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So ... I decided to build this machine after several months of research on parts and what not. I wanted to wait for Kaby Lake, and I was anticipating the release of the GTX1080Ti at CES 2017, but yeah...

My goals for this system are: RGB (couldn't decide on a color scheme) OC to 5ghz ATLEAST Raid0 for the 2x Evo 850 500GB's Game in 4k @ 60hz or better (once I get a GPU of course) Custom Loop for both GPU and CPU once I get the GPU and see how the temps will act with this setup in general

I built this after having various gaming laptops (Alienware, Samsung, Asus) over the years. I loved them all but I am now a father and own a home so it was time to upgrade to a proper desktop.

I know that there are a lot of nice RGB fans on the market, but none of them are ASUS Sync compatible yet and I also felt that they would overpower the more important RGB parts like the RAM and CPU cooler. I like the RGB but I did not want it to be TOO bright as I do most of my gaming at night anyway.

As for the cooler, this is also not a Sync compatible device, but it's by far the best looking cooler in my opinion (I think the Corsair CPU blocks are a bit unattractive) so I had to compromise for now...

I also tried to get my hands on the Samsung 960 EVO 250GB but it has sold out everywhere and I did not want to wait to boot the system so I used a spare Samsung 850 EVO 250GB for OS drive until the 960 is back in stock.

I will update pics once I get a GPU, M.2 drive, and whatever else I decide to add/change in the mean time.

I will OC tomorrow and update details once I get a stable OC and stress test.

Hope you guys like the build (minus GPU of course) and feel free to comment as I check the site daily!

UPDATE 1: Added a benchmark screenshot of the Raid 0 config (2x Samsung 850 Evo 500GB) I plan to use this drive solely for games.

UPDATE 2: Added Cinebench R15 CPU results with a 4.9GHZ OC using the Asus AI Suite 5 Way Optimization to achieve the OC. I figured I would give the Auto OC a try before I start fiddling with the BIOS settings to shoot for 5ghz+. Baby steps... haha

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Never seen that RAM in a build. +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I made sure to pre order it as I wanted to be the first to post a build with it! I think I may have beat everyone else to the punch that purchased this ram so far, haha!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah there was a guy a couple days back but its hard to find people using this ram because its still not completely listed on this site for some reason. Amazing build though planning on using most of the parts you are. +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, I tried haha. Im currently fighting the temptation to order a Strix 1080 and say eff the 1080Ti until Black Friday, lol.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Same, Hoping they at least announce it soon i don't want to buy a 1080 and a week later find out the ti is coming out. I'm upset they didn't say anything at CES.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

As am I... I feel like they could have, at the very least, announced a date of release. Just give us something solid so that we know for a fact the GPU is indeed in the works and not just hear-say.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

They came out on the 27th of January

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I knew that they came out, but I have never seen them in an actual build.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

lookin good! and that ram! damn! 1+!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ram is amazing bro! You have any idea when they will release the 1x16gb version? Searched everywhere with no luck.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

i think they will not release because they don't have it listed on their official page most are 2x8 sticks

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I honestly have no clue. I only plan to add another 16GB of what I have now when I catch it on sale on newegg.com. I don't need it but I want it more for the aesthetics ... Having 32GB of 3200mhz ram will just be the icing on the cake... lol

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt they will anytime soon. All of the kits on Newegg were 8 gig sticks.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the NZXT hue+

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

No need, my motherboard controls the LED strips just fine. I don't have an available USB 2 header either now that I am using the Kraken X62.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that the new RGB ram????

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed it is!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

you should get the asus rog or the gigabyte extreme gaming graphics card they have vice amounts of rgb. the gigabyte cards may come out with a water cooler in the future

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I will more than likely get the Asus ROG Strix 1080Ti if it comes out in March. If not I will opt for the 1080 Strix instead.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

if you are watercooling it the back plate will still be there and have the rgb asus rog symbol

  • 34 months ago
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Either way I will opt for the Strix line. I can get a Bitspower waterblock designed specifically for the Strix line that also includes its own RGB lighting that I believe can be integrated into AURA Sync.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

how the hell did you get the ram

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Pre ordered on newegg.com.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

thank for buying that ram i was waiting a build with this ram it looks amazing can't wait till it will be available in europe in about 10 february also build will be sick when it finished

  • 34 months ago
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I like the default RGB wave it does now. Not sure I will adjust the lighting when the software is released next month. Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
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You got a cool dad, kid

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, where did you get those RAM sticks, I can't find them anywhere. Thanks

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Pre-ordered them on Newegg.com. I check their site every day for new parts.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok Thank you!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

You literally have the build I'm going to get! Although it maybe the zen chip I go for. Seeing the mobo, ram, case and x62 they all look great together. [You've got great taste!] The build is beautiful and the oc is brilliant :D oh btw what are your temps like and silent is the system/case?

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The temps are usually around 30C during normal use and during the Cinebench CPU test I saw 72C on the CAM app. I added a photo of this benchmark while on the stock clock settings. I plan to do another today with the 4.9ghz OC to see what the temps do.

As for the case, it is fairly silent until I benchmark. I have 2x 140mm ML140 Pros on the top and they can move some air when at full speed (in turn making some noise) but during daily use the fans are on a fixed setting that keeps everything under 30C while also being as close to silent as possible.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the reply! those temp readings are great especially since I've heard kabylake chips run quite hot and thanks a lot for answering my questions!

  • 34 months ago
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Of course! I'd be happier if I didn't break 70C during Cinebench but I am using an AIO... Maybe I can get it down below 65C once I upgrade to a custom loop in the not so near future, haha!

  • 34 months ago
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I'm not sure if you've answerd this already - and my apologies for the laziness - but is that a UV LED strip? I love the colour of it with the other RGB features. I'm keen on having something like that in my dungeon!

  • 34 months ago
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I'm honestly not sure. All I can confirm is that it is the Phanteks RGB LED strip that comes with the new P400S Tempered Glass case. If you check their site you may be able to find it. I am away from home for the next 3 weeks so I cannot give you a definite answer. Sorry! Hope the info helps!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks yo. Just another question. Was the LED strip the 1m or the 2m long Phanteks strip? Or was it a custom one exclusively for the Eclipse? Im not rushing, so answer whenever you can. ;]

  • 34 months ago
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I believe it to be a specific length for the case because it definitely is not 1m long. Its more like 16-18 inches, if that.

  • 34 months ago
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Oh. I see. I looked it up on their site and saw that yeah, it's specific for the case. Thanks for the replies. And can't wait to see updates

  • 34 months ago
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Hey, does your X62 block your first socket of RAM? Mine does. Same motherboard and memory (minus the RGB)

  • 34 months ago
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When I assembled the system it did not look like it would block it, but now that you said this, I should definitely double check! LOL I am currently away for work but I will let you know once I return at the end of the month because I did plan to order another 16GB of RGB ram to fill the void. Hope I can! Thanks for the heads up!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

1080 ti and rgb ram all the new stuff nice

  • 34 months ago
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Well... RGB ram, yes. 1080Ti, maybe. LOL If they do release/announce it at PAX East in March then I will possibly wait for it or purchase it then. If it's going to take another few months, then I will opt for the Strix GTX1080 and get the Ti later on when I find it on sale.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

get a 1060 then wait for the 1080 ti you will lose less money? lol

  • 34 months ago
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By the time I make it home to even use the PC, the Ti might be 10 days from possibly releasing... LoL I think I will wait it out to see what happens. I can always order a 1080 and have it to my door in 2 days free shipping!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, looking to build a similar build, but had a question regarding the case fan configuration.

I understand the case comes with 2 fans. Did you use both of those 2 fans as the exhaust? And you used the x62 radiator as the intake? Or how did you do the case fan configuration?

Thank you

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the X62 set up as an intake now and I plan to add two more 140mm fans to the rear of the radiator to make a push-pull setup. I did not use the included case fans. I opted to use the new Corsair ML Pro series. I have a ML120 Pro on the rear for exhaust, and two ML140 Pro's on the top for exhaust as well. I have set up custom fan profiles on the case fans to ensure I am keeping somewhat of a positive pressure inside the case as the X62 doesn't intake a lot when the system is more or less at idle. Hope this info helps.

  • 34 months ago
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Which side did you add the 140mm fans that came with the kraken to the radiator? In front or back?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

They are on the front of the radiator. They intake air and push it thru the radiator.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build. You said "Asus sync compatible" which could be Aura Sync as well. So to set the record straight for your fans and fans of Asus like me, there are Aura rgb compatible fans. Cooler Master is one of them.
I don't know who wants them, but there are a couple of options. For those who are interested, check out asus's website on Aura compatibility.

Great effort! I have many similar parts sitting in my bedroom getting ready for my build. Just gotta decide on fans.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, now that I have the build assembled, I must say that I wouldn't get RGB fans even if they had an option that was Aura Sync. I just feel the fans would drown out the rest of the RGB components like the RAM and CPU cooler. I'm actually considering removing the LED strip that came with the case so the only RGB coming from the inside of the case are from the individual components. (RAM, CPU Cooler, MOBO, and GPU)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, I am totally feeling that. Like I said I am in the pre-build stage. I had envisioned RGB fans throughout, but now at the tail end I'm rethinking everything to do with rgb.

What if you went with a UV strip instead of the white LED? It might just give you the subtle option you're looking for.

Edit: That might be a UV strip you already have. Sorry, still learning to differentiate LED strips. Tough to tell sometimes.

  • 34 months ago
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The strip that came with the case is an Aura Sync RGB strip... It is nice and I do like it but I want the specific parts to stand out on their own. I will unplug the strip for a day or two and see if I like it better without. I have to install the new GPU and "pull" fans when I get home from this job anyway.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

What made you go with that case. Beautiful build by the way. I've got mybuild thought out, same mobo and kracken x62. Just can't decide on a case. Looking at the next s340 elite, corsair 400c, next s440, corsair crystal. Even the corsair 780t full. What made you pull the trigger on that one and which would you recommend. Thanks

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose the P400S TG because I wanted to use something different than 90% of the new builds on this site... The NZXT S340 Elite...

Don't get me wrong, the S340 Elite is a wonderful case and I love it, but here are 3 small differences that were key to me between the S340 and the P400S.

  1. The S340 has the "cable management bar". This bar looks like it protrudes out enough to interfere with a push-pull radiator setup, which was my intention from the start. The P400S does not have this bar.
  2. The S340 only has a single fan mount on the top of the case. The P400S has dual 140mm openings on the top. This is not a big deal, but again I liked the idea of having more room for airflow if I find it necessary.
  3. The S340 can only fit a 280mm radiator on the front. The P400S has a cover on the PSU shroud that is removable, allowing the use of a larger 360mm radiator if I find the need for one.

So in a nutshell, I wanted a case that was a little more cooling friendly whether that be liquid or air. All of that, and the very attractive price of the P400S TG, is why I chose this case.

I will be posting a fairly large update to my build in the coming days. Stay tuned!

  • 33 months ago
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Ya I've been watching reviews on air flow in the 340 elite, not that great. I've been looking at the Nzxt 440 and Corsair 400c also. Did you look at them? I'm looking. At running a kraken x62 and a 1070. Airflow is important.

  • 33 months ago
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I looked at many cases. The H440 is a very nice case but it lacks TG. I like TG, lol. I have a friend with a Strix 1070. He says it keeps very cool. Nothing but praise for it. I will be installing a Strix 1080 in the next couple of days. Broke down and got one. Did not want to wait for the 1080ti...

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome good luck. I'm hoping that prices drop some due to the ti Coming out.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I got lucky on ebay this time around. I don't usually use ebay but i couldnt pass up the deal I got on the A8G.

  • 34 months ago
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(https://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/2877/geforce-gtx-1080-ti) Or expect next year the HBM 2 memory available almost all on the best performance graphics cards to play at 4K(http://wccftech.com/nvidia-volta-12nm-finfet/) AMD is also likely to confuse everyone with their new product According to my opinion 2015 and 2016 were not revolutionary years in the world of the game play PC Soon the monitor 4k will overtake 60 frames per second and also risk of seeing of 144 frames per second or more the GTX 980 and TI where GTX 1080 Will no longer be able to follow this technology is better to wait the memory HBM which are going to be available soon

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

NZXT Kraken X62. Thanks.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Airflow is not an issue so far. I havent done any significant benchmarking yet but I do have two 140mm ML140 Pros on the top that also exhaust. The system is running in silent mode both on NZXT CAM and ASUS Fan Xpert and the CPU temps are currently averaging about 29C. The Kraken fans are mounted between the radiator and front of case so they are currently pushing. I do plan to get two more for a push-pull config if I can find the Aer P 140mm somehow.

  • 34 months ago
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I had to pay a bit of a premium getting those Aer fans... but you can find them on amazon.

  • 34 months ago
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I spoke to an NZXT rep last week and they claim that the fans were never officially released to the public yet as an individual item. The only way the public can get their hands on them is if they buy a new Kraken AIO or buy the fans off someone else who has the new Kraken AIO... Maybe you have a link?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

NZXT Aer RGB120 Triple Pack 120mm RGB Case Fan 500-1 500 RPM 20-61.4CFM 22-31DBA 4-PIN PWM https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NALACG9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_PkgOyb0FBPD97

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not want the RGB edition, actually. But thanks for the link.