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by taylor_lg



Date Published

Jan. 21, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C


I've been lurking and learning a long time. I think my final price was under this price, as I bought lots of parts on sale at different times.

I started buying components last March (case, PSU, fans and GPU) and finally picked up the final touches recently. It's replacing a XPS 8500 which I slowly dissected since March (replaced the PSU, added the SSHD, ditched the 7870 and upgraded the case). Main uses are for Plex, music and AAA games (non-shooters)

I'm likely going to remove the Blu Ray and tidy up the cables more. Believe it or not, i actually tried to keep the cables in the corners as much as possible...I failed.

CPU and cooler - don't care about over clocking. Was also going to stick with the stock fan, but I hate loud stock fans. Apparently this noctua takes the cake for quiet performance while fitting in this cramped case. Maxed out at 62 in the Intel XTU.

Board - this was the cheapest ATX board I could find with all the features (multiple M.2) I could find at the time.

Memory - cheapest/fastest RAM at the time.

Storage - only got the 256gb 600p b/c it was a tad more expensive than an MX300. Added the 500 gb MX300 as a game drive. The SSHD was cheaper than the WD Blacks and will act as a game drive until I can afford a second M.2.

Video Card - I bought this in the early fall, before all the drama started. It's been great so far.

Case - I needed an HTPC, and this works well. Stays cool and quiet, yet the 3x120mm fans slots seem to do the job.

Power Supply - Overkill. I bought it before the release of the 16nm and 14nm chips on the GPUs. Also didn't need a P2. Live and learn.

Optical - left over from the Dell

Fans - Apparently I'm on the Noctua cool aid. Also, since I didn't opt for a blower GPU, I need the best performance per fan slot I can get while keeping noise down.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Quiet and kept the CPU to 62 in intel xtu


Had everything but optical audio. IO shield is crap


Cheapest ram with lowest latency I could find


Greater than sata ssd, less than better nvme. Would only recommend on sale

Video Card

No problems so far, but all the issues made me wish I got another brand.

Comments Sorted by:

LuxUmbra37 1 Build 4 points 15 months ago

That is a good looking dog. +1

Bartendalot 2 points 16 months ago

Of all the things to spend on, power supply makes plenty of sense.

Maybe down the line you get a GPU that needs more juice and you will have it...

Nice build!

Cruzaz 3 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Efficient, looks decent, and awesome! Great Build!

Zarthagon 2 points 14 months ago

That's the ghettoest cable management of all time i love it 10/10 build

khm-77 2 points 11 months ago

Hi, we're you able to fit the Segate 3.5 2TB hard drive under the Blu-ray rom ?

taylor_lg submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

yes I was. the connectors are facing towards the PUS side of the case. Doesn't get the "best" airflow, but a 120mm fan is in decent proximity.

Another 3.5 can be installed vertically as well (how I use to have it) - basically perpendicular to the 3.5 which is under the Blu ray driver.

the manual on the silverstone website is pretty good at showing all the options.

Air_Wizardo 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

I love your build! Clean, simple, and fast. I'm considering building a very similar rig for my work computer. One question about the case fans: how did you connect them? I'm planning to use a microATX board with only 2 fan headers. I was thinking to connect 2x80mm fans to the 1st header, and 3x120mm to the 2nd header. However, I'm not sure if using 3x120mm fans on header is such a great idea, but I don't want to use a fan hub (Noctua NF-F12 PWM uses 0.05 A, and my motherboard supports 1 A for each header).

taylor_lg submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I connected the fans via 4 PWM outlets. I had to use one splitter as I have 5 fans.

I'd research if three fans can be handled on one header - I wouldn't do it personally. The other option is to run one fan directly from the PSU via a molex cable.

Honestly, the two 80mm outlets don't do much though. You could easily get away with 3 intakes and have a positive air pressure.

As a side note, I should have bought fans with higher static pressure flows instead - the fan filters can be a bit of a impediment to airflow. The one you're looking at (NF-F12) is what I should have choose.

Air_Wizardo 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Do you see any serious temperature difference if you disable the 2x80mm fans while under load? I'd think no, since you have the CPU cooler blowing air right into them...

taylor_lg submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

the temps i posted were done before the 80mm fans were installed (granted, in a cool basement). I'm also using a non-k 7770, so temperatures haven't been a major issue.

you're right, the way I have the cpu cooler mounted in a pull fashion, it'd essentially blow right out the back anyways, so the 80's help, but may be a tad redundant. i guess if you have the funds for the 80's, can't go wrong.

I recently moved out the DVD room in favour of a a 500gb 850 evo. while i was at it, i reorganized the cables. I'd say the improved cable management is likely better for temps than 80s if I were to measure - which I'm not.

bre1979 1 point 15 months ago

What issues did you have with the gpu

taylor_lg submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I and 99% of evga gpu owners have had none. They had a hot spot issue, but offered free RMA to add a thermal pad to fix it.

That being said, it should have been caught before production.

bre1979 2 points 15 months ago

Okay thank you. I was leaning towards the asus 1070 strix cards but people say evga has a good warranty.

taylor_lg submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Evga has great customer service. The asus 1070 seems to be well regarded though and likely a better choice. I'm excited to see the new amds

bre1979 2 points 15 months ago

Here is my build, undecided on the case still as I do like the phanteks cases

RodoGodo19 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Hi, Your CPU gets 4.2GHz on all cores while gaming or when doing intensive tasks?

taylor_lg submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

not sure. It hit a max processor frequency of 4.14 ghz in the intel XTU program at 62 degrees. score of 1045 marks.

I don't monitor the specs while gaming (besides frame rate in the top corner).

Sphyloid 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

With all that noctua you could have easily gotten a 1080. What a waste. You should only use noctua if you have a maxed out every other possible component

taylor_lg submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I bought the 1070 when they were first released - there was about a $300 difference between a 1070 and 1080 at that time. The 1070 was actually in an old build before this one.

Had two of the noctua's left over from the old build as well. The other three were all on sale and really didn't cost that much more than comparable fans.

Calling something a "waste" without understanding the full situation is rather ignorant.

Perfect_Anubis 1 point 4 months ago

What temperatures do you get under load with your gpu? I have the same case with a reference rx 480 and am looking to switch to an open air cooled gpu instead.