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770 to 1070

by crazyeyecarl



Date Published

March 7, 2017

Date Built

March 3, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



SO I started this build at the end of last year. I bought it piece by piece, and by my budget for that time period. The only downside to this is return policies, so better be sure that's the part you want before doing it this way. You can RMA, but not return.

I have 2 dogs, and needed a smaller computer. One that could fit on a desk. I literally bought everything fresh except my computer speakers. Chair, desk, monitor, monitor stand, everything.

Those things being said, I like the end product. Isn't the best of the best, but its mine. I got what I wanted. Again, before anyone makes comments on why I got what part, I GOT WHAT I WANTED. As should everyone. So what? It might be overkill. Maybe you do what you want to your computer, and let me enjoy mine.

PROS: Compact, Quiet, Speedy boot times.

CONS: the combination of case, MOBO, and AIO Cooler. I should have taken a picture of this, but I didnt think about it. Let me get down to it. The motherboard gets in the way of the RAD. REALLY Tight fit, but I made it work. The only reason Im saying this was a con is because it took me a great deal more time than it should've.

I'll add part reviews when I feel comfortable enough to give an actual review. Not gunna review something I just got, and/or haven't tested.

I also turned the RAD in the finished product. On install I was dumb, and had it against the rear exhaust fan and it wasn't spinning. So some pictures might seem off.

Since there isn't a review area for that tool kit, I would just like to say it's well worth the purchase.

Part Reviews


For a larger mATX case, it's pretty snug. I utilized all fan slots, including a 240 RAD on the top exhaust. I chose corsair because of my 400R. On a side note, I will say I opted to buy the Top dust filter, and the front vented panel off the corsair website. These do not, i repeat DO NOT come with the case. It comes with no top filter, and a more solid front panel. I did this because of airflow.


It does it's job. School and whatnot.


This thing fell over onto a Gatorade bottle, from a monitor stand with no damage taken. It could use a better base, more stable. Regardless it's just as good as anything else in my opinion.


This keyboard is a beast. SO my monitor fell over, and knocked Gatorade onto the keyboard. I let it dry, and wiped it down. Still has sticky keys, BUT still more responsive than my old Razer keyboard. Not saying anything about Razer. That keyboard is 4 years old, and has done me good. I just think I picked the right choice in upgrade. Bought a replacement for no sticky keys. Love it.


For right handed Palm grip this thing is amazing. Perfect for my hand, way more pleased with this than my DeathAdder. I read a lot of reviews about people being displeased about the software, but I had no issue at all with it. Had to use my Keyboard to plug it in, but that's not worth deducting an star. That's most likely me not reading that it's only supported by USB 2.0. Use a hard mouse pad.


I don't even know if these are the ones I have. Same brand, look exactly the same. But mine are amazing, and they've worked that way for over a year. So even if these aren't the correct speakers, I do recommend the brand if you're on the market.

Comments Sorted by:

RIsaac 1 point 14 months ago

If it makes you feel any better about the speakers, I'm still rocking some cheap phillips i got for free with my first tower pc from 2008! Also, seems you're the only one using that motherboard, so how's the audio on it?

crazyeyecarl submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I know, I was worried at first because of lack of reviews, and how soon I got it after release. Had more fan ports than the Z170, so I just did it. It's great for me. I have no problems with it. Huge step up from my old Gigabyte Board. On all fronts really. The audio is great. Games are crisp, all sound is clear.

Legendary_Johan 1 point 14 months ago

Are the open fan grill for the case included?

crazyeyecarl submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

No. The open grill front, and the top filter I had to buy from the corsair site. Cost me about $20 plus shipping.

AverageGangMember 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

i see the 70 series cards areworking for you. +1

crazyeyecarl submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Yeah. My old card was Gigabyte, still working perfectly fine. Beings as how much the performance increase was, the price compared to the 1080, with no real need for 4k. Best choice.

FlyinToasteronie 1 point 14 months ago

I love the Mionix Castor!

crazyeyecarl submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

So do I. Not exaggerating when I say It fits my hand perfectly. Very comfortable.

FlyinToasteronie 1 point 14 months ago

I use the NAOS 7K. Its great.

crazyeyecarl submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

That was my first choice, but opted for a newer model with optical.

pos2347 1 point 4 months ago

Any comments on SSD storages? I'm planning mine and any advice will be super appreciated :) Thank you in advance.

crazyeyecarl submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Depends. I would say get the best for your budget and build. I would say have 1 small one for your OS and other essential stuff. Then have a larger one for other stuff like music, or games in my case. I'm currently working on a Custom loop, and I'm following the advice I just gave. When purchasing anything I find as many specific reviews as I can then weigh the pros and cons. Value, Speed, Size, Life span, etc. Number of reviews, and average rating. I hope that helps, I really don't like telling people what to get because it's not my build.