Description

Hello, This is the story of Kahm Tench, my first custom PC. I had a lot of PCs in my life, so after a few months saving some money I decided to build my own system. All the parts with the price tag were bought on valentines weekend rebates here in Portugal. Tech related stores in Portugal made some serious discounts and I took the chance. It's not the most high end system in the world but it is pretty much a beast for what I need - LoL, GTA V, CS:GO, coding and store all my stuff.

The build was finished in the last days of February, although I'm still adding some parts, like the storage, sleeved cables, LEDs etc.

It was a great experience for me as it was my first time building a pc and everything posted at first attempt.

System properties:

  • XMP profile activated @3200
  • 6600K OC to 4,5GHz @ 1.28v

Issues:

  • Don't use the Sonar or whatever is the ASUS sound suite that comes with this mobo. It completely destroys your system stability. Apps don't open, and you will get apps crashing all over the place. I really had a struggle to find out was causing these problems and it turned out to be that suite.
  • Asus AI suite works nice for auto OC. Used it for a few days but I didn't like to not know what the app has done in the process of OC, so I did it myself.
  • The mobo leds stay on when you turn off the system. You can configure them to turn off if your power supply supports S4/S5 but you will lose the selected colors each time you turn the system off.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great OC potential. Skylake power is great and nice power efficiency.

CPU Cooler

Does its job incredibly well. I was very skeptical about WCooling CPU premade systems, but this one proved me wrong. Keeps the CPU very cool even in heavy loads with the 6600k @4,5.

Case

The case is a beauty to look at, but it's completely a struggle to work on. Everything is very tight, and not much of room for freedom in cable management. The mobo is very much covered by the H100 which makes it very difficult to plug/unplug stuff in the top side of the case (CPU power, case fans, CPU fan etc.). The back of the case is very tight too, and HDD rack does not leave you with the greatest space for SATA and power cables. When you take your time to make everything neat and tight you have a great looking case with great airflow.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Loving the purple LEDs, and your clean cable management.

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

lovely build and lovely setup, so clean and your cable management in the pc and on the desk are excellent +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

little tip: you can get usb powered led strips for a few bucks on amazon, sticking one of these to the bottom of your monitor gives you a lovely subtle desk light to break up the all dark colours a little

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip mate.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

any time, i have led strips under my 3 monitors and it makes a really nice even desk illumination without blinding you when it's dark. such a simple cheap thing that comes a long way

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

This needs more upvotes! Great build man

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

what L.E.D s did you use ?

They look cool

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I use the NZXT HUE +. I know my mobo supports RGB LED control but I don't find the software good enough already. Also those RGB 12v strips in Portugal cannot be found for less than 20€ each. So, it was cheaper to buy the HUE+ that comes with 4 stripes and allows infinite control. The downside is the space that the controller takes inside the case.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried the CAM software ?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I use it. I was talking about Asus Aura (the led control software). Not very good!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps? csgo rank?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally only been monitoring the CPU temps and they don't go above 45º while playing. Under heavy load, stress tests it goes around 62º-65º.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

rank?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I only played 2 or 3 CS ranks. Only play arms-race all day long :P

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

:( darn

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What rank are u

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why don't you put the radiator in the front of the case?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For airflow optimization. I like to have the fans pushing cold air to the GPU and have the rear and top exhausts sucking the heat out of the box.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Am considering a similar build.

Was thinking of a top mount radiator as i want good airflow over my gpu. However, have you considered front mount with a push/pull (should give ample airflow over the gpu) while keeping the top with 140mm exhaust?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Golgoy, I have the same case.

I have tried to mount my AIO cooler in top but it doesn't fit because of my RAM. There is only 4,6 cm (1,8 in) of space.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what I wanted to point out. There's very little space to put a radiator in the top, whereas you can easily put a single radiator in the back or a double radiator in the front. There is tons of space in the front without the 5'25 inch drive bays. So it would be a waste not to use that space ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That's unfortunately. Do you have it installed on the front? Mine is using all the space available and it's a tight fit. I guess the case could be a few cms taller and wider. It would make a ginormous difference.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, you can see my build at: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/BPwV3C For me the smaller design is just perfect, i love it! But you are 100% right that it's a reall tight fit.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

So all Corsair products turned out to make your top radiator incompatible:P those Dominator are huge

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, yep!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean Build!! I have the same case and the Hue+, corsair fans and sexy looking sleeved cables are on my wishlist! Good to see its so damn gorgeous!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to tell you that you have good taste my friend. I guess the 400C is still underrated and people don't realize that this case makes everything cleaner :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, and so do you! If they see your build they will realize!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw, why did you removed your drive caddy cover on the right? Was there no other place that would fit the Hue+?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't find another place for the Hue+ so its cables wouldn't be visible. The cover was not in its place because I just added the WD Red and it wasn't fitting properly - I didn't even tried it again. Certainly will try it and organize those white cables better

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh oke! Thanks for information!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Unbench the kench, uncloak the croak, permit the kermit, unslung the tounge, unslander the salamander, unhook the cook, unclog the frog, and ... unbench the kench

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

"The world is a river , and im its king."

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

cough cough Tahm Kench "main" cough cough

:P

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have ordered the 400c was it easy to fit the 240 rad in the top?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

you are telling me its not alot? good job though

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What is not a lot?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Price maybe

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is the name Tahm Kench, but with the T, and K swapped? Nice build btw.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to give it a different name :P nothing special

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. XD

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How have you liked the 6600k? I am debating that one or the 6700k. I don't see much of a difference other than hyper threading but I don't think I need it for playing games...

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It's pretty much what you need if you just gonna play games. You can get pretty nice OC

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I know it's late but can you tell me what leds you used

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the NZXT Hue+

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

So the case comes with power? If it does that'd be nice but we know most wouldn't use stock even if it came free

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