This's A Older Version Of My Current Build
From my original build I have upgraded from a Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 960 4GB to Asus's Strix GTX 1060 6GB and switched my Enermax ETS-T40-BK to an NZXT Kraken X61. As you'll see in the pictures, I have managed to keep my smaller hard drive bay with the radiator installed.
It was worth upgrading to a liquid cooler. These low temps are insane! Now I'm thinking about liquid cooling my GPU as well but I'm sure that won't happen anytime soon. Coming from a GTX 960 to a GTX 1060 is a night and day difference. I can run almost any game maxed out aside from MSAA of course and not have to worry about adjusting any settings (I still do) but hey, who doesn't?
NZXT's Hue+ is a cool little LED hub (When it actually works). The CAM software has been causing so many issues lately on top of a LED strip failing. So I've decided to RMA/Return it (Whichever NZXT's customer support says I can do). Before I removed it from my PC, I used to have the lights fade between white and blue but decided to just leave it as a constant white.
I like how the light shines through Emperor's Magic GPU Brace but I've been thinking about switching to a black aluminum bracket from MNPCTECH.
Mounting the hard drive cage sideways required me to remove my USB 3.0 header. Even though I don't care for it, I will be purchasing a right-angled connector to accommodate the tight fit, only because I'll be getting into VR pretty soon. But I've heard that HTC's hub is actually USB 2.0 :P
One Last Thing. I have a Star Wars Black Series 6 inch First-Order Snow Trooper on the way to top off the build. Hopefully, it arrives in time for this if not, I'll add the final picture in later. Anyways cheers guys!
This has been a part of the recommended CPU specifications for games for quite a while now. Compared to Intel's CPU's, this CPU is GREAT for the money! But get your wallets ready cause here comes Zen! CPU Cooler
It Looks Awesome And Runs Amazingly! With my AMD FX 8350 Running stock clocks, my idle temperature is 15C and my load temperature under prime 95 is 30C. It's freaking crazy I know :D I was expecting somewhere in the 50's this cooler is perfect! Here's A Tip For Anyone Who Buys This And Decides To Run In A Push/Pull Configuration. Four hands work a lot better than two if you can't get help from someone else, use one hand to hold the radiator in place while applying pressure towards the case and the other hand to screw in from corner to corner. Don't be stupid like me and attempt to install from left to right top to bottom. Yor holes won't stay lined up no matter what. It may sound weird but it's true. The torque that's being applied from the other screws lifts part of the radiator away from the case, preventing you from properly screwing in the rest of the screws.
One Last Tip. I don't mind the somewhat loud fans due to my case have sound dampening panels but you'll want to run your pump at 100% speed and set up a custom fan curve. To achieve this you plug your pump's 3pin into a 3pin on your motherboard. Most boards will have that run at 100% by default. If that's not the case for you, then change that under your bios. As far as the fans go, plug those into 4pin connectors and create a fan profile also through your bios. A maximum of 900-1000RPMs is good. Runs cool and very quiet with this config. But to each his own. Try it out yourself.
This is a budget board. The black/white theme is nice and all but when it comes to overclocking don't expect much. Also, the 970 chipset on this board gets REALLY hot. I'm talking 95C+, once it hits over 110C the system throttles down, so DON'T overclock with this board. Other than that, USB 3.1 is Really Fast!
I Love This Ram Kit! They look nice and they don't get hot.
I store my games on here :P 4/5 Cause It's Not An SSD.
My music, games, pics, and documents are stored here.
I store my gameplay recordings as well as you know what on here :D 4/5 Cause It's Not A SSD.
I only have two "bad" things to say about this case. One, it's heavy, and that's without a tempered glass side panel. Two, instead of the case having slots for users to manually adjust the height of the radiator like there is for smaller radiators, mounting holes are pre-drilled. So if your radiators screw holes aren't 1:1 with the case's holes then you may have a little bit of extra work to do. The dust filters are nice, sound dampening panels greatly reduce noise, there's a big clear window that scratches easily, supports up to 6x fans, and has a built-in fan hub that supports up to three fans (3pin).
It's cheap and it works. I just wish the cables were completely black and that PSU manufacturers colored the tips of the connectors themselves instead of the wires. That way if you need you to short two wires you'll only see the red, green, and yellow wires when it's unplugged from its receiving connector.