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Stormtrooper Z 17-0A

by jlspain1

113
79 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 14, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 13, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.025 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

9.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

This was a project that started out as a simple graphics card upgrade to my Z68 / i5 2500k PC I built in 2011.

Let me start by saying my Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 and the i5 2500k with a Hyper 212 Plus cooler had tremendous value and longevity. I was able to overclock to 4.4Mhz for the entire 5 year life span of the hardware. What wasn't holding up was my Radeon HD 6950's in Crossfire. In most games these cards held their own, but as more demanding games came out, these cards began to cause headaches. Microstutter was very prevalent with these cards. So when the GTX 1060 came out, I pulled the trigger and bought the GTX 1060 6gb MSI Armor OC GT edition. Price / performance is spot on for my 1080p gaming. It doesn't come with future SLI, but I'm not sure I'll run a dual card system again until the experience gets a little better.

So what started out as a GPU upgrade turned into an obsession to build a rig that I liked to look at. I love the Corsair Air 540 Case. I'm not one for cable management and this case hides my cable rats nest nicely. I had to go with the coolest looking cooler I could find...the Cooler Master V8 GTS.

A big shout out to Coldzero for the GPU backplate and the case midplate that hides the Corsair's curious decision to put the 3.5" HDD mounts in the visible part of the case. Love these accessories, it really cleans up the look of the case.

I also used some Silverstone white power cable extenders. Really helps with the white theme.

I added six Corsair SP120 RGB case fans. you'll notice the RGB controller was fed through the NZXT Sentry 3 and stuck to the front of the case for easy access. I like to roll with the white LED's. It makes it look like I'm cryogenically freezing a mechanical heart. By the way - I love the look and control of the Sentry 3, makes the case look like it is more high tech than it actually is.

I've included Time Spy benchmarks pre and post overclocking.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Best looking cooler on the market. Looks like a mechanical heart in the middle of my rig. Cooling on par with my former Hyper 212 Plus.

Case

Love that I can hide my awful rats nest cable management in the side compartment. Makes the windowed compartment very clean. I installed 6 Corsair SP120 RGB fans. Had to get a Coldzero midplate to cover the 3.5" HDD slots.

Comments Sorted by:

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 11 points 25 months ago

STORMTROOPER Z 17-0A

I see what you did there

Minky7 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

What's the extra bit thing on the front of your case? Nice build!

Trevvee 3 points 25 months ago

That's the Fan controller. (Color, Speed, Mode)

Minky7 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I see, cool(haha puns)!

DonWD3 2 points 25 months ago

Beautiful and very well done! I love the theme. If/when you get combs and a brace as mentioned in the comments please post more photos!

Justiceinacan 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

That looks very nice on your desk. Well done

vekspec 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Sweet build! Nice to see another Stormtrooper hehe. I also have the same 1060 6GB Armor, would really like to know where you got your backplate from. Would be interested in one as well! :)

Thanks and grats on featured! +1

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Here you go:

http://www.coldzero.eu/481-msi-gtx-1060-armor

Take your pick. They are made in Portugal...got mine delivered in 5 days.

jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

I love these themed builds. Great job, it looks great.

Happy gaming!

montiago 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Normally, I look down on color/theme mismatches in builds, but your idea of using a big, ugly red (oh how I hate red themed builds) cooler as a type of mechanical heart in your build is pretty f***king amazing :)

+1

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

Thanks. I was thinking the same thing about the big mechanical heart.

Epicness937 1 point 25 months ago

love this build and the cat :) keep in mind cats are like electrostatic bombs to pcs

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I removed the cat from the table about a dozen times during build. Figured I was safe post build. :)

WaterTriber 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build. Not too pricey and love the black and white.

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Your kitty is circling your computer like a lioness who is ready to pounce.

I like the color scheme and congrats for feature!

Lyrix 1 point 25 months ago

Awesome! 1+!

Lyrix 1 point 25 months ago

i think the gpu runs slower in the last pcie slot.

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I tried to do some research. Both of the top PCIE slots are 16x...I know if you run SLI they become 8x. Asus suggests that you put a single caRd in the top slot. So am I running 8x in the second slot? How can I tell? I like the look of the card in the 2nd slot.

Aaronb1874 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Your card is running in 8x. Its something to do with the direct connection to the CPU or whatever because of how close the slot is. Youre fine running it on the bottom slot though, performance difference is close to nothing, Gamers Nexus did a video on this and the difference was like 0.3 frames

alphanexus 1 point 25 months ago

Its 8x only, the Z170-A is only wired for 8x in the second one.

If you take it out of the slot and look at the gold pins in the slot, you can see that they only extend to half of the slot, unlike the top one.

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Ahh. I haven't noticed any performance issues with it in the 2nd slot. I'll do some research to see if it makes that much of a difference. I like the look of the card in the 2nd slot. Why do they say it has 2 PCIe x16 connections? Weird.

Lyrix 1 point 25 months ago

it can run in the second slot but not in the last slot. so 1 and 2 are okay.

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah. It's been running just fine in the 2nd slot.

ballisticism 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Congrats on the feature! So good to see a build that doesn't cost an arm and a leg! (And obviously, nice build) +1

DouglasMoran 1 point 25 months ago

Jejeje gracias man me sacaste de una duda que yo tenia

Thefan630 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

+1 for cat featuring

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

Binx helped a ton with the build...By help I mean knocking the small screws off of the table.

SirMints 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Great Build. Agree on the sagging GPU but love the look. Yay!

GeoDashZorra 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

How is that Sentry working for you?

What are you using all that storage for?

Also, I love your lighting. And the name Z 17-oA. Lol

+1 :)

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Storage is for media server streaming movies and TV from Plex to the living room.

GeoDashZorra 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

If you are using plex, then don't you have to leave your computer on all the time?

spadeskull 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Getting cat help is the best when building a PC.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

But can it aim?

An awesome build bud. +1 for dayyyyz.
jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I can report too many kills to count in Doom.

AresXena 1 point 25 months ago

Never really liked the armor edition. A bit saggy. Aside from that everything else looks really great!

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah. I'm gonna get a brace for it.

extremespider01 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Where did u got the gpu plate? I thought the armor didnt had a backplate...

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago
MayhemDarkshadow 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

+1 for Cat

Great build overall. Very, very clean

mphershey 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

always nice to see the V8 pop back up in new builds, im a big fan of the cyborg heart look to it. good choices and build btw

breakerion 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

THe desk is a little bit restriected in space as far as it seems, but the case, colors, parts look great, that cooler master in red looks like a heart pumping blood trough white veins, sick look that I would't never imagine that goig off color balance could be so cool with that cooler, cheers thumbsup

Elucii 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Should have went with a Deepcool Captain 120 for a cooler, but good build!

Vinyl_Scratch_ 1 point 25 months ago

I was able to overclock to 4.4Mhz for the entire 5 year life span of the hardware.

Very impressive overclock there ;)

Congrats on the feature and in general making a very nice looking build to please eyes. Well deserved 1+ :P

Frozzty 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

This is really cool, although you could of got a 1070 with an i7 - 6700k for $1600.00

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Not needed for 1080p gaming.

Aaronb1874 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Mate, I7 is just a bragging right for gaming, even in 4k.

Zackerydato 1 point 25 months ago

Dem snack packs

Zackerydato 1 point 25 months ago

Haha! .....niiiice

bigg_critter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

beautiful man, i know you cant stop gazing at that bad boy mid game : )

JacobGunther12 1 point 25 months ago
jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Hell yeah Brah

extremespider01 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

That coldzero website. It says made in portugal. Im portuguese. That means, ... free shiping! Also are u portuguese?

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I live in the U.S. Modern shipping is amazing, I received my Coldzero hardware in 5 days.

APEBuilt 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

My only concern with this immaculate build is that you seemed to use HD120 fans in the parts list but you have SP120 RGB fans installed.

+1 for a great black and white build.

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I couldn't find the SP120 RGB in the parts list.

APEBuilt 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

The add custom part feature works really well if you copy and past the URL from a big eseller like Newegg or Amazon.com. That's how I would add it to help people out that want to use/find the parts you used in your sexayy system.

Shaggymart22 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Where did you find the 16gb of rip jaws for only $60

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

They were part of a combo deal with the ASUS Z170A motherboard. I had to check it twice to make sure it was right.

Shaggymart22 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Ahh dang it, I'm going with a different mobo.

cjsizemore19 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I thought that's the standard price.. I know in the last few months DDR4 has gone up in price because of all the new consoles they're building that are using DDR4 chips. That may be it. http://www.pcgamer.com/heres-why-ddr4-ram-prices-have-spiked/

Shaggymart22 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Might possibly be why prices have gone up. No worries though, I found a good deal on some ddr4 memory

cjsizemore19 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Picture 5 is ******* amazing!!! The PC is pretty decent too

cjsizemore19 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I meant the cat in case no one caught that.. was that deleted comment a reply to mine?

enniogamboa1985 1 point 20 months ago

hey men, why you dont use the first pci line ? did the v8 GTS blocked it ?

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I like the look of it in the lower lane. In my testing it made no difference in fps between the two lanes.

admanajw 1 point 1 month ago

looks like you went through a few phases of fans, what one did you settle on?

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

NZXT AER fans

admanajw 1 point 1 month ago

they give it a super clean look, even when they are off. overall super clean build, well done!

Jushi 1 point 3 days ago

+1

Cat gang!! Oh yeah, and cool setup...

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Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Haha XD

towerdivermp 1 point 25 months ago

I almost got triggered at your comment.

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jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Yeah, I noticed the sag when I finished. Good idea with the combs, I'll take a look.

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jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks!

montiago 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thats a good brace :)

jlspain1 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

My brace and combs are on the way!

SamDaPwner 1 point 25 months ago

what combs did u get

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