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Spendy FirstBuild

by HenryHalling


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Date Published

Dec. 9, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 4, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.622 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Got a full time job this year, and decided I'd spend some of my money on parts for a PC. Everything was figured out on the fly, and it made for a really great learning experience. I was able to successfully overclock everything, and am pleased with its performance.

Scored a 2908 on Unigine Valley and a 1755 on Heaven, after running for a half an hour on 2560x1440 8xAA fullscreen.

Everything except the chair, headphones, mouse, and Samsung monitor were purchased over Black Friday/ Cyber Monday week. The headphones were bought about a year ago (now they're only 40 bucks.)

I may eventually swap out my Noctua heatsink for a water cooling option (for aesthetics more than anything.) But am happy with how it looks with the new Thermaltake Riing fans hooked up.

Part Reviews


It seems to be working well so far. I was able to overclock it to 5GHz for several benchmarks. I have it stable, currently at 4.7GHz.

CPU Cooler

The cooler seems very solid and does its job well. The fan provided is nice and quiet, but the color is a pretty ugly- they should provide an alternate color option, as the tan color doesn't go well with most setups. The heatsink is quite large as well, so I might eventually switch to a liquid cooling option.


Seems good! Haven't had any issues. The only thing moderately annoying was the I/O Panel Shield, as it seemed kind of flimsy, and the tabs needed to be bent up to allow the motherboard to insert properly.


Very solid, no issues so far. I'm able to get all 3200Mhz out of the memory thanks to overclocking.


Very fast, small, and has a ton of space. Very happy with this purchase- especially with the deal I got on the price.

Video Card

Seems to be working well so far, was able to overclock it quite a bit and am impressed with its performance.


Very beautiful case. The tempered glass is very nice. Paid a little bit more for the white matte, but it's definitely the best color for this design. Adding LEDs to the case makes it pop like crazy.

Power Supply

The unit itself seems good, but it took forever (11 days) to arrive. Don't order off EVGA's website if you have any sort of urgency in receiving your package. Amazon and Newegg do a much better job with shipping and notifications.

Case Fan

The fans and the LED's are great! The fans are quiet, and the LED rotation effect and ability to select custom colors are cool. The controller connections are the only thing that I'm not crazy about. I guess I'm not really sure how most people put their controller on the outside of their case, but I was able to get mine by looping the connections out the back panel by the graphics card. This works for now, but if I'd ever consider SLI, I'd need to figure out how to route the cabling so that the controller is not in the way of the graphics card ports.


Very nice display for the price. The settings for having multiple things open at once is pretty cool. Supports Freesync, which is nice. Doesn't have pivot, height adjustment, or rotation though, which could be a drawback for people's setups.


Really great monitor! I like the thin bezel, which gives more screen for its size. It has lots of mobility with rotation, pivot, tilt, and height all being adjustable. The price as well for a G-Sync monitor is amazing.


Great keyboard. The typing is very satisfying, and the color effects are cool. Haven't made use of the phone mount yet, but that seems cool as well.


This is my second purchase of this mouse (my cat chewed through my cord on my first one,) but I love the ergonomic feel of the mouse. Works well for everything.


I really like this headset. It fits nicely over my ears/glasses, and is comfortable to wear for long periods of time with glasses (which is a huge problem for a lot of headsets I've used.) I currently use this at work, but I may swap it back home to use with my new setup.


Very comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. Does not get super hot after sitting in for hours of gaming, and helps with sweat cooling. I like the additional cushions, as they provide good back/head support.


It's Windows. Pretty standard. Has an issue with Paint 3d crashing with my graphics card driver, but that's something I'll have to debug a bit further.

Comments Sorted by:

HappyPanda726 3 points 13 months ago

Awesome build dude! I reccomend buying the chromax by noctua cooler covers and fans. I'll link them for you! They'll go great with your setup imo. Heatsink cover: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076575LND/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_tai_V0esAb962DE19 Fan(s): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07654B9MR/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_tai_W1esAb5J5JM5C

HenryHalling submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Ah, thank you!

kingofneverland 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hey mate do you think you can fit chromax heatsink covers with Noctua d15s in Nzxt s340 elite? I have a similar setup (with ryzen) and would love to have that cooler but don't like the colors.

HenryHalling submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Yep, they work! I took HappyPanda's request and bought the black fan with white heatsink covers. I'll post some updated pictures once my cable mods come in the mail.

kingofneverland 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Omg thank you! I can't wait for the photos.

HenryHalling submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I've updated the parts list and added some pictures of the fully updated version.

kingofneverland 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hey thx for the update! It looks great and I will do the same. I think I will use the stock fan of D15S as top exhaust fan because it is a quality fan and would be shame not to use. Its brown might not be so visible as top fan because heatsink is covering it a lot.

logcat 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Why do you have your fans blowing toward the front of your case? That defeats the purpose of having a filtered intake. I can't tell which direction the back fans are blowing.

HenryHalling submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

The fans are all blowing towards the back of the case, with the exception of the top fan which is blowing out the top.

logcat 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Based on the pictures, the front fans and the right-side fan on the CPU cooler are all blowing toward the front of your case. Fans almost always blow out the "frame" side of the fan. Most fans have arrows pointing the direction of the blades turning and the airflow.

skyblue6572 1 point 8 months ago

WOW!! This is amazing!! I was looking for white theme NZXT s340 elite build! There are not many reference for NH-D15 or d15s with chromax cover! Btw did you make any modification other than lowering your mid fan down? when i looked at the manual for chromax cover, it raises the heatsink by 5mm; 165mm(160mm + 5mm). i was wondering if you made any modification to it (such as glass panel..etc..). Also, does the heat sink with chromax cover touch glass panel? Thank you so much!

cjose1130 1 point 7 months ago

Can a gtx 1070ti run that monitor at 1440p 144hz comfortably for AAA games and such? How long will it last you guys think?