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by SirTreePuncher



Date Published

April 13, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.721 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


Heyy so I was 14 and this was my first build, and I thought it looked pretty darn good...

But it did have some major problems:

•My HDD was DOA, so I returned it and bought a new 3tb from BestBuy

•The fans were unbearably loud most of the time and it was awful. I will remember to buy PWM from now on.

•The 7700k ran hot A LOT

•The GPU was pretty nice and quiet most of the time, and when it wasn't, it was kinda loud.

Those are my only complaints..

Some good things:

•Cooler was pretty cool, accidentally poke a hole in the radiator while screwing it in.. oops lol.

• Had a love/hate relationship with the motherboard. I like it a lot but for the longest time had constant BSOD screens because I didn't supply enough voltage and couldn't figure out how in the BIOS because I'm dumb like that lol.

•The m.2 gave pretty decent speeds. 10 second OS boot time. Games booted quick. BF1 from clicking the icon to main menu took about 15 seconds.

•Cables were really nice in it.

Overall: Fun experience, and I am doing another build..

I sold the PC and now I'm buying Ryzen... Only 15 and I'm about to have 2 builds under my belt. Ryzen will be an ATX then a MITX in Node 202 then off to custom watercooling.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Kept temps relatively cool on a hot chip.


Nice ram, great for a red/black build.


Decent speeds, lots of storage.

Video Card

Ran a bit hot, but very good fps in all games.


Loved the case, very compact and very versatile. Maybe a bit loud due to the openings.

Operating System

It's Windows lol..

Comments Sorted by:

AlexDLowe 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Perhaps with the 7700K issue, you may have forgotten to remove the plastic seal that comes on the contact surface of the H100i, so when the CPU was running, barely any heat was making it through to the actual AIO liquid, due ot poor heat conduction.

Whatever the problem was/is, this is a very nice build and I look forward to seeing your Ryzen Build. Just a few pointers for the Ryzen, buy a PSU that's around 100W more than what you need as the best bit about Ryzen is the fact that it's unlocked for overclocking. On another note, check the chipset of the motherboard that you are buying as the A320 don't allow for overclocking but are really cheap, the B350 allows for overclocking but has poor crossfire (multiple GPU's) performance but is mid-tier in price, and the X370 has everything you could possibly want from a motherboard.

Also, my piece of advice on what Ryzen CPU to get would be the new Ryzen 5 1600x as it has been shown to outperform 1700's and occasionally 1700X's when tweaked correctly, plus it's around $249 MSRP (bargain!).

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

i got a ryzen 1700 and x370 krait and a rosewill photon 750w. i did about a weeks worth of research and i think it will look lovely.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

No kidding? A 1600x OUTPERFORMS a 1700x?

AlexDLowe 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Yep, for real, it's weird tho for sure.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago


AlexDLowe 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Firstly, I double checked my sources and I meant 1700 not the 1700X (my bad). Secondly, by better, I don't mean "the 1600X is better in every single way to the 1700", the 1700 has more cores and therefore, does better in multi-threaded and multi-core applications, however, the 1600X can go blow-to-blow with 1700 (frequently besting it too) for $60 - $70 less.

Sources: http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-Ryzen-7-1700-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-1600X/3917vs3920


JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Ah, alright. They're still both really good, and as a streamer/YouTuber, my potential upcoming Ryzen upgrade should probably be the 1700x?

Cam84 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

If you just game , that i7 was better for pure gaming, and Something wasn't right on your aio or you were really overvolting that CPU , those temps arent what you should expect with that setup. :) but nice build!

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

the i7 would be better but im just going for the experience of it. the building was more fun than the gaming lol

Cam84 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I agree lol I love the building and upgrading just as much as gaming haha

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

a 14 year old and you got a kaby lake i7 and 1080 for a first build? tears

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

lol i worked a lot for my dad's business to make money and sold my previous pre-built computer which was $1000. but in all honestly for my first build it was alright. good performance but super loud and the 7700k was soooooooooo hot lol. my next 3 builds were all ryzen, 2 personal and 1 client. anyways just work hard and get money and you can find good deals on used parts on clist and facebook marketplace. i did a $1200 r5 1600 + 1080 + 16gb 3000 ram build and its great. good luck :)

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

yeah I have a job too and I've been saving so I'm gonna be selling some of my old parts to upgrade to a 1080 and 7700k soon (funnily enough I have the same case)

I have an old pre-built that's worth about a thousand as well, but I'm gonna save that money in hopes for being able to get a mini itx pc for college.

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

if you can, try to find a used dan case. they are so nice and small.

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

seriously considering an m1 because of the cooling capability they offer

Naworx 1 point 22 months ago

I use the same case/CPU cooler and I'm looking for some feedback on the positioning of your radiator fans with respect to the case.

Currently, I have the same setup, where my fans are located on the inside of the radiator but I'm thinking I may see cooler temps if the fans were located against the case and blowing air THROUGH the radiator.

Can anyone offer some insight on this? Currently my fans are blowing air into the case, rather than blowing through the radiator...

zfrnz 1 point 22 months ago

There is really no big performance difference between push and pull on radiators. I've got mine in a pull configuration. I recommend pull because it's easier to clean dust out of the radiator.

(check out that video for more info) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyC3lZ5WFMk

SlickShoes17 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I agree. The air outside of your case will be much cooler than what's inside, so if you PULL air from outside you may get better cooling of the radiator, and better CPU temps. If you're worried about airflow or temps inside the case, you can add some 80mm fans at the back for additional exhaust.

Great build!

In that last pic, did you paint the grill or is there a bunch of dust in there...?

Kevo05s 6 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Great build! concerning the noisy fan problem: it's not the connector the problem (I'm running with only 3 pin fans) yet I can hear myself breathe and my computer is 2 feet away from my left ear. You need low RPM fans, that's it... I'm using 5 Bitfenix Spectre Pro 1200RPM at 50% speed and 3 BeQuiet Dark Base Pro 900 1000RPM also at 50% and it's dead silent. I also have the same video card as you, but I can't compare the noise with you, since mine is watercooled

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

one fan was spinning at 4000 rpm at once, it sounded like a jet engine lol

anord419 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

As it should! 4000 RPM is the average a car tire spins at, so i'm surprised it didn't knock something loose.

zfrnz 1 point 22 months ago

You're quite an accomplished builder and well spoken for a 14 year old! +1 nice build

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

thanks man :)

progamergay 1 point 22 months ago

While I get everyone is going Ryzen because of it's great performance for somewhat cheap, the CPU you have now is better than Ryzen in several benchmarks.

7700K Best Benchmark: 112% Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 5.1 GHz 7700K Worst Benchmark: 90% Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz

1800X Best Benchmark: 102% Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz 1800X Worst Benchmark: 81% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz

So, from the benchmarks we are able to see how the 7700K's worst benchmark beats 1800X's worst by 9%. It only beats the 1800X's best benchmark by 10%. While the numbers aren't too different, I think you should of stayed with your current build with the 7700K which is cheaper than the 1800X, by like $100. Also side note, if you're NOT going with the 1800X then you made a huge mistake, you pretty much downgraded your build.

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

im just want to be doing something different. im gonna try to amass as many different parts used as possible so i have experience with everything down the line.

Zurus 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

How are those Corsair SP120's treating you?

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

might just be me, but they were noisy. very stylish though

AuraNightheart 1 point 22 months ago

Very nice build! +1

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

thanks :)

Paolinus 1 point 21 months ago

Do you have any idea how your system perform at 1080p on ultra settings for BF1 ? In fps numbers if you can tell.

Other than that great build, +1 ! :D

crazyeyecarl 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

How close was the graphics card to the rams slots? In most pictures of the board it looks like cards with back plates would be touching the Ram.

SirTreePuncher submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

no there was maybe half an inch or more between the backplate and ram stick. it fit with ease.

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philip staff 10 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

Do not advocate piracy.

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