Description

Originally an ITX build, I ended up going back to ATX... Then a bunch more stuff happened and suddenly I have this PC.

I started this build in January 2017. That is why the RAM is half what it costs nowadays (And I still feel like it was over priced. It was $40 more than mid 2016.

Getting the GPU was quite a story on its own. I had bought a RX 470 8 GB and ended up selling it in the first mining fad and then bought a GTX 1080 FTW for 600. With the most recent surge in mining I ended up selling my 1080 for 900 and managed to grab a 1080 ti the next day for only 200 more.

I have the 1080 TI undervolted and it managed a bit of an overclock to get it to boost up to 2100 MHZ... until the card gets too warm and goes down to around 1850. Without undervolting it struggles to keep its base clock in furmark. Still hits 84c though. I'll have to get a hybrid kit or something.

My first X62 cooler died, NZXT sent me this one as a replacement for free. The two top fans are from that cooler. The AER P fans are not meant to be used this way. I screwed into rubber to mount them. I keep the RPMs low so they hopefully don't shake themselves off. Briefly had a NH-D15 in the system while waiting for the replacement AIO. No front fan but it fit with room to spare.

The CPU is OCed to 4.7 GHz @ 1.345v. On my old ITX MB I was able to do that with only 1.335. Oh well.

P400 is good, I got a decent deal on it and it is pretty good in terms of cable management and all. Wish it had a bit better front airflow. I had to use one of my top fans an intake.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

My original one's pump died, but with the lighting and performance it is well worth the risk. Keeps my OCed 6700K at 65c at full load Stock fans are decent, but I'd get NF-A14s or ML 140s if you can afford it.

Motherboard

Not the best OC board, as even my Z270i Pro Carbon could do the same OC with less voltage. Bios is fine, wish MSI didn't need so many different utilities to control it's extras though windows.

Not true RGB too sadly, only 7 colours. At least it came with a extension kit, RGB LED strip, and wireless.

Memory

Got in the start of the "Shortage". Works well enough, no issues and looks decent.

Video Card

FE cooler is insufficient, but I can't say it is absolutely garbage as it isn't super loud even for a blower. Up to 55% fan speed is still decently quiet.

With the fan at 100% it gets down to 64c. I am also deaf now.

Case

Wanted a Meshify C, but this was much cheaper. Fits everything and has 10 preset lighting options and a LED strip. Airflow is better than some cases but not amazing. Needs a mesh front add on.

Power Supply

It's good, but get a G1+, G2, G3, or Seasonic Focus+ if you can pay the extra bit for one. those have much better voltage control and don't take up half your case.

Case Fan

Not super quiet after about 75%, but they move a lot of air and have great static pressure. I'd get a chromaxx version if I was to buy a new batch.

Monitor

Colours are decent after a bit of tweaks, 144 Hz without issues. Never tried freesync as I have a Nvidia card, but I don't every notice any screen tearing.

Mouse

Fits my hand well, I don't play competitively so I can't say if it is great for Esports or anything.

Custom

This is something you should try out before you buy. You either love it or hate it.

It takes a bit of tweaking I find to get it to work exactly as you want it to in eery game, so be aware you have to spend time finding the "sweet spot"

Custom

Cheaper mech keyboard with removable switches.

Only issue is one LED had faded a bit.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

ah yes another fellow founders edition gem, cheers looks good

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I was going to recommend the G2 or G3 Power Supply, but it seems you already know their build quality is much better..

Thanks for sharing !!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I was going to get a 650 P2 in January for only $130 CND. Sadly it sold out.

Oh well, at least there are worse PSUs than the NEX.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build man!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this case in Anthracite Grey?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the gunmetal gray version .

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic! Thankyou.