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Bleak Winter

by doughboyisthegreatest


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Date Published

Sept. 19, 2018

Date Built

Sept. 19, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.518 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C


So I went out the door on a deployment with the Army not too long ago and the desktop I had was an AMD FX-4300 and a 1050 Ti with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. I decided it was time for an upgrade. At first, I only wanted to get what I absolutely needed. Maybe an i5, 8GB of RAM and a 1060, maybe a 1070. And then I realised, "Well, I can afford it... F*** it. Go big or go home." And so I did. At first it was just supposed a white-themed build, and then I stumbled onto jmmods.com after looking at another user's build and I knew I had to make the most of that info. So I got in touch with the folks at jmmods and got my parts ordered - they arrived the day after I got home.

So far everything is up and running okay, other than a stick of RAM being faulty(which is being RMA'd and replaced) and the Adata SU800 1TB SSD I originally ordered also being bad, so I just returned that and ordered the 860 EVO instead and am awaiting the arrival of both parts.

Temps seem alright to me. So far I've tested in Fallout 4, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and F1 2017, as those are the first games I pulled off of my old hard drives. That and the only internet I have until Friday is USB tethering with my phone. I'll post 3DMark Scores once I have them, as well as temps from that.

The cables I ordered from CableMod were all-white replacements for the factory PSU cables, with 50mm of length added to each one, plus the Blue Thumbscrews and SATA Cables you see in the pictures. Really high quality parts; very satisfied with that purchase.

Once again, shout out to the team at jmmods.com! The fan grills, combs, GPU backplate and bracket you made me are absolutely perfect and I can't thank you enough for that. My only regret is that I'm a pretty crappy photographer, and I simply can't do them justice.

I manually maxed out all of my fans, including the AIO's pump and the GPU fans, and ran the PC through some of 3DMark's benches. I ran the benchmarks back to back, only taking a break to snip a pic of the results, and capped it with the Time Spy Extreme Stress Test. The CPU capped out at 76C and the GPU capped out at 64C, and the system maintained right around 30 fps throughout the stress test.

Part Reviews


I mean it's a CPU. A beastly, 6-Core, 12-Thread powerhouse of a CPU, but still a CPU. It's strong enough to bulldoze through anything I've thrown at it so far and hardly break a sweat.

CPU Cooler

Looks great, and it handles my 8700K pretty well, even under load. It lost a star for not having the ability the change the Lighting on the block, which is a constant Breathing pattern.


Honestly not really impressed. The utilities it came with are annoying and it constantly wants your CPU at Max Clock, even at Idle, the combination of which led to me uninstalling the utilities it came with. Otherwise it does its job just the way it should.


Had a bad Module when they arrived, but Crucial and Amazon are taking care of that problem without putting up a fight about it.


Wicked fast. From power on to sign in takes all of about 7 seconds(and the motherboard has a ridiculously long window for entering BIOS).


Got it in, got it installed, and hey, look at that! An SSD that works the first time! cough AData cough


Always my go to Hard drive for my personal builds. They're quick and dependable and have earned a lifelong fan.

Video Card

Wicked fast, wicked good looking, wicked loud. It's a 1080 Ti, so it can obviously handle just about anything. If you're looking for a quiet card, either don't buy this one or liquid cool it, because man, those things are LOUD! It drowns out four case fans and the pump noise when all of those are maxed out.


Beautiful case, has a full-panel tempered glass window and loads of space and routing holes for cable management. Has an enclosure with quick-release mounts for 3 Hard Drives and another SSD Mount on the backside of the motherboard tray. My only complaint is the fact that it supports Asus' Aura Sync exclusively. I could probably manufacture a workaround for that fairly easily, but how hard can it be to include a couple of adapters...

Power Supply

Nice, quiet, powerful PSU. Has plenty of ports to plug in all of your goodies, and the factory cables are nice, quality cables, even if I didn't use them.


Absolutely beautiful display. It has a fully adjustable stand for swiveling Right/Left and Up/Down and sliding Up/Down. Built in speakers sound nice and the user interface/menu system isn't completely pants-on-head retarded like some other manufacturers'...


Absolutely wonderful keyboard. The lighting is spectacular, the effects are spectacular, the programmability is wonderful, the tactile and audio response is perfect and the keys feel great, although a few people weren't too fond of the shape of the keys(they're slightly concave), but the G910 Orion Spectrum has normal keys if you're into that sort of thing.


I really wanted to go with the Lightspeed Mice, but honestly I wouldn't even use all those features. This mouse has everything I need, it feels nice, the white compliments the build and it does it's job just fine.


Lovely headset. It looks good, it sounds amazing, the pads are nice and soft and it's much lighter than I expected it to be. Corsair's CUE software offers some nice EQ Options for it.

Comments Sorted by:

yasharora 1 Build 4 points 7 months ago

Also I have to say, holy mother of God. I'm touching myself to this tonight

Cobbleborg 3 points 7 months ago

Nice build! Loved the case +1

KralixUK 5 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

nice build!! but I prefer summer +1

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks, man! It was originally going to be a Summer/Fall build using Aorus parts but that got expensive real quick.

WPK_Tater 2 points 7 months ago

Nice +1

aPanini 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Bitfenix Enso! Super underrated case for the price, it's what I built my PC in as well.

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

It really is. It was a dream to build in. I just wish it was Mystic Lighting capable.

GAMER4LYFE 2 points 7 months ago

Like the build. But why a free sync monitor with an Nvidia card?

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Just because it was a 1440p, 144 Hz monitor and I don't really plan on using either GSync or FreeSync.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

dayum you got those thumb screws and everythang

jeffreymays44 5 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Looks real sweet ! Glad everything worked out with the build! Thx Jmmods

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

One question, where is the fan for the radiator? I see a fan right below it but there is no fan that I can see. I'm not sure if there is even room on the other side where the dust filter slides in and out.

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

The dust filters are on the bottom two fan slots(there's one in front of the drive bays) and there is a fan on the front, yes.

DaveGreen 2 points 7 months ago

I would move the fan to the other side of the radiator. As it is right now, the fan is getting basically no airflow whatsoever.

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

As it is right now the CPU peaks at 67°C(previous temp was with factory fan curves, which didn't send the CPU or case fans to 100%, ever) which is alright to me. That being said, I will probably move that can when I have the case disassembled to install my replacement ssd later today.

DaveGreen 2 points 7 months ago

That's good, if you're comfortable with the temps and noise, then there is no reason to change. It won't hurt though.

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I did wind up changing it back, and ran through a few combat-heavy scenes in ME:A(which is the best benchmark I have for the moment) and wound up with 71C, but I also ran it a bit longer this time, with steam screwing about in the background, so I'm pretty okay with that.

pchardcoreuser 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

why 8700k

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

One reason and one reason only: because I could. And it opens up the possibility of real overclocking later on if I decide to go that route, but right now, it's just there because I could.

Matthew.Gronski 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

You know you need a Z370 motherboard for overclocking a 8700k, right?

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Yes. However, the only Z370 board I could find that was white was NZXT's N7-Z37XT board, and well, it's ugly. It's a stupid logic, I know, but when I put it together, I didn't really plan on overclocking it - it was really just there to say I had the 8700K - which, again, is a stupid logic, but, eh. Whatever.

yasharora 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

I was kind of confused about this, why did the custom cabling cost you so much? I thought they were only $60

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Because I went with true custom cables. Custom.coloring, custom cable types, custom lengths, a specific type of each Connactor(molex and sata cables) with a specific length of cable between each one. And the thumbscrews, SATA cables and the CPU cooler's hose wraps(factory was black, not blue) were in there, too.

michaelsd28 2 points 7 months ago

Good build

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago


HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I don't much care for the snowflakes but overall it looks great.

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks, man! I'm honestly not sure where "Bleak Winter" even came from, I just kinda pulled it out of my *** one day.

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

So it looks like a 120mm aio does cool well when the 8700k isn't overclocked?

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Yes. It's currently continuously operating at its boost clock of 4.7GHz, even at idle(thanks, MSi...). It doesnt seem to affect the idle temps, so I'm willing to let it slide for now, and it's peak temps only reach the low 70's. Frankly, I likely could've pulled better temps out of a massive Air Cooler, Custom Liquid Loop or even a 240mm or a 360mm AIO, but this fit my build theme better, and it works.

Mooncheese07 2 points 7 months ago

I nominate this for build of the year. The incredible level of detail in this build is extraordinary. Even the thumb screws. But that graphics card really is the aesthetic king of your build.

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah, but that backplate cable...

marcus1881 1 point 6 months ago

Is the psu good enough for your entire setup?

Looking to get one for my 1700 / 1080ti build

doughboyisthegreatest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Yes. Haven't had any issues yet, the factory cables that come with it are good, high quality cables, and the customs I ordered fit, no problem. If I remember correctly, an 80+ Bronze PSU should be good for 80-82% of its maximum output when it's at full load, which translates to 496W-508W, so as long as your under that, you shouldn't see any issues.

Dloft555 1 point 1 month ago

Was it really a pain to build in the case? And also does it stay cool with your fans?