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Apollo

by Emanresu15

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12 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 31, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.832 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.393 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

15.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

39.0° C

Description

This build was initially completed with a meager parts list of an i5-6500 and a GTX 1060 3GB. This suited me well for about a year and a half before I kind of wanted to start upgrading again. My friend had an i5-8600k that he was upgrading from, and I purchased it from him used for $200. I was then satisfied for about half a year, until I realized what was still bugging me. I wasn't able to drag every single slider in the games I played to the max settings. I had to compromise, minimize, drag things backwards. This was not acceptable. Neither was the 63C that my 1060 was hitting. So, I sold my card and saved some more money and bought a 1070 ti from EVGA. I am now here, with my lovely computer. The RGB controller for my strip and cpu cooler almost exploded and caught fire to my computer, so I plugged the CPU lights into the motherboard. Updated pictures will be posted as soon as my halo fans and m.2 get in!

Part Reviews

CPU

This processor is absolutely lovely! It can literally handle playing Rainbow Six: Siege and rendering an animation in Blender at the same time. The stats that I have running while ingame show that only about 30-50% of it is being used in AAA games. WOW this thing is a workhorse. Kinda droops my epeen though that it's an i5 rather than an i7, but that doesn't change how amazing it is.

CPU Cooler

The one star off has a very specific reason- this CPU cooler almost killed my 1500 USD tower. I had it plugged into an RGB controller that came with the cooler and there was an extra four pin connector for something like a strip or an extra fan. Apparently, it couldn't handle that much power going through it, and as any seasoned PC builder will know, I smelled burning pcb. I can't use my strip now, and it almost killed my computer. Aside from that though, the cooler itself is lovely, and manages to keep my processor under 60C even while stress testing for literally hours. The highest it really gets to is about 56C. As for noise it excels as well, I can't even hear it.

Motherboard

I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS MOTHERBOARD! OH my goodness. It is one of the most beautiful boards that I have seen, ESPECIALLY for its mind-bogglingly low price. The rgb lighting is just enough to be a nice accent rather than a distraction from the parts, and the board itself has intricate details and looks STUNNING, especially with my current parts and theme of hard edges and soft lighting.

Memory

I give this ram four out of five stars because it is extremely good, yet not stellar. It's kind of small, take that as you wish, my opinion is that the shortness makes it less attractive (no puns or jokes intended.) It's white, and currently the only reason why I like it being white is because it reflects my RGB lighting nicely without having to be RGB itself. The ram is very nice, it performs well, overclocks well, and stays cool well, but its just kinda short and bland.

Storage

I got it for 60 USD when it was still being sold (can't find it anywhere anymore.) I don't have much to say about it, its an SSD and it does its job well. My boot time is about 4 seconds, and then it takes about 3 seconds to login after I enter my password, both of which beat my BIOS time, though not when combined.

Storage

Meh. It's 5400RPM, and when I bought it I didn't know the differences. Wouldn't do it again. It's not worth the price point for the 5400rpm, seeing as you can get the same thing 8 bucks cheaper in 7200rpm. Don't buy it, honestly. The only reason I put three stars is because it does the job that its advertised to.

Video Card

This card is an absolute beast! I am currently running around a 250 MHz core clock boost and around a 380 MHz MEM clock boost. Under full load, I've seen the card get to 39C, and while idling this card managed to hit an insanely low temp of 15C! I'm extremely impressed; the only thing more that I could ask is RGB functionality so that it matches my build theme better than just white.

Case

This case was the absolute bomb. Except for one thing. The radiator rack that slides out? It sucks ***. I could barely get it in and out, and it was constantly getting stuck. Don't get me wrong, the rack is very nice, and very helpful, but it was still harder to work with than it had to be. Cable management for this case was a DREAM, literally breezed through that part of it and barely had to give it a though. The case itself is absolutely stunning, and makes me feel like a million bucks when I see it on my desk!

Power Supply

This power supply is actually pretty damn good. It's running multiple overclocked parts and running two AIO watercooling loops and has never maxed and given any issues.

Optical Drive

Does literally everything, except it's noisy as hell. All disk drives are, obviously, but that doesn't change the fact that its still noisy as hell. Sound padding would have been nice, at least.

Wireless Network Adapter

HOLY JESUS IF YOU GAME GET THIS WIFI CARD! My wifi's max download speed is 140 mbps, quite decent if I do say so myself. THIS CARD CASUALLY HITS 450 MBPS! There is zero latency between my router and my PC during tests and it literally performs better than the ethernet cord that I tried experimenting with for a while. GET THIS WIFI CARD OH GOD

Monitor

Yum! Not a hugely thin bezel, but it still looks stunning; insanely good color range, great response time, though slightly lacking in pixel density, as it is a 32" monitor, after all.

Keyboard

Not gonna lie, this isn't mechanical but it honestly feels like it. Quite clicky, and has very satisfying keycaps. The mouse is also nice, it feels like butter in my hand, but there is one issue. The scroll wheel is kinda whacked. It constantly whines like a squeaky wheel when I scroll with it, and all scroll wheel clicking functionality is broken. This isn't because it just got old, it's basically just cheap. I got it for $25, so I can't complain too much about it, that's why it's at four out of five stars.

Other

This gets four out of five stars for one reason. The bigass RED LEMON watermark in the top left of the mouse mat. It totally throws me off and is ugly as hell. What font even is that dude? Still thought, it has survived much abuse cold drinks, and it really is quite smooth.

Other

Hell naw dude. These things are total BS. The lights "dance" to the music? More like they flicker when too much power goes to the magnets in the speaker and they advertised that as "dancing lights." I had them for a few months before they started humming continuously and crackling, then they totally just died. the RMA process has been hell. Don't get these.

Comments Sorted by:

Emanresu15 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

As I said pictures will be uploaded as soon as I get a new RGB controller, which will probably be some time in the next seven days.

Emanresu15 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Pictures posted! Adding an m.2 and halo fans soon.

Emanresu15 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

halo fans in, m.2 coming soon. possibly a curved monitor as well.

TheLegendCreator 1 point 3 months ago

How's the motherboard with this CPU? Is it easy to overclock? This motherboard looks sick for the price!

Emanresu15 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

It's so easy to overclock! In the BIOS there are two buttons at the very start where you can turn on CPU boosting and RAM boosting without any trouble at all. Before I played around with OC'ing my stuff, I got my CPU to run at 4.5GHz with the click of a button instead of the 3.6GHz.

TheLegendCreator 1 point 3 months ago

That's awesome! I might considering buying this motherboard!

Emanresu15 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

It's definitely nice. Just for the record, I have two complaints: There's only one full bandwidth PCIE x16 slot, and there's only one RGB header, meaning a controller will most likely be required if you want to light up your case. Good luck!

TheLegendCreator 1 point 3 months ago

Well fortunately I don't necessarily need RGB but I'll keep in mind the one full bandwith PCIE slot information, thank you!

Emanresu15 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

No problem. Happy building!

Tutters 1 point 2 months ago

Sick build but i got a question about the cooler. Is the cooler good for long hour gaming and does in keep the CPU cool after like 4/6 hours of gaming? There aren’t really a lot of reviews about this cooler but I do want to buy it. And also now you’ve used this cooler for some time I suppose do you recomend it still or should I buy a low price air cooler and then later upgrade it to a better liquid cooler?

Emanresu15 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I completely recommend this cooler! I stress tested my cpu for four hours, and the temps didn't change at all. It hit its max temp listed in the build (I forgot what it was) and stayed there. I highly recommend this cooler.

Emanresu15 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

One more point that I should make- if you plan on doing serious overclocking, get the model (ML240L) with the bigger radiator. This one is very nice (ML120L) but unless I delid my temps can sometimes hover into the mid 60s when on my current medium OC. If I wanted to do a heavy overclock on it, i'd prob either delid or get the 240mm edition. Either way, it's a great cooler, especially when paired with the motherboard as they both work with MSI's Mystic Light.

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