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Eclipse 2K16

by rowanhirst_82

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49 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 5, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 25, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.59GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

Description

UPDATE/MAY 2017:

  • Recieved the HyperX Cloud II Headset (slate/grey)

  • Moved PC onto shelf space

  • Cleaned up cables coming from IO

  • Swapped Corsair M65 RGB Pro for a Razer Deathadder. You could say this was a bad trade but I am a palm grip and my friend is a claw grip. Swapping mice suit us both perfectly.

  • Added a 2017 Hot WheelsTM Model S (black) and a Model X (white) on top of the GPU backplate

This is my first PC build and man was it fun.

I'm 14 and I got interested in PCs due to a friend who built his own a couple years ago in an NZXT phantom case. SUPER big shout out to him for the amazing photography throughout the build, definitely the best person to have by my side for this project. For about 9 months I've messed around with what was affordable and changed my choice of case and components way too many times, from a Phanteks Evolv ITX to an NZXT H440, to a Nvidia GPU or an AMD. But eventually, I settled on all this and got to work. I chose mostly black and white parts to keep a consistent theme and aesthetic build; my highlight colour was purple, however as I'm writing this everything is set to teal except my front fans. It's intended primarily for gaming but also for school work and possible music production which is what I'm considering for the future.

I got all the parts from a UK specialist computer shop near me called CCL. I lived less than a mile away luckily so I spent more on local service than relying on Amazon dealers if something was to go wrong (which it did).

CPU - Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core

An all-rounder. Gets the job done. Easy overclocking potential when I decide I wanna step it up. I didn't really see the benefits of an i7 and the highest range i5 would suit perfectly since there wasn't too much of a price difference between the less specced models. Skylake runs like a dream.

CPU COOLER - Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM

Looks fantastic. Phanteks branding also matches case. Not the easiest to install and I somehow needed two pairs of hands but hardly impossible. Stays quiet, runs smoothly, good for the price too, didn't see need for a water-cooler unless for aesthetics but this serves well in that department anyway. CPU temps are listed.

MOTHERBOARD - Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151

Not much to say here, cut myself on the io shield, I don't understand why those things are made the way they are. Aesthetics are great, shame to see the white slab on top of the IO blocked by the CPU cooler but oh well. Both look good. Shame there was no RGB header, something I never even knew existed. Had to buy several adapters as well as an external 12v PSU to get the Phanteks LED strips to work.

MEMORY - Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000

Was the cheapest 3000mhz ddr4 ram and in white too. Literally the perfect match. No issues. Haven't even used 8/16gbs of it yet. Almost feels like overkill. Looks so good.

STORAGE - Kingston Savage 240GB 2.5" SSD

The HyperX is gorgeous but sits at the back of my case in an SSD bracket. The red wouldn't have matched anyway. Read and write speeds are as advertised and performs speedily

STORAGE - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

The WD is your standard HDD. Used for photos and documents. Good to have 1tb at disposal, nothing else to say here.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB G1 Gaming

Amazing card, all I need. However, I had problems initially and still have a software issue. I installed it and it booted like it should, Installed the appropriate drivers and all was good. Once it was under load however, the fans would kick up full speed and even when returning to idle, it would stay at 100%. Fan speeds would not read and the driver utility did nothing but change the colours of the LEDs. Took it back to the shop but it worked perfectly on their test bench. I pessimistically took it back and gave it another shot but this time I disabled the windows graphics driver that installs with windows 10. It then worked perfectly, used afterburner to control the speeds and the utility read the fan speeds. However, the Xtreme Utility opens on boot once when prompted but fails to open until I reboot the system. Hoping Gigabyte fixes this. Otherwise, a sexy, well performing card with nice LEDs. On Unigine it can comfortably break 100fps at 1080p ultra. GPU temps are listed.

CASE - Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S ATX Mid Tower

Amazing case. The sound dampening foam is great for keeping things quiet and airflow is adequate. Looks great in white and the slightly angular front made me choose it over the s340. That and the fact I'd feel terrible choosing an s340 when the elite versions just got released, unfortunately that wasn't in stock. Easy to build in. Nothing else to really say. Nice to have included dust filters and front LEDs.

POWER SUPPLY - EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX

Felt like this was worth a mention. Although I didn't take photos, believe me when I say the unboxing experience was very enjoyable. The way EVGA had packaged and presented was unmatched by any other of my components. You even got a velcro carrying case. Chose this primarily for its rating but also wanted decent all black PSU cables out the box. Modular support is convenient and saved excess. No ketchup and mustard cables :)

CASE FAN - Corsair Air Series AF140 Purple 66.4 CFM 140mm

Does what they say on the box and do it quietly. Was annoyed at first that the LEDs don't give off a lot of light from the fans but this allows me to change all the colours without the purple being noticeable. They were also really really stiff to push and twist screws though. Probably the most hard part of this build. Great intake fans though.

OPERATING SYSTEM - Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit

Just a dream to install. USB booted from BIOS automatically, less than 10 minutes to full install. Disabled all the spyware in Windows 10 but the way it tries to force its own programs as default all the time is annoying. Edge is horrible, so stop trying to bait me Microsoft.

MONITOR - Dell S2415H 23.8" 60Hz

Such a sexy monitor and for only about £135. Yes, it's not 1440p or 144hz but man does it look good doing what it does and colour accuracy is up there, glad I chose IPS. 24" is surprisingly very adequate. Will likely upgrade to an ultrawide or secondary monitor in a year or two though.

KEYBOARD - Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro S Wired Standard

Everything I wanted. MX Browns are tactile and clicks are audible at a bearable and satisfying volume. LED's are fully customizable and profile and effects are easy to switch using the utility or the keyboard shortcuts. 0 complaints. Props to CoolerMaster for making pretty much a perfect product.

MOUSE - Corsair M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical

Feels good, was sceptical about it at first due to it being for claw grip, but it fits my palm grip and is as comfortable as I need. I did initially want a g502 but the store for some reason lacked a lot of Logitech products. If given the opportunity to change I would, the mouse is amazing from a hardware perspective and looks clean in white but the Corsair Utility sometimes fails on me and is annoying to get it to start up again and detect my mouse.

HEADPHONES - Audio-Technica M50x Headphones

Had these prior to the build. The sound is as brilliant as the first week I started using them. Will later add a modmic for microphone use.

Photos taken by myself and a friend on the Canon EOS 1200D (daylight photos are his/ darker photos are mine.)

Part Reviews

CPU

In my opinion, the best skylake. Amazing performance.

CPU Cooler

Quiet and efficient. And looks great while doing so.

Motherboard

Good looking board. Everything I needed except an RGB header. Great for the price however so it deserves 5*

Memory

No complaints, look fantastic

Storage

Top of the range performance. Would suit any black and red build.

Video Card

The loss of a star is not due to hardware but due to Gigabytes poor driver utility which fails to open more than once. Hardware-wise, this card is brilliant. LEDs are very bright.

Case

Everything I expected. Lots of room and the front LED is very even and professional, also very quiet

Power Supply

Just perfect. EVGA are just amazing. It's like receiving a present, packaging is superb. And it performs with no issues and is quiet doing so.

Operating System

Installed like a dream, no need to mess with iso files. Would recommend to anyone doing fresh installs

Case Fan

Even purple colour. Doesn't give off great deals of light but illuminates fan nicely. Quiet and pushes good amounts of air

Monitor

The best monitor in its price range, superb colour gamut and stunning aesthetic. Bezel thinness is unmatched. Bravo, Dell

Keyboard

The perfect TKL. Everything you could want. Genuine MX Browns, RGB lighting and a clean design. Would recommend to anyone, even non-gamers

Mouse

Amazing feel and grip, but Corsairs Utility lets it down, for now. Once it works it works however.

Headphones

A trusted brand brings trusty headphones, never had an issue with these and I don't think I will. Sound quality is just as reviews promised.

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Storm-cooled 1 Build 4 points 10 months ago

Great build from a fellow teenager. Awesome description, stellar parts choice. Normally I would say this could be featured, but I don't see enough pics of the completed build, so I have no way to look at cable management. The only big complaint I have is how low that monitor is! You are gonna kill your neck gaming from up there. Get a stand and raise that thing up to eye level. Thank me later, when your neck doesn't hurt like mine did.

+1!

EDIT- Never mind! Just saw the added pics, looks amazing! You should definitely get a feature! Guarantee it by moving a picture of the finished PC to the first spot, so that is your thumbnail photo.

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you so much! I'll probably pick up a monitor arm at Christmas, thanks for the recommendation. I'll move that picture ASAP :)

Storm-cooled 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Looks Ballin'! Best of luck, hopefully the mythical PCPP shark (or other staff member) finds you...

Manirelli will always be a shark to me.... always.

And on a separate note, INB4 Jipster...

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I'll say my prayers...

Storm-cooled 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

One last thing I noticed- doesn't the Phanteks case have an RGB controller on board? For some reason I think it does. You may want to look into that. Or maybe you already did.

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Basically, in order to use the Phanteks LED strip with the onboard lighting system, you connect it with a cable that comes directly from the top io hub. The only problem was, once you do this it requires a 12v input from a 4pin RGB header, something typically included on higher end lga1151 boards. Mine didn't have this as mentioned. I got the adapters and external power supply from amazon in order to still make use of the strips. The lights onboard, if not connected to the optional LED strip, would just attach to the second SATA power cable which is plugged in from the PSU to my HDD. A scary moment was when I left both the SATA power cable and the LED strip plugged in through one cable and my whole PC booted using the external 12v PSU! (hope all that made sense)

TioJorge 5 Builds 3 points 10 months ago

Just gorgeous. Great to see peeps getting into the scene at a young age. I've had friends since about your age that have been hugely into PC building but only just got into building them myself at the ripe age of 27, and I really wish I jumped in sooner. Good stuff! Your build is already better than a lot (I include my own in that bunch); a decade will go by and you'll be a masterful builder if you keep at it. Grats on the entry into the massively addicting, not-so-cheap super hobby!

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

I just knew this was a great age to start. I've always been about technology and I couldn't resist waiting. I'll look forward to getting newer parts and building more when I'm older. I've got a long time to wait in terms of money though, I'm thinking about being a keyboard enthusiast as a side hobby which definitely is not cheap. Thank you for the support!

MannyPCs 2 points 10 months ago

This is a really nice PC, great work. Especially for only being 14, thumbs up :)

I bet it will be featured

What camera is that, you took very good photos?

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you, I hope so. It was a Canon EOS 1200D

oneflygtiguy 4 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Solar or Lunar? Either way I love looking at it!

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Haha thank you! (I'd say lunar)

scubadan 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Really cool build I actually found you in the completed build for the case and was pleasantly suprised to see that you would be using such similar parts to me, i5 6600k, Phanteks p400s, EVGA power supply, WD HDD, Asus z170-a mobo and even the less common cpu fan. I was unsure of how it would look but this build sold it to me!

+1!

One question though... Did you ever find an alternative to the 12v power supply?

Also would you consider using some sort of RGB fans for the color changes you talked of?

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

The 12v psu was fine for the RGB lights. They run perfectly. RGB fans might have been better but my purple fans are tucked away at the front of my case anyway. If they are on top or rear, I'd advise black, white, clear or yes, RGB

SmartWolf 1 point 10 months ago

Very nice selection and build. Well done! and tasteful yet useful pics too :)

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you! My friend did a really awesome job on the first few pics.

SilverWolf149 1 point 10 months ago

I love it when I see a first build come together. Such an amazing build. That eclipse looks so good. +1. Wish I had that much money lying around.

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I'm just very lucky, but grateful also. Thank you for the support!

FuryX007 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Very nice build!! Great job done here. +1

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you. Appreciate all the +1 s :)

SilverAG 1 point 10 months ago

looking absolutely beautiful and aesthetic, great choices.

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you! Tried to keep it as consistent as possible.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Great description and presentation. Looks beautiful.

Thumbs up.

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you!

ZLFrostbite77 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

+1 nice build

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Glad you like it!

Lyrix 1 point 10 months ago

Amazing! 1+! Sooooo nice!

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks for the +1!

Lyrix 1 point 10 months ago

you are very welcome :)

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Such a clean build with excellent part choices. Your photos are top notch too. Thank you for sharing such wonderful attention to detail. You have my +1 for sure!

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thank you! More attention to detail to come. Will likely add white cable extensions down the line...

Razorwing02 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I saw the thumbnail and was like, "This looks really darn cool!" Great work man.

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you!

Caminon 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

As a fellow 14 year old who built on a bigger scale, I must say that I love that color scheme in every setup it's used in, +1 from me.

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yes right now it's on a teal blue colour. However, I see myself reverting back to purple quite soon...

sz3343 1 point 10 months ago

Great build man! The parts and color coordination are awesome. +1 for the anti-static wrist band as well.

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Got to keep my stuff safe! Thanks for the +1!

PlumDictator 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

This is beautiful, it's really your first one?

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yes it is and thank you!

Solemnsong 1 point 8 months ago

You make me not want to wait for my final parts to get in for mine! +1 and looks like that will make 50 lol

glerann 1 point 7 months ago

How are your temp's in that case? Normally I go for a bigger case for my personal builds but at the moment, however, I need a smaller ATX case with good air flow for a birthday build I'm doing for one of my siblings. Also, is cable management a pain in that case as well?

rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Probably too late to your question but the temps are fine. Reviews sometimes say it is jsut below average but I've had no issues and all my components are not on fire. Silent too. Cable management is meh. There's adequate space but I feel like an NZXT S340 would offer more in that department.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 5 months ago

system is really well built great work. Not a huge fan of that song btw.

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rowanhirst_82 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hey dude. Probably way too late for your question but no. The fan which came with the cooler is perfectly sufficient. 0 noise and temps are perfect.

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