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The Crystalline Titan

by Holman1106


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Date Published

Jan. 11, 2019

Date Built

Dec. 20, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


Started PC gaming about 3-4 years ago playing on an Asus M32BF pre-built from BestBuy. As time went on a became more curious of what made that machine tweak and began doing little upgrades (adding fans and putting in a new GPU instead of the on-board graphics. So after a lot of research and Youtube videos, I started planning out my first build.

CPU: i7-8700K This was a pretty easy decision in my opinion as I wanted to build a pc that wasn't going to have obsolete parts in the next couple of years only after just building it. With this CPU, it should give me plenty of years of use, running the newest of games on high settings in the years to come... I hope... But for right now, it's sitting at a nice 4.5GHz at around 45C under load. But I'm gonna go up to at least 5GHz after I break it in a little bit.

CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken x72 Ran into a little issue with the double elbow hose coming from the pump head interfering with the ram slots on the motherboard. With a little tinkering, I carefully took apart the pump head and flipped the NZXT infinity mirror logo so the hoses would come off the left side.

Motherboard: Asus Maximus X Hero AC WIFI Great motherboard overall, kinda wished I waited a couple more months to get the Maximus XI Hero, but not really that big of a difference anyways. Expansion was great, lots of options to plug in accessories, although my only gripe with it is that some of the ports feel crammed on the board namely the ram slots feel oddly placed a little too close to the CPU.

RAM: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB I know some may be thinking, "Man, 32GB of RAM? That's a little a little overkill for pretty much just gaming, don't ya think?" And yes, I agree. But you gotta admit, filling up all four of those DIMM slots is pretty satisfying to look at. But nonetheless, doesn't hurt to splurge sometimes.

SSD: Samsung 500GB M.2 Can honestly say this was among the most stress inducing parts of the build, but not for the installation, rather for actually getting the drive to get recognized. I'm not a BIOS wiz so it took a little time and a lot of research to figure out what all mean't what, but after a couple of days of tinkering, I manged to get the drive to get recognized and set up as my primary boot drive.

HDD: Toshiba DT01ACA200 Using the hard drive off of my old prebuilt pc as it has all my important files. Stills runs quite well considering it's over 3 years old with a lot of hours on it. Thus, I'm planning on picking up a new 2 or 3TB Seagate HDD and cloning all my files onto it.

GPU: Zotac GTX 1060 6GB AMP! Edition Good little graphics card that I used in my old pre-built pc which I've had for sometime now . This would honestly be good for pretty much anyone doing casual gaming or light editing. I'm wanting to upgrade to a GTX 1080TI in the future, but for now, this will suffice nicely.

Case: Cougar Panzer Evo This was one of the biggest reasons that made me want to build a PC... well the RGB version that is. Unfortunately there were no Cougar Panzer Evo RGB's that I could get a hold of at the time. So I had to settle for the regular Evo and just buy the Cougar Vortex RGB fans which costed a little more than I wanted to spend.

PSU: EVGA Supernova P2 850W Not to much to say here, other than it was kind of a toss up between the EVGA 850 Platinum or the Corsair AX860 Platinum. Decided with EVGA.

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i9-7980xe 2 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

The GPU and front panel mesh messing with the Kraken are the only downsides I can see. Otherwise, phenomenal build, keep it up.

Holman1106 submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Thank you! Ya I'm thinking of either taking the mesh completely out since it is a slightly negative air pressure system anyways, or might back off the mounting bolts a little and remove the mag strips since they're kinda useless atm :p

Xyxer 2 points 3 months ago

Nice job! Yeah, Corsair is worse than evga. Corsair uses cheap coils and other components which makes evga my default choice against Corsair.

Holman1106 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks! Good to know for future builds!

Raptor24 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Great job, but with that GPU you are killing it, you have to upgrade.

Holman1106 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I totally agree! In soon time I'll get around to actually picking up a 1080ti :)

kevbui 4 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Looks clean! Would you be willing to delid the CPU? I think it really helps with temps.

Holman1106 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Probably not in the immediate future at least. This is my first build, so I don't really wanna chance voiding the warranty on the CPU this early in. I probably would tho if I decide to do a custom water loop. As for now, I think I get pretty good cooling off the kraken

diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

The Cougar Vortex fans are so popular. Especially during Christmas this year. They were sold out EVERYWHERE!

Holman1106 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

very true! I was getting a little worried I wasn't gonna be able to find any, but luckily I got enough of them. Even though the lighting on 2 of them were duds... Very happy with them nonetheless

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I have the RF120 case fans and I am glad I found them. They are great fans and so cheap, too.

Paolosworld 1 point 1 month ago

Are the case fans at all choked by the front panel? I know a lot of cases have that problem