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by gergguy


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Date Published

July 10, 2016

Date Built

March 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.088 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.192 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


This build is an update from a few months ago, made complete with the new Gigabyte G1 GTX 1070. I’m using a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and SSD from my old PC. I still may add a Samsung 950 Pro m.2 at some point. I’ll be using this PC for everyday web browsing and of course gaming. I’ve enjoyed shopping for parts and began purchasing items on sale a few months ago. I admit I got into the aesthetics a little more than I should have and I spent more on the PC’s form rather than it’s function. I wanted a white build but all my peripherals are black. After finding a great price on the black Enthoo Luxe, I decided to compromise and cover the interior with white carbon fiber vinyl wrap. It took some time to get right but I’m extremely happy with the results. All the white in the case make the colors from the LEDs pop.

Fire Strike 1.1 Benchmark

Part Reviews


Intel’s new Skylake running @ 4.7 GHz. I got one that OC well.

CPU Cooler

I didn’t want to water cool so I went with this bad boy. Some coolers are a nightmare to install but this one was as easy as it gets (no seriously, great design by Cryorig). It keeps my OC cool at 62 degrees. And this thing looks beautiful, unlike some other brand (that I won’t mention) who’s fans are the color of vomit.


I’ve always been intrigued by the Tuf series boards that ASUS has had for a while now. My old PC’s get handed down to relatives so they are in service for a long time. The idea of military grade components and a five year warranty was attractive, not to mention I was going for a white build. When this board was announced it was love at first sight. The UEFI is easy to work with. I’ve used others and this is my favorite. Cons: This board has a few tan colored connectors left over from their other military series boards. ASUS software sucks. Four stars if you intend on using the ASUS software, five stars if not.


Normally I’m a G.SKILL guy. I saw this memory and well, the color scheme perfectly matches my ASUS Sabertooth Z170 S motherboard so I had to buy it. On the plus side, it did work with the XMP profile at advertised speeds with out any hassle. The first thing I did was assemble the main parts and run memtest86+ v. 5.01 over night and had zero errors. I can’t give this memory five stars because the timings are not the best.


I have the OS running on a Plextor PX-256M5Pro pulled from my old system. The WD Black is for storage/games. On the plus side, it has a five year warranty. It’s benchmark performance is as expected. I can’t give it five stars as it seems quite loud when reading/writing and the price is high for this capacity.

Video Card

This thing runs everything flawlessly on max settings in 1080. Mine overclocks well (mileage my very). Nvidia’s software is excellent. Gigabyte’s software allows me to change the LEDs on the card to match my rig. The only con I have is the price was a little high but being a brand new chip, I understand the law of supply and demand.


Love this case! It looks great, unique window, variety of lighting colors, PWM fan hub, quality finish, functional dust filters for every intake fan, excellent cable management with Velcro straps. It arrived with the top bezel broken (naughty UPS). Phanteks customer service was phantastic <see what I did there> e-mailed proof of purchase and pictures of the damage and I they 2-day shipped the replacement part. A couple of very minor gripes (not enough to ding a star) is the screw holes seem to be cheap as some want to cross-thread. You just have to be careful and all is good. Also the front bezel has to be removed to clean the front fan filter, again, minor. I have never built in a better case!

Power Supply

This item I got at a great price. One of the more popular top tier PSUs. Fully modular, Eco mode, solid build, and 10 year warranty. Why do power supplies come with a bag to store them in? I understand for the modular cables but the unit itself?

Case Fan

My last case fans were horribly loud so by comparison these are a very large improvement. Pros: Quality fan, low noise, extension cable, on/off switch for LEDs, move lots of air and nice white blades. I read somewhere that they push more air at a lower RPM than any other 140mm fan. I’m not sure if it’s true or not but I am happy with them none the less.

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PCIntake 2 points 33 months ago

WOW that is clean... and white... I'm enjoying the Ultimate Cooler, you did a fantastic job with every aspect of this build, +1

jesswainwright 2 points 33 months ago

+1 for being a white carbon wrap wizard. Gorgeous build.

PureBlackFire 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

welcome to the Luxe club. the black on white looks great. seen it done twice before. they should make it an official color for this case. nice and clean build, great fan layout.

Epicness937 1 point 33 months ago

box in the photo says 970 you upgrading to a 1070??

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Yes, I upgraded to the GTX 1070. My brother gets the 970.

Epicness937 1 point 33 months ago

oh ok

nightrook 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Cute kitty you got there. I love your build, it looks clean, great benchmarks and price too. +1

afdryan13 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

+2 for the build. -1 for the Lions. Equals out to a +1 from me. Nice work.

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

It's not easy being a Lions fan:( Cleveland just won a championship, so there is hope.

afdryan13 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Yes let that be a lesson to all sports teams, if you want to win you should sign Lebron James. Doesn't matter what sport.

He would make an amazing tight end for the Lions. You guys will have your work cut out for you with Megatron retiring and Suh gone as well. Oh and then there is the fact that you have Matt Stafford, basically an automatic "we will never win the superbowl" type of QB. Good luck though!!

Munchyzz 1 point 33 months ago

Did the skins come with the motherboard or were those separate?

Munchyzz 1 point 33 months ago

Oh okay thank you, I'm planning on getting this motherboard for my next build.

And does it work for every case? I'm getting the NZXT H440 and I was wondering if this will work with it

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

It's a standard ATX motherboard and will definitely fit in the NZXT H440.

PhantomRaider 1 point 33 months ago

What's the keyboard you're using?

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago


It's a piece of crap. I wouldn't recommend it. It's left over from my old PC. The CTRL key doesn't work all the time. The markings on the volume buttons wore off.

PhantomRaider 1 point 33 months ago

Oh, okay, thanks for the 411...

Hellbilly 1 point 33 months ago

Very nice and clean build! Did you do the plexi work yourself?

I have the same motherboard and ram sitting in a box waiting for other parts. Yours is the first pic I've seen of them installed. Looks great!

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Sorry for the delay in answering your question. I'm not sure what you mean by plexi work, but if you mean the window on the case then no, that is the standard Phanteks Enthoo Luxe case.http://pcpartpicker.com/product/DXXfrH/phanteks-case-phes614lbk

I did do the work on the white vinyl wrap on the interior of the case. Soon, I'm going to use Plasti Dip to paint the fan shroud of my video card.

Good luck with your build!

dnelsonn 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

+1 for focusing on aesthetics. same reason I got the white luxe, sabertooth and those ballistix ram sticks. lol. I wanted a sweet white build and bought all my stuff to match. white is so difficult in this pc industry where everything is red and black.

that white carbon fiber looks damn nice though. good job!

MCDS 1 point 32 months ago

Nice build!

TheCreeperCraft 1 point 32 months ago

I can't quite tell, are the LED's blue or white?

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

They have a little blueish tint to them. My understanding is that white looks a little blue with all LEDs that can change color. They look more white in real life than they do in the pictures though.

TheCreeperCraft 1 point 32 months ago

Okay, thanks! Might get some of those for my machine :D

Johnzil 1 point 26 months ago

You made a lot of changes to the colors of your phanteks case and g1 1070 by yourself! I would be scared to do this to my gpu (i have also g1 1070) xD well done mate! Awesome rig and colors! I would like to buy those two phanteks F140SP for my enthoo Pro case. I saw that you moved the stock front 200mm phanteks fan to the top, am i right? Should i also do the same and mount two 140mm F140SP phatnteks in the front (for air flow) and the stock 200mm phanteks fan to the top (as exhaust)? Oh and something last...do you have any gpu "coil whine" while playing games (ultra graphic settings) at 90fps or higher? I mean any "buzzing" sound coming from your gpu

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

First off, I have no buzzing or coil whine sound from my GPU. I think your PSU can have an effect on this.

The color changes I made (believe it or not) can all be undone. The white vinyl covering can be peeled off as well as the white Plasti Dip I painted my GPU with. Although the GPU has to be disassembled to do so.

I did move the stock front 200mm fan to the top and installed two 140mm in the front. I was under the impression that the 200mm would fit up top. When I moved it I was disappointed to find out I needed to drill a hole for the screw to fit. It does physically fit up there just fine, but the holes don't line up.

I hope this helps.

Johnzil 1 point 26 months ago

Oh i see? Its also a lotery and it may caused my the PSU. But i think that my PSU is just fine..i have a Corsair CSM plus Gold 750W. I put my ear really close to the case and the sound was comming from the g1 1070. For example when i am playing Witcher 3 i can hear the coil whine and when i immediately switch window to "my computer" then the coil whine stops (and the reverse when i switch to Witcher 3). You think i should RMA my GPU?

That color can be peeled of? Nice! Yes i cant do that to my GPU by myself...

Now for the phateks case...my Phanteks enthoo Pro case came with a box with screws (i believe you have it)....so, im not sure but i think i saw some screws that are thinner for that job on the top of the case. I will check it again

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

You'll have to determine for yourself how much the coil whine bothers you, if it's worth it to RMA the video card.

If I remember correctly there was a hole there for the 200mm fan in the top but the screw that goes into the fan housing is very coarse thread so I had to make the hole bigger on the case.

R0yalCarnage420 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Where did you get the white covers for the graphics card?

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

The Backplate is covered with White Metro 3D Flexible Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap Film (Listed in my custom parts). The fan shroud is painted with Performix brand Plasti dip spray rubber coating.

Yognaught_Ace 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Random question, have you had any problems with the vinyl on the GPU like peeling up or melting cause I was planning on doing the same thing but I don't want to risk it

gergguy submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

I've had zero problems with the vinyl on my GPU. There are no extreme curves so it stays put. I don't think there is any chance of the heat melting it, I suspect the heat helps it stick. The only down side to applying vinyl to the back-plate would be a small amount of heat would stay in the back-plate and not radiate away but that is a minuscule amount. I've had no issues what so ever with heat on this card.

Yognaught_Ace 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Ok thanks I just didn't want to spend like 20 bucks to waste it

Blue51 1 point 17 months ago

why WIndows 7? at this point its starting to be easier and easier to move over to windows 10 because of Directx 12. and windows 7 is starting to become outdated at this point aswell, IMO at least.

gergguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I using Windows 10. I just stayed with 7 as long as I could before Micro$oft pulled the free upgrade.

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Epicness937 1 point 33 months ago

gtx 1070 msi armor is white and black HOF gtx 1070 is white and black also

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Cwooley 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

I know right! This is way more deserving