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Finally! This is my first build. I intended for this to be greyscale build. Now, onto the reason why I choose these parts:

Processor: I wanted to go with Skylake Architecture because it's the latest. In addition, this processor was on discount when I wanted to purchase it.

CPU Cooler: I prefer the NZXT Kraken X61 to the Corsair H110i aesthetically.

Motherboard: One of the best looking motherboard out there. Several other features that I like are built in waterblock (when I have enough money to go full liquid cooled build), AC wi-fi, plenty of USB 3.0 & 3.1 (A & C) ports, and M2.

RAM: One of the best RAM in the market. I took out the red plastic from the stick so that it adheres to the colour scheme.

SSD: I used the 950 Pro as boot drive as it's one of the fastest drive on the market. In addition, I'll use it as scratch disk for video editing. I got the 850 Evo to install my games.

Video Card: I wanted to wait for Pascal at first but I got this 980Ti $350 cheaper than the normal market price brand new.

Case: Loved the look of this case. Plenty of space for cable management. The airflow is not too bad as well.

Power Supply: A reliable power supply from a reputable brand. I wanted to go with 650W but I can't find any shop that have the stock for it. So I went for 750W instead.

Case fans: I used the be quiet! SilentWings2 as exhaust fan at the back of the case. I replaced the 2x Phanteks fans at the front with the Noctua NF-A14.

Monitor: IPS panel, 1440p, 144Hz, Gsync. Basically this monitor ticks all of my requirements.

Lighting: I wanted to go with CableMod Magnetic RGB Led Kit at first. However, the only store that sells it in Melbourne has no stock. I went with the NZXT Hue+ instead. It looks great.

Custom cables: White cable to match the colour scheme.

I had trouble trying to get the components to POST at first. I spent 2 hours trying to figure it out, only to realize that the monitor is in "Deep Sleep" mode and I need to press one of the button to wake it up. I had no problem setting up Windows and the rest after that.

The CPU is currently overclocked to 4.5 GHz. I'm pretty sure I can get higher clock speed but I don't have the time to do further overclocking yet.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow very nice! +1

You beat me to it - I've literally purchased identical parts and going for the same theme as you. Just have a Japan trip coming up that's put my build on hold. But it's not too bad because I too am holding out for Pascal, also Japan haha! Few quick questions; how'd you go removing the red plastic on the trident Z's? I was hoping to do the same but don't want to damage them in the process. Also I like the look of the white cablemod cables, I was thinking of going all black but I've now seen they have a configuration tool available that lets you choose the colours (hello silver modular cables!) but it's nearly double the price to send to AUS. So I took was going to go with the white but photos don't do them justice - how they look 'in person?'

Again, great build man - enjoy!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

The red piece literally snaps off. I'm thinking of doing the same thing. Don't even have to take apart the heatsink. Here's a link to a guy who actually painted the red piece, it looks really good:

http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=293231

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, thanks for that - the white does go really well with the text.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Just bumping Benjamax's question regarding the Trident Z's and removal of the red plastic component. Is it at all a risky process, or fairly straightforward? I'd love to go that route if at all possible since the price on these is comparatively cheaper than a few competitors.

Oh, and of course, I must echo that this is a gorgeous build! Terribly jealous. :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

It's fairly straightforward. Just make sure you don't force it too much. Thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You can remove the plastic on Trident Z's fairly easily with hand. Just be careful not to force it too much. I ordered my cable from PC Case Gear. When I made my build, I don't think Cablemod has the online configuration tool haha. They look really good in person.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate, yeah I'll be picking mine up (in black) from PCCG today.

Check out the Cablemod configuration tool here: https://store.cablemod.com/configurator/

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool stuffs. Too bad the price for buying direct is more expensive though.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Monochrome with RGB lighting looks great.

If you ever do go with a full loop, I'd go with nickel-plated blocks for more shine inside the case- looks kinda dark right now, but that might just be the rest of the room reflecting off the side panel.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Will do! Yeah, the picture doesn't do it justice. Too many reflections with the side panel.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

And EK makes some lovely looking nickel plated components.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the dark/black theme. The Formula VIII is awesome as always. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you intend to do four intake fans and one exhaust fan, specifically the top two fans appear to be setup as intake fans? How are your thermals with this setup? I agree with regards to doing nickel platted fittings and maybe acrylic and nickel blocks.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. That's what I did. My other option would be to change the top fans to be exhaust and back fan to be intake but I haven't tried that yet. In current setup, my CPU temp is around 20ish on idle and around 50ish when I'm gaming.

I do agree with nickel platted fittings when I'm going with full water-cooled build. I'll probably wait till I need to get a new graphic card.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as asthetics go: Your build looks great!
Your cooling mgmt on the other hand could be improved imho.
I'd recommend to get rid of the NZXT stock fans, replace those with your IPPCs (for looks: black or white chromax!) and install them as exhaust. Buy another Silent Wings 2 to use as intake together with the one you got. This way you wouldn't even need an exhaust fan in the back. If your PC is standing right in front of a heater (like mine) a Shadow Wing low rpm in the back is enough to keep the warm air out of your system.
I think that configuration would provide best balance between airflow and silence.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I haven't played around with different fan setup yet. At this moment, my CPU temp is only around 20ish degrees C on idle and around 50ish degrees when I'm gaming so I'm quite happy with that. I was thinking of switching the configuration to be 2 intake from front, 1 intake from back, and 2 exhaust at top. I might try that in the future.

I wanted to replace the stock NZXT fans at first but from what I read, the performance gain is insignificant. Is this true?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the change. As far as i'm informed Noctuas IPPCs pretty much always provide a significant performance boost compared to any stock fans.
3 intakes and 2 exhaust sound good to me. And when talking about sound: case fans don't have to do the hard work, so you might as well focus on silence when it comes to those. Silent Wings 2 imho are the best case fans out there because of their performance / silence ratio (with focus on silence). CPU cooler fans however should be the most performant things you could possibly find and since they also look good when combined with Noctuas chromax series, IPPCs are second to none imho.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, semi-new builder here trying to optimize cooling and air flow. Would the radiator fans being set to exhaust cause any issues with using air already warmed by the computer components? As far as I know, it's more beneficial to have radiator fans set to intake to pull in the cooler air. I was thinking 2 intake radiator fans at the top, 3 exhaust fans - 2 in front, 1 in back. I'm not sure if this is more optimal though because the overall air flow in the case may be restricted by the fact that heat tends to rise. I don't have enough experience to say one way or the other, any thoughts? Thanks for the help!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't trust in air to be that cool after passing through a radiator. I'm a fan of letting front intakes take care of cool air supply, 'cause that's what they are for.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Should grab some white Chromax anti vibration pads for the noctuas :) otherwise looks great :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I didn't know those things exist lol. I might grab those this weekend.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

the tubing on the NZXT kraken is quite long dont you think? maybe adjusting the radiator to the right would do the trick or re-positioning it to the front of the case?

but overall +1 for me.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I moved it a little bit to the front. The tubing's not interfering with the GPU backplate anymore =)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all awesome build! Love it. I'm new to pcpartpicker and recently built a pic which if money had not been as tight would have been identical to yours except I had to switch out the forMula for the hero alpha and did not go with the tridents to cut some costs (which in hindsight was a mistake). I am having some ram height issues with mounting the kraken in the top of the case (same case) but is there a way I could message you through pcpartpicker? Or perhaps ask you some questions about your build through email? I have some questions about some parts you bought and am curious about getting my build to fit together as Nicely as yours did. Still thought awesome build and you did a great job with it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure if you can a private message through pcpartpicker but I'm open to any question =)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing setup. But I have one question what are the LED strips you used and where did you get them? I really want to get some!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The NZXT Hue+ Controller comes with strips, and is software controlled

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

NZXT Hue+

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this motherboard have any USB 2.0 Headers?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. Two USB 2.0 Headers

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank GOD!!!! Will def be buying this now

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Mine is going to be similar.

How are you liking the monitor? Have you had any issues with backlight bleed or dead pixels?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really good. Blew my Asus 27" 1080p from my previous build. The backlight bleed is minimal and there is no dead pixel. I got pretty lucky with it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply.

I actually bought mine two weeks ago. I have had ZERO problems and it's beautiful.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!