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First PC - Overkill | Part Deux

by spencrU


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Date Published

June 23, 2017

Date Built

June 21, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.124 GHz



Moved into my new house awhile ago and although much hasn't changed with the battlestation I did happen to snag a 1TB Samsung 860 Evo for nothing($150ish) as an upgrade to the 250GB 850 Evo that I originally bought for the build. PC still runs as good as new and I'm contemplating mounting a TV on the wall above me as another additional display. It never ends, lol.


Ok this took me way longer to complete than I would have liked but it is what it is. Since originally building the PC I added a secondary monitor, dual monitor stand, and powered speakers to round out the battlestation completely. I updated the part listing as well to reflect the added hardware. After finally taking the time to clean up the mess of cabling around the back/underneath the desk she looks as good as ever. Still running like a champ without any issues as well so I couldn't be happier with how things turned out. A rather expensive investment but worth every penny.

New Gear/Current Setup

Original Setup/Photos

Been a console gamer my whole life. A close friend who's a lifetime PC player has always pushed me to make the jump and honestly Destiny 2 on PC was the catalyst. I was fortunate enough to attend E3 2017 and after seeing the game in person I was sold. I've always been aware of the benefits of a high powered gaming PC but I just couldn't deny how much more awesome the game looked on the PC platform.

I originally wanted to maintain a conservative budget but I've always believed you get what you pay for and I didn't want to half *** it so the overall cost ballooned quite a bit. As it's my first ever PC I needed to acquire EVERYTHING...including the desk, chair, and all peripherals. This upped the cost quite a bit but was expected so not a huge problem. This will mainly be for high end gaming at 1440p/144hz but also whatever else I decide to throw at it, lol.

CPU Debated for quite a while between Ryzen and an i7. Ultimately decided the 1700 would better suit my needs even if it takes a hit against the i7 in regards to high FPS gaming. Went with the base 1700 as it's a better value than the "X" versions and can overclock no problem.

CASE Another point of contention early on. Had planned on the NZXT S340 Elite initially but after doing the research the P400S allowed me to run push/pull with the radiator as well as having space for another exhaust fan on top. Plus added extras like the included LED RGB functionality were a nice touch. Both cases are great in their own regard. This was a tough decision but I'm satisfied.

RAM After lots of digging into compatibility issues with Ryzen I eventually settled on the red G.Skill 16GB 3200mhz kit. It's fast, compatible with the mobo, and matches the color palette. Pretty straightforward choice. I would love to opt for the fancier RGB RAM but compatibility issues and overall cost made me skip it.

STORAGE The 850 EVO is a mainstay for SSDs and the WD Blue was a recommendation from a friend. I actually planned on getting a bigger SSD but when I ordered it I accidentally clicked on the 250GB, lol. No big deal though. Storage is easy to upgrade and drops in price all the time.

MOTHERBOARD Picked the Tomahawk for starters, then was thinking of upgrading to an x370 board. After toiling around online checking features, compatibility lists, overclocking comparisons, etc. I decided this board would suit me just fine. Plus it's red and black themed which works for the build.

PSU Almost every recommendation I've seen online for countless mid-tower builds points to the EVGA 650w G3. This was a no brainer. Being fully modular is really nice as well.

CPU COOLER This is definitely one of the splurge items that I probably didn't/don't need but once I seen it I had to have it. I was planning on using a standard air cooler and was initially skeptical of running any kind of liquid cooling in my case but the Kraken just looks way to badass to pass up. Most reviews had positive things to say about it as well plus it now ships with the AM4 bracket so I just said screw it.

CASE FANS There's so many options now that I had a hard time picking which fans I thought would both look and perform best. They are spendy but I'm more than satisfied with the ML LED series. The LED's accents look great but aren't overbearing and the fans run whisper silent as long as you don't have them all at max RPM. I have one 120mm exhaust out the back, two 140mm exhaust out the top, and 2 140mm on the back of the radiator(in conjunction with the stock NZXT fans)setup for push/pull. They're all running as PWM and integrate perfectly into the MOBO and the Kraken for full control.

MONITOR(S) Much like the PSU choice the Dell S2716DG monitor is one of the most widely recommended 1440p/144hz/G-sync units out there. Not perfect straight out of the box and requires some user configuration to achieve the best picture/colors but otherwise fantastic. Goes on sale all the time too so you can generally score a pretty good deal on one if you need it.

GPU The centerpiece of the build. This was definitely another need vs. want scenario and as I luckily had quite a bit of flexibility with my budget I decided to go all out. The 1080 TI is an absolute powerhouse that crushes everything you throw at it. I stuck with a lot of MSI products so thankfully the Gaming X's look/color scheme matches everything else well.

The entire build was fairly smooth and I only had one run in with any major issues which was that the PC wouldn't POST after turning on. Not a huge problem but was dissapointing after everything else went so well. I ended up having to reset the CMOS in order to get the machine to boot. I went ahead and bought the CableMod red/black E-series PSU kit to keep everything looking as clean as possible and I'm very happy with how the whole rig looks. Pardon the crap HP mouse...I haven't received my Mionix mouse quite yet, lol. I have MUCH cable management to do both inside and outside the PC but I wanted to get this up so people could see how easy it is for a console noob like myself to take the plunge and build their own EPIC gaming PC!

Thanks for checking it out! Apologies for the **** photos...thank my iPhone, lol.

Part Reviews


8 Cores, 16 threads, overclock capable and a decent price? Worth it. Comes with a decent stock cooler too.

CPU Cooler

Ultra sexy and combined with some quality after-market fans runs whisper silent. Provides great cooling. Little pricey but looks like this don't come cheap.


Nice black and red accents, easy to use BIOS, overclock capable, and everything else you need from a value B350 board.


Runs fast and looks much better in person than online(more of a "metallic" red color).


Fast, reliable, and looks clean(although it's probably going to be hidden anyway, lol).


Quality HDD from a reputable brand. No complaints.

Video Card

Total monster. Looks incredible with black/red styled setups. Outlandishly expensive but slays any game you want to play.


Tempered glass is all the rage and this case is one of the reasons why. Looks fantastic and has tons of room to make building a breeze. Super easy cable management and the added integrated LED RGB strip(s) and fan controller are a nice touch. Easily one of the best mid-towers.

Power Supply

Reliable, clean power. Nothing much else needs to be said.

Case Fan

Spendy but beautiful AND quiet. Everything you want in one neat little package.

Case Fan

Spendy but beautiful AND quiet. Everything you want in one neat little package.


1440p, 144hz, G-sync, low response time. Not an IPS panel but with minor tweaks still looks amazing. Very clean looking monitor overall.


Cherry MX switches feel great. The red LED's complement my red/black build nicely. Solid keyboard at a solid price.


Elegant and ergonomic. Holds your whole hand and feels incredible.


Connects your case RGB to your compatible mobo header for software control(MSI Mystic Light, Asus Aura, etc.). Cheap and useful.


Clean look, feels nice, and is absolutely gigantic. Needs a big desk space. Some people say it smells like death, lol. Mine doesn't seem to have any odor(thankfully).

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necro_illicit 4 points 22 months ago

Extremely amazing but If you want complete overkill get a nas for more storage lol.

necro_illicit 2 points 22 months ago

Btw if you don't know what nas is it is a network-attached storage basicly another pc that has lots of hard drives that runs a os like freenas where you can host a nas, watch a youtube video.

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! The pictures honestly don't do it justice, lol. I may end up looking into a NAS in the future but for now I should be alright.

FurryJackman 3 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Phanteks offers a dual system case, so you can use a ITX system + FreeNAS for your NAS and a mATX system in the same case: http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-MiniXL-DS.html

bladebolden 2 points 22 months ago

I wish my budget allowed for something like this right out of the gate! I'm in the same situation in terms of starting from scratch and needing components, peripherals, desk, etc. Do you mind elaborating on your desk a bit?? I am considering going the IKEA countertop-desk route, but yours looks really nice! Awesome build btw!!

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you! Having the freedom to invest in whatever I needed made the process much easier believe me, lol. I know not everyone will have that level of flexibility but going in with as big of a budget as you can muster really helps.

I bought both the chair and the desk from Staples. The DESK is an L-shaped, tempered glass model that was on sale for $100 bucks. The CHAIR is the black Hyken model that was also on sale for $100 bucks.

Joiner21 8 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I have the same monitor, but the 24 inch version. How are you liking it?

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

It's fantastic. It's a TN panel which doesn't sit well with a lot of people that prefer the IPS panels but I think it looks great and provides everything I wanted(1440p, 144hz, low response time, G-sync, etc.). It is recommended that you manually set the display settings since the default configuration out of the box isn't optimal but otherwise I'd totally buy another.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Very nice build! +1

I would have invested more on another motherboard and gotten a cheaper cooler.. But I guess you it was love at first sight with the X62.. lol

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I'm sure quite a few people would agree with you, lol. Based on the research I did it seems like a common viewpoint is that the main difference between X370 and B350 boards is simply Crossfire/SLI support which I had no interest in so I didn't feel like I would get anything out of a more expensive mobo. I agree in the sense that the Kraken is overkill for sure but it looks awesome and I'm glad I picked it up.

izzyeatslolis 2 points 22 months ago

one of the cleanest builds ive seen,.

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thank you.

I still have a lot of work to do both inside the case and out but I wanted it look as neat as possible.

enigm4 2 points 22 months ago

I'm going for a similar build in the near future - I'll be happy if mine turns out as clean as yours does!

I do have a question I hope you can answer though, as I'm new to the water-cooling thing: I know the Kraken comes with two NZXT fans for the radiator. Are your NZXT fans pulling air in while the Corsair push through the case? I'll likely follow suit if the radiator can accommodate this type of fan setup as shown on your build.

+1 for the build.

spencrU submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Thank you!

Yes the two 140mm stock fans that come with the Kraken are mounted to push air into the radiator while the two Corsair ML140's are on the other side to pull the air into the case. The p400(s) case provides plenty of space for a front mounted radiator setup regardless if you do push/pull like I did. The Gaming X 1080 TI I have is huge as well and even at 290mm it fits perfectly and leaves plenty of space between the internal fans and itself.

esk02k 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

That's one good looking build! Nice spec and colour coordination. 1440p @144hz, now that makes me jealous. +1

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thank you for the kind words!

I was concerned, being my first build and all, that it wouldn't turn out as nice as I imagined it in my head but thankfully it both looks and performs just as well, if not better, than I'd hoped. Totally worth the time/money invested so far. Agreed regarding the 1440p/144hz. It looks and feels amazing. So glad my buddy recommended I go for it.

ShinnyBoy 2 points 21 months ago

Woah, for your first time you did a very good job with cable management

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago


I did a ton of research online reading and watching other build videos to learn common tips and tricks with cable management. I copied the AIO tubing under the mobo power cable from another user on here who made it look amazing and decided it would be worth a try and I think it turned out alright, lol.

rpan23 2 points 21 months ago

The GPU didn't block any drive bays did it? Or at least left enough open for your to install the necessary drives right? Looking at getting the same case with a 1080 (not the Ti)

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Nope. Both my HDD and SSD are mounted underneath the PSU shroud under the radiator. There's extra storage bays you can use for expansion if you really want to in certain cases but I can't since the radiator blocks those. I don't plan on having more than 2-3 drives though so it's not a big deal.

MiniManchu 2 points 21 months ago

I'm probably kind of late to the party here, but I do really like your build. I have a P400S TG sitting right behind me now just waiting for my CableMod order to arrive tomorrow.

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago


I was torn on which case to buy but I really ended up liking the Phanteks model a lot. Hopefully she suits you well. The CableMod kits can be pricey but I think they're worth it if you're a stickler for aesthetics. They look so good.

MiniManchu 2 points 21 months ago

Yeah, you'd be right on the price with CableMod. I only got 4 cables (EPS, ATX 24pin, 6 and 8 pin VGA) and it set me back nearly $90. $20 of that was shipping but I'd like to hope that cash was worth it.

fefbuild 2 points 19 months ago

Love it

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thank you!

Pakebs 2 points 19 months ago

Amazing build, but that mouse... it almost ruins it lol. (The one in pics)

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Lol yeah it hurts to look at, I know.

Take comfort in knowing that it was hastily replaced by my Mionix NAOS 7000 shortly after being built. I've added more to the build since it was first made(speakers, second monitor with dual monitor mount, etc.). I should really get around to updating it.

UCZ_15 2 points 19 months ago

Would I be able to use your exact components but a X370 instead of a B350? Would I have space in the case?

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I believe you would be fine running an X370 board. I originally planned to myself but then decided against it so you shouldn't have any issues. Just make sure if you use the same case it supports whatever size motherboard you buy.

starrman 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

More photos, please?

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I've added more to the build but I'd like to clean it up a tad bit more before I take some new pictures.

I'll be sure to update the listing soon.

ZinxOfficial 2 points 16 months ago

So your Kraken x62-s pump hasn't failed yet? A lot of them seem to break at the 5-6 month mark.

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Nope, still working just fine as far as I can tell. Haven't had any issues with cooling or overheating at all. I've changed/added a lot since I built the PC in the first place so once I get the cable management finally squared away how I want I'll probably update the listing or just recreate it with new pictures.

Velcade 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Sweet build! How's the kraken holding up? I'm looking into one for my first build.

You mentioned you swapped out the fans on the cooler, which fans did you go with?


spencrU submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Thank you!

Kraken is running just fine. Apparently people have had issues with them failing after 6+ months or so but mine is still going strong. I'm using the two stock fans that came with the cooler but I also have two, 140mm Corsair ML140s hooked up as well so that way I can run a push/pull setup with the radiator.

nevahlose 2 points 15 months ago

Good day sir. I have been looking for ram since flare x is not available in my country. Any compatability issues on ripjaws v w/ your ryzen w/o using xmp since it was intel settings? Anyway great build and sorry for bad english.

spencrU submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago


After updating my BIOS the XMP profile has worked great for me so I can't comment on manual memory configuration since I haven't done that. There might still be some fringe cases out there currently but I believe most Ryzen mobos have sorted out memory compatibility issues by now so you should be fine. Just check the memory QVL list on your mobo's website before you buy.

LaTree 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Looks amazing! GREAT Job!

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you!

James456 1 point 18 months ago

would you rather have ryzen or coffee lake?

spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

In the event I was just now deciding to build my computer it'd be a harder choice to make but I think I would stick with Ryzen. I built my computer back in June though so it was an easier choice.

PCSrub 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build, but could you recommend any fans to replace the ones in the NZXT Kraken X62?

spencrU submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

I'm using two Corsair ML140's along with the stock fans on the cooler and I have a few other ML140's and one ML120 in the case for added airflow and they've been great.

Lots of people seem to swear by Noctua as they make some pretty high quality fans and BeQuiet! gets a lot of love from what I've seen as well.

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spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

The fans are plugged into Kraken as well as the mobo. As far as controlling them I just made sure they were all set as PWM in the BIOS and created a custom fan curve so they only run at 100% if the temps get too high. Even under load the case barely makes more than a whisper so I can play without using headphones easily.

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spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! She is indeed a beauty.

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spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago


Both the stock NZXT fans and the Corsair ML series fans on the radiator are 140mm.

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spencrU submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

I didn't expect to impress everyone so your reaction isn't surprising. Oh well, lol.

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spencrU submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks man. Will do although I'll probably be *** starting out. Got rekt in CS:GO the other day, lol.