Description

I had been looking at parts for 6-8 months and decided to pull the trigger this past week and build a replacement for my current (old) HAF 912 2500k setup. It's been 5 1/2 years since I built that one and I'm hoping to get the same lifespan out of this one.

I went with the Core i7 7700k to increase the longevity of the build. With the MyDigitalSSD BPX being as cheap as they are ($187 if you buy direct), I decided to go with a RAID0. With CrystalDiskMark I see 3.3GB/sec reads and 2.7GB/sec writes. Pretty insane and definitely overkill, but again, with a 698TBW and 5 year warranty, they should serve the entire life of the machine.

The motherboard is a full featured ASUS and it was good to work with. It had everything I needed and enables expansion in the future. Native NVME RAID0 was also a nice bonus and enabled my storage buy described above.

The case is what took me the longest to choose. I had gone back and forth with the Corsair 400C (and 460x variant), the Evolv, and a few others. The recently released Black/White Tempered Glass edition of the Phanteks P400S finally won me over. It also set the color scheme for the build. Perfect size without being too big. The built in IO, RGB switch, and fan controller and nice additions; especially at the price point.

Overall, I'm very happy with the build. I'd be happy to hear your comments! Thanks!

Update: I started to do some benchmarking last night (RealBench) and let's face it, the i7 7700k runs hot. I was doing a modest overclock (4.7Ghz at 1.232v) and I was still peaking at 90+ C. I also noticed the H7 fan was clicking as it spun down to a lower rpm. For those two reasons, I've decided to switch out my CPU cooler to a Corsair H115i. This way I can make use of the quieter Phantek 140mm fans. I was originally looking at the H110i v2, but I noticed a couple other builds were able to make the H115i fit in the P400S, so I decided to give it a go. Cooler will be here tomorrow, so I'll post updated pictures once I'm done. I'm a little sad to be losing some of the "clean" lines of the build, but controlling heat is paramount.

Second Update (03/20/17): I removed the top 2x 140mm fans as a test and verified temps were actually better without them. The front of the case restricts airflow so I also picked up some Noctua NF-A14 3000 rpm fans (10mm static pressure!) which I installed today. I think I may now also grab a Noctua 120mm for the exhaust to help keep up. Builds are never truly finished!

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Very beautiful and clean! I think I'm in love<3 Enjoy your new build! :D

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 I love the black and white color scheme and enjoy the looks of your PC. Hope it lasts you a while!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic build sir! Please post pics when you install your aio, I would love to see the finished product!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, didn't know they have a panda version of the Eclipse TG. Very nice! Awesome build.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow!I really love this build. I really want to build PC that looks like this when I got the chance..

If this PC is mine, I would add something on the side panel of PSU shroud. Just add something black there, like a small Phanteks logo or anything. Don't add too much. Just enough to make that area doesn't look like a blank white canvas. Well, this is just my opinion though. Enjoy your PC! :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and parts selection! I have the all black version of this case and I cannot wait to put it all together today. I have been waiting on the G.Skill RGB ram to ship... It should be in today! +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Phanteks FTW! super clean! +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, this build is nice. Very close to my dream build. I'll reach a build this level one day (maybe when I'm not a poor college student).

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Stunning finish! +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful case

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

i love this case, i have the base black windowed one

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, jelly of the case, good choice!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is mighty pretty. Very clean!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great, I just put my pc together last night in the same case everything works besides the stock LED's.. Wondering if you could help me out, driving me crazy.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude ******* awesome and the H7 really looks great

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there - could you please take a photo with the system off - but the glass panel on?

Look great - I have the same GPU and just ordered the same case.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The glare of the glass makes it pretty impossible to take a picture without me being in it. So unfortunately, I can't. Sorry! Good luck with your build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! I found out the same thing - it takes some very specific lighting to achieve! No problem.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to mount two extra 140mm fans to the other side of that 280mm Corsair radiator? Thanks.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. You can run push/pull. The AIO only comes with one set of long screws so you'll have to buy a second set to accomplish this.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I cannot find the 4 pin connector for the extra LED strip that comes with the case. I see that you found it, but where did you locate it? I looked through every cable and could not find where to plug it in.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

There are two connectors on the one cable. One connects to the bottom LED, the other connects to the included strip. It will be in the bundle of cables that comes into the back of the case.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually planning to build in a P400 TG case like that. Would you recommend static pressure or airflow fans as intakes?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

wtf this build looks almost identical to mine.....it's a small world

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are those cables from?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The black and white cables look great with this build. Really adds so much more than just black or white cables!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, very nice build! I'm looking to also build something monochrome themed and was looking at this case. I saw that you were experiencing thermal issues with your i7-7700k in this case even when using an AIO liquid cooler. Have you been able to overcome this issue. How hot does the 1070 run btw? Would you say it’s possible to mount an 240mm radiator at the frond and another 120mm fan underneath it? (The folder says it supports up to 360mm radiators but I prefer to double check.)