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by plane-arium



Date Published

Oct. 9, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 6, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.79 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.012 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.286 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C


Finally upgraded from a 6 year old Macbook Pro. This is a first build for me! I wanted something powerful and beautiful. It's equal parts a game machine and a work of art. The RGB was a high priority, all components work with Aura Sync so the timings and color transitions are flawless and look really sharp.

Besides the RGB, this PC was built around the ability to play games on ultra settings for the first time. After scraping by on very low settings and 20-40 fps in most games on an antiquated Macbook I decided to finally create a real computer.

It's good for now but there are a number of upgrades I have planned which include:

  • Custom water cooling loop
  • 4k 144hz monitor
  • NVME M.2 Storage
  • Tempered glass window
  • Coolermaster RGB fans
  • Another 2x8gb Trident Z
  • Better desk

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I love it, but I'm going to be extra critical just because of Corsair's branding department. I don't like the brightly lit "Corsair" tramp stamp right across my CPU. There's no way to turn it off, and no other options for liquid CPU coolers that are the same quality without annoying branding.

Despite this nitpicking, it's extremely quiet. I only hear it ramping up when I benchmark it, and it can almost get to 45c but not quite. In average day to day use and threadkilling games it's quiet and cool as can be, barely hitting 30c with fans running at minimum speed. Idles at 26c, stopping the fans doesn't even increase the temperature significantly at first, the pump and the radiator are incredible. I feel bad for taking 2 stars off, but I don't like the logo, and the LED lighting ruins my RGB lighting.


I would have loved 2x16gb PCIe slots, and maybe an option to use the LED display for temperature instead of just error codes, but this is just being extra picky because I like everything else about this part.


Looks great, runs great, definitely not for everyone but if RGB is what you want, the Trident Z RGB is the best option for RAM.

Video Card

Cost several pennies, but worth every single one. Quiet, cool, and beautiful.


Amazing. Despite my fears about air-flow and dust build up, several months later and it's just as pretty as the day I built it.

The open air case actually seems to improve the temperatures. Seeing as there is no "internal" temperature, exposure to the room itself helps to dissipate the hot air more efficiently than fans in a case constantly pulling and pushing air in and out. Just be aware if you have a hot GPU, you will feel it in a smaller room, great for the winter but can be annoying in the summer without proper airflow through your house.

Power Supply

SILENT. I hear birds calling and leaves rustling out my window but I can't hear the PSU running at all. Or I would if my GPU and CPU could be quiet for a minute. It's overkill for my build, but I like to have a few extra hundred watts on the upper level just in case. It's a really bad day when your PSU blows the rest of your fancy computer and it's worth every penny to get every watt you can.


Does everything I want it to do at a reasonable price. Perfect for someone who wants "just enough", or if you're waiting to save up and buy the really nice monitor of your dreams.


Stunning. The sturdy body, the Cherry Mx Red key switches, the aluminum "aztec" finishing, the outstanding macro options, the braided nylon cord, the swappable numpad that even has a volume wheel, it checks all the right boxes.


It works and it doesn't have more buttons than my keyboard so it's just what I wanted. The larger size keeps my hand from getting cramped, but the Aura Sync software really doesn't like the mouse. Sometimes I have to restart my system to get it to sync up correctly, and sometimes after waiting 5 or 10 minutes it will just sync itself up even if the Aura Sync software seems frozen. Be patient with it. Taking off a star feels unfair since my only complaint is a software complaint, but it's a pretty big selling point for the peripherals so it should work without a hitch.


It's absolutely massive, and yet, somehow still not big enough for my desk.

Comments Sorted by:

alexcatanzaro 3 points 18 months ago

Ayeee I love seeing all the core p3 builds! I just bought my case along with my motherboard, power supply, processor, and ram. slowly but surely coming together. Yours is beautiful though! Good stuff. I'm gunna have to tag you in mine once its all finished.

plane-arium submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Kind of you! Yeah I wanted something that looked cool, the windows on the cases were nice but I want each individual component visible. No hiding these beautiful parts!

alexcatanzaro 1 point 18 months ago

should definitely get some rgb fans to make it pop!

plane-arium submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Definitely, i'm just debating which ones. I'm leaning toward these.


Unfortunately 140mm fans are fewer in number than the standard 120mm so that adds a degree of difficulty to finding a good set. And i'd prefer the Corsair version but Asus and Corsair aren't playing nice with their RGB control software =(

alexcatanzaro 2 points 18 months ago

Those are pretty sweet, Im gunna get the corsair ll rgb 120's. I don't really care if they don't sync with aura honestly. I think they look super nicer

plane-arium submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I definitely agree, but the Aura Sync as annoying as it is sometimes, makes everything look so well done.

yveshe 5 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

144Hz 4K Monitor!? Are there any 4K Monitors above 60Hz yet? Sounds like it'll take years...

1+ for the build!

EmperorAde00 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

A diy kit is available for 4k @ 120hz, it takes 2 HDMI 2.0 inputs. 144hz is a way off, likely will require a usb 3.0 or fully pci interface to push that sort of data. Also OLED panels are really the only thing fast enough to respond at that sort of speed. Best of luck tho. IMHO 1440p monitors are really good enough at any reasonable screen distance. Very much recommend the Samsung 32:9 if you want 144hz, lots of pixels, and multi monitor display. (and have the cash)

yveshe 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I agree! 1440p at 144/165Hz with 1ms seems to be a perfect pick.

deltaseeker 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Isn't there one asus one that's 4K 144hz 1ms? It's like $2,500 though so...


EmperorAde00 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Holy cow, looks like its launching Q1 '17. Must implement HDMI 2.1. Side Note: HDMI 2.1 is capable of 48Gbps up from 18Gbps. Should be very cool, comes with Qled technology. Acer will likely be releasing a display too (its their panel)

yveshe 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago


codya2014 1 point 18 months ago
AndrewINC 1 point 3 months ago

me and u have similar tastes