Edit: I'll be doing some benchmarks today and adding some information for anyone that is interested. Edit 2: Added game benchmarks for Overwatch, Metro Last Light Redux, and CSGO(Downloadinmg DOOM soon). I've also added the prime95 stress test temps, Crystaldiskmark speeds for both the SSD and 5400rpm drive. A note on this the prime95 test was done using realtemp which only does the test for about 10 minutes. I ran prime95 for about an hour after this to get a true reading and reached tempts topping out at around 71C.
Keep in mind this is with no overclocking currently. No XMP profile or GPU OC.
CSGO:118 fps(Locked at 120)
Metro LL Redux:165 fps
(More games to come when my wallet recovers)
This is my first PCPP build but not my first PC build. So not my first rodeo, as they say? However, it has been a long time since my last build, 2008 to be exact and that PC was definitely starting to show its age. I eventually plan to post her as well but in a cleaned up version.
I'd been fawning over parts since last November when I helped a coworker put together a build he was planning for Black Friday. It was time for an upgrade, but I was not ready to spend the money before I did my research. I took my time and planned every piece for my $2,000 budget. I was debating on going for a white build, a complete blackout build or a red/black build. After the release of Kaby-Lake I found the Krait motherboard and fell in love with the look. I then found the white Deepcool AIO and knew I was going with the white build.
After the base parts arrived I couldn't help but start building. I was still waiting on the GPU brace, cable extensions, and case fans but it was almost torture to let the boxes just sit there(you all know the feeling). The build went relatively smooth and each part was easy to work with. The Deepcool AIO was simple to install even though I almost put the CPU part on backwards. It looks great with the rest of the build and the breathing effect is by far my favorite part of the build. It makes me feel like my CPU is alive! The backplate and the ASUS Dual really brings the build together, like the Dude's rug in The Big Lebowski. It's a great focal point for everything else around it and doesn't hurt that the card performs like a beast even at stock speeds. I really love the tempered glass on the S340 Elite. The case lets you see everything which was important for making this build as clean as possible. It was also a bit of a challenge since I had to do my best to hide everything. Just a side note, the stock fans are super quiet, but I replaced them with the corsair SPs because it definitely needed more LEDs ;).
One thing I would have done different is getting full length cables for the PSU. The extensions make cable management a bit of a pain but luckily the S340 has plenty of room under the shroud. The only other issue I had was the GPU backplate did not allow the motherboards PCI-e clip to secure the card all the way. The card still works and the single red light indicates it is running at full speed so I am not complaining. The corsair fans are definitely loud, almost a little too loud. Coming from the S340's case fans it was a night and day difference. The noise doesn't bother me too much since I use closed headphones, but it's worth noting they are much louder(and probably move more air).
Peroxide will be used for security research, running multiple Virtual Machines, programming and gaming(of course). Hopefully she will help me reach all my career and Overwatch goals ;).
I will post some eventual benchmarks and plan to OC in the next few months. I also may eventually redo all the cable management with full length cables. I've been eyeing some sleeved front panel cables as well that I may pick up. I guess a PC is very much like a work of art in that it is never really finished, it only evolves with time.
Some defunked/other cheesy names I was going to use:
- The Salty Gentleman
- White Lotus
- Mr Clean