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LightHax 2.0

by jekku

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52 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 18, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 30, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.34GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

Description

Update (May 2017): Received the Core i7 7700 from the godfather. Installed it here after a bios update.

Update (February 2017): I got a GTX 1050 ti for a bargain price. :) I also added a nice Asus Logo made out of glass and foam on top of the phanteks drive bracket, visible via the window. Also reused a friend's old cable sleeving.

I could not find a 450W G series on the list, so I put in the 550W version instead - but I use the prior.

Purpose: Programming in Archlinux partition, Playing games in Windows.

I just combined both old parts I had before and newer but cheap parts which were on sale for less $5 to $20 discounts here in the Philippines. In totality, these may have only cost me around $500.

The 140mm Riings were a birthday gift from girlfriend <3 I believe these are really good even without a radiator because of the Evolv ITX's meshy-block nature up top and behind. They make temps WAY less when idle, and about a few degrees lower on load with Intel HSF.

Brand new purchased parts on discount: Mobo, SSD, RAM, Case

Brand new without discount: Processor, Power supply

Old reused parts: Mouse, KB, 320GB HDD

Gifted: Thermaltake Riing

The Evolv ITX btw is a very fulfilling case to build in to. Would very love your suggestions on a GPU.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Despite the lights on the right side of the mobo, this thing runs COLD. At gaming load in my non airconditioned room, this runs between 30 to 40 degrees celsius on a hot summer day.

Video Card

Bought this from a rich kid who doesn't like the aesthetic for about $120. Used only once and was about two weeks old when I bought it. Card runs cold all the time :) Maximum of 42C, given that I only play at 720p Ultra.

Case

This, my friends is the most intelligent case I've built into so far. It's so DIY friendly to a first timer like me. What I liked best is the slide-bracket on the top panel that allows you to put a radiator with fans or case fans without too much hassle. It's so intuitive you can't go wrong when building on it if you score through the manual a bit.

Case Fan

My evolv ITX loves these fans, as these HSP fans work well with all the dust filters I have. :) The software works well but is pretty damn buggy tho.

Comments Sorted by:

potatomanflavor 3 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

I dont have much experience with Gainward GPU's so I can't speak for their reliability but the 1060 would be a graphics card that could easily handle 1080p gaming on high or ultra. I can speak for asus as I have had lots of experience working with them and they tend to be very good and reliable parts. but a 1050ti would not have the performance of that 1060.

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ThoughtA staff 1 point 21 months ago

Comments like this are not appropriate for this site.

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 1 point 21 months ago

Sorry. Though, he did make a similar comment about, well, my comment.

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 2 points 21 months ago

I'd say an Rx 480 8 gb if you can afford one. Otherwise, the rx 480 4 gb and the rx 470 4 gb are both cheaper options. If you don't even have that much, a 1050 ti, 1050, or rx 460 are cheaper but even less powerful options.

Solemnsong 1 point 21 months ago

In that build I'd go 470 4gb personally

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 3 points 21 months ago

Yea me too... That core i3's pretty weak. I kinda feel bad if he didn't have the money for something more powerful, considering he seems pretty savvy to component choices.

thecatint 1 point 20 months ago

The i3 is actually REALLY good, it has faster clock speeds than all the i5's, it has hyperthreading, and although it is dual core, it makes up for that with better single core performance. Unless if your playing witcher 3 or gta 5, and i5 isn't really needed and at that point i'd buy a 7350k with an aftermarket cooler than i would a 6600k.

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jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Hi! I'd personally go with all your suggestions in the RX lineup. I can afford them, however RX series cards are EXTREMELY overpriced in the Philippines. Like really insanely overpriced (At about +20% of the price on average). :( That is why I'm opting with nvidia cards at the moment.

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 1 point 21 months ago

I see. I've got no experience with gainward, but asus is cool. Also, evga and gigabyte are good brands, if they are too overpriced where you live. Sorry about youre prices

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fletcherhub3 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

I'd save up for a RX 470 or 480

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Hi! I'd personally go with all your suggestions in the RX lineup. I can afford them, however RX series cards are EXTREMELY overpriced in the Philippines. Like really insanely overpriced (At about +20% of the price on average). :( That is why I'm opting with nvidia cards at the moment.

fletcherhub3 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Gotcha

felohany 2 points 21 months ago

why i3-6100 ? i'd say go with 1060 which is close to a performance of 980

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 1 point 21 months ago

More like a 970, my friend. That's what nvidia wants you to think, but that's only true in specific cases. They'd have you believe a 1070 is more powerful than the old titan x.

Cam84 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Gtx 1070 and Titan x maxwell trades blows, too many benchmarks and sources to list.

felohany 1 point 21 months ago

i'd say the 1070 is way higher than the titan x maxwell

felohany 1 point 21 months ago

but the guy asked between 1060 and 1050 ti

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 1 point 21 months ago

Have you seen any actual reviews of the 1070? Try linustechtips, jayztwocents, or bitwit. I don't want to be rude, I'm just trying to be helpful.

felohany 1 point 21 months ago

i don't need actual reviews , i have evga 1070 ftw hybrid

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 1 point 21 months ago

In what benchmarks? Nvidia-strike? Lol youve all been duped. That only works in specific use cases, do you realize that in certain uses the maxwell is better than a 1080?

Cam84 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Every benchmark made since it was released? I mean your free to buy last years tech if you feel it's better. If you would like to site your legit sources for this claim your making

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Because I'm waiting for a shipment gift of a locked i7 processor from my 'ninong', and couldn't wait to make this run. (In the Philippines, if you miss christmases with your god son, he is entitled to an expensive gift when he becomes an adult. lol). It's already in Hongkong and will be shipped here soon! THanks for the feedback.

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 1 point 21 months ago

So the i3 is for your 'ninong'?

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

No I just bought it so I could get something running :) I'll keep this for maybe an HTPC in the future.

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 1 point 21 months ago

Cool, can you send me a message when you make something with it.

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Sure mang!

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 2 points 21 months ago

Nice ssd. Even with a cheap cpu, that can make your rig "feel" much faster.

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

It does! :) I have some of my bulky games in the HDD tho. :)

PieLore 2 points 21 months ago

if you're going to stick with 8GB of ram i would get x2 4GB ram sticks. if you're going to upgrade in the future i would stick with the x1 stick of 8GB and save up to afford another stick. and i would HIGHLY recommend getting the 1060. save up for an i5 as well they are worth it.

hope this helped good sir!

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks I'm gonna buy another 8gb stick. :)

PieLore 1 point 21 months ago

np glad i could help :D

04vkrivor 2 points 20 months ago

1.) you can get a corsair h110i v2 for the i7. 2.) yes, it's totally fine 3.) make sure to unplug and take out the power supply, then while slowly applying heat to the surface, using a hairdryer set to hot or a heat gun set to low, slowly pry the sticker off from the corner first and then make your way to the opposing corner. just be careful with the heat, you could burn yourself! 3.) maybe you can wait for the new cooler to arrive, so you can deal with the stock cooler. or you could apply heat-resistant paint to it.

your welcome!

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Woah thanks! :)

R3VoLutIAN 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I bought the exact same motherboard as you did. But i am having trouble with my asus aura motherboard software. As the RGB led's refuse to respond to the aura program, so it keeps giving a rainbow pattern (which is default), while refusing to change to anything else. Do you have the same problems?

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Hey there! I don't. It's actually pretty useful to me because my colors benchmark the CPU temps. :D

As for my advice don't use the CD. Download the one from the asus b150i wifi aura's webpage.

R3VoLutIAN 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I have, it still wont respond... Even ASUS support havent been able to help me

R3VoLutIAN 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I have done it. And i jave contacted ASUS directly to provide support. They think something is faulty on the mobo. As I live far away on a desolate area, it is not possible for me to send it in to get fixed

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

That's really sad. If you didn't live far though, I guarantee you that ASUS always has a good rep with covered warranties where I live. I've had my laptop re-touched when some parts of the hinges were falling off, had my phone battery replaced along with a few touchups on the metal parts inside - ALL FOR FREE. :) They also return your device within 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the availability of replacement components.

R3VoLutIAN 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I have spoken to a asus representitive, and they will be sending me a loan pc, for the next 2 weeks, up until my motherboard has been fixed or replaced. I am very happy!

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I really don't buy ASUS products because I'm some insane fanboy who fawns over a product brand. But ASUS always proves to care for me as a customer. Glad they could do the same for you! :)

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Hi guys! Thank you all so much for your support.

I got a GTX 1050 Ti Expedition at a very STEAL price from a rich kid who suddenly changed his mind over it. :)

I also added an ASUS logo on top of the drive bracket's phanteks logo for a finishing touch. It's made out of simple glass and foam cutting. :D

For a final remark on upgrades, I'd like to ask the following questions:

1.) What's a good AIO Cooler I can put on the top? The i7 is coming soon, and I need to be ready for it. :)

2.) The PSU fan is facing the GPU fans, as I have followed the build instructions from the case's manual. Is it normal?

3.) I want to remove the Seasonic G450's ugly sticker and replace it with a Monster Energy sticker (For da luls). What's the safest way to remove stickers from a PSU?

4.) Can I color the mustard wires of the Intel stock HSF with black sharpie. IS that safe?

These are the remaining upgrades that I need to do:

1.) Install the i7 as soon as it arrives from mail

2.) Add another 8GB ram stick of the same G.Skill Model

3.) A 280mm AIO cooler

4.) A plastidip paintjob for my front and sidepanels <3

Thank you so much guys!

NovaTastical 1 point 16 months ago

You could of easily get a much MUCH better GPU for the same price. Never the less good build.

jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

It was sold to me for 120 USD (in PhP). So I guess that's a good blowout. :) Waiting for GPU prices to go down a bit and get myself a GTX 1060 for the next upgrade. Plus a CPU fan.

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jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Pretty amazing considering the non premium version can only be manually controlled over the controller itself. It does the job, but it's not too complex to customize complex coloring / animating. It can blink, cycle over the color wheel on preset, stay static, or turn off.

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jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Then buy that I guess? Every piece of tech in just a few months can be talked about the same way as that.

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jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

None. :) Maybe you can go for an AER instead. :D

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DRAGONWARRIOR1028 1 point 21 months ago

If he has the money, the 470 will perform much better in modern titles like battlefield 1. But yea, the 460 can handle most games on high settings at 1080p.

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jekku submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I would really love to buy an RX card but I'm sorry these are so overpriced in the Philippines. :( When people sense 'hype', retailers sense 'overprice the **** out of it'. Terrible economy for pc builders here. Even if I order abroad, they'd tax the **** out of you.