Description

This is my gaming computer that I have been upgrading for the past several years. I initially built it with a GTX 970, DDR3 RAM, an Intel Xeon E3, and a Phantom 410 case. This is the latest iteration that I completed within the last couple weeks, and at this point it is a completely new machine from the one that I first built years ago. Most recent additions/changes are a new Phanteks RGB case, a liquid CPU cooler to replace my Hyper 212 LED, and a vertical GPU mount.

All prices listed should be accurate as to exactly how much I paid for each individual part.

Uses: I mainly play video games on it, since it was built as a gaming computer. Currently I play Fortnite and I've been giving the new Apex Legends a try on it. I keep settings set fairly low on most games so I can (try to) achieve 144fps for my 144hz monitor (which, by the way, was probably the best investment I've made as a competitive FPS player, assuming you have a machine powerful enough to output the required frames).

The i7 is currently overclocked to 4.8ghz.

The GPU mount is universal and requires no case modifications at all. I believe this means that it sits farther away from the rear of the case, and I don't have very much clearance between the GPU and the push/pull front-mounted radiator. But it does fit with everything seeming to work just fine.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

RGB looks great

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Instant +1 for the case.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

2 Months later and i have a burning question. How is the cooler holding up? Got my gf one and its in shipping i just wanna know how yours is doing if you still got it. Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Not sure if you got yours yet. I do still have mine and I haven't noticed any issues with it at all so far. Hopefully everything goes well with yours!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea we got it looks amazing! Don't know how it performs yet, wont know for a bit but seems good so far. Thanks btw!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you notice any drawbacks to the vertical gpu mount?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late and long reply, but hopefully this helps.

No issues so far really. It was a bit of a pain for me to install honestly, but that was more so my own inexperience with it. I put it in and took it out a few times because routing the cables for three monitors through the rear case slots was near impossible to do with my cables while the mount was installed.

Also, the mount comes with a bottom stabilizer, but I believe it would need to be screwed into the bottom of the case to actually be effective. I didn't choose to use this. Not sure if I missed something else, but as a result of not using the bottom bracket the whole GPU is unsurprisingly unstable when moving it horizontally (towards the glass or towards the motherboard). Granted you won't be moving it once it's settled, but it's worth noting.

Since this vertical mount doesn't require case modding, it makes your GPU sit closer to the front of the case than others. Being that I put the cooler in a push/pull with fans on both sides, there's very little room between the GPU and the cooler, but it does fit.

The games/amount of time I play already caused my PC to heat up quite a bit but the vertical setup doesn't really seem to make anything worse in that regard.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that captain 240 pro? Looks amazing was thinking of getting one myself, but haven't seen much on it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea there really isn't a whole lot about the pro out there. It comes with two RGB fans and those, along with the RGB on the pump, definitely look cool. I had just enough "give" with the tubes to be able to mount it how I did, so no issues there. I have no prior experience with a liquid CPU cooler at all, so I unfortunately don't have a whole lot to give you, but a quick stress test gives me temps at just around 70c for my 8700k at 4.8ghz, so it does the job for me.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the cooler working? Is it good? I want to buy this but I’m debating in choosing the Thermaltake Riing 240 (everyone is saying it’s exceptional), the EVGA CLC 240 (also very good cooler based on reviews) and this, I’m trying to get a cooler that will run the 8700k to 5.0 ghz stable. Seeing some recent reviews of the chip, it’s not that hard, but then again I want my system to be quiet, and for my cpu to not exceed at least 75c. Thank you, I’m copy pasta-ing this to other people’s build with the quo’s mentiond above to get there opinions on it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not terribly well versed in CPU overclocking but I did give it a go with mine. I wasn't able to get mine up to 5 ghz without issues but I may have been doing something wrong. The cooler itself though seems to be doing quite well for me. I overclocked to 4.8 ghz and under a constant 100% load my core temps max out around 65-70c.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How has the Captain 240 performed? Any regrets?