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Hey everyone! I lurked on this site daily looking at builds and slowly planning out my own. I am here today showing what all that lurking has brought to fruition.

CPU: I decided to go with an Intel i7 7700k instead of the new Ryzen chips for a few reasons. One of them being that I bought most of my parts close to 1-2 months ago and had build fever so I wanted to get my build going sooner rather than later. Secondly I felt it might be the safer route to go with a tried and true Intel chip versus the new untested Ryzens which may run into problems (or may work perfectly smooth only time will tell). I have not overclocked yet but it is on my list of things to do. I will not being doing anything extreme but I am planning on a moderate overclock.

CPU cooler: One of the harder decisions I had to make regarding the build. I really like the look AIO's bring to builds, usually a cleaner look and they let you see more of the components. Thus I knew I would likely get an AIO but the tough part was deciding between the Corsair H115i and the NZXT Kraken X62. I kept hearing about issues people were having with CAM, the software for the NZXT Kraken X62. After weeks of flip flopping between the two I just decided to take the risk on the X62 since the aesthetics are hard to beat and if CAM really causes problems I can always return it and go with the Corsair.

I am happy to report that I haven't had many issues with CAM or my X62 in general. The profile I created for the fans, pump, and lighting disappeared on me once but after a reinstall of CAM I have had no further issues. The cooler looks spectacular and has kept my CPU nice and cold. Installation was simple and no overly complicated, everything is labeled nicely.

Motherboard: I originally bought bought an Asus Prime Z270-A but unfortunately the one I received had a defective audio port giving me constant buzzing and static in any sound device connected. My local store only had the Asus Prime Z270-AR in stock and I did not have the patience to wait up to two weeks for a replacement or pay more online so I opted to just go with the AR since I was only losing a few features I did not need anyway.

The only issue I have run into so far is getting the XMP profile for my RAM to work correctly. I am not sure where the issue is arising but sometimes the settings will take only for the next bootup to not work. If anyone has any suggestions I am happy to hear them.

RAM: I was mostly deciding between the Corsair Vengeance LED and the G Skill Trident Z RGB. Ultimately since I decided to go with the more flashy AIO I figured the Trident might prove to be a little too much and went with the Corsairs. The only issue I have had is mentioned above.

Storage: This was the only other tough decision I had during the build. I toyed with the idea of getting an M.2 NVMe but in the end decided I would rather wait till the prices drop more so that I can get a good sized one and not go with a smaller one now. I picked up both of my drives on sale which is why I chose these. Also the color scheme on the Trion fit nicely in my case. The SSD is very quick and boots my computer up much faster than my 5 year old SSD from my old build.

GPU: The 1070 has easily handled everything I have thrown at it although I haven't had a ton of time to try many games just yet I get very consistently high frame rates in everything I have tried. I use a fairly aggressive fan curve the fans can get a little loud but I usually have a headset on and I would prefer a little fan noise over a card that gets very hot. Anyone concerned about the fan noise can tone the fans back and they stay quiet.

Case: The Enthoo Evolv was an easy choice. I looked at many different cases but still ended up coming back to it time and time again. I am very happy with it. The only downside is no hinge for the tempered glass panel which would have been nice to have because taking it on and off a lot can be a pain. But it is a small price to pay for such a good looking case.

Power Supply: The SuperNOVA is just an all around great pick. Not much to say here, good reliability, good performance so far and I have never heard the fan become overly loud.

Misc: I also threw in an additional two LED strips from Phanteks. I liked that they use the same exact colors from the case and I positioned them to give my just the right amount of glow where I wanted it.

Mouse: I upgraded from a DeathAdder to the G502 and have loved it. It is a little smaller which took some getting used to but I feel like once I did get used to it, it fits very nicely in my hand. I like the adjustable weight and being able to change the color is always a nice feature. The braided cable is of a high quality.

Keyboard: My Quickfire Pro is 5 years old now but I have had zero problems with it. The Cherry MX Browns have a nice feel and aren't too loud though that is probably biased since I don't mind the noise. The only negative is that the LEDs can only be red which doesn't go with my blue and purple set up but this is purely cosmetic.

Monitor: The monitor has been excellent. I bought the monitor over Christmas for a great deal and will be on the hunt for an equally good deal to have a second one.

Since this is only my second build ever it went pretty well. Having the defect in the motherboard was definitely an annoyance but I got really good at building since I basically had to do it three times versus one. Plans for upgrades are a new second monitor as I said, a new chair, and nicer speakers.

I hope you guys like the build and if there are any questions I will be active in the comments. Also let me know any suggestions you have for me to make the build even better or what things I should upgrade! Thanks guys!

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

something sniff something smells like a feature here! Damn! amazing build! wow! it looks great! 1+! i love the colour and the kraken is so damn nice! i love it! wow!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words! I agree about the Kraken the block was too pretty to pass up on.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

i know! it looks so good but its so damn expensive!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the color scheme of the build, and those LED strips really illuminate the case extremely well

+1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. I bought them a few days after I finished the build to give it that last little bit to make it pop. I didn't want it to be overly bright which is why I put one in the front and just one in the case.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! love the pink color

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a super clean and sleek build. Kudos.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! I have the same case in my new build, but in anthracite gray, good stuff +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get your cables from?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the super late reply got a new job and haven't been on here in a long time. I got them from Ensourced (http://www.ensourced.net/). He does great work and is always willing to work with you to get exactly what you need.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for keeping the color coordination

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! Where'd you get those white cables??

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the super late reply got a new job and haven't been on here in a long time. I got them from Ensourced (http://www.ensourced.net/). He does great work and is always willing to work with you to get exactly what you need.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Sale of software and keys from that site often violates the ToS or are resold licenses purchased via fraudulent credit card. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Get This Build featured Very Nice Setup Looks Awesome +1. How Is Your Temps With The Fan Config?.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Noob question but do I have to to get it featured or do mods choose?

I just did some temp testing tonight and got these results:

CPU idle: 29-30 C CPU load: 52-54 C (have not yet done an overclock so this may increase)

GPU idle: 29-30 C GPU load: 58-59 C (overclocked to core clock: 1911 MHz; mem clock: 4006 MHz)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

You get featured if you got enough up votes and comments plus if we riot we will get you featured. Thanks BTW It not a noob question :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh gotcha haha

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What's Your Fan Setup?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I am running all the stock fans right now, but might upgrade to some Corsair ML140 Pro for the radiator fans in the future.

The configuration right now is 2 phanteks 140 mm fans on front intake, the 2 NZXT 140 mm fans as exhaust mounted on top, 1 phanteks 140 mm as exhaust mounted in the back. My PSU is pulling its air from under the case since there is a slot and dust filter on the bottom of the case.

I have agressive fan curves on both my Kraken and GPU. The Kraken stays quiet unless its at 100% load for stress tests the GPU fans can get a little loud with my curve but usually I will have my speakers up high enough or a headset on that it doesn't bother me and I prefer things to stay nice and cool.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Now is this a good config 3x140mm fans on top as exhaust and 1x140mm in the back as intake and the kraken x62 in front as intake aswell

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I had originally intended to put the kraken as my intake in the front but what I had not accounted for was the fact that to front mount a 280 mm radiator I have to completely remove the basement HDD bays and since I am still using an HDD for storage I couldn't afford to lose it right now. Once I upgrade to a large NVMe I might take out the HDD bays and front mount the Kraken.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Something I forgot to mention was where I got my cable extensions! I got them ensourced.net. He does great work and was very easy to work with. I ordered a specific cable set and he customized them to fit my graphics card and wrap them together. He updates you throughout the process and was quick to ship once they were ready. Would recommend him if you are looking to get some nice cables!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

NICE!!! +1

Which is the position put the leds in to get the front part of the case bright that much?? :O

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So the front panel comes off and then there is a dust filter under that. I have the LED strip between those two layers. After a few failed attempts at getting it to stick with the adhesive the strip came with its just freely hanging which works out better since now everything still comes apart really easily when I need to clean the filter and the lighting still looks great.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice setup, the case is the "silver" color ?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup this is the silver.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man. I have a question I got the same graphics card and I'm ordering cablemod cables. Did you get "dual 8pin connector" or did you just order two separate 8/6+2 pin connectors.

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