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Dream Machine - i7 8700K & MSI 2080 Gaming X Trio Build

by sdr.



Date Published

Oct. 6, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 5, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.515 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C


A long overdue upgrade from my 7 year old i5 2500K machine.

So far, everything is fantastic. The case is beautiful, although I found some angles quite tricky such as trying to screw in the GPU to the case as the GPU is so huge.. I think that's more of a GPU complaint (if you can call it that), rather than a case issue. Also I didn't plug my old mechanical HDD from my old computer until the very end.. Rookie mistake as I could only reach SATA Ports 5 & 6 (due to the GPU being so big), so I had to remove the GPU to reach the appropriate SATA ports.

Finally, the MSI Z370 Gaming M5 motherboard looks to be fantastic, BUT i skimped on my research as it doesn't have an addressable RGB header which is annoying as I would of liked to have that option. However the case RGB presets are still gorgeous and I can edit the colours/effects of my memory, gpu and cpu cooler individually using software.

Everything else is fantastic and I'm super happy with my build so far.

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DerplePurp 2 points 6 months ago

You could get an EVGA powerlink to make your gpu power cables less ugly, the only cost like 10 bucks

Kraken919 1 point 6 months ago

Did you replace the fans that came with the AIO, or are they RGB out the box?

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

The 115i pro corsair comes with white /gray colored ML140 Corsair fans, not RGB. I have the same AIO cooler.

sdr. submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Not replaced, just added Phanteks RGB Halo Fan Frames. They were $19 each.. I purchased 3 and was planning on putting one on the rear fan, but for some reason the included screws don't seem to screw all the way in.. So i need to try a few different ones out.

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Ah cool. I wondered about that

HydraHunter77 1 point 5 months ago

Gotta ask...I'm planning on using this case myself, but I have a couple of questions;

How are the airflow and cable management in this case? I'm a beginner and I want an easy-ish experience.

Where would one put the Hard Drives in this case? I don't see a drive slot in the front.



sdr. submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

It's a great case. It's very flashy and expensive but if you have the money go for it. Airflow is fine, make sure you browse the phanteks reddit to get more info, but my temps have been great, no issue so far. Check out some YouTube reviews to find more info about installing drives etc, but basically you can mount I think 9? SSD's to the inside of the case, and it comes with two or three 3.5" mounting brackets which you just slide your hard drives into, and connect up to your SATA cables. It's pretty straight forward. You can mount these hard drives either in the front, exposed, or under the shroud which i have done to hide them from view. Once again best bet is to check out YouTube vids. Hope this helps :) Cheers

Trollution_of_destruction 1 point 3 months ago

Hey how much you overlclocked your GPU? also how is the temps? Hope you respond and thanks +1 for the awesome build my build will inspired by yours bro

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HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I'm assuming led rgb lighting zone on the MSI motherboard

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sdr. submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

It's a GPU anti sag bracket that came with the GPU.. The phanteks case also comes with one but i didn't use it.. Yes it covers up the PCI slot but obviously does not use it.

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