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Baymax - Gaming/Photo Editing Build

by AlarmedShrew

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150 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 10, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 16, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

42.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

Description

I left Windows in 2000 because of the frustratingly buggy OS and crappy apps and moved to Macintosh. I was quite happy with using Mac for video editing and photo editing, but this year after the release of Overwatch I got back into serious gaming. Since Steve Jobs has passed away the hardware development Apple is peddling is an insult to Mac users. The latest hardware from Apple is geared to suit aesthetics and making existing designs more efficient, not overall better performance. So when my 2010 iMac logic board almost crashed I revisited building another PC. This is only the second PC I've ever built and things have changed so much since 2000. After doing some research I didn't realize PC cases are so much more attractive and compact than years ago. Revisiting Windows 10, I see how refined Windows OS has become and it seems just as "bug-free" as Mac's El Capitan OS, so I made the jump back to PC and opted for a build that has beauty and the brawn.

The right side PSU shroud is painted white and the Corsair logo on the left PSU shroud was filled in with white acrylic.

  • M.2 SSD on the OS gives me 18-21 second start-up time...makes me happy
  • 1TB SSD for the Photos/Videos
  • 500GB SSD for games
  • 2TB HDD is the backup drive
  • LED RAM was a must
  • Some friends recommended I only use Noctua for aftermarket fans but after testing them side-by-side the Corsair MagLev fans are quieter, have the same warranty and fit the look I wanted much better
  • LED fans were a must for me as well
  • Liquid cooled AIO's keep the fan speed under 650 rpm in most cases
  • GPU fan is set at 600 rpm-1200 rpm
  • Top fans add zero cooling potential with two AIO's but I wanted the LEDs on the top of the case for looks, set at 450-500 rpm
  • Front case fans set at 450-750 rpm, the H90 with one fan needs 450-1500 rpm range to keep up with CPU overclock. So I put it in push/pull and it rarely hits 700 rpm at full load.
  • The GPU is one year old and I bought it from my friend that needed an excuse to get the GTX 1080. It performs virtually identical to a 1070 and cost me half as much.
  • Fan for GPU is set at 650-1200 rpm.

I debated between the NZXT S340 Elite and the Corsair 400c but settled on the 400c for the superior cooling potential, the space in the front case for push/pull on the AIO and overall consistent branding of products. My only gripes with this case are 1) Cable management is quite cramped, even with a modular PSU and 2) SSD rack should have been facing down to make cables easier to route.

I love this new build and I am very, very happy with it. I'll add some more RAM probably in a year after my wallet has recovered, lol

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jipster69 4 Builds 25 points 2 months ago

Bro... Do you even Corsair?!

MrMoose88 5 Builds 7 points 2 months ago

Almost, he needs a corsair psu to seal the deal. Though I personally think the evga psu was a better choice on his part.

Fuerx 4 points 2 months ago

corsair ssds too

Emedwar 4 points 2 months ago

Corsair SSDs are trash compared to other brands like Samsung and Kingston. The only SSD from Corsair I would even consider getting is their PRO series ones. Plus, they charge more since they are Corsair xD

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Well Corsair has a third party make their SSDs then they add some markup so they can make some money. In the end it costs way too much per Gig.

I didn't do my research and bought the reputable Samsung SSDs. If I could go back I would have bought the OCZ SSDs. Especially the OCZ with the five year warranty. Second best recommendation are the new Western Digital Blue SSDs.

hellohello9999 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Something makes you not happy with the Samsung SSDs?

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

The 850 EVO 1TB has 5 year warranty rated at 150 TBW (total terabytes written). That's 82 Gigabytes written to the SSD per day for 5 years before the drive fails. Costs around $315.00.

The OCZ TRI150 960 GB has a 3 year warranty rated at 240 TBW (total terabytes written). That's 219 Gigabytes written to the SSD per day for 3 years or 131 Gigabytes written to the SSD per day for 5 years before the drive fails. Costs around $235.00.

The OCZ VX500 1TB has a 5 year warranty rated at 592 TBW (total terabytes written). That's 324 Gigabytes written to the SSD per day for 5 years before the drive fails. Costs around $335.00.

Western Digital Blue 1TB has a 3 year warranty rated at 400 TBW (total terabytes written). That's 365 Gigabytes written to the SSD per day for 3 years or 219 Gigabytes written to the SSD every day for 5 years before the drive fails. Costs around $270.00

Samsung used to beat everyone for overall price, speed and endurance per Gigabyte, but that crown presently goes to OCZ and WD in my humble opinion. But if I could go back I'd buy the VX500's with their sweet full aluminum enclosures.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I looked at warranties and build components (I'm an electrician by trade) and both were the same quality. However, Corsair charges $10 more for no justifiable reason for the same PSU so I went with EVGA.

BanksGaming 3 points 2 months ago

I definitely like Jip build better

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

Kinda hard for anyone to compare with Jip, lol

Russkie69 2 Builds 7 points 2 months ago

You've got a clean looking build here +1

I really like that you painted the right side of the psu shroud, it looks very nice. I also like that you went with the Overwatch theme colored custom psu cables. I do however think ensourced would of been a better choice over cablemod in terms of quality for your custom psu cables, but nonetheless it looks good and you have great cable management.

Personally I think you made the better choice going with the Corsair 400c specifically for the cooling potential it has over the NZXT S340. I just built in the S340(non elite) for my brother's first pc and have to say it's sacrifices some functionality such as the little things like it lacks the top exhaust dust filter and sound vibration rubber anti vibration padding for the hard drive cage. I also a bit disappointed that it does not support a 240mm/280mm aio at the top of the case or push pull at the front, but despite all of that I still do find the S340 quite aesthetically pleasing.

I'm not sure if you spent that much as indicated in the partlist on the H90, but it just seems a bit too much for a 140mm aio especially it being an older model. I think the H115i or H100i v2 would of been a better choice and provided you with better cooling, since most air coolers perform as well as 120/140mm aios for a fraction of the price.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thank you.

You're absolutely right but I looked into the Noctua CPU air coolers and they aren't compatible with the LED RAM. The RAM is just too tall but assuming there was an air cooler tall enough it would still cover the LED RAM from view and block much of the light from the top LED fans. For aesthetics I couldn't go this route.

The reviews for the H90's cooling performance online are quite good, but not great and I agree it's an ageing product in need of an update. I would have preferred the $150 H115i and a total of four 140mm fans in push/pull but the cost of the MagLev LED fans are quite insane so I opted for the cheaper $80 H90 with three 140mm fans setup. Capping the rpm at 40% fan speed (700 rpm) the H90 can take anything the CPU can throw at it, so there's still quite a bit of headroom available with this setup. I was a bit surprised how well the H90 performed.

As for custom cables, I'm still quite new to building PC's again and I went with CableMod only because they looked so sharp on Dimitri's "Hardware Canucks" case review videos. I'll definitely check out ensourced.

Russkie69 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Congrats on the feature build!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you!

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 5 points 2 months ago

Feature Incoming ......

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Lol, thank you.

Flamearky 3 points 2 months ago

lmao that wallpaper +1 for the aesthetics and great build EDIT: also the cable management is bang on mate

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you for your kind words.

caakeface 3 points 2 months ago

Very nice! I am contemplating the switch from an iMac to a PC as well. Cheers!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

Not going to lie I still have a bit of separation anxiety from my old Mac. I only had one cable, the footprint was very small, everything was wireless.

Now the footprint has doubled, and I have have seven cables, and the computer and monitor is no longer integrated.

But the overall performance and the beauty I feel outweighs the "cons". Thank you for your comment and I wish you the best of luck on the transition.

boatyo 3 points 2 months ago

One day....in a tiny town in Massachusetts,

There sat a boy, a boy wishing he had a PC as good as this

+1 very dank/clean build, it's awesome!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Awww...thanks man!

boatyo 2 points 2 months ago

No problem, man! Take your feature and wear it with pride ;D

G_I_L 2 points 2 months ago
Secretly really jealous just because Massachusetts
LonghornAlamo2040 3 points 2 months ago

Glad to hear you made a smart choice converting to Windows. Macs' performance is never proportional to their price, just like their underpowered, over priced tablets. I use Macs at my college campus and, although I see the perks, it's not worth being shot in the foot in the performance:price dept. to have a nice looking machine in my room with excellent clutter control.

I'd rather spend that money on a bigger desk...or a great monitor and keyboard, which I did. Macs can suck it. I can buy ProTools for Windows :P (I love that program! I still have my video from Audio for Animation. My instructor gave me a 95 and said I have the potential to pursue that area of work)

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Comparatively I spent more for the PC, but the extreme performance tradeoff was totally worth it. I tried playing Overwatch installing Windows on Mac BootCamp and the constant dropped frame rates drove me insane. I would have gladly got a. New iMac with better hardware but I was shocked at how the latest hardware from Mac is geared to suit aesthetics and making existing designs slightly more efficient, not overall better performance anymore. Same high asking price. It's an insult I took personally.

Lyrix 2 points 2 months ago

wow. i love it! its amazing! 1+! And i love your background!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you so much!

Lyrix 2 points 2 months ago

You deserve it!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you so much

Storm-cooled 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Baymax BAEmax

+1 for such a title

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Lol, I should have called it that, very original idea.

Partha 2 points 2 months ago

+1. Loved this build and the wallpaper.. :P

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thank you you're very kind.

Partha 2 points 2 months ago

Congratz on the featured build...

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you!

FACUNDO 12 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Seems you like Corsair... wow haha

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Lol, buying those parts as a special bundle on Newegg saved me a lot of cash, so I went ahead and got the case, CPU AIO and mouse to match. Thank you for your comment.

jsoutherland89 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Beautiful build. +1

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thank you!

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Very nice build!! +1

You do know that MAC OS will work perfectly fine with your build. So you could use an SSD for macos and have both windows and sierra.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Really? I've never built a Hackintosh before so I'd have to look into what is involved. Thanks for you comment.

Nostalgic_Epoch 2 points 2 months ago

Not sure if we're allowed to post links to YouTube, but I personally use this to run El Capitan on my PC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RQ21XG8Ts4

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Wow, and there's not limit to hard drive space or anything weird?

Nostalgic_Epoch 2 points 2 months ago

I'm not 100% sure about hard drive space, so I can't give you any specific information. From my guess, you shoudn't have any limitations beyond the actual drive space. It runs as an actual MacOS would.

I mainly use it for MacOS apps/programs (iMovie, iMessage, etc.) that aren't supported on Windows.

Do note that it will not run as smoothly as an actual Mac, as it is a virtual machine in enemy territory. LOL

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Ok that sounds reasonable. Ill probably get another SSD later on and do a dual boot option of some sort. Or learn to use Premier Pro.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

No there is no limit.. You would need a real mac to create the installer and go to tonymac site for instructions. IIRC, there should be tutorial using your motherboard.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Ok thanks for the advice, I'll check it out.

irritablemoth 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I think we went to the same random username generating website :)

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Lol, somebody already has my Steam name.

Kardude77 2 points 2 months ago

This is gorgeous! +1

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you!

goatlogic 2 points 2 months ago

dude could you help with the cablemod custom cables the cables that i need green and white for my build and THIS IS A GREAT GREAT BUILD man good job i might copy your cooling theme tho :)

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I'd be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Feel free to copy any part of this build and thanks for your kind words.

goatlogic 2 points 2 months ago

Could you make it for me then send me the link of black red and white I'll kinda make my day because I'm kinda of confused of how to do it

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

The link won't save the design. You will have to identify your PSU first. Otherwise if you order a cable setup built for a Corsair PSU on an EVGA PSU you can fry your computer. Heck, even EVGA P2 wires can fry your computer on an EVGA G2 PSU. So first identify what PSU you currently have.

Next, if you have recently bought an ASUS Motherboard get a 20% discount coupon code here: https://asus.cablemod.com

Then go here: https://store.cablemod.com/configurator/

  1. Choose "custom cables", not "cable extensions".
  2. Choose the Paracord sleeving.
  3. Choose the brand of your PSU.
  4. Choose the model of your PSU.
  5. You will need a 24-Pin ATX for your motherboard.
  6. An 8-Pin EPS for your CPU.
  7. If you have a GPU that only needs one 8-Pin then you need an 8-Pin PCIe, if your GPU also needs a 6-Pin like mine then add a 6-Pin PCIe.
  8. I also bought three white SATA3 data cables for looks but if you want to save some cash please don't get these, they are expensive.
  9. Pick your colors for your cables. It's easy, just click on the color then click on the wires you want that color. Then your done.
  10. Buy the cable combs to keep your wires looking neat. If this isn't a big deal to you skip it and save some cash.
  11. Apply your discount code.
  12. Pay with PayPal.
  13. Wait for 2-3 weeks for your cables to be built and shipped to you.
WaterTriber 2 points 2 months ago

OVERKILL! but seriously, looks awesome. nice fans too

Eldrew 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Why is it overkill?

WaterTriber 2 points 2 months ago

just huge and expensive

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It could have been much cheaper if I bought a motherboard without integrated wifi/Bluetooth the three SSDs, the custom cables and damn LED/Magnetic Levitation fans. But then it wouldn't be stupid fast and nearly as beautiful! Lol. Thanks for your comment btw!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Indeed! And thank you.

BattleDor 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Great build I've had a similar experience to you, but I do have to ask why didn't you go for the newer 1080 or 1070? Other than that this built it awesome

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Cost.

This was a brand new PC rig coming from my old 2015 iMac so there were no existing peripherals I could bring over. These peripherals were a significant cost.

The SSD's were another huge expense and since my old iMac had a factory installed SSD for a boot drive I wanted a faster M.2 for a boot drive and SSD's for main use. I'm now spoiled so I'll be using SSD's from now on. I recommend using OCZ Toshiba 2.5" SSD's. I didn't do my research but get any OCZ SSD with the five year warranty. You buy it once and you should get well over 500 full writes to the drive. That's easily 6-8 years of use if you write under 5 Gigs a day.

The custom cables is also a fat expense.

All these expenses added up quick. So since my friend needed an excuse to buy a 1080 STRIX I bought his 980ti for $290.00. It performs the same as a 1070, and if I ever buy another GPU it will also be with an AIO. It keeps the interior of the case under 23 degrees at all times and is much quieter operation.

Thanks for your comment.

BattleDor 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I understand what you're saying. I have a couple os SSDs that I use so I know what you're talking about.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

The struggle using HDDs is real.

BattleDor 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Ya I only use them for my mass storage games.

Kidhitler 2 points 2 months ago

snorts oversalted...

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Lol, thank you.

ians907 4 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Love it ! That's a great movie too haha. Me and my kids have seen it many times! I am a big fan of the ML fans. That are great performers and nice a quite. Spendy but worth it to me.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I loved the Baymax movie personally plus I love Marvel movies. I could have saved a lot of cash buying the non-LED MagLev bundles that Corsair offers but I have no experience with LED lights and opted for something a bit flashy-er.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Beautiful build.

Thumbs up.

Could you adust your pricing to reflect the actual purchase prices (before shipping and tax) instead of the current retailer pcpp list prices?

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I'm not sure how to do that but I'll go back and figure it out.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Ok, figured it out and prices have been updated to reflect my actual total cost

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

It can be a pain. Great job on your build and the pricing looks like you got some good deals. Thanks for the update. Shoot I never congratulated you on the featured spot. Congrats!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks for your kind words. The CPU I got from China off eBay. Other items I got from Newegg bundle discounts, etc.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Great job.

FreeWayPineapple 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Great clean build. Can you tell me the name of that desk?

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I dunno, bought it at Target on sale a couple years ago. Sorry.

critti00 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Nice build! What are those plastic things called that are on the 8pin and 24pin power connects called and where can I pick some up?

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

They are called cable combs. They cost extra from CableMod. Another person told me to check out EnSourced Cables as well.

I checked EnSourced out, their website is total garbage but their cable combs look like the best on the market.

critti00 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Awesome! Thanks for the reply.

Lyrix 2 points 2 months ago

congrats on the feature.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you

Lyrix 2 points 2 months ago

no problem!

jj0322 2 points 2 months ago

Geez, you spent more on fans than I did on a GPU. lol

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Lol. I tested the temps and the top fans have zero effect on providing any extra cooling. I just liked the look and the extra light that nice "glow" the top fans give.

jj0322 2 points 2 months ago

They do look great, I'll give you that. Congrats on the feature btw.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you very much

Yutang 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

That feeling when you spend the cost of your case and PSU combined on fans.

SK6Blue 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

"Top fans add zero cooling potential with two AIO's but I wanted the LEDs on the top of the case for looks, set at 450-500 rpm"

since your AIOs don't do anything for your RAM or the NSB(actually it removes the airflow the NSB was expecting) I'd say they are still very useful

nice build

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I'm sorry, but what is an NSB?

SK6Blue 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

sorry, my mind was all over the place... i combined the terms, front side bus and north bridge, to make a very confusing short hand.... what i meant was the northbridge heat sink and chipset power heatsinks,which are common on today's MOBOs are expecting the air flow normally provided by a conventional CPU cooler. it is why some people look to solutions like this when water cooling http://i.ebayimg.com/t/2x-ASUS-Motherboard-Mainboard-Optional-Heatsink-Chipset-VRM-Heatpipe-Cooling-Fan-/00/s/NDE2WDUwMA==/z/yC0AAMXQkl9RcJmz/$T2eC16ZHJF0FFZlbQH0SBRcJmuMD-w~~60_45.JPG

in short heat is generated by more that just the GPU and CPU, and cooling some of these other areas helps everything run better(esp when you start over volting the CPU and RAM)

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Ok I see what you mean. So I've put my finger on the three other heat sinks on the MOBO during load and they can get a bit hot. I can keep my finger on them for about five seconds until the heat becomes very uncomfortable.

The RAM never seems to get warm no matter the load so I'm assuming the aluminum heat spreaders do their job well while being passively cooled.

My only unscientific method is to open the side door for a moment and stick my hand into the case and feel the ambient air before load and after load.

The CPU air off the H90 remains somewhat cool even after 15 minutes at 95% load.

The GPU is what really generates the most heat, but even running Heaven at max settings for about 70 minutes the GPU never gets above 58 degrees Celsius and there's not much change in the case's interior ambient temperature. The only spot I can feel a lot of heat is straight out the back the case with the GPU's AIO.

SK6Blue 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

i haven't see an issue in with RAM getting too hot in a long time, i only mentioned it because its power for said ram is more than likely linked to one of those heat sinks. they dont need their own cooling, just wanted to mention how the fans you said were only looks and not cooling, are indeed helping with cooling the passive systems on your mobo. You might never notice the possible importance of those fan unless you did some mean OCing and pulled them just to find out you were no longer stable. all that said i'm still running a i7-920 on a P6T mobo, its highly likely better heatsinks are being used now and that even minimal airflow is more than enough. Enjoy the new machine!

jipster69 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago
SK6Blue 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

thanks, i've been quitely watching for a while... recently moved 'frank' into a new case and really cleaned him up, but waiting untill i take some pics to post the change

commodore64 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Curious why the 400C and not the 460X or 570X if you were debating the S340 Elite?

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Well first, I didn't want all around glass like Anidees Ai-Crystal, Phanteks ATX, or the Corsair 570X. The 570X is way too large for my preference.

Second, most tempered glass cases have threaded, stand-off screws that you can mount or "hang" the glass panel on with one hand while your other hand grabs the rubber covered bolts to secure the glass panel. Corsair's screws are on the bolts, and the plastic o-rings have to be placed in the glass holes separately. It's a very risky way to secure/remove the glass panel and to me that's unacceptable. Plus a couple other odd design choices that Dimitri shows what I'm talking about here: https://youtu.be/moJbyLbyGFA?t=2m46s

commodore64 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I know, I own the 460X RGB so that's definitely a fair point. I saw a picture on Reddit where a guy had the rig built and came home to a shattered TG (and no reason as to why it could've happened). Scary thought.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Wow, that is scary. I did consider the 460x just so you know and it is such a very, very beautiful case that doesn't have too much glass. I personally feel it's much better looking than the S340 Elite with superior air flow but the side thumb screw design and no rear catch-screws for a $120 case was a deal breaker for me.

Could I live with it? Easily. Perhaps if Corsair fixes those design flaws I will seriously consider updating the case about two years from now.

commodore64 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Another quirk with the 460X is the lack of top mounted radiator UNLESS you use low profile ram.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

A comprise for having a compact ATX case I suppose.

swiftfishy 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Really interesting colgate build, the colours are suprisingly nice. The lights tho from the motherboard are a little annoying tho, but really a nice change up

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

The Mobo lights can be turned off, set to one color, cycle using rainbow, pulse, change on temps, etc. The RGB is definitely in an odd place but it adds light in the darkest spot in the case. Thanks for your comment!

Cazza_ 2 points 2 months ago

Nice build! The hybrid gpu's are great for people that don't want a custom loop but still want to have a water cooler gpu. Overall very nice!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you. I can't afford to spend $600 on a custom water loop, lol

Cazza_ 2 points 2 months ago

yeah, as cool as they do look it is hard to justify spending that much when you can water cool your cpu and gpu for around $300 extra

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I have zero experience with custom loops and I don't want to risk that surprise overnight leak.

Cazza_ 2 points 2 months ago

Yeah, I have an aio cpu cooler and don't worry about it leaking at all, but if I Was to build a custom loop I would always be thinking "Has it leaked yet" while I am trying to sleep lol.

colinreay 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I'll add some more RAM probably in a year after my wallet has recovered, lol

Lol that's the worst enemy of any PC enthusiast. Great description, clean, concise, and interesting. As for the build itself, looks freaking amazing. The way that the rear ML140 on your Radiator lights up the I/O shield and heatsinks of your motherboard looks freaking godlike. I'd love to see how this build compares in terms of aesthetics and performance to your last one in 2000. Cheers man, and congrats on the feature!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

OMG back then I was using the AMD K6 CPU. Looking on Wikipedia it says max CPU clock rate was 166 MHz to 300 MHz, Lol

MarshmellowMan2 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

**** is that bright

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It does seem that way in the photos. In the day you can't really see much light at all.

Epicness937 2 points 2 months ago

welcome back to the windows master race

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you, it's good to be back in the club.

LionsTheBoss 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Congratulations on being featured! By the way your build looks stunning!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you very much

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Since Steve Jobs has passed away the hardware development Apple is peddling is an insult to Mac users.

Yes! I'm not the only one!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

No sir, you are not alone.

Crimsonblade911 2 points 2 months ago

From what i've learned on pcpp you may want to boot OS from traditional (yet higher end) SSD. That is because the M.2 drive takes longer for the system to "check" before it starts booting the OS. As opposed to the SSD which is "checked" much faster. A good SSD will give you somewhere around 10s boot times or less.

You can also just carry on because 20 seconds is still damn good.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

On my Z170 motherboard the PCIe OCZ M.2 was only 1-2 seconds faster to boot than the SATA3 Samsung EVO 850. So boot times were essentially the same for me.

However, I wanted a build that has dedicated drives...it's kinda my thing. So one drive only for the OS, and default programs (like Chrome, iTunes, Steam, Lightroom, Premire Pro, etc.) one drive only for the gaming library, and the third drive only for photo/video/music libraries. Since the 400c only has three built in SSD mounts, and in order to remove the hard drive caddy I require an M.2 SSD to keep this build lean but mean.

I could have easily gone with a perfectly good 250GB Samsung SATA3 M.2 for around $110.00 but I have all this unused PCIe bandwidth and the overall performance from the PCIe M.2 still edges out the SATA3 M.2. Plus the OCZ PCIe M.2's endurance rating and warranty is one of the best on the market. Also OCZ's color scheme matched my build perfectly.

Thank you for your comment!

zhouyunkai 2 points 2 months ago

Nicely done man. I just build my new PC couple weeks ago and I went with an Intel 750 Series PCIe SSD. It was great and my boot time is 8 seconds average. Sequential read is 2,300+ Mb/s which is even over what it says on the box, 2,100+ Mb/s. It does cost more but I think the performance pays off good. Also wondering why you didn't choose to do raid if you intended to optimize the performance. Good job again dude.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks for your comment and WOW, you got a sweet *ss boot drive!

I've never messed with RAID and SSD's at 6Gbps are fast enough for me. If I really wanted the "best" I would have used a U.2 SSD. I don't do anything that calls for that kind of speed.

bigheps 2 points 2 months ago

Hi nice build although can I change the GPU because I already have one on me that is very similar to your one or does the fan only work with your GPU.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I'm using an aftermarket, static pressure, LED, MagLev fan for the radiator on the GPU. I'd did that for looks, and higher RPMs at much lower fan noise. These fans have zero coil whine.

bigheps 2 points 2 months ago

Thank you.

bigheps 2 points 2 months ago

Thank you.

guillaumemq 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Really really nice build... but bad placement in your setup. How can you stay focus on the game with this beauty on your rigth ?

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Lol, thank you. Only when I play Overwatch does the PC vanish from my sight.

hypercoyote 2 points 2 months ago

Those are some expensive fans.....

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Totally worth it. The non-LED versions are a lot cheaper btw

SushiCatSenpai 2 points 2 months ago

You should spray paint paint your case with baymax on it or you can buy a bigger baymax, like a pop figurine.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I thought about that but I'll need to take time away from playing Overwatch to build something.

The figurine in the case has sentimental value. My sweet wifey got it for me, lol. Thanks for your comment.

Murphdog95 2 points 2 months ago

+1 for the Corsair Master Race!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Lol, thank you.

ballbag78 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Nice build! That boot time seems a little high for a PCIE M2 drive, I have this same SSD albeit the 512GB OEM version, pulled new from a laptop. My boot time is like 5-6 seconds. GLHF :)

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I'm counting from the time I press the button till all background apps are done loading. Which is the same time for all PCIe SSD M.2. Steam alone takes at least 4 secs to be up and ready.

Stvnce 2 points 2 months ago

I ordered some of those mag lev fans off Amazon, but I returned them due to coil whine and ticking noise. I ended up going with some Phanteks MP instead, now I wish I just reordered those.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Awww man you should have just exchanged them. All my fans had zero coil whine. I read on a forum one MagLev LED from some guy's order wasn't synching right with the PWM/pulsed voltage, thus making a "ticking" sound.

Now two of my ML120mm fans were making that "ticking" sound when I first turned the computer on but after I ran the ASUS fan calibration it stopped. Thanks for the comment. I hope you get some spare cash to get them later on. I can't recommend these fans nightly enough.

Aristo-Paw 3 Builds 2 points 16 days ago

I like that color scheme and what you did with the PSU shroud good stuff.

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

Thank you!

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

Thank you

S-man491 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

...but baymax is white... +1

AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Indeed, but the white 400c doesn't look right, and was cheaper Inassume because it probably doesn't sell.

Conargle 1 point 8 days ago

Any chance of a link to the flat power cable used for the three 2.5's round the back?

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AlarmedShrew submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

Whole set up? You mean like more photos of the interior?

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