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"Mardi Gras" (My first solo build)

by tjadams8404



Date Published

Oct. 8, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


I needed to tick this project off the bucket list. I've always lurked partpicker and put together umpteen million lists over the past 5-6 years, but never had the opportunity to build. This began with the idea of a sub-1k "budget build" using an i5 6500 and gtx 950 until i could upgrade in a few months to the i76700k and the gtx 1080. Well, luck and impatience helped me decide to pull a few stops on the way.

With this awkward time of GPUs we are in, choosing one was pretty difficult. I spent about 3 weeks fighting amongst my self and a few friends about which 1060 to buy. We were at a split between the FTW+ series and the ROG. In the end, it came down to personal preference and the disregarding of research altogether when money was available to opt up for the 1070. I can say to this day still, buyer's remorse has never even crossed my mind. This thing is a monster. You know the benchmarks.

The name "Mardi Gras Rig" just comes from a dumb comination of colors that ended up on the rig from sale sniping. I got a couple green LED fans from corsair on the cheap at Micro Center, and my peripherals are purple and gold. Upon seeing it my friend from Louisiana exclaimed that these were in fact the Mardi Gras Colors.

CASE MODS: I did those myself with about 25 bucks worth of supplies. beat the crap out of ordering kits from rackets like MNPCTECH or something.

Part Reviews


So glad i convinced myself to upgrade to the skylake flagship. This is a stellar CPU, both from peer reviews and personal experience. It overclocks effortlessly and will not need to be upgraded for quite some time.

CPU Cooler

The Chevrolet of coolers. they're everywhere. theyre easy. they're cheap (not in a bad way.) With my positive pressure setup it keeps temps great and within normal safe ranges, even overclocked to 4.7ghz (peaked about 80 under heavy load over time.) I will upgrade soon to the h80i or some liquid system just for aesthetics mostly and maybe slightly lower temps. Not disappointed. I did get a few wonky temp readouts a few times after startup but they seemed to have worked themselves out.


Great all-around board. very easy to work with, i did have some issues with drivers and not having a disk drive made an extra step. Had to trouble shoot for a while before i transfered drivers via flash drive 4 stars for XMP not really cranking my RAM like the video says it should. Probably just me but I really don't know what I'm missing about clicking a profile and saving it.


This ram is low pro so the EVO doesnt hit it. It performs really well, though the mobo clocked it at 2133 stock. however i cranked it to 2667 and they are still running perfectly, no issues.


Small storage, I know but more will be added soon in the form of the 950 PRO m.2 for OS and gaming. Samsung data migration>all

Video Card

Silent, quiet, and tons of power. boosting is effortless, though i leave it at base clock because it EATS nearly every game ive played at 1080p 144hz. Stellar card, might SLI next year for S+ Gs


its a 45 dollar case. I had every intention of chopping it up and making it my own, which is what I did. no heating issues, easy cable management (despite mine in the pic, i got impatient after the 1070 got there) and it holds some serious goodies. If shipping werent an issue, I would get the grommits offered by corsair in some of their better cases.

Power Supply

fully modular. invertable. gold rating. EVGA. love it.

Comments Sorted by:

Cam84 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

I'm thinking of buying a 6700k and I was wondering if that 212 could hold it on a 4.6 oc, I've got the same gpu running a 1440p 144hz and its soooo smooth. i have a 212 sitting around for aio failure lol I'd love to paint the top and put the 2 sp120s on it for looks.

tjadams8404 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I had mine at 4.6 for about a day, used aida64 for benchmarks and the 212 was fine. It never broke 80C. I did get one weird spike to 90 during a 20 minute load test, but i think that was my monitoring software being weird because it was literally a fraction of a second before it dropped to 55-60 degrees again. But I'm kind of a noob to all this diagnostic stuff, however i DO know its temps were fine at load, I will run again and get actual figures if you would like. heres the link to cpu ID at 4.5ghz OC http://valid.x86.fr/gx6qsu

I have it clocked back to 4.0 for every day use now, with DRAM oc'd to 2667, seems to be a sweet spot. Nothing i do even makes this thing try lol. built it for longevity.

PressPrint 2 points 28 months ago

We are left to revel in the glory of the Geforce GTX 1070, fighting the ever closer eventuality of the GTX 11 series which will surely see it's gruesome demise. All 144hz of glory at a native resolution of 1440p. Us mere mortals should bow to such power and worship the modern incarnation of God himself. All of 1.61ghz tall and 70° strong, it is truly godlike

tjadams8404 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

the 10 series is gonna be re-named GTX "Stark" series here in about 6 months.

PressPrint 1 point 28 months ago

It is?

tjadams8404 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

It is what, my first build? Yup.

LastRaven17 2 points 28 months ago

Is Mardi Grais limted to certain colors or does it have to be colorfull, because with the muti color rig, buy a Hue+, put it on Spectrum or RGB fade and let the rainbow flow from your case as you embrace the vivid spectacle.

tjadams8404 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Hue+ is my christmas present to myself this year lol! My 1070 is purple, along with peripherals. The fans are all green and the hue will be either purple or gold.

LastRaven17 2 points 28 months ago

You could make it both by using two channels. Look at my build for an example. I have three strips in the windowed area that is normally pink/black and one on the bottom that is blue both with the Alternating Effect with moving enabled.

rdeleonp 2 points 28 months ago

Digging it. One less thing from your bucket list. Cheers.

yveshe 5 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

How did you get the side panel windowed?

tjadams8404 submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Did It myself with a dremmel, some plexi, silicone sealant and a little weather stripping, all of which i got from home depot (minus the dremmel) for under 20 bucks. Drew up the cuts and freehanded it, the stripping covered some of the edges, turned out great!

yveshe 5 Builds 2 points 20 months ago


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LastRaven17 2 points 28 months ago

I thought I bought an EVGA logo sticker for my RIG, ended up being a discarded 950.