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I have been wanting to build a PC for a few years now, and I finally got around to doing it. I have been gaming on my surface book with a dedicated GPU but that just wasn't cutting it, and newer games like DOOM won't even start on that, so I finally did it. I have a thing for Corsair, and while I know people will say their parts are overpriced, I like the aesthetic and it's kind of an OCD thing to have all the parts by the same brand. Plus they have outstanding quality and great customer service and warranties, so its not like my money is being wasted.

I didn't exactly have a budget for this build, I just wanted to be able to game at max settings on 1440p (whenever I can actually afford a 1440p monitor) and I didn't feel like paying a lot extra for a 1080 so I stuck with the 1070. I am a software developer and need some processor horsepower so I went for the i7-6700k, which is more than enough for 1440p gaming. I probably could benefit from more cores in the future, but if that ever becomes necessary I can upgrade when I need it and at the time of building couldn't justify spending more for now while I'm still in college.

Performance-wise, this thing is a beast. It can easily max anything with 200+ FPS at 1080p, and I imagine it will also work very well for 1440p. The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X is amazing and allows me to keep the thermals on my GPU running constantly below 50 degrees, even at an overclock where I reach clocks of about 2,150 MHz boost clock. My CPU is overclocked at 4.8 GHz and rarely goes above 50 degrees as well, but I could probably push it a little further in the future if it ever feels too slow. The case is amazing to work with and looks great, and while right now the build is mostly black and white, I want to get some blue fans and LEDs to make it a white/blue color scheme. Overall I have no negative things to say about any of the parts chosen, and would totally recommend any of them to anybody looking to build or upgrade a PC. In the future I plan on buying a 1440p monitor and using my current monitor as a peripheral monitor, as well as buying a custom Xbox One controller and customizing it to be white and blue to match my PC.

Side Note: the motherboard is listed as really cheap because I bought it for like $100.00 off on Newegg as open-box, and was only missing one unnecessary part, so I would also recommend that to anybody trying to buy an expensive part for a cheaper price.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

That rear fan is running as an intake. I would have the front fans as intake and the rear as exhaust.

Great build otherwise, must be a massive difference from what you were gaming on before!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually did that on purpose, because I wanted positive air flow and didn't want air being pushed through the rad since that can build up dust on the rad. One day when I have a lot of spare time I might run some thermals with it in push and then it and pull and see which one provides the best thermals.

And yeah, definitely a huge improvement! :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

The only downside is the GPU fan doesn't get any cold air. Consider this option:

CPU - H115 as Intake on top GPU - Seahawk CLC as intake on front upper position Case Fan 1 - As exhaust on rear Case Fan 2 - As intake on front lower position

So the upper CPU zone will be where all the hot air is and the rear exhaust fan will evacuate that air, both AIOs still get cool air from the outside for maximum cooling.

The lower GPU zone the bottom intake fan will supply cool air to the GPU for the onboard fan and also further create front to back air flow so that the exhaust air from GPU will flow out the ventilation holes in the back. To increase flow even more remove the PCIe covers.

In any case love the white 400c and Corsair themed build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried running the H115i on top as intake but it won't actually fit there with my motherboard. I might try a slightly modified version of yours but just swap the top and front, making the rear the exhaust and the top the GPU/case fan intake. I plan on trying many different configs and testing them when I eventually buy new fans, and I will update this post when I decide on a final configuration. Thanks for the feedback though, I greatly appreciate it!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh that stinks. Your version sounds very sound. You get to utilize more front to back airflow.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The least put on a fan filter. This thing is gonna get really dusty.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not actually think about that until you just said something. I will have to look into that I guess, thank you for pointing that out! :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Sea Hawk +1 Nice thermal solution.

Need a better screen tho.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, like I said I plan on getting a 1440p screen pretty soon, and then when I can afford it the Acer XB271HU down the road

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build +1 from me :)

I'd recomend to get a monitor that has a refresh rate of 144hz tho, to get the most out of your GPU!

The Acer predator XB271HU 27' monitor is a great choice <3

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes that's actually the exact one I was going to get :) I will probably wait till Black Friday or Cyber Monday and see if it goes on sale, since it is very expensive.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that case! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

She's a Beaut +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build. did not know corsair came out with a white 400c. really digging it.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! wanted to see what the seahawk would look like in the 400c! amazing

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm considering building something similar. I notice the H115i isn't officially compatible with the 400C case. Did you have any difficulty or compromises whilst installing ? Would push pull fit with card clearance?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

So it is definitely a tight fit, and I did have some issues installing it. Depending on your motherboard you wouldn't be able to install even a push or pull config on the top of the case due to clearance of the 8-pin CPU cable and your IO cover. In the front the only issue I ran into is that the included mounting screws in the H115i do not have completely flat heads, causing the front dust filter to bow out, but that is not visible with the front panel on. I also just used some extra SSD screws that came with the case which work better. A push/pull would work on the front, at least with my GPU, but there would not be a whole lot of wiggle room and it would require removing half of the PSU shroud and possible even the HDD cage. So while I would not recommend the H115i for this case, I would recommend using a smaller CPU water cooler such as the H100i v2 since the H115i is pretty overkill even for a i7-6700k @ 4.8 GHz.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Sea Hawk :)

Did you put your own LED fan on your GPU radiator?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it comes with that fan actually. When I get some spare money I plan on putting on a blue Corsair ML120 since those are pretty well optimized for radiators and would be quiet/look good.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet, it comes with its own LED :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is almost exactly what i am going to do. the only real difference is i will be using an i5 6600k, and i bought the black version of the 400c