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Needed a solid setup for productivity and gaming. I also wanted to step up from the i5-2500K to a modern i7 chip. My last build was fairly loud under load so a major goal was to quiet things down a bit on the new one. Also, my old rig didn't have a window and I felt like I should show off the guts on this one. I am a big fan of white cases and landed on a pretty nice red/white color scheme. I paid a premium on several parts for it, but overall I am very happy with how clean and easy the cable management was on the Phanteks case and it's super quiet.

This was my first experience with rigging up an RGB LED strip and it shows a little. I have a problem with the wiring after the 3rd and 4th segments. Usually I will leave it on and set to white and occasionally I will look down and those segments will be yellow or blue while the earlier strips in the chain remain white. I may have to solder the wires to the strips instead of using the clamp ribbons or replace those sections or something.

The motherboard is solid, easy to OC (after a quick BIOS update). I initially had trouble getting the RAM to run at advertised speeds using the XMP profile. The RGB LEDs are a nice touch and the color scheme fits the build. I didn't have much trouble getting the CPU fan installed. I had some inconsistent temps on the initial thermal paste application on the test bench, but after reapplying no temp issues whatsoever.

The case dampens noise very well the Corsair V8 GTS has some loud fans and at idle they are a faint whisper. The graphics card is silent it is amazing I was playing Doom maxed out @2560x1080 and the average GPU temp was 57C with a max of 63C. No problems with the GPU so far, I really dig the speed, aesthetic, and silence of it. From where I sit if I glance down at the PC I see the reflecting light off the back plate decal and it looks sick.

Very happy with the way this build turned out it has exceeded all of my expectations so far. The only things left are to fill out the RAM slots, get an M2 boot drive, and some custom sleeved PSU cables into this bad boy . Thanks for checking it out!

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the ssd?

  • 43 months ago
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Honestly, one died and is being RMA'd right now. I wish I had gone with Crucial..

  • 43 months ago
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Wow, I have been recomending those ssds to alot of people recently, I always thought they were great quality. Other than that how well are they for booting and speed?

  • 43 months ago
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The one that works runs great. It boots in under 10 seconds. I just got a bad one.

  • 43 months ago
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ooooh

  • 43 months ago
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Dang I'm seroiously considering getting that ssd now. And ive never heard of people getting bad ssds :/ that sucks tho

  • 43 months ago
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I did get a shipping confirmation from PNY today and they just received the drive on Monday. So fairly quick and easy RMA process at least.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You could get a trion 150...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Samsung 500gb evo, its the best mate.

  • 43 months ago
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Dang, I though that ssd was good.

  • 43 months ago
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I have that ssd and it's working perfectly, very good for the price.

  • 43 months ago
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I wouldn't say don't get one, but I can't recommend it based on my experience. Although PNY RMA process has been fairly painless so far, but I just shipped it to them earlier this week.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Power supply is overkill but it seems like a good deal for 850 watts.

  • 43 months ago
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I wanted overhead for another 1070 potentially. I think I can pull it off with 850, but OC would have to be mild.

  • 40 months ago
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Hey do you know how big the vesa mount has to be for the LG 29UM58-P? Also nice build! Love your setup!

  • 40 months ago
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Hey do you know how big the vesa mount has to be for the LG 29UM58-P? Also nice build! Love your setup!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for checking it out. I believe it's 75x75. This is the stand I used.

VIVO Dual LCD Stand (STAND-V002L) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DGU92DM/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_4FG3xbHM4D0E6

The monitors use the inner set of holes on the mounting bracket. It was a pain in the *** to get the awkward shaped monitors mounted and adjusted to a solid viewing angle, but totally worth it.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

does that cooler stop you from using all four ram slots,

  • 37 months ago
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Nah, not really on that particular motherboard. I did have to install the stick closest to the cooler before I actually mounted the cooler. Just to make things easy on myself.

I can easily access the second slot over, so in the case that I ever do need to throw extra ram in, I shouldn't have to remove the CPU cooler to do so.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Im going for a different motherboard the msi m7 but its around the same setup just never got the right angle in a photo to see for sure, im going with 4 sticks right away and dont feel the need to water cool so im going to use this cooler

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Y U DO THS?? GT DA 1070 ND DEN GT ONLY A 60 HZ MONTOR!!!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually the monitor is the wrong model. I have the UM58 it is 75Hz. I'm okay with it not being 120Hz or having Gsync. I won't be gaming an extreme amount. That monitor is geared at balance between work and play. Eventually I will get a nice 4K panel, but they are still a little pricey for me at the moment.

  • 43 months ago
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Yeah I was about to say you can run 4k with a 1080

  • 43 months ago
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Ah! I see.

  • 43 months ago
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You remind me of someone...

  • 43 months ago
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Lol who?

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  • 42 months ago
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Sure thing. Done and done. I don't really watch movies on there much if I do it's just stand up or something on Netflix on the side monitor while I'm working. I do game a bit on the ultrawides and Borderlands 2 split monitor coop is the best "couch coop" experience I have ever had. I would take the 2x2K UW@60Hz > 1x4K 120Hz any day, but I also don't get into fps too much so I am a little biased.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like using the ultrawide with snap. Makes working with multiple windows a breeze. I will often snap a text file to the top left and another on the bottom left while I have the main IDE snapped to the right side of screen. The layout allows for a significant boost in productivity.

Most modern games support the 21:9 aspect ratio and when you crank the FOV setting up its insanely awesome how much more you can see. I did a comparison when playing Borderlands 2 co-op and it makes a huge difference.

While the screen real estate between a 27" 1920x1080 16:9 and a 29" 2560x1080 21:9 is practically the same. The 21:9 allows for a little more flexibility. I never want to go back after using it for a week. I bought a single 29" on clearance at Best Buy and loved it. When I saw them go back on sale for ~200USD a few weeks later I didn't hesitate on buying a second.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I haven't ever noticed a white space issue, because I always run webpages snapped to one side of the monitor or on my 24" off to the side.

No worries on how modern games look. Sometimes cutscenes don't display in 2560x1080 and just do 1920x1080 with black bars on the sides. No biggie though. Older games might do something similar if they don't support the 21:9 aspect ratio.