• Log In
  • Register



by Calisto101


Part List View full price breakdown


Date Published

Jan. 12, 2018

Date Built

June 6, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

21.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.025 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


This is my first custom computer and while it has been an absolute joy to both choose the part and put them together there has been some up and down. I still very much recommend building your own pc since the reward is so much more than a gaming machine but i would say choose your part more wisely than i have.

I built this computer around 8 months ago for gaming on my 4k television. I chose the 1080 so my build would be "futureproof". I am currently using a samsung 4k 55" tv along with my home theater (7.1) for a better immersion.

The idea behind the Jakobs was that I wanted a new smaller pc that would be more powerful than my last gaming computer but also would be much more beautiful. I did not just want another black box to set down and forget. Choosing both the colors and the design was not easy. In the end, I decided to go with one of my favorite game, Borderlands. Of all the crazy gun design and color the jakobs' were the one I liked best. All the wood and gold looked really good without being too flashy to the eye. So i decided to pull the trigger and hire an artist to do the painting for me (since my talent stop at making stick figure).

I would definitely recommend the fractal case, it was super easy to build in it and the cable management happens on its own. The graphic card is good but does run hot (at 4k max settings) and require a custom fan curve. The noctua cooler is really good and keep the overclock 1600 cool. It was also easy to install. I added a second fan to it for the general look but it did reduce the cpu temp by around 5c. Unfortunatly, the ram only go up to 2400 any higher and the computer does not boot. I still don't know if it is the motherboard or the ram that is at fault. Would not recommend the motherboard with this case since some of the connection are at weird places and makes the cable management that much more difficult. For example i cannot move the fan hub from that position since the fan connector on the motherboard is almost in the middle above the graphics card. Not much to say about the power supply other than I do recommend it. Storage wise i had bought the nvme before the ssd and unless you need that much speed i would not recommend it simply because ssd are more than enough speed for gaming (the boot up difference between the two is about 3 seconds, takes longer for the screen to boot up). I would also choose 1tb over 500 gb, 500gb fills up fast which is why I bought the ssd. (the nvme is really good just too much for my use)

Fan configuration: 2 140 mm at the front (in), 2 120 mm at the top (out) , 1 120 mm at the back (out) and 2 120 mm for the cpu cooler (out toward the back).

The noctua fan are awesome, they move a lot of air and do it quietly. I started with 2 120 mm at the front and 1 120 mm at the back. Eventually changed the 2 at the front for 140 mm since i felt the graphic card was running a bit warm. The difference between the two setup was almost 10c. So i put the 2 120 mm at the top which did not make much difference between just opening up the top or adding the two fans(either in or out).

Temperature: idle: cpu= 21c, gpu= 27c (0% fan), nvme= 25c, m.2 ssd= 27c timespy stress test (98,2% passed): cpu= 46c, gpu= 75c (95% fan), nvme= 42c, m.2 ssd= 51c

Things i would like to do in the future: -paint the graphics card cooler (waiting on the warranty to end since they have a void if removed sticker) -paint the 3 white pci slot -maybe make my own cables ( supplies are hard to find in canada and expensive)

Things i would change if i could go back: -not buy the m.2 nvme since I don't need this much speed (the m.2 ssd would have been plenty) -not buy the extra 2 120 mm fans -make the computer an itx one instead of matx (which feels too big for what i put in it)

Apologies for any spelling/grammar error, english is not my first language. Sorry for the bad photographs, I do not have a better camera. All prices are in cad and are what I paid without tax. If you have any question feel free to ask, I will answer to the best of my knowledge. Here is the link to the artist facebook page: www.facebook.com/hiziz/

Comments Sorted by:

OccamAsylum 14 Builds 5 points 14 months ago

Nice nod to Borderlands! This is the only build with those Noctua fans that I think actually looks good. Congratulations!

Calisto101 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

thank you!

PcMasterBace 1 point 14 months ago

What were some of the bad stuff that happened to you while building a pc.

Calisto101 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Nothing truly horrible. It was mostly having trouble with software. At first the computer would not boot. I had to update the motherboard software which meant using my other computer to download the update on a usb stick then booting my new computer with it. I also had trouble installing windows from the usb stick (but that was probably more my fault for not properly looking up how to do it). I also had a problem with the m.2 ssd as not all of them are compatible with this motherboard. The first one i bought (from corsair i think) was only compatible in 500gb not 1 tb.

Otterman366 13 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

That case looks awesome… where did you get the wrap?

Calisto101 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

It is not a wrap. It's paint. I had it fully painted along with the gpu cover.

Otterman366 13 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Wow… it looks fantastic!

Calisto101 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

looks even better in person the photo really doesn't do it justice. The painter really did a great job on it. It was her first time painting a case.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Very nice customization

Calisto101 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you

Keidan94 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

C'est malin, j'ai envie de rejouer à Borderlands du coup x)

Calisto101 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Je le recommande! J'ai recemment finit the pre-sequel et c'etait vraiment plaisant a jouer. J'ai hate au prochain.

customgtp 23 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I love this and I love noctua fans. I've always wanted to do an aesthetic build around them and I think you nailed it!! +1

DeadCarrot 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Very unique and creative!


philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 14 months ago


Sushi_Leafeon 1 point 1 month ago

I'm pretty late to the party here, but holy cow this build looks amazing! The attention to detail is really nice and the hand painted look makes it so much better. On point with the rustic look. Definite +1