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Phantom Intel/Nvidia Upgrade

by waxiestmike



Date Published

April 12, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C


This is the third build in my NZXT Phantom 410 case.

Recommendations: The M2 SSD is my most resent addition to this build. It was well worth it to be able to have all your games loaded on a high speed drive, and the M2 form factor is excellent. Also, use Precision X utility from EVGA if you decide to get this 980ti. By default, it runs in a "zero noise" profile that doesn't even kick on the fans until you reach ~40-45C. I changed it to a custom profile, and I saw about a 5C drop in temps both at Idle and under load. Just something to consider, not a necessity.

!!!EDIT: As of August 2016 I swapped out the 980ti for a MSI Seahawk X Geforce GTX 1080. This card is an all-in-one liquid cooled solution, and man i'd be lying if I said that the performance isn't a huge jump over the 980ti. Additionally, the temperatures on my CPU and GPU never exceed 50C under load for either component now that both cooling solutions exhaust right out of the case.

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Gooberdad 10 Builds 3 points 35 months ago

Great looking build +1 on really like the angled fan blowing up. Nice case.

CrazedGunner 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Where did you get the metal Intel Case Badge from? That thing looks amazing.

The.Geeked. 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Most likely eBay. that's where I got mine.

waxiestmike submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

Yeah I think the guys I bought it from also had an eBay shop.

waxiestmike submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Honestly, I don't remember the name of the site. They are based out of Hong Kong, and I got that and the metal Nvidia sticker at the same time. I want to say they were called "ModSticker.com" or something. They are a real nice quality, thin metal, and the Nvidia sticker actually has some fine knurling on it that looks really cool. It was pretty cheap too, I think $7 for both stickers.

biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Not a huge fan of this case but I think you pull it off well. I also really like your LEDs and is that a custom fan mount? Also, your cable management is top notch and I can see you went ham on the zipties. Well done! +1

waxiestmike submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks! The fan mount is actually the angled mount that comes with the case. It attaches to the removable drive bays. I never actually planned to use all those bays so I used that bracket and modified it as it is now. And yeah, I took a lot of time with cable management this go around.

Artor101 2 points 35 months ago

I love it, It just gives me shivers to see the PC on that small of a platform.

waxiestmike submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Lol yeah. Its a pretty solid chest overall, but i'll hopefully get a proper filing cabinet someday to replace it.

thetortuga747 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

Though I'm not a huge fan of LEDs in builds, I'm kind of liking the way yours look shining through the case.


waxiestmike submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

I used to run with led fans but this is a much cleaner look. Thanks!

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Very nice looking build.

xXDayTimeWarriorXx 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

nice build

MarshmellowMan2 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

+1 for the angled fan

OGbobbywilson21 1 point 29 months ago

Hey love the build but was curious about those monitors. I'm thinking about this one for my next build. Does the monitor shake a lot? ( I've had this issue in the past with Acer monitors ) also does it really run at 75 Hz ( another problem I've faced with a monitor )

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biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Why not Skylake? It's cheaper and not a ton slower. The price of a 6700K has definitely come down since launch but I don't blame him. Haswell is still a good platform. Plus Z170 motherboards are still a bit more expensive.

waxiestmike submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

I actually built this thing a few months ago, and just now put it on here. At the time there was a large mass exodus of Haswell stuff, and prices were cheap enough that the price/performance was a no-brainer for me. I also had a lot of components carrying over from previous builds, most notably the RAM which would have been that much more money had I decided to go Skylake. I unfortunately won't have an upgrade path with this, but I figured that it will be powerful enough to accommodate the next generation GPU's no problem anyway. Thanks!