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Silverfish Gaming Build

by OverLord

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46 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.21GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8GHz

Description

I'd been saying "I'll be building a new gaming PC soon." for about 3 years. I finally got around to it.

My basic plan for the build was as such:

  • I want games to look great, BF1 I'm looking at you.

  • If you are already going to have spend a certain amount on something, you might as well spend a bit more on top and get something better.

  • I was after a clean white highlighted theme.

I had initially looked at the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Chassis White for the case, but when I saw the the tempered glass of the Enthoo Evolv I just had to get it.

The case showed up first and I was so glad to have bought it. It is really well made, with solid aluminium pieces and that fantastic looking tempered glass. My recommendation to anyone building with this case would be to take the glass panels off, and sit them in a different room all together away from your build space as they are dust magnets.

Once I got over the just staring at the case, the only change I made to it was to remove the stock fans and replace them with their Phanteks equivalents in white, to go with my theme.

The Asus Z170 Pro Motherboard was chosen because it had good reviews, and also because it fit with my colour scheme. I could have used more USB ports, similar to the Pro Gaming version, but that was easy enough to work around with a cheap rear USB 3.0 slot that plugged into the spare header.

CPU and RAM were simple choices, the added bonus of being able to get LED's on the RAM adds a nice touch to the lighting.

The SeaSonic Snow PSU is not just white, but is silent and had some good reviews so I am glad I was able to get a hold of high-end PSU that fit my colour scheme. It looks really good in the case, with the added bonus that the silver trimmed lines and text reflect the lighting, making it look even more high-end.

The Evolv ATX Glass case comes with a removable tray that you can attach your cooling radiator to. This proved to be a godsend as I had to regularly remove it from the case as I had to adjust the placement of cables and tidy up inside during the build.

I think in hindsight I should have put the NZXT Krakon X61 on last, but since this is my first time working with water cooling, I have learnt for next time. This was only an issue due to my pedantic nature of trying to get everything nice and neatly out of the way inside, cable management for the sake of it.

The only real issues I came across during the build was that the magnets on the Phanteks LED strip are honestly pathetic. The included adhesive strips do nothing and are a waste of your time. I didn't want to just glue the strip in place in case I had to move it later or even replace it, so I went through a few various products to try and keep it from falling down from the slightest touch. I eventually settled on a silicone product that actually adhered to the rubber/silicone LED strip, and if I need to can remove it later with a bit of work.

Another issue that cropped up was that once my RX480 showed up, I noticed that the tubes from the Kraken were actually resting against the GPU. I didn't want to encourage any kind of sagging, and figured that if I could force the tubes together near the rotating right-angles coming from the block, it should point the tubes upwards, and stop them from resting on the GPU. After eventually working out that the width of the tubes was 3/8", I found some hose separators on eBay that looked like they might work. By clamping them onto the hoses as close to the right-angles as I could, it forces the tubing upwards. They still sag downwards, but they are well clear of the GPU.

All that was left was to source some nice white cables, and get it all put together. I already had a 2TB SSD, which is honestly overkill, and that completed the build. After that was a fari bit of cable management as you can see in the pictures.

The nice thing about the Evolv ATX Glass case was there is a lot of space out of the way for cables near the PSU, and the top panel is removable with a good 1.5cm of headroom to hide more cables as well as the LED strip. It's a pity the space up there was not maybe another cm more as I could have fit the radiator on one side of the removable tray with the fans on the other to give me a bit more room above the motherboard as the RAM just touches the fans.

The added benefit to using a simple white theme is that no matter what colour I rotate the LED strip to, it still looks good. I am currently using a light blue as it is less intense on the eyes at nighttime.

I am very happy with how it all turned out, it looks fantastic through the tempered glass, and it is very satisfying to be able to crank up the graphics settings on games.

The next step will be to get a new widescreen monitor to go with the build. I am just saving up and waiting until the new year to see what gets released as the monitor's coming out in the next few months are looking really good.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Easy to install, simple, works. Great product.

Motherboard

Only comment would be a lack of USB at the rear, but I bought it for the asthetics so I can;t complain.

Storage

Honestly, 2TB is just overkill.

Video Card

Great card, just waiting for an update to drivers to address the fan randomly going full speed every now and then.

Case

The silver look of the case is fantastic, and I am very impressed by the solid aluminium that feels sturdy and great. But the highlight is the tempered glass, amazing.

Very easy to build into, lots of space for cable management out of the way down near the GPU and up under the removable top cover.

Headphones

Feels great on the head, and looks good too. So far the microphone is nice and clear in comms. I've used Sennheiser headphones while Djing for over 15 years, so it made sense to get some quality cups to use while gaming.

Comments Sorted by:

JunkaDK 2 points 22 months ago

Beautiful :) Well done

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks mate, It's just so shiny!

Lyrix 0 points 22 months ago

i like it but you want to play games right? if yes why did you go with an i7 6700k and if you want to do productivity why didnt you wait a little longer for a better gpu?

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Well why would I wait a little longer for a better GPU when I could wait a lot longer and get an even better GPU, or an even better CPU?

If I waited for another year, I could get an even better CPU and GPU. Or wait 2 years and get better again.

I don't NEED a i7 6700k for gaming, but I refer you to the second part of my build plan:

  • If you are already going to have spend a certain amount on something, you might as well spend a bit more on top and get something better.
Lyrix 0 points 22 months ago

so you get a 6700k wich is useless for gaming but not a good gpu? If you already spent so much on a good pc why not spent a little more for a good gpu? and if you dont want to spend more on a better gpu because you dont have enough money get an i5 6600k wich is very good for gaming and a 1060 or so.

DaBDog 2 points 22 months ago

The RX 480 is a good gpu. Its actually on par with the 1060 and has been shown to outdo the 1060 in DX12. And the i7-6700K is just fine for gaming. It's actually one of the top gaming processor's right now. Does he absolutely need it? No, but he wanted it and it'll last a good while before he has to replace it. And it does outperform the i5-6600K, if only by the slightest margin.

On another note, nice build mate ; ) The blue + black and white is just too good. +1 from me

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Looks nice! I noticed you haven't overclocked your CPU, and with your cooler and that 6700k, I recommend overclocking to at least 4.5 GHZ. If I were you, I would have gone with the regular Asus Z170, a 1 tb SSD, a 1tb HDD, and a GTX 1070 instead. of what you've got, but yours is respectable too. The blue LEDs are good, they look a little bright in the first pic though. Cable management is excellent, no complaint there. Overall, well done!

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I will overclock it, I just haven't had time to sit down and let it test overnight and such. It is currently at 15% overclock using the ASUS onboard overclocking process, but I will get round to it when I have a free weekend.

Yeah that room was dark so it was pretty intense the LED, it's not as bad in a normal situation. Gotta hide them cables.

AtticusDrake 2 points 22 months ago

Is that a Sennheiser Game Zero I see next to those monitors?

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Yes indeed. Very nice so far.

23skidoo 2 points 22 months ago

Nice job! I'm thinking of going white myself. ;-)

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Yeah it gives it a clean look.

TioJorge 6 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Seeing builds like this inspires me. Gorgeous cable mangement and everything neat and clean.

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks mate.

PCBUILD001 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

nice job , love your case !

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks. It is a really nice case to look at.

Killerbm07 2 points 22 months ago

I like it, great cable management , looks beautiful. Any tips for new pc builders

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Take your time and think about where things are going to go before you install them. I ended up having to take the radiator off the case about 3 times as other things had to be adjusted around.

avengedJC 2 points 22 months ago

NICE BUILD!

but light blue less intense on the eyes? I guess the LED strips must just be less bright on that colour. In reality, the colour red with longer wavelengths is actually less intense and better for the eyes. Blue is the worst!

BlackBeard818 1 point 22 months ago

Nice build, but why with the 480, could have gone with a cheaper mobo and case and get a 1070. But i guess its for aesthetics. Nice build +1

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I would not have had a problem spending more to get a better GPU it's just I had always been an AMD user and I specifically swapped to a GeForce card about 2 year ago just to get me onto DX11 until I could build a whole new PC.

Honestly, I then just regretted going to GeForce pretty much straight away and wanted to come back to AMD, it's pretty tragic and probably silly tbh. Down the line I'll probably just chuck another RX480 in there for overkill as the solo card just looks lonely.

But yes, the aesthetics :D

PandaPlays 2 points 22 months ago

I agree with this, a lot of people give the 480 crap, but its basically a GTX 980 for $250. Crossfired you can get the performance of a GTX 1080.

MannyPCs 1 point 22 months ago

Nice great build.

For a second there I thought your OS was going to be Windows NT which freaked me out for a second :P

PCPerson2016 1 point 22 months ago

Lol me too

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Yah. Just making sure people are paying attention.

AnyOtherWay 1 point 22 months ago

An i7 with an RX 480? Better nerf Greninja Pretty nice, I quite like the build, nice looking, powerful, and overall good.

Yahtadi 1 point 22 months ago

Windows NT mate?! Kinda confused here

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Glad you are paying attention. Found the box at work, checked it in for lols.

Yahtadi 1 point 22 months ago

Thank god

SalFlu 1 point 22 months ago

Hey man, Great build! Got a couple questions, like what you use 2 monitors for, and if they're good for gaming on at the same time ( because they'll stand like in a v-shape) and what you use it for apart from maybe gaming. Another thing I noticed was the huuuuuuge collection of collectables, and man they look awesome. How look have you been collecting them and how do you get some many on your shelfs, still looking clean? Again grats on your build!

OverLord submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks man.

I mainly game of the left monitor as it is sitting flat towards me, so I am not really using both for a game. The second monitor is more for having maybe guides up, or chat programs up etc. I also do a bit of work from home so it gets used for multiple windows and remoting to servers.

Been collecting for a few years. It's pretty bad, because whenever the wife and I walk into a collectable shop, we always come out with new funko pops.

Credit goes to the wife for keeping the shelving looking nice, if I was doing it, it would probably be all over the place haha.

SalFlu 2 points 22 months ago

Haha, thanks man! Gotta give credits to your wife there, it looks super clean!

BlackBeard818 1 point 22 months ago

Amazing white and black build

Yutang 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Do your GPU fans still randomly go at full speed? I had the same problem and fixed it by making my monitor not go to sleep. It's weird but it works.

doncandraa 1 point 18 months ago

epic with SnowSilent maybe better if your case being white