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Arctic Storm

by CaffeinatedGaming

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Date Published

May 23, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.21GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.0GHz

Description

I basically migrated from Xbox360 to PC. I'm into recording, streaming, video/audio editing, and gaming ofc. This being my first build, I made some rookie mistakes.

Still, it works, I'll be upgrading to a Ryzen 5 1600 with a new mobo and DDR4 ram when Cyber Monday comes around. Already upgraded the case, which is the white and purple one in the photos. I kept the old case photos for comparison. Peripherals are also included as a recommendation.

A red and black theme is simple and easy, but I'll be changing my color scheme to pink and purple soon. Also going to buy white braided cable sleeve extensions. That's a bit more unique in my opinion.

Fun fact. Ever since the Ethereum mining boom, my graphics card is sold out everywhere and it's value jumped from $250 to $400. Probably not going to sell it though.

About $1000 was spent on the pc itself and $330 on the peripherals. Would have cost me less had I waited until Cyber Monday.

----Future Upgrade Purchase List----

AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor

MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC ATX AM4 Motherboard

Corsair - Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

Phanteks 24 Pin/ 8pin (4+4) M/B, 8pin (6+2) PCI-E Extension Cable Kit 500mm Length, White

Corsair - Air Series AF140 Purple 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan x3

Corsair - SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fan x1

Here's the link to the Build Guide. --> https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/PNFfrH/arctic-storm

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think! :)

Part Reviews

CPU

Nothing too special about this CPU. Handles almost everything I throw at it, and was price rather low. Unfortunately I bought this right before Ryzen came out, but I'll be upgrading to the Ryzen 5 1600 soon.

Ugly heatsink. 4 cores. Unfortunately no overclocking capabilities, which would have been nice given it's speed. Also lacks hyperthreading.

Still a great budget buy.

Motherboard

Cheap motherboard. No issues so far. I love the usb 3.0 support. However, will be upgrading to a white AM4 socket motherboard for Ryzen in standard ATX, because this thing looks tiny in my mid tower case.

Memory

It's ram. The black heatsinks looks good on most builds. Not the fastest, but it's cheap. Will be upgrading to 16gb DDR4 soon when I get a Ryzen.

Storage

I love this little guy. Super fast, and the price per gb was very reasonable. I keep my OS and some games on here. RIP to loading screens.

Storage

Found this item refurbished, which I did have my doubts about given that it's where most of my data will be. I believe it was certified refurbished on Newegg. But I've had no issues with it and 2TB at 7200 RPM for 40 bucks? It's a steal. Would buy again.

Video Card

Love this card. Originally was going to go for a GTX 1060 3gb, but saw this around the same price and went for it. 8gb of VRAM will be plenty for a while. The speeds are a little less than the 1060 but the overkill on VRAM DX12 optimization is worth it.

Features a very modern looking backplate and the RGB SAPPHIRE logo on the side.

Handles even poorly optimized early access games very well. AMD's redesigned Wattman OC software works great as well of an extra boost. Might switch to MSI Afterburner for OCing though.

Case

Modern and unique. I'm impressed. It's a popular case, but I usually see the black variant. This one is roomy, with great cable management, and good airflow. It's on the small side of mid towers but it still packs almost everything. White exterior, charcoal grey/purple interior. Rubberized feet elevate the case about an inch to keep dust out. Bottom and front dust filters are easily removable and cleanable. Solid buy. I recommend it.

Power Supply

Bought this one with expandability in mind. Never had any trouble with it. And the wattage for the price is great.

Operating System

Wishing I had bought Windows 8 for cheap and used the free 10 upgrade, but a regular install is probably better anyways.

Software

The Microsoft Partners program gave this to me along with many other unlimited activated installation disks. Score.

Wireless Network Adapter

Surprisingly I haven't had any issues with this 10 dollar WiFi card. Does exactly what is advertised. No connection loss or slow speeds. I recently found that my rig has a hotspot built in. I don't know if it's from this card though.

Case Fan

The red LEDs are cool, though I wish I bought RGB. The fans aren't too loud but since they use molex, they can't be RPM controlled right off of the motherboard. I'd rather have gotten RGB PWM fans so they'd be auto speed adjusted by the motherboard based on temp.

Monitor

Had this lying around. Has a nice small footprint to I can put it on the top level of my desk. I use it to monitor performance, temps, Discord, Spotify, etc.

Monitor

Enjoying this gaming monitor. I'm never going back to standard aspect ratio again. UltraWide is very immersive. It's got good gaming tweaks and though it's only 60hz, it's enough for me. It's cheap, and I wasn't about to shell out the money for the 34 inch curved LG UltraWide. Can't adjust the height, but a nice desk monitor riser works well.

Keyboard

I like this keyboard. Hefty, simple, and affordable. Looking back, I'd have spent a bit extra and opted for quieter MX Brown switches with RGB backlights instead. The MX Blues are very tactile, which I like, but it's horribly loud. Not great for recording/streaming. O rings don't do much because it's the switch that's loud. Browns are slightly tactile, but very quiet. Use those.

Mouse

I'm 6'4 with very large hands so a larger mouse was a better pick for me. This is one of the largest on the market. It's badass. I enjoy the Infinite Scroll wheel and the comfort of this, not to mention the durability. Optional weights are nice too.

External Storage

External hard drive. What can I say? Not the fastest, but it's big. No issues so far.

Other

Wonderful mouse/keyboard pad. Put it just over the edge of your desk and it'll be comfortable on your wrists. Looks great and was cheap. Great non-slip quality too.

Other

Holds my microphone off the desk. Easy to swivel and move around. Solid construction and fits most mic sizes.

Other

A great cheap alternative to the popular Blue condenser microphones. Sweet sound quality for the price, and is certainly decent for recording.

Other

This fits nicely on the back of my monitor. They're bright, and have a decent mode controller. Will be buying some molex case lights as well.

Other

Had these forever. Love them.

Other

Had these for a while. Helpful for phone calls. Great look and sound, with wonderful bass. Good buy.

Other

Useful for testing switches before you buy. (Don't get the clicky MX Blue switches, your Discord friends will hate you.)

Other

These are cheap and well made, but don't work too well on clicky tactile keys, since they just dampen the audible 'bump' against the key and the keyboard backplate. Still useful but way more effective on quiet switches like MX Reds or MX Browns.

Comments Sorted by:

iotapsi 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

How is it having that monitor up and to the side like that? It's an unusual setup

judjud 1 point 4 months ago

I can understand the monitor being located up there for streaming purposes. You can place your Twitch chat or Discord chat up there. It is "out of the way" but also easily able to be viewed when needed.

CaffeinatedGaming submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Agreed, it's a bit different but its really useful. The stock Windows monitor settings were easy to set it for the mouse to jump from corner to corner. I just use it for keeping an eye on discord and such bit it helps.

iotapsi 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

I thought about doing that a while ago, but I didn't have a chance to due to limited desk space. If it's functional, I like it

wildcat45 1 point 4 months ago

Nice build, I really like the monitor setup.

CaffeinatedGaming submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks man! Never going back to standard aspect ratio after having the ultrawide.

Ayhamb99 1 point 3 months ago

How's The Case? Just Curious Because The One Review On it is A 1 Star Claiming It's Very Bad

CaffeinatedGaming submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 days ago

Old comment, I know. But the old Apevia Trooper case was bad indeed. You can see my review of it. But I recently replaced it with the NZXT S340 Mid Tower case. It's white and purple, which imo looks modern and clean while still looking unique. So far, I love it. I just updated this build page.