Description

iLLuminator

It all started with a "tiny" dose of RGB and some "entry-level" performance!

Built on August 15, 2016 as a "budget" gaming PC with an AMD FX chip and an AMD Radeon R7 series video card, the system has been running great. Couple of months later, the build had some "RGB" treatment, an upgrade to a AMD Radeon RX 470 4G video card, and a new mid-tower chassis. Gaming performance was now even better than before, but only to figure out that the card was not running to its full potential. As a decision, a CPU upgrade was necessary in order to achieve higher gaming performance. Choosing between Intel and AMD, AMD was the better choice for this build since AMD has announced their new Ryzen CPUs implementing the Zen microarchitecture that would compete against Intel's Kaby Lake series by performance and price. At this time, money was an issue and would take an estimated time of a full month or two to finish the upgrade as the new AMD Ryzen CPUs are not backwards compatible with the AM3+ socket and to figure out its DDR4 memory support. With some "major" upgrades, the build was now packing some pure blazing performance until another video card upgrade has been implemented with the refreshed AMD Radeon RX 580 4G. After some gaming tests and benchmarks, another video card upgrade has been made in order to run games smoothly at 4K possibly. This time, the build now utilizes a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video card, delivering high gaming performance for every gamer's needs. As of July 2018, the build has more than enough performance to run any game smoothly, but some overclocking and tuning will be required and will undergo some benchmarking and stress testing to make sure everything is smooth and stable!

Parts List:
System
Part Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3GHz 8-Core Processor $462.00
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X52 Rev 2 73.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $237.00
Motherboard MSI - X370 GAMING PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard $263.00
Memory G.Skill Trident Z RGB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 x2 $560.00
Storage(s) Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $174.00
Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM x3 $186.00
Video Card(s) MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GAMING X 8G Video Card $885.00
Power Supply Corsair - 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $200.00
Case Fan(s) NZXT - Aer RGB120 (3-pack) 61.4 CFM 120mm Fans $113.00
NZXT HUE+ & Aer RGB120 Fans Bundle Pack RGB 2x 120mm Aer Fans Included $105.00
NZXT - Aer RGB120 61.4 CFM 120mm Fan $48.00
Total $3,233.00
Peripherals
Part Item Price
Monitor(s) LG - 29UM59-P 29.0" 2560x1080 75Hz Monitor $284.00
Keyboard Corsair - STRAFE RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard $178.00
Mouse Corsair - Sabre RGB Wired Optical Mouse $73.00
Headphones Corsair - VOID PRO RGB (Black) 7.1 Channel Headset $137.00
Speakers Logitech - Z333 40W 2.1ch Speakers $105.00
Mousepad Corsair Gaming MM800C Polaris RGB LED Lighting Cloth Mouse Pad (CH-9440021-NA) $95.00
Headphone Stand Corsair Gaming ST100 RGB Premium Headset Stand with 7.1 Surround Sound $84.00
Total $956.00
Specifications:
CPU
Setting: Value:
CPU Clock 3900MHz
Multiplier x39.00
Voltage 1.456V
TDP ~124W
GPU
Setting: Value:
Core Clock 2088MHz
Offset +110
Mem Clock 12006MHz
Offset +1000
Voltage 1.0930V
TDP ~254W
RAM
Setting: Value:
Capacity 32768MB
Speed 2667MHz
Latency 14-16-16-34
Voltage 1.360V
Temps (OC)
Info: Temp:
CPU Idle 39°C
CPU LoadGaming 60°C
CPU LoadMax 82°C
GPU Idle 30°C
GPU Load 66°C
Overclocking Achievements:
CPU
• Stable clock of 3900MHz @ 1.45+V (1.460V~)
• Cinebench R15 score of 1736cb @ 3.90GHz (x4 Modules @ 2800MHz)
• Cinebench R15 score of 1745cb @ 3.93GHz (x2 Modules @ 3200MHz)
• Cinebench R15 score of 1759cb @ 3.95GHz (x1 Module @ 3466MHz)
• Cinebench R15 score of 1777cb @ 4.00GHz (x2 Modules @ 3200MHz)
• Cinebench R15 score of 1789cb @ 4.00GHz (x1 Module @ 3466MHz)
GPU
• Stable core clock @ 2088MHz (Optimized and Stable for Gaming)
• Stable memory clock @ 12006MHz (Optimized and Stable for Gaming)

Part Reviews

CPU

Pros:

• Great value for an eight core consumer chip

• Unlocked for overclocking capabilities

• Price to performance ratio

Cons:

• Problems with overclocking above the 4GHz range

• Less optimizations in terms of gaming

• Slower performance with slower memory

• Even with an AIO cooler the chip can still run very hot when overclocked

CPU Cooler

Pros:

• Excellent cooling performance

• Colorful lighting effects

• Infinite mirror design

• Quiet pump noise on any setting

Cons:

• Too expensive compared to other 240MM AIO coolers

• Glass scratches easily without any effort

• Tubings can get frayed easily

Motherboard

Pros:

• Great RGB lighting

• Neat looking carbon scheme on the VRM heatsinks

• The ability to support future Ryzen chips until 2020

• EZ Debug LEDs for easier troubleshooting

Cons:

• Not the best Ryzen motherboard for overclocking

• VRM heatsinks can get really hot easily without any load

• BIOS updates are still buggy

Memory

Pros:

• Bright and colorful RGB lighting

• Brushed aluminum texture

• Easy overclocking with the help of A-XMP

Cons:

• Still expensive because of DDR4 prices

• Manual overclocking can be tricky

• G.Skill's software for lighting effects can possibly cause SPD corruption

Storage

Pros:

• Very fast boot times

• Very fast read/write performance

• One of the best M.2 SSDs on the market

Cons:

• SSD prices especially the M.2 SSDs are high, depending on capacity

• Optimizing the drive in order to use its full performance can get tricky

Storage

Pros:

• One of the best 1TB hard drives

• Great price to performance ratio

• Cheap for a 1TB HDD

Cons:

• Better off investing on a SSHD for faster performance

• Can sometimes be loud even on idle

Video Card

Pros:

• One of the best GTX 1080s on the market

• The Twin FrozR VI fans keeps the card's temps cool even under full load

• Can easily overclock to reach 2000+MHz on the core

Cons:

• Overclocking can be very sensitive

• GPU prices are still high because of cryptocurrency

• The red scheme can be a problem unless painted with a different color

• LED customization is limited

Case

Pros:

• Great design for gaming

• Enough ventilation on the front for sufficient cooling

• It comes with a PSU shroud where you can mount two 2.5" drives

Cons:

• The paint can get scratched easily

• Cable management is a problem because of how limited the space you have inside

• You are stuck with the default red LEDs attached on the case

• Putting on the side panels can be difficult because of the cables using all the space inside the case

• The acrylic window on the side panel gets scratched very easily without effort

Power Supply

Pros:

• More than enough power for the whole build

• Great material quality

• The USB port gives the ability to monitor power usage with the CUE software

Cons:

• None

Case Fan

Pros:

• Perfect RGB lighting effects

• Colorful LEDs

• Great airflow for sufficient cooling

Cons:

• Material used on the fans is not the best and very cheap feeling

• Blades can get removed when not handled with care

• Fans can get really loud at 1500RPM

Monitor

Pros:

• More space for multi-tasking

• Great screen size for gaming

• Cable management on the back of the monitor stand

• Supports AMD FreeSync

Cons:

• Still an expensive monitor despite the resolution and refresh rate

• No G-SYNC model

• The monitor stand can get scratched easily

Keyboard

Pros:

• Great RGB lighting

• One of the best gaming keyboards so far

• Has a built in USB port

• Uses Cherry MX Brown switches

Cons:

• Requires two USB ports

• Can be difficult to clean

• Some lighting effect bugs can be seen

• The "Corsair" logo above the numeric keypad can easily move due to the adhesive

Mouse

Pros:

• Great mouse for FPS gaming

• Great price for a RGB gaming mouse

• Has a DPI switch to change DPI

• Great fit for the hand

Cons:

• Still an expensive mouse

Headphones

Pros:

• Great RGB lighting

• Excellent sound quality

• Has Dolby® Headphone 7.1

• Despite being a wireless headset, there is no interference

• Deep and great bass

Cons:

• For a clearer voice, the mic is not the answer

• Should have a bigger battery

Speakers

Pros:

• Price is on point

• Sleek and minimal design

• Comes with a volume knob for easier volume adjustment

Cons:

• Subwoofer does not produce enough deep bass

• No bass adjustments

• Volume knob can move easily despite having a rubberized grippy surface underneath

Custom

Pros:

• Great RGB lighting effects

• Compact size of the controller makes it easier to install

• The CAM software is an easy to use software for customizing lighting effects

Cons:

• Too expensive for only providing aesthetics to your setup

• Still buggy when it comes to customizing lighting effects and when detecting devices

• There is a high chance that custom lighting profiles will disappear after updating the CAM software

• The CAM software is widely recognized as a buggy software

• Still uses the molex cable to provide power into the controller

Custom

Pros:

• Great RGB lighting

• Has a built in USB port for your mouse

• Very grippy

Cons:

• Too pricey for just a mousepad

• Gaps are visible between the LEDs causing to show black spaces

Custom

Pros:

• Great RGB lighting

• Has a built in sound card with EQ customization

• Has two USB ports for a USB dongle and/or charging

• Has a built in AUX jack

• Sleek design

Cons:

• Too pricey for a headphone stand

• It moves easily despite having a rubber surface underneath to prevent it from moving

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

What's the wall mounted LED light thing called? lol

EDIT: Found it. It's called Nanoleaf if anyone wanted to know.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nanoleaf lighting panels

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing setup here!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Re-post?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

3rd re-post since the page keeps getting deleted or being unavailable to view

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you format the description that way?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

with some researching I figured out how to format them neatly. https://help.github.com/articles/basic-writing-and-formatting-syntax/

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. And nice build too.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

A few questions that I hope you can answer: 1: How does the MM800 and the ST100 light up your desk? does the pictures do enough justice or that they don't do enough justice?

2: How good is the Void Pro?

The build is really neat but I intend to improve my current setup so I was just really curious for the most part.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Both MM800 and ST100 are bright enough and you can also lower the brightness. The Void PRO headphones are on point but not sure with the mic since I have friends with different headphones with higher quality sound when they talk. Overall the Void PRO is still a great RGB gaming headset.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay, big thanks for that, was really interested in those products.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the very few people I see still using the same mouse I have. Simple, lightweight, works - love it. Awesome build! +1

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

MIGHT upgrade to a scimitar but for now this mouse is excellent for the size

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Feature....

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Did my best to make it featured but we'll just see!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Just throwing out a mention - you complain about not enough bass on your speaker system, and being unable to adjust it. If you look on the back of the subwoofer, where the plugs for the side speakers go, there's a knob explicitly for the bass volume level. That should fix your problems with it!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that and I turned it to max but still not enough bass.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!