Description

Was drinking tea when this was setup and built.

The original plan was to use an 8400, but I ended up returning it when I snagged the 8700k.

GPU/Storage are reused

Story:

I get a phone call a couple weeks back with news that my old trusty 2500k build no longer works. I expected some cleaning or part replacement. Yeah... was completely unexpected. I didn't take pictures of the mess I had to clean up. I was told that the computer was off so hoping it will be usable again in the future.

Any who, I've decided to donate the majority of my ryzen build to him and decided to rely on my phone for internet purposes for the time being. But one night I was woken up at 3am and decided to browse reddit. And there it was, the thread that showed me an 8700k in stock at Frys. Reserved it and skip eating lunch to go pick it up.

It was like planets and stars aligned! The ram, case, and power supply I've been eyeing went on sale. To top it off with sprinkles, Newegg delivered these in one day despite being 3-5 days.

Of course nothing ever goes perfectly. I did slice up my hand a bit installing the cooler when my hand was near the ram. Only found out when I saw a few droplets on the MSI logo. The G.Skill software was also very hit and miss. It worked, broke, and randomly worked again.

I didn't test the overclock for extreme stability, but it hasn't crashed so far playing games and being on for over 2weeks. Before delidding it would throttle running Aida64, but after delidding it would occasionally hit the high 80s. So overall not too worried about the temps since playing games would have it comfortably at ~75c

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Great cooler! Looks amazing and helps cool the surrounding components as well. Would have easily been a 5 stars if it wouldn't for the installation and the C-clips. Had to remove the cooler and 2/4 C-clips were broken and unable to be used. The tool that came with the cooler was also terrible and unusable.

Motherboard

Nice looking motherboard with some red leds back light. Location of wifi is good and plenty of I/O ports. UEFI/Bios is also top notch! Easy to navigate

The only flaw I see is the red lights. The Asus ROG version is not much more and offers RGB.

Case

Its an amazing case! Plenty of room to navigate and good cable managements. Sadly cannot give it 5stars. For a case that of this price, it seems kind of silly to not have a single motherboard stand off installed.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a reason why the VRM chips do not have a heatsink over them?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry had just woken up and was on my phone regarding the earlier response.

But I am assuming you're speaking about the Asus P8Z68? Those models did not come with a Heatsink for the VRM. If you notice it also had a slot for USB 3.0 but did not come with the actual connector.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This just gave me an idea for another flame war. Coffee vs Tea!

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Scratch Tigerlake, which is the one that should come out after IceLake. Intel TeaLake it is.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude your ram speeds are different. I don't know if that was a parts list error but if the two sets of ram actually have different speeds you could have a stability issue

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I set them to the same speed

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, how is the real time performance and noise levels of the CPU cooler.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I left the bequiet stickers on to find out if the fans are spinning. Even at full speed, its still one of the quietest components.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Also manually enter the pricing for the items you purchased to show the real price? Otherwise sweet build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Price tends to shift and this was from a saved list. I was also budgeting things as I gathered parts. It’s mostly for me to know how much I spent.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

A star off the case for not having stand offs installed? How petty can you get...

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

You’re free to pm me regarding why that was a factor

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Any useful feedback, tips, or tricks you've found using the Rockit88? Will be buying one near Christmas myself. Also curious of temps whilst OC'd and how well/loud 650w psu is running in your experiences. Much appreciated, fantastic build, doing damned near the same thing shortly.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot of youtube video has great methods of using it.

If you don't want to watch it, the gist of those videos are to use masking tape with the cpu inside of the tool kit when applying the liquid metal.

The tape prevents liquid metal from getting on the pcb. The same tape method can be apply on the ihs to keep the liquid metal in the desired areas.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

omg i love that name

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

how much power does this computer take in?How many watts basicly

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Base on my watt meter is ranges between 370-400ish depending on the type of load. The highest I seen it go to was in the 450.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey,

nice build!

I have the same Board and Case.

I also had to put my GPU away from my CPU due to my big CPU cooling tower. The PCIe slot you used is not able to work on 16x but only on 8x right? I couldn't change this in BIOS. DO you have a solution?

Also I had problems to put the front USB 3.0 connection in the slot you are using because of my GPU. I can see you plugged them in before the GPU, but are they still connected? I cannot figure this out on your picture.

Very nice build anyways!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't have any trouble like the ones you're experiencing.

    1. Yes the bottom slot is only x8.
    1. I didn't have that trouble.
  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you had any problems installing the dark rock tf to your 8700k?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, its tricky if you already installed your motherboard in your case though.

Only tips I'd recommend is have all your important cables installed. 8pin eps, fans, etc

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I ask because the company states in the description they're not compatable but you obviously installed them together ....

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

where does it say that?

I just checked the website and they have updated it to show that it works with coffee lake just fine, but even if they didn't it should have worked with 115x line up which can be anything from sandy bridge to coffee lake.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh ok it shows 1150 not 1151 .. Im just making sure

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm about to build a hackintosh using the Dark Rock TF on a microATX MOBO. However, BeQuiet and some reviewers of this cooler mention that one should avoid transporting the case with the cooler installed because of its weight (about 800 grams). What is your impression? Does this cooler really place a significant mechanical strain on the MOBO? Thanks

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Depends what your real question is.

If its just sitting at your desk or you need to move the computer up and downstairs, no it doesn't much more strain on your motherboard than your low to mid range cooler.
Your motherboard isn't going to suddenly fall out or snap due to the weight of this cooler.

Now if you were to toss it in a car or truck, then yes, if you don't plan on filling your case up to prevent vibration and movement, definitely take the cooler out. Just imagine you're pulling on the cooler every time you make a turn or come to a sudden stop.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for replying: I am indeed thinking of future car trips with the case... I guess I’ll take care of using some soft filler around the cooler for added safety!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

nice transformation

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

Finally a CPU worth upgrading from a Pentium G4600 and gtx 1060 6gb. Is 8 months a nice amount of use with a 1060 6gb? But should I wait for volta? Because I'm not buying anything below Titain Xp performance. So I will wait and see what will be out, and maybe I can win a 1080 equivalent like I did a E3 in 2016.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't know how to answer you as it will depend on what you're doing to justify the gpu upgrade.

As for cpu upgrade...again I wouldn't know as it depends on your applications. The 8700k is great, but I wouldn't fork over $420 for it + you have to factor in the cost of a new motherboard.

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow I wish I had a GPU that could hit 11ghz...

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It's its effective memory clock sarge.

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