Description

This is Hesperus, my first DIY PC. It took a while longer than expected to piece together, around 8 hours total. Cable management was the worst of it, easily eating up 2+ hours by itself (and still not looking too good behind the panel), but overall I'm satisfied with the end product.

The name Hesperus comes from Greek mythology where it means the Evening Star (Venus). I chose this because the red LEDs are underwhelming by day but stunning by night... The pictures really don't do it justice.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This will greatly outperform the 212 Evo for about $8 more and is worth every penny if you are overclocking. The white fan reflects light from the LED strip along the top of my case amazingly, making it appear more red than the case fans with built-in red LEDs.

Took off a star because installation was a huge pain for me. This was my first build, and having to flip the mobo over to install the fan while holding everything in place was stupidly difficult. It ended up with a poor thermal paste application. Reapplying thermal paste lowered my load temps about 14 degrees.

Motherboard

This motherboard does everything I needed it to do. BIOS is intuitive, and the IO shield is padded for safe and easy installation. As for aesthetics, it looks gorgeous, but don't expect a brilliant light show from it. It's only aesthetic LED is off in the corner and underwhelming.

Overall, great product.

Memory

By default, these RAM sticks flash out of sync. Using Corsair Link, you have the option to sync the effect... but it doesn't work. They still flash independently. However, Corsair Link also comes with the option to make them static. They look great once permanently lit. Would be 5 stars if the software worked as it is supposed to. At its speed and price point (currently $125, got it on sale for ~$100), it is a great product.

Edit 5/24/2017: Corsair has finally updated LINK to properly sync the LEDs. It looks great!

Video Card

Quiet and cool, easy to OC, and adjustable LEDs on the top. If you're put off by the orange markings on the front, depending on your case, you may only be able to see the top and backplate anyways. If so, the backplate is a neutral black and white, so it shouldn't intrude on your color scheme too harshly.

Case

This is perhaps my favorite piece of my entire build. It looks amazing, runs fairly quiet, and is very easy to work in. The tempered glass really shows off the internals nicely, and the black outlines around the panel enable you to hold it on the edges without having to clean off finger prints. There are a lot of other small things that make you feel like there was attention to detail put into the P400S's design.

As for cons, the cut outs on the PSU shroud are too small. They are meant for routing cables, but I couldn't fit anything but the smallest through them. That being said, that is the only complaint I have, and as far as cons go, that's a minor one.

If you are looking for a tempered glass case, this is one of the best at its price point, no question.

Power Supply

All the professional reviewers say this is made with top of the line components. Well it works just fine for me, so I'm gonna assume they know what they're talking about.

Case Fan

They move enough air and look great at night (although they won't look as impressive as the pictures). Overall a good buy if bought in pairs. At the time of writing, singles are $15 each but the double pack on Amazon is $18.

Monitor

Fantastic monitor. Colors are great, and 144Hz is simply wonderful. Comes out of the box at 120Hz though, so remember to change it yourself.

Keyboard

I originally bought a Redragon K552 as a budget mechanical keyboard. Browsing Best Buy, I came across this guy and picked it up with the understanding that I could return it in a week if I didn't like it. It's been a week since, and I never even considered returning. The MX red keys are so pleasant to type on. The difference between a budget mechanical keyboard and the STRAFE really can't be exaggerated.

As for features, there is a button to adjust backlight brightness (including turning off) and a windows lock key for gaming. I haven't wanted anything more (in fact I appreciate the relative simplicity of this in comparison to some of the other mechanical keyboards out there), but if you do, Corsair Cue offers plenty more customization, including lighting effects like rain.

If all of that sounds good to you, I can't recommend this enough. It does come with an option for MX browns, so test in person to decide which you prefer before pulling the trigger.

Mouse

This is the mouse to get. Has everything you'll ever want from a gaming mouse, and it looks fantastic with any build. For its price, they don't come better.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Gurren Lagann <3 great build and background !

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I must applaud you on your creative nameing.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Real nice looking build. Now you need a matching bed spread!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, im planning to build the same pc but a white case. Because my room is pretty dark and my gpu is white. Should i do that?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure if it is the same on Windows, but in Linux "Force Full Composition Pipeline" can help eliminate screen tearing..

A Red LED CPU Cooler fan like the Corsair ML 120 would be a Nice replacement for the regular H7 Fan..

http://pcpartpicker.com/product/MpBrxr/corsair-co-9050042-ww-750-cfm-120mm-fan-co-9050042-ww

I really like the over all look of your build. Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, thanks for these tips! Reapplying the thermal paste actually dropped load temps 14 degrees(!!) so I don't think I'll get the fan. I'll research some methods to mitigate screen tearing on Windows though.

Glad you like it!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Has is stayed at 70 degrees now?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah pretty much. It does jump from time to time to around 80 but it always settles back down to 70 (while under 100% load).

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing! great pictures. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

wallpaper e-e gimme Nice build dude

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 10 Education?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a version of Windows 10 which is available to college students and professors.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. I'm assuming for much less money

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Usually free but my school is cheap.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey at least you get cheap windows versions, I have to pay 90$ for windows home since I'm not in college

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it is your thermal paste application... that cooler is actually decent and should not be getting 84

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You were right. I just reapplied thermal paste and the load temps have dropped over 10 degrees.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Good thing you did... its a decent cooler and should not be underestimated

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that motherboard treating you, cant find any information about it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Does what it's supposed to, not much more to say. BIOS is nice.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Rig...well done! i have some of your components and i want to ask you if your gpu has coil whine under load

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen reviews online that mention it, but I've pushed my GPU in stress testing for several hours now and no coil whine to speak of.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

wow thats awesome then....i've been asking people about coil whine with G1 1070 and 1080 and i guess its a lottery

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How reliable is that gigabyte card? Any issues with it? I'm considering getting the GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming, or the GTX 1080 G1 Gaming, so I came along ur build and want opinion.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It works just fine for me. Others have reported coil whine, but mine has yet to show signs of this. I was able to overclock its core clock rate to 2.138GHz which isn't the greatest but it's respectable. After pushing my CPU to 4.5GHz, I get this score in Unigine Heaven. http://i.imgur.com/SMKV2Jx.png It's fairly standard for a GTX 1070.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

of course they make a red version of the case after i build a damn red theme build in a black one ene

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the front for airflow? Im going to build using this case just wanted to see if you had any worries.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Airflow in general isn't the greatest in the P400, but it's passable. Your components shouldn't get too hot, especially if you decide to add another intake fan to the front and/or exhaust fan on the top.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Great job with the build!

Is the idle CPU temperature 40°C after you reapplied the thermal paste? I have the same CPU and fan and I am planning on reapplying the paste as well. My temps are around 40-50 °C when idle and 70-80 °C under load. Maxed at 83 yesterday. Is this similar to what you experienced before you reapplied?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

Nope, that's about normal to be honest. Mine has hit the low 80s before but it always settles between 68 and 72. I also manually adjusted the fan speed to go max speed once my CPU hits 70 degrees (default was 80 I believe). Before I reapplied, I saw temps sometimes spike to mid 90s. I'm convinced my CPU just runs more hot than normal though based on all the benchmarks I've seen online.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm ok. Maybe it will be the same for me then. I'm getting a new gtx1080 tomorrow so I guess I'll give the new paste a go as well :)

Thanks for the fan tips! I noticed something funny yesterday when studying the temps. I have a asus board and using Fan expert to controll the fans. The temp in fan expert is almost constantly 5-10 degrees cooler then HWmonitor shows. So maybe I need to set the fan to max speed on 65 or something.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I did reapply the paste but did not do anything to the temperatures. So I guess mine too will keep running these high idle temperatures.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous looking build. Also great choice of parts. I have pretty much the same parts. +1 from me.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

does the mother board have 2 usb 3.0 headers

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It's awesome isn't it!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

XD