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First build of my own!

by omgrubberduck



Date Published

Jan. 2, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 20, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.152 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


I've been waiting far too long for this.

The last 5 years I've been "gaming" on an old laptop I bought in high school. i5 2410m and an Nvidia GT 520m. It's sucked to say the least.

Build a few friends PC's, always had some financial setback before I could do mine.

But I've finally completed this beauty, and, went way overkill doing it.

Most purchases on Black Friday or during that week/weekend.

So, it wasn't all completed at once, I didn't get the GPU until the 30th of December, ran the iGPU for a couple weeks, which still ran better than the dedicated Nvidia chip in the laptop.

Dates on the pictures are wrong, build date was the 20th.

Overclocked CPU to 4.5 GHz @ 1.33v, probably could do more, but I'm happy with it right now

The GPU Ran out of the box stock at 2025 MHz. After tweaking in, dialed in a stable +135 MHz overclock for the core and +500 MHz on the memory for around 2152 MHz core and 11 GHz effective memory clock. Never above 50c. It's a beast of a card.

Anyway, a breakdown of my part choices follows. Thanks for reading!

i7 6700k: This was supposed to be an i5, but then Micro Center decided to have a sale. Worth the hour drive there.

Kraken X62: Oh man, NZXT did a great thing, refreshing their whole lineup right before this build. Was going to get the X61, then this beauty showed up. And man, is it worth the extra money for the looks.

Asus Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura: This was, interesting, and went through a lot of revisions. My plan was always a black/white color scheme so I could match RGB lighting to it no matter what. I actually thought this motherboard had on board RGB headers so I could plug strips into it, but I found out it didn't right before purchase. Still went with it though, a bit of extra lighting, and $30 off with the processor at Micro Center.

16 GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 CL16: Not specifically the ram I wanted, but still really great. I wanted the CL14 variant of this speed, but after determining it really won't make that much a difference, I went with this.

850 Evo 1TB: Fast, reliable, awesome Black Friday price from Newegg, and tons of space for all the games.

WD Black 2 TB HDD: Mass storage, 5 year warranty. What more could I want?

EVGA GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid: Another choice that I initially was not planning. This was supposed to be the 1070 version. But the day I was going to buy it I got a rebate from EVGA for the PSU and it was on sale too. And I figured at this point I already had gone bigger than I planned, might as well go all out.

NZXT S340 Elite: DAT GLASS. Seriously. It's so pretty. Was announced right before I started buying parts, and got one on Amazon luckily as they seemed to be sold out everywhere at the time.

EVGA 750 P2 PSU: This was supposed to be a G2, but I figured, eh, might as well step it up. 10 year warranty FTW.

EK Vardar fans: After watching/reading reviews of people with the 1080 hybrid, determined I wanted to actually control my GPU radiator fan, and got one for it. Got a 140mm for the top fan to run as intake as well so it could run slower and quieter. EK shipping fees suck though.

Fan filer: Cause no dust = happy PC.

Tax and shipping added in to show true final cost.

Part Reviews


An awesome processor that kills everything I throw at it!

CPU Cooler

It's so pretty! Worth the extra money just for the looks. Keeps the CPU most of the time no higher than 50c, in benchmarks I've seen it up to 60c. CAM software for controlling it can be a bit buggy at times however.

Edit 05/07: After more than a year of owning it, it's still does great cooling, however there are massive problems with it that you should know.

  1. The pump died within a year of ownership, and NZXT support is horrid,. Took more than a month to get a replacement.

  2. Cam is trash. It's terrible and it's the sole reason I will not build with or buy NZXT parts anymore. From crashing to not starting to shady analytics and tracking built into it. It's absolutely horrible in every way.

Cooling performance is still excellent, and it looks good, but that's where it ends.


A nice and stable board, no problems detecting hardware or running XMP profiles on it. The lighting is a nice touch, wish more parts of the board lit up.


Super stable, runs perfectly at 3200 MHz with the XMP profile enabled.


Spacious, fast, 5 year warranty, need I say more?


Its a WD black drive, so 5 year warranty, and no problems so far.

Video Card

SO GOOD. I mean it. So so good. Overclocked to 2139 MHz, Memory up to 11Ghz. Came out of the box boosting to 2025 MHz. Haven't seen temps over 50c with it. Do yourself a favor though and use a motherboard controlled fan for the radiator or you won't get as good of cooling as you will have no control of the fan.


DAT GLASS. It's an absolutely beautiful case. You'll love it for sure. It's not hard to build in, easy to make your build clean with cable clamps and the cable management bar to the right of the motherboard. Lots of SSD trays, and good cooling options. Did I mention DAT GLASS? Cause it's beautiful.

4 stars for 1 reason. The HDD holder is trash. No padding, no tray, you screw the HDD directly onto the metal holder. It transfers every vibration, click, and noise from it to the case, and it's LOUD. Get some foam pads, rubber washers, something to put between it and the cage and it'll help. But I'd say this is it's only fault.

Power Supply

Never hear this thing, I had to take it out and test it to be sure the fan ran, cause it barely ever does. cables are all black and main ones are sleeved. Super nice, super efficient.


A 140mm fan filter. It filters well. Nice fine mesh material.

Comments Sorted by:

Wolklung 2 points 27 months ago

Wow. Guessing worth the wait. New gen Krakens look very nice...

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, it's really pretty and really quiet.

Blacksm1le 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

great built : -)

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thank you!

abid1221 2 points 27 months ago

Nice build man!

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago


Rashiq 2 points 27 months ago

Love the color scheme!! A question, how loud the the x62 pump at full speed?

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Pretty darn quiet. Barely ever hear the pump at all, even when the fans running at their lowest and 8 turn the pump up fullly I still barely hear anything from it. It's great.

Rashiq 2 points 27 months ago

Are you using the cam software to control the pump? Does it show the flow rate? Also I can see one of the vardar on the hybrid, I'd wager you have the other one on the x62?

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 3 points 27 months ago

Yes I'm using Cam for control, it shows pump RPM and liquid temps. Slowest RPM for the pump is about 1200 rpm.

Actually no, I'm using the NZXT Aer fans that came with the X62, the 140mm Vardar is at the top of the case running as another intake.

Rashiq 2 points 27 months ago

But wouldn't the vardar give you better performance since its for rads. Tho the benefits would be negligible.

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Possibly, though I'm not getting very bad performance right now. Maybe I'll replace them in the future, idk.

bworm713 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Looks good. I actually got the same deal at micro center for buying a motherboard and CPU at the same time.

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks! Yeah was a nice deal to get the i7 for near the price of an i5.

kellycason 2 points 27 months ago

Did you have any issues fitting the X-62 into the S340 Elite? I have purchased the S340 Elite and most of my components, but recently read that the X-62 did not fit well in the S340 Elite.

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

It fits fine, hardest part of installation was lining up the first couple screws but once they're set it's no problem, fits and runs well.

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

If you plan on keeping that top fan as an intake, I highly suggest you put a filter on it. You're gonna have so much dust in your build otherwise.

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Oh I got one. no way I was having an intake without one.

fefbuild 2 points 27 months ago

OMG YOU HAVE THE SAME STORY AS ME always building friends computers then making one for self without even seeing this i made myself a list that will include the new Vega 10, ryzen, and new ROG Noctis but otherwise identical to this! GJ mate

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Awesome! Yeah Vega and Ryzen look great and I'm excited to see AMD actually compete again. If I had waited longer, I would have got the ROG Noctis and an ROG z270 board simply for all the sweet rgb.

Francisdominics 2 points 27 months ago

hi could you take a look at one of the pc im about to build

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Looks pretty good! Z270 motherboard is also an option if you want some of the few extra features of it, but it doesn't make much difference otherwise. If you'd want to save some money, get the 850 EVO, pretty much the same speeds for a bit cheaper.

Francisdominics 1 point 27 months ago

hi i made a new one you can check this one out for me

Francisdominics 1 point 27 months ago

i am not sure which mother board i should use im tryna go a white and blue led set up

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Looks really nice, found this board from Gigabyte that has RGB lighting so you can make all the lights on it whatever color you want and it has white accents on it.
The ASUS board you have though has RGB lighting, and it will sync with the lighting on the GPU you selected, so it really depends if you want that or the white accents on the board I linked.

Francisdominics 2 points 27 months ago

hi thanks for reply! how is your kraken doing idk if i should go corsair or nzxt for the water cooling and i have decided to go with the asus motherboard!

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

It's doing great! never gets above 60-65c while the CPU is overclocked, and honestly usually in games holds in the 40s. Plus it looks good doing it. I have the 280mm version, they make a 240 like the H100i v2, and both of them are based on the same pump design so regardless what you pick they should preform pretty closely.

milkyranks 2 points 27 months ago

Going to build the same but with more ram(32gb) and a core i7-7700k for 4k gaming and of course heavy content creation. Great build tho

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Sounds great! And the 7700K looks like a really solid overclocking chip too.

PilotPatrick 2 points 11 months ago

How was it to work with the Hybrid 1080? I'm looking into getting one, wondering how it was to build with? I already saw you love the way it performs :)

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It's been fantastic. I have the radiator at the back as the single exhaust, but it's perfectly fine. It was recommended to me to use a separate fan plugged into the motherboard instead of the one that came with it since you get no control over it if you use the stock one, not too hard, but you're stuck with a loose fan connector you need to tie up coming out of the card. But overall it fits really well and I've had no problems.

PilotPatrick 2 points 11 months ago

I was planning on putting the radiator at the back as well. Thanks for the insight! Were you able to conceal the extra fan cable by running it with the tubing or is it pretty hard to hide?

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Pretty easy for me, yeah I ran it along the tubing holding it with a velcro strap. can't even tell it's there.

ExistenczZ 2 points 11 months ago

nice Build dude! +1 ur rads are both intake and ur topfan is exhaust am i right ?

omgrubberduck submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago


Actually my front rad and top fan are intake, the rear rad is exhaust.

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