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xTrekStorex Phantom PC Rebuild

by xTrekStorex



Date Published

March 31, 2014

Date Built

March 4, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

947 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


My main rig used for gaming, work, web browsing, music etc. Wanted it to be quiet and cool and still fast, so I went AiO watercooled and overclocked it. I also spent quite some time on aligning those sleeved cables for the looks (you don't get to do this everyday - sadly). Unfortunately there was no 8pin cable in stock so I went for 4pin and had to rasp the connectors on one side each so they would fit together into an 8pin. Over all the system runs stable and almost(!) super quiet, which is why I dislike the way NZXT made the fan mounts on the top of the Phantom 530. When mounting 2 140mm fans (like here) you get those metal constructions for the 120mm in the way of the airflow which causes turbulance and a deadzone on the radiator. But I also don't want to take it apart again and cut it, maybe sometime in the future. So there is slightly some noise to the X60. A similar issue is the front panel of the case since there are "claws" which provide stability to your 5.25" stuff from the back and cover from interior lighting BUT to do so you have to install that stuff WHILE the panel is on the case. For cooler installation I removed it and also installed my fan-controller and the HUE which are 5.25". So I couldn't put the panel back on. Instead of taking it apart again I just rasped the "claws" away and of course now it fits (I don't think these "claws" are worth the extra care when building the rig). A 3x 1080p setup is planned (need new monitors) and maybe a second R9 290 on a Kraken G10. Sadly I learned about the limited memorycontroller on AMDs FX-chips a little too late. These can run 4 DIMMs at 1600MHz max and only with 2 DIMMs up to 2100MHz. I bought 1866MHz and have to run them at 1333MHz now since 1600MHz for some reason crashes after 10 minutes of load. Well it's a loss of around 2% or 3% in performance so it's not that bad but still it could have been better if I had known earlier and would have bought a 2 DIMM 16GB kit instead of 2 8GB kits.

UPGRADE (10.01.2015): - Coated Mainboard black (Plastidip) - Coated heatsinks and SATA-ports white (Acrylic) - Taped the PCIe slots with black electric tape - Swapped black G10 for a white one - Added RAM-heatsinks to the R9 290 - Cut the top fan mount from 120&140 to 140mm only for better airflow through the X60 - Swapped radiator fans for Noctua Redux ones - Added EK waterblock-backplate to the R9 290 - Added another set if sleeved PCIe powercables - Ordered a 2nd R9 290 - Improved cablemanagement - Added dustfilter on last open intake fan - Turned PSU around - fan facing up now to support natural convection - Added internal USB-hub (NZXT) to support the 3rd AiO for the 2nd R9 290 - Sadly broke my USB3-header so front USB3 is dead :(

UPGRADE (17.02.2015): - Added extension cable for USB for 3rd AiO - Installed 2nd white NZXT G10 on 2nd R9 290 with NZXT Kraken X41 - Installed VRM&RAM-heatsinks on both R9 290s - Swapped rest of the fans for Noctua Redux 140mm - Installed BLuetooth and WiFi sticks to the interal USB-ports

UPDATE (22.08.2015): - Finished custom side panel for case

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xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

Great build. Pretty balanced parts list, just why (and how) do you have two coolers listed?

jaredt 1 Build 4 points 60 months ago

One for the 8350 and then the other is attached to the R9 290 by a NZXT G10 bracket.

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

That's what I thought, I just did not know that you could put two coolers on your parts list.

l13199l 3 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

yeah, when you are planning out your build, just click cpu cooler right here http://puu.sh/7Osvy.png It will let you add as many as the case could fit I think

jaredt 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Great build, just watch that motherboard. Its notorious for having loose Vrm coolers. It could really degrade the processor and motherboard if you got a loose one. Otherwise great build +1

xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

thanks! yeah I've noticed already :D both the NB and VRM heatsinks fell off when I unboxed it for it's first rig last july :D

xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

Holy **** I didn't expect anybody to reply to this :O Thanks guys! :D

actechy 7 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Very nicely done, with a wackton of pics! +1

littlekat11 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

LOL, Thanks for your comment on the other build, i traced u down to this build, this more like it! I'm also getting that Kraken G10, finally got it from Ebay cus it sold out everywhere. +1

cookie_yoda_365 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Really pretty, it's like a supermodel! :D One question though, what were you doing to that keyboard and why?

xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks! O-ring mod. It's basically small rubber rings (optimized for Cherry MX) to stop the keys from bottoming out. That way I got rid of the "clack" and now only have the lovely "click" :D And ofc I did some cleaning while I was at it :P

cookie_yoda_365 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Now I know why the expensive keyboards are loud, thanks! The click is really nice from what I've felt before at Best Buy.

1Emerson1 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

How are your VRAM temps on your r9 290? Also was it difficult installing the g10 kraken?

xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

VRM temps around 50-64°C in idle and 60-77°C on 100% load. The most difficult part is removing the original heatsink, the G10 is a breeze to install ;)

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

On the RAM you used is that the Red/Green LED ones or Blue/Orange?

xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Both. 1 kit OB and 1 kit RG ;) wanted my rig to be as dynamic in colors as possible (only RGB keyboard missing) :P

Cambolicious 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Very nice build! I love the colors and how the white LEDs light up the case without disturbing the light balance of the rest of the leds. Did those come with the case (leds) or did you buy them separately? Have you used anything else besides the balistix mod software to manage the leds? I haven't looked hard enough to find a custom solution the lighting. Fantastic build! Keep up the great work

Ps love all the pictures provided for ideas.

xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I use the Ballistix software for the RAM-LEDs, the NZXT CAM software for the AiO LEDs and the NZXT HUE (no software/USB sadly) for all the other case lighting (RGB LED stripe with 5.25" controller). I'll post some new pictures today of the preparations to my CrossFire upgrade so far :) Glad you like it!

Cambolicious 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Why did you choose the r9 290s when you can save power with the gtx 970 and it's priced 30-60 dollars cheaper? Is there some type of work that the r9 290 accels at where the 970 falls? Did you see a fade tab or option in your balistic software? I found it but it didn't give anything to select.. I'm curious if it's just my motherboard.

xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Ehrm.. well I had one 290 already and I got the 2nd for 200€ on ebay (PCPP picked the pricing in the build - not me). And the 970 sucks due to the VRAM issue. And since I'm running 3 monitors I always get near the 4GB of VRAM usage :D don't know if you didn't hear from the 970 issue but that card became worthless ones you go beyond 1080p :D Ah yeah and when I started this build (not the upgrade) the 780Ti was just about to be released :D

xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

And about the Crucial software, haven't noticed anything like that but I also haven't spent much time in it - I just set the lighting patterns and thats it :)

Ntress 1 point 50 months ago

why does this case needs case fans? isn't it has good airflow?

xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

what has "good airflow" to do with the basic case? the amount of dustfilters limits the passive airflow and ones you put a lot of hardware in there it also restricts passive airflow. and if you don't want to cook your VRMs and chipsets on the board you want case fans :D well the idea was to runs them on minimal RPM anyways. so the more fans the cooler while being quiet ;) and remember, it's watercooled so almost all the casefans are on radiators

Tech_Gamer 1 point 23 months ago

The thing is, I found some flex in the GPU. Is that normal or not good?

Marinho 1 point 22 months ago

Great build, man.

lt-smith 2 Builds -2 points 60 months ago

r9 290 at 48 degrees under load? ok

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xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks! Well I'm from germany and here we have 1 reseller for NZXT (caseking.de). But it's sold out just like everywhere else. I have one because I bought it in january :D although I wanted white which was out of stock I'm really glad I went with black. Looks way better :D You might actually still get a G10 at NZXTs own shop.

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xTrekStorex submitter 6 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I just saw a tweet from NZXT that said they start the pre-order for batch #4 of the G10s now which will come in mid-april. Thought I might share that with you :D

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