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My new gaming rig to replace my aging i7 4770k build.

My old build had an i7-4770k OC 4.7ghz / 16GB 2400mhz mem / 2x GTX 980 sli.

Reasons for my choices:

CPU: I'm not too impressed with the new Intel lineup, and I haven't built an AMD build since the athlon days so I'm giving the 3000 series a chance. I also like how the 3700x is an 8-core and is only 65 watt TDP, which should mean it'll be easier to cool in such a small form factor.

Motherboard: I have no reason to get an x570, I won't be using pcie-4 anytime soon. I've used Gigabyte boards for years and had issues some i'm trying out the Asus board.

RAM: Matched the specifications of the CPU / board. Nice CAS timings, nice price. I was debating 32GB but that is still very expensive. I chose 3600mhz because of the 1:1 ratio with the CPU timer, most memory options over 3600mhz were pushing the price I was willing to pay for memory.

Storage: This I would assume would turn heads. The Samsun Evo is primary storage / boot drive. The intel 660p is bulk storage. Since the 660p is QLC it can handle it's not really fit for boot drive, but I wanted to reduce the size and cabling and chose the 660p instead of a SATA variant. The external Seagate I already owned and will keep using it for larger files like videos that don't need to be on any internal storage.

GPU: Ok, I know someone will be thinking "why not 2080 ti / 2070 super / 2080 super"...I got the 2080 pre-owned for 500 flat cost. It was barely used. I've been currently using it in my older 4770k rig to replace the sli 980s.

PSU: fits the case, 600w is more than enough for this build. No reason to spend money on the 750W.

Case: Aaah this one was tough. I originally wanted the Louqe Ghost S1 with a large tophat for the aio, and a mid tophat for bottom fans. But It never came up for sale and I wasn't paying $500 for one off eBay. So when ncase M1 V6 came on sale I chose that.

Peripherals/ monitor / thermal paste: I already had these.

Modifications: I removed the GPU shroud to have 2 Noctua's cool is from the bottom intake, I also removed those pure white status LEDs from the GPU that are always on. I spliced the power extension cable at the top to shorten the length as well as added some braiding to it.

Overclocking: I was able to get the CPU to stay stable at 4.35ghz on all cores with SMT on. I can hit 4.4ghz with SMT off. The GPU I have it running at 2040mhz with 8000mhz memory speed. I have not messed with memory overclocking or tightening the timing.

Future mods: I ordered some custom length cables to help keep the inside as clutter free as possible. I'm also planning on doing an AIO mod where i replace the radiator with a copper one and trim the tubing.

The fans and GPU are not in the first picture because they were in the older system.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I found that they actually sell the Louqe Ghost S1 on amazon for around $270.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Beauty build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update the bios?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I did yes. Luckily the pc I made for my girlfriend had a 2600 in it so I just borrowed that for the update.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What’s the gpu Temps like?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to get back to you with specific numbers. But I've changed the bottom fans to 140mm fans and the temps never reach 70°.

I'd say it hovers between 65-68 with a custom fan curve of about 70-75%

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I wanted to give you a more accurate test.

on furmark its 60c max temp with 60% pwm on the fans, or 1000rpm.

Since furmark isn't really real world, I also ran Superposition.

Superposition, Max temp 64c with fan pwm at 70% or 1100rpm.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are decent temps, thanks.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey what did you use to connect up the fans? A fan hub? If so which one did you use.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No hub. I have the radiator fans connected to the mobo and the gpu had external fan connectors I used to let it control the replacement gpu fans