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Serenity - First Time Build

by Wadseraptor

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10 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 2, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.08GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.5GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

Description

White-themed first time build made with the intent to last for many years to come. I am coming from a used PS3 and Lenovo Thinkpad into this build, and the quality difference is astounding. I like to go overkill on projects I take on, and that means that I went with some "fun" items - i7 6700k vs. i5 6600k, DDR4-3200 RAM, 500GB SSD. I might eventually upgrade to the 1080 Ti eventually, but the 1070 is above and beyond adequate until then.

Micro Center was incredible for deals on the CPU and Mobo. Custom prices listed for those are true to what I paid for the CPU and Mobo - they offered much lower CPU prices than any place around, and then when pairing with the a Mobo offered $30 off that, too!

I had a few goals with this build:

1) Be ready with high-end gaming performance for many years without having to upgrade parts.

2) Be ready for overclocking down the road.

3) Choose reliable brands that will not compromise on quality.

4) Keep my options open for changes in the future - SLI, more fans/bigger case, etc. I know the 850W Power Supply is overkill but it keeps my options open, and I actually got it for cheaper than the 650W equivalent at the time.

I also have a couple Noctua fans that I am using to replace the stock fans on the Corsair cooler, as I wanted something much more quiet (this setup is in my living room - have to keep my wife happy!). Unfortunately they are rather ugly aesthetically, but this build is so quiet that I have to listen closely to hear any of its background noise. Plus, eventual interior lighting will mitigate the ugliness somewhat.

I am currently using an old Acer 1080p 4ms response gaming monitor that serves my needs very adequately, but around Black Friday I'll be looking into both getting the NZXT Hue+ and a much nicer monitor, as this setup destroys anything on 1080p and really needs at least 1440p capabilities to show off. I also want to look into white braided cables to highlight the interior more.

Thanks for the comments! It can be intimidating starting into a community of experts such as this, and I appreciate all the feedback I can get.

PS - sorry for the potato camera pictures. I neglected to take pictures during the building of it, I'll update with better pictures as I have time (actual desk setup, etc)

Part Reviews

CPU

Beast of a CPU - takes everything I can throw at it and doesn't even break a sweat. Should be great for future-proofing as well - we'll see where DX12/Vulcan/the next big thing in gaming decide to take it.

CPU Cooler

Much bulkier than it might seem - see my build for an example of how I had to jerryrig it to fit inside my NZXT S340 case. The tubing is also very stiff, not allowing a lot of flexibility for case space (however, this is probably for the better - wouldn't want anything breaking!). Keeps my CPU nice and cool, and the LED's are of course an unnecessary (but very pretty) bonus. Overall I am very satisfied with this cooler. I replaced the stock fans that came with it with two Noctua fans and haven't looked back - it runs very quiet with these.

Motherboard

What other reviewers have mentioned about the cheap I/O shield are spot on - it provided about a minute of frustration before I was able to snap it properly into place. However after that the motherboard is great. Ran into some small issues trying to get it to recognize my Corsair DDR4-3200 RAM in XMP mode (it would run at 2133hz instead) - a Bios flash took care of the problem. For the price it's a great Mobo.

Memory

Fantastic RAM, does what it needs to do. Also very cheap for what it is!

Storage

Stable, blazing fast, incredibly small, and a great value. Everything you want in a drive! I use it as a boot drive and main install drive for system functions and multiplayer games. System boots within 3-4 seconds and load times are very minimal.

Storage

Great cheap storage. Fast for a HDD, definitely more than adequate for loading games in any function. I will probably buy another eventually to give myself more storage, very satisfied with this purchase.

Video Card

Blazing fast BEAST of a GPU! Absolutely love this card, and while I have not OC'ed it (yet), it has the capabilities to do so like a champ. Will absolutely destroy anything thrown at it in 1080p and the majority of things thrown at it in 1440p. I would highly recommend this as the best performance to value high end card available right now.

Case

Very pretty case, amazing price point. Only complaints are that while there were some nice amenities for cable management some features like the hidden PSU made it tougher. I would recommend this case to anyone, as a first time builder I am very happy with it.

Power Supply

It's a beast of a PSU that does exactly what it needs to. Fully-Modular is very handy. I got mine at a stellar deal so I can't complain about that either.

Comments Sorted by:

uzumi98 1 Build 3 points 11 months ago

I don't think that anybody is able to future proof his or her pc because of the radip increase in faster and even faster proccesors, but a very nice build you've got yourself

Wadseraptor submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Thank you! Agreed on the future proofing, crazy how fast things advance. This should stay fast for a good while though :)

GamerTaha 2 points 11 months ago

Great build man this should cover you for a few years ,I was wondering about the liquid cooler do you reccomend it ?, And is there any diffrence between your Mobo and Asus z170-A - not AR -

AnthonyTaylor1555 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I also have the H100i V2 and 6700k. I'm currently overclocking to 4.6 GHz at 1.375V, and the CPU never gets above 64 C even during a 3 hour stress test on the "Quiet" preset. The cooler is great, although the fans do throw some noise when they rev. I highly recommend it.

Wadseraptor submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Nice! Great to hear. I know the 6700k can OC like a boss, I just haven't had a reason to yet so I have not done so. I'll definitely be OC'ing if/when I make the transition to 1440p.

Wadseraptor submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you! Here's hoping!

I do recommend the cooler, but like I mentioned in the review up above it is VERY bulky. I had some issues with fitting it in this case because of the fan slots that were available and so I had to put it on the side, where I would have preferred to put it on the top.

However, the software it comes with is great for temperature management, the LED's are fun, and the cooler itself keeps my CPU very cool. I have yet to truly stress it with overclocking the CPU, but that will come in time (why I got the liquid cooler instead of a fan in the first place). I'll try to post some temperature benchmarks soon.

EDIT: I should also mention, the stock fans it comes with are very loud. That's why I got a couple Noctua fans (the big ugly brown ones in the pictures) to replace them. The noise is the most common complaint about this cooler, and with the Noctuas I have not even been able to discern the cooler noise vs other fan noise. So no complaints there with that very easy fix.

Finally, on the MOBO - from my research the only difference between those seems to be that the AR has the VGA and DVI ports removed.... it's confusing. But the AR is also a very aesthetically pleasing white so that's a plus!

wokkk 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

This looks like an amazing build, very close to what i am building tom.! Hope its doing well, im just worried about the v2 fitting in the s340...

Wadseraptor submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you very much! Build runs like a champion, blazing fast with absolutely no issues. The v2 was definitely a struggle to get to fit in the case - see how I had to fenagle it in there! Haven't had any issues with it though, so I'm very happy :) hope it works out for you!

kentobeanz 1 point 8 months ago

Hi I have the same case and AIO cooler but may I ask are you using the cooler as an intake or exhaust? And I'm assuming the top and rear fans (stock?) are exhaust?

I'm trying to find the best airflow configuration with this case and cooler so it can keep my CPU/GPU cool while not sounding like a jet engine haha.

Wadseraptor submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Hi! I've actually updated this build a little since I posted it.

I upgraded the stock fans to good ones from Corsair - this helped drop my temps dramatically when I ran them as exhaust. I run the radiator fans as intake from the front, and the other two fans are now exhaust.

I previously had the top fan as intake, too (so back fan exhaust, top fan intake, radiator fans intake). This was much less efficient. With my new setup, I now have my back and top fans as exhaust, and my radiator fans as intake. This honestly helped me drop my temps much, much lower. I'm running everything on silent mode and I never see my CPU even under full load above 45 C, and I never see my GPU on silent mode above 55. I can barely hear it and I have my GPU overclocked to its max and my CPU overclocked to 4.5.

Hope this helps!

Hope that helps!