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MrMOABy's Second Build

by MrMOABy

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Date Published

Jan. 10, 2018

Date Built

Dec. 16, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

Description

Built my first computer about five years ago and had been wanting to build a new one for a while. I really like how watercooling looks and the performance it provides so I went with a custom loop. Parts were purchased starting last November and I got this built around mid-December. I play a lot of PUBG and also do some mining.

Went with black and white color scheme for anything that wasn't RGB because I wanted a netural scheme that could go with any colors I wanted for the lighting.

Assembly was pretty tedious and frustrating as I wanted to mount the 360 rad in the front and 240 up top to allow room for an exhaust fan in the back, but even with 3.5 cage taken out and using phanteks 3.5 drive bracket on the bottom the drain valve wouldn't fit with the ports at the bottom. Should have just gone with a 2.5 inch spinning drive and mounted it to the back of the motherboard. Not that big of a deal as the temps are acceptable.

Anything cooling related with a price of 0 is included in the watercooling stuff price. I got all of those from performance-pcs with a slight holiday discount which was nice. Tubing and 90 degree fittings provided by a generous friend :).

All the peripherals I had gotten previously over the span of a couple years.

Monitors are a MG28UQ, QNIX 2710, and a 25 inch wide screen LG (don't recall exact model). I mostly game on the QNIX because I overclock it to 100 Hz and it runs well.

Part Reviews

CPU

Performance is great! I don't run it at 5 GHz constantly, but it does 5.0 with 1.29 volts and reaches 76 in stress tests, 50-60s during games. Only annoying thing was trying to decide what a good price to buy at was.

Motherboard

Good lighting options if you're into that. Very easy to overlock as well. I'm using the monoblock that was made for the z270 board and it cools everything it needs to on this board. I did mess up the 3 pin LED strip that came installed on the block by not adjusting the right voltage. Luckily it came with a second strip and I replaced the one I messed up. One thing to note is that the Amp-Up Audio plastic cover blocked my GPU from going all the way down into the first slot. This was kind of frustrating given both were Gigabyte Products, but no problems with taking the cover off and everything fit.

Memory

Nothing to complain about here. These aren't compatible with the motherboard's lighting software though, so I use Asus AURA to control these.

Storage

New to NVMe and I am very impressed with the speed.

Case

Good case for the most part. Kinda disappointed that I can't fit the 360 rad in the front, but that's not entirely the case's fault.

Other

Great card, I got this because it ended up being cheaper than buying a card and a separate block. It also meant that I didn't have to install the block myself which was nice.

Comments Sorted by:

Phamwow 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

You have a pretty cool generous friend.

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Nice rig, but ultrawide and widescreen are not the same thing.

logcat 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Why do you have the top rad as intake?

MrMOABy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Two reasons mainly:: 1 - it will take in cooler air instead of warm air going through the front rad. 2 - less dust build up because it has a dust filter up top and if it was exhaust it might try to draw air through the back of the case which is not filtered.

logcat 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Solid points. It's a great looking build, I love that white interior. You did a white and black theme very well. Those white rads look so nice with the black tubing. +1