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Love Electricity Shockwave Central

by I_Need_Big_Drink

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Date Published

May 12, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

Power on the Motherboard? Yes.

BACKSTORY: This is my second PC build, and my first high end build. My last build was an AMD 7850K / GTX 760 mini itx cube in 2014, which was starting to struggle with new titles, so I felt it was time for a new project. As for the CPU and GPU choice, this build started in November during Cyber Monday, I've just been tinkering and modifying it until now. Since this was my first build where I was in control of the budget and build process, I initially wanted high end but not crazy (1070 type build) but after getting into the whole scene I quickly lost my mind and wanted the best of the best for my goals, which are 1440p 144hz gaming, and some CAD design + light video editing. I also wanted this build to look as insane as it performed, hence the excessive RGB.

INITIAL BUILD: As the parts rolled in my excitement grew, and once I had enough to get it running I jumped on the chance to build. I got it ready in a few hours and booted it up...success! All that was missing was the 960 EVO on back order. I later had to install Windows on that drive and wipe anything on the 850 I was using temporarily. The 850 is now used to hold most of my media or large games. My main programs and games are on the 960 for faster load times. I was extremely impressed with the performance, even in 1080p 60hz, but when I got my Dell monitor I was truly blown away, I'm hooked on high end! As far as RGB, I only had the HD120s and Kraken. Oh how that would change.

MODS/UPDATES: As I browsed this site before and after the initial build, I saw people adding interesting modifications or details to the EVOLV ATX case. The first being LED strips wrapped throughout the case including the top compartment to allow light to shine through the vents, and behind the front panel to give a nice glow. This was pretty easy and turned out nicely, the LEDs synced up to Aura, which has a quite nice music reactive setting. I used the leftover strips to light up the back of my monitor. The next change was buying the Corsair Lighting Node Pro, which unlocks the potential of the HD120s to use the full RGB spectrum, sadly their software is a work in progress and the # of modes is lacking compared to NZXT's software. After this, I noticed two people cut reflective black acrylic pieces and placed them in the interior of the case. This wasn't too difficult, the hardest part was cutting a hole for the rubber grommet with a coping saw. Really pleased with the reflective effect paired with all the RGB. It absorbs the excess light, making a truly deep black background, but reflects the brightest pieces like the case fans, 9mm casing, and hidden GPU LEDs. I also placed a small piece of acrylic to eliminate GPU sag. The front panel is custom made acrylic from mnpctech, and a fellow builder's use of this inspired me to get one too. Really unique look paired with the Corsair fans. The last two are minor - I added some heatsinks to the 960 EVO which greatly improved temps, and I re-routed a small LED meant for the front power indicator to the interior of the case to give off a subtle green glow. The LED is hidden by a set of custom sleeved cables by Ensourced, who did an excellent job, I recommend checking out his work. Lastly, I downloaded a piece of software that allows my keyboard to act as an audio visualizer, to match the one on my monitor.

ROOM SETUP: This is the main reason my post is so delayed - I was lacking a proper desk to fit my computer on, so I went and got a double-desk! This way I can work at my computer or game, and also have a separate space for any written work, hobbies, or computer maintenance. The racing setup was purchased and installed last week, and includes the following:

Thrustmaster TX Leather Edition Wheel and Base

Thrustmaster T3PA Pedals

Thrustmaster TH8A Shifter, with my own custom aluminum sub-plate for use as a handbrake

GT Omega Racing Wheel Stand

The whole deal ran me roughly $800, and I'm extremely happy with the experience, even with just one monitor. I plan to buy a racing seat and make it height adjustable so I can use it when playing non racing games as well.

FINAL THOUGHTS/FUTURE PLANS: I had a lot of fun building and customizing this computer. I know I could've gotten the same performance with far less $$, but I feel that if I'm going to sit next to it every day, it might as well be pretty. I don't always have it on all out RGB mode, I usually just set it to whatever color I'm feeling that day, or red to not distract my eyes at night, with a subtle glow or spinning effect on the fans/strips. I kinda wish I stuck around for the 1080Ti, but now that I think about it, I would've missed out on plenty of moments and improvements that wouldn't have happened without the new build. And from what I've gathered, there's never really a 'good' time to upgrade, because there will always be something better in X amount of time, just get what you need and when you need it, and don't get stuck on what could be better in a few months. When the time comes for me to upgrade, which I see as 1 or 2 years for GPU, and 3-4 for CPU, I will have something much better than what people are hyping over today. Also I may invest in a custom loop next time around. I hope you guys enjoy taking a look at my setup, happy building!

Part Reviews

CPU

Works perfectly, just right for my needs. I think 4 cores will be sufficient for me for a few years.

CPU Cooler

Great temps, software has gotten better, however can conflict with Aura (kraken not detected etc) Great mirror and LED aesthetic!

Motherboard

Has everything I need, really easy to OC, no issues in the hardware. Only one odd bug (BIOS?) is that sometimes when shutting down the LEDs and fans stay on while the actual system is shut down.

Memory

Super fast, really clean look, OC'd as advertised, just had to tweak VCCIO voltage to avoid system instability.

Storage

No problems, blazing fast read times, and with some heatsinks installed it doesn't throttle.

Storage

Terabyte of storage, works well, always a good choice!

Video Card

My favorite 1080! Sadly I messed with my first card and had to get a refurbished card that reaches slightly lower OC and has slightly higher temps. But compared to other 1080s, this is a beast of a card with very low noise.

Case

Beautiful case, easy to work in, just wish the panel was hinged like the new mATX versions.

Power Supply

Worked so far, People recommend the G2 or G3, but I got this way cheap and it hasn't failed me.

Case Fan

Good noise level, performs well on radiators, and the LEDs are better than NZXT's fans IMO

Monitor

You can't beat this monitor if you get it at a competitive price like I did. With some color correction it looks fantastic.

Keyboard

Great customization options, if you're interested, you can turn it into an audio visualizer! http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=139027 Always been a fan of MX Blues.

Mouse

One of the best Competitive FPS mice - no unnecessary lighting, no software installation, easy to change dpi, comfortable feel, perfect weight, great sensor.

Headphones

Great audio for the price, good balance. All i could say is it sometimes lacks bass, but I prefer this over bass that is over the top and crackly. However if your ears are large or even average, you may want to invest in some larger ear pads (search: Brainwavz Hybrid Memory Foam Earpad) as they will greatly improve comfort and wear-time.

Other

Very clear. Picks up a little too much but a little thought towards mic placement will help avoid that.

Other

Perfect size for a full sized keyboard and low dpi mouse setup. Tracks nicely and doesnt collect dust too badly. Has a rubber smell for a week or two initially.

Other

Literally saves my life in games more times than i can count. If you do a lot of swiping and have some obstacles on your desk, this will eliminate any accidental snags.

Other

Better than the stock cable my monitor had, no problems with handling 1440p 144hz. Highly recommend this.

Other

Still a work in progress. The core idea is great, but I have to knock 2 stars because they released it into the market without implementing anything more than basic control, and the latest firmware can disable your fan controls, making you manually roll back the firmware to make it work again.

Comments Sorted by:

kwonstyle23 3 points 19 months ago

Great aesthetic concept and execution - and thanks for the detailed description! Nice work - enjoy :)

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks! I appreciate it, and I sure do enjoy it :)

Caminon 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

I find it kind of funny how you praised the FK2 for having "no unnecessary lighting" but the rest of your setup is the epitome of RGB.

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Only because I prefer having few softwares running in the background, being able to map and change settings on your mouse without downloading and running software is great.

Caminon 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I agree with you on that part. 'Tis why I try to get the brands to match if I can.

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Awesome dude! +1

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Thank you!

that_guy_sheridan 2 points 19 months ago

Dude this build is awesome looking !

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks!

Ericreza 2 points 19 months ago

This is really nice but why do you have your shifter sideways. Please tell me you don't play with it like that

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I have it in analog mode which turns it into a handbrake. I use paddles anyway and I mostly play DiRT Rally, so this config helps me a lot.

jpacheco621 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

I freaking love this build. All the parts are sensible and you will get the most cost efficient performance out of this rig. Just beautiful!

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

At its core I put a lot of thought into part selection, Without monitor and extras it's about 2200, the rest was necessary accessories and aesthetics. Well worth it, thank you!

PCBUILD001 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Beautiful !!!!!!! Nice build

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Thank you :)

KevinSlamsPigs 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Are those cables extensions or full sleeves cables? +1 for RGB

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Full sleeved, by Ensourced.net :)

KevinSlamsPigs 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! Could you PM me the lengths of the cables that you got? I have the same case and I am also ordering from ensourced, but I don't know how long the cables should be for a mid tower ATX case.

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Messaged!

KevinSlamsPigs 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

:)

JakeJessop 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

If you wouldn't mind, I'd also like to know the lengths of the cables :) you can PM me, thanks!

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

PM'd!

EndTheFed 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

RGB? YAAAS!!!

Experience 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Ehy a mouse bungee? They are litterally a waste of money, they dont increase performance!

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Not for me due to the way my mouse cord sits. It would get caught on the edge of my monitor base and the back of my desk, causing inconsistent movement in game. I agree there's no performance increase, it just stops accidental ****-ups which I found extremely annoying.

Experience 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Cool

LBrown 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Very cool, looks like you took your time with it. Great job! What do you think of the Corsair HD120's and Node Pro? I'm considering buying the whole kit and installing soon. Thanks.

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. Overall, if you already have the HD120/140s or are set on buying them, It's definitely nice to have software control and more lighting modes. However, they could've done way more with it for the price. They may add more modes in the future, but it felt lacking for the price compared to a Hue+. That said I like these fans more than the Aer RGB from NZXT. I'd give the Node Pro a 7.5/10, and the fans a 9/10.

LBrown 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks for the feedback. Well, I REALLY like the Corsair fans but the HUE+ seemed like the better strip lighting system so I went ahead and got that. I'll either deal with the sub-par AER fans or wait til they come out with something nicer. I also like how the Aer fans daisy chain without the need for a separate fan hub. I think both of these technologies are rather newish so it comes down to personal preference.

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

They're both good choices. People have issues with CAM software running properly, but that's usually with the strips rather than the fans or kraken coolers. Their fans aren't bad either, I just prefer the frosted look and higher static pressure of the corsair fans. It would be nice to see another contender or maybe a new software from corsair or nzxt with even more control over the LEDs. Have fun!

TempoElite 1 point 14 months ago

oh how i wish i had money :(. Epic build bruh, i'm trying to start a PC building company as that's what i love to do (build PCs) but unfortunately no one wants me to build them a PC. If you know anyone plz let them know about me, they can follow me on twitter at CaliberComputers. What I will do is make a video of me buying the parts at the best deal I can and put it together. Once it is done i will show them the boot up and windows install. After they are okay with it ill send the computer and the receipts to them.

Zindel 1 point 12 months ago

It looks like you have multiple liquid coolers am I wrong and if I’m right could you explain to me how you did this. 1st time builder trying to do it right so I don’t have to do another build for some time

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I had one for the CPU and one that comes with the GPU. The last 6 months or so I switched to an air cooler for my CPU because NZXT software is crap and the pump died. My EVGA hybrid GPU is still going strong and has easy software. It's nothing special, you just buy a water cooler that fits your CPU and case (don't get a radiator that's too big) and install software if needed. GPUs typically come aircooled or with a built in water cooler, both of which are best for first timers, or you can make you own watercooling loop, but it's very time and money intensive. You only really need a water cooler for your CPU if you're going to overclock, air coolers do just fine for stock speeds depending on the chip, and they cant fail like a watercooler can (pump dying). A water cooled GPU is worth it in my opinion, because intensive games will always push a card to its temperature limits and slow it down if it runs too hot, and air coolers get really noisy except maybe ASUS cards.

Zindel 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you for the information dude

Whiskey.201 0 points 18 months ago

Too many intake fans

I_Need_Big_Drink submitter 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I tested with balanced setup vs this setup and I got better temps. This case has some poor qualities when using the top fans as exhaust, and it was causing my GPU to heat up more than it should. In this configuration the entire rear grate acts as an exhaust vent so there's no issue with air getting stuck inside.

EndTheFed 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I concur. In my second build I had to place the rear top fan on intake to prevent choking my hybrid GPU.