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The Vulcan

by Slycy


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Date Published

Aug. 16, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 16, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.08 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

46.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C


First off, I would like to blame Sepnotic's Mushu theme for his Phantom 530 custom mod. It sparked my competitive side and I couldn't just be left behind. Obviously, it does not hold a candle to his build. This is called the Vulcan because it is based off of CSGO's AK-47 skin of the same name. It uses white, dark grey, black, and 3 shades of blue. It was just a beautiful mix of cool colors and I'm a sucker for blue. All the "optional" parts added up to around 500.00. I could have downgraded the SSD, not bought the headset and all the other custom stuff down below. This was the result of being absolutely fed up with gaming on a 2011 laptop on low/medium settings on L4D2 AND since I got a job, the dream was possible. Kills 1080p easily.

Processor- Great reviews for gaming and I bought it from Microcenter at just over 200.00. I don't need the 4790k and I didn't have the money at the time. I will be using this for gaming, school, and general internet use. I don't plan on having cable when I move out so this will have to be my main entertainment system. Microcenter Sales, ftw.

Motherboard- MSI is a good brand and I didn't know it had a brown PCB. I bought it for the black and blue scheme. Didn't know there was a Z97 Plus. I technically overpaid for this year old board. Ah well. The color and the overclocking ability was what I most concerned about. Factory refurbished and purchased on Amazon.

Case- Beautiful aesthetics, spacious, cable management for days, 90% modability, affordable and NOT an overused H440. I have 0 qualms about owning this case. Purchased on Black Friday from Newegg and the first part.

Video card- The card likely wasn't a silicon lottery winner hence the price. This was maybe the third part I bought. I heard nothing but praise for the Sapphire brand and it's cooling performance. Besides, I only game at 1080p and will probably not go past 1440p. Plays Guild Wars 2 on Ultra settings minus dense population and extreme shadows at minimum 62 fps on cutscenes which seems to be intentional, just as a point of reference. Can play Tomb Raider 2013 on Ultimate with 2x SSAA and Normal Shadows at 1080p 60fps. Also plays Forza 6: Apex at buttery smooth frames and highest settings at 1080 as well. Bought on Ebay in Like New condition and for a steal. 12/26/2016=1135/1700 +62mV offset.

Memory- That WD was top of the line (apparently) in 2009 and is STILL going. I'm not going to question it. The SSD is fast. Very fast. Going from the platter drive as a boot drive to a SSD is like night and day. 500GB will suffice for years. Windows boots up from the Bios splash screen to desktop in about no more than 13 seconds. Last part, currently. Newegg Premiere code found on Reddit brought the price down to the advertised price and that was WITH 1 day shipping.

RAM- I always heard RAM made computers do things quickly and when using a laptop that took over a minute to boot and 20 seconds to open Firefox, I sprung for 16GB. Originally went for the tall heat spreader variant but ultimately decided against it and the light metallic blue matched closer to the motherboard. Refunded 8GB in red for this version and upgraded. Purchased with refund money from the red one from Newegg.

PSU- I wanted a white power supply and I wanted a fully modular unit. 1050 watts is overkill for what I'm doing with it and I wish I had purchased the 750 watt in hindsight. Otherwise, it runs quiet. Had to get custom cabling. Wish there was a 850 option but oh well.

CableMod cables- Toss up between black and blue or white. Choose white since I had a white power supply. Wish the connectors were white as well. Might possibly change them out one day to give me something to do.

Backplate- Custom made from V1tech. I designed it, he/they made it. Excellent work. 10/10 would order from again if needed.

SATA cables- White to match the white cable theme.

Mousepad- I needed a bigger one and I love Kos-Mos.

Mouse- I slammed my Deathadder 2013 way too much during FPS games so now it suffers double-click syndrome and the right click is just about gone except in the very top corner. It's the SteelSeries Sensei Raw Frost Blue Edition. The mouse I selected is the closest looking to what I own.

Headset-Refurbished from Ebay. Painted the pink metal blue. Looks much better. I forgot how good white, dark blue and pink look together.

Monitor- Bought during Black Friday-Cyber Monday 2016. Down from 399 from Amazon. There was a sale at Fry's on Black Friday for 179.99 but OH WELL. Overlocked to 75hz, comes with FreeSync, image quality is spectacular and enough real estate to do whatever you want. Seriously, Ultrawide is the way to go. Not to mention Screen Split. As a student, I /need/ Screen Split. I only wish I could adjust the height but it's literally at head height for me so that's an unnecessary nitpick.

Closing thoughts: I probably should have gotten blue/black cables instead of white since my case is white and I need more color balance. I also need to buy a real cooler as well. I'm thinking either a Phanteks or a AIO for my next build. It's just been a low priority and I haven't pushed the CPU that far yet. I also would like to put in an LED strip. Other than that, I'm very satisfied with the build. Gaming with 1080 at high/ultra settings is a piece of cake.

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NateTheGreat987 1 point 32 months ago

Nice build dude! Love that case

Trinergy 9 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Nice job. Always loved the phantoms. Is there anyway to relocate that drive cage or the drive and remove the cage? It's blocking the front fan from supplying fresh air.

Slycy submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I'll likely build a wall for sticking my SSD's and ditch the cage altogether.

Slycy submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I downgraded to the duo drive cage and stuck it where the optical disk drive would be as there was nothing there. The front fan is now unblocked.

Trinergy 9 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Nice. Needs an updated PIC then of all that fresh air goodness. Direct airflow worked wonders for my rig in terms of sound as the fans never had to work at high speeds anymore.

Slycy submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

No idea what a PIC is. As for sound, I can't hear how loud my fans are unless I'm getting up and even then it's not bad. This guy sits on the ground so sound is negligible. Graphics card heat is my #1 concern moving forward.

Trinergy 9 Builds 1 point 25 months ago


ApuchYz 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Good build. Just think about upgrading your CPU cooler. CM Evo 212 would be a good choice for that CPU. I have it on the same CPU as you have and temps don't go over 45 on load (CS:GO high settings). So you can overclock it too :D

Slycy submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Probably gonna get that Cryorig H7 everyone is raving about. I don't want to spend too much on a last gen system, ya know?

Slycy submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Yeah, I plan to. I just need to do it already. I also want to upgrade soon-ish. I want to jump to Z170 already. @_@

zestychille 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

How well does that Sapphire R9 390 pair with the LG monitor? I have the R9 390 Nitro as well, and found a great deal on the same LG. I just don't know how well it will run tripple-a games on it having only ever used the cheapest standard 1080p monitors.

Slycy submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Wow. I never realized you messaged me. The 390 eats 1080p just like it's new baby brother the 480. Whatever you've seen the 480 do at 1080, the 390 does. The 2560 means only a very slight hit to fps but you can turn down taxing you know you won't need. Overwatch is my main game and running untouched Ultra at 21:9, I got about 85+ fps at the menu and in game around 110 as odd as that sounds.

zestychille 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Late reply, but thanks a ton. I got the same monitor and my R9 actually performs better with it than my old TV. The only FPS difference I see is maybe 3-5FPS on demanding games, but on well optimized games I'm actually getting a better frame rate than I was on my ancient television.(Which I got back when 60hz 1080p HDMI was mind blowing coming up from the old standard VGA connection) I know it's an overdue update just like the last update was overdue. The ultrawide is similar to the resolution I'm used to, but both the field of view and multitasking are far superior.

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Slycy submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I strived for aesthetics and performance plus getting most things on discount or on sale was a major factor.