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Z370 Done Right

by Keatononame

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Details

Date Published

June 18, 2018

Date Built

Dec. 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.038 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

12 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.5° C

Description

I decided to build an enthusiast grade gaming PC about 3 years ago, at that time I had a custom pre-built with an i5 4590 and installed an EVGA 950 SC into to start getting into PC gaming at 1080p/60hz

I firstly decided to get off console gaming primarily because I was sick of playing games with piss poor refresh rate and castrated graphics, poorly skilled player base, and mostly sick of controllers. 1080p while it was a tremendous improvement, I soon became aware of 2k/4k which got me itching for something entirely new.

System was primarily built to play Squad competitively. Mostly play mil-sims and non-mainstream, no aim-assist shooters. Fallout 4, War Thunder, CS:GO, Frostpunk etc.

OC SPECS:

8700K: delid, 4.9, 1.335 vcore, 5.0 1.36 vcore sub 60C gaming

1080ti: 2038mhz core 6003mhz memory. Runs mid-high 70's.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic CPU for literally anything. Delid & OC'd to 4.9 on 1.335 vcore whilst maintaining sub 60*C gaming on an AIO. Can't conceivably ask for much more performance.

CPU Cooler

Stock fans are quite loud but perform excellent, replaced with bequiet! silent wings 3 120's and gained ~+9*C @ 5.0 with 8700K. RGB isn't overly intuitive, but I didn't buy this for RGB connectivity. There is a white setting, which is close enough to white that it doesn't bother me.

Thermal Compound

Used for an 8700K delid, probably enough left afterwards to delid 3 more of the sort, perhaps with a little to spare. Works as advertised.

Motherboard

No flair, It's black, and it's a high end Asus, so, it just works. RGB logo does a color cycle when in sleep. White is off white blue, blocked by full size graphics cards, can be turned off entirely. From what I've seen it's not the best overclocking motherboard, but it sure as hell gets the job done, otherwise I have an average CPU. 8700K, 4.9, 1.335 vcore.

Memory

Black Friday deal for me, never heard of someone having an issue with corsair ram, or their XMP, such is the case here. Good looking ram, black, black PCB, white LED that's actually white.

Storage

Overkill for my gaming needs but it works. In the limited file transfers I've done it indeed shows impressive speed. Great boot drive, don't suspect it will fail before I build a new PC. Price is a bit steep, but with Samsung's resume I'll gladly overpay for the peace of mind in the security of storage regarding my files.

Storage

Moderate improvement over the already legendary 960, having one 960 already and having run out of space quickly, I jumped on this one seeing as it costed less and has greater performance. Did some file transfers from the original 960, clocked sustained speeds in excess of 1Gbps.

Video Card

Can't beat it for high resolution/high refresh. Currently being used for 3440x1440p 120hz display. Maxes AAA's with room to spare. Runs mid-high 70's overclocked to 2038mhz core 6000mhz memory.

Case

When I first bought this thing it was actually wonderful to disassemble, the first half a dozen times I took the time to look at the thing I felt like I was seeing new things every time I looked. Building in it is a dream, everything was exactly where I needed it to be for my build. Easy to tell Fractal took their time to construct and engineer a quality metal box. Doubt there's a place to cut yourself in it. I can't objectively imagine what you could do to this to achieve any significantly higher construction quality. Only gripe I can conceivably make is that you cant top mount a 280mm radiator. My personal build, I actually had to grind away the metal shroud of my AIO to allow for my Corsair Vengeance LED's to fit, for the price of the case, along with the quality of its construction, 1.5 hours and a dremel wasn't that big of a deal to hurt my rating.

Power Supply

I personally didn't need a platinum, but they were selling for the price of a G3 on Black Friday. Buy the best, buy once. 10 year warranty, who does that? 8700k 4.9 and 1080ti, fan hasn't spun once in ECO mode.

Case Fan

Quiet, and belt quite a good amount of air. Great for case/rad fans. Bit on the expensive side but they're black and the quality shows when you take them out of the box. Mounting is a breeze in either format as well.

Case Fan

Quiet, and belt quite a good amount of air. Great for case/rad fans. Bit on the expensive side but they're black and the quality shows when you take them out of the box. Mounting is a breeze in either format as well.

Monitor

Bought as a second monitor to compliment a 1440p UW. For its intended use and for what I actually expected to see from it I'm beyond satisfied. Build quality is typical Asus, 0 dead pixels, solid TN panel. If I had less than $1k to spend on a system, and 1080p 144hz was out of the ballpark no doubt I'd be beyond content using this as a PC, and/or a console gaming monitor. Speakers suck, but who really cares. With a calibration it's satisfactorily close to that of a calibrated IPS, truly exceeded my expectation.

Monitor

This was the hardest decision in my entire build, I knew I wanted something high resolution/high refresh. I knew I was probably going to be disappointed at 1080p, and didn't really care about 2k/144hz. I bought this on a sale knowing the PG35VQ would likely be coming out this year. I was initially planning on selling this used and picking up the Asus whenever it was going to be released; having had this beast for several months now, with the PG35VQ no where in sight, I can honestly say I'll be sticking with this hog. 0 dead pixels, minimal backlight bleed, IPS, G-Sync, 120hz, UW, I can't ask for anything better, when it's on sale, grab one. Only gripe is that the DP cable that came with mine would cause black screens on any setting above 60hz, amazon basics cable fixed that issue right up. Just try to make sure you're using a 1070 (preferably ti)+ in tandem.

Keyboard

No gamer flair, black, no RGB, white backlight, Cherry browns, check. Can you make someone unconscious with it? Probably, check plus. Will it still work afterwards? Probably, check plus circled.

Mouse

I'd recommend this mouse to anyone who's currently in the market for a new mouse in the upscaled price bracket who have medium-large to large hands. With the ability to add the charging mat to this mouse, the lack of a wire, and my experience with wireless technology thus far, I'd be hard pressed to pick up another wired mouse ever again, full well knowing how many time's I've had to readjust my mouse in the middle of the action in order to gather some level of (as of now) reasonably unreasonable amount of comfort. I will strongly encourage anyone looking into this mouse to peruse Rocket Jump Ninja on YouTube before making their final decision on this mouse, or any other for that matter.

Headphones

Good highs, fantastic mids, dismissive bass. All things considered for the games I play I need to hear those mids, crisp footsteps. Microphone is proficient for gaming, and the 7.1 drivers actually make a difference. Metal headband is the key to this headset, not the industry standard turtle beach brittle ABS which snaps after 2 months. Had these for 19 months and will be buying them again if/when they do break.

Other

Smaller than I thought and it works. No LEDs.

Other

Works as advertised, the included mats are fantastic. Hard pad = glass, soft pad = shaved velvet. The underside of the mats are heavily rubberized, hard pad is a diamond pattern rubber print, soft pad is a tacky, shiny, mildly smelly gloss rubber. Top of the charging pad is basically similar to the softest pencil eraser you've ever used, zero slip, beyond moderately large surface and probably slimmer than if you were to stack two standard mouse pads on top of one another.

Comments Sorted by:

sammys87gnxgta4 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

This is NOT Z370 done right. A true Z370 build would go so far as using a potential fire hazard like RGB cable extensions and every part has RGB stuff that would make it clear you like RGB.

Jokes aside, neat build. +1

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

No RGB CPU RGB CPU Cooler -check No RGB motherboard No RGB RAM No RGB SSDs RGB GPU - check No RGB Case No RGB PSU No RGB fans No RGB DisplayPort cable But most importantly No RGB delidding tool??? HOW DARE YOU

IrishPHX 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

You could have kept the lid on if you had gone kraken bro. Custom Profile... FC5 on ultra and a divx file conversion, chrome w/ 13 tabs, blah blah simultaneously going. I self stress tested it out... Maxed at 62c.

derykisonder 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I'm building a similar build like yours but was wondering do your ram start touching the radiator?

Keatononame submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Yes. If I had to guess, even some low profile RAM like Corsair Vengeance LPX would even touch the radiator. Only real viable work around I can envision to avoid the modification of the rad is a set of low profile fans to be able to top mount a radiator and avoid the clearance issue. Granted much of the problem itself can probably be attributed to the motherboard itself, and perhaps the thickness of my individual radiator.

derykisonder 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Damn, I got some Dominator ram and it looks like it won't fit at all. Your radiator thickeness is the same as the h100i pro I'm aiming for.

Keatononame submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Unfortunate, but been there done that. If you trust your skillset with your hands you can always replicate what I did. I tried the front mount rad, but not only did I seriously despise the look, the performance wasn't quite there either on my case, and I couldn't be bothered to move the 140's to the top of the case. I considered a case mod on the front fascia but in the end I went the route I've shown. Well worth it with a dremel so long as you aren't a numskull butterfingers. Slight chance you could find success if you took a nicely sharpened cold chisel and knocked out some preliminary aluminum of the rad with light taps with the palm of your hand and finished it off with sand paper. I'd imagine it'd be time consuming that way, and you're seriously going down a more dangerous path of risk v reward; cheaper route, (time excluded) in case someone doesn't have access to power tools, there might be that.

Best of luck if you do indeed decide to modify existing hardware, be mindful that I have about 3mm of clearance between the edge of the actual radiator material, and the top edge of my ram sticks. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me a question here, I check this semi-regularly to catch up on latest prices of stuff. Look forward to seeing your completed build.

molnarg 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

+1 Fantastic build!

If you have more details about your time spent with a dremel fixing the AIO and RAM clearance issue, I'd appreciate it! I have a near identical build in the Mini C TG and want to fit my Fractal Design S24 up top but cant thanks to the corsair vengeance.

Keatononame submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Literally took old bathroom towels and covered up anything I didn't feel should to get in contact (ie radiator, coldplate, pump housing & wires) with minuscule bits of aluminum and secured it together loosely with duct tape. Used an abrasive wheel and took my time, 1.5 hours might be an understatement, I know it took well over an hour, 3 might even be doing that task justice. I don't recommend doing if you aren't, at the very least, proficiently confident working with power tools. One wrong knick on the radiator fins can easily cost you a solid AIO.

BetrayedPredator 1 point 8 months ago

1080p/60hz

Uh consoles games run at that? I understand you most likely enjoy talking about how great PCMR is but your reasons aren't great.

I find more trash players on PC than on PS4 :D

The build looks good but I get sick of people trashing on console when they cost $250-300 new when they have $2000+ rigs

IrishPHX 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Nicely Done!! +1

Your build and story remind me of mine, check it out too.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/vBxG3C

LMK what ya think.

kenlao 1 point 7 months ago

by changing the fans of the evga clc liquid cooler really change only the sound? or does it also helps cooling the cpu?

Keatononame submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Cooling is worse, gained ~+9*C on stability testing @ 5.0, fan noise and quality is mightily superior. Loudest thing in the case is the video card. If the fans aren't spinning on the card I can honestly say I could hear a pin drop whilst the PC is running. Stock fans on the CLC run very well, no doubt if I didn't decide to delid I probably would've either kept them or perhaps bought high speed bequiet! to mitigate the performance loss. The fan's design is inherently flawed, I suggest you check out Jayztwocentz on youtube regarding the cooler's fans, and the inferior design of the fans themselves, the outer shroud of the fan is recessed which is likely done for tolerance, however it actually affects their intake negatively.

Josmos24k 1 point 7 months ago

How much did you get the monitor for when it was on sale? And where?

DavidAmazing 1 point 7 months ago

Right now its on sale though Newegg and Dell for $999. I just picked one up myself and I couldn't be more excited.

Keatononame submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

All the prices in my parts list are what I paid for them plus shipping and potentially extended warranty. Bought from Best Buy online when it was listed $999.