Description

I was previously running an i7-3770k with an EVGA 780 SC meant primarily for gaming purposes and I figured it was time for an upgrade. So I went with the new Skylake i7 processor and EVGA 980 ti FTW graphics card. I also chose to go with the new Phanteks Eclipse P400s case because I felt it would strike a nice balance between clean and quiet, while still giving off that gamer vibe with its windowed side panel and front LED shining over its logo.

Installation was a breeze with this case. Cable management was very simple with the pre-mounted velcro straps behind the motherboard tray and the shroud that covers the PSU is fantastic for hiding your excess cables, especially if you're someone that doesn't have the patience to deal with that sort of task. I also purchased the Phanteks RGB LED strip, ran it along the inside and connected it to the existing LEDs. Now I'm able to control both the front lights and the strip lights with the same button which is built into the front of the case.

My previous case was a Cooler Master HAF922 and the temps were always extremely cool because of how open the case was for airflow. I can already see the differences in temperatures when moving to a more silent case like this Phanteks Eclipse P400s. The only thing I would do differently next time is go with a reference design GPU to help exhaust the hot air out of the case more efficiently, versus having the non reference card which disperses the hot air into the case.

Hardware wise I had no issues with anything not working properly, which is awesome because I can't say the same for some of my previous builds. Everything turned out great though. I personally love the finished look and overall this was a fun system to build.

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid cpu! Especially coming up from an i7-3770k.

Memory

Runs as advertised with XMP profile. Happy camper here.

Storage

Stupid fast and plenty of storage.

Case

Sexy case with great cable management. Easy build. Love it!

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Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build but I have to say that this is the most generic high end build you could possibly make apart from the board and that you have 1TB SSD not 500GB and a 3TB HDD not 2TB, looks good all the same though

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Generic? Why because there's no custom parts? It's a weird critic. Looks awesome to me.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate that! Thanks :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I suppose it is pretty generic :(. I'd really love to build a full tower setup with sli and custom water cooling for my future build. I didn't list or take pictures of it, but this build actually has two 1TB Samsung Evo 850 drives, one 3TB seagate, and one 2TB Western Digital Black installed.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that case. Nice and sharp.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a sharp looking build! Excellent parts selection!! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Good looking build. I noticed that you have around 83 degrees under load for GPU, you might want to consider creating a custom fan curve in MSI Afterburner. I have the same GPU and maintain at least 70 degrees.

All that just to say +1.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice and +1! I actually have been playing with the custom fan curve on evga precisionx, but Ive just been a bit bummed out with how loud the fans have to be just to keep the card in the 70s during heavy gaming. I've sort of sacrificed a bit on the curve to keep the fan sound levels down at this point. I need to play with it a bit more because I know I can find a happier medium.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I don't really know how loud it gets because one, wear headphones. Two, my A/C is broken so I have my window open and fan on. XD

I have a real steep one to not make it go above 75

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB FTW $666.98

otherwise known as the evil "F### the world" edition xD

just had too lol. anyways, great looking build! +1 :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol thanks! I didn't even notice that xD

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I have that same MoBo!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes! I love it!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nick to meet you today, Rick.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Rick, here is a link to my co-workers build.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/T94CmG

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a really good looking build! I'm obviously a huge fan of black and red themes. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Amazing build, love the LEDs! How are those Corsair fans? I'm planning on getting them myself.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Does that cooler fit on the top?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

how high can you OC your cpu, is the MOBO good

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I'm also looking at the Phanteks P400S for my rig. Question -- How many inches from the bottom of the rig is the side window? I'm guessing about 7".

Thanks and +1!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

omg gorgeous +1, be careful with those sata power and data cable though.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The background was a last second choice before I took a picture. Didn't put much thought into it before I chose. But I figured ehhh! Why not!? Lol thanks! ;)

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That's funny because my dad worked for Lockheed as a contract admin for a long time lol.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol not that I know of xD. He use to bring us home these cards from work that had all the different planes on one side of the card and a description with some history of the plane on the other side.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

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