Description

Coming from an old AMD FX build I did about a little over half a decade ago which I’ll be passing down to the family living room I’m finally proud to say that my year-long wait of hard-earned savings for my Coffee Lake build has finally come together! I’m glad to introduce you guys to Arctic Phenom!

Before I start I want to say that my old Bulldozer-based rig nicknamed 343-Guilty Spark has served me damn well over the past 6 years. I was initially on a budget when building that system but it got me through high school and some college and kept up well.

This build has been something of a dream of mine, I began saving up for it sometime around January of 2017 and I've come a long way into making it a reality.

Goals for Rig

  • Future Proof for next 5 years
  • VR-Capability
  • Overclocking Options
  • 1440p/144Hz Gaming Capability
  • Great for photo & video editing
  • Silent
  • Multimedia consumption beast

Starting Budget: $3,000

Color Scheme: White/Black

Things to consider for rig when choosing components:

•Motherboard has to be m.2 NVMe compatible for OS SSD

•Component manufacturer HAS to have reputable warranty

It was around mid year of 2017 when my savings toward this build were starting to come together, around that same time NAND Flash storage was at a shortage and pricing for RAM was abysmal. Like RAM, pricing for GPUs was also suffering due to the rise in popularity for crypto mining so both GPU and RAM were looking like that last few components I was probably going to have to suffer trying to purchase - which they were. It was around January of 2018 when the system finally came together and I finished assembling it.

My intended uses for this system will be mixed but most resource-heavy uses will probably come from Photo editing (Photoshop), video editing (Cyberlink PD), and some light 3D modeling (Maya). Gaming will mostly be done in 1440p and so far this thing kicks butt at anything I throw at it, I've been playing a LOT of PUBG and it runs it @ 60-90 frames @ 3440x1440 resolution. I'm also very interested in getting a VR headset sometime in the near future to game with.

I would like to tinker with overclocking in the future to become familiar with my motherboards features and my hardware's limitations as well as be able to put this system to it's best use.

Benchmarks

Here are some test scores for a few applications I managed to run when I first built this rig.

All tests were @ Stock Configurations

•CPU Frequency: 3.7Ghz

•GPU Frequency: 1.75Ghz

•RAM: 2.1Ghz

•Resolution: 1920x1080

PCMARK 10: 5,852

VRMARK Orange Room: 10,640

Unigine's Superposition (1080P Extreme): 4,100

Cinebench R15: 1,430

Cinebench R15 CPU Single Core Ranking: 204

UserBenchmark: Game 124%, Desk 125%, Work 117%

All in all the patience of over a year and some months of waiting has really paid off as I'm in LOVE with this system. It's everything I've always wanted and more!

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo can you explain what's going on with the stuff on top of the GPU and SSD? Cheers, nice build

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are custom laser cut acrylic pieces, one meant to be a GPU backplate for my GTX 1080 and the other is an SSD Cover for my Samsung 850 EVO.

It's an added personal taste to make the build more unique to me, the shark is a logo I made as a joke years ago with my girlfriend's lips and teeth as the mouth and it just stuck as my avatar ever since and I love it.

If you're looking to customize your rig with some sweet looking GPU backplates and/or SSD covers I HIGHLY recommend checking out Jeffrey Mays' website as he's the one who made those for me. The GPU backplate is RGB-lit and controllable with different lightining modes through a 3-button controller he wired to the LEDs.

Check out his Instagram HERE for most of his works.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude that is so sick. Im looking into it

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Photo #1: shark on the SSD cover... instant +1 for me!! :-)

(yeah I know, there's more to this build... I'll keep reading) ;-)

edit: I kept on reading and looked at the photos after the first one. That a very nice GPU backplate and a clean build in general!
Here: take another +1! :-)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Dayum this expensive

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha at first I was like "okay another 'Arctic' build" but you actually have sharks!!

Nice build +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Extremely well thought out build! How's the performance with Maya?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Not gonna lie, I lost it when I saw

Starting budget $3000

Nice build man

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

me likey. +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Very very nice build,man!Clean and stylish!Gratz!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows that monitor working out for you man, any troubles so far? I've seen a lot of people complaining about it. Overall really awesome build, well done !+1

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Been using it since I finished my rig around mid-January and so far it's been the BEST IPS panel I've ever come across. My BIGGEST fear before purchasing it (which was the reason I returned my Dell U3415W) was the possible backlight bleed it might suffer from, turns out it has very minimal backlight bleed.

I'm in love with the color reproduction this monitor has; everything is so vivid, crisp, and just overall poppy. I LOVE Photoshop with this monitor.

I sincerely have had zero troubles at all, the most I can say is actually that my GPU can't push enough pixels in certain games to take full advantage of this monitors 120Hz refresh rate at times due to the high 3440x1440p resolution. A rather poorly optimized game like PUBG still manages to get 60-90 frames at 1440p on High settings applied though so I'm happy overall. I'll probably see to overclocking my GPU later on to take full advantage of the 120Hz refresh rate, which leads me to another point - overclocking this monitor is a BREEZE. The monitor's menu is also VERY user friendly and even offers useful shortcut keys for settings you might need to get to with ease. The buttons underneath the monitor are very clicky and responsive as well and is one of my favorite things about it as well.

I also have the AW3418DW VESA mounted on an adjustable desk arm and it DEFINITELY makes the panel more immersive as it gets rid of the massive 10 pound stand that comes with the monitor. The stand isn't at all bad looking as its rather sleek but it is very prominent and it's base legs are very pronounced which is something I don't particularly like. (Love the U3415W's stand in comparison for example).

What complaints have you heard people have about this monitor by the way?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly, color reproduction and a lot of backlight bleeding. I don't know why people don't consider this monitor over the X34 or the ROG Swift, since it has +20Hz compared to them and it's almost the same price or cheaper. Well... it might be just a bad lot from Alienware/Dell afterall ( I'd experienced a lot of that from their notebooks at work). Enjoy this gaming/photoshop beast ! I'm saving some bucks to join this club as well hehe :)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice!!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build :)

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