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Walter White

by Zacke_s



Date Published

Oct. 3, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C


So basically I decided to build a new computer when my old computers gpu started to act up (an old gtx 400-series card). After about 1 month of searching the internet for guides and parts reviews I settled with this build. I wanted a clean and simple look so I went for a black and white build. I live in Finland where computer parts are f**king expensive so I ordered mine from Germany (mindfactory.de). Shipped very quickly, got my parts in little over a week. All in all for a first time build I'm pretty damn happy with the results.

Parts (why I chose them and review): Cpu: i5 6600K /232€ Wanted a cpu that could handle gaming and light workstation use. The i5 was in my price range and suited my needs perfectly. Currently I have it oc'd @4.5Ghz Vscore @1.30 and working perfectly. So far living up to my expectations and it's not bottlenecking my gtx1080.

Cpu cooler: Noctua NH-D14 /69€ So the choice was between the Noctua and the Corsair H80i. After reading cooler reviews I settled with the Noctua for a few different reasons. 1.Long term reliability vs. AIO liquid coolers. 2.Price/ performance ratio. + personally I think it looked pretty badass. As you can see the temps are good even at a 4.5Ghz oc with a lot of headroom for higher oc's. For a cleaner look the Corsair AIO would have been better.

Mobo: Asus Z170-PRO /156€ There is a LOT of z170 mobo's out there so the z170-pro was mostly a product of preference. It has white details and a good bios layout, that's basically it. +it fit my budget. Easy board for a beginner to oc on.

Ram: Kingston Fury 16GB/82€ Good reviews, black and white. Went for 16gb over 8gb because why not. Who knows I might need the extra ram in the future.

SSD: Samsung 850 EVO /91€ Wanted an ssd as my boot drive. And the samsung again is black with white accents, looks good in the NZXT s340. And it's fast, the difference is like night and day from my old hdd. Added a WD 1TB hdd for mass storage.

Gpu: Zotac GTX 1080 AMP! Edition /690€ What can I say, this card is a BEAST (this vid sums it up pretty well https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dDM8cGr_jKM). Originally I was going to go for the 1070 but when I went for a 1440p monitor the choice was obvious. I chose the Zotac because it was one of the cheapest gtx 1080s and the "out of the box" clockspeeds were good. Only thing that bothers me are the temps under load 80°C which is hotter than most other non-refernce cards. If I ever decide to go for an sli config it might get a bit toasty.

Case: NZXT s340 /79€ Very clean design. Extremely easy case to build in and cable management was a breeze with the white shroud thingy and the psu shroud. All in all one of the best looking cases in it's price bracket imo.

Psu: Corsair RM750X /109€ Good qualitiy, quiet psu.

Monitor: Asus MG279Q 590€ 1440p 27", 144hz refresh, 4ms response time and IPS. A casual gamers dream monitor. Mine arrived with 0 dead pixels and only a bit o ips glow in the bottom right corner which doesn't bother me at all. I know it's a Freesync monitor but couldn't justify spending 200€ more for a gsync version. Haven't noticed any tearing so far and games look absolutely stunning.

Future upgrades: Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

-Custom sleeved cables -Led's for the case. -Fan controller -Matching cpu fans.

Comments Sorted by:

kaishen142253 9 points 12 months ago

Science Studio =)

Battlefield 4 points 12 months ago

My thought exactly.

kaishen142253 2 points 12 months ago

right on

TheGamingBible 7 points 12 months ago

Someones been watching a bit of science studio...

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Sensing Science Studio (that's alliteration for you).

Great build! Nice choices! Love this . You have my 8+ m8.

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks =)

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Lol, to be fair only the case is the same as in his build. Just thought Walter White was a cool name for a white pc. =)

Battlefield 1 point 12 months ago

And the name of the build is the same.

Trotterz 1 point 12 months ago


Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 12 months ago

putting that top exhaust fan in the front would be wise, and probobly would look better too.

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Even if I have the 140mm Phanteks as intake in the front? Wouldn't that be a bit counterintuitive?

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 12 months ago

why is that?

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Nvm. I'll just have to change and see which yields better temps. Don't think it will vary by much anyways.

Lyrix 1 point 12 months ago

Wow! Really nice build! But i have 1 problem: I hate noctua.

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks! Why do you hate Noctua?

Lyrix 1 point 12 months ago

because of the colour :( Nice build anyways. You could take a peice of thick paper or plastic in black or white that is as wide and as long as the cooler and put it at the top so you dont see the ugly colours.

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I agree, the colour is not the greatest for this build. I think I'll just paint the fans sometime in the future.

SeBreeze9000 2 points 12 months ago

Although I'm not a fan of Noctua I do like the colors they bring to the table. The light/cream brown is a really nice touch to combine with your white S340 case. +1

Lyrix 1 point 12 months ago

oh that might be more difficult than my idea. anyways, if you are talented in painting and if you are careful i wish you luck.

SirMints 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Good thing the colors aren't what keeps your CPU temps in check! Great products! And I think they're gorgeous.

great build!

Lyrix 1 point 12 months ago

yeah... but i still dont like them but do you do.

Jbock 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Nice and clean

RandomPart 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

"So thanks for learning with us" - Greg Salazar

Zman123 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I get it you were "inspired" by science studio

Aaronb1874 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Pretty build, though a cool little mod you should do; remove the topmost fin on your CPU cooler and paint it white, and then grab some gunmetal gray fans to match the Zotac to replace the Noctuas, other than that, gorgeous build.

PlumDictator 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

The awkward color of the CPU cooler is killing me, but otherwise a nice build!

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! The cooler fans are on the to do list. Painting the frame white should do the trick.

h.parks 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

How are your Zotac 1080 temperatures? Does the temp affect performance?

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

While gaming witcher 3 it stays around 76-81C. And no the card performs just fine, boosts up to 1970mhz and with no thermal throttling.

poc88 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Great build! gotta love the zotac amp! hows the airflow in the s340?

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I'm not an expert but I would say the airflow in the s340 is good for its size, not much restricting airflow, no drive cages etc.

NitroOG 1 point 11 months ago

Is the cpu cooler touching the window of the case?

Zacke_s submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

No, there is about a 1-5mm gap xD