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by Eltech



Date Published

Feb. 6, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 29, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C


  • I built this computer for a friend. He heard that I built many computers for my family and was curious of what the builds looked like on PCPP. He asked if I could build him a custom computer for a budget about $2,000, and if it was little over 2k than that was OK too. He was ready to upgrade from his eight year old desktop.

  • The purpose for his computer is to play WoW. Including other games that he could not play for quite some time. I’m not sure what other games he has, I forgot to ask, but I can say for certain that he can play the latest 2017 games with his brand new computer.

  • Photos #1-32 is the final result. Photos #33-300 is the building process or showing off its beauty.


I didn’t get to test theses in default settings, it was only once per test. These results relate to the overclocked processor. My apology for not seeing how it was by 4.2GHz.
CPU-Z CPU Single Thread CPU Multi Thread
Intel® Core™ i7-7700K Processor @ 4.9GHz 2,478 10,921
Crystal Disk Mark 5 Read [MB/s] Write [MB/s]
All 5, 1GiB C: 5% (50/978 GiB)
Seq Q32T1 935.5 984.4
4K Q32T1 479.2 473.8
Seq 878.7 976.9
4K 30.36 125.8

I lost the data / hyperlink for Firestrike 1.1. Oh wells… :(
3DMark Benchmark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test Details
Firestrike Extreme 1.1 9,569 53.9 FPS 37.97 FPS 50.0 FPS 21.36 FPS Firestrike Extreme Result
Firestrike Ultra 1.1 5,061 27.75 FPS 17.8 FPS 50.04 FPS 12.35 FPS Firestrike Ultra Result
Sky Diver 1.0 39,912 282.48 FPS 158.74 FPS 123.14 FPS Sky Diver Result
Time Spy 1.0 6,937 45.94 FPS 41.07 FPS Time Spy Result

VRMark Orange Room Benchmark Desktop 1.0 Average Frame Rate Target Frame Rate Oculus Rift Minimum Spec Frame Rate Details
Score: 11,224 224.7 FPS 109.0 FPS 81.0 FPS VRMark Orange Room Result

Valley Benchmark FPS Score Min. FPS Max FPS Mode Preset Quality
DirectX 11 67.4 2,820 31.3 127.9 2560x1440 8xAA fullscreen Custom Ultra

Heaven Benchmark FPS Score Min. FPS Max FPS Mode Preset Quality Tessellation
DirectX 11 68.4 1,613 8.6 143.1 2560x1440 8xAA fullscreen Custom Ultra Extreme

My two cents:


Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor, Turbo Boost @ 4.5GHz

  • The original plan was to buy an i7-6700K but I was able to recommend the new Intel 7th generation. Wow it’s nice to see such a decent overclock with this processor. Originally it was overclocked to 4.9GHz with the CPU voltage at 1.3v. Oddly, when Windows 10 updated, I noticed everything was reset to its default settings. It’s OK because he can overclock his processor in the future when he needs to. When I did overclock this, the highest temp I saw when benchmarking was 63°C. Last time when I visited him and his wife to make sure the computer was OK, it was about 50°C with another benchmark (@4.2~4.5GHz).

Liquid Cooler

NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

  • This was my first time to install a liquid cooler. I would have preferred it to be at the top of the case, but I didn’t want the tubes touching the optical drive either. No issues and I enjoyed the process when installing this. I found it easier to have the case on its side while I installed the radiator with the NZXT’s fans as intakes. Using CAM made it easy to control the fans' RPM, nice to see it monitor temperatures, and it’s cool to change the LED color.


Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

  • Knowing the processor had changed from an i7-6700K paired with a Z170 ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO. It made sense to change this into Z270 ASUS MAXIMUS IX HERO. By default the vCore is set at 1.2v so it’s OK if you are wondering about the CPU’s temperatures left at its base settings. Of course, if have any doubts than you can most certainly force the CPU voltage to stay at 1.2v. I tested this myself.
  • This motherboard has RGB lighting near the I/O and below the GPU. Using the ARUA program that you install from the motherboard’s drivers and utilities. It has static to be a solid color or has a few other effects for different color variations.
  • NOTES: “oldtimer321” was able to solve the mystery when Windows 10 updated and causing a failed boot to Windows 10. In the BIOS he had to redo the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology because it was no longer ON to support the RAID 0.


G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

  • He had 32GB of RAM in the original part list but I tried to explain that there isn’t really a need for 32GB of RAM for current games. He has the option to add in an additional 16GB which is fine I think. The reason these versions were chosen was due to they were a decent price drop at Newegg versus a 2400MHz at the time. I had no issues installing and overclocking these RAMs.


Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive & Crucial MX300 525GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

  • Wow, these are speedy fast when set in RAID 0. This is plenty amount of storage for him since he plays WoW most of the time, but he can also play his other Steam games. He decided this combo together which he was wise about it. If you’re wondering why he didn’t buy two M.2-2280s, at the time (which it’s my fault) it stayed the same way for the sake of price. (I didn’t realize the ASUS Z270 IX HERO MOBO had two M.2. slots when I purchased everything, oops…).
  • He desired to have RAID setup. In the BIOS it was set at Super Speed, which I can see a difference when downloading very large images, files etc. Currently RAID 0 since there is only two SSDs.


MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card

  • This video card was a preference for him. I believe he wanted the NVIDIA Founder’s Edition but when I checked many other versions, most were 30-50 dollars cheaper (PNY, MSI, ASUS, etc.) I hope he is loving his GTX 1080. The heat expels through the back of the card which is nice I think. He used to be playing WoW in low settings from his eight year old desktop. I have no clue what the graphic terminology is for WoW, but he said he was able to set the graphics in “Good” at 1440p. I think he had it in Ultra but had slow loads when he was in a raid of 40 players. Once he turned it down a notch it was smooth.
  • Despite that he has some older games, like Fallout 3 and I cannot remember the rest, I’m pretty positive they are set in High graphics. He is considering to buy the Witcher 3 since he has a much better graphics card.


Thermaltake Core V31 ATX Mid Tower Case

  • I know this case has been around for some time, but my goodness. Why does no one suggest this case more often?! It’s very flexible for ATX components. I mean you can re-arrange this case with ease, depending upon your parts. It’s so easy to disassemble the hard drive & optical bays, able to re-position the 2.5” bays behind the case when you need more zip-tie capability.
  • I also loved the magnetize filter at the top of the case. Makes it easier to remove and wipe it clean! The bottom filter is a push and pull filter, but very easy to clean too.
  • A couple important things to mention:
  • 1) It’s possible to install the NZXT Kraken X61, 280mm radiator at the top of this case. Keep in mind that it’ll be in the center. Which will force the tubes to be upon the optical bays / optical drive. I prefer the tubes to not touch anything. You see why I relocated the radiator in the front of the case as intake.
  • 2) Keep an eye on the front panel connectors, the ports in front of the case. Those ports are so flexible to move. I had to re-position the second 3.0 USB port to be more up until the front panel was fully installed.


Corsair RMx 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

  • It might be a lot of headroom but it was either Corsair’s 750w or the 850w RMx. It was a $9 difference so I thought it was better to be safe than sorry for future upgrades. Loved the wires, and they were perfect length in my perspective if you were to cable manage in a Mid-Tower case. This also offers SLI capability down the road.

Optical Drive

LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer & LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

  • He desired an optical drive that had Blu-Ray writer. I’m not sure what he uses it for, but my guess is he is able to burn discs and watch movies.

Case Fans

(2x) Noctua NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM 140mm Fan & Noctua NF-S12B redux-1200 PWM 120mm Fan

  • He desired quiet case fans since the goal was to make his entire computer quiet. I suggested some Noctua fans but it had be within budget if possible. They look good and the RPM is easily adjusted by the BIOS. It’s in PWM mode within the BIOS.

Personal Notes

  • I forgot to mention this earlier. Most of the parts were purchased at January 7th - 9th. The computer was fully built upon my available weekend, January 14th-15th. Than I had a delay for an entire week to make sure everything was OK and ready to be relocated to his home. The 29th was my last time to be poking and cleaning the computer.

  • I installed two small Corsair rubber grommets at the top of the case to give it a better appearance for cable management. Then I realized to use a 3 way 4-pin splitter for his case fans, which he has one additional connector left in case he wants to add another case fan but it would need to be Noctua’s 120mm version due to the black cable extension will not bend down any further which cannot install a 140mm case fan at the top-back. The cable extensions were to make the ATX and 8-pin PCI-E cables look nice. I wish I had some cable combs but I was surprised on how expensive they were at the time so some good old fashion zip-ties will do for now.

  • I’m grateful to build this computer for oldtimer321. I want to say thank you for allowing me to build your computer. It was such a pleasure and may you enjoy it for many years to come!

  • P.S. Private message oldtimer321 if you have any questions on how other games perform because I'm only the builder here. ;)

  • Thank you for reading my description. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, and constructive criticism. I’ll correct any typos or if I forgot to mention something.

Comments Sorted by:

ziggurat666 7 Builds 6 points 24 months ago

Documented beautifully as always Eltech. Fantastic work :)

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 4 points 24 months ago

Aw, thank you ziggura! I do my best if I'm able to. :)

pegotico 2 Builds 5 points 24 months ago

270 photos and counting...............................

Photos #1-32 is the final result. Photos #33-300 is the building process or showing off its beauty.

Thanks for making things easier.......

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Could have been worse, I had 450 total. RAW photos and JPEG each. The other photos are still loading as we speak. I didn't think the staff would post this build so suddenly but they did. Thanks PCPP. :)

@ 6:24PM. Looks like all 300 finished uploading... yay~

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Could have been worse, I had 450 total.

lol.. You're kidding me!

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 3 points 24 months ago

Nope. I normally take more than this. I can go up as high as 1,000 between 1,500 photos on some of these builds. Not all of my builds had a 1,000 of course,

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Wow! That is insane... :) I mean 1000-1500 photos.

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

lol Indeed. I love it too much.

HyperYveltal16 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Long time no see Eltech, this is your friends right

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Hi there Yvelta, indeed its been a while, and yes it's my friend's computer.

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 24 months ago

Nice build, love your work. Hope you like it as well oldtimer321 +1 :)

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I truly appreciate your compliments and support Battlestar. Truly I do. I treat each computer as if they were my babies.

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 24 months ago

No problem :)

waffle502 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Haha my phone crashes when trying to look at the pictures

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Oops, I'm so sorry! My fault for crashing your phone with my photos. Thank you for checking this build regardless!

* offers you a selection of beverages *

JheyoDELperu 1 point 24 months ago


JheyoDELperu 2 points 24 months ago

Can you add a couple of your setup photos?.. nice pc bytheway :,D

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I wish I could but it's not my computer. I only built it. Maybe my friend could post his version for the setup, down the road? Sorry that I cannot show a "setup" in photos. My deepest apology.

oldtimer321 has it officially setup and I kind of remember what it looked like. It's in a room that used to be their son's room. A white room with a white floating wooden desk (I think). I can only describe on what I saw. He has a Razer keyboard and mouse. I think he has a Samsung 1440p monitor.

Thank you for the kind words. :)

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Aw, such a cute kitty.

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Yep. =D

MannyPCs 2 points 24 months ago

What a beautiful build, absolutely stunning! I didn't know you could do that much with just a 2k budget

I noticed the IO shield is the wrong one for your board it would fit the Maximus IX code but oh well

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

What a beautiful build, absolutely stunning! I didn't know you could do that much with just a 2k budget

Thank you. :)

I noticed the IO shield is the wrong one for your board it would fit the Maximus IX code but oh well

Oh? It fits. Otherwise, if it didn't work than I would had call the manufacturer. So I'm not sure on what you meant that it's the wrong I/O shield when it works for the Hero IX. I don't think it's the wrong I/O shield, they both use a similar I/O layout.

The only difference between "Code" and "Hero" is Hero doesn't come with WiFi while Code does. To me, they have similar layouts, but their major difference is the Code comes with WiFi & more coverings over the MOBO.

MannyPCs 1 point 24 months ago

That's what I meant by wrong IO, just the WIFI holes, and yes it doesn't matter :P

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I see, because when you said it was the wrong I/O shield for the motherboard that's why I went into an explanation. The Hero has removable holes for when someone purchases an M.2. WiFi since isn't included unlike the Code which does. Otherwise, no worries. ;)

MannyPCs 2 points 24 months ago

Ok just wanted to bring that up, thanks for telling me

MannyPCs 2 points 24 months ago

Ahh I see, but I don't know where to find the separate WIFI cards

thecomgeek 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

You have posted the most pics i have ever seen on pcpartpicker

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Oh? I think someone has more photos than I have, but it's been a long time ago. I cannot recall who that is, unless I'm wrong.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Beautiful job, Ellie.

Another fine build.

Thumbs up.

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thank you very much. I did my best and I truly appreciate your support!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

It shows. I just asked my daughter if she was going to use her big pc again. She said she wasn't since we built that little blue one. I then asked if I could claim it. She said it was mine now. I think Ellie's Lavendar lady is going to get revamped later this year. I'm wanting to pop the top on that 4770k and redo its thermal paste, replace the case etc. I'll have to see closer to a Christmas what I can afford. I wonder if there are any mini itx 1150 Z motherboards that,are affordable? Fun fun!

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Holy crap that photo count, it's too much for my iphone6 to handle. I wish I could see how good this is but I'm on my phone

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Oops, I'm very sorry for that. I think photo numbers 21 and 23 gives a general idea of the internal aspect of the build.

Hopefully my next post will be more friendly to iPhones, though I cannot grantee anything when it comes to my photos. Otherwise, I appreciate you trying to see this build.

Camranatic101 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

this is like your best pc yet,

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

What a high compliment. I truly appreciate it!

jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

how do you like that case? and I hear delidding the 7700k and replacing the paste with much better paste will really really help with keeping that beast cool

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

The case is amazing. I wish I had worked on it sooner but I never paid attention to it until my friend requested my help with his budget. He had no real preference about cases. Nothing too pricey nor too cheap but must have cable management. The adjustments within this case for specific parts truly helps out when building.

As for replacing the paste, it's not really required at this moment. The CPU's temperatures were good to go. However, whenever the time comes I'll make sure to help my friend replace the paste that came with the Kraken X61. I believe you though that better paste helps reduce some temperatures but it's not a need at this time.

Plus the CPU's vCore is at 1.2v and able to Turbo Boost to 4.5GHz. Might explain why it's not too toasty just yet.

jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

tech city yes. did a replacement of the paste, it was 20c cooler.

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

OK. That's good to hear!

I read a blog about "delidding" which now I get it. My bad for misunderstanding this. I understood better paste but delidding is whole different level.

ziggurat666 7 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

He talking delidding, not just stock cooler grease too. Whole different ball of wax. Just Intel back to old tricks

Eltech submitter 20 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Aha, thanks for the clarification. I misunderstood this so my apology. I never done such a thing in my life.

I took a look at this: https://www.ekwb.com/blog/what-is-delidding/

I think reading and seeing these photos made a bit more sense. I definitely never done that. I just officially touched a regular, liquid cooler. ;)