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Money Pit

by OnlyHeStandsThere

Description

I completed my first build last year around this time using a Corsair 270R, i7 6700k, MSI 1070 Armor, Deepcool AIO cooler, Corsair Vengeance Ram (16gb), Asus z170a, and, cheap keyboard and mouse combo, Sandisk SSD and WD Blue 7200 HDD. First thing I upgraded after was my monitor. The 1080p monitor I use for my Xbone was't enough so I picked up a Acer 27 (nightmare at first). Than the cheap keyboard took a dump. Luckily the Corsair Strafe was on sale at Best Buy for 60.99 so I picked it up. Decided I may as well get a better mouse so I grabbed a SteelSeries Rival 700.

At this point I was well, content but not completely satisfied. As mush as I tried to block it out, the thought of the mess of cables inside the case (that offers literally not cable management) kept gnawing at me. Constantly looking at builds on here and other sites didn't help either and finally a month ago, I cracked. Just like I do with modding my car, I spent weeks researching, watching video after video, reading forums and reviews until I was sure of what I wanted. I original planned to get a EVGA SC2 1080ti black to keep my previous cases black and white theme. That changed once I saw the MSI Gaming X and Corsair White 570.

Saw no reason to change my 6700k so I left it. Unlike before, decided to stay with one manufacturer for mobo and GPU so I got a M7 to go with the Gaming X. Didn't want to take any chances so I left the 600w PSU in my old case and got a full modular 850w which turned out to be a great decision. While rebuilding my PC, I also built one for my GF in a s340 (she wanted a good PC and fell in love with the white, purple s340). While I love my case, her s340 wins in terms of ease of installation. I really wanted to use cablemod cables and I can say if I had chose to get extensions instead of complete replacement cables, running them in the 570's cable management tray in back would have been near impossible. Not to mention they would probably spill out the bottom since Corsair didn't cover the other opening of the PSU cover (WHHHHY?!?! I'm looking at you Corsair).

While I'm talking about the case, the white 570 offers a hole with a grommet about the PSU cover unlike the other 570. Wish there once one more down there. I ended up running some fan and audio cables behind the mobo to hide them. Also the 570 case comes with three SP120 RGB fans and controller which is great but I wanted the brighter and PWM HD120 fans. If you plan to run these, you'll need the controller for the HD fans as they aren't compatible with each other.

The Kraken and Gskillz ram were obvious choices to me as they both look great with just about any build. Hopefully the Gskills software gets worked out quickly as it is extremely buggy and MSI mystic sync doesn't work on it.

Overall, I'm extremely happy with how everything turned out. I'm hoping this will hold me for a long time but knowing myself, it won't so the this builds title is well deserved.

Part Reviews

CPU

Not much to say. I made my build to play games, mostly Skyrim which I kept ready was CPU intensive. I returned the i5 I ordered and got this. I've had no issues running what ever I want with it. I haven't ventured into overclocking much other than changed the settings on the MSI gaming software that came with the Mobo.

CPU Cooler

Compared the Previous AIO I had (deep cool), this thing is infinitely better. No ugly corrugated hoses but instead nicely made and easy to work with threaded hose (I'm guessing PTFE). The infinite ring logo decision looks great in every build I've seen it in. Keeps my 6700k nice and cool (max I've seen is 20 degrees under load cooler than the deep cool). Price is a little steep compared to others that it competes with. Sometimes the logo reverts to default until I restart the cam software.

Storage

Good cheap SSD. Use as boot drive.

Storage

No issues with it. Use to hold all my games (which it is currently full).

Storage

Just recently bought since my 1TB WD is full. 5 stars for now as I've had no issues with it. May change as time goes on, lets hope not.

Case

Absolutely stunning case. Has the craftsmanship you'd expect from corsair. Some don't like the white corsair front and side logo but matches my white,red, black build perfectly. Comes with three sp120 fans and controller which is part of the hefty price I'd assume. The white version is only available on Newegg and adds a whole with grommet in the PSU cover though I would have been great if they had put another one. Like the first 570x, they still don't cover the other opening of the PSU cover for whatever reason. The cable management tray in the back is nice but wish it was a bit wider since all cables that run through the front grommets have to make their way through the tray. Running cables isn't hard but isn't super easy either depending on what you need to wire up. Like most new cases, no spot for a CD drive but externals are dirt cheap so whatever. Other than those grips, I'd recommend this case to anyone that wants a really clean build.

Monitor

I've I had reviewed this when I first got it, it would have gotten a two stars max. Playing games it has a beautiful picture with stunning colors but doing anything else, especially with a white background (so most websites) it would flicker horribly. To the point I was ready to return the thing. Luckily an update came out the week I decided to send it back and I've had zero issues since.

Headphones

I bought these to replace my Turtle Beach x500's that lasted 6 months. For the price of the TB's I'd except a lot longer life out of them, especially from someone that takes care of his stuff. Despite being out of another 250 dollars I'm happy I bough these. I never knew what real sound was until I got these. I'll never touch another "gaming" headset again.

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Experience 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

I had a surprising similar build, cool one :) +1

Whalachai 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

How's that support bracket, does it have a led ?? And is that a custom backplate??

RiptideTV 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Backplate is from V1Tech I believe. Not sure about the support bracket though.

OnlyHeStandsThere submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

It's great. I got it on Amazon from Emperor's Magic. If you search gpu bracket, it'll come up. It super simple to connect and has a remote to change the led color. The backplate is from v1 tech. I actually found one I like more on Etsy that I may buy eventually.

Whalachai 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

I got a simple bracket but kinda like that one lol. I'm gonna look into the backplate I think that's a great idea it looks very good

Frogg_Tough26 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Nice build! I just did mine in the same case also...At first liked the case but after building in it that changed. Overall though I have to say the completed product on this case makes it a beautiful piece of work.

OnlyHeStandsThere submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks. Yeah building is this case definitely isn't the easiest but the look afterward is so worth it. Those duel 1080 ti's you're going to run is going to beast. Glad to know it'll fit, I've been thinking of picking up another card myself when they go down in price.

JukeFactory 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

awesome!!!

OnlyHeStandsThere submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks

someta 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

This is gorgeous! Very nice job, you have my +1!

OnlyHeStandsThere submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks you very much

someta 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

No problem! You're welcome!

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OnlyHeStandsThere submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Bought it on Amazon. Search gpu bracket and look for Emperor's Magic.

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