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RAID0

by LBrown

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10 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 16, 2017

Date Built

June 30, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

Description

This is my 2nd custom gaming PC and I had a lot of fun with it. Apparently it's becoming difficult to find white/blue themed motherboards and graphics cards. The graphics card is a carry-over from my previous build and it serves its purpose. So far I have no complaints about anything. It's running Windows 10 Pro.

I picked up the CPU, mobo, cooler and RAM in June 2016. I got the itch for more upgrades so I got the PSU for X-Mas 2016. Then I grabbed the case and 2nd SSD in early 2017. Subsequently, I added the Riing fans and an LED strip. Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription... is more blue-LED's!

So far the system has been great for gaming and general usage. The SSD RAID 0 makes boot/reboot times laughable and I use the HDD to make regular backups in case one of the SSD's dies.

The system is ideal for 1080p gaming, running all my usual games very well. I moved from a large, 8-fan case to this case with only 4 fan mounts so the AIO liquid cooling is helping a bunch with the limited airflow. Temps are very cool but my office stays much cooler even in the Summer.

Part Reviews

CPU

The 6600k was a great choice at a great price and I've got it running at 4.3GHz.

CPU Cooler

The liquid cooler was a huge upgrade and keeps the CPU very cool even during long stretches of gaming.

Motherboard

It was tough finding a blue/black motherboard (where did they all go?). This one works really well for mild overclocking and the BIOS is great. No complaints. Would it have killed ASUS to add the I/O shroud like on the other models (-1 star)??

Memory

I made sure to go with the 3000MHz DDR4 or I wouldn't see much return over DDR3. This is due to the CAS latency of DDR4 being much higher.

Storage

Bought this one first years ago. Then bought an MX300 for RAID 0.

Storage

Bought an M550 years ago. Bought this one 2nd in 2017. SSD's in RAID0 - ZOOOOOOOM.

Storage

HDD for storage and backup. I wanted a Black but not in the budget this time around.

Video Card

This can run all my usual games on high/ultra at 60 fps+ in 1080p. This card is a carry-over from my previous build.

Case

Compact, but makes up for it due to having no HDD/ODD cages. Cable management is great but will drive you crazy if you're a neat-freak. The case looks great! And the tempered glass makes a world of difference versus plastic/Plexiglas windowed cases.

Power Supply

The modular design must be a gift from God or someone with common sense. It cleaned up my case and wiring nicely and it will allow me to upgrade to dual GPU when I'm ready for 4k gaming or VR.

Comments Sorted by:

bradgnoyes 1 point 7 months ago

I really like your white/blue build. I did something similar with my first build and seeing yours kind of makes me regret not going with that S340 Elite case. It has a really nice look.

LBrown submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! I considered going with the S340 and using the rest of my budget to do RGB fans/LED's but when I saw the Elite in person I quickly changed my mind. The tempered glass makes a world of difference in the overall quality.

Chapeau 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Nice clean build! The glass panel is so nice! - How are you controlling fan speed on the AIO?

LBrown submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! The pump and fan are connected to headers on the motherboard. 1 for the water pump and 1 for the CPU fan. I also have the other front intake fan on the CPU optional fan header and the rear and top fans are connected to chassis fan headers. Everything on the motherboard right now.

I use the ASUS AI Suite (version 3) software to control everything - overclocking, fan speeds, power consumption, application prioritization... It's a powerful tool once you learn it.

When idle the fans go to Quiet mode and only the rear fan and AIO fan operate. When gaming the fans go to Turbo mode and all fans engage and RPM increases for all fans. This allows the PC to be dead quiet when idle.

mineturte 1 point 4 months ago

Is the 3tb still working?

LBrown submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Yes.

mineturte 1 point 4 months ago

s I c k

LBrown submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah, I've always used Western Digital HDD. They usually come with a 5 year warranty. On my last build I had 2 640 GB Black HDD's. One started to slow down and lock after 4 years, they replaced it without any issues. I highly recommend them.

mineturte 1 point 4 months ago

Good to hear! I have heard horror stories about some blacks warranties not being fulfilled because of some dumb reasons, but I haven't heard much bad from the blues. Guess I'll get this drive.

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LBrown submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks!