Description

This was my first build in 2016 (still is). The rig's been moved from an ageing NZXT Phantom 410 to the H500 and now I can't stop looking at it ;)

MSI 1070 Armor upgraded to EVGA 1080 SC2 last year during the ethereum boom

Cooler changed from Hyper212x to FrostFlow last month

Samsung 860 Evo and H500 added this month

Part Reviews

CPU

Hardy CPU which runs pretty stable. I'm able to get 4.5GHz without touching voltage

CPU Cooler

Good cooler for a very low price point. Thermals are nothing special (comparable to Hyper 212) but for an AIO it's great value for money and looks nice too.

Motherboard

Nice looking board with tons of headers and an intuitive BIOS. Game boost is a neat feature and it works quite well

Memory

Looks nice and runs fast. Nitpicking but in breathing mode the lights are never in sync and I don't think there's a way to fix it

Video Card

Awesome card which handles just about everything I could ask for. The backplate does help dissipate heat unlike a lot of other cards which is nice

Case

Great build quality with even better cable management. The window stopping at the PSU shroud looks better imo and coming from a Phantom 410, thermals are surprisingly okay

Power Supply

Literally silent as the fan doesn't spin at low temps. In the 2 years I have owned this PSU I have never properly heard the fan rev up once.

Case Fan

Great fan for the price, though it does get quite loud even at moderate RPM. The ring is also a lot dimmer than it appears in pictures but it still looks good.

Case Fan

Great fan for the price, though it does get quite loud even at moderate RPM. The ring is also a lot dimmer than it appears in pictures but it still looks good.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

clean as hecc

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice upgrade. I have the same case and love showing it off with a few led strips inside. I ha e it turned away though because the lights are too distracting during use. I guess I can turn them off with software.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

omg that case does look amazing, and pretty good setup too. How much did you spend after you swapped cases? and could you have not upgraded if you wanted?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The liquid cooler was $69 Australian (around $50 US) and 1TB SSD $105 US. Last year prices for the 1070 went through the roof where I live because of mining so I sold it and managed to pick up a 1080 with 20 bucks left over.

As for the case, I received it as a Christmas gift and there wouldn't really be any major reason to upgrade other than aesthetics + it fits on my desk.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, just wanted to get other people's perspective on upgrading. I'm using the stock wraith spire on my Ryzen 5 2600X, and the blower style gtx 1080 FE. I solved cooling on my graphics card by putting an old dell 90mm cpu fan on the intake of the card, putting more air through it to cool it down, but I'm thinking of getting a good air cooler or AIO for my cpu. Does your AIO keep temps down? Here's my recent build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/PQ9J7P

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. I get around 29C idle and 50-55C under prolonged load at stock clocks. Under load it's actually only marginally better than my old air cooler by about 2-3C. Imo the issue with AIOs is that if you set the rad fans for intake at the front your GPU temps are going to suffer a bit because the AIO is blowing heated air into the case. That's something I've noticed when I switched cases.

I think a beefy tower air cooler with the fan/s facing forward would be the most effective for your case since it looks to have good airflow already. AIO benefits are largely aesthetic (will admit this was the main reason I switched to one) but it can complicate airflow. I'm no expert but since you have an FE card with that extra fan, an intake AIO shouldn't affect GPU temps much

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely gorgeous.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How are your temperatures?