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I use this build for my primary home computer for gaming, remote access to work, photo editing, media, and general use. Did I mention gaming?

UPDATE: I added a few more pictures to show some final tweaks. I replaced some of the forefront power cables with silver braided, individually-sleeved cables. I also installed a 1M Phanteks LED strip, which connects to the case controller and coordinates its color with the case.

CPU [Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core]

  • I debated between the i7-6700K and the i5-6600K. I wanted an unlocked processor because I have never overclocked before and wanted to give it a try. I also wanted the build to last me 3-plus years, so it came down to the i7 as more of an insurance policy for the unknowns of what I might use it for later.

CPU Cooler [Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid Cooler]

  • This was an interesting experience. I initially purchased the 280mm Corsair H115i, since my case supports the larger radiator. Ultimately, the radiator didn't fit – not because of the case, but because it was slightly making contact with the DRAM and not fully seating all the way (the case has a nice slide-in radiator tray). I probably could have “made it work,” either by screwing down the radiator tray almost all the way and pressing up against the DRAM, (or purchasing a different set of lower-profile DRAM), but I decided to exchange the cooler for the smaller, 240mm Corsair H110i v2. It fits great and seems to be performing quite well.

  • One note on the placement of the radiator fans. I decided to mount them in a "pull" configuration on top of the radiator at the top of the case. I'm a newbie when it comes to water cooling, but my research seemed to indicate that the performance of push vs. pull is negligible. My thinking was that it would be easier to clean out dust from the radiator over the longer term that would otherwise be trapped between it and the fans in a push configuration.

Motherboard [Asus SABERTOOTH Z170 S]

  • I like the general vibe of the "TUF" series of motherboards from ASUS. The concept of a 5-year warranty, a more heavy-duty build, etc. was attractive to me. And it looks cool.

Memory [Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666]

  • I splurged a bit here and went with the new LED Vengeance DRAM from Corsair. These are pretty nifty. I got the white version and the lights “breathe” independently between the two sticks for a neat effect.

Storage [Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2 2280 SSD] [Western Digital Black Series 1TB 3.5”]

  • The Samsung 950 PRO M.2 drive is blazing. I use it as my primary OS volume and install all of my applications there. The Western Digital Black Series 3.5” drive is for data, like my Steam Library, and I also use a separate NAS for archival storage.

Video Card [EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition]

  • I love the look of the new GeForce 1070 Founders Edition. As I was planning this build, the timing worked out for me to acquire one on launch day. I was originally planning on a 970, but couldn’t resist the upgrade.

Case [Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass Galaxy Silver]

  • What can I say about this case except wow. It is a beautiful thing and it made the build an enjoyable experience. The tempered glass panels are a bit awkward, but I don’t anticipate removing them very often. Totally worth it for the look, in my opinion.

Power Supply [Corsair RM750i 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX]

  • Solid component and runs totally quiet. It was a fun experience to open the box and find the power supply in a “velvet” drawstring bag and the cables in another storage bag. Nice touches and it appears to be a quality product.

Case Fan [Noctua NF-A4x10 4.8 CFM 40mm Fan]

  • I purchased this little fan to populate the optional motherboard fan slot. I had to peel off two of the little rubber corner cushions to make it fit properly, but it has been working great.

Monitor [Dell S2716DG 27” 144Hz Monitor]

  • I really wanted to acquire a G-Sync capable monitor and this one fit the bill nicely. It was reasonably priced and I like the simple, clean design. It looks great, too, after general calibration.

Keyboard [Corsair K65 LUX RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard]

  • I looked for a smaller profile gaming keyboard since my desk space is a little limited, and I really like this one a lot. The color control, mechanical switches, and overall quality are great.

Mouse [SteelSeries Sensei RAW Wired Laser Mouse]

  • This is a great, responsive mouse. It has the right shape for my hand and grip style, which is somewhere between palm and claw. The rubberized feel is nice, too.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
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Nice build, hows the monitor, i'm thinking about getting it

  • 42 months ago
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I like it a lot. It is a TN panel, but don't let any naysayers dissuade you. You can do simple calibration to get it to very impressive view quality with vibrant colors. The thin bezel gives it a nice appearance, and G-Sync makes more of a difference than I thought it would. For the features and quality, I'm not sure you will find a better price point.

  • 42 months ago
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Yeah ive been looking into it and most people i see say the same thing you have. But i like to get the most opinions i can before i decide to burn this kind of money. Thank you!

  • 42 months ago
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Great build sir!! well done!!.

  • 42 months ago
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Many thanks!

  • 42 months ago
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what desk+ shelf is that?

  • 42 months ago
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  • 42 months ago
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That's a very pretty build!

I've got the non-glass Evolv ATX and I've been loving this board and wanting to do a build with it, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with my current PC to give me a reason to upgrade. :(

Are you going to get sleeved cables? I feel like the right set of colors could do a great job in there.

  • 42 months ago
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Thanks! Individually sleeved cables are a great idea and would look better.

  • 42 months ago
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I have a couple of extensions for mine, but you might want to opt for a set specific to your PSU so you don't have all the extra length to deal with. If I'd had a modular PSU when I started, I would have gone that route.

Considering the board, white might look good, but I can also see some alternating color sets too. Maybe a white and black would work well?

  • 42 months ago
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Good call. I thought of the same colors as you, but elected to try a silver colored extension cable from BitFenix. I only got the main ATX and the PCI-E power cables to clean up the two most pronounced ones. Thanks for the tips.

  • 42 months ago
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I started that way too. I recently picked up the EPS cable as well, in order to get free shipping on another order. Doesn't the 1070 only require a single 8 pin?

Do you have any pics of the silver cables?

  • 42 months ago
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Yes, single 8-pin for the 1070. Pictures available here and here.

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  • 42 months ago
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Very nice build. I'm very much aligned with your build. The only thing i'm considering is a smaller (but not small) case.

That and currently pondering pros/cons of cooling solution. Is all that garb (cost, noise, longevity, functionality) really worth it.

Nice grab on monitor. Dell vs Asus vs Acer vs AOC.

  • 42 months ago
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Hey, thanks. I thought about a smaller case too, but went for the ATX mini tower because of the tempered glass edition.

I hear you on the pros/cons for liquid cooling, but my rationale was to go for the "custom-build tubes-n-stuff" factor, even though all I used was an AIO cooler. It really was a straightforward install and it seems to keep the CPU nice and cool.

  • 42 months ago
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Right on brother.

  • 42 months ago
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That fan in the motherboard tho.

  • 42 months ago
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Haha, yeah -- it was optional, but seemed like an easy value-add.

  • 42 months ago
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Hey how is the monitor ?

  • 42 months ago
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It's great -- I mentioned this in an earlier reply, but I think the fact that it is a TN panel gives it a bit of a bad rap. It is really beautiful and vibrant. The G-Sync technology is something worth experiencing, in terms of fast refresh with no screen tearing. And I enjoy the overall aesthetic, with the super thin bezel and lack of external color accents. I would recommend it.

  • 42 months ago
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The Silver Flash

Outta knowhere

  • 42 months ago
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Dude

  • 42 months ago
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;)

  • 42 months ago
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lovely..+1

  • 42 months ago
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Thanks very much!

  • 42 months ago
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Very nice build! How much was the led ram?

  • 42 months ago
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Thanks!

I was only able to obtain it directly from Corsair at the time for $90. I see that it is starting to show up at other e-retailers now, so the price may be a bit less.

It is currently available in white and red.

  • 42 months ago
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Great build! Just get some braided cables and you're good to go to an exhibition :) A few questions :

  • Are you satisfied with noise levels form H100i V2 ?
  • Are you satisfied with noise absorbing ability with your Evolv Tempered Glass case?
  • How many seconds to boot on 950 Pro?

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
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Thanks! Yes, the cables will be here this week, so I will post some updated pics once I install them.

I'm satisfied with the noise levels from the H100i v2. The most noise is coming from the two radiator fans that come with the cooler. I have them plugged in to the pump, as instructed, and then I have the pump plugged in to the "W_PUMP" header on the motherboard. This effectively makes the fans run at 100%, since the pump is running at 100%. One may be able to plug the fans into different PWM-capable headers to be able to provide more fine-level control. I have my case PWM hub plugged into the "CPU_FAN" header to allow me to control the case fan levels. The noise levels are quite good, overall, for my environment.

The case does a good job absorbing noise. There is a thin strip of foam-like material around the rim of the case on both sides. When the four thumbscrews are tightened on the panels, it makes the tempered glass press up against the strip and it provides a nice seal. The overall construction of the case is very solid and well thought-out.

The 950 PRO is really fast. I can time it for you when I get home this evening.

  • 42 months ago
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Thanks! Yeah, that would be great, I'm really interested in boot times for this 950 Pro drive. You can control your pump and fans through Corsair Link software I think.

  • 42 months ago
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From hitting the power button to the Windows 10 sign-in screen it looks like about 17-18 seconds. There may be an artificial boot delay from BIOS to allow me to enter BIOS setup -- not sure if that is adding a couple seconds to the time or not.

You are totally right about using Corsair Link. I had kind of shelved the use of that, other than to control the LED color on the pump, but forgot that I could control the fans too. I set them to a lower RPM profile. Thanks for the tip!

  • 42 months ago
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So do you think the lil fan on the mobo is worth? Probably gonna get the same mobo.

  • 42 months ago
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I would say so. I don't really have any benchmarks to share, in terms of temps before/after, but for $13 it seems like a fun little addition.

I mentioned it in the comments, but the Noctua model that I got fits just fine after peeling off a couple rubberized corner pieces.

  • 42 months ago
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Hi. How are you able to control the RAM LEDs? I have seen a video on YouTube where the guy says that you can turn them off, on at all times, flashing, etc. I have just received them and there is no information about this. Thank you.

  • 42 months ago
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I was unaware that you could control the LEDs at all. I just assumed that they were in "breathe" mode permanently. I did some searching online but was unable to come up with anything so far. One would assume it could be managed via Corsair Link software, but the latest version does not seem to have anything related to the RAM. Let me know if you figure it out.

  • 42 months ago
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That is what this guy says: https://youtu.be/F1_XlkPzDDo?t=210

I find it way too stupid to launch new LED RAM in 2016 without any control for the LEDs.

  • 38 months ago
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Hi there beautiful build. Where did you get thos clamps from which hold your white and grey custom cables so neat together? Were they supplied with the cables?

Han

  • 38 months ago
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Hey, thanks. I ordered the cable combs from CableMod and then clipped them to size.

  • 37 months ago
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Thanks!

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  • 42 months ago
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Yes - I just ordered one today, in fact. I ordered the Phanteks LED strip that connects to the internal case LED lighting control. It may end up being a bit too bright, but I thought I would give it a go, especially with the glass panel.

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