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Classy, Not Flashy

by AbsoluteBread



Date Published

Jan. 31, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 21, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


Apologies in advance for the out of focus pictures. Did the best with what I had on hand ;)

Starting with the end in mind, I wanted reasonably priced high-end consumer-level computing power and didn't care too much about looks (outside of not wanting RGB everything. Haha) I also wanted the option to overclock (if not now, at least in the future when the parts are reaching the end of their relevant lifespan compared to software.)

I made the choice to front mount my radiator as an intake. My research suggested this was the best balanced cooling option given my CPU and GPU cooler types. I wasn't particularly concerned about the looks of fans and such since I opted for a closed case, so I placed them in an easier configuration for cleaning instead.

CPU: I knew coming into the build I wanted an i7. Kaby Lake had just come out when I bought parts and the prices for Skylake were not significantly different at all, so I opted for the marginally better processor that would probably have support for slightly longer.

CPU Cooler: The H100i v2 is a pretty decent deal... I'm not sure if I would go for it again if I had to pick. Perhaps a big open air cooler would have been better, but the liquid cooler is serving me well. That said, the pump is quite easily the loudest component of the build. Haha

Motherboard: I knew I wanted wifi. I knew I wanted good sound. Considering that, I basically subtracted the cost of a low-end sound card and wifi-card from the price of the board and the ASUS Z270G turned into a pretty good deal. I am very happy with the build quality, and I've been pleasantly surprised at the quality of its on board sound.

MEMORY: I got a pretty awesome deal from NewEgg on this ram... and that is pretty much the whole reason it is so over the top. Do I need 32GB of ram at 3200? Probably not. But at $160... why pay the same for less? Plus having 2 sticks makes upgrading a possibility should the need arise... somehow.

STORAGE: I opted for the more budget "SSD + HDD" strategy over the faster and more expensive M.2 route. Currently I am quite happy with the speed/amount of storage and my boot time is very fast (especially compared to what I'm used to.)

VIDEO CARD: After getting a CPU that could pull its own weight, I figured it would be a waste to not get at least a decent GPU. Reviews for the EVGA GTX 1070 SC had it listed as a top contender in the 1070 bracket with its biggest problem being that reviewers wished it was $379.99.... well the reviewers spoke and I suppose someone listened. As a result I have a pretty baller GPU.

CASE: The case is the only point in this build I have had any trouble. The Fractal Mini C definitely fit my style much more than the more... "hot rod" kinds of cases. Altogether the case is fantastic, however I ran into some pretty strange trouble with the headphone jack that I've had to contact Fractal about, they have been kind enough to offer to send another, so props to them!

POWER SUPPLY: I imagine people will complain about my choice of wattage. I'll agree it wouldn't have been bad to go for 650W instead. That said-- unless all the wattage calculators I used lied to me, I'll have at least a 150W overhead and I should be running within the unit's peak efficiency.

Altogether I am REALLY happy with what I've ended up with. Right now, my peripherals are pretty garbage compared to the rig. I'm hoping to get everything up to par in the future!

Comments Sorted by:

PlaysNiceWithOthers 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

If the cooler seems a little too noisy, try springing for some SP120 quiet edition. It's about a $30 investment. I did a build with the same case and cooler (yours is tidier for sure), and found the cooler to be quite loud. I got some sp120 quiets and it made a world of difference. Some of the noise might be vibration which the quiets can alleviate because they include rubber mounting holes.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Very tidy +1

DanThePCMan007 1 point 26 months ago

i7-7700k support slightly longer? i7-2600 still going strong!

McMeister 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Damn! Love the colour scheme, classy and minimalist build done right

ThirstQuencher 1 point 15 months ago

What issue did you have with the headphone jack? I've had some problems with it as well :/

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AbsoluteBread submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Thanks! Some computing/statistics, as well as audio recording, and gaming in my spare time.

patr1ckm 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I'm in statistics too! Hopefully will finish my build soon also. Your build is very similar to what I'm going for.