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2016 Gaming PC

by cahooa

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 14, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 7, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

Description

This PC will be mostly used for gaming, although it better be able to handle anything I throw at it. I plan on upgrading to a 144hz 1440p monitor soon, and also run an HTC Vive, but those will be 2017 purchases. I will also be doing some CAD work though it should not be an issue for this machine.

I haven't built a PC since 2010ish. This computer replaces my Phenom II X4 Black build that has been long in the tooth for a while now. Before that I built a PC to play Doom 3 and HL2 when they came out. Needless to say I'm excited as I've never built a PC which such high end components.

The build went pretty well. Everything seems to be working as it should but there were some hiccups along the way. I'm very happy with the color scheme and the look of the system, and I hope I can play games on ultra for years to come!

This is my first water cooled PC and I chose the Corsair H100i V2. The one I got made some pretty loud clicking noises at low RPM so I returned it and had it replaced with a new one. This sucked because I had to wait with my fully built PC ready to go until the new cooler showed up. The new one doesnt have the problem the original had and is doing its job. The CPU idles between 20-25C and with all cores at 4.2ghz I stay below 60C, but I'm still playing with the fan curves. The Corsair Link 4 software doesn't appear to let you set a pump curve and a fan curve. You can only set a fan curve and then choose weather the pump is on performance or quiet, although the noise difference between the two is practically negligible. I left the pump on performance and it seems to be doing great. The fans on the other hand can be loud so I definitely set the fans to speed up and down with CPU temp. Also I learned that my mobo has smart fan control, and you need to run the header that the cooler is plugged into at 100% otherwise Link will display the wrong fan RPM or read zero and you wont get the maximum fan or pump speeds, this baffled me for a little bit and I didn't see it covered in the instructions.

The case is brand new as of October 2016 and it looks amazing. The tempered glass really sets it apart. That being said I would probably give it a 7/10. First, the thumb screws are crap, and are no where near as nice as the ones that came on my Antec 300 from my previous build. Its like they dipped all the screws in paint instead of having them anodized so the threads are all gummed up, you have to use a screw driver to remove them the first time. I'm also not sure if they actually tapped the holes in the case with a thread tap or if they just jammed the screws into drilled holes. I do appreciate all of the cable management holes and shrouds, it really helps make a clean appearance especially since you can see so much with the glass window. The front panel removal process is scary. I feel like I am going to break the thing every time I go to remove it. The front cover snaps into place with these split plastic plugs that are very stiff and I can not see them lasting repeated removal over the years to clean the dust filter. Again the ancient Antec 300 was miles better than the NZXT in this regard. My last gripe is the top fan is currently the loudest component to the whole system. Either the fan is bad or the case is tweaked a little bit as the fan makes a loud buzzing noise, I thought it was the Corsair water pump at first. If I press on the metal grate on the casing where the fan is attached I can get the noise to go away! I tried to loosen and retighten the screws but it did not help. Maybe all I need are some rubber washers or the rubber fan mount plugs but NZXT should of accounted for this already. I currently have a ticket open with NZXT about this, so I will update with their response.

The power supply seems to be working well. The zero RPM fan is cool, it does not turn on until I'm gaming. This is the Corsair 750RMi which apparently has some capacitors in the heat shrinking by the connectors. This means the heat shrinking is huge and STIFF! It made it a huge pain to fit the 24 pin cable behind the shroud on the case because the heat shrinking is about 2 inches long and it will not bend at all. These capacitors should be moved to the other end of the cable if it doesn't negate their purpose for existing in the first place. I'm looking into the Cablemod basic set as they mention moving the capacitors, and I wanted so make the cables look white anyways.

The graphics card seems to be working great! I haven't tried to OC yet, but may in the future. I've got a lot of games to catch up on that I didn't want to play on my last build so I didn't want to waste time tweaking everything. My only gripe is that since this is a black and white theme I wanted the LED's to be all white, but when you put them on their white setting in the software they appear to have a little purple to their color which is lame.

The mother board is doing its job. I updated the BIOS immediately. It didn't automatically set my memory to the clock speed it was rated at, but I did get it changed though I'm not sure I liked or understood the process of doing so. It seemed to know what the memory clock and timing should be, but I had to choose them as some sort of XMP profile that wanted to OC the processor to 4.2ghz at the same time. The decorative LEDs on the board are weird making a line between the to PCIE slots, but they would be totally covered if you had two graphics cards. I tried to take a picture of it.

I'm looking forward to getting some gaming in and I'll update this as I learn more! Overall I'm very happy with the performance and how it all looks. Taking pictures of this thing is hard with the glass panel on, all you get are reflections unless you take them at an angle!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I chose the Corsair H100i V2 for my first water cooled PC. The one I got made some pretty loud clicking noises at low RPM so I returned it and had it replaced with a new one. This sucked because I had to wait with my fully built PC ready to go until the new cooler showed up. The new one doesn't have the problem the original had and is doing its job. The CPU idles between 20-25C and with all cores on my i7 6700K at 4.2ghz I stay below 60C, but I'm still playing with the fan curves. The Corsair Link 4 software is good but it doesn't appear to let you set a pump curve and a fan curve. You can only set a fan curve and then choose weather the pump is on performance or quiet, although the noise difference between the two is practically negligible. I left the pump on performance and it seems to be doing great. The fans on the other hand can be loud so I definitely set the fans to speed up and down with CPU temp.

The hoses are fairly stiff but you can get them to go where needed. Honestly it seems to fit better in the case with the hoses coming out of the cooler on the left side, but that makes the Corsair logo be upside down. They should offer a second plate that can be popped on depending on how you orient the cooler, so you can have the logo facing the right direction. I also wonder if having the hoses on the left side could be bad because the pump impeller spins and flows water in one direction, and ideally you would want the outlet on the top port so it can purge air out of the pump better. I've never seen any mention of this being an issue though and I don't think it is with mine.

Also I learned that my mobo has smart fan control, and you need to run the header that the cooler is plugged into at 100% otherwise Link will display the wrong fan RPM or read zero and you wont get the maximum fan or pump speeds, this baffled me for a little bit and I didn't see it covered in the instructions.

I'm docking one star because the instructions are a little lacking with regards to fan configuration, pump orientation, and motherboard settings.

Motherboard

The mother board is doing its job. I updated the BIOS immediately. It didn't automatically set my memory to the clock speed it was rated at, but I did get it changed though I'm not sure I liked or understood the process of doing so. It seemed to know what the memory clock and timing should be, but I had to choose them as some sort of XMP profile that wanted to OC the processor to 4.2ghz at the same time. The LEDs on the board are weird making a line between the to PCIE slots, but they would be totally covered if you had two graphics cards.

Memory

They look great and run at the rated speed and clocks!

Storage

Faster than my old disk drive and I haven't had any issues. 5/5

Video Card

Seems to be working great! I haven't tried to OC yet, but may in the future. I've got a lot of games to catch up on that I didn't want to play on my last build so I didn't want to waste time tweaking everything. My only gripe is that since this is a black and white theme I wanted the LED's to be all white, but when you put them on their white setting in the software they appear to have a little purple to their color which is lame.

Case

The case is brand new as of October 2016 and it looks amazing. The tempered glass really sets it apart. That being said I would probably give it a 7/10. First, the thumb screws are crap, and are no where near as nice as the ones that came on my Antec 300 from my previous build. Its like they dipped all the screws in paint instead of having them anodized so the threads are all gummed up. I'm also not sure if they actually tapped the holes in the case with a thread tap or if they just jammed the screws into drilled holes. I do appreciate all of the cable management holes and shrouds, it really helps make a clean appearance especially since you can see so much with the glass window. The front panel removal process is scary. I feel like I am going to break the thing every time I go to remove it. The front cover snaps into place with these split plastic plugs that are very stiff and I can not see them lasting repeated removal over the years to clean the dust filter. Again the ancient Antec 300 was miles better than the NZXT in this regard. My last gripe is the top fan is currently the loudest component to the whole system. Either the fan is bad or the case is tweaked a little bit as the fan makes a loud buzzing noise, I thought it was the Corsair water pump at first. If I press on the metal grate on the casing where the fan is attached I can get the noise to go away! I tried to loosen and retighten the screws but it did not help. Maybe all I need are some rubber washers or the rubber fan mount plugs but NZXT should of accounted for this already. I currently have a ticket open with NZXT about this, so I will update with their response.

Power Supply

The Corsair 750RMi power supply seems to be working well. The zero RPM fan is cool, it does not turn on until I'm gaming. The RMi series apparently have some capacitors in the heat shrinking by the connectors. This means the heat shrinking is huge and STIFF! It made it a huge pain to fit the 24 pin cable behind the shroud on the case because the heat shrinking is about 2 inches long and it will not bend at all. These capacitors should be moved to the other end of the cable if it doesn't negate their purpose for existing in the first place. I'm looking into the Cablemod basic set as they mention moving the capacitors, and I wanted so make the cables look white anyways.

I docked one star because of the heat shrinking on the cables that is right by the plugs.

Comments Sorted by:

Jordc 1 point 15 months ago

would you be able to stream on this PC while playing games

overkillscs 1 point 15 months ago

yes most definitely, you would be able to stream a stream while playing games

notchocheese123 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Did you order the case from the nzxt website? If you did how long did it take it to arrive? I ordered the white version which said the earilest estimated shipping date is December 9th, uggh

cahooa submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I got the case from Newegg, it arrived in two days! The all black is in stock, the black and red and all white are not available yet according to Newegg.

Jordc 1 point 15 months ago

also can I change the case out to NZXT SOURCE S340 BLACK without changing anything in the build thanks

cahooa submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I don't see why not. If you make the build your self I think PC Part Picker will warn you if the graphics card wouldn't fit in the case. Anyways, I think the case is almost exactly the same except for the glass window and front HDMI port.

huzaifah08 1 point 15 months ago

This is literally the exact same PC I wanna make

A.L.E.X.M 1 point 10 months ago

How much space is there between the cpu cooler and the gpu?

Kankokage 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I know this build has been on here a while but I had the same buzzing issue with the S340 and the top fan (went away when I held my finger against it too). I ripped the rubber spacers off an old Antec fan I had and replaced the top fan with them in place. Buzzing completely gone now.

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