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The Most Generic Build Ever

by theonetim



Date Published

Jan. 16, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C


I am a college student in the US, and built this as my first build to use for school and for fun. For school I use it for CAD, CFD, FEA, and obviously lots of paper writing. For fun, I play a variety of games, none of which have yet managed to challenge this build (mostly because I am too cheap to pay for $60 games, especially when DLC can be another $20-50). The overall theme of this build was to maximize performance on a roughly $1600 budget, while still having some sense of style. The color scheme mostly came from really liking the clean design of the S340 and finding a good deal on the motherboard. I also have a mild obsession with researching things before I buy them, which means all of the component choices aren't particularly out there or anything. On that note, I realize that the power supply is very overpowered, but I plan on keeping it for at least two or three future builds (hopefully with watercooling) in the long term, and maybe adding another card for SLI in the shorter term.

As it stands, it is incredible to play games on this and use it after coming from just having used workstation laptops for years. Playing games like Just Cause 2 and Borderlands 2 in three-way surround is amazing, and I am hoping to move up to 1440p surround at some point.

Also the name stems from the shear number of monochrome S340 builds on here. I was just looking at the completed builds, and 3 of the most recent 5 used this color scheme with this case. Yay individuality! See this, this, this, and I'll skip right to all of these, but hey, maybe it just points to NZXT having made a really nice case.

If anyone would like, I can add the peripherals I use, but I bought all of them before this build, so I didn't consider them super relevant. Look for some more pictures once PCPartPicker chooses to let me upload them without failing.

Part Reviews


I love the color scheme, price, and features of this motherboard, but some things are not so good. I wish that it had more fan headers, and the board takes a long time to boot, even with the faster boot option enabled. I also dislike the DIMM slots that only have a clip on one side. Figuring out how much force was required to properly seat the DIMMS was an uncomfortable experience, and was the longest part of my build, since I hadn't realized that my memory was not fully inserted and had to troubleshoot it.


I have not had any problems with this. Performs as advertised, and has a nice black PCB. At the time I bought it, this was among the cheapest sets out there, but I haven't noticed any downsides.


Pretty much the de facto SSD choice for good reason. Mine feels fast and has not had any problems.

Video Card

The card itself is very good, with a clearly high quality construction. It is, however, let down by the Gigabyte software, which is terrible. The fans are silent a lot of them time, and barely audible when they turn on, at least with my computer under my desk.


Super well designed, with very high functionality. They could have included velcro straps like Phanteks does, but other than that there isn't much to improve here.

Wireless Network Adapter

Immediately recognized by Windows 10 without needing extra drivers. Seems to be very reliable, if pretty ugly.

Comments Sorted by:

MrMoose88 5 Builds 6 points 39 months ago

an I5 with a 970 would have been more generic, +1 for the nice setup

TexasTrev 1 Build 4 points 39 months ago

Nice build. If this is generic I'm not sure where that puts the nice i5/970 builds we see.

CoolTronics21 1 Build 3 points 39 months ago

Nice and clean, good cable management also+1

theonetim submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago


Growliff1234 2 points 39 months ago

+1 for MTG Deck Builder's Toolkit box

glich610 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Nice build! And guess what, I have the same case as you! lol

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Looks really good. Where is it located? Looks like some kind of huge office.

theonetim submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks. My college is really small, so we each get our own large drafting table in the back of our classroom to work at.

MatKas 1 point 39 months ago

How did you turn off the LEDs from the power/reset buttons on the motherboard?

theonetim submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

They turn off automatically when the computer is on (the lights are on when the computer is plugged in but off). I can double check this if you're really curious, but I'm not currently with my computer so it could be a while.

jleegeek 1 point 38 months ago

What kind of temperatures are you getting with the 5820K and 212 EVO?

theonetim submitter 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Pretty high at rest (like 35), up to about 60ish I think. I haven't felt the need for any overclock yet. I'm also away from the computer for the near future, but I'll update the build and reply to this comment with actual temperatures when I physically return to it. In case you are planning on using it for a build, it works fine, and others say it worked fine for them too, even with some overclocking.

jleegeek 1 point 38 months ago


dancom 1 point 38 months ago

I have nearly an identical build...different case, different brand 980 ti and a different CPU cooler is the only difference

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Jake762by39 6 Builds 4 points 39 months ago

You beat me to it. Shut up and take my upvote!

Bor3alis 3 points 39 months ago

Don't forget the H100i!

theonetim submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I guess so, I'll have to mention that to my friend, who did that (i5 + 970). He did build it in an NCASE, so I guess he gets some creativity points there.

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