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by Dillondewald



Date Published

March 12, 2018

Date Built

March 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


While cleaning up my office after moving into my new place I soon realized how many spare PC parts and electronics I had accumulated over the years. Seeing exactly how much I had I decided to utilize the local CL as much as possible and set my goal to spending no money out of the bank, only what I could acquire through buy/sell/trading. The only parts that I had that were re-purposed from my last Devil's Canyon build is the overkill of a PSU and the CPU Cooler.

So far my experience with this rig has been nothing short of fantastic. My last rig had been out of commission for quite some time and I had been running off an Alienware 17, and both of those were on the z87 platform so it has been a while since I've had new(ish) hardware. It took me a long time to decide on a CPU but I landed on the i5 8600k after finding one on CL for $200 brand new I could not turn away from a deal like that. The machine runs whisper silent and under most loads the PSU fan is more audible than the rest of the system. To my suprise it can handle every game in my library at 4K medium settings with steady 60 fps vs my normal 60 fps at 1080 high on a single 770. Feels good.

A nights worth of OC'ing and stability testing found me satifsied at 5.0 Ghz @1.310 V with a few settings tweaked. Moved the CPU temps up by a few degrees under load and untouched at idle temps, so why not. The GPU has an amazing stock OC, added just a little more voltage and speed just to add some sauce.

Lil(ac) and A(qua) >>> LILA

Part Reviews


Runs very stable at 5.1GHz with no effort it seems, which makes me feel more confident in the longevity of this piece in my rig. Currently running at 4.5GHz comfortable and cool while streaming and playing PoE, Diablo, similar demanding titles

CPU Cooler

no leaks or issues at all over the course of a full years usage, 3 years of storage, and now a weeks worth on the new system. I originally was terrified after hearing the gurgles and gargles of the air bubbles coming out. Keeps the CPU under 60 under heavy gaming sessions, what more could you ask for??


6/5 Couldn't ask for more R G B

This thing has enough headers. ports and expansion slots for future upgrades. Perfect


It's hard to say no to the aesthetic of this RAM don't judge me


I already thought the HDD and SSD installation process of a new rig was the easiest. Now it's easier. WOW. Just plug in to the m.2 slot and flash windows and a few games and you're good to go. First time using a m.2 and I'm in love :D

Video Card

I've literally maxed every slider in afterburner trying my hardest to make this think make some sort of audible noise.. the fans are impressively quiet, and I'm talking stress tests make this thing whisper and everything else is silent. Very pleased with this beast


Bro, even my gf thinks this case is hot asf

Power Supply

gargantuan overkill. anyone want it

Case Fan

Without these, this build would not quite be the same. When I bought them I had the intention of only for the dual ring and well diffused light. BUUUUT what I got was all that and three fans that move a S**T ton of air. Expensive, but worth

Comments Sorted by:

Isaac_The_Pooper 2 points 1 month ago

Dude, comb those sleeved cables my dude.

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

oooh thats a good idea!

AlexDMV 1 point 28 days ago

Hey man, I'm new to pc building. What do you mean by combing the sleeved cables? Does that just mean straightening them and making them look nicer?

Isaac_The_Pooper 1 point 27 days ago

With sleeved cables you can get this plastic comb over it to straighten out cables, example: https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1qHfcIFXXXXXGXXXXq6xXFXXXG/221151231/HTB1qHfcIFXXXXXGXXXXq6xXFXXXG.jpg

AlexDMV 1 point 26 days ago

Ohhh okay. Thanks man

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I think I'm dumb, what does CL mean?

Isaac_The_Pooper 3 points 1 month ago


Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

aahhhhh. Thank you.

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago


Inndee 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Wouldn't her name be Lia?

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

No. They just forgot the second l in lilac.

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

yes, ty for the correction

Asian_PC_Guy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago


Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Samsung S8 Plus :)

Asian_PC_Guy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Dang you are just talented!

Sniskerbobberton 1 point 1 month ago

I have a HX1200i and it isn't compatible, but you've managed a AX1200i, so it must fit with removing the hdd cage, right?

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

yes sir:) You can still mount a single HDD if you take the cage out, it gets mounted to the bottom of the case instead!

Sniskerbobberton 1 point 1 month ago

That seals the deal for me then. Thanks for the speedy reply, nice build too! :)

ServaL 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Nice project my friend

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

tyty :)

dogtown91 1 point 1 month ago

hey bro! nice build! i have one of those old corsair water coolers too and i'm thinking about upgrading my pc to the new coffee lakes. the exact same you have actually. how the WC fits these new mobos and processors? on their website it says that only fits older models. i wasn't sure about this until i saw your build. do you need some kind of different mount or the original intel mount actually fits these new mobos em processors?

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

yes it will! They both use 115x buuuuut I ended up buying a bracket ( http://a.co/d4BNUx7 ) after breaking my last one :( they came pre-threaded and fit perfect.

dogtown91 1 point 1 month ago

thank you!!

dogtown91 1 point 26 days ago

hey dude, its me again! i ended up getting a msi carbon pro.. but i cant seem to fit the watercooler at all. the backplate and mountings are a tad bigger than the mobo mouting holes. did you experienced anything like that? should i just use force to make it fit on the mobo, lol? thanks in advance

AlexDMV 1 point 1 month ago

Can you drop the rgb settings down here in the comments? I would like to try them out on my pc I’ll be building in a month or two.

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I'm adding a photo of the exact colours I used in Corsair Link. I used the came colours for the MOBO and RAM

AlexDMV 1 point 1 month ago

Dude thanks so much. Awesome cholor scheme... I can’t wait to get my build underway and try this out

NoHardFealings 1 point 1 month ago

I absolutely love the colors!

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

my favourite colour combo! so easy on the eyes

AlexDMV 1 point 1 month ago

Hey man, how has this motherboard been treating you? I’ve been looking into it and I’m deciding between that one and this one: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/9bNypg/asus-rog-strix-z370-f-gaming-atx-lga1151-motherboard-strix-z370-f-gaming

I can get the gigabyte one for the same price as the asus one at microcenter, so I’m not sure which one to go for.

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

I was at the same crossroads, at the end of the day it's up to aesthetic and price. Performance is basically a sparring match.

AlexDMV 1 point 28 days ago

You're right. Thanks for the insight man. I totally agree and never thought of it that way.

_XxXoneramirezXxX_ 1 point 1 month ago

Ummm why did you drop the cash for a psu that big?

Dillondewald submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Info in description

xNyron 1 point 25 days ago

Is that the Dark TG version of the Meshify C?

AlexDMV 1 point 12 days ago

Hey man. I really want to get this case but my video card is 298mm long, and the radiator is 30mm in width. So basically, my video card is 18mm longer than yours, and my rad is 1mm thicker. If I front mount the radiator, do you think I will have room for the card? I can’t see the space between your rad and gpu very well. Could you take a quick pic and send it to me or something? Sorry if I’m asking alot but I really want this case and I’m not sure if I will be able to front mount the rad, and I’m not sure if top mounting the rad would be a good idea...

AlexDMV 1 point 12 days ago

Nvm. It's impossible lol. My graphics card is just too long. Will be going with the p400s instead.