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Cryogonal: Ice Pokemon (Updated 2) 2017

by xIMcCloud29Ix



CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

83.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.184 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C


Well I guess my name is original...

[FYI: I am a first time builder but I have another build. It was only a few months ago and now I have the task of trying to configure all of my saves to my new computer. Seriously, don't make the same mistake as I did. If you want a gaming pc, think about it and build it or even buy it. Just make sure your certain about most of it (upgrading is fine, just changing CPUs, chipsets, and the motherboard is tedious). Just a tip]

Finally after what seemed like forever I completed my build. Like any first time builder I sort of expected some sort of major problem to occur but it went smooth (At least no MAJOR issues). Started at around 7:30pm and finished the build by 11pm or so. Not too bad, I honestly thought I was going to take like 8 hours but I wasted a lot of time simply because I forgot something or didn't know where this or that went. I did spend like 8 hours just installing and configuring everything. My next build should be quicker. The prices mean that if it's purchased, I had it BEFORE I started planning this build. If you really want a full price, I think around $1400 is right. Guess I'll break everything down.

CPU: What else to say? Extremely solid processor for general use and gaming, which is what I do. I also got a pretty good deal on it. I have only seen it at $199 for an in-store purchase at microcenter. Got it for $35 off at tigerdirect but shipping was slow. Just did a quick overclock of 4.2 with no problem. Update: After windows 8 failing in less than 2 days I had to re-overclock but I only went with a 4.0. It idles as low as 16C at around midnight.

OC: After looking into overclocking more, right now I have a 4.2 overclock with max temps going up to 56C which seems strange to me. Most people I see have it in the 70's but I am using a 1.115V Vcore and VRIN Override at 1.85V and CPU Ring Voltage at 1.15V. Tested with AIDA64 and IntelBurnTest but my computer restarts after around 10 minutes on Prime95. Not sure how high I can really go but I'm not really striving for a massive OC on Air.

CPU cooler: I actually bought a hyper 212 evo on eBay for $26 but I bought the respire t40 on impulse since it was only $15. Two positives is I don't have to buy another one for my next build and I got solid cooler to match my case. Newegg doesn't seem to show that it is compatible with the 1150 socket but it is.

Motherboard: All the features I need and more, I always hear that Giagbyte motherboards are great and so far I can agree. Like the UEFI Bios much better than the ASRock one, although that one is still nice. There are almost too much stuff on it that I don't fully understand. I'm not even sure if my CPU really is running a 24/7 4.2 overclock. Will figure it out soon.

RAM: Pulled from my old build, it does just fine. I really think 16GB of RAM has its advantages and it's slowly becoming the standard IMO.

Storage: SSD was on sale and I liked the projected read and write speeds. HDD I won an auction on eBay for $30. Tested it on my other build and seems fine. No pictures with it because I didn't install windows at the time plus I forgot.

Video Card: (03-12-2017) Just got my EVGA GTX 1070 SC Black Edition last Tuesday. Had played with it enough to know it was worth the upgrade. The VRAM alone is miles ahead of my 780. Also runs nowhere above 63C and uses way less power to boot. The only issues I've had is GH3 runs slower (lol) but that's probably an issue with the way it scales with the engine, it is a 2007 game after all. Also it crashes on GTA V after a good 30 minutes of playing. I have a limited amount of mods and my settings aren't maxed, I think it's more of a CPU issue honestly. Overall the card will definitely meet my 1440p needs for a while

Case: Saw it on sale (on newegg) and I really liked the look of it. Seems to be pretty popular and works well for the most part. I ended up moving the front fan for better airflow and the top fan so I could actually plug my CPU power connector. I think it's a great option but there could definitely be a few fixes that I would have liked for cable management. If you can, go for the new Phantom 530.

PSU: I was going for a PCPC power supply for the color but I found that this was only about $10-$15 more so I got it. I did pay $110 for the custom sleeved cables. I guess I spent a premium on my power supply. At least it's reliable and not the seen-so-often CX series :/ Also forgot to mention that I WILL be pursuing SLI as soon as possible. Wouldn't really make sense to get 760W PSU without utilizing more than half of it.

Optical drive. I got one with my other build and I had an older one from a HP computer. Hmmm

OS: I decided to go ahead and try windows 8. So far it's okay, it will take some customizing and getting used to but it's really nice. Boots in like 6 seconds to the log in screen, overall about 10 seconds. Just downloaded StartisBack and it just works mostly like windows 7.

Keyboard: Another shell shocker sale, couldn't pass up a white keyboard with cherry mx switches for under $50. My first one and I like how it clicks. Not really loud but loud enough to hear what you're doing.

Cable management: I think I did pretty well, I was worried about how wide the individually sleeved cables were, but they worked out quite well. I was going to use the single PCI connectors but unplugging the cables from the PSU is a pain and it's kind of scary so I left it.

Ordered an ASUS PB278Q Monitor on Christmas. Will update pics when I receive it.

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MySong 1 point 67 months ago


SethJPC 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

Swish cable management man. +1

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Same as those guys. Nice build! ;D +1

Shiku93 1 point 67 months ago

My first thought: 'Damn, that's sexy'. but yea, same as the others. Nice build.+1 (and another for Pokemon)

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Really nice build.

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

This is very nice. Color scheme is well utilized and parts are well chosen. This thing is going to kick *** in SLi!

nathancl_1st 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

amazing, build, everything is very well chosen +1 p.s. i'm not going to lie, there's one thing i don't like and that's your cpu cooler, it's pig disguisting

xIMcCloud29Ix submitter 3 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Lol thanks, I was worried it wouldn't work because on newegg and on the box it it didn't have 1150 as a compatible socket. Luckily it worked, if it didn't I would've just went with the Evo.

fnapoli 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

$110 for the custom sleeved cables? Wow, why are they so expensive?

xIMcCloud29Ix submitter 3 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

I don't know why they sell all of the cables in a pack except the 24 pin cable. You have to buy them separately, and yeah it's pretty expensive. I could have tried to sleeve them myself but that would probably have not gone so well.

aragorn98 1 point 67 months ago

Very nice build indeed and proves that even when you get a mid-range build you don't have to skimp out on how it looks. +1

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Very nice build. Excellent choice of parts.

Happy gaming. :)

sqielyr 1 point 67 months ago

I would have gone with an nzxt power supply just to match the case but hey I'm not one to complain since you chose an AX

xIMcCloud29Ix submitter 3 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Yeah, I actually forgot they made white PSU's. They are also have pretty good units as well..

Henson.conor 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

Flash to bios to the F7 version itll blow your mind. Also very nice build love the cables

Quaser99 1 point 67 months ago


njunior301 1 point 67 months ago

+1! The white cables are NZXT, right? Can you tell me what models and quantities you are using, please?

xIMcCloud29Ix submitter 3 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

No, these are actually Corsair. I don't know if NZXT has full PSU cables I think they only have extensions. The corsair cables are sold in compatibility with many of their full and semi-modular PSUs. They sell all the cables together (SATA, PCI-e, Molex, etc.) except the 24-pin cable, which is sold separately. I assume it is because the HX and the TX models aren't fully modular so they don't include it.

DuckAnimations 1 point 66 months ago

How does this buyer get his ram for free? Its confusing me!

xIMcCloud29Ix submitter 3 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

I didn't get it free, I just pulled it from my other build so that's why I have at $0.00. If it makes you feel better I paid about $72.65 a stick including shipping.

DuckAnimations 1 point 66 months ago

alright thanks!

Legend923 1 point 63 months ago

What site is that that you get your score about your computer?

xIMcCloud29Ix submitter 3 Builds 1 point 63 months ago

The program is 3DMark. You can download it for free. After it does the tests it brings you your scores on a webpage like in the picture

Legend923 1 point 63 months ago

Thanks very much.

kindasortaasian 1 point 59 months ago

That cable management though 0o0 amazing job.

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