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Great White

by eShark



Date Published

Oct. 14, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



I built this computer as an upgrade to my gaming laptop (Lenovo Y510p). It's a good laptop, and I plan to keep using it, but I wanted to have a computer that I could max graphics settings with. I also wanted the ability to expand into VR sometime next year once the systems become more refined and more games become available.

After much forum surfing, I decided on the i5 6600k for it's overclocking ability (also because I have no need for an i7). Initially I wanted to go with a GTX 1060, but I decided that the extra cost of the 1070 would be worth the ability to keep the same card for 2-3 years, hopefully.

As far as cooling the i5, at first I went with a Corsair h100i GTX because Newegg had it for $79.99 after rebate. After it was in my 70% complete machine, I noticed that one of the tubes was starting to come loose from the radiator. After removing the system, and wiggling around the tube to see how loose it was, it came free of the radiator and started leaking. Needless to say, I dodged a major bullet. After getting a refund for the Corsair unit, I went and purchased the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme. Since installation, it has been working like a dream (and no leaking!).

Please leave constructive criticism in the comments if you see anything that could be done better, thanks!

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AlmirPreldzic 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

******* that's beautiful. Great work.

eShark submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago


mutyavien 3 points 17 months ago

cool lighting what did you used for it?

CrimzonSlayeRx 2 points 17 months ago

from what i see i think it's the thermaltake fans

Potatoman01 1 point 17 months ago

There are RGB light strips along the edge of the window, the most common RGB case lighting is a NZXT Hue+

Battlefield 1 point 17 months ago

It's the new Thermaltake Riing setup.

eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks! I actually used a section from a kit I bought on Amazon from a company called Tingkam. I wired the power cord to a spare Molex connector I had so that they can be run off of the PSU (they only take 12v DC). So far they've been working very well, except the adhesive is poor quality.

Lyrix 2 points 17 months ago

Awesome build! 1+! How are the gpu temps under load with those fans down there?

eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I'll be doing some stress testing this weekend, and I'll be sure to post the results when I can.

Lyrix 1 point 17 months ago


JustJacob123 2 points 17 months ago

It's great I actually think it was a good idea to switch from laptop in my opinion laptops are not the greatest for gaming.

SeBreeze9000 2 points 17 months ago

Man this is the Smizz dude liek wow simplistic to the max and so damn nice.

Harmonious9 2 points 17 months ago

Great Build, Love the look of those top fans in the case! +1

Rig-less 2 points 16 months ago

This build left me speechless.

eShark submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it!

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Donowalk 1 point 17 months ago

Looks awesome, but I'm wondering what the temperatures are in the case and GPU.

eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I'm going to be doing some stress tests this weekend and I will post the results. There is a lot of air movement in the case, though, so I don't think that it would get that warm even under load.

Snyds7 1 point 17 months ago

I really like this build, and it looks amazing. I might use your guide for my first build.

also question what do you get FPS wise on games? I play league of legends which I know doesn't take much to run but id like to see what you're getting on whatever you play.

eShark submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks for the compliments! As far as FPS, it depends on what resolution you are going to play with. I want to go into 4k, but I'm waiting until Black Friday to get a monitor, as I'm sure they will be cheaper then. Playing with all graphics setting maxed out on 1080, the system doesn't break a sweat and everything is buttery smooth. Based on what I've seen, this would be the case up to 2k resolution, with 4k getting a little dicey (~40 fps depending on the game).

BrandonComputes 1 point 17 months ago

What fans are intake and exaughst? What kind of air pressure do you have?

eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Intake fans are Corsair Air Series Quiet Edition, and the rear/top exhaust fans are Thermaltake Riing 3.0's. Couldn't tell you what the air pressure is (frankly I think its kind of a useless metric), but I can tell you they move more than enough air while staying quiet.

BrandonComputes 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks! I was just curious for dust reasons.

Marshal 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Nice Rig!

Which SATA port is your SSD with OS on?


eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks! I'm using the SATAIII ports for both drives

JoseRuben151 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Hello, just curious as to how did you manage to keep that 3rd fan next to the 240mm rad even with the other two.

Got some pics?

I started my build with a Captain 360EX (cheap 360mm option) but since it sprung a leak I replaced it with a trusty H100i that now has my OCD on high since it leaves that huge gap there.

eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Hey, sorry for the delayed response. That's a good eye that you have to notice that. What I did was design a simple "fan spacer" as I call it, and 3D print it. I took a rough measurement of the thickness of the radiator, and then used that number as the thickness for the spacer.

JoseRuben151 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

That was a great solution.. may follow it for mine if you dont mind.

Battlefield 1 point 15 months ago

Does the Thermaltake and Corsair fans colors match well? I'm leaning towards all Thermaltake Riings but wondering if I should consider Corsair.

How did you fit 3 fans on bottom without getting in way of cables?

eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

You need to push the cables all the way into the corner and then carefully push the fan into place. It's cramped, but it will work.

wittman22 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

very nice rig could use some custom cable mods

eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I'd really like to get a white cable kit, as well as a custom cooling loop. As of right now, though, I've spent enough on it, haha.

Brutchev 1 point 14 months ago

I have the same case and PSU as you. The bottom 2 psu screwholes dont align for me, is it the same for you?

eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

The bottom two don't line up for me. I just ended up only using 3 screws.

Battlefield -3 points 17 months ago

TAKE THIS POST DOWN THIS DAMN MINUTE! THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED HERE! It is almost too similar to my build list that I am spooked. You'll be seeing a similar build come Jan/Feb from me.

How's the GPU brace? Are you able to use it with that GPU?

eShark submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Not going to be using the brace as of yet, the GPU doesn't deflect downward too much.

FcoEnriquePerez 0 points 17 months ago

Are you stoned?

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