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Sleeping Panda (2017 rebuild of 2014 PC)

by Endricane


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Date Published

July 17, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.016 GHz



UPGRADE COST: $1,365.84 (motherboard, cpu, ram, 960 M.2 pro ssd)


I used the case, power supply, CPU cooler, Hard drive, and SSD from my previous build which started in 2014, which can be found here. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/C4q48d. I put quite a bit of money into fans, fancy cables, lights and fan filters / rubber, etc.

Those wire ties are expensive.... .. . :)

The Intel i7-7700k CPU is overclocked to 5.0 GHz

The G. Skill 32GB RAM is overclocked to 3200 MHz

I want to purchase another Samsung 960 Pro 512GB m.2 so I can put my boot drive into RAID 0.

I would also like to purchase another 1080Ti for SLI, because I hate money...

The finishing move would be to remove the 4TB HDD and upgrade in the form of 2x 6TB Western Digital Black Hard Drives in RAID 1. I'm almost out of space on my 4TB drive and I would like RAID 1 for backup purposes.

Part Reviews


I replaced my i7-4770k with this i7-7700k because I wanted to upgrade to a newer platform to invest in DDR4 memory and get an m.2 SSD as well as some other features on the motherboard I wanted.

My particular 7700k is not very good, it can clock to 5GHz stable, but, its very hot. I prefer to run it at 4.8GHz, so I can take advantage low temperatures and even more power savings.

The i7-4770k was overclocked to 4.5GHz, but, I had to supply very high manual voltage(1.425v) to keep it stable. I used it like that anyway, it ran for a long time, and still does to this day :)

In comparison to the 4770k I only gained a few frames, but, I can tell my overall system performance is faster, and my electricity bill is going to be much happier. In some games where my CPU is very active, there is a noticeable difference.

I often play a 6 man MMoRPG group by myself. This used to be an occasional problem for my 4770k, even overclocked to 4.5GHz, but, on the newer platform with the 7700k overclocked to 4.8GHz, that issue has cleared up.

CPU Cooler

I think this may have been the first CPU cooler capable of RGB colors.

Performs well, I enjoy playing with the software and spending endless hours staring at the temps and fan curves...

I really enjoy the large diameter black rubber tubing, compared to the other options the market.

Its worked for 4 years so far, wish me luck :)


I love this motherboard, but, for $389.99 I am going to be picky :)

The lit up section that says "Republic of Gamers" should say "Maximus IX Formula" instead.

There is already a "RoG" eye on the southern heatsink making it redundant and calling it "gamer" just seems tacky. "Maximus IX Formula" would be a more elegant, powerful and informative solution.

If anyone knows how to customize this please contact me...


So far a good deal on a good product


I used this as my boot drive for 2+ years. The drive has 5.5TB written so far and is still going.

Although others complain about "Samsung Magician" software, I like it. I can monitor my data written, enable rapid mode and trim / optimize and over provision all with a few clicks.


Good deal of space

Large amount of cache for its time

Video Card

Powerful... Expensive...

I enjoy playing with the "EVGA Precision XoC" software and lights.

My card was only able to overclock to +26MHz GPU clock, +450MHz Memory clock


The magnetic dust filter at the top gets torn by the mounting screws from my "Corsair h100i" radiator

I ordered the corsair "airflow edition" front panel to replace my solid panel. The airflow edition wasn't available when I first bought my tower

I removed my 3.5" hard drive cages and mounted the drive in the 5.25" bay using brackets.

I ordered 2 additional fan filters, which I mounted to the bottom fans.

I added multiple different LED strips from different brands for lighting.

Power Supply

Hasn't died yet... I have heard some horror stories.

I used this 4 years. Some of that time I used 2 GTX 770's in SLI, the power draw from wall would be 600w+ on my system. It ran well and never got very hot.

I replaced the cables with Cablemod Modmesh cables, they look fantastic.

Operating System

some aggravating things about it for sure...

Case Fan

really loud, and without the right software to control them, good luck.

I love the black, I replace the brown rubber with black rubber

I use AI suite 3 from ASUS to mange the fans so they are nice and quiet. I can also set the fans to maximum, which I mostly only do for overclock testing / benchmarking purposes....

or if I want to move the air in my 25 x 17 foot room around... . .

Case Fan

kinda loud, and without the right software to control them, its rough

I love the black, I replace the brown rubber with black rubber

I use AI suite 3 from ASUS to mange the fans so they are nice and quiet. I can also set the fans to maximum, which I mostly only do for overclock testing / benchmarking purposes....

or if I want to move the air in my 25 x 17 foot room around... . .


Using it for a year, LOVE it.


Its exactly the right size and classy shape. love the RBG

software was really good on windows 7, I installed windows 10 and my profiles are all messed up. the layout is completely different on Windows 10 and I couldn't even find my keyboard. The software kept advertising Demos to me for use other keyboards and mice...


software isn't great, extra mouse buttons never work for anything... only a few


the wire that runs the power from molex to the white power pack is cheap and when I close my side panel, the other wires push onto the wire for this. Then the light goes off and on, so I have to keep repositioning until the wire was in a good enough spot.

Comments Sorted by:

Benjtheman 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

+0.5 for sexy RGB build and +0.5 for double orange kitties = +1 ;D

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

The computer is really for them :)

donkeywhistle 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

"Some people just want to watch their wallet burn..."

P.S. I prefer Malibu pink theme

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

My PC is my child, I dont have kids so I can stuff money into my computer. This was over the last 4 years and I'm still working on it...

Light that fire baby :)

Everyone likes the pink theme, thanks!

Shotta06 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Why do you need 9 fans?

You spent more on fans and mounts than you would with a good liquid cooling solution. I don't understand the logic there.

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

lol no one needs 8 fans, but, that's not the point. :). There is actually 10 fans. Two others i have are not installed but will be. I had them installed for push/pull. Yes I am aware this makes little if any difference.

I just wanted to take it to the max extreme, I work on my PC every month. I used the corsair stock fans for the first 2+ years.

I am eventually going to liquid cool her with a custom loop too on top of the fans, but, I'm intimidated as I've never done one before and I just haven't been ready.

Bosswoman3 1 point 21 months ago

Hope you had fun building your pc.

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks!, this is actually a rebuild, half the parts came from my old PC. It's actually an ongoing thing. I put in like $50 a week for the last few years.

Bosswoman3 2 points 21 months ago

Well that's some good work

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks so much, I see you don't have a build yet, otherwise I'd comment on yours :)

Bosswoman3 1 point 21 months ago

I'm working on trying to get the money together so I can buy all the parts and put them together.

smcgothboy 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I had an ax860i PSU in my build originally but had to switch it out as it had errors when using the Corsair Link, if you can avoid using it I'd suggest it as it made my PC reboot constantly or randomly turn off and start an annoying reboot sequence. Ended up getting a HX1000i. Hopefully you won't get the same issue. Nice build btw. :) +1

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

The AX860i im using is actually from my 2014 build. I have been using it for roughly 3.5 years with absolutely no issues, though I have read countless horror stories online. Thanks for the feedback!

ClawMachine881 1 point 21 months ago

Wow, really nice, though with that budget, why no go with tempered glass? Love the Pink Theme. +1

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

The budget was spent over last 4 years.

It's important to me to have a border around the window to block certain things, like the LED strips. None of the tempered glass seems to offer that.

I also bought this 750d case back in 2014 when tempered glass wasn't all over. Plus i worry less about the non glass

Also, I need an optical drive, which most tempered glass cases domt offer.

I love my 750d :) wonderful air flow

ClawMachine881 1 point 21 months ago

Phanteks Enthoo Pro seems like a good fit for you, but that makes sense. I actually found tempered glass to be more durable than any acrylic. I just clean it every now and then.

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Interesting, I would like to see the tempered glass in person. Maybe one day :).

I actually bought a Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX case for decoration purposes because it was on sale. I love their Evolv cases, but, no optical drive and somewhat restricted air flow made me consider other options. I also thought about trying to modify it with vent holes and to somehow fit an optical bay...

The Pro is definitely close, but, a few things I don't like about it. While I like a border around my window, I don't like when they break it up into multiple windows like that and block too much space.

Do you know if those rails where the hard drives go, are removable? Those would annoy me as i'm going in and out of my PC all the time. Currently I have my hard drive mounted in my optical bay with these "StarTech BRACKET Metal 3.5" to 5.25" Drive Adapter"

I definitely like the power supply shroud look, I would love to populate that Evolv ITX with some junk :).

craterking456 1 point 21 months ago

Tbh, if you had this much money to burn, why not go with i9/threadripper? You would have lots of cores for future proofing and any multi-threaded applications you'd use in the future.

Nice rig! +1

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

To be honest, I really thought about it, but I didn't go i9 yet for a couple reasons.

Going down that road would have cost me roughly another $900 for what I wanted, I'm not ready to burn that much... yet :)

I also love the aesthetic of the formula ix motherboard

I was looking for a way to get on the DDR4 platform, though i know this makes little to no difference in performance over my DDR3-1866MHz.

I wanted to get an m.2 drive, even though i know this also makes little difference over my SATA SSD.

I always give my brother my old parts so when I move to i9 he can have my Kaby Lake.

At the moment, with i9 being brand new, I'm a little hesitant to switch over just yet. I would like the other high core processors to come out and prices to get a little cheaper first.

Kind of waiting for Ice Lake or Tiger lake before I switch to an i9 type platform. Might be a while :)

A few benefits I received with my new system was substantially better fan control, enabling my industrial grade fans to spin down to 0 rpm, and high impedance sense technology for my headphones.

I often play 6 mmorpg accounts simultaneously, which used to max my 4770k to 100%. The core upgrade helped a bit with that, im no longer pinned at 95-100%.

Some day I'll get that i9!

Totalpro 1 point 19 months ago

Is the graphics card you have aura compatible? Or are you just matching the colors

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I match the colors through the "EVGA precision XoC" utility

my aura utility has actually been a pain recently, not recognizing and working correctly.

Sorry my response took so long :)