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NZXT-Featured Kraken Cooled i7-5820k + GTX 980ti "Polska" Build

by polakhomie

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Details

Date Published

Oct. 28, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 26, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.33GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.22GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Build Highlights:

NZXT Kraken x61 and x31 water coolers for both the CPU and GPU (respectively) is a highlight, and a classy touch to this sleek, mid-tower, white NZXT case. Kraken has it's own monitoring suite for mobile devices, which includes temp. monitoring, fan speed adjustment, and even variable pump speeds for the Kraken coolers.

For the graphics card, NZXT has an AIO water cooling mount, the Kraken g10, which is compatible with almost every VGA card out there. Therefore, I chose an EVGA GTX 980ti that's relatively the same price as the reference card, due to the fact that with the water cooler, I won't be using the fans and heatsink that come with the card. For extra OC potential (and good looks), I bought a 1.2x25x25mm copper shim and custom M2.5*40mm screws for mounting the EVGA backplate and heatsink-plate (the plate that comes mounted under the heatsink and fans); a quick installation and tiny dip into the wallet for these parts is well worth a couple less °C's or a higher core clock, not to mention a greater peace-of-mind.

An ASUS X99-PRO, featuring the new USB 3.1 Gen 2 (type-A) port and built-in 802.11ac WiFi, will go hand-in-hand with an Intel i7-5820k, increasing multi-threaded performance for the 6-core chip, and hopefully keep my rig future-proofed for a bit longer. Extra-cores will be optimal for streaming my game content. Skylake would have been optimal for raw CPU clock speed, but I'll benefit much more from the 6-core 5820k for Database work. Lots of good specs have come out from overclocking it, and the motherboard's extra pins on the LGA 2011-v3 socket does wonders for voltage management/overclocking.

Memory-wise, I chose the 4x8GB DDR4 G.Skill Ripjaw 4 series for my RAM, which I also plan on overclocking, and a 512GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD/2TB Seagate Barracuda 7400RPM combo for disk space. The majority of my downloads will be on an external drive, so 2 and 1/2 TB will be sufficient.

An EVGA 850W Gold-Certified power supply seems a bit much for this estimated 538W build, but I'll at least have some head room if I ever decide to go SLI.

After months of waiting, I was finally able to get my hands on an Acer Predator X34 monitor. This is the first ultra-wide display with g-sync, running 100hz on a curved, 34" 3440x1440 screen. If you're not an e-sports athlete or hardcore fps gamer, then the miniscule differences between 100hz g-sync and 144hz (or even 200hz) will go unnoticed. With software like FlawlessWidescreen an HxD, almost EVERY game in my library can take full advantage of the 21:9 aspect ratio. It's simply amazing.

Logitech z623 speakers and the Creative Recon3D omega wireless headset give me all the options I need for sound. Great bass from the logitech's subwoofer! I got the Ultimate 4 from Daskeyboards, replaced the WASD keycaps with gold-plated ones, the escape key with a red custom printed keycap from WASDKeyboards.com (with a white Polish Eagle print on it), and I love having all my other keys completely blank. Basically, the computer is a pain to use unless you're an experienced typist. I love making my friends mad with this! Choosing a mouse was tough, but I made an exception to my color scheme for the Logitech G502 Proteus Core, which in my opinion is the best mouse on the market. Great button placement, insane DPI settings, and I love that logitech carried over their hyper-fast scrolling from their M and MX series mice to this gaming mouse. Great for working on my databases and other work stuff. If they made an RGB iteration of the G502, it would be the perfect mouse. I got an awesome deal from Micro Center's in-store pickup for a 5TB Segate External HD at $90+tax. To top it all off, I got a custom-printed mousepad from inkedgaming.com; one that is wide enough to go underneath my mouse AND keyboard.

Finally, a red 2 meter sleeved LED kit from NZXT, along with the red Ripjaws, red g10 (yea, the GPU water-cooler mount comes in colors), and color-adjustable x61 cooler (take a guess what color I'm picking), will combine forces with the sleek white case to make this build POLSKA'd out.

Jeszcze polska nie zginela!!!!

Part Reviews

Monitor

After months of waiting, I was finally able to get my hands on an Acer Predator X34 monitor. This is the first ultra-wide display with g-sync, running 100hz on a curved, 34" 3440x1440 screen. If you're not an e-sports athlete or hardcore fps gamer, then the miniscule differences between 100hz g-sync and 144hz (or even 200hz) will go unnoticed. With software like FlawlessWidescreen an HxD, almost EVERY game in my library can take full advantage of the 21:9 aspect ratio. It's simply amazing.

Keyboard

AMAZING MECHANICAL KEYBOARD, in a simple but sturdy metal casing. Blank keys add to taste. I went with the Cherry MX Brown switches. Very expensive, yes, but it's very high-quality. If you were deciding to build a keyboard from WASDKeyboards.com, choose this instead; it has a bit more style than the ultra-basic body from WASD. Keycaps are easily replaceable.

Mouse

Choosing a mouse was tough, but I made an exception to my color scheme for the Logitech G502 Proteus Core, which in my opinion is the best mouse on the market. Great button placement, insane DPI settings, and I love that logitech carried over their hyper-fast scrolling from their M and MX series mice to this gaming mouse. Great for working on my databases and other work stuff. If they made an RGB iteration of the G502, it would be the perfect mouse.

Headphones

The sound quality is superb, but connecting to the wireless reciever seems to be a hit-or-miss. I would not recommend these at their full price, even the discount I got ($149.99) doesn't justify these when taking in to account my connectivity issues. and they only glow blue; no RGB here, folks. Disregard PCGamer.com review for these, claiming that these are the best. They are great, but nowhere near what "the best wireless headphones" should be.

Speakers

AWESOME SOUND, LOUD, MUCHO-BASS, GREAT PRICE!

Comments Sorted by:

JoshKuslock 2 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

Gotta love the S340

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

so sexy... but now I got regrets. there is just too much good cases to choose from. the price on this sleek case, though, is ridiculously awesome. 65 bucks? uh... yaaaaah.

JoshKuslock 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Yeah true. I love my s340 but if i were to get another case it would definetly be a h440 or a noctis 450

Rajenator 2 points 33 months ago

+1 great build!

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Mucho Gracias

lapino 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

How is noise with these two watercoolers?

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I hardly even have to run my fans above 30-40 percent, since my components are a bit OP. It's not a "silent" build, but I could hardly even call it a "slight hum." I'd rate it 8 out of 10 in terms of silent-ness

Muhkyle 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Much love from an american Polak, this build kicks ***

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

my dood. one love.

MichelWeber 2 points 33 months ago

Awesome monitor!! Nice photo series.

biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Congrats for the feature bro! Really dig that color scheme. +1

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

wait whaaaaa?! i was featured? dude! yes!!!! thank you!!!!!

ThePickleCat 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

AMAZING

Hostility 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Interesting build! The photos are very high quality and really showcase the build in all of it's glory. I wonder if using an NZXT cooler and brakes would have been cheaper than just getting an EVGA 980Ti Hybrid, and what the difference in performance is. Nevertheless, nice build!

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

to be honest, i'd prefer a hybrid. its cleaner, easier, and installation of the g10 bracket was a beeotch. plus, you don't have to stress about the "omg, dude, i hope i got the thermal paste fine. i hope there are no air bubbles. I hope the bracket doesn't bend the card. I hope it doesn't weigh too much..." It looks cool and DIY, but this is newb status compared to a waterblock and a custom loop.

it was hard to find the hybrid at the time, as well. evga's was the only one, and the hybrid 980ti wasn't available for another 2 months after i built this. I like the red, though, and I love a slim lookin' gpu.

overall, get the hybrid if you can, or go balls-to-the-wall and custom loop your cooling if you wanna be a pimp.

johngerges582 2 points 33 months ago

dank keyboard m8

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

aha! my favorite part. thanks dude. overpriced as f***, like many mechanical keyboards, so i went for the sleekest one. no 'rough edges,' crazy unused keys, or mad catz insanity. lol. no need for a backlight, too, since there's nothing on the keyboard, but i do wish it had pretty lights from time to time. I might put an led strip on the bottom back and bottom front, though.

thanks again, homie

auldae 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Niiicceee. i got the same mobo, CPU, and case ... feeling a bit like my PC is being featured in a way too. Way to go.

Love it if you named it "The White Eagle" after the national soccer team, but I love it either way. The monitor is tops (drool). +1

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

POLSKA all day. thanks dude. and yea, the monitor was the creme-de-la-creme. didn't even think i'd manage to get one.

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

You know, I never wanted to name my rig, but I was just being a hipster and in reality, just couldn't find a good name for it.

You, sir, just named my rig. I drink shot of polska wodka in your honor.

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

The awesomeness levels of this computer is OVER 9000!!!

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

that was sniff so beautiful! sniff sniff

rhali8 2 Builds 3 points 30 months ago

passes tissue

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Poki my zyjemy! +1 szefje

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

dzenki! Polska Gola!

shmattymcfatty 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

clean build! like the liquid cooling 980ti

Battlefield 2 points 33 months ago

Living the dream! You have, hands down, the best monitor out there! Personally I can't stomach the price, but that doesn't make it less awesome. And a single 980ti should give you excellent fps. Enjoy.

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

yea, I got my first job outta college, and 6 months later, still don't even know if i've made a net gain on my income. oh well... f*** it, I said. had to live the dream. this monitor is the dream. VR hype is overshadowing it at the moment, but 3440, in all its glory.

Battlefield 2 points 30 months ago

Best gaming monitor on the market. Enjoy! And congrats on graduating!

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Dat monitor doh...

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

CH'YAH

Eric0488 2 points 33 months ago

Beautiful build, NZXT Love!

xDiiThy 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Noice

190n 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Congrats on featured!

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

lol didn't even know. I'm honored, and i would like to thank my mom, my dog, my job, and my stash of red bull for making this build come true. oh yea, my dog helped. no joke.

jeff0078 4 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Aguerrrooooooo

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

oooooooooh. ouch. lol

jeff0078 4 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

;)

elk12 2 points 33 months ago

Great Build! -1 for being a Manchester Utd fan. GO ARSENAL

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

i upvote this, cuz i will see yo *** on fifa. lol

Kimchi 2 points 33 months ago

Looks beautiful!

matty0005 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

WOW! this is pretty much my dream machine, especially with that 21:9 moniter. i never knew that Graphics card AIO's existed good job on the build

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

thanks! research alot! there's a solution for anything these days. PC culture is insane. f an app, Fa tablet. Desktop Hardware for the win

bobdude_01 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

+1 That is a beastly machine

Love the Darth Vader inside of the case!

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

thanks dude... had to.

Vergere 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

ah yes, the crazy pole's...building great things that look great.

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

thats me :)

SpikzeMC 2 points 33 months ago

I think this may qualify as

Deadpool Approved!

I mean, I'm not Deadpool but if I was this would be approved ;) haha

+1

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

i'm gonna say you are deadpool and I BOW DOWN TO YOUR APPROVAL

kingyou123 2 points 33 months ago

Slap a Polish eagle decal on the front and your build will go from dobrze to zajbeste. (My polish is terrible ever since I finished Polish school) Also Idk, but if there is a way to re-route the cooling tub on the graphics card I would try to do that. Still great build :)

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

aha... lol i feel you, but i had to keep the case lookin like a white monolith with a window. thats why i made the compromise I did with the gpu radiator placement to use this case. plain, white. sleek, no optical drives, no HDD hotswap trays, and no chujstfo.

sergey 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

beast

Sxcbeast 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Does the curve monitor make for a better experience than the regular flat ones?

vinceccd 2 points 31 months ago

Only if you have like 3 of them because the curve is barely noticeable during gaming. It is not worth the extra $100.. or $500 in this case.

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

multiple ultrawide's is silly in my opinion. when running eyefinity to support your games, the display on your two side monitors is so streched, and idk if my periphreal vision would even reach the edges of the two screens. but if you got the money and the hardware, f*** it. why? cuz... "What a waste of money" said NO PC GAMER EVER

Sxcbeast 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks for the reply, they sure look cool though, but yeah, not yet worth it.

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

it's not as gimmicky as curved tv's but i wouldn't say it makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to the price difference for some monitors. I had to get g-sync ultrawide, so i didn't have an option.

I will say, though, that since you sit closer to monitors than tv's, and since it's so freakishly wide, the difference is noticable. imagine if you continued the curve and made an entire circle, then placed your eyes at the center of that perfect circle. ideally, the distance from every point on the screen (not including difference in height) to your eyes is the same, and helps with increasing the feeling of immersion with games. plus, I'm borderline clinically OCD (lol) and I hate bezels with multiple monitor configs.

Sxcbeast 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I really want to get this monitor, but it's just more than I would pay for a monitor, even if it does have all the features I want. A few things are holding me back on buying it, one is that there's isn't much that supports 21:9, though you can tweak things to where they can, but I get tired of doing that. I'm sure the next version of this monitor will be guaranteed to hit 100hz and maybe more if DP 1.2 can even support that resolution greater than 100hz. I want to get the perfect monitor for my 980 ti, part of me just wants to buy it without a thought, and the other wants to wait for something better or wait for ASUS to come out and the price might drop on this one.

After having it for awhile how do you still feel about it?

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

I feel great about it. I know they say that they "overclock" the monitor, which was odd and added a bunch of skepticism, but this screen DOES reach a true 100hz, and I can guarantee that. I benchmark my games and fps data with the new version of CAM from NZXT, and for games that are no-sweat for my 980ti like skyrim (although it's heavily modded), i'll get a solid Average fps of 99.8 (which is lower than 100, yes, but only because it dips ever-so-slightly during loading screens, as it parses graphical data and makes a ton of calls during this process).

If it's too much, dude, i'd definitely wait. I don't know what the future will hold, in terms of price and advancements to this kinda screen, and I definitely agree that for the few games that I gotta tweak to make 21:9 work, i get slightly annoyed. I am a huge fifa player and saw a massive advantage with this monitor, and was depressed as hell to find out that the only solution for fifa16 is to change hex codes using third-party-software every time you load the game. the game has to be already running, and since I gotta alt-tab in and out of it to make the changes, it automatically goes into windowed mode, since you can only set it back to full screen by restarting the game (the graphic options is in the launcher, not the game itself). It's annoying, depressing, and i have no clue why EA doesn't just support it. oh right... EA is the devil.

Overall, it's not perfect for the insane price... but damn, it makes me smile every time I log on. I still feel really geeked out with the resolution and framerates for even the most simple tasks, and for the games it does work on, i am in HEAVEN. no regrets for me.

Sxcbeast 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Well, I went ahead and bought it, should be here Friday. I managed to snag one when Amazon came in stock. Funny, because I almost missed out on it, if I hadn't randomly decided to check the stores again online that night. Didn't get my auto notification until an hour later, and by then there was only one left!

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Congrats dude!

Sxcbeast 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Happy to hear you still like it, so far I've only ever played on a TV so anything will be a big upgrade! There's a big difference from having a rig that bounces between 45-55fps (few times it would stay at 60) and a constant 60fps (980 ti woot!) so I imagine an extra 40 fps would seem pretty smooth to me. Luckily I play a lot of Bethesda and Blizzard games so 21:9 can be easily added or comes supported.

Yeah, EA ruins a lot of potentially great franchises, if only they'd just support them better. No more Dead Space or Darksiders for me :*(

Well I just got thru a near 4 week straight tournament, so I'll definitely have the money for it, especially after taxes come in. But I might not have any other option but TO wait since no one has it in stock anywhere.

neddy 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Sweet looking build!

cstevens98 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Awesome build, but i have one suggestion. Move the x31 you have cooling the gpu to the top fan mount and run the tubing down along the back part of the case. Its not really for function, but aesthetically it would look a lot better.

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

that was originally what I wanted to do, but the clearance won't allow it with my mobo in the s340 case. I had many chats with NZXT to confirm this, but still went with their case. oh well. c'est la vie.

piemancoder 1 point 33 months ago

One word:

OHMYGOODNESSITSSOBEAUTIFULIWANTTHISASMYOWNAWESOCOMPUTERANDGOODPARTSCHOICESCANISTEALITFROMYOUTHISSODESERVESTOBEFEATURED

Nice monitor BTW.

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

haha. I love you dude

elvenson 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

looks awesome... but out of curiosity, what did you use that Alumina on? definitely wouldnt be my first pick with these parts...

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

sorry, what? whats the Alumina?

elvenson 5 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Its the Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina thermal compound in your list.

and as for why I wouldn't use it... right from the Arctic Silver page for it:

Precaution: Arctic Alumina Thermal Adhesive is a permanent adhesive. Components you attach with Arctic Alumina Thermal Adhesive will stay attached forever.

http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_alumina_thermal_adhesive.htm

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

oh right. Yea, i forgot to update my description. I pulled a TOTAL newb move (as this was my first build) and bought adhesive instead of compound. my buddy who helped me build it had a facepalm moment, and i had to run to best buy to buy whatever they had for compound. I replaced it a week later with Noctua NT-H1. Yea, i bought him a 6 pack of beer for potentially saving my build from my stupidity.

good observation, and thanks for pointing it out. At least I had a funny story from it... and now i got some extra thermal adhesive for god knows what.

elvenson 5 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

haha, glad you caught it in time man. Alumina is awesome, but its permanent... Not many people want to sacrifice a cooling system or card (or cpu/cooler/motherboard) if a part that's usually easy to replace fails. If you wanted to add a passive heatsink to a chip on the board or maybe in a NUC system or something, that stuff is phenomenal

I was wondering this whole time why nobody else spotted it lol

polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS FEATURED UNTIL TODAY (1/14/16). Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU pcpartpicker so much!!!!! I feel so awesome today! and thanks to all of you for your love!!! this is my first build, and had a bunch of help from commenters and posters like yourselves. Also, shoutout (again) to my buddy Victor for your wisdom and building prowess. This is as much his build as it is mine.

ONE LOVE!!! POLSKA GOLA!!!!!!!!!!!

thecomgeek 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Does vader reside in your humble abode of a computer

KeyboardGamer 1 point 18 months ago

Świetny komp! Mysz Logitech G502 posiadam i polecam! +1

4Shadow 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I was laughing about how this guy had spent $4000+ on his computer but still needed the motherboard box to support his monitor, then I flipped to the next picture and took everything I said back. Great job with this, impressive cable management for the 2 water coolers and large amount of hardware.

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polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

dzenki dzenki, przyjaciel!

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Radosti11 1 point 33 months ago

Really, what's with these jokes?

MichelWeber 1 point 33 months ago

Sarcasm at its finest.

Radosti11 1 point 33 months ago

I know.It's just that i really don't find them funny.

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Radosti11 1 point 33 months ago

Well, mainly Minesweeper and MC jokes.

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mlach 4 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Wouldn't be much of a hunter if it didn't ;)

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SnowDropZero 1 point 33 months ago

People do that all the time...

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polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

it launches itself to space and lands back in my living room every day before I come back from work. that, my friend, is how it runs.

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polakhomie submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

thanks my dude

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vagabond139 5 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

I don't like Nvidia's business practices

I don't think anyone does, they are awful when it comes to that, if they did have a majority of the market share they wouldn't get a way with them.

got a GTX 480 when it came out and it failed on me after a few hours and I gave Nvidia a second chance and bought a GTX 580 when it came out but that failed after about a week or two

I got a faulty R7 260X, did I let the influence my future choices? No because it can literally happen to any card no what the brand is.

multitasker451 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

My GTX 970 works just fine

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

There is always a chance of any card failing no matter the brand. I have a gtx 670 and its still working since 2013

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JuniorVid 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

nice way to put it