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Toxic Upgrade (2018)

by shozen13



Date Published

April 3, 2018

Date Built

April 2, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


So this is my second build, that came a bit earlier than expected. I was budgeting out an upgrade for my previous build, The ChristmasBox, which is an AMD FX series build. I was debating on either this an i5 8600k, an i5 8400 and waiting on a budget board to be released, or to see how Ryzen+ CPUs were gonna be with projected release start in April of 2018. The start of this upgrade happened when I purchased the CoolerMaster ML240L RGB to cool my FX 6350 CPU as i still had the stock cooler on there. When i tried to take off the stock cooler, it came off but with my FX still attached tot he heatsink ripping it out of the MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard i had. Not a good thing obviously. CPU pins were fine but wouldn't boot. So troubleshooting to no end ..... time to upgrade completely! The build was pretty simple but the cable management was a pain. The SATA cable were pretty hard to bend into the passthrough with my radiator sitting to the right of it so i may have to push that over slightly. the EZDIY Riser cable though, is perfect! Just the right length enough flex to curve to that vertical position but rigid enough not to get in the way if i need to get to any cables on the MOBO. Cooler is great, keeping CPU at 25~30 C at 4 GHz while running PUBG. Haven't tried any benches yet but will soon.

Few side notes: GTX 970 100ME is from previous build as is the Thermaltake TR2 700W PSU. Bother will be upgraded at some point but is a non issue ATM.

Let me know if you want to know anything else about the build!

Part Reviews


First Intel chip. Great so far, smooth and has great potential, plus SUPER great price!

CPU Cooler

Love the efficiency of this cooler!!

Thermal Compound

Alright grease, didn't spread perfectly when putting heatsink on, but could have been that I didn't space droplets out well.


Great board, not to much extra I don't need. COULD use more RGB but i guess thats what the STRIX z370 is for lol


Good RAM, no issues both sticks pass memtest. Hear good things about RMAing with G.Skill.


Great performance, have in RAID 0 with other 860 Evo.

Video Card

Has been reliable since I purchased in 2015. Will be very sad if I had to replace it. Runs smooth and quiet handles most games still in High to Ultra!


Great looking chassis, got off of Craigslist and didn't get robbed. Best feature besides its amazing open air design that looks baller, its wall mountable.

Power Supply

Gets the job done but aesthetically not pleasing. Will be replacing with a modular as I don't use Molex nor second GPU power cables.

Operating System

Its Windows... albeit much better than 8


Great Monitor, good size with 144Hz


Love this keyboard! Key strokes are soft but still responsive.


Pretty good mouse, best with MMOs but i think 9 keys on the side would have been enough as oppose to 12.


Great quality, mic is detachable. Minimal ear irritation after 3~5 hours of gaming. Only thing that would have made this better is an in-line amp


No drop in framerate and perfect length. Very sturdy build and shielded.


Look great, a little to rigid but also my first cable kit so maybe I'm not doing something to them that I should?

Comments Sorted by:

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

You like you new trend with vertical gpu slots and open cases? I'm struggling to like the vertical gpu trend.

Liera21 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

I've always wanted to show the GPU on my case, I don't like much how it protrudes on this case but with some work you can make it look good. Open air cases allow full view of your computer components and in this "case" you can work around pretty easy!

shozen13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Pun appreciated lol

shozen13 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

I love the open case design, works well since my rooms gets a lot of airflow as it is. The vertical GPU I suppose I could do without but showing off more green felt right lol

BarkGoesDog 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

You gonna try to hit 5Ghz with that I5?

shozen13 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Of course! perhaps not right away tho. Gonna break the processor in then ramp it up!

BarkGoesDog 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Nice dude. Hopefully you win that silicon lottery haha.

shozen13 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Hahaha thanks

BarkGoesDog 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

No problem dude

HazelRelic 2 points 12 months ago

i thought that the GPU sits on the motherboard

shozen13 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

It does the the Riser cable connects to the PCIe slot on the motherboard and extends out a distance to connect the GPU. Take a look at the EZDIY cable on amazon and you should get a vague understand of how it should work if the explaination wasn't clear :)

HazelRelic 2 points 12 months ago

I just looked at it and i think its pretty cool i like how you can put the GPU in a different area instead of on the motherboard. Also i like the MSI Red color but that green is pretty nice

Setec 2 points 12 months ago

One of my favorite looking graphics cards ever. I had two of them, regret selling them now... Still a great card for 1080p gaming.

shozen13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Absolutely! No complaints here :)

Blue51 2 points 12 months ago

That is a beautiful graphics card, I wish MSI made a green version like that from the factory.

shozen13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

That would be amazing! Also thank you for the compliment!

hi_im_snowman 2 points 12 months ago

Loving the upgrade but the cable management needs serious love and care :\

Cool case too, gj op!

Liera21 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

I like how you synchronized the green accents around. You can use some cable sleeves to hide the PSU spaghetti cables, like these ones: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M18YWXC

shozen13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! I will look into this right now!