Description

New Intel i7-7700K based build I'm doing with an RGB theme.

"I shall name him "Arr-Gee-Bee" and he shall be good."

Build will probably not be overclocked much to begin with.

Will be redone with custom EKWB water cooling system in the future and then overclocking limits will be pushed.

Re-using a few parts from existing machine; mainly keyboard, mouse, and some SSD's/HDD's.

(These existing parts have been added to the part list for continuity's sake and accurate wattage data for PSU)

Existing Parts:

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD
  • Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD
  • 2x Hitatchi Deskstar NAS 4TB HDD
  • Razer BlackWidow Chroma Keyboard
  • Razer DeathAdder Elite Mouse
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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The price on thsi computer is OVAR 9-5000!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

It is over $4000.00...you may be right there.

It also includes a fairly expensive monitor.

I was able to offset the cost slightly however, since most of the expensive storage was taken from a previous build I did.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

1000$ storage lol and 200$+ on fans :p 400$ memory! And noooooo 1080 ti, I'm sad but the build looks nice!!!!!!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't even afford 200$ on PC parts lol!

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe I'm getting any bandwidth issues.

With this Asus board with 2x M.2 slots filled:

Option to run one port at 4x or 2x: 4x chosen

Other port only ever runs at 2x.

When both M.2 slots are filled, 3x SATA ports are disabled to compensate for bandwidth. If you would like these ports enabled, Change M.2 modes to slower 2x mode and SATA mode respectively.

Also, since M.2 is natively faster than SATA...and I don't need those 3 SATA ports anyways because I'm not running a 6 SATA SDD system, I believe I'm running fairly fast.

I may be wrong however, just because we do this for a living doesn't mean we can't learn new things.

Also...a larger sized M.2...have you seen the prices of those things as size increases....exponential growth is an understatement...

Thanks for the help.

  • 34 months ago
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Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

may i know why the pump is mounted so that the NZXT logo is upsaide down?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

It was for routing of the liquid cooling hoses.

While they are semi flexible, they are a set length.

By rotating the heatsink 180-degrees, I was then able to route the hoses mostly out of the way of the top mounted fans, RAM and the window.

I also like the aesthetics of hiding cables/hoses as much as I can.

When I tested the fit with the NZXT logo facing right side up, the hoses curved out and down near the video card and right through the center of the window. Looked bad in my opinion and prevented nice airflow.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

It really is a negligible push. I have the x62 and it pushes it over by 1-1.5mm? It's really not that bad.

Here are some pictures so you can see. I have yet to post my build because i plan on doing a few more things, so go easy haha.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

When i first saw title I thought this would be a black and yellow build. Then It dawned on me...

+1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

These comments make me want to give it an pirate eyepatch and bee stripes for the triple pun.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

ohhh I would have built two computers better than this one with all that money lol

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly I decided to build one...

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

lol I feel you... Why so many fans though? Planning to add more in the future?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I think I have enough fans now, haha. And as to why... I overclocked to 5.0 GHz and I'm only at 70-80 degrees after a couple hours at full load...so I guess that's why. Not really a reason or an answer. Just a benefit. Also, i'd rather run more fans at a lower speed and not hear them, then less fans maxed out and have a mini helicopter under my desk.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Next time just go for a closed look cooler or gfx card ;)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Bee

Awaits someone to paste the bee movie script in the comments

Awaits said someone to trigger an autoban

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe this will help...

https://youtu.be/E6iN6VTL7v8

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

not that big a deal but I would put that rear fan in the front.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe you're referring to placing three 140mm fans in the front, as the case is designed.

You may have noticed from the photos that I bought 10 fans and was only able to use 9.

The NZXT radiator, while listed at 280mm, bulges out at the top and bottom above and below the fans.

This prevents a third 140mm fan from fitting in the front as it should on this particular case.

I have thought about placing a 120mm fan in the available space that is left over but haven't yet, it might look too funky for minimal performance increase.

Also, since this build will receive a complete liquid cooling replacement/overhaul in the near future, I may leave it as is for right now.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

if you took the rad out first sure it would

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Fans are mounted directly to radiator with the NZXT and threaded through the case. One screw attaches case, fan, and radiator together. No way to install fans stand alone before the radiator unfortunately. Good thoughts though, thanks, sadly its just not possible.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, where did you mount the drives, dont see any cages in the pic ( Imean the 3.5's)

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Apologies for the late reply. In this particular Fractal case, all hard drives are mounted on the back panel (Excluding M.2 drives). There are no hard drive (3.5") or optical drive (5.25") cages in this case. I believe this is a choice by Fractal to reduce airflow restrictions and increase water cooling opportunities. You'll notice some of my hard drives installed in picture #4 I believe. The two hard drives in the bottom left are 3.5" drives. The one in the bottom right is a 2.5" drive. All are mounted on removable aluminum plates that are then thumb screwed to the case. The Fractal Define S has space for 3x 3.5" drives and 2x 2.5" drives. I don't recommend this sort of build for everyone, (Parting with an internal optical drive bothers some people), however, I personally really appreciate the added airflow and lack of restrictions in the front of the case. I also really appreciate how mounting all hard drives on the back panel reduces cable clutter. I plan on vastly upgrading the water cooling on this build in the future, so will be taking advantage of the extra water cooling features of this particular case. I hope that answers your question adequately. If not, let me know. I should probably take much better pictures of the final build but haven't gotten around to it yet. It's far too much fun to game on once it's all plugged in.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I saw the specs of Define S. I see you got the windowed version? Does it display the build well in person? I was thinking of using a 360 thick rad in front with this case. Only if it was tempered glass, but I dont think there is any better alternative though

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