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Hello there!

After graduating and finding a project to further my research aswell as earning a PhD in the process, I decided to treat myself to this here computer of mine. As you can see in the title, I'm technically a first time builder with my old rigs being mostly hand-me-downs from family. They did the job, but were highly utilitarian in nature. Parts were chosen on the bang-for-buck premise, rather than being performance oriented. The results were functional, if somewhat ugly. This time around, I could finally splurge a little and pretty it up a notch. I ran my old PC for two years with an open side panel because the case was close to falling apart...

Building the PC happened in three steps: First, I bought some of the peripherals and the case, transferring my old hardware into the 570X. Secondly, I replaced the innards with the new stuff except for the GPU. Lastly, I replaced the old 970 with a 1080. Can't say I encountered any issues along the way outside of the 570X being plain not good for cable management. I do like the end result a lot, though, and I believe I did a reasonable job with cable management. Interestingly enough, with the replacement cables for the PSU being individually sleeved, there was no way for me to fit both the 24-pin and two PCIe 8-pins in the cable management bar. The original ones could do that, albeit barely.

Performance so far has been a mixed bag, mainly because I didn't need the upgrade outside of the new GPU to begin with. The largest benefits I've seen so far stem from having an excessive amount of pretty fast RAM over my old 8 GB of DDR3, aswell as finally arriving in the age of modern PC building by using an SSD.

I think that about covers it. Building was amazingly fun, aswell as nerve-wrecking when I first breadboarded my motherboard/CPU/RAM on my desk for testing purposes. Seeing everything be recognized without any issues or DOAs made me a happy camper.

Here's a FireStrike comparison of my old and my new build (GPU at stock frequency): http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/12248845/fs/11717264#

WIP imgur albums: http://imgur.com/gallery/VtjM4 http://imgur.com/gallery/p0puq

Edit: 7700K is running at 4.8 GHz/1.25 V, I'll leave the GPU be until I manage to snag a better monitor.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Very nice, love the black and white look. Clean!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

For a first time build the cable management is very, very good and solid parts choices. Nice!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

See, the only cable I'm not that happy with is the USB2.0 coming from the AIO, which I routed above the mainboard, next to the rad and back down to the USB header via the DIMM slots and the PCH - and that one is not noticeable unless I shine light from above directly onto the motherboard. In normal operation with the case standing upright? Not so much. Going up > next to rad > upper grommet > cable management bar > lower grommet > USB2.0 header was not an option, unfortunately.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Radiator as intake on top? build/10 lmao

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hoses are too short for frontal intake with rad ports facing down. Tried top exhaust and top intake, CPU temps are 4 K better under load with it as intake after I installed the open GPU. Temps on the other components were unaffected.

So in other words: What gives?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the motherboard in this build have a built in wireless connection or do you have to use a wired connection or a wireless adapter

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It does not have Wi-Fi. I'm using a wired connection, meaning it was not a consideration. If I had to choose a motherboard with Wi-Fi, I'd opt for Asus' Z270E, I think. It's a bit lacking in the IO department, mind you.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get 72 degrees under load for your cpu during a stress test or regular use?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Realbench stress test over 12 hours, selecting the 16 GiB memory option - so basically encoding tasks. I have not bothered with Prime95. Peak temperatures were in the high 70s, but the average temperature is 72 °C. While gaming, the CPU stays at between 60 and 65 °C with the odd spike in the low 70s.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Under the same bench I got 72 degress average as well with a peak of 80 with the same cpu and cooler. I thought this was a bit high but it seems you got the same results.

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