Description

This is my first PC build I have made for myself (helped my friend build half of his pc once) and man has it been one heck of a ride. The assembly itself wasn't hard and was pretty fast, but my parts came in and were added over a course of two weeks. I spent quite some time tidying up cables in the main chamber for aesthetics but when it comes to the storage and power supply chamber I just didn't give a crap. I built this just for the sake of gaming, and that it does very well indeed. The name simply means rainbow in Russian, because RGB. A couple things I took note of:

1.) Molex sucks balls.

2.) don't bother with a non-modular psu in small cases- more headache than necessary

3.) there's gonna be some stuff you're gonna end up ghetto-ing

All in all a very satisfying experience that I enjoyed pretty much every step of.

As a side note, the mouse is a project backed on kickstarter. It's a mouse with a built in gyro sensor and accelerometer for "3d controls". It's hard to explain, the video on their website goes in depth on the device.

Part Reviews

CPU

Does its job with no issues, applied a mild overclock to 4.2 gigahertz without breaking a sweat. Unfortunately I was unlucky in the silicon lottery and anything more bluescreens, but I don't mind.

CPU Cooler

Decided to use just a pull configuration for space constraints, and even so it keeps cpu temps at ambient at idle and about 20 degrees higher under load. Great performance for a 120mm radiator.

EDIT: After a week of usage, the cooler isn't detected in Corsair link sometimes. Every once in a while it doesn't show up at all and a restart won't fix either. This means I can't change LED color (stuck at white) or configure pump settings for some time which is pretty annoying.

EDIT 2: Uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers fixed the Corsair Link issue but seems like a very poor solution... I'm hoping I won't have to do it again.

EDIT 3: The disconnect issue is very common now, the LEDs will get stuck on white and you will not be able to monitor cooler info through Link. I have just resorted on running Color schemes that work with the cooler just having white LEDs

Thermal Compound

I'm sure it's better than the pre applied stuff on the H80i v2, but can't say for sure since I never tried it. Application was a bit awkward because of how stiff it is, but for the price I got it at, just thought why not.

Motherboard

A nightmare to put into the case. First off, IO shield was complete crap and wouldn't snap into position, and when I finally got it to, it prevented the screw holes from lining up with the standoffs. Tossed that out. Also, two of the screws wouldn't even fit after all that so I just ended up not using them. Once I finally got it in position, it was fairly simple from there on, but when I tried installing the graphics card it got jammed. Not sure who was at fault here but I had more problems than I should have. After complete assembly it's a great performer and was easy to navigate the BIOS (or UEFI if you care to split hairs) and overclocking was fairly straightforward. Boot times can be sped up with a setting that you can toggle, not sure if it's on other mobos but a nice touch nonetheless.

Memory

It's ram. If a computer never uses more than 8 gigs why waste your money on another stick? I just got one so that I'd have no worries if I needed more if I start using this for production. I like the low profile look.

Storage

Very snappy and great value SSD. Price to storage is unbeatable and it boots windows 10 in 12 seconds. Definitely would recommend.

Video Card

Never even breaks a sweat playing Forza Horizon 3 and Overwatch cranked at 1440p. With the graphics card market all over the place as of now, this is a safe investment. Only complaint is that the White LED will have a tint of whatever was the last color you used, but not enough to remove a star as it looks fine when I have my Hue+ set to a different color. Usually when I want my Hue+ to be white I make this light blue.

EDIT: had to move over to a living room setup with a 1080p TV and obviously it still gives me silky smooth fps.

Case

Plenty of room for cable management due to the dual chamber design, and surprisingly pleasing aesthetics. Looks even better in person. One weird note is that for whatever reason, a cutout for routing the CPU power connector is blocked when you have the 3.25 drive cage installed. Wasn't a problem for me since I have no hard drives. Staying true to its name, it stays cool and could comfortable accommodate a liquid cooling upgrade.

Power Supply

An absolute steal for the price I got it at. I shopped at a local retailer, and this was the cheapest semi modular Power supply they had in stock, and although I haven't heard much about Antec, what I have has been positive. Decided to buy this on a whim and no regrets. The stealth cable thing was a nice effort, and actually worked on my EPS cable, but just looks a bit shoddy in the end with half yellow and half black cables. I'll be buying some custom sleeved extensions soon. A for effort though, kudos to Antec for attempting to fix the ugly rainbow cable issue.

Edit: the yellow cables reflect the hue+ and look rainbow but you can tell in single color modes.

Operating System

Overpriced in my opinion, but windows is windows. I honestly don't mind Windows 10, despite some of the negative criticism it's received. I'm getting an xbox one s soon and this pairs well with the microsoft console lineup.

Case Accessory

Beautiful and simple RGB lighting kit. Advanced to the point where it has all these sweet features, simple enough that I understood how to use CAM immediately. Individual LED control seems very tedious although I never use it. There's no complete breathing rainbow option, which is unfortunate, but not a problem. The "Spectrum Wave" still moves too quickly at the slowest speed for my taste but I don't mind too much. The setup was a bit finicky, with the 4 pin LED cable being one sided. In the end, I didn't use the adhesive because I could just stick the strips into crevices in my case and have it stay, but a magnetic option would be nice. A good plus is that the white is actually a decent white.

Edit: A week later and the device is very inconsistent when I wake it from sleep mode, sometimes it turns on and sometimes it doesn't, if I wake it from sleep mode when it was set to a solid color it doesn't turn on at all and only resetting it in Cam fixes the issue.

Headphones

Got this on sale and on clearance at a gamestop, and all I can say is that it's headphones with a mic. both are mediocre, and the mic is a bit metallic and was a problem to get working properly with it being too quiet at first, but in the end it is sufficient. The in line volume controls are terrible and crackles a lot and usually ends up with only the right speaker making any sound. At this point, the mute switch randomly pops off now and then, which is pretty annoying but fixable. Definitely will upgrade soon as I have had this pair for about 9 months now. Also the cord is too short for my needs so I have to use a headset with a longer cable's mic because all the extensions I have disable the mic on this headset.

Custom

Awesome capture card, latency is pretty low but I wouldn't use it for playing your console through your pc.

Custom

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this product. It came with two braided cables, one that went to a motherboard USB 2.0 header, and the other to a molex connector (part of the casing of the molex connector broke off but I blame the design of the connector itself, not NZXT.) Also pre applied was a velcro pad on the back and another included to fasten the device to anywhere in your pc. I ended up not using it but it was well thought out. I'm curious as to if this is able to have another of the same unit plugged into it, which I'm guessing is possible, but I'm not sure. If usb 3.0 hubs like this were common you could use it for storage ecpansion with some "external" hard drives plugged inside the case.

Custom

My motherboard didn't have integrated wifi, so I used an internal USB hub and plugged this into it so that I could technically have built in wifi. Works like a charm and is surprisingly speedy, is a great backup for when my wired connection fails, which is unfortunately pretty often.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful Beuild :D More pics please!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, will upload more around this weekend. Wasn't expecting any attention so quite the pleasant surprise :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Pics have been added, had a day off from school.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, will upload more pictures today after I find my camera... lost during the move D:

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

We can wait when you find your camera i can wait for a lot of days.and man do you want your pc in a show? Type techsource and you will find him his the first

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest my setup is complete crap and it's just wires everywhere... I have it on the floor hooked up to a TV because I had to move it out of our extra room because my mom just got a new job and made that her office. (What luck that my power supply faces the side)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

About the wires you meen cable managment or the cables of the pc

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

cables outside the pc for peripherals, power, video, and ethernet

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

But can y see my build (i din't bought it)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean? You want me to critique a part list?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Pics have been added, had a day off from school.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait do you have youtube channel.?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but I don't post on it (planning to make it an archive for my twitch streams once I convert our office to a stream setup)

  • 36 months ago
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Also now that I've cleaned up my setup I might consider submitting it to pimp my setup or something

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

hey dude. got the same board and gpu. was wondering how you got around the stuck gpu? i am currently having problem with my build and want to troubleahoot it without the added components.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

nevermind bro. One pci-e cover was in the way. silly me.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

In my case, the pcie cover's bottom (where it tapers) was wedged behind the board and the top of the cover stuck under the lock in my case. I just (carefully) brute forced it out.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

ya couldve gone with a 7700k i7 and get 4.2 without overclock lol. and the total cost is pretty expensive for what it is.

still gud build though

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought some parts before Kaby lake, but yeah I'm gonna upgrade soon

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

also little bit of a waste of money on the case but it looks nice and is VERY wide

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

nah the case was a very specific choice just for it's unique form factor and dual chamber design (to compensate for my laziness in cable management)