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Well with Black Ops 4 coming out my old GPU (GTX 760 4gb) wasn't cutting it and I found a really good deal on the 1070 TI. I was expecting the CPU to bottleneck it (I5-4460) but not as bad as it actually did. So naturally I decided it was finally time to upgrade the whole rig. I wanted to try and keep the budget low but really didn't want to sacrifice aesthetics. I told myself the next PC wasn't going to have a side panel so I wouldn't care about what parts were in it.... yeah that didn't happen...

I have to say it turned out fantastic, it looks like an affordable showpiece on my desk. This is my 4th build so I am by no means an expert and I'm sure someone more experienced could make it better but for my level I am quite happy. Just don't go taking off the back panel, cable management is practically non existent. The Uphere cable sleeves, while holding shape really well and being affordable are a bear to work with and definitely would not recommend them to anyone tight on cable management.

I have yet to Overclock the CPU yet but it is already blowing my old one out of the water, as it was somewhat expected to do. So I can't say I am planning on trying a heavy overclock but we will see how things shake out. I also must say the fans, despite being quite cheap are very quiet, much quieter than my silenX fans on my old rig.

Can't honestly say I would do much different next time but I am open to everyone's comments and critique!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Always thought these coolers looked weird, but they look different in a good way now in my eyes. So far it is functioning great, even under load in Black Ops 4 the CPU has barely hit 40 degrees, of course without overclocking yet but still impressive.

Motherboard

Great board for the price. The ASUS Bios is easy to work with and it looks great. The integrated I/O shield isn't common of at this price point and is a nice touch.

Memory

Good, tidy looking RGB RAM that didn't cost me any limbs. Combined with the AURA sync compatibility very happy with it.

Video Card

Functions the same as a regular size card with a small package. Haven't truly pushed it yet but temps have stayed very low. Aesthetically pleasing as well with the simple backplate and white LEDs

Case

Great case for the price bracket, the tempered glass and minimalist RGB accents are a nice touch. The only thing I wish it had was cable grommets but it is an expected absence at this price point. Also the front airflow could be better but I haven't run into any cooling issues yet as a result of it.

Custom

Surprised at how quiet they really are, took a star off as they cannot be connected to the motherboard to control the LEDs but for the price its hard to beat still.

Custom

Clean and nice looking cable extensions, much nicer than the Phanteks and equivalents in the price range. Only con is they are quite difficult to work with which could cause issues in smaller form factors and cases with little cable management space.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I think the Kraken and Deepcool Captain are the best looking loops.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

those power cables look so nice. I've been debating switching from my phanteks cables to those since theyre so much thicker, but I soldered my cables together and it'll be a lot of work to switch.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

MMM grayons

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. I'm a fan of peanuts. Nice job here!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey wondering did you have any trouble or have to buy something separate to mount the captian aio to your motherboard?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

The provided bracket supported AM4

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh one more thing how much did the fans and extra cables cost you? Im literally building this exact pc with a black white theme exept a different GPU and using the Phanteks P400s white. I may use those fans but not sure

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Fans were $40 CAD and cable extensions were $48 CAD.

The fans are impressive for the price point although they are proprietary connectors that only connect to the provided fan hub. The fan hub has a molex connector for power, it doesn't connect to the motherboard. Despite the single speed they are much quieter than the standard Corsair fans from my previous case.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow for the price those fans are nice yeah dang the cables are kinda expensive though. I may just use the standard black cables to contrast the white case our builds will be ying yang lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

So all comes with the bracket?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it does. Only reason I would think of for it not coming with an AM4 bracket is old stock but I'd imagine that is a non issue now that AM4 has been out this long.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Would these cables work? I’m trying to get everything same day delivery. Phanteks 24 Pin/ 8pin (4+4) M/B, 8pin (6+2) PCI-E Extension Cable Kit 500mm Length, White (PH-CB-CMBO_WT) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G7VOYYS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_r5LcCbVMKW0NW

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey just wondering if you did some overclocking yet?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Not as of yet, been too busy to sit down and play with it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of m.2 to buy for this board

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Oof, this hits my aesthetic. I love everything about this build. Good job OP. Also how do you like your case so far? Thinking about getting that same one.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Great case for the price, although I would consider the P350X if I was to do it all over again for that extra bit of airflow from the front panel.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Would these white cables also work on this? Trying to get same delivery day. Phanteks 24 Pin/ 8pin (4+4) M/B, 8pin (6+2) PCI-E Extension Cable Kit 500mm Length, White (PH-CB-CMBO_WT)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I equip a M.2 on this board?

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of FPS are u getting on this system on triple A titles

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

damn im 2 months late but can you tell me if that mobo has wifi or not

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Beutiful build!!! Planning on bulding something very similar, what kind of FPS are you getting on titles like Fortnite and CSGO?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude this thing is sexy... looking to build one with similar specs myself.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the motherboard have a slot where you can insert a m.2?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey, i have he exact motherboard and ram, my cpu is 2600x but i havent managed to hit the 3000mhz of the ram. How did you go about it?

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Looks. Amazing.

  • 13 months ago
  • 0 points

Clean !

  • 13 months ago
  • 0 points

Really clean build!

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