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Back to the drawing board(rebuild)

by esk02k



Date Published

Feb. 3, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


A quick heads up about this case : With my particular setup this case runs HOT with an AIO in the front. I've taken measures to fix it (around the end of album) and airflow is perfect now. Its definitely usable but its just something to be aware of. I have a friend who runs just fans in the front and an air cooler and the case is fine in this configuration.

Lets cut straight to the chase, I built a PC, realized that I didn't love the case and the CPU cooler was not up to the task so went back to the drawing board.

As this has been an ongoing project here's the lengthy log of things ive changed :

I got a new mobo since I first built this, the Asus Z270F. I made my own GPU backplate in the end and im happy with the result. Its just gloss black but fits with my black theme, nothing fancy.

I have the new corsair fans fitted to which I added a phanteks halos RGB rim to. So one of the corsair fans started making a nasty bit of noise so I swapped them both for these In win Polaris RGB which you can see in the last few pics.

I daisy chained another strip of Phanteks LED's to the existing one down the back by the rear exhaust fan and got a Phanteks RGB LED Adapter to plug everything to the motherboard for full control of my lightning. Now I can set it to any colour on the spectrum.

I also had a nasty bit of GPU sag which I sorted by cutting down a chopstick that I sprayed black, not perfect but so subtle you can barely see it and does the trick nicely. Much better then that horrible feeling you get when you see your GPU sagging.

Sadly after prolonged use this case becomes quite the oven which was no good for my components so I decided to hack up the front of the case. Its not the most beautiful job as it was my first time using a dremmel but its sooooo much cooler inside the case now. Before the whole glass was really hot while gaming but now just the area around the GPU is hot, above and below are cool to the touch. No more frying my components. Temps went from 80-85ish under load (prime95) to 70-75 and barely over 35 while gaming with a mild overclock to 4.5ghz.

Last but not least I pulled the trigger on the Trident Z RGB ram as I had the chance sell the corsair sticks to a friend for his build. The customization isn't quite as amazing as I'd hoped, for instance you cant make only the sticks perform effects without making all the other leds do the same. I dont really want the whole build flashing like a Christmas tree so I have to set everything to a static colour or mixture of colours per zone. The leds on the kraken can be set to have nice relaxing lighting effects though.

If you have any questions please by all means ask me and I will happily answer them. Thats what this community is about and its helped me make the right decisions for my needs.

You can see the final product around the end of the album.

Thanks for checking out my build.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

It may be expensive, but its one of those things that once you see it you have to have it. The performance is top class for an AIO. The new model pump is silent and the fans can be ramped down so much that you wont hear them at all. If you want silent running then set it to go off liquid temps in the cam software, I use the silent profile.


Great board. Hooked it up to my case (p400s TG) with a phanteks AURA adapter so now control all my lights from the motherboard. Runs my 3000mhz ram and my 6700k mildly overclocked(4.6ghz) with no problems. I love the level of control this board gives me over my fans and settings. Ive set my fans to stop when the PC is not under load (chrome etc.) and come back on when I hit around 45-50 degrees which is not only silent but ensures positive air pressure to keep the dust out.


Its fast, looks amazing and just works :D


Super fast. A good investment. Can fit a whole heap of games for speedy loading.

Video Card

Got this for cheap and it has crushed any game ive thrown at it at 1440p. It doesn't come with a back plate unfortunately.


Really nice looking case that comes with a magnetic LED strip which plugs into the controller round the back. It has three buttons hidden away under the top lip, a 3 speed fan controler, led settings (colour or hold for effect/on/off) and reset button. The cable management is good with Velcro tabs round the back making it easy to get a nice clean cable job. I didn't even have to use any cable ties. Fitted a kraken x62 (280mm) rad in the front perfectly but the case is very restrictive when it comes to air when using a big AIO and it gets very hot inside from being choked. I ended up cutting some holes in the front and my temps dropped by 10 degrees across the board. Thats my only con, the poor air flow. In a purely air configuration the case does fine, A friend of mine runs it with an air cooler and his temps are perfectly fine but its something to be aware of if you plan to use a big AIO in the front.

Power Supply

Works well for me, cant hear it at all although the fans are spinning. Apparently with this one the fans wont spin if your system is not using too much power.

Case Fan

Was good but mine failed on me now makes a lot of noise.

Case Fan

Looks amazing compared to stock. Nice and quiet

Case Fan

Nice looking fans, dont move a great deal of air but im a silence freak anyway so thats 'cool' with me. Dont order the sinlgle pack though if you dont have any already, make sure you order the 2 pack or you will have no way to connect them. The single fan comes with no fan header, just a proprietary cable for daisy chaining into another fan.


I love this monitor. No bezel and incredibly crisp. It's the first 1440p monitor I've used though so I have nothing to compare it to.


Got a refurbished one from corsair and its been good so far other than a slight buzzing at the brightest setting, I can only hear it when I put my ear to it so no problem. Mesmerising RGB effects. pretty damn overpriced when bought new if you ask me.


Great little ergonomic mouse. Perfect balance of price to performance. Wait for black Friday they drop in price every year.

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Ice_Dragon 4 points 24 months ago

dude nice build! If you're looking for a GPU backplate, take a look at V1Tech. Heard good things about them (no personal experience with them).

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Thanks for the comment. I'll take a look into V1Tech. Cheers!

Ice_Dragon 1 point 24 months ago

glad I could help ;)

ShriyansM 4 points 24 months ago

http://www.coldzero.eu/ Might have one, though I'm not sure if they ship to the UK.

King_Jame5 1 point 21 months ago

Definitely do, and very quickly too! Got a decent backplate for my 1070 from there, and delivered within 18hours!! They will also make custom plates with your own design too.

Enrico411 2 points 24 months ago

Looks fantastic!! +1

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Thank you!

AyeGee 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Great build! I am also using this case and though I don't have experience with any other cases, I do love this case and I feel it was a very good first choice myself!

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Yea you made a very good choice! You obviously have good taste ;) Very nice build too.

sambuildspcs 1 point 5 months ago

I am looking into using this case. Does the rgb strip require an rgb header on your Mobo?

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

No theres plugs round the back which you can plug it and and controll it with the button on the front. As long as its a phanteks led strip.

anthony7421 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

holy! i love the clean look of this build it is beautiful, i wish i had the extra 500 laying around to upgrade mine to the 1070 but man do i love this haha :)

s.a.wood15 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

So much love for this build right now. +1

JMak00 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Esk, someone mentioned ColdZero...look here - http://www.coldzero.eu/467-gtx-1070-armor

I bought one of his backplates for my 280X. Real simple, I got to pick the color scheme and logo - https://pcpartpicker.com/b/N94CmG .

Very simple to order and not expensive...looks like yours would be 30 euro. Guy is in Portugal...or was. Work was completed fast and perfectly.

Lots of other builds here have his products, check him out.

EDIT - check out this guy's build...he's got a coldzero 1070 armor gpu backplate - https://pcpartpicker.com/b/bkvV3C

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Perfect thanks.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Love the RGB, the cables looks nice and neat too, nice build.

+1 for a budget that would make me cry tears of joy if I had

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks alot. I didnt buy it all at once, im not that rich. it was built over time with a few deals here and there.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Yeah lol mine was 2 months from conception to finish and half of the parts were Christmas gifts

veristic 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Sick setup bro. Hella clean and subtle lighting aesthetics. it all comes together very nice. +1 for days.

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Cheers man much appreciated.

HybridxReality 2 points 20 months ago

I am absolutely IN LOVE with your build. Made picking this Phanteks case a very easy choice. Also love that NZXT liquid cooler. Goes along with it so well. Might buy one as well!

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! Glad I helped you decide. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Kurajber 1 point 24 months ago

Looks really nice man. Is that Asus MX279H? How are you satisfied with it? Have you gamed with it?

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks man, its actually a MX27AQ so 1440p version and Im loving it really. Not had any problems. 144hz 1440p was out of my budget sadly.

seanbarkley 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Super cool case!!congrats!!

which are the cables you used for mobo and GPU?

Vfanha11 1 point 24 months ago

What kind of monitor is that?

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

It's a MX27AQ. 1440p.

nasdaq5k 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Hi, looking to build a similar build, but had a question regarding case airflow. I understand that with the case it comes with 2 fans. Did you use both of the 2 fans as the exhausts? And the nzxt x62 as the intake?


esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Yep I have the kraken setup as intake, I played with the fans in front and behind the kraken, in the end I decided to go with them in front pushing air through the fins rather than pull. I didnt use the 120mm from the front but technically you could use that as the rear top exhaust. I bought a 140mm for the top exhaust so I just removed one of the top covers and put in one of the magnetic air filters it comes with. Both of those fans im swapping for corsair quiet AF fans.

nasdaq5k 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I bought 2 extra case fans, so should I put the 2 fans the case comes with infront of the AIO radiator and the fans that come with the CPU cooler/kraken behind the kraken, so both are pulling in cold air? And the 2 fans I bought separately as exhausts?

Like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ka9scszYH8 at 5:18 I think he left the 2 fans the case came with in front of the radiator, and left the fans that the kraken came with behind?


esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

It depend what the fans you have are. The ones that come with the Kraken are generally enough for me. The thing is the ones that came with the case are for airflow and different speed/cfm and also size so that might make for some turbulent airflow, I would not recommend doing that, just keep those cheap fans that came with the case for another build. If your going to do push/pull which isn't necessary IMO then you want matching static pressure fans. I think you'll find what he did in the video is put those fans at the top of the case as exhaust. A couple of other side notes, I run the fans at the lowest speed on the Kraken and can't hear them one bit. The pump of the Kraken you can run at full speed and not hear a whisper. When you come into the cam software set the cooling to liquid temp on both pump and fan, it's a lot less aggressive with the ramp ups. Just give me a shout if you want to know anything else.

claudiuskt 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Holy **** my name is mentioned in your build description I'm honored :')

Pretty solid parts choices you have there man. But if I have to be really petty, you might want to try to route your AIO tubes behind the 24-pin power supply cable connected to your motherboard. It will look neater that way!

Nonetheless, +++1 for the case choice.

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Hey mate, wow glad you found my build, was gonna message you and show you the monster you'd created ;) Yea I might give that a go with the tubes but for some odd reason I kinda line em hanging. I've seen other builds with the tubes tucked and it looks a bit tight, don't wanna put any strain and risk having any liquid leaking. How's your build treating you? What games do you play?

claudiuskt 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I've seen other builds with the tubes tucked and it looks a bit tight, don't wanna put any strain and risk having any liquid leaking.

Mm fair point. Tinker with it when you feel like it then :)

My build is doing fine, other than the fact the MOBO had to be replaced as one of its SATA ports suddenly stop working after 2 weeks.

Games mainly revolve around The Witcher 3, Batman series, DotA 2, Mass Effect series, Sleeping Dogs, bunch of MMORPGs. GPU runs warm since I live in a tropical country but it is still crushing anything I am throwing at it at ultra preset.

Hope your build has been great too!

DJHeroMasta 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

The first thing I noticed was the absence of a backplate on that GPU lol. Then came pic #2. DIY Backplate: Off DIY Backplate: On DIY Backplate: On DIY Backplate: Off

Haha, clean build dude.

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Haha yea the pictures are all jumbled. I need to sort out the order of then. Thanks anyway.

LickableBush 1 point 22 months ago

Nice build and a really nice guy inspired me to build something similar and was kind enough to provide me with information and knowledge as this will be my first build. Thankyou <3

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

More than happy to help just make sure you let me know when you upload your completed build cos i wanna see it. Also let me know if you run into any trouble while building. Good luck mate.

Altuss 1 point 22 months ago

Hey man, this is literally exactly what I'm looking for. I've had my eye on the P400S TGE for a long, long time. I've also had my eye out for that Kraken x62 lol. I've been trying to search for build pictures in the black P400S TGE with all the parts I've been keeping my eye on.

Just a couple of questions:

1) Did you find it difficult and/or annoying to cable manage the attached cables to the Kraken? I've heard they are difficult to work with.

2) Did you have any issues with the grommets lining up with all of the connectors? (ex: 24 pin, sata, etc..)

3) Did you find that the holes provided on top of the PSU shroud were sufficient?

4) and last question, Do you find that the buttons for the IO are flimsy at all? I've heard that they can have a really cheap, plasticky feel.

Aside from the questions, sweet build dude. Super clean and sexy with the minimal RGBs. 10/10

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks man. Let me clear up some of your worries.

1) at first i was a little worried that i couldn't get the cables plugged into the Kraken once it was fully mounted onto the PC but after doing it once or became easy once i knew which way they went in. So you will be fine, I've done it a couple of times now, no worries there.

2) no problems with the grommets, everything lined up nicely.

3) yep the holes were fine no problems here everything fitted through the gaps (usb3 audio etc.)

4) the buttons under the lip feel slightly flimsy, nothing to worry about tho. The power button is very solid and reliable, i no longer use any of those buttons other than the reset switch because i now control my LEDs and fans through the software and hooked them up straight to the motherboard giving me much higher control of ramp ups on the fans. The pc is beautifully silent if you do it this way and allows much more control of lighting.

Anything else you want to know I'd be happy to help.

EvanRedman 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Awesome build! I love the custom backplate and the x62.

moon_man 1 point 20 months ago

do you use the radiator as push or pull?

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I've got it in push config.

kuhn995 1 point 19 months ago

Beautiful build! Definitely my favorite that I've seen. New builder here with a couple questions.

1) How many fans did you use? You bought 2, the case comes with 2, and the kraken has 2?

2) Does the kraken impede the closest RAM slot?

3) Fabulous cable management, and I love the colored MB ones. Did you buy anything in addition to the braided fan cables and red/black MB cables to achieve this? Any cable management tips for the case?

4) I hear the light on this MB stays on and strobes when the PC is off, is that true?

5) Any problems with static on the case? Do you have to ground yourself when building a PC?

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks alot! Sorry about the late response, happy to help where I can.

1) Im using 4 fans in total, the two that came with the kraken setup as intake in front of the radiator, a 140mm up top and a 120mm as rear exhaust, I swapped out the ones that came with the case because they are plain looking, it kinda like having a hubcap on a car instead of a rim. Later I plan to add Phanteks halos to the rear fans to add more RGB, those are just little fan covers with rgb's, really nice.

2) Yes the kraken does kind of press against the ram stick if u populate those slots. It is possible tho, ive seen builds do it but you have to point the tubes outwards a bit more.

3) as far as cable management, its actually super easy, as you can see in the pic the smaller mobo power plug threads nicely down the back side and up past the ssd cage, everything else other than the motherboard connectors just gets velcro'd in the central channel, once u get the motherboard connectors done pull them through so they are as short as possible, thats how you make them barely visible. The braided psu cables will take whatever shape you want with enough force, you can get them looking really neat.

4) No you can set the light on the motherboard to do whatever u want in an off state. Whoever said that just doesnt look in to the options, you set that all up in asus aura software.

5) No problems with static at all. Just touch the case from time to time to discharge yourself if your worried.

Hope this helps. any more questions happy to help.

kuhn995 1 point 19 months ago

It was extremely helpful thank you! So I ordered most of the parts for a very similar build. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/kuhn995/saved/#view=prGK8d

I also ordered a cablemod kit, hopefully it is the right one? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAA6P4ZM3743

The only question I have now is with that phanteks rgb led adapter. I've tried to read about the different software involved with the lighting for the different parts, but I'm still a bit confused. I can use asus aura because my mobo is asus correct? What all can be controlled from there? The rgb ram? Fans? Case lights? mobo light? Kraken? GPU lights? And what function does the adapter add?

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Yep that cable kit should work. As for the adapter, it just let's me control the colour of my led strips instead of using the case. Asus aura will allow you to control your ram LEDs, motherboard lights and your led strips, it won't let you control the Kraken lights, that has to be controlled through the cam software. I'm not sure about those fans as I don't use them and don't know what sort of cable they have. I'm thinking your either gonna need another adapter or nzxt hue+ unit to control those.

meliewx 1 point 18 months ago

Random question but do you have the wallpaper in your first image?


esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Here you go, sorry about the wait http://justinmaller.com/wallpaper/365/

esanic 1 point 15 months ago

AWESOME 11/10!

Error_Unknown 1 point 14 months ago

Yo how are your temps Doesn't the front panel interfere with cooling (aio)

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Hey. Temps were not that great but I fixed that, look at the last 3 pics. They went from 80-85ish under load (prime95) to 70-75 and barely over 35 while gaming. The front panel does seriously choke the aio im not gonna lie.

Error_Unknown 1 point 14 months ago

Cool! But I don't want to do a custom job I feel that I'm bad at it (yours looks bangin though)

I wish the panel was like the Meshify c

That's why I guess I'll be going with the Fractal design meshify c

What do you say?

Thanks anyway :)

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Totally 100% agree. Meshify C all the way. If I was buying now thats what I would get. Before cutting up my case I was considering switching cases but ive already switched once so no way. I still love the P400s now ive modded it. Hit me up when you build yours, im interested to see it.

Error_Unknown 1 point 14 months ago

Yeah sure will In doing it this Christmas or next year The thing is in my country (india) there's a lot of duty A 1070 costs a 1080 Sucks to be here man I wish I was still in the US So yeah sucks to be me :( I'll hit you up once I build it Either Christmas or end of March!

Error_Unknown 1 point 14 months ago

Can you help me out I need a power supply for my build Can you pick a modular/semi modular power supply Part list link: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KBFfYr

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Sure whats ure budget? I would still recomend the one ive got, the Corsair rm650x. For me it was the best bang for buck, quality wise. There are other options though if I know your budget.

Error_Unknown 1 point 14 months ago

Bro,I won't be able to get the Meshify c So can you explain step by step how you modded your case please!

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Sure but you will need a Dremmel with a few of these because you will get through them quite quick. I think i got through about 2 or 3 cutting discs. If you definitely wanna go ahead with it let me know.

Error_Unknown 1 point 14 months ago

I forgot Is your case the s version or what? Will the s340 give better cooling?

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Hey man, hmm i think the s340 is almost exactly the same, look here you can see. And yea, its the p400s TG.

Error_Unknown 1 point 14 months ago

Ok thanks! I'll let you know

Skaboom 1 point 12 months ago

I got a question about the InWin Polaris. I just bought an InWin Polaris for my build but now I saw the fan got an 8-pin cable. So I saw your build and was glad that there seems to be a way to hook it up to the asus motherboard (I got the 370F myself so close enough I guess). Now the question is am I right that with the phantek thing I can actually hook the fan up to the rgb header on my motherboard and separately to the pwm header? Because on the pictures of the phantek thing I can't recognize the 8-pin (It's gonna take 1-2 weeks if I order it so I wanna be sure). Or do I miss something here?

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Hey man, yea dont do what I did. If you order a single one you wont have any way to connect it, it literally has nothing with it except its own propitiatory cable. I had to send it back for a refund. You have to start with the 2 pack because that comes with all the right connectors to get you started. As the fan has 2 plugs you use one to daisy chain the two together and the other to connect it to the fan header on the motherboard. Feel free to ask if you have any more questions.

Skaboom 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for your reply.

That is kinda stupid... They should have put something like extension kit in the product title. I bought the aluminum one which is pretty expensive for a fan (even for an RGB fan) and think for that price it should also have all the specific cables etc. Now I ended up buying the plastic twin pack just so I can install the already bought aluminum one (I only wanted the top fan RGB since you can barely see the back fan but now I'm gonna replace that one aswell). At least I got a spare one if it should break or something lol.

Okay I see now on the product site there is actually a picture that seems to explain, that you can't use one alone but this information should be in the title in my opinion. /rant

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Totally agree, they need to make it more obvious. I was only planning to use 1 fan too cos after hacking up the front of my case all my cooling problems went away and I ended up unplugging my top exhaust fan. Instead I used the spare up there. Id like to see how the aluminium one looks, did you finish your build in the end? I also clearly stated about the stupid lack of connectors in my review of the fans so hopefully others wont fall into the same trap as us.

Skaboom 1 point 12 months ago

So I decided to go the extra mile and took the aluminum twin pack and got it today. Love the way it looks like the 'outer ring' of the fan is illuminated. The white from my LED strips looks kinda blueish in the picture.

Some Pictures

esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Yea really nice, I like that polished edge. Good looking build too, low-key CPU cooler, I've got they same cooler on my work pc, it's surprisingly good and I got it for £8.

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esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Cable management is good. Nice velcro tabs at the back. Was a little tough stuffing the power cables in the PSU shroud because those braided cables are extensions but other than that clean and easy.

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esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Hey man, I've never considered this because as far as I understand it a rad should have fans attached to it and be actively cooled not passively. Incase you didn't know you will not fit a rad and fans up top. I can't imagine it cooling very well without fans directly attached. Definitely an interesting point though and something I'm gonna research. I did consider rotating the direction of my airflow so it was intake at the back and exhaust at the front but I figured the extra heat from the GPU would make the liquid in the front rad too hot.

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esk02k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Well the only way that might work is if either the fans or the radiator were outside the case but that just seems silly, also there are no holes to get the cables/tubes out. Basically you won't be fitting a rad up top in this case because there simply isn't space, it would press on the motherboard/ram because the mounting holes up top are not offset. Sorry to bear the bad news.

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