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1440p Intel i7 7700k 'Alien' RGB Build

by BeardedYeti

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Details

Date Published

April 19, 2017

Date Built

April 14, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.58GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.11GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

Description

I've been scouting PC Part Picker for what seems an eternity, adjusting my part list countless times after seeing all your awesome and often outrageous builds. I finally made up my mind and ordered all the necessary parts (needless to say I felt like a kid at Christmas waiting for them to arrive and open!)

I previously had a i7 3770K with a GTX 670 rig (that was pre built) that has lasted me 4 years. The CPU was actually very good and was running at 4.4GHz. I tested it out with my 1070 and it showed no signs of bottlenecking whatsoever. This time around I was looking forward to getting stuck in myself and with the aid of my younger bro who not long ago built his own similar rig (w/ a Strix 1070) so feedback from him was pivotal also. I've now sold my previous PC to a friend so I know its in good hands. It served me very well and gave me some additional funds that as you can tell, didn't last long..

Anyhow, I wanted to make jump up to 1440p and in doing so leaving the door half open for a 4K rig in the not so distant future. I did think first off of just upgrading parts from my previous build but with the socket compatibility (or lack of), it made more sense to start again. The only parts I did keep from my previous build was the Sound Blaster Z Sound Card (OEM) which I highly rate and the monitor (Asus MX239H which is a fantastic IPS 1080p screen by the way and is now used for my Xbox One). After much deliberation and plenty of homework, I have purchased the Dell U2515H.

Swiftly moving on and 4 and a half hours later and the build was complete. On the whole we didn't encounter any real issues, more so with the software (CAM & MSI Gaming App ARGHH!)

The radiator was a little tricky positioning in line with the fans and case but with an extra set of hands it didn't prove too troublesome in the end.

The 570X is known for its difficulty when cable management arises so we were both prepared for the worst however it wasn't actually too bad. Thankfully, due to the positioning of the case, I wasn't all that fussed with the off side as I can't see it so we were able to spread the cables out (rather than cable tying which we did initially). At first we couldn't place the glass panel on, but after spreading the cables out a little we were able to relatively straight forward.

Everything else was a joy, though the single pin connectors for the cases power led/buttons are extremely fragile and kept unplugging with the tiniest movement so something to be careful/wary of.

Moving onto software which is proving to be a continuous problem and very frustrating.

MSI Gaming App, where to even begin. When it works, the layout is straight forward enough but boy is it sluggish. I have it to run on start up, however when attempting to open to view it simply doesn't want to play ball. End processes, uninstall.. the usual, still the same old story. Its lost my GPU LED config on several occasions to the point where I don't even want to use it. I am aware this a common issue. Its just a real shame because the GPU is fantastic, let down by poor software.

CAM (Kraken monitoring tool) doesn't bode much better. Its also loses my fan/pump profile on several occasions and the LED setup. Its actually a really well thought out monitoring tool when its open and accessible but more often or not I'll have to close it and reopen to view.

Anyway thanks for reading and I hope you've found this remotely useful. Its been a joy looking at all your builds so I hope I've given something back. Happy gaming!

(UPDATE OCTOBER 2017) - 6 months using the build

I can only say good things about the Dell U2515H. The colours are fantastic and really pop which I come to expect from such a great LG IPS panel and I've had no ghosting on any games. The 60Hz refresh rate may put off some competitive gamers but I've not had any concerns and would opt for a IPS panel over TN any day of the week. My only small niggle regarding the monitor is that the touch sensitive buttons on the monitor are a little temperamental but it isn't a major issue.

MSI Gaming App now works flawlessly which is a relief and I've been using the latest BETA versions of CAM and this is also more stable and shows all the information I need. They've also added new RGB colour features which is a nice touch.

I've had no issues with faulty parts at all therefore everything has been running beautiful. I've mainly been playing DOTA, GOW4 and most recently Forza 7, all of which look and run superb on ultra settings in 1440p.

Any questions regarding my build don't hesitate to ask. You are also welcome to add me on Xbox & Steam - Killisha

All the best!

Part Reviews

CPU

My 3770k was a beast and this is no different. Boosts itself to 4.5GHz when it wants to stretch it legs. I don't feel I really need to overclock though It can 'Game Boost' to 4.8GHz. The X52 keeps it relatively cool under load and quietly.

CPU Cooler

A well thought out and highly attractive CPU cooler that does it job without any fuss (and very quietly even on performance mode which is 50% fan speed). The RGB setups are endless and the CAM software now behaves properly. One of the best looking coolers around.

Motherboard

A nice tidy MB that has everything I need. I feel the M2 slot will come in handy down the line for further storage. The bios are easy to navigate and the RGB colour configurations are good fun using the MSI Gaming App.

Memory

As expected from Corsair. XMP profile @3000MHz and a nice blinking white LED pattern (though not customisable which would have been a nice touch). Not too chunky either which'll suit those with differing MB layouts though with the X52 cooler I'd only manage use from 3 slots on the board.

Storage

I see these in almost every build so knew I couldn't go wrong. Excellent load times. I use one for Windows OS & Programs, whilst the secondary SSD is for games and docs.

Video Card

Its a beast. Huge, red and damn right angry, it eats through anything I throw at it in 1440p. Idle temps are around the 28C-34C depending on room temperature and under load around the high 60's. I use fan curves on Afterburner to keep the fans on and alternating at certain temps however it does have TwinFrozr (fans only come on when required). MSI Gaming App allows you to change some colour settings though main body can only be red. MSI logo colour can be changed.

Case

A truly beautiful case, one of the best looking I've seen. Cooling is superb with the 3x SP120's on the front (these are included with the case), whilst I've added a ML120 on the rear as an exhaust. The case is heavy with the components and tempered glass, but this isn't a bad thing as it feels high quality. Ease of access is simple by hand removing 4 screws per glass panel and in the dark with the components running, you can't even see the glass!. Cable management can be a little tedious, but that's expected with such a case.

Power Supply

Silent but violent, a sleeping monster. High quality and comes complete with a shed load of spare cables and a nice case for them. It also has a eco mode whereby the fan isn't used until required but I haven't used this feature.

Sound Card

I had this on my previous build and it never let me down so didn't feel the need to replace at all. Use regularly with my Beyerdynamic DT 770's and the sound is the best I've heard. Software is simple, easy to use and functions without any fuss. Highly recommend.

Case Fan

Boy do these shift a lot of air. I did initially try this out in my old build and was chuffed at how powerful it is whilst being quiet (quieter than the SP120's). I did contemplate running 3x of these at the front of my 570x but they are expensive! - so its currently used as an exhaust.

Case Fan

Great fans that come pre assembled in the 570x case. Shift a lot of air whilst not making a great deal of noise. Lots of cool RGB configurations allowing you to never get bored of your build.

Monitor

Again this has served me superbly for 4 years without any faults what so ever. Colours are fantastic (AH-IPS panel) and I've never really noticed any serious response issues though I don't game competitively enough for this to be a concern. I ended up keeping this for the Xbox One. Too good to let it go..

Monitor

Very happy with this monitor after extensive research and 6 months use. Colours are vivid and though only 60Hz I would take IPS over TN any day. Stand allows the monitor to move up and down which is easy to do. Buttons a little fiddly as they are touch sensitive but don't need to use them enough for it to bother me.

Keyboard

I've had this keyboard for approx. 3 years and after a year a couple of the LED's died which is a pain. Thankfully I only have selected keys highlighted (as the white seems to make my eyes go crazy when they are all lit up) - so doesn't really bother me too much but I guess that isn't the point when forking out a lot for the keyboard at the time. Design wise it's as expected, whilst keys are responsive (again what you expect from a fully mechanical). Often have trouble when trying to update firmware, so have given up. If this was to pack up, I would probably avoid another Corsair keyboard or at least this line of model.

Mouse

I've only just recently purchased this after my original DeathAdder (2013) gave up on me after 4 years of service. Simple yet effective design that fits the hand well. Software is simple to use, and allows the customisation of buttons and colours. Updates regularly and without any fuss. Worth the investment.

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Dinozad 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Such a good looking build and so clean. If I only had the money lol. Nice job.

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you. I did save my pocket money! - worth the investment.

SwervinPersian 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

wow...just wow

plzDonateAgame 2 points 6 months ago

Also, I really like the room(not being a creep), And super cool headphone stand lol. +1 for days

Jvato 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

nice build and gaming room!

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you!

TurboMech 2 points 6 months ago

The U2515H will be a amazing monitor for you (minus that it isn't 120/144Hz. I have the U2715H and absolutely love it for gaming and graphics rendering!

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for that. I spent countless hours researching monitors and would have loved 144Hz & G-Sync however the cost rockets crazy high. I can't wait for the U25 to arrive, and am happy to hear you rate the larger model! :)

JheyoDELperu 2 points 6 months ago

LOVELY .. nice..amazing pc ..and nice Description..!!

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! - I'm glad you like it.

hartmbc 2 points 6 months ago

I am currently in the processes of building something very similar to this. Overall a great quality build.

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Best of luck with your build! - you'll enjoy it.

-SkyNet 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Beautiful love how u wrapped the cables with hose

SansYT 2 points 20 days ago

Woah! I've made a build that I'm going to use in the near future, and by luck, it turned out extremely similar to yours! What a coincidence.

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

Nice choice. Enjoy!

SansYT 2 points 16 days ago

Thanks! :D

AllBlvck 1 Build 2 points 13 days ago

Would you say you could fit 4 sticks of ram with that cooler on that setup?

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 days ago

I think it'd be a struggle with 4 as the furthest left slot is pretty much blocked. Maybe if you had some super low profile RAM you might get away with it but I wouldn't be confident. 3 slots are freely accessible which is more than enough for me :)

ChaosEchelon 1 point 6 months ago

Very nice build. Hope you don't get any darts bounce outs with all that expensive equipment around though!

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you. I know I know. I'll be very careful.. :)

Skimby 1 point 6 months ago

EW...BEATS???

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

They were free with the other half's MacBook (EW!) a few years back. Now they reside round Vader's neck. The DT 770's run the show!

AverageGangMember 1 point 6 months ago

Free Beats I'm guessing? They're absolute trash but can't complain because they're free.

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Indeed they were free so can't really complain. I wouldn't ever pay for them.

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BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

More so an awful 'fashion piece' than a pair of usable quality headphones. You have to credit Dre on that front though. I bet he's not complaining..

plzDonateAgame 1 point 6 months ago

Very nice build and great choices, all but the gpu and monitor. I would have went with an EVGA 1070. And for the monitor, the Acer gn246hl. Best budget gaming monitor by far. Only a few extra bucks. could have saved a little with the evga 1070, which is cheaper than the msi... and faster. But that's none of my business sips tea

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Each to their own. The GPU was probably one of the toughest decisions. After reading up on countless reviews it was between the Gaming X and Strix in the end.

I'm now awaiting the Dell U2515H which I'm looking forward to using and yes the monitor you mentioned would have been great for 1080p setup with the high refresh. I assume it was a TN panel though?. After using IPS I can't really go back. I'll sacrifice a little response time for some pretty colours! ;)

plzDonateAgame 1 point 6 months ago

The core clock on that gpu is much lower than the evga 1070 sc and the sc is cheaper. idk how that works but that would have been a steal. But that's in the past, for a monitor upgrade, i guess if you're not a competitive gamer, the pretty colors are worth it. if you are, response time is everything. And again, great setup.

strictshooter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Really nice build. I kinda want to change my case to that one. Btw, how do you like the A50? Any hissing sound? I have the a40 and its awesome but im just curious if its worth to get the A50.

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you.

I'm relatively new to the Astro headsets (probably used for around 20/25 hours) and have no previous use of others in the range (I've come from Plantronics Rigs) so I can't offer any direct comparisons however I'm really enjoying them. I've used them mainly for Mass Effect Andromeda where the 'virtual Dolby surround' is excellent and in Gears of War the detection of enemies from different directions really is noticeable. I haven't encountered any issues and certainly no hissing. Comfort levels are high and on first charge they lasted near on 15 hours so happy with that.

Still, if I wasn't looking to chat or the misses wasn't using them, I'd be using my DT 770's as they are superb with a sound card.

sluice 1 point 5 months ago

Nice build!

But... mmmm... Where are the Kraken fans?

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks. The Kraken fans are above the radiator at the top of the case :)

Glubi 0 points 6 months ago

Why didn't you get a Ryzen 1700 ? It is about the same price of your quad core CPU.

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Maybe a little stubborn from me but I've always used Intel CPU's and encountered no issues what so ever so haven't thought about the need to change. To be fair the 7700K was one of the first parts on my list. It was difficult enough as it is choosing other components, let alone a brand new CPU I don't know too much about :)

Glubi 0 points 6 months ago

I wonder what is the point of a glass case if you are leaving it open anyway

BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I left the side open for illustration purposes only as it was a little tricky trying to get photos with reflections.

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BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

It really is aesthetically pleasing. The best part is you can't even tell there is tempered glass panels once the case is lit up!

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BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Amen. Even at this moment in time the MSI Gaming App won't open. Its held the settings thankfully but its a right pain in the you know what..

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BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

There shall be no drunken dart games in here. I should probably move it into the garage..

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BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

That sounds like a plan!

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BeardedYeti submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Haha, well my old desk was cornered so further away from the board itself. Unfortunately I don't play as much as I'd like now but that being said I haven't had any bouncers.. yet.

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