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by bigdogusn



Date Published

Feb. 1, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 29, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.632 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


I needed (wanted) a computer that I could do anything with, and I didn't want to cut too many corners. I tend to do a lot of multitasking, and I am not really interested in 4K gaming right now, so I chose to allocate funds towards the i7, and not a GTX 1080.

So far I have been very pleased with this machine. It has performed well in my preliminary stress tests and benchmarks, and has stayed remarkably cool. I am still not sure that having the radiator fans pull is the best way to go, but a friend at work convinced me to try it out.

I got a lot of help from my girlfriend, who is a CS major, but still, I was surprised at how easy it was to build this. I do intend to work further on this build, but for now I am going to try to enjoy it for a bit.

Below are my brief thoughts on the components. I appreciate any comments or critique! (See below for my note on the fans).

Part Reviews


CPU: As this was a build from scratch, I decided to go with the Kaby Lake, because they are basically the same price. I got it pretty cheap, using a code on Jet. So far I have been very impressed, it seems stable at a moderate overclock.

CPU Cooler

CPU COOLER: It has done its job well, ~32C idle, mid 70s during stress tests. I am not convinced that liquid cooling is really that superior at this price point, but I am not that knowledgeable on the topic. The Corsair Link software seems ok. The bolts for the fans are slightly too long.


MOBO: I am really impressed by this motherboard. Incredibly easy installation and set up, beautiful visuals, and all the features I need (or don't). I used the same discount on Jet to buy it well below its usual selling point.


MEMORY: It seems like a really good product. I kinda wish I had realized that there were RGB TridentZ coming out, but I still like the RAM. The paint goes really well with the red cable bar.


SSD: I am currently running the OS and most used programs on the Intel 600P. I may have got a little excited about an affordable NVMe option, as I have not noticed much of a difference between this and a normal SSD, but it has worked great, and it was really easy to install windows on it, which was my biggest fear. I have obstructed the view of it at the bottom right of the MOBO, as it is a dark green, and I was worried it might detract from the visuals. It is hard to see under the shadow of the huge GPU.

Video Card

GPU: This 1070 has been a beast. I am currently only using it with an FHD monitor, so obviously it is having no trouble getting the frames out. It is very cool, quiet and large, and those things are probably related. Seriously, you will notice that it looks large for the case.


CASE: I really love this little case. I originally chose it when I was working on a budget build, but I decided to keep it. The matte paint does show smudges easily. If I had to choose again, I might have gone for something a tad roomier. If I were to add another GPU it would be teabagging the PSU space.

Power Supply

PSU: I found it on amazon on sale. Never looked back. It came in a felt bag! Everything about it really feels high quality.

Case Fan

CASE FANS: I have the SPs on radiator duty, and the AFs on exhaust. They are very quiet, and I have had no cooling issues so far. I switched the Corsair stickers around on the exhaust fans, as the back sticker is rather ugly.... My god. I just realized that I was dumb. I have the fans backward, as of writing this, so yeah, now I am switching all 4 fans, so that I have intake at the front, and exhaust at the back. Still, it was staying very cool! (The pictures show the old way).


After installation of the GPU I noticed a small amount of sag, so I quickly ordered the coolermaster GPU brace, so that it wouldn't have a chance to get worse over time. The brace is very sturdy, and was easy to install.

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Cam84 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Nice build! I like the z270 boards! That gpu Brace is cool

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, the brace makes me feel so much better about that hunk of money that is just hanging there.

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I'd suggest flipping all your fans around. Currently, you have your intake from the rear and top and exhaust through the radiator. The S340 is meant to intake from the front and exhaust out top/rear. If you're content with leaving it as is, you better get some dust filters for the top/rear otherwise you will be cleaning out your systems every few weeks from all the dust building up.

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Yeah, I just saw that when I was writing my review of the fans.... I have switched them now! Thanks!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago


MannyPCs 2 points 26 months ago

This is a really nice PC great job. +1

How is the MOBO, Please tell me what you like about it

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you!

The MOBO is really solid, everything feels like it's of high quality. The lighting is very customizable, and you can sync it with the GPU. The BIOS is really nice and intuitive, and the board had no issues seeing all the conponents. Onboard Bluetooth and wifi are icing on the cake. The only thing I am trying to change is the RGB lighting does not turn off unless you turn the PSU off, as far as I can tell.

MannyPCs 2 points 26 months ago

That sounds like a great board. Thanks for the info

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

No problem, good luck!

MannyPCs 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks. Ill probably build my planned PC with that MOBO

unibruno 2 points 26 months ago

Really nice build. Congrats!!

How was your experience with jet? I had never heard of it before but it seems to be quite cheap. Thanks!

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you, I am pretty content with it! Jet was as easy as Amazon, everything came well packaged and quickly. They don't have tax right now (I think unless you live in Cali). Jet was recently acquired by Walmart I believe, so they should be fairly reputable. The more things you buy at once the lower the price goes, and I used the TRIPLE15 code to get 15% off, 3 times.

unibruno 2 points 26 months ago

WOW! That seems awesome, gonna check it out. Thanks for your reply!

ButSheLooked16 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

This is honestly such a good build, I love the pics. My 1060 strix doesn't have an led backplate which is low key making me jealous lmao +1

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, I almost went with the 1060, but I decided on this last minute.

A2minater 6 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

That's a really nice build! I love your desktop wallpaper, any chance you have a link I could download it from?

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Yeah, here it is!


It's kinda a reference to why I named it Maximilian.

A2minater 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you!

Verdammt 2 points 26 months ago

Ever thought about using that Fallout guy from holding up your GPU? I am getting a nearly identical build with the 1070 and NZXT case and my thought was to use a Funko Pop figure to hold up the card. Do you know the distance between the floor and card? Awesome build!

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Funny you mention that... I used the figurine to hold the card while the brace was in the mail. I just sat him on top a plastic bottle cap. I will get a measurement for you when I get home.

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I forget to respond! I measured, it's around 3.75 inches, depending on the part of the GPU that you rest on.

ConDreeds 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

clean clean clean i love it

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Thanks, me too!

orbitalwalsh 13 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

how are you finding the Trident 3400hmz ram? found that it isnt't support officially by ASUS but all other speeds are :(

every time I try the XMP profile with or without CPU overclock boost it crashes

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I actually almost bought the 3400, but went with the 3000, as I read about the lack of support. Mine is running great at 3000 right now using the simple XMP settings turned on. I need to run some more diagnostics, but I am satisfied so far. Good luck!

orbitalwalsh 13 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

awesome to hear.

yeah, the 3400 kit is causing the mother board to be weird! cant actually overclock it with it in. can only use the TU overclock or 5Ghz preset . hoping the 3466 sorts all of this out though

Noire58 1 point 26 months ago

How many fans the Mother supports? Planning on buying that Z270E, but have that trouble! By the way, this is just a beautiful build!

bigdogusn submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks! I think I count 5 headers on the mobo itself, all 4/3 pin. You could of course use splitters or a hub to do more.