Description

I'll be blunt: This is a spare parts build. A backup backup. These are parts from my first build, my second build and my third build. An amalgamation of my progress of PC shenanigans and a whole heaping ton of fun. It was a very laid back build, I didn't worry about RGB, cable management was an afterthought and only based around "will this screw stuff up/affect airflow" and I fought my tendencies to clean up even motherboard-side of things cable wise.

This will be primarily used for backup of any important files (and I'll be getting some better, more longevity-oriented hard drives to facilitate that), movie/TV downloads, a few of the main games I'm currently playing (HTPC style on a TV) and...to exist. I probably won't be using this very much at all. Maybe a few times every few weeks at most. It'll definitely be upgraded HDD wise to store more movies and shows so if my internet ever goes down I can watch some stuff while I wait for my life to come back online.

I always see this question asked and got this question for the previous completed build that was posted (now deleted) in this case: The GPU gets airflow just fine, and while you're obviously not going to be seeing mind-blowing low temps, the grate at the top of the PSU shroud and the half-inch below the GPU is enough room for some air flow. Now, I'd say that there'd be a lot of help from the front intake fans but given that there is quite literally zero room for intake in this case, it's not helped at all by this (see review for more logical bashing).

There isn't much more to say other than that I didn't want these parts to just lie around. I was thinking about selling it but I really am way too attached to the parts for my own good, and the idea of having a back up system for some true blue apocalyptic scenarios in which I somehow lose my other three builds was too horrifying not to keep it. gasp /death.

Part Reviews

CPU

Still running like a track star in 2017.

CPU Cooler

Sometimes I forget that I have an air cooler on my CPU because it's so sneaky and quiet.

Video Card

My first upgrade is now chilling in an HTPC backup rig. Never would have thunk it.

Great for the Intro To Super Cool Gaming class.

Case

Unless you're doing an all water-cooled build, this case is horrible, as I've found out most Phanteks cases are. This was my second case I ever bought and before air flow was even a thought, of which there is nil in this hot box. If you don't care or are running a very low-power, low-stress system, go ahead and get it for the sleek look. If you have more than two fans (and even then that's iffy, considering the top has two half-inch gutter-like ventilation vents, nothing more). It's pretty horrible to be frank, outside of anything aesthetic.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your build +1! I was looking at the case and was thinking the intake airflow was possibly poor, but you just confirmed what I was thinking, thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

My pleasure! Information on this site is always number one.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you seen any bottleneck of the cpu on the 1060, my i5 4440 bottlenecks my 1060 3gb on some games

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I literally have done zero kind of testing on this thing since it was built, it might've been turned on once more after the initial boot haha. But I'm sure it does! I'll see just how much and get back to you in the next couple days if you're interested. Just got an SSD I wanna put in so it'll give me an excuse to work with it more.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. 40-60% load with CPU at 90% hahaha. Wowee. Yeah I kind of expected that but it's still squeezing the life out of it-bad.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

what were you trying to run with those percents, cinebench or a game? i have the gigabyte gtx 1060 3gb mini oc, I don't think it would bottleneck that.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't typically run synthetic tests outside of stability testing upon initial booting because it usually doesn't do me any good given that I mainly game. I ran GTAV, Shadow of War, and Evil Within 2 annnnd...I can't remember which game those percents were on, but it was probably GTAV.

Like I said though, it's a backup rig so I'm not going to be gaming on it. At all. Unless my three other systems break somehow.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks, I'm getting an i7 4790k which should not be bottlenecked by most cards.