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UPDATED 09/02/2016

Initially I just really wanted something more powerful than my laptop because I work with a lot of different programs, but as I started canvasing for parts it became somewhat of an addiction! This is my first build, but I have a feeling it won't be my last! With that in mind I did a lot of unconventional/unnecessary things on this build that made it much more expensive than it had to be, but honestly I don't mind. I had a blast researching, shopping and tinkering.

The first piece I bought was the case. The Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV µATX Mini Tower is an absolute beauty. Working in it was pretty nice. I was a little dissapointed that only 1 ssd bracket was included, that the window is a little small, and that the I/Os were poorly positions/incorporated; however, the latter qualm is likely a matter of personal preference. The list of pros I had for this case is highlighted by the absolutely stunning design, build quality, hinged doors and additional features you can opt to use or remove.

From there I went with an older generation i5. I thought I could save a few bucks on the CPU, motherboard and RAM if I went with an older generation i5. I think I did, but in hindsight, I wish I got a 6th generation instead. Oh well. Te i5-4690K is already overkill for my applications. I've overclocked it to 4.5 gHz at 1.25 V. I think I can push it harder, but I honestly want this build to last the rest of my Ph.D!

Eventually, I decided to get a GTX 970 so I could play on some decent settings at 1440P. I currently have the core and memory overclocked +110 MHz and 450 MHz, respectively using EVGA precision. I can play Witcher 3 at 40 or 50 FPS. (Haven't really had a chance to play > an hour, but it felt pretty smooth) I really liked the appearance of the Kraken G10 bracket, so I decided to hook up the Kraken x61 on my GPU instead of my CPU. Taking that piece apart was pretty interesting! Research I did suggested that the Kraken G10 fan wouldn't cool the VRM well, so I purchased this side bracket thing from Ebay so I could direct a 60 mm fan directly at the heatsinks I added. The GPU never tops 50 °C based on stress testing/Witcher 3.

I really loved the look and feel of having the G10 Bracket on so I decided just to keep the massive air cooler on my CPU. It gets the job done.

Aside from that I tried out some LED lights, antikink coils. sleeved extensive cables. For my next build (a home desktop) I'm going to try to do my own sleeving and possibly a legit custom loop. Maybe in a couple months or next year. Grad school salary anin't much! I'm eyeing (more like drooling at) the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass case.

UPDATE LIST

Added some pictures that I neglected to add because I got caught up with work. I added a few minor things like cable combs, a white extension cable for my front USB cableand some white SATA 3 cables. Don't think it added much, but overall, I'm pleased with it.

I do have the following complaints:

  • I wish the window was a little bigger so I can show off more of the inside.
  • The Phanteks LEDs are not a clean white color, sort of blueish.
  • It's so full that having to mess around with anything on the inside is quite the endeavor...
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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 7 points

i mean nice build m8, if you could upload some more pics it might just get a featured nice build m8

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'll definitely work on it. Only have a phone camera tho. Haha.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed! beg, borrow, steal! get a hold of a decent camera. I did... My build is the feature at the moment! (heavy balance) and I can only guess it's because the photos came out good. You've made a funky little rig right here! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the white colored wires?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Newegg, they are Phanteks extension cords. They attach to the stock cables of your power supply. So only get them if you have room for extra cables.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed!! More pics please!
This is a nice PC you've done. +1!! :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

How much ramen noodles did you have to eat to save up the money for this?!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

More like how many meals do you have to skip :(

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

:(

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

at least you lose weight

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I'm likely going to use the Phanteks Tempered Glass case, when I get done I will post some pics.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I went with a similar air cooled CPU water-cooled GPU setup for my machine and like it as well. It made more sense to me as my GPU would get much hotter than my CPU while gaming. Nice build, love the matching color scheme.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the color scheme. Well done

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Your second monitor is a bit sideways.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It might be? I know for sure that it's tilted downward at a slight angle. Maybe that's what you're noticing?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I think he was just tryin to make a joke ;P (he likely knows its vertical on purpose)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you bb <3

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I think they are talking about the monitor that you use for coding- I'm guessing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the AIO cooler and that massive air cooler! also great build, I am loving it

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG!! So flashy!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Moar Pics +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build!

Great choice on the water-cooled GPU and PH-F140HP fans especially.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Its nice to see a fellow g10 kraken user. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Pardon me for not looking up your motherboard layout, but shouldn't your ram sticks be alternating? Like: Crucial, Corsair, Crucial, Corsair?

Nice build though. 6th Gen would have been way better, but yours is still solid.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

You are correct, I actually pulled off the heatsink off one of the corsair's and popped it on a crucial. xD Thought about throwing that in the description, but thought it was long enough.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha! Very smart! Nice one

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get your gpu cables. I've been searching all over for cables for that card that aren't 6+2

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

These are actually just extension cables so they are compatible with any power supply, but the only real con is you end up with TONS of extra cabling in the rear on smaller form factor cases. These extension cables are from Phanteks.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you so much. i have a big *** case, so i dont have to worry too much.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Anytime, good luck!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. This looks fantastic and another nice overclock. Thanks for posting this beauty.

Thumbs up.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really like this build, but I'll be posting my rig for home use soon. Keep an eye out :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that this is an old build, but I have a couple of purchase questions. One, where did you get that side fan GPU mounting bracket? (link please.) Two, where did you get the white twist around the tubes on the x61. And three, where is your wireless adapter hiding?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. Got the side fan mounting bracket from ebay. Just search "PCI Side-blown Graphics card cooling fan mount bracket" and a ton should pop up for you.
  2. Anti-kink coils
  3. the Wireless adapter is really small and hides behind the fan.

Good luck!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I am looking at the gw2765ht, which is currently 329.99, and was wondering if you had anything to someone before they purchased it. I like the idea of having this monitor, especialy since I am coming from a 20in 1600x900 res. But I am concerned that this might be to much for my system and I will end up regretting it.

I have a: fx 8350 @ 4.4 gtx 970 windforce 3x (baby bro to the g1 gaming) 24gb ram (2x4gb + 2x8gb) @ 2133mhz

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it really depends what you intend to do with it. It's a fantastic monitor, and your video card will hold up fine assuming your not too picky about not playing on max settings.

One weird thing I did have trouble with one of them, is one of the monitors wouldn't wake despite the other one turning on. I think I just turned everything off, and it fixed itself. That happened twice, but not in a very long while.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan to use it for alot of graphic related stuff. I am currently studying engineering, but plan to work in animation in the future, so the color quality of the ips has always been a must. I do game a fair amount as well, but the 4ms response time doesn't bother me a bit. the one thing is the size of the monitor. I might have to run by best buy one of these days just get a good look at one of their 27in panels, but it may be fine. Do keep in mind I am using a 20in monitor as we speak. lolz

The problem you are having with the monitor not waking up is probably an issue with one of the connection inputs. I saw many people had the same issue on amazon. I probably will try this monitor out but Ill have to wait because i am lacking $50. Mainly just wanting to see want you thought about it overall.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, 27 seemed a little daunting at first, but the additional real estate is glorious. I think it works out to ~110 pixels per inch. So it's really really sharp, but not too small where I have to lean in to see, or scale the interface up. Just make sure you can sit far enough away so you don't have to turn your head to see the edges!

I'll keep that in mind if t happens again. Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

is the wireless card good enough for gaming? I'm thinking of buying it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

Really depends on what games and what resolution. at 1080P it's pretty capable, but in my opinion you should get a GTX 1060. If I'm not mistaken, it's a bit better and more or less the same price.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

£45 to £100 more

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Why'd you get the i5-4690K? The i3-8350K can run waaay better at a cheaper price

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time of purchase/publish (late 2015/early 2016) I think the 6th generation barely released

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, probably.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I would avoid asking people about your build in other peoples' comment section. Just use the forums.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Please make your own post on the forums.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's fine I figured it out

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually have some I could put on the top rad in a push config, but I don't want the LEDs on all the time because this PC is at work. Not sure if its appropriate. I do have 1 LED strip that I can turn on and off with the built in controller.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like the Deepcool LUCIFER is sitting on the mobo while the NZXT Kraken is hooked up to the Kraken G10 slotted on the graphic card.

If you look in the first picture you can see he has all four ram sticks in the mobo. You can see the little green Crucial sticks just underneath the CPU cooler fan. Ram is ram after all.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah @SlowMindPleaseAdvise is right. The x61 is hooked up to my GPU (I know it's overkill, a 140 mm would probably be more than enough)

And as far as the ram is concerned. I initially only wanted 2 sticks of ram so I got the cheap crucial pair. Then there was some crazy promo that let me pick up 8 GB corsair sticks at $10 each.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.reddit.com/r/EarthPorn/

is where it's at!

I get all my backgrounds from there.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's fantastic. The build is good too but that wallpaper setup across two asymmetrical monitors. Love it.