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Built this bad boy for gaming really. I decided to just go all out and buy all the best parts I could find, and got lucky on some.

At this point I just want to get some custom cablemod cables for it and maybe pick up the new Phanteks Neon rgb strips; those look pretty slick.

With a 5.0Ghz Overclock at 1.26V (AVX offset by 2) it reaches a whopping 64 degrees under prime95 (with AVX disabled). I'm happy with how it nturned out.

At idle, since the corsair ML fans can go so low in RPM, I literally cant hear them. The only sound is the water pump in the deepcool castle, and even that is (from what I understand) regarded as a pretty quiet pump running at 2500 rpm. Originally I wanted a custom loop for these same results, so by going the direction I did I saved quite a bit of coin while achieving mostly the same results.

I live in Japan so some of the parts might seem a bit strangely priced, but I didn't factor in shipping costs.

Overall, as this was my third (technically second) build it went pretty smoothly aside from waiting on new parts and such.

Part Reviews

CPU

Things a monster. Dunno what else to say.

CPU Cooler

This thing cools a lot better than I was expecting. While I didn't use the included fans, the performance in push pull is admirable. I came from a custom loop before so I was pleasantly surprised. The RGB and the infinity mirror effect is pretty cool too.

Using Corsair ML120 Pros, at 400 RPM, it sits at 29C idle and at full load (5.0 all core, 1.26V) in non AVX it peaks at 63C.

Id definitely recommend this.

Thermal Compound

I always use this stuff. Can't go wrong.

Motherboard

While this is a good board, I am aware that there are better alternatives for sometimes less money. I went with this board because I am a fan of Asus' bios and this was the cheapest, fully featured option available for me. At the end of the day it does everything I want it to so I can't really complain.

Side note, but the RAM was a total pita to seat. I was scared I was gonna break the thing.

Memory

Its fast, its pretty, and it was expensive. It performs well, though, so the fact that it was expensive is justifiable.

Storage

Boots in less time than it takes to get through my post delay.

Storage

Took this from my old build. Its a nice SSD for my mass storage needs. My issue with it is that whenever I run userbenchmark it ends up performing way lower than expected. Its probably my fault somewhere, so take that with a grain of salt.

Case

Case is roomy, fully featured and built really well. Its large but it still fits on my desk nicely. I have to mention the front panel connections though, they are attached to the front panel so when I was installing the fans I had to get creative to work around it. Nothing broke so I'm happy.

Power Supply

It does what it is supposed to and isn't loud. That's all I can really ask for.

Operating System

Its Windows. And it was cheap.

Case Fan

Oh boy. These fans are amazing. You cannot hear them when they are at their lowest PWM setting (roughly 400rpm for me) and when they are maxed they still dont really make that much noise. Their static pressure is impressive and they keep my system nice and cool. I got the majority of them (7 of them) on some insane deal on Amazon.co.jp (I live in Japan) for less than $19 each. That significantly cut the cost of purchasing these fans.

Overall, these fans are quiet, powerful, and look pretty decent too.

Monitor

Got it on prime day. Survived the trip to Japan through the mail. Its nice and smooth and the 2k resolution is nice. This is super nitpicky and probably unfair, but it would be nice to have Gsync instead of freesync, even at a higher cost.

Keyboard

10x better than my old membrane. Being able to change actuation is cool.

Mouse

Its the g502 but without the wires. And with the powerplay mousepad, you never have to plug it in again. Nice.

Shoutout to the G Hub software. It aint that good.

Headphones

Gets the job done. They're wireless and sound pretty good.

Speakers

Best speakers for $30 I've ever spent. I don't have enough room on my desk for anything more anyway.

Custom

So, when its working it works great. I couldn't get the temp sensors or the fans to be detected by the bios. The next day, everything was fine. So far it hasn't reverted (I can tell because the three fans go to full speed again). Beware, I guess.

Also, Molex.

Custom

Yeah, its a $100 mousepad. But it charges my mouse. Worth it? To me, sure. It's gonna be subjective, though.

Custom

Some reviews had issues with it, but I didn't. It does its job and doesn't use Molex.

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Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

64 degrees on 5ghz?! You're lucky asf man, im running 61 on my stock ryzen 2600x hahahaha

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

My voltage required was pretty low, only 1.26Ghz

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am considering using the Deepcool Castle 360EX AIO CPU cooler in my Fractal Design Meshify S2 case. From your picture, it looks like you have it mounted on the top radiator position with the fans blowing up through the radiator. I am trying to understand how is that considered a push-pull configuration?

Can you elaborate on the case fan configuration? I see you have 10 Corsair ML120 fans. I am assuming you took out the 3 fans that came with the Fractal Design case, put 3 fans on the top radiator as exhaust, 1 rear exhaust, 3 front intake, 2 for bottom intake. that's only 9 fans.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I don't check this much. I have it mounted on the front of the case actually. I have an ML120 as rear exhaust, three ML120s as exhaust on top, and 6 ML120s as push-pull on the radiator mounted on front as intake. I also have one of the Deepcool fans as intake in the bottom. Sorry if this is too late to make a difference.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the clarification!

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

What is your GPU?

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