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My First Build

by thisiischris



Date Published

May 21, 2017

Date Built

May 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.052 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11 GHz


Been planning this for a while ..First computer build, i've tinkered with other computer replacing parts and what not, but this is the first from scratch. Will be used for gaming/productivity.

Building in the Phanteks Evolv case was incredibly simple, only problem i ran into was with DIMM sticks (RAM) when trying to boot the system, had to leave them in single channel configuration won't boot in dual-channel :( would have preferred not having the RAM right next to the pump but that's the only configuration the system boots in.

Future Updates: Adding fans to the radiator for a push/pull configuration. Feel free to comment and ask questions.

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confuzledandlost 40 Builds 4 points 20 months ago

Nice build, great parts selection!

I would however recommend moving one of the RAM modules over one slot so that they're staggered (slots 2+4 or slots 1+3) that's how they can run in dual channel mode!

thisiischris submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I'll try this! hopefully it boots in one of those configurations

UPDATE: The system just won't post in any other RAM configuration then the one in the pictures

confuzledandlost 40 Builds 4 points 20 months ago

Well that's definitely not good, I recommend that you RMA the motherboard because you might have some bad RAM slots.

According to the manufacturer's manual for you MOBO (which you can find on their website) the optimal placement for those RAM modules is either one module in slot slot A1 (the slot closest to the CPU), one module in A1 and one in B1 (the third slot from the left) or all 4 slots occupied by RAM modules. I highly recommend testing each DIMM slot with a single module and seeing if it will boot to determine which slots are bad.

I've had this happen to brand new motherboards as well and while it might seem like a bit of an inconvenience to send it back for a replacement it will probably save you some headaches in future. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about troubleshooting the DIMM slots! =)

Nationalorion 1 point 20 months ago

Did you remove and put back in the RAM in slot A1? If not, your bios should at least post if it was before (maybe try removing your RAM from slot B1). Either way, testing each RAM in each slot individually would be the best approach to see what's going on. Best to try that before you RMA the motherboard.

I was taking apart a computer the other week and ran into an issue where the motherboard wasn't recognizing one of the RAM sticks. It apparently wasn't seated completely, or some dust particle was in the way. I blew the slot and stick off with compressed air and placed it back in and the motherboard picked it up. My best guess is that you're either having a similar issue, or your B1 slot is bad.

thisiischris submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I tried each slot with each stick, only A1 and A2 seem to be working, i even checked the Cpu to make sure there weren't any bent pins as some people have said that could be a problem, i contacted ASUS already and they pretty much said to RMA, i'll try using compressed air on the slots

Nationalorion 1 point 20 months ago

Sorry to hear that, nothing worse than tearing apart a new build.

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jaredt 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I would recommend switching the radiator orientation. Putting the radiator as such with pump at the highest point in the loop means that any air that inherently gets in the AIO will sit around and in the pump causing it to make more noise or possible degradation after years of running like so. Putting the AIO at the top of the case, or switching the radiator orientation in the front of the case so as the tubes are at the bottom of the rad will result in the air collecting in the rad as opposed to the pump.

Nice build +1

thisiischris submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks for the tip! i'll switch the orientation i've also moved the radiator up from the basement of the case

KaaZMi 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

So if understand, three-quarters of people who have an Kraken on this website have put the radiator in the wrong direction? ^ it's strange that so few people are aware of this ...

jaredt 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Pretty much. Gamersnexus has talked about this quite a few times on their youtube channel. Air rises above water to the highest point in the loop, so if the pump is the highest point then you are going to have unwanted air circulating unnecessarily in your pump.

thisiischris submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I'll check his channel out, trying to understand this still because i have mounted it how most people do, even on channels that i follow

Awd222 1 point 20 months ago

Do you think it's to bright at night when you're in the dark? Congrats on your first!!

thisiischris submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Not at all, i prefer some lighting at night, but there's also the option of turning off the lights with the Asus AURA software

wildcat45 1 point 20 months ago

Nice build, i like the case!

Lyrix 1 point 20 months ago


great build! great pictures!!! but maybe swap the first and second one because now the boxes are really big in the preview and the other pictures are small. but 1+!!!

that_guy_sheridan 1 point 20 months ago

Great looking first build dude !

OrangeJuleas 1 point 20 months ago

I wish my first build looked this good. Or performed this well.

Nationalorion 1 point 20 months ago

How do you like the crucial MX300 m.2 speeds? I'm debating getting it over a more mainstream 960 evo or 850 evo.

thisiischris submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Feels as fast as any SATA ssd, so far so good, however if you want speed go for the 960 evo as it is NVMe assuming your motherboard supports it, the 850 and MX300 are SATA drives.

Nationalorion 1 point 20 months ago

Yea the 960 certainly outperforms the other two on paper. But besides large data transfers, I'm not sure it would be a huge benefit for day to day use with respect to load times and boot times. Would you say you're satisfied with the load and boot times with your crucial mx300?

thisiischris submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I agree i don't think it would affect load or boot times, i am satisfied with my boot time, it shows my last boot took 6.7 seconds, everything loads pretty instantly and the computer is ready to go as soon as it's inside Windows

Nationalorion 2 points 20 months ago

Wow, that's a really good time. Ill probably go with the crucial then since it's cheaper and I can just hide it on the motherboard. Thanks for the info!

PVieira21 1 point 20 months ago

Great build! I've been looking to update mine but was torn between the RoG Formula Motherboard and the Strix but after seeing how simple yet great your build looks I'll be going with that.

Did you end up having to RMA your board?

thisiischris submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

It's looking like i will have to, trying to get my hands on a different RAM stick to see if it works just to rule out every other option, not so excited having to wait over a week for a replacement or repair :(

But the motherboard is great.

ndivenyi 1 point 16 months ago

is that a hue+ in there?

thisiischris submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

No, don't have that in there

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