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White Lightness

by Garog

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Details

Date Published

Aug. 3, 2018

Date Built

Jan. 8, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.759 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.4 GHz

Description

Hi, thanks for checking out my build.

After roughly 5 months of prep, I finally finished my build. This is the first time I've built a PC mainly for looks, so please excuse me if I made some mistakes.

Some parts I forgot to add to the list:

  • CoolerMaster MasterAccessory LED strip, white, x2

So, why did you build this?

I browse this site while at work during my lunch break and I got jealous at the amount of PCs here that looked godly. I thought to myself, I'm due for an upgrade so why not.

Why go for white?

I like how clean white builds are and I wanted to replicate that while putting my own spin on it.

Why go for a 1080 over a 1080Ti?

I truly wanted to get a 1080Ti, believe me. Unfortunately the price for a decent card is out of my reach, I just couldn't justify spending that much money on a single component. Instead, I bought a 1080 card that performed well and was discounted on OCUK. There's also the new line of Nvidia GPUs, so I could save my money and make the upgrade later if I ever want to.

Why did you bother spending money on x component?

The majority of the components in this build were picked for their colour, not necessarily for performance although I did try to give it a healthy balance.

What lessons did you learn from this build?

  • MEASURE EVERYTHING! I bought a case before buying the Anidees AI Crystal Cube, it was the Thermaltake Core X9 Snow. Without measuring it. The case was HUGE, waaay bigger than I thought it would be. A complete rookie error. In the end I returned it which was a major pain.

  • Compact cube cases are hard to build in and make pretty. This. Cable management is especially difficult.

  • Have a clear plan and make sure to follow it. Try to be as organised as possible by making a plan, set out clearly what you want to do and find ways on how to do it. Do not rush it either, let it take it's time to make sure the quality of the build isn't jeopardized.

I may make some adjustments to my build as the time goes by. I'd like to:

  • Tidy dem cables, yep those right there. I'm thinking of looking into making custom PSU cables, the equipment can be quite expensive but it'll be a good skill to learn.

  • Add my old-but-gold alphacool LED display, but we'll see.

  • Get more SSDs, for more space and totally not for the looks... Maybe.

Anyway, do ask questions if you have any and I'll be happy to answer them!

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic CPU, saw a significant performance increase when compared to my older i7 4970K. Works extremely well in PCSX2, all games that originally had low FPS are now fully playable at 50-60 FPS. Overclocked well too, I was able to reach a stable 5Ghz however the temperatures couldn't be supported by my NH-D15. 4.8Ghz is the sweet spot for me.

CPU Cooler

A very nice heatsink, with fantastic build quality that is usual with Noctua products. Great temps with my i7 8700K overclocked to 4.8Ghz, temps were kept to a max of 75c which only lasted a few seconds before lowering to 72-73c.

Motherboard

I can't find a fault with this motherboard. It has everything you could need, including a very user-friendly overclocking system. Is it worth the premium? Possibly. However I'd advise anyone to do their homework and see if there is a cheaper solution that has equal performance.

Memory

Works well and certainly looks fancy. Took it down a star due to the price of the package, DDR4 prices are horrendous right now.

Storage

Easy to install and fun to use. No issues or hassle when put into an ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E, practically plug-n-play. Boot time improvements over normal SSDs aren't that noticeable, however file copying is extremely fast and AV scans are practically instant. Worth the price? Sure why not.

Storage

Good SSD with decent read/write stats, what more can I say? Well worth the price I paid for it, but I did get it on a deal though.

Video Card

Fantastic GPU, tackles performance-intensive games easily while keeping itself extra cool. Absolutely worth the price I paid for it.

Case

One of the nicest cases I have ever built in. I'm shocked that I've haven't heard of Anidees before! Superb build quality with well thought-out component spacing that matches Corsair in my mind. It absolutely feels like you're handling a premium product.

Power Supply

Nice looking PSU that does what I need it to do. It passively cools itself extremely well, to the point that I can only see the fan spinning upon startup.

Case Fan

Super bright fans that do the job, look good and work good. Hard to get now, but I'm glad I did when I could.

Other

Neat little fan, also came with a manual fan speed dial which will come in use in the future. Took it down a star due to the noise it makes under high RPM. Predictable but others certainly perform better in that respect.

Comments Sorted by:

MathKiller 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Hi, u placed fans at D15 not correct. 1) 2 x pull config is not best cooling performance. 2) both fans have parasite turbine noise at pull configuration. At pull configuration they must be mounted using thicker rubber pads. Corsair LPX and classic push-push comfig is better choise.

Garog submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Great to know, thanks!

DaveGreen 1 point 3 months ago

Delid your CPU. With proper airflow along with a delid, the NH-D15 can easily handle 5Ghz. Also, this is the first time I've ever seen a graphics card with four fans. Talk about cool.

Garog submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Totally man, I absolutely want to delid my 8700K but naturally I'm a bit nervous to go forward with it. I'll likely do it in the near future. And yeah the GPU fans are pretty excessive, to be honest I don't think the 4th fan on the top does much but it still looks rad.

Chev_Chelios 1 point 3 months ago

Awesome build!

I have to ask about that Raijintek Styx in the background.. Did you build that too? And is that a tempered glass sidepanel on it!?!?

Garog submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks pal! Yeah that's my old build, I might take some pics and put it on here but I'm not too confident with it. It's a Raijintek Thetis which comes with tempered glass panels with it. It's super tight and compact, definitely a challenge to build with but it certainly looks cool in the end.

MrThreePik 8 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

PSU is so choked in this case unfotunately, I am using the same case +1

Garog submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Yeah, it's quite tight in the PSU area. It doesn't seem to affect it much though.

customgtp 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Great looking pc +1

.. And someone said delid... Yes!! Very easy, cheap, and you can sell the delid kit online after your done if you want :)

Garog submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks pal! Not even close to your builds of course, I can only hope to one day reach the same quality and majesty. And for sure, I'm now very tempted to get a kit and delid the CPU, I'll do some research into it while I'm at work.

customgtp 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you... I appreciate that! I've done three already. First one was scary but after that it was easy. Third one I did in my sleep :)

Edition1 1 point 3 months ago

Hi very nice build and setup! +1 upvote.

I notice you have the Noctua D15 the other way around. Is this because the ram wouldn't fit fully? Have you tried with the cooler the other way around? Perhaps moving the fan up a bit? Also is it possible to do dual channel or not? Thank you this will help a lot if you answer.

Garog submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks amigo! Yeah, honestly it was a complete oversight and I accidentally placed the fans in the wrong positions. I adjusted them now so one of the fans is closer to the RAM. The RAM fits easily with the fan being there, though I can't move the fan any higher with the glass panel in place. To be honest I don't see much of a temperature improvement with the fans placed in the new positions, maybe a 1-2c improvement but I guess it's something at least.

H20Zangoose 1 point 3 months ago

+1 hella sexy build

That’s quite a crazy graphics card you got there too!

Garog submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks! Hah yeah those Inno3D GPUs have a rad design, I can comfortably recommend the brand!

H20Zangoose 1 point 3 months ago

Sadly the gpu you have I can’t seem to get in the U.S. what a shame! It looks so nice and I bet the thermals look even better!