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Battle Cruiser Operational

by Spyder756

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12 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 28, 2018

Date Built

April 14, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.35 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

3.24 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

With the release of Coffee Lake, I decided that it was time to upgrade a little from my i5-6500. Some of the parts used were salvaged from my last build, so the only major purchases I made were the case, motherboard, and of course the CPU.

I fell in love with the black/gunmetal-gray theme ASRock had going on with their Z370 chipset boards. Since I care about build aesthetics, I had to keep with the color scheme. If you look closely, you'll see that the Corsair RAM sticks, originally white, I spray painted a dark, metallic gray to match the board. I could have done a better job than what I ended up with, but I figured that minor mistakes wouldn't be all that noticeable. On the same note, I invested in CableMod's Carbon basic cable extension kit, and I think they compliment the build quite nicely. The removable, decorative rings on the Corsair fans pushing at my CPU radiator started out as white, but were spray painted gunmetal gray like the RAM sticks.

You may be wondering what the heck is going on with my graphics card, and you are correct in thinking that it no longer has it's original cooler. After seeing a certain YouTube video, I decided to get a Raijintek Morpheus II cooler heat sink, along with two same-brand slim fans to attach to it. The new thermals are nothing to brag too much about, but they remain well under control while gaming. If this purchase wasn't for practical reasons, then it was for aesthetic ones. ...Actually, it was mostly aesthetics reasons. I was definitely not a fan of the stock cooler.

At the end of the day, I wanted a powerful machine that wasn't bad to look at. I deem Battle Cruiser Operational a wonderful build that is a healthy amount of overkill for me.

I'd be happy to answer any questions!

Part Reviews

CPU

Multi-tasking is a breeze and if I ever need to do more CPU-intensive work like Photoshop, or processing video/audio, it handles it with no problem. I'm sitting at a cozy 4.7 GHz over clock but there's no indication I couldn't go higher in the future.

CPU Cooler

in reply to Regarno:

It's really not bad at all. I found that the included fans, while effective, can get pretty loud. I adjusted the fan curve in the BIOS, so I can't complain about that, now.

As for leaks, no sign of that yet. I owned a Deepcool Captain EX 120mm prior to this and that didn't have any problems either. I suppose, like anything, that's going to be (bad) luck of the draw.

I've never seen temps above the upper 70's with my 4.7 GHz over clock. Ideally I would de-lid, but I don't quite feel comfortable with that, yet. Lol.

Yes, I would recommend.

Motherboard

It's a sharp-looking, high-performance board. My only complaint is the lack of bluetooth/wifi, but I knew what I was getting myself into when I bought it.

I really like the gunmetal theme that Z370 boards seem to have adopted -- in fact, it was the color that inspired the rest of this build!

Also, the reviews aren't lying: this board really does have some primo on-board audio. By no means am I an audiophile, but it undeniably produces better sound than any platform I've used in the past.

Memory

I used these sticks in my previous build and they are working as well as the day I put that one together.

Now that I had a theme to go along with, I had to spray paint them gunmetal gray. Admittedly I did not do a lot of research prior, but the Rust-Oleum Hammered-texture spray paint really did the trick, as far as I'm concerned.

There haven't been any shorts, and while I don't have the wherewithal to test temperatures, the performance doesn't seem to have degraded at all.

Storage

Blazing fast. Boot and load times are phenomenal. Not a HUGE difference from when my SanDisk was being used as the boot drive, but there IS a difference.

Storage

More than capable of meeting my needs. I have it benched at 530.3MB/s Read and 378.2MB/s Write.

Like any SSD, be mindful of where it's located in your build. I have mine installed behind my mother board and the lack of airflow means that it does get kind of toasty sometimes, especially while gaming. The highest I've seen it get to is 64C. Yikes.

Storage

Been holding my files for the better half of a year now and hasn't crapped out yet. Load times were good, when it held some of my games.

Video Card

Games very well at 1080p, including 2560x1080, which is what I'm currently using. Not the best over-clocker, though. Could I have a better means of controlling temps? Of course, but I feel that my over-clocking headroom should be a bit better than what it is using an after-market cooler on it. Such are the hazards of using a now out-dated technology, though.

Case

When this first came out, I fell in love. I knew I had to have it. The aesthetics were exactly what I was looking for, and the fact that airflow is a main focus sold me.

The main thing to be wary of: Although it's an ATX mid-tower, it definitely is more compact than I thought it would be. Yes, I can comfortably fit everything in the main chamber, but there's a reason why I'm leaving out my cable-management job in the rear. I have a hard time keeping everything tidy back there, especially with cable extensions.

As long as you don't mind shoving your cables into every nook and cranny under the PSU shroud like you're over-stuffing a laundry machine, it's a wonderful little case.

Case Fan

These came as a bundle deal when I bought the Deepcool CAPTAIN 240EX RGB AIO, which I was pretty excited about.

Pro: The appearance of these fans doesn't feel cheap at all. Transitioning light effects are very smooth are not 'choppy'. I would say that at around $50, the price-to-performance ratio on these fans make them a top contender on the market right now.

Cons: They get loud at higher RsPM. Fortunately, since they are all installed as my front intake, they don't need to spin up too much. But when they do, it's pretty noticeable. If I'm being super-picky, two of mine have stickers on the front that are slightly off-center, so it gives off the dreaded 'wobble-effect'. Again, that's just being picky, though.

Speakers

Good: These speakers sound great for the price. I'm definitely not an audiophile, but I know they sound better than a pair of USB-powered speakers. Bass is great, too.

Meh: No optical input. AUX is fine, though.

Bad: Fake tweeters. Saw someone on Reddit post a picture of their computers speakers with the 'tweeters' removed. Did the same surgery on my own to find out that they are, indeed, a lie. I can't stand lying companies, even if it is to simply enhance aesthetics, so 3 stars it is.

Other

I'm so glad that CableMod offers these. I thought that finding extensions to match my gunmetal gray theme would be tricky if I didn't just go with black-colored cables.

They have a slight sheen to them as if they are actually metallic, which just looks so nice when they catch light. As for durability, I can't complain. In this compact case, I sometimes have to be a little rough with them, but they have handled it like champs so far.

I highly recommend.

Comments Sorted by:

Regarno 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Hows the cooler with overclocking? Able to go any higher? Temps? I've heard that the DeepCool Captain AIO tend to leak, so I'm trying to seal the deal and look past that... would you recommend it?

Spyder756 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

It's really not bad at all. I found that the included fans, while effective, can get pretty loud. I adjusted the fan curve in the BIOS, so I can't complain about that, now.

As for leaks, no sign of that yet. I owned a Deepcool Captain EX 120mm prior to this and that didn't have any problems either. I suppose, like anything, that's going to be (bad) luck of the draw.

I've never seen temps above the upper 70's with my 4.7 GHz over clock. Ideally I would de-lid, but I don't quite feel comfortable with that, yet. Lol.

Yes, I would recommend.

Regarno 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Ok, thanks for the reply! Btw, beautiful build..

Spyder756 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you, kindly!

victordiego69 2 points 10 months ago

Hi, what did you do with the PSU/HD shroud cover to be able the fit the 3 fan on the front? did you cut the cover?

Spyder756 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

No cutting required. They made a nice little cutout section that's easily removable by unscrewing two little screws in the front that are accessible by removing the front panel. This isn't my pic, but it should give a good idea of what I mean.

Edit: Btw, since you asked this question, I moved some stuff around and it no longer has the three RGB fans installed in the front.

victordiego69 2 points 10 months ago

Thank you for your clarification, It was really helpful.

Do you have pictures of your new layout?

Spyder756 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Sure do! Just uploaded them last night.

RoyalSovereign 2 points 8 months ago

4.7 Ghz... playing it safe i see. Wise choice, wise man. I would probably do the same if i even lay my hands of 8600k. The last thing i need it to frz 260 euro processor. :D Nice build, btw.

Spyder756 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Lol, thanks for the compliment!

DrpyPenguino 2 points 3 months ago

Hi There! I have the same case and also running a top mounted 240mm AIO. Question is how was the ram clearance? was there enough space or was it a tight fit? I wanted to purchase corsair vengeance rgb but i read somewhere it may not fit!

Spyder756 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

This case is definitely tight in a lot of places, this one included. It's kind of hard to tell, but one of the pics in this build shows that my Corsair Vengeance sticks BARELY fit. They would be interfering with the AIO if they were much taller. If you want to mount a 240mm AIO to the top with the Vengeance RGB, I would highly recommend looking into a pair of slim 120mm fans. Take the RAIJINTEK Aeolus ß-BB fans that are being used on my GPU right now. I believe that those would give you the clearance you'd need.