Description

My first PC build!

A friend and I decided to upgrade from laptop gaming to desktop PC. In addition to gaming, we're also grad students using for productivity. Definitely overkill but I really like the future-proofness of this build.

The single biggest issue with this build was the NZXT CAM software! Once built, the PC would run fine but crash in games. First thought was the GPU, so replaced that. Same issue. Next, I noticed that the 12v rail was fluctuating quite a bit, so got a new power supply. Same issue. Turns out the CAM in-game stats overlay caused all the problems. What a headache...

The only issue now is figuring out why the CPU won't stay cool during Prime95 stress testing. With heavy gaming for 4 hours, it won't break 60 degrees. But after a few minutes of Prime95 stress testing, its over 80 and I stop the test. Any thoughts? I've already checked and verified Kraken x61 is working as it should.

Part Reviews

CPU

Super fast, planning to try OC in future. Love it.

Once I figure out why this cant stay cool with the Kraken X61 under Prime95 stress test, I will OC.

CPU Cooler

2 Stars off because of massive issue with NZXT CAM software in-game overlay causing games to crash. Took me quite a while to figure out this was the issue.

As for cooling, this generally keeps CPU under 60 degrees C, but is unable to keep CPU from overheating during prime 95 stress testing. I stop testing once it hits 80 degrees, which takes 5 minutes or so.

I already verified the mounting, thermal paste, and pump functioning. Unclear why it can't cool this stress test.

Motherboard

Love the look and the BIOS. I picked this mobo because it was a semi-premium board with the right color scheme.

Memory

The breathing blue LED light effects are amazing

Storage

Easy to install, epic speed. Boots in under 4 seconds

Video Card

Great card! Runs The Witcher 3 on Ultra settings 1440p at 70-80 FPS

Case

Seriously amazing looking case. Cable management was easy on looks very polished. As others have mentioned, the plastic window is prone to fingerprints and scratch marks

Power Supply

Does what it needs to do, and is very quiet. The fan rarely goes on.

Monitor

I bought a top of the line monitor thinking that if I was spending a lot of $$ on parts, I might as well be able to view a pretty picture.

Honestly the picture is absolutely incredible, but I think I could have saved a few hundred here.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Really clean black and white color scheme with some blue, looks great!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Your CPU temp under load seems too high to me - my rig has a smaller cooler but is essentially the same and usually doesn't break 45C. One thing I did learn about the liquid coolers is that you need to run the pump at full speed regardless of temp - gotta get the fluid moving even if the radiator fan is running slow. That dropped my CPU temps by 20+ degrees and is the suggested way to run these coolers. Check your RPM reports and adjust your speeds accordingly. Also think about your exhaust and intake - do they match up? Most people using radiators seem to use them as intake to get the coolest air through the radiator.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help! Set to 100% I will think about changing to exhaust. I do like that, right now, all of the intakes have dust filters.

Also, I changed the Kraken settings to respond to the CPU temp, rather than the liquid temp, and that helped a lot. Still getting to about max 82 degrees on Prime95 tho

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

where did you get that desk, it's gorgeous.

That pc is cool looking

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've had this desk for years, shipped from some boutique in CA

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Such pure innocent machinery!!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Appreciate it - thanks !

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

on your over heating issue try to run a benchmark with the intel extreme tuning program. some newer prime 95s overkill the cpu .. try that and see if you still break 80 if not your fine if you do still at stock clock your rad not set up right or your paste on the cpu .. also update your bios and use cpu z and check your cpu core voltage that will heat your cpu fast under load if its too high .

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

great tip - will definitely try this tomorrow, and thanks for the tip re: new Prime95 blowing CPUs ... will have to read up on that. Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

This is perfect! Even like the look of the EVGA card in this build!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like your desk.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean, great attention to detail. Especially the mobo + case combo! +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you buy the light strips or did it come with the case?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I purchased them

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

the motherboard wifi capable

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard does not have wifi onboard

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

nxt time u do expensive build you invite me ill only bring a chair and my own water bottle with me well enough of that i love that setup man good work just hide the cables under the table

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, appreciate it