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by twest



Date Published

May 20, 2016

Date Built

May 14, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


This is my first completed PC build, thanks to my first engineering job out of college. I'll admit that this isn't the first running build - my first running desktop dates back to December. Back then, I had an MSI GTX 970 GPU, a Corsair SPEC-03 case, an EVGA B2 PSU, a CoolerMaster D92 cooler, and none of the extra accessories (fans, cables, LEDs). I iterated on that build over the past few months until I basically ran out of features to improve.

My original build also had an internal optical drive, but I took that out of the final build to save myself some cable management and aesthetics and bought an external drive instead. The wireless card doesn't get too much use, but it actually complements the look of this build very well, so I don't kick myself too much over that. I also wish I had gone mATX, but at least I had plenty of options for mid-tower cases, including this beautiful case.

I mostly use this build to play games (currently Witcher 3, Dark Souls 3, Overwatch) on my dual QNIX2710 Korean monitors overclocked to 96 Hz, which I picked up for a crazy-low $373 back in November. I also do a small amount of streaming for fun, just to make use of the overpowered hardware I put into this machine.

Yes, I know the PSU is overkill, especially since I'm unlikely to go SLI. However, when this PSU was on sale, it was only about $20 more expensive than the 650W P2, so I went for it. Poor reasoning, I know, but let's face it: if the extra large milkshake is only $0.20 more expensive, it's pretty tempting to get more bang-for-buck by spending just a little bit more.

Part Reviews


No complaints - very fast processor with very manageable temperatures.

CPU Cooler

I have not been disappointed by the gold standard of AIO CPU coolers. The braided sheaths on the tubes look very good in-person, and I personally like the design of the pump better than most other pump designs, including Corsair's other designs. Like most reviews point out, the stock fans get very loud if they ever ramp up at all, so I replaced them with the obvious choice: SP120 Quiets. The software isn't great either, but I rarely touch it anyways, so I can overlook this fault. I'm also a little disappointed the cooler only comes with pre-applied thermal paste; I feel that a small tube should always be included with a CPU cooler.


Really solid motherboard overall and comes with features (USB 3.1-C, M.2 slots, U.2 slot) that should keep it relevant for some time now. As most reviews will say, the BIOS interface is relatively easy to use, although it can be difficult to find certain specific features if you don't read the manual. I took a star away because I have had intermittent boot issues, but they seem to go away quickly, so I haven't diagnosed a cause for these issues yet. Aesthetically, I don't like how the MOSFET covers look like they're covered in a red sticker instead of the nice metallic finish on the other parts of the motherboard, but otherwise it's a very good-looking motherboard.


Sleek with a soft metallic finish. I've had no issues, and therefore have no complaints.


Very compelling mid-range SSD with good warranty and dependability. Samsung software has been pretty impressive so far.

Video Card

Although the price of this GPU would indicate that it's a "lower-tier" 980Ti, don't be fooled - I have mine easily overclocked over 1450 MHz while temperatures never exceed 72 Celcius when pushing the GPU to the fullest on Rise of Tomb Raider and Witcher 3.


In a market and price range currently filled with many compelling options, I ended up with this case simply because I found the least amount to dislike about it. Great features include the HUGE side window, air filters at every entry point, good cable management, basement compartment with PSU and SSD visibility, and great radiator/water cooling support. I dislike the quality of both side panels, but I'm willing to take that hit for a case that is essentially a more affordable version of the Phanteks Evolv ATX case. My only other complaint is that the acrylic window builds up static electricity easily and therefore attracts dust easily, even after careful cleaning.

LEDs fit really well around the sides and bottom of the case and make the insides look spectacular.

Power Supply

Very solid PSU with nearly a perfect score on johnnyguru. Eco mode is actually a really nice feature that I undervalued until I owned the unit. My biggest complaint is that the motherboard pin is a 26-wire cable, which means that my custom cables look a little off with 26 wires awkwardly branching out of a 24-pin connector. I know that's a very subtle detail, but it's something to keep in mind if you plan on using custom cables with this unit.

Wireless Network Adapter

Looks great, performs great, especially with the external antennae. No complaints.

Comments Sorted by:

Eltech 16 Builds 3 points 17 months ago
Hello there fellow Ruby. I love the build, its color scheme and the lovely cable management. It is beautiful. You have my one and support. :)
twest submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Haha best name I could think of at the time of writing this. Thank you for the compliments :)

Eltech 16 Builds 1 point 17 months ago
No worries about the name, it fits well. I also like it because my main computer is called Ruby too and you are most welcome!
RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

I thought of your PC when I saw the name.

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Firewalp 20 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

As much as I dislike red/black builds, your cable management and overall build is top notch. So clean!! Thank you for sharing! +1!!!!!!!

twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you! I chose white LEDs for that very reason - it's easy to overdo the red on these builds, and red LEDs tend to over-saturate everything in red. I'm very happy with the color balance, and it's good to hear someone agree with me on that aspect.

Tucker_weis 2 points 17 months ago

+1 Visually Gorgeous, awesome cable management!

thatoneguy45 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Awesome cabling, sweet components too! Looks great! +1

Antocharles360 1 point 17 months ago

+1 for the pictures and, the awesome cable management!

Michelle.G 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I love red and black, I have the same cables. They look awesome. Your's is neater than mine tho. I also have the same GPU and I don't think it is "lower- tier". Very professional looking job you've done.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Do you think RUBY will go out with me on a date!! :)

OccamAsylum 10 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Such a beautiful case.

twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Agreed, very happy with it :)

GandalfGangsta 1 point 17 months ago

Wow this build is identical to mine but I have a r9 390 instead

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Wow, this is beautiful!

Inb4 "you should've waited for pascal" comments lol

twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I bought what I could afford when I needed it, which was back in January. This was actually a great deal for a 980Ti back then, and I didn't want to wait 6+ months for Pascal cards. I suspect I'll upgrade for big pascal, while the 980Ti still has some value.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I know, but people are going to complain why you didn't wait

alamran59 1 point 17 months ago

Nice case. +1

pwelch234 1 point 17 months ago


Chillsabre 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

The H100i GTX fans become dead silent if you set the fan profile to silent in the corsair link software.

Nice build though!

Wolklung 1 point 17 months ago

Excellent build. Very well done. Hats off sir :)

Battlefield 1 point 17 months ago

Didn't realize it was Phanteks...great looking case. Perfect setup! Love this! And nice overclock on the 980ti, I only can hit 1435MHz to be rock solid stable.

Orangekickin 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Hey Twest, great build, loving the color scheme. Just a question. Does your build have enough clearance for a 5.25 optical drive ? I can't tell by the picture because I might go a similar route w/ an optical drive.

Looks like the cpu cooler might be the limiting factor?

twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Yes, it does have clearance for an optical drive with that 240mm radiator installed. In fact, I had one in this build when it was first completed, but I removed it because I didn't like how it looked and didn't want to deal with the extra cables since I rarely use it.

Orangekickin 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Ahh makes sense, thanks for the info. Helps a lot, because I would use the bluray quite a bit. Get ready to see a Ruby's cousin, Dirty Diamond (Name pending lol) coming soon :)

twest submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Good luck, I look forward to it!

Orangekickin 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Oh hey Twest, completed my build awhile ago here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/4mYrxr

I think until I replace the GPU, and get your studio quality photo angles, it won't be as drool worthy as yours haha. Thanks for the ideas though, I had the same reasoning you did with the PSU. Cheers.

twest submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Wow, I love it! The custom painting looks great, well done :) Glad I could inspire a fellow builder!

ccmUHD 1 point 17 months ago


twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

The highest honor, I appreciate it.

Hysperion 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I like this build so much that I am actually buying almost the same exact parts to build it. Fantastic job man!

twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you very much, I'm humbled.

Just as a heads up, Phanteks literally just announced a tempered-glass version of the Enthoo Pro M at Computex 2016. If I were you, I would try to wait for that to release, although I don't know anything about the release date. The only mention you'll find anywhere online is in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74SeqddDTdc

Anyways, good luck with the build, and feel free to ask if you have any questions or need some advice and I'll try to help in any way I can :)

TheMrpancake 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

This build is cleaner than my dishwasher, cable management is outstanding.

I have the same case, but my build is work in progress, if my cable management turn out even as half is good as yours i'll be a happy man.

twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

It's a great case that deserves great cable-management, even the case fans. Thankfully, the case has the acclaimed interior of the Phanteks Evolv ATX with plenty of opportunity for clean cable management. Good luck!

sweetconspiracy 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Idk if anyone asked you this yet, but where did you get those clips that hold your cables straight and close?

Orangekickin 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Looking at where he got them (cablemods), the same place I got mines, his probably came included with the custom cables he bought.

You can also find some here: https://modmymods.com/darkside-24-pin-atx-cable-wire-management-holder-clear-ds-0512.html

sweetconspiracy 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago


twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

For compatibility reasons, I got Cablemod cable combs from www.performance-pcs.com, the same website where I got the cables themselves. Hope that helps.

For what it's worth, if I needed new cable combs, I would go for something like IceModz cable combs - they're difficult to get on, but they look much more sleek IMO: http://www.icemodz.eu/#!/Clear-ICE-Round-Cable-Combs-Double-pack/p/55916230/category=5474654

sweetconspiracy 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

oo damn wish I knew about icemodz before i ordered some from modmymods :| but thanks anyway!

PapaGator4 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Master,can you teach me your perfect cable management Master? Please this is very important to me Master.My cables are now spaghetti that i want to eat with cabbages.My case is Corsair Spec Alpha.

twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Hello! First off, thank you for the compliments!

In my opinion, cable-management is the most difficult and time-consuming part of a good build (aside from choosing parts). It's going to take time, patience, cable-ties (I prefer zip-ties), and some good creativity to hide away as many cables as possible, as neatly as possible.

The biggest factor in determining your cable management potential is your case. I'm not personally familiar with the Corsair Spec Alpha, but since it's a modern case (released this year) and seems to be a good mid-tower case, you should have plenty of good options for cable management.

The next biggest factor towards cable management is the number of parts. For example, I replaced my internal optical drive with an external optical drive to save on cables inside the case. I'm also currently running only one storage drive, and when I add a second, I will add it to the back of the case where the drive & its cables will be completely hidden.

Aside from that, it's simply a matter of routing cables around the back of the case and exposing as little cabling as possible. If a particular cable won't reach around the back, consider buying a cable extension for that particular cable so that it can reach. Fans should be oriented so that no more wire is used than necessary. Consider wiring the 8-pin CPU connector up the right side on the back of the case to avoid creating too much clutter up the middle of the back. Your case doesn't have a power supply shroud, but the window is pretty high, so keep all those cables near the bottom of the case as you route them to the back panel. Don't be afraid to route cables through the hard-drive cage, or remove the hard-drive cage completely if not in use.

Hope this helps! Every case is somewhat different with cable management, but if you follow a minimizing mindset (minimum exposed wiring, minimum distance, minimum number of cables), you'll do well.

PapaGator4 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thank You Master,I respect your mind and your soul of teaching your students the good cable managements. But Master,instead of using zip ties,can I use twist ties because it is easier to undo, adjust, or move when I'm upgrading the components in it?

twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Of course you can, as long as your twist ties are large enough, especially for the 24-pin motherboard cable.

PapaGator4 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Hello Master. Sorry for not replying to you for a long time. Thank you for your time to teach your students about the cables and stuffs.By the way, does my case a good airflow case? 3 included fans is ok? or should I add one on top of the case and add one static pressure fans on the front panel because the hard drive cage might block the airflow.

twest submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Three fans should be fine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OmkmluAYAQ

You might be able to make your GPU slightly cooler by adding a fan in the front of the case which blows air across the GPU, but otherwise you likely won't see much difference at all by adding more than three fans.

For my build, it would probably be fine with only the front fans for pulling air across the radiator and the 140mm fan pushing air out the back of the case. The two top fans are there for aesthetics as much as any other reason :)

BasicallyNuclear 1 point 8 months ago

Is that rad set up push/pull

twest submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

No, just pull.

Phoenixfireflame 1 point 4 months ago

Awesome PC build, love the cable management.where'd you buy those cables I would love so myself.

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