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Artech Storm: Scythe Intel



So, my build needs an upgrade, as computers tend to do. My original build (see http://pcpartpicker.com/b/DT6hP6 for details) was very good at the time, but eventually, I figured out where my interests were and what I needed to focus on for my upgrades. Chief among these was the fact that I am not a gamer; I am a computer enthusiast that doubles as a gamer :) Hence, I like running virtual machines, tinkering with things, multitasking like nobody's business, and the like. Anyways, enough chit-chat, you came here for the specs!

CPU: I wanted to have something that would last me a long time and give plenty of performance. My systems tend to be very well used, and I usually don't upgrade CPU's for at least 4 years, after which I build a new rig. An unlocked i7 gives me plenty of performance even out of the box, and after an OC, it should last for the next few years quite well.

CPU Cooler: I had the usual high-end debate here: high-end air cooler, or all-in-one water cooler? The choice basically came down to the Corsair H115i, which has a very nice aesthetic in my opinion, or the less-pretty but effective Noctua NH-U14S, which is admittedly simpler than any form of water cooling. In the end, I decided that the nice looks and (somewhat) better performance of the H115 outweighed its cons, so I spent the extra $10-20 to have something that looked nice. Now, if my case didn't have a window, I might have gone with the Noctua instead. I might replace the stock fans if the noise level is too bad, but I don't foresee that being a problem. My computer area already has so much noise from non-computer sources that it's not even funny....

GPU: Of course everyone wants to have a 1080 in their rig, but the 1070 was cheaper. This is a bit of a carryover part, since I used it in my previous rig.

RAM: 16GB of RAM because I have a love of VM's and multitasking. RAM is RAM, nothing too exciting here.

Storage: Okay, this is where things get interesting. The 500GB 850 EVO is set up as the main drive, with the OS, programs, and as many games as will fit on it. The 120GB 840 EVO is now used for games that won't fit on the 850 EVO (I call it a "spillover drive"). The Hitachi hard drive is for all of my assorted junk that I've accumulated. The WD Black drive is for my Linux "dual boot" setup. I call it "dual boot", but really, its not dual boot as most people know it. Instead of configuring the bootloader and stuff to give me the option to access one or the other, I simply installed Linux to its own drive and boot that drive via the BIOS when I want to use it.

Power Supply: The EVGA SuperNova G2 850W is pretty much the best PSU you can get at this wattage, and it has a very appealing price. Gold efficiency, fully modular, plenty of wattage...what's not to like?

Case: Oh my goodness, this was a tough choice. I initially chose the NZXT Phantom 410 for its sleek aesthetic and good feature set, but found that my GPU wouldn't fit without removing FOUR of the six 3.5" hard drive bays. That was a big no-no with my storage setup, so I began to look elsewhere. The Corsair 500R caught my eye, but the aesthetic didn't appeal to me as much, and the front I/O was a step down from what I wanted. So, I looked at Corsair's high-end Obsidian lineup...everything was either way too expensive, didn't have the I/O config I wanted, or was just not as appealing from an aesthetic point of view. So, I moved on to Corsair's mid-range Graphite lineup...and fell in love with the 600T. It was nearly everything that I wanted, though more USB 3.0 ports would have been welcome, but alas, it seems to no longer be in production.

After this came a series of short-lived part choices: NZXT Tempest 410? Out of production. Corsair 230T? Too small, and not enough I/O. Original NZXT Phantom? Only USB 2.0 ports. NZXT Phantom 530? Lacking in front I/O (seriously, NZXT? Only two USB ports, while the lower-end 410 has four?) Cooler Master Silencio lineup? Either overpriced, or lacking in front I/O, etc, etc...

Then, finally, I came across the NZXT Phantom 630. Not too expensive, plenty big enough for my parts, good cooling, lots of front I/O, good cable management, and the same aesthetic as the Phantom 410. I was hooked :)

But alas, it was not meant to be. The Phantom 630 had some availability issues by the time I actually ordered, and I had to fall back onto the Corsair 760T White. It's still an excellent case, and I like the aesthetic, so I can't complain.

Motherboard: This was a pretty simple choice: I wanted a well-reviewed board that overclocked very well, had a good BIOS, and would support SLI in the future, should I desire to do so. This board ticked all the boxes, and looked quite nice while doing so (in my opinion, of course).

Wireless Adapter: It gives the computer Wireless-AC and Bluetooth 4.0, and gives me the option to use wireless networks if I want, so I feel its worth it.

Peripherals: These are some of my favorite parts right here: my Corsair K70 RGB keyboard, which is a masterpiece of keyboard technology; my Corsair Sabre Optical RGB, my weapon of choice for Counter-Strike; my Audio Technica ATH-A900x's with a ModMic 4.0 attached, which provide excellent audio clarity and positional sound for my CS:GO play; and my 23" Asus IPS monitor, which lets me see things :) I'm planning on going for a 27" (maybe bigger) 4K or 1440p 144hz IPS monitor when those are actually affordable, but until then, 23 inches and 1080p will do.

You may have noticed that throughout the part list, some parts are listed as free. Those parts are reused from my old PC, so I decided to have the price show what I paid for the rebuild instead of lumping everything together.

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

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Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $265.88 FREE $265.88 OutletPC Buy
CPU Cooler
From parametric filter
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, EVGA, NZXT
  • Water Cooled: Yes - 280mm, Yes - 360mm
$119.99 $119.99 Monoprice Buy
From parametric filter
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, Kingston, Mushkin
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$69.99 FREE $69.99 Newegg Buy
Storage $179.99 (Purchased)
$149.89 FREE $149.89 OutletPC Buy
$0.00 (Purchased)
Video Card $379.99 (Purchased)
Case $159.99 (Purchased)
Power Supply $137.39 -$20.00 FREE $117.39 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Optical Drive $0.00 (Purchased)
Operating System $119.99 $119.99 Dell Buy
Monitor $0.00 (Purchased)
Keyboard $0.00 (Purchased)
Mouse $0.00 (Purchased)
Headphones $159.95 (Purchased)
Custom Antlion Mo​dMic 4.0 $49.99 (Purchased)
Base Total: $863.13
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total (Not Yet Purchased): $843.13
Total (Purchased): $929.91
Total: $1773.04
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Compatibility Notes

  • The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
  • The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated with a PCIe-based M.2 drive, two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled.
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Part List Price History (Excluding Tax)


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Nexofedex_99 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Good Luck xD

CaptainSiscold submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks! I'm still quite some time away from competing anything close to this, but I'm probably going to upgrade the PSU, GPU, case, and maybe a few other things as soon as funding will allow. CPU and the like we'll be several years down the road, maybe when the 6th or 7th gen Intel processors come out.

Nexofedex_99 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago


Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
EVGA - CLC 280 113.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 311W
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