed your channel in return and thanks earlier for subbing on mine too as I offer best wishes and experiences with your build and YouTube channel. You have a beautiful computer and setup and keep up the good work with your videos! You have my one and support.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww, thank you so much. That means a lot. Your youtube videos are far better though. I have to get there :P

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. And I don't think my videos are "better" as mine are simple. I'm sure yours will work out well with what you may focus on and how you want to present them. That's the joy of YouTube.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, but how are you currently controlling the fans?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I am currently controlling my fans through my motherboard. I could connect it to my case but oh well...

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I also have a P400, but how would you connect them to the case?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

So in a nutshell, the p400 and p400s have buttons and features in the front. For example, you have the power button, usb ports, headphone and mic jack... but right below that you have 3 buttons, one for fan control, one for led and one for resetting you PC. All you have to do is take your 4 pin fans and connect it to the pre-connected cables in the case. Then you are set. However, I wouldn't recommend this since the fan speeds are more manual than automatic so even if you don't want your fans to be loud, they will be because you haven't changed the setting. If you connect your fan to the mobo, you have automatic access to your fans because most mobo softwares have the feature to control the fans automatically according to the temperature. I will upload more pictures if you want. Oh and please consider subscribing.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! More pictures would be great and I will subscribe for your help!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, I'll post them when I come back from vacation.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

also, what rgb strip is that in your PC?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The Deepcool Captain EX 240 RGB comes with an led strip and controller for free.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like your monitor setup and mounting solution! Looks great for utility, especially the fourth pic for coding!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much, and yes the monitors are awesome. Especially the mount which I can rotate them to code on.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean gaming setup. NJ +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Checking out your builds too.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The underneath of my desk looks exactly the same, 100 cable clips holding together a roadmap worth of cables, if the city planner was drunk and drew incoherent scribbles and said they were roads and believed by people stupid enough to make those roads and then the city planner left and never returned and the citizens of this unfortunate city were left to figure out how to navigate these roads, only to get lost and trapped in the nightmare of their own making.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually redid mine, will post pics over the weekend.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how you have it themed. I don't have that kind of luxury sadly. I immediately recognized the Ikea table. I have that one and some of the other various sized ones in black. They work amazingly for desktop spaces. ++1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

tyty

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the K70 thin? If it isn't then I would personally want to get it and when it breaks after a few years i would get something like the K95 or the Huntsman Elite.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

it's not thin and it is very well built, i don't think i am going to upgrade in the upcoming years.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for helping

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

np

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the Temps of the cpu with the cooler? epic build build

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good actually, around 75 degrees load and 35-40 normal.