Description

Much needed upgrade from a Core 2 Duo, using it for gaming and some light video and audio editing. Loved building in the Define C case. I used to work for a local PC store and have had my share of experiencing building and fixing over the years. This build is so quiet, it is remarkable to me each time I use it. The audio is much cleaner even though I am using my old headset through the same USB sound card I was before. There used to be some noticeable white noise behind the audio, but that is now gone. So far I love everything about this build, I hope it lasts as long as my previous workhorse.

Part Reviews

CPU

Bought mine from Monoprice's eBay site for a nice discount, so far so good. I have not had time to really sit down and do some in depth overclocking, but it went to 4.7 GHz with a simple multiplier increase. If I have a hard time getting to 5 GHz, I may consider delidding and replacing the stock TIM.

CPU Cooler

I bought this cooler primarily for aesthetic purposes, and maybe other than the newer Kraken models, I think this is the best looking CLC available. There is almost no noise at idle, and the stock fans are tolerable even at full RPM. Mounting is very intuitive and easy; my only complaint, and the reason I took off a star, is that it is not possible to front mount with the hoses at the bottom of the radiator without seriously twisting the hoses and risk kinking them. I have heard that orientation is easier on the pump and quieter as air will not be sucked through the loop.

Motherboard

I really like the looks of this board, minus the kinda cheesy writing on the top of the IO ports, but my rear case fan mostly covers that from view. It is a good mid-range Z270 option and I do not really miss the bells and whistles of the high end motherboards. I do hate the red LED that is present under the PCI-E port and have not figured out a non-warranty voiding way to turn it off. The UEFI is a bit clunky, but I am more used to old school BIOS settings and that may just be me. Overall it seems solid and I never felt like I was going to break a port while installing everything.

Memory

I did not really intend to get the LED version, but it was the cheapest option for DDR4 3200 at the time. Memory recognized and clocked correctly right off the bat and, well, it's RAM so....

Storage

My first SSD and it really is a revelation compared to HDD performance. I am nervous about the inevitable failure due to the nature of the technology, but it seems things have been getting more durable recently.

Video Card

Waited for the 1080 Ti cards to come out before pulling the trigger so I could get a little discount. Probably over kill for what I do, but it is nice to have some future proofing. Probably the best price to performance 1070 card and very neutral color wise so it wont clash with other components. Some lament the missing backplate, but you can always buy or make an acrylic one if you really want.

Case

My absolute favorite piece of my build! I initially balked at the idea of not having external drive bays, but the more I thought about how little I use discs these days and how much space those bays take up, the more I liked the idea of not having them. Might be the first time I did not cut myself on a sharp edge while building a PC, everything is rounded off and smooth. Very easy to route wiring while maintaining a small footprint. I enjoy the timeless minimalist design, and the case is surprisingly light for such a sturdy frame. Chose this over the Define S due to the PS shroud. Only thing I would add is a front USB C-type connector.

Power Supply

Solid, good-looking and so far reliable. The packaging really makes it feel special when you unbox the unit, even coming with an EVGA branded pouch for unused cables. Speaking of those cables, I really enjoy a fully modular power supply more than is probably logical. There is really no way you would ever remove the 24-pin or CPU power cables, but I don't care, I can if I wanted to!

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool stuff! Love your color scheme, cool water block on that AIO hehe.

I've gotten my first job at a PC repair shop a few months ago :o

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah i'd say thats one heck of an upgrade

the core 2 duo master race calls back to you, regretful that they could not do more

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Pretty!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Like your build. I the Krait Mobo is great looks good. and the captain 240EX looks so good, I only wish they made a 280 size. I have your same case but Using a Cryorig H5 Universal push pull to cool the 6700K. I manage to OC it to 4.6 using offset of +90 (manual 1.330V~1.340V). Wish you luck with the silicon lottery for the 7700k.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, OC'ing is coming once I get a good feel for stock idle and load temps. I have seen many people get some good results from delidding Kaby Lake processors, I just worry about voiding the warranty on a brand new part. Maybe if I start having temp issues trying to get to 5GHz...

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Is one of your ram sticks RGBs out or did you set it like that?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

They pulse in and out, it just ended up like that on the pictures. You can somewhat sync them up using the Corsair Link software, but it has to stay running in the background.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay, just curious!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought your build page was mine! I just got done with my first build and have the same ram and cooler combo and they look great together. So good I have almost the exact same cover photo on my build page. +1....good stuff.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I see what you mean, congrats on your first build!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you good with having no backplate on that GPU? Amazing build tho ;)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

The backplate does not matter much to me, I went with the cheapest 1070 I could get that wasn't red. V1 Tech does sell some nice looking after market backplates, but they are around $40.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, I want to know how the 240 EX is working for you. Plan to change the Cryorig H5 I have (send it back because of fan noises annoying me). and I looking a this 240 EX at $80 on Amazon so I was thinking on it. But most reviews are really good, but few are about leaks on the same tubing. So i just wonder how was it, and how stiff the tubing are when you bend it or slightly rotated them to the position you wanted.

I basically have almost the same parts as you except for ram, board and drive. 1070 is the silver one.

I did OC the 6700k to 4.6 with +90 Offset so I want to know how OC on yours too (if have)

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't had the chance to really fiddle with overclocking beyond a very small bump up to 4.7 GHz, I will update when I do. I saw some of the same leak complaints and was a bit concerned initially. There is certainly an older model of this cooler with what looks like ribbed plastic tubing, but the newer one that is being sold now and that I have are sleeved rubber hoses. I do not know if the leaking issue was more prevalent with the older style or not, but in an admittedly short period of time I have not had any issues. The hoses are relatively stiff but flexible, though I wish I could have mounted the radiator to the front of the case with the hoses at the bottom. I feel like if I had twisted the radiator around to that position, the hoses might have kinked at some point. I hope that addresses some of your questions, happy building!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for replying. This is going to be the first AIO I'm going to use. I have a Cryorig H5 universal which Im returning because the fans are making clicking noises that get me crazy, they are not really loud but I do have good hearing so... I saw the Captain 240 at $80 so $20 more didn't seems like a deal breaker.

So I'll be getting the Captain tomorrow and I'll do a leak test before putting it on. (plugging the pump in pump header outside of the case and away of components and let it run for a few minutes just to make sure)

Thanks for telling me I ask SalazarStudio about it and told me "I've owned six (two I've purchased myself) and not one has ever leaked. Fine AIOs." So base on it and your answer I pulled the trigger for it.

Besides I wanted to see more my board that the H5 was covering a lot :D

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

This build looks dope! +1

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I'm curious if you've tried overclocking yet? I have the same cooler and am thinking of getting the 7700k, but I've read countless comments of the crazy high temps the CPU can pump out. Have you experienced any issues yet?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building a Black And White Build soon and this really helped with ideas for the setup. Also, did the cable from the CPU Water Block on the AIO only connect to 3/4 pins on your CPU_FAN header?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Just one question on the PSU. Do they come sleeved? As long as they aren't ketchup and mustard its fine but thanks anyways. Great build also!

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