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Tax money and some

by Maxine



Date Published

May 2, 2017

Date Built

May 1, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C


I had been planning to do a huge upgrade to my old PC a while back, but never thought I'd make a completely new build like this. All I really had in mind was an i7 6700k or 7700k, gtx 1080, and one of those fancy cases with a side window..

I ended up buying the graphics card first and then spent forever deciding which processor to buy. Ryzen 7 release was just around the corner at that time and there were ALOT of reviews and videos about the new AMD line. It caught my attention and I gave in with the mindset of.. 8cores/16threads > 4cores/8threads at the same price.. First time using AMD so it was a little strange having the pins on the processor. I've also taken the CPU cooler off with this still stuck on the heatsink.. That was kind of scary.

Anyway with that decided on, I spent another forever on which case to buy. After browsing through a bunch of windowed cases with plastic and glass side panels, I found myself at a standstill between the S340 elite and InWin 303. Initially the S340 won me over due to it's ease of cable management and minimalistic design, but the layout on the InWin was so unique and sleek that I just had to go with it. 3 bottom fans and 1 rear fan are intakes and top three are exhausts.

At this point i realized that I'm so over my budget that I might as well build a completely new PC.. Bought ML Pros to go on the bottom and went with the NZXT Aer rgb for the top three. Mandatory new motherboard and ram (previously LGA1150), m.2 SSD, and decent looking cable extensions. Later on I'd like to cover the stickers on the intake fans.

So there it is..Finally finished and way more than I will ever need. Extremely happy with the aesthetics and power.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I absolutely love this AIO cooler. It's beautiful with the mirror on the cpu block and is very quiet. The CAM software isn't as buggy as I've read. The wires are ugly..


Great for the price. No problems booting up for the first time. BIOS is kind of slow and overclocking is kind of buggy (overrides voltage alot). Fan controller in the BIOS is easy to use.

Red light always on because Ryzen 7 has no iGPU..


Cannot get 3000 yet. Hopefully soon with bios updates. Am4


Had this for a while now. Never had any problems.

Video Card

This card is a beast. There's faint coil whining going on ,but barely audible through fans and headphones. Pump always runs at 100% and it's really loud.


I love this case! It's so pretty! Cable management was kind of a pain because there's not too much room in the back besides the space by the top fans. Not much room at the bottom too. Can't use my front usb 3.0. Get motherboard with usb 3.0 header on the side.

Case Fan

Very easy to set up and it was easy to hide the cables. CAM software kind of laggy but it's also easy to use.


Looks great and matches perfectly with the 1440p counterpart.


Great monitor. Color isn't great at first and will need to be calibrated. 0 dead pixels and no backlight bleeding. I checked the back and its from batch A00.

Comments Sorted by:

GTXguy6234EV 1 point 9 months ago

I'm curious, what vcore are you at for your CPU?

Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

1.33V. I would like to go higher for a 4.0ghz but my room is already super hot lol

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

How much was your tax return if this is your build??!

Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

That's the "and some" :)

Lyrix 1 point 9 months ago

1+! looks REALLY great! wow!

yooj 1 point 9 months ago
  1. Are you looking to part with your Wraith Spire Cooler, if so let me know if you have a price in mind
  2. What speed is your RAM running at? Any issues?


Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Sorry im planning to save the cooler. I'm just a hoarder and think everything's useful..

Its running at 2666. I couldnt get it to go any higher. Good thing is the bios updates are working. Prior to the most recent update I couldn't get past 2400.

pandawarriorcom 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you so much for posting this build as I am also trying to do the AER fans and 303 combo!

Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Hey thanks dude. It took me a little while to decide between these or the thermaltake riings. But I'm glad to have gone this route they're perfect.

Realdeal36 1 point 9 months ago

Your temps are actually lower than what you're reading. Both the Ryzen 7 1800x and 1700x have a 20o C temperature offset. So, If you confused why your CPU is running warming than expected, that's why.

Just google, Ryzen 7 1700x 20 degree celsius higher. Should help explains things better.

EDIT: Woops, for some reason I read 1700X, not 1700. My bad. Carry on.

Schcmidty15 1 point 9 months ago

Are you able to turn off the LED track on the motherboard through the BIOS or MSI Gaming App?

Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago


PieLore 1 point 9 months ago

i just bought this mobo, does it have LEDS? i haven't built my pc yet because im waiting on parts. also, what colour are the LEDS?

Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yes I has 5 LEDs. All of them are indicators for cpu/ram/gpu etc. Not for aesthetics. I personally hated them and covered them with black tape.

PieLore 1 point 9 months ago

are they red? or like white? thanks a bunch.

Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

They are bright red.

bigskoops 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Hey I have the x52 as well and I'm waiting to install and put it in my ryzen build....I'm waiting on nzxt to get back to me on the am4 mounting support. How long did you have to wait??

Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Took 1 and a half months to get mine. I ended up ordering from corsair 5 weeks after ordering the nzxt one and the corsair one still came 2 days earlier.

MyAngelRaphiel 1 point 8 months ago

ayy i love your whitish-purple theme its so pretty! And your kancolle wallpaper is also awesome :D

You should post more pictures I wanna see more of that rgb goodness and unique fan setup!

Kwerpi 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Really nice, clean setup with dual AIOs. Love the colors.

schimmdog 1 point 8 months ago

What speeds are running the ram at and what did you have to toggle to get that? I am thinking of that same set.

plzDonateAgame 1 point 8 months ago

Jesus man! Beast of a rig with all around perfect part choices. But I would have just gone with an ultrawide monitor instead of spending so much on two.(bad for fps games) Otherwise 10/10 IGN

ForsakenLegend 1 point 7 months ago

How's having a TN Panel Screen and an IPS Screen side by side look?

Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I guess it's okay. I don't really notice any major color/quality difference. The only thing that really bugs me is shifting windows from 1440p to 1080p.

Antiklimatic 1 point 5 months ago

What is the name of that keyboard?

Maxine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

ikbc f87 rgb

Jedi9743 1 point 4 months ago

Hey I have been playing on PC for a long time but never really understood it I'm planning to build my first gaming PC. Does this motherboard support WiFi or will I need to buy an adapter or range extender thanks.

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