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Aura Cypher

by Cleslie



Date Published

Feb. 16, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 8, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.751 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.51 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


I built my first computer about 2 years ago with a slew of components from Christmas and birthday gifts. It served me well, and I was very happy with my 1080p performance.

I managed to scrounge up quite a few parts over the 2016 holiday season, and I figured it was time for an upgrade. The goal of this build is to game at a comfortable 60fps on my 4K Hisense tv. The Samsung boot drive was salvaged from my previous build.

My main use is gaming, with some coding for university work and occasional video editing. I tend to use my television when I'm gaming, so that I can lay back on my bed. The picture quality is much more impressive than that of my monitor, so I only use that for general computer work and papers.

**Edit: Delidded my i7 using the Rockit Delidding tool, and now am able to have a little bit better overclocking.

**Edit: Graphics card has been replaced. I now have a Gigabyte Aorus 1080 Ti. It isn't the Xtreme Edition, but it wasn't listed on the parts list, and it overclocked to slightly faster anyway. Performs just as expected, able to hit 60 fps on ultra 4K in most titles. The gigabyte software is a little annoying to use, but not terrible.

Part Reviews


I don't replace my processor very often, so when I do I like to grab a pretty powerful one. The single-core performance of the 7700k is very impressive, especially once overclocked, and it is no slouch in multi-threaded performance either. This is my first attempt at a CPU overclock, and despite the high temperatures of Kaby Lake, I figured I might as well grab it over the 6700k for only $10 more. I managed to get it stable with 1.25 vcore at 4.8 GHz. I didn't really want to push the voltage, as the temperatures would rise drastically under load if I applied even a small amount of voltage beyond that.

CPU Cooler

The Kraken x62 cooler works great, though the processor does still run pretty hot if you push it. The fans get quite noisy once they get pushed upwards of 70%, so that might be worth upgrading in the future. Aesthetics wise though, it does look incredible. The CAM software that utilizes it is also pretty nifty, but be sure to turn off the fps overlay in the settings if you don't want that. It keeps the temperatures on my i7 7700k reasonable.


It had all the connections that I need, support for SLI/Crossfire if I want in the future, overclocking support for the processor, and a nifty RGB lighting section. BIOS is fairly intuitive and easy to manipulate. Not much else to say.


It works as advertised. Haven't had any real issues with the performance of it, and I don't need any more for what I use. I will say that the corsair software to control the lighting is not quite perfected yet, and I could only every get control of one of the ram sticks. Unfortunately, this has led me to just disable the LEDs until the software catches up. Oh well.


I'm pretty impressed with my Mushkin Reactor to be honest. I used a 500 GB model of it on a laptop upgrade for the GF, and it seemed pretty reliable. The fairly low cost of the 1 TB version sold me, as I can now most of my games all on one solid state drive. Performance is at least comparable to the Samsung models, which is excellent for the price point.


I love the aesthetic of this case, and the inclusion of RGB lighting control only makes it sweeter. The case is fairly easy to work with, though I will say it gets pretty tight against the backside after running all of the cables. Everything comes apart pretty easy, and there is plenty of airflow. The only complaint the I have is the top offset bracket. It's by no means a bad part, but it is really annoying to remove as it requires 5 screws, located on both sides of the case. This doesn't sound like a problem, until you need to move it in order to plug in a fan cable or move the lighting strip. Then it can become really annoying. If you're doing a build like this, be smarter than me. Don't screw the bracket back in until you have guaranteed that everything is running well.

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Hambopro 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

+1 for the R9 Fury X, I used to own one but had to return it because of the noise. Fantastic card for 4K though, I found it to scale across resolutions really well for me.

CallOfSnowGolem 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

+1 is all you need

Pyraxias 1 point 24 months ago

Since this build is something that I'm actually considering, I have a few questions. First, the front fans are possible of 3x120 or 2x140. If you get the kraken x62 is it possible to have 3x120's in the front and the kraken x62 (2x140) at the same time? If not can you put a kraken x61 in the front which is 2x120 without removing the basement plate and HDD cages? Sorry for alot of questions that probably made ZERO sense, but anyways, love the build btw.

Cleslie submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Do you mean have both the Kraken x62 and 3 120mm fans as intake on the front? I suppose there's enough room for that, but I don't see how you could manage to screw in both as they would cover each others mounting holes. If you want to use the Kraken x62 and 3 120mm fans, one of them is going to have to be moved to the top exhaust. You could probably fit the Kraken x52 (which is what I assume you're referring to) into the front without needing to remove the basement plate. I don't have any 120mm fans on hand to check, but that's what it looks like. Hope this helps.

Pyraxias 1 point 24 months ago

Yeah x52 is what I meant, oops. Thankyou so much for the response! It helps alot

illusion173 1 point 24 months ago

Lol nice board game selection you got, great build indeed +1

Chimera111x 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Great build!

The only thing I would suggest is trying changing the fan configuration.

Maybe get 2 more fans, and try for a push/pull configuration on the radiator.

The CPU temp under load seems a little high for AIO cooling.

If you are already using a push pull, then my bad!!

Other than that good luck, and I hope this setup works great for you! +1

Cleslie submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

That sounds like a good idea. I will probably try and add 2 more fans for push/pull at some point. Hopefully I can drop back the rpm if that happens, cause the fans that come with the Kraken are quite noisy. It's also worth noting that the load temperature is when using the prime95 benchmark specifically for massive heat. I never push the cpu that hard for my uses, and when using Cinebench (which is much closer to a general use case for me), the temperature can hover around 72 C.

Jaime.g 1 point 24 months ago

I gotta say... those are some nice board games... Lol jk... Great computer build.

KinGSuzTaiN 1 point 24 months ago

Finishing my first build, quick question did you need a fan hub to connect all those fans or how did you connect them ?

Cleslie submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

The case that I used already has a fan hub on the backside to control the case fans. The rear exhaust is controlled by the Fury X, so I didn't need the wire that. The two top exhaust 140mm fans run to the fan controller on the back, which is powered by a CPU fan header. The front intake fans connect to the AIO pump, which attaches to the AIO header, as well as SATA power if I recall correctly.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Your "temporary" upgrade has twice the budget of my FULL upgrade... how big is your wallet that this is "temporary"?!?

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

+1 for the O.G HBM graphics card.

KinGSuzTaiN 1 point 23 months ago

Beautiful build ! Had a question as this is my first build. I have the same radiator as you (x62) and the case. I was wondering I see on the radiator you have to two fans towards the inside... do you have any fans on the other side of that radiator behind the case panel ? And which fans do you have pulling air in and which are pushing out ? Thanks in advance !

Cleslie submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

No, I don't have any fans on the front side of the radiator. I oriented the fans like this so that the dust buildup that could occur will be easier to clean. The two fans on the radiator are pulling air in through the front. The top and rear fans are the exhaust.

KinGSuzTaiN 1 point 23 months ago

So just clarifying you have the two front fans pulling air in through the radiator into the case. And the rest of the fans like the rear and top are blowing out the case ?

Cleslie submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

That's 100% correct.

Miiloo 1 point 21 months ago

why you use a 1000W Power Supply? isnt it a bit to much?

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Cleslie submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I'm not quite sure what you're asking. In most gaming scenarios at least, the gpu is vastly more utilized than the cpu. You could say this is bottlenecking, but since the gpu is usually the most expensive component anyway, most would just say that the cpu is overkill for that task.

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