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The Punisher (first ever build)

by DFBoylan



Date Published

Oct. 26, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.721 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C


I've been a console gamer for the last 20+ years but I have always envied the PC games with their better graphics and better controls. When I finally bought a house with room for a desk, I convinced my wife that we needed a computer and that I needed to build it. I spent most nights trying to absorb as much information as I possibly could and watched just about every YouTube video out there. The Punisher theme came to me because a) he's my favorite and b) it suited my black and white build.

I was really surprised at how easy the whole build process was. I was worried that I was in over my head, but as long as you take your time, read the instructions, its simple. The hardest part of the entire build? CABLE MANAGEMENT. I feel like I spent an hour doing it and behind the motherboard still looks awful... I'm working on cleaning it up.

Part Reviews


Great CPU for the price (I got it cheaper from Micro Center). I went with an i7 here because I wanted to future proof my build a bit and a K because I will be overclocking.

CPU Cooler

It fit the black and white theme of my build more than anything, so I figured I'd give it a try. Can't say enough good things about it. Keeps my CPU ice cold and is completely silent so a no brainer 5 star review here.

I originally bought the NZXT Kraken x61, but that night they released their new line of AIO coolers so I returned it and will await the reviews the new guys. I like the looks of AIO coolers and it will allow me to showcase the GPU cover a bit better.


I wanted a motherboard that wasn't black and red, so I went with this guy. The added aura lighting is a nice bonus but I already turned it off for now.


Runs at 3200 once you switch it over in the bios and is lightening fast. Matches my build perfectly and looks FANTASTIC.


Will be adding another one of these eventually, but for now this guy fits the bill perfectly.

Video Card

This was the first part of my build I decided on and I couldn't be happier. Looks great, runs silent and crushes everything I throw at it in 2k. 120+ frames on BF1 on all ultra settings. Couldn't be happier.


This was the hardest part of the build to choose. I had the NZXT s340 Elite preordered, but the ship date kept getting pushed back. I canceled that and spent 3 straight days agonizing over what case to get. I wanted a square black box with a window and finally settled on this case. I absolutely love it. The fan controller feature is awesome, the LEDs look great and this case is near silent. As a first time builder, I appreciated how easy it was to build in. My only gripe was the instructions that came with the case, but I found some better ones on the Phanteks website.

Power Supply

Overkill for now, but I wanted to make sure I had enough juice to run another 1080 FTW in SLI. This PSU is first class from top to bottom. Plenty of spare cables, nice packaging and a sweet bag to keep all the stuff you're not using in.

Operating System

Meh. Very ascetically pleasing, but the windows 10 anniversary update knocked out my wifi and screwed up a bunch of my drivers. Took forever to fix but I finally got everything worked out.

Wireless Network Adapter

Originally I purchased the AC55BT for its bluetooth capabilities and cheap price but I was getting TONS of packet loss and latency issues on BF1. I swapped it out for this guy which was significantly more expensive and lacked the bluetooth but fixed my packet loss. Highly recommend.


Love the feel of the keys and it looks cool, but two major complaints. 1) The software to change the RGB lighting on this thing suuuuuuuuucks. Clunky doesn't even begin to do it justice. 2) One of the "legs" that flips out in the back fell off somewhere for no reason and is gone which sucks because now it lays too flat for my liking


Cheaper mouse that fits my hand and doesn't have a million buttons on it. When it comes to a mouse, I subscribe to the "Keep It Simple Stupid" philosophy and this was perfect.

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edunbarr 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Nice rig! Don't worry too much about that cable management job - it's not gonna be seen anyway, and the business end of your computer looks nice & clean.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I wanted to make sure I had enough juice to run another 1080 FTW in SLI.

You could do it on a 500 watt PSU although I wouldn't recommend that. Still it never hurts to have more than you need.




DFBoylan submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Yea, I debated going with a 750 or even a 500 watt supply, but in the end settled on the 850 just because I wanted that fudge factor and it wasn't really that much more money.

Shaggymart22 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I'm currently building with this case, having problems running the extra led strip, any suggestions? Also as this is my first Build I'm wondering how many cables that come in the case need to be hooked up? I have one extra cable and was thinking maybe it's for another led strip extension? Haven't finished yet so idk if something isn't hooked up, figured I'd ask now before I finish.

DFBoylan submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I didn't use an LED strip in my build, but it did confuse me that there was an extra cable not hooked up and it ended up being a connector for a LED strip. The instructions that came with the case are abysmal, but I did find fantastic instructions on their website. I hope you figured it out!

Shaggymart22 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I did the exact same thing, instructions were not very good that came with the case so I looked it up on their website and they were much clearer. I figured everything out without much pain, feel free to check out my completed build on my profile.

Kiedis 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build! I'm looking at doing something quite similar.

Where did you get your RAM? I can't seem to find anywhere that stocks the Trident Z in 3200MHz with a CAS Latency of 14.

DFBoylan submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Sorry for the late reply! I got mine on amazon. It wasn't the cheapest, but they had it in stock so I jumped on it.

Good luck with your build.

Lucas.Weinacht 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Can you tell me how much space is between the glass panel and the cooler? I got an Dark Rock Pro 3 and I am not shure if it fits. Thx :)

DFBoylan submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I can check tonight.

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DFBoylan submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I looked at the ROG Maximus VIII but didn't like the red highlights on it. That coupled with the cheaper price drove me to the Aura. I really can't speak to the differences between the two, but I'm content with my choice...

Thanks for the cable management compliment. It's still a work in progress.

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