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Isenhjärta

by ten8yp

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Details

Date Published

Jan. 14, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.954 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

9.005 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

Name means "Iceheart" -the red accents on the cable lacing are to represent the bloodflow from the heart of the dragon.

I built this system as my daily computer for everything from work in online tech support, to gaming, to some light video rendering in hobbies. I wanted something decent enough to last me for a while since this is the first computer I purchased for myself or built from scratch in over 10 years. I used to build some when I was a teenager because my father worked in computer programming but lost interest long ago. I'm glad my love of computers has been revived in the last year and my love of old computers definitely still remains as I have 3 other older builds from the early turn of the century still running in my house.

At the end of the picture list you'll notice the pics of the cable lacing. This was my first try at that. I used some 1mm hemp cord I purchased at Hobby Lobby for cheap and a DIY youtube video I found (the guy I used has BLUE cables, NOT red). It wasn't that hard to do at all and I think it looks pretty nice. I was going to go with black lacing when I first started but changed my mind to the red pretty quickly. What do you guys think of it?

Please forgive the horrible picture quality... I'm having an issue with my Nikon/lens as it was dropped by a family member this past summer on vacation. I will try to take better ones and add more later.

EDIT: January 2017! Upgraded to 32GB of Corsair Vengeance 2666 Mhz ram and a Samsung 960 Evo 250GB M.2 ssd. Both have been nice investments and have this computer running CRAZY fast.

August 2017! Upgraded to I7-6700k. Moved 32gb RAM to another build Added GSkill 16GB (2x8gb) 3000 Mhz CL15 RAM to this build. Moved MSI GTX 1060 6GB to another build, added Asus Dual GTX 1070. Swapped motherboard for an Asus Sabertooth Z170. Build is looking nice and has almost all white accents now. Might swap the psu out for a white platinum one soon.
Also picked up a new Corsair K95 RGB cherry mx red keyboard for $100 shipped. Cant wait to try it!

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome cpu and because I got it after Kaby Lake was released I got it at significant discount. Does everything I want it to and more. I was also able to achieve a 4.9Ghz overclock at 1.32 volts. It ran steady there at 60 degrees (C) on the Deepcool Captain 240EX AIO during benchmarking. I decided to run it at 4.6Ghz on a daily basis for conservation purposes. It was a great investment if you ask me!

CPU Cooler

Deepcool case, deepcool Captain 240EX seemed like a no brainer. LOVE this AIO watercooler for functionality and looks. Totally fits the bill in my build and I highly recommend it. CPU temps are idling at around 30 degrees celcius and under full load being overclocked at 4.6 GHz and gamed on for several hours have yet to see a temp above 55 degrees celcius.

Motherboard

Personally I LOVE the aesthetics of this motherboard. It looks amazing as it always did in pics that I saw prior to purchase. It has most of the features I wanted and all of the ones I wanted at its price range. However I will say that I still prefer MSI's Click Bios to Asus'. Probably more of a personal preference.

Memory

Had trouble getting this memory to overclock very well. Wasn't able to get anywhere near 3000Mhz at any voltages. Best I was able to get was 2666 but admittedly I'm an amateur/novice overclocker. I'm sure I haven't done something right. Only saving grace is that I was able to get it for a good discount ($125 in Nov. of 2017 when average 16gb kits are around $150).

Storage

Such an incredible M.2 SSD. For the price you simply cannot find a better one and dayum is it FAST. If you're considering getting an M.2 and dont mind waiting a month or two from time of order, I highly suggest getting one of these.

Video Card

Love the GTX 1070... but why the hell did Asus make this one without a backplate?!? I'm getting an aluminum one custom made for it... which basically ate up all of the savings I got.

Case

I've done many reviews on this case on numerous platforms and I just cant talk it up enough. I originally purchased it because it was the cheapest white case with a large side window that I could find besides a couple of Newegg brand cases with basically no reviews. Man I sure am glad I did. Even though this is a relatively inexpensive "budget" case, it might end up being my main rig case for a while unless I can find a great deal on a nice Phanteks case. If you want to see my full review check out Amazon or Newegg where both of my reviews are among the top ones listed.

Power Supply

Gold rated 650 watt power supply-check Well known/respected brand - check Good warranty - check Discounted price - check Only real comment I will say about this specific psu is two things: The stock black cables (even though I'm not using them for the most part) are very nice. They are ALL BLACK, have no rainbow cables, and the sleeving is great. AND even though this is considered a semi-modular psu, the 24 pin power cable is the only one that isn't removeable. It was easy to add extensions, although if you're wanting to do full custom sleeved cables finding a company that will do them for this psu will be a bit more challenging than newer models from EVGA like the G2, P2 or T2. For the savings I got, it was WELL worth it.

Case Fan

I'm not a huge FAN of these (see what I did there)... but they aren't bad and do the job. Aesthetically they look great and they are very quiet so I guess overall not bad. Main good thing about them is that they are Deepcool and white/black which matches my build. Wish they had an RGB version.

Monitor

Love the design with no bezel. Got it cheap. Does the job.

Mouse

One of the absolute best mice made anywhere. The new sensor in the Pro model is heads and tails above the previous model. This white version has a glossy feel on the top (instead of the matte/flat design) of the black version. It looks great. The ergonomics fit my hand perfectly.

The ONLY con I would say is that Corsairs software for controlling and changing buttons still needs some work. Its very hard to figure out at first.

Still a great investment for a GREAT mouse. I own this version and the black one on another computer because I have tried many different mice and din't like them as much.

Speakers

These are awesome computer speakers that have withstood the test of time. I picked them up for $10 at a local goodwill and they have been great. I am in process of installing an Onkyo/Polk 7.1 surround sound in my office right now that will replace these but I'm sure I can find another computer around the house that can use them.

UPS

This is an amazing battery backup/UPS. It has 5 surge only outlets, 5 switched and backed up outlets (for a total of 10) plus a separate master plus 2 outlet protection for coax and 6p6c. The display on the front can be left on or turned completely off and has numerous settings for monitoring EVERYTHING related to your power you could want including total power draw and amount of backup power/time that can be output if the power were to go out. I have EVERYTHING hooked up to it in one way or another. It retails for $150 at Best Buy but I wouldn't even have it if it weren't given to me (brand new) by my neighbor.

Comments Sorted by:

RipkenWalker 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Great build! An ASUS Dual 1060 would've been nice for the white color scheme (I own it), but it looks sexy anyways!

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks! I was looking at the Asus Dual during Black Friday and almost pulled the trigger but wasn't sure if I wanted to get it because it didn't have a backplate so I started looking for some for it. The added $20-$30 cost was kind of a deal breaker at first... then all the 6gb models sold out on Newegg in less than 18 hours. The next day the MSI Gaming X was on sale for $245 minus a $15 MIR. $230 was hard to beat for it so I jumped. Now I wish I had just saved for the Quick silver 1070 that was on sale for $380 during BF but it is what it is.

Preecision 1 point 18 months ago

very nice check mine out this is my first build and me and you went for similar things i cant wait to finish ordering the rest of the parts https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Wz3N4C

MannyPCs 2 points 22 months ago

Great looking build, and I love all the RGB. +1 for sure

On the side note, that sounds like a terrible keyboard, I planned on getting that model because it was so cheap, but I knew that it was too good to be true. If you return it I would recommend a Corsair Strafe RGB instead.

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks Manny- I was kinda hard on the keyboard. Its really not that bad for $50 but I just had really high hopes. I like the Strafe but to me, for more than double the price of my current keyboard, it should have more features too. For instance, I have to have volume/media controls. I like the K70's too but I dont really care for tenkeyless keyboards. I might have to look for other brands.

MannyPCs 2 points 22 months ago

You could look at cooler master, they have some good keyboards too

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Will do... thanks

MannyPCs 2 points 22 months ago

All good :)

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Ended up getting a K95 RGB on sale!!! Cant wait to get it on Monday!

AspiriNice 2 points 21 months ago

Looks very nice!

Not sure if anybody notice but I can see you have rubber grommets installed in there. Where did you get them? I think it is the perfect mod for this case, very curious.

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks man! Yep... you're the first to notice. I got them from MNPCTech.com They have a video using the Deepcool Dukase V2 on youtube (which is how I found their website) I just used generic grommets but they worked just fine. I think it made a big difference in the appearance.

AspiriNice 2 points 21 months ago

It's those small details - great love for detail. Thanks for your fast reply!

Pixelsandwich 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Isenhjärta, Iceheart.....now that's badass.

ten8yp submitter 5 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks man! I appreciate it.