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Electric Breeze

by AmirMo

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Date Published

May 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.63GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.0GHz

Description

This is my 3D rendering/entertainment setup. I recently moved to America and I finally wanted to have my own high end rig. Back in my country I built a lot of rigs for my friends but due to space issues I always used laptops myself. So I simply had to go badass on everything this time around. I have a white/blue/black theme going on which is accented by my custom sleeved cablemod cables & the RGB LEDs of my casefans, CPU cooler, motherboard, GPU & additional cablemod LED strips, all breathing in white and blue respectively. I made parts of the desk myself & painted the tabletop in white to match my setup but I'll get an IKEA trio Linnmon corner setup in white after we moved. The prices that you see are after taxes, I hunted all of them down on Black Friday or other special promos. Every component is brand new. The $0.00 ones like SP fans and windows license were presents from friends. Market Prices + TAX-wise for everything would have looked at $3300 according to PCPP.

Here are my parts.

CPU: i7-6700K

I have 5 Skylake i7s myself and I could never switch to Kaby Lake. It has the exact same architecture and kills Windows 7 support, no go for me. I'm in absolute love with Skylake and excited what Skylake-X & X299 will offer.

CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X52

What can I say? Do I overclock to 5.0 GHz and need the X52? No, don't want to reduce the lifetime of my chip. However, it is the most amazing looking liquid cooler on the market. Could not go with the X62 due it clearance issues with the RAM as I wanted to install the radiator in the top so that all 3 SP RGB fans in the front can be seen. Cons: CAM software won't recognize the Kraken now and then, had been a common issue for a while & there is no update from NZXT yet.

Motherboard: ASUS Z270E STRIX

I had to go with the AURA-verse. I'm in love with ASUS motherboards and Graphics Cards anyways and when I saw the Z270 lineup in CES I fell in love. It has all the features you want including multiple M.2 slots, Wi-Fi & BT with external antennas as well as a advanced power phase delivery. Could have gotten with the Hero but would have lost the Wi-Fi which I do need in the current apartment. (Didn't want to go with a Wi-Fi card as I only need it temporarily) Cons: I wish it'd have the same steel plated PCIe & possibly RAM slots like some ASRock & MSI motherboards did and a completely white version would be the cherry on top.

Memory: Corsair LPX DDR4-3200 2x8GB

Wow, did memory prices raise. This time last year there was the same kit in black available for $55 at 2400MHz. Well, that's how the Market evolved. I love the low profile and reliability of LPX memory. I really would have wanted the G.SKILL TridentZ RGB for my rig however it is too tall & would have interfered with my top mounted rad so I had to go with these. Still very happy with them.

Storage

Main Drive: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB

It is significantly faster than the 950 Pro at almost half the price. Would be ridiculous not to go with it. Yes you do lose MLC and get TLC instead but 960 EVOs are reliable chips so I don't worry. I'm using it as my OS drive for Win10, Win7 & Ubuntu. My most important programs as well as drivers live here too.

Secondary drive: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB

This drive is used for other programs that I still want to be fast in loading times but don't have priority. In other words my games, iTunes etc. I hardly game at all due to school & work but it's nice to know your system is capable of anything if you wanted too.

Storage Drive: Seagate 2TB SSHD

I love flash chips. Even though I know that the 8GB cache in these will not affect most transfers, I still wanted to have a piece of flash in my HDD so that's why I went with it.

Video Card: ASUS STRIX 1070 OC & EVGA 1080 Ti FTW3

Alright, what I probably ever only need is a 960. When Nvidia showed off the Pascal architecture and how the GP104 in both forms of 1070 and 1080 could beat the Maxwell TITAN X at 1/3 of the price, I just had to go with a 1070. The ASUS STRIX OC being my favorite one. I only wish I'd come in white & that the LEDs would be more consistent throughout the card and color accurate. When Nvidia unveiled their 1080 Ti based of GP102 & that it would beat the first Pascal TITAN XP at half the price, I got very excited. When EVGA showed off their FTW3 version I could not stop myself but get one. Currently I have her in the system. I will see and decide if I can draw any advantages from her, if yes then I'll keep her in my system. Otherwise I couldn't be happier with the 1070. Cons of FTW3: They should have ditched the DVI connector like the FE and have similar endings as well as the same "side display" as the FTW2, as that is truly the most beautiful & elegant "side display" on the market. One thing with the market right now: Literally the same day I bought my 1070 STRIX, I could have gotten a Gigabyte 1080 for $10 more. 1080 prices have dropped a lot where 1070 didn't fall at all. I'm waiting for VEGA to drop 1080 prices even more and probably upgrade to a 1080 Strix or if EVGA announces a FTW3 1080 in the future.

EDIT:

I got a really good deal on the 1070 Strix, so that is the one that I am going to keep. Price is adjusted in the price list.

Case + Case Fans: Corsair 460X + SP120 RGB fans

When I saw it, I fell in love. Perfect proportions, dust filters everywhere and it has elegance. I wish they made a white version (like they have a white 400C) However, the case should be taller. Many people will install 240mm rads and they look awful in the front because of symmetry reasons so the top is the best location, however you will not have clearance for new higher profile memory kits. The case being taller also enables them putting rubber grommets under the motherboard for accessing the bottom mobo connections. Overall, they should make a new revision with the beauty of an optimized 570X but the functionality of the 460X. About the SP fans: They are not 16.8 million color RGB, so they don't have the blue that matched my theme. Additionally, they don't have a USB header, so they are not software controllable. You can only control them through buttons which I think is very primitive. Also they are not PWM (probably so the fans are always at high rpm so that the lighting can bleed better through the blades)

PSU: Corsair RM850x

Do I need this much wattage? No, however if 1070s will become super cheap one day after Volta release, why not go SLI? I'm in love with the modular design and the 3 levels of connectors which makes it work with custom sleeved cables in a cramped case like this. The fan is mostly silent.

Monitor: LG 29UC88

I fell in love with Ultrawide monitors for productivity and multitasking. The panel is IPS with high color accuracy and it covers over 99% of the sRGB color spectrum. The included speakers are a nice addition for temporary usage. The slight curve is very pleasing and is easy on the eyes. (Comparing to the extreme 1500R curve of Samsung's new 34" VA Quantum Dot Panel) As it is an extended 24" monitor the pixel ratio for 2560x1080 is fully satisfying and I cannot see any pixels from a regular working distance. 34" Ultrawide may be a little too big for my given scenario. The stand is fully height adjustable, it is VESA mountable and the monitor, chassis and stand are matt, which reduces reflections. It is also bezel less.

Keyboard: Logitech Orion G810 Spectrum

I love Cherry Blue switches as they are very satisfying but they are way too loud for my apartment environment. I was trying out the Romer-G switches and I'm surprised how satisfying they feel and how quiet they are at the same time. They are being compared to the Cherry Speed/Silver switches which I hate because of their extremely short travel distance but I have to say it didn't cause me any issued with the G810. The RGB looks amazing of course. Sometimes you can hear the spring in the switches if you press and release too fast.

Mouse: Logitech Proteus G502

Amazing feeling mouse with the most accurate sensor, what else do you need?

Headphones: Logitech G933

I fell in love with it's wireless functionality but at the same time delivering very immersive and powerful virtual surround sound. The RGB looks gorgeous but I also wish they had integrated bluetooth for your phone (iPhone 7 peasant)

I also ordered custom sleeved cables from cablemod which ended up looking fantastic. They were shipped in a plastic bag which I found weird for the high price of both the cables and the shipping. They don't have the curve like some super premium extensions do (these are the full PSU cables must be said) but you can make curves yourself if you have many cablecombs. Them only offering 28 pin cablecombs to my Corsair PSU is a little foolish in my opinion as I don't need the combs at my PSU end but rather in the front 24 pin part obviously. I'm happy with the LED strip although the white has a pink accent (just like the STRIX GPU)

EDIT: Microphone: Blue Yeti - Whiteout

I got a great deal on the Blue Yeti Mic as well, so it's part of my setup now. Had to go with white for obvious reasons. Best Microphone in the sub-studio category. Could not be happier with the sound quality and feature set. Price adjusted in the part list.

Overall I can't complain. I love my system.

Comments Sorted by:

mrzoltowski 1 Build 3 points 6 months ago

And quick question, why do you have your top rad on intake rather than exhaust? You are pushing in a lot of air from the side already to negate the hot air from your GPU. Just wondering what the thinking was behind this.

Also with my bracket for the NZXT, I added some thin rubber washers to the back so the cooler has more pressure on the CPU and replaced the stock paste with Arctic MX-4 .. managed to get temps lower by around 9c-10c... just FYI

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Wow nice tip thanks! I'm aware of the "too active air pressure". I don't like "hot case air" going through my rad. I prefer fresh air for the rad & the three front ones have to be intake so it didn't leave me a choice. Both CPU and GPU temps are in more than healthy range so I just let it stay that way :)

mrzoltowski 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Fair enough :) If you're happy with it who am I to argue hehe .. Its your baby! :)

brad.bevolo 1 point 5 months ago

Your suggestion would be to exhaust on the top instead?

OrangeJuleas 2 points 6 months ago

I totally agree with the CableMod cables. Only got the 28 pin comb and my power supply is hidden behind a shroud, so I'm having to get creative with them. They still feel and look great though, so no real complaints. The plastic bags were funny - I would have imagined they would have at least been combined in a larger bag, but seeing as they came from overseas, I can imagine saving every little ounce of weight for shipping (then again, shipping is ridiculous on these!) Totally worth it though. I notice that most of your pics are using the stock cables - mind uploading a few pics?

Also, looks like you did pretty well with cable management. Care to share a pic of that? I'm curious because I was looking into a case like this and wondering how much work really would go into the management on it.

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Cable Management, oh my. The 6 SP fans have 2 cables each in addition to the 4 cables for the SATA powered devices and the cables tor the internal USB connections made it a mess to begin with. I tried to make the front flawless but the back suffers from that. There is very little clearance for the side panel. In the end it looks reasonable in the back now but I didn't perform my full cable management job there as I will upgrade the GPU in the coming weeks. The case itself looks gorgeous, it is definitely worth the cable management job. As it is based of the 400C it suffers from the same HDD placement issue. Before I received my sleeved cables, I did manage to hide the HDD in the PSU shroud but it was very tight. Should definitely go with sleeved cables in a case like this.

In fact all of my PSU cables are from cablemod except for the Quad SATA Power. You won't see it in the case and it has flat cables, so it's pointless to buy them from cablemod. For the PCIe cable I obviously only ordered one 8 pin for the 1070. If I decide to keep the Ti, I'll definitely go with a second one.

dixonerfais 2 points 6 months ago

Nice build!

+1

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks mate! :)

mrzoltowski 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Very nice! I like the way you positioned your case like I have, at an angle! (see my build) ... awesome stuff. +1

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks mate! I actually saw your build when you uploaded it. Love the white 400C, wish they made a white 460X as well.

mrzoltowski 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks! And I know! I was on the edge on the crystal. If only it came in white I would have bought it.

DarthxxNecrosis 2 points 6 months ago

Nice rig and way to come in under $2200!!!

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks mate!

FcoEnriquePerez 2 points 6 months ago

Beautiful clean build.

Also +1 for the ultrawide monitor.

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

ultrawidemasterrace

X47man 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Awesome build. This should be featured! Really great work on that cable management. +1

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Wow thanks man!

Sealander 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

"Logitech Prometheus" lol you just saw the new alien movie right ? xD

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Damn bruh this is so accurate! Hilarious xD

Sealander 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Really ?? Hahahaa

DanielCsillag 2 points 6 months ago

love the bend on the graphics card power connector

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks mate!

Saar 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

+1 for pretty color scheme.

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks bro!

SlickShoes17 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Sweet build bro! Do you think there's enough room to vertically mount that GPU? I'm considering buying this case/GPU combo.

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! Thanks to the PSU shroud you'll have enough support to mount the gpu vertically but you'd have to drill a large hole into the case in order to mount it vertically. If you are okay with modding, then it's going to look sick! :D

Kerazivel 1 point 6 months ago

Showing off a car on your monitor? A man of many interests.

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I wish I had it :p

Lyrix 1 point 6 months ago

Nice build! 1+! i would keep the 1080Ti!!! there wont be another 1080 by EVGA. but i really like your build!

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! Yes it is certainly gorgeous. But twice the price hehe

Lyrix 1 point 6 months ago

but you already bought it. so why not keep it?

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I have 2 GPUs now. I have to bring one back regardless. The 1070 is exceeding my expectations already, so right now I'm considering if it's worth it to spend $400 more on a component that already does everything for me :D

Lyrix 1 point 6 months ago

well 1080Ti is more future proof. and do you need money right now? like are you financially okay right now? because if you are its okay that you spend that much on a gpu and you can give the 1070 back and be happy about 400 dollar more

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah I'm buying a car too, won't hurt to keep the 1070 ;)

Yawodo 1 point 6 months ago

Looks fantastic !! Can I ask, with 6 fans + the NZXT how do you connect all 7 fan power slots to motherboard ?- I don't think there are 7 slots on the mobo. Cheers

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hey there! This motherboard actually had 5 fan headers + 1 pump header for the NZXT. For the 6th fan I simply used a Phanteks Sleeved Fan Splitter and that's it :)

Yawodo 1 point 6 months ago

Alright! I have the same motherboard :)! Why did you not use the 4 fan splitter power splitter that comes with the NZXT x52? I am currently doing this although a little scared that 4 fans now connect to 'one' 4pin on the motherboard..Is that bad??? I've given my final 2 fans a separate mobo connection each. I can see that there are more free 4pin fan connection around the front bottom of the motherboard but connecting to these might look ugly !

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yes I realized that both the Kraken as well as my Strix GPU have additional fan headers after I received them and I ordered the fan splitter before that. I would preferably not use the Krakens fan connections for the radiator fans. You should connect the CPU fan header + cpu opt to the radiator fans. For the rest I could have gone with the Kraken. Connecting 4 is still kind of in a safe area but my fans need constant high RPM since the lighting is in the center and spills into the blades. They do not look nice in low RPMs. That's why I wanted all of them to have as much amerage as possible so I sticked with my 6 headers + 1 Y-Splitter solution.

Yawodo 2 points 6 months ago

Man I love you thanks for the detailed response. It's my first build and looking amazing thanks to your guide and help ^ the cable mod will be essential for my PCI-E as looks too ugly ATM xD

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

No worries mate. Always happy to help out :) Yeah stock PSU cables are not the sexiest, you'll be fine with cablemod :)

brad.bevolo 1 point 5 months ago

Are your radiator fans pushing or pulling? Any temp issues on the CPU?

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Hey Belovo! They are intake. I don't like "recycling" case air for radiators. CPU temps are always low for their loads.

brad.bevolo 1 point 5 months ago

Interesting. It's good the one exhaust fan is enough.

Reigngrifth 1 point 4 months ago

you saved my life. I almost gave up on the X52 and 460X combo. this picture just wows me man. :)

AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Makes me happy to hear that mate! Go for it, it's worth it. Just make sure to get low profile memory like LPX. Pretty much nothing else fits.

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AmirMo submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hey there! 8-pin EPS is for the CPU. Both 8 Pin PCIe & 6+2 Pin PCIe would work, the 6+2 would look horrible though. That is only used if you want to start off with a 6 pin GPU like a 1060 and then upgrade to a 8 pin 1070 later so you can use either 6 or 6 + the optional 2. For the Strix 1070 OC you should go with the 8-Pin PCIe for the cleanest look.

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