Description

I have been into desktop computers and PC games my whole life. I remember the super popular 486 growing up and playing Commander Keen to our family’s first Pentium 1 with 100 mhz core speed ….. unreal performance. The last 10 years I have got into tinkering with custom desktop computer builds as a hobby, not only for my own builds but helping my friends and coworkers build their own custom gaming machines. There is something so enjoyable about building a computer as fast as possible with a given budget and pcpartpicker is like crack for that.

As for my own build, a lot of parts have changed over the years as I love tweaking and trying new parts while selling my old ones on craigslist. Most my core components were purchased a year ago with a focus on complete silence on idle and basic computer usage for when I need to work. The newest purchase is the view 27 which is why I decided to final post my build.

My recent gpu history: R9 290 -> GTX 1080 TI -> GTX 960? Why did I go from 1080 TI to a 960? Two words, cryptocurrency insanity. I couldn’t pass up selling my 290 and my 1080 TI for profit and getting more than I paid. I thought prices would normalize relatively quickly and I could upgrade back… well… that didn’t go as planned. Now I can’t stomach the entry price for old tech (yes pascal is two years old) and have decided I am just going to wait until Turing or Ampere or Volta or whatever it is called in the fall and upgrade then. That being said, getting my 960 for $80 used was a hell of a deal and it has actually treated me very well. I have overclocked to 1450 mhz with no increase in voltage and it runs super cool and quiet. Fans don’t spin on idle keeping my build completely silent. Surprisingly it is able to render playable frames on Destiny 2 at 4k on low settings… dead serious. The MSI gaming cooler also looks very nice in this black and red themed build. I am actually getting pretty attached to this card.

As for fans, I have owned a lot of difference brands over the years including cooler master, rosewill, delta, corsair, lepa, fractual design, and scythe. I love good airflow and low noise. I wanted RGB but in the end I wanted a completely dead silent build on idle when I have to work and Noctua is the only brand that I know that can do that on PWM. PS to Noctua… make RGB fans, you will make a killing. Also, don’t buy the Noctua iPPC fans if you want dead silence, they click on low due to being three phased compared to the standard fans. Will be upgrading my two Scythe Slipstreams in front to the new NF-P12 1300 PWM redux in the coming year but the slipstreams on low are only noticeable if my ear is right next to my case. I also bought a 120mm to 140mm adapter that works pretty well on my P14s redux 1500 PWM. I think it even helps blow more air to the gpu.

I have a voltage meter plugged at the end of my power cord from my power supply to actually measure in game wattage. Even overclocked my complete system with my 1080 TI was using only like 250-300 watts. This set up uses like 160 watts total even though pcpartpicker says 340. People buy the biggest power supplies for no reason and personally I think it is a huge waste of money and more importantly efficiency. Power supplies are most efficient at 50% load. I recommend buying a power meter, and seeing for yourself, it is actually kinda cool. That being said, I have enough power reserve with the 650 to upgrade to any card I want, maybe even a dual chip card.

Part Reviews

CPU

Over the last 10 years I have gone from the mighty Core 2 Quad Q6600 to the steady FX-8350 to now the 7700k (purchased Mar 2017). My original goal was doubling my threads with each upgrade every 4-5 years but I have been fairly disappointed in how long it has taken the game developer’s to take advantage of multicore utilization. I decided to settle for fast single thread performance over massive multicore. Going from the 8350 to 7700k my Cinebench 15 single thread score went from 105 to 216… mission accomplished. I overclocked the 7700k to 4.9 with 1.35v. I wanted 5.0 so bad but I lost the silicon lottery. ? Still had to delid to keep the heat manageable which is absurd for the cost of the chip but I don’t think I am the only one complaining. To keep it cheap I used the razor blade method to delid (not recommended for the faint of heart). After that, I made sure the chip was glued back on tight and had good contact between the IHS and the liquid metal with the C clamp method. Anyways hoping this chip lasts me 4-5 years.

CPU Cooler

Went from a 240 mm AIO water cooler to the Sycthe Fuma with a Noctua NF-F12 in the middle. In the end the AIO was just too loud under idle even though it helped keep it cooler by a few degrees. There is also something warm and fuzzy knowing there is not liquid in my system… hard to explain. Anyways love the compact size of this dual tower cooler while still using 120 mm fans. Would definitely recommend Scythe for price versus performance. The stock fans were silent as well but nothing is as silent as Noctua on low fan speed PWM.

Motherboard

I always wanted a ROG Maximus board and while the performance isn’t significantly different from the competitors, I definitely like it over my Gigabyte, MSI, Bioshock and basic ASUS boards I have had in the past. The bios is really what helps it stand out. Looks help too.

Memory

I spent way too much time overclocking getting these stable at 3333 with 15-16-16-35 2T timings at 1.4v. Wanted 3600 so badly but required a lot more voltage that caused other issues. Still it is a decent improvement over stock. The looks kill as well but I would probably buy RGB if I was to purchase them today.

Storage

I have had this for 2 years and love how fast it has been. Only have used 8 tb read write so this should last me a long time.

Storage

Is blazing fast although it is hard to tell the difference in most tasks from the 850 evo. I love the small footprint of the m.2.

Case

Personally, I think it looks super cool even if it is not the highest quality case overall. I would have gone to the view 37 but it was just too large. That being said, I did end up modded the front panel by taking out the little side dust filters while keeping the main dust filter in front of the fans. I also cut a vertical hole in the front plastic that has helped lower temps on my gpu and cpu by 3-5 degrees which is decent and provides much better airflow.

Power Supply

I love Seasonic quality. Ten year warranty, fans don’t spin on under 200w, gold rating, 650 watts and only $55 after rebate… sold. Was looking at the EVGA G3 but was $20 dollars more.

Case Fan

I have not found fans that spin as silent as these on low PWM. They also blow tons of air when needed. Noctua quality is hard to beat.

Case Fan

I have not found fans that spin as silent as these on low PWM. They also blow tons of air when needed. Noctua quality is hard to beat.

Case Fan

I have not found fans that spin as silent as these on low PWM. They also give good performance on my heatsink compared to standard fans. Noctua quality is hard to beat.

Custom

Has super low input lag and motion blur and has worked very well for gaming. There is just something about having your entire field of vision taken by the screen that makes you feel more in the game. Definitely recommend for those on the fence. For windows I have it scaled to 150% and it works very well when I need to work. Black text on white is crisp.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks great! I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the vertical GPUs or whatever it is but it looks great inside of this case! :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I was most worried about gpu temps but modding the case combined with decent airflow has not been an issue.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice one!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

This is excellent! Particularly impressive total price given that it includes all peripherals and a TV. +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

This does look great... And I'm the world's biggest fan of vertical gpu's!!! +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea looking forward to see what is up Nvidia's sleeve with the new arch.