Description

For the longest time, I'd been playing games on sub-par PCs at sub-par settings and got to see a lot of my friends getting what they wanted when it came to high-end rigs (mostly from their parents back in the day). The last time I had anything that could be considered top of the line for games may have been during Windows 3.1. (Wonder how many here may have used it). Started working and saved up till I could finally afford this baby and am ecstatic at this point. Glad that I finally have a high-end rig of my own on which I can play on 1440p at excellent settings with great framerates. Next stop will be watercooling when I save up some more :)

Even though I have some RGB components, I went for mostly white/black/gray theme. Have the lights set to breathing mode besides the kraken x62. And light will turn red if passing a temp threshold.

CPU - 7700k was fairly straightforward. OC'd without any issues.

CPU Cooler and Compound - Can't comment much on the included NZXT fan performance since I wound up using the Corsair ML140s, but the cooler works very well. The pump curve is set aggressively, peaking at 100% pretty early and I barely hear it. A note on the stock compound, it's ok. I was getting around 64 degrees on it. Replaced it with Antec Formula 7 which my friend had after he finished his build and it brought down load temp by 7 degrees. Hmm....I wonder if that's how Antec named their paste :)

Motherboard - Went with this board since it had onboard WIFI and a nice sound solution. Got it bundled with my CPU at Microcenter. BIOS is fairly intuitive and if you're lazy with OC'ing, there's some profiles in there you can take advantage of. The 3.1 USB is a nice addition too.

GPU - The hardest part of this build was waiting and waiting till this card was released. There were times I was gonna say screw it and get a 1080 which is by no means a bad card, but I was relieved when it was announced and got my hands on it from the initial nvidia preorder. (Couldn't find nvidia, so picked zotac in parts list) OC'd in afterburner and set a fan curve there too. The card is loud when hitting 70%, but eventually I'll be watercooling so that won't be a factor anymore.

RAM - What can I say, these are the new Gskill Tridentz RGB sticks @ 16GB, 3200MHz. They've very nice looking and I wanted them to glow white to match the theme. Someone told me it resembled the "SS" logo, can't be unseen now haha

Case fans - Got them for their impressive CFM and SP performance, not to mention the theme. They are expensive, but what the hell, I'll be sticking with 'em for a while, so I went with it. I calibrated them to speedfan and they run very quiet until you hit 70-75%. For now, I have the rad fans on exhaust and the rest intake. They maintain a slight positive pressure. Some of you may argue that the heat exhausted by the GPU may recirculate through the back, but I switched the back intake to exhaust and it was just a small difference in temperature, but my case pressure went negative and I want to avoid the dust accumulation. After watercooling, shouldn't be a problem any longer.

Shout out to mlach for suggesting adding a filter over the rear intake...I didn't think of that before. Thanks for the tip

Case - There's a lot of Phanteks Enthoo Evolv builds over here and maybe mine is just another brick in the wall, but I'm not surprised. These cases are the best looking I've seen by far. Sleek and stylish. To boot, it was very easy to build in and manage cables and that's coming from someone who did their first build. Call me vain, but I'm glad that my hardwork is represented by this beauty of a case :D

Just a small tip, if mounting a rad or fans on the upper radiator mount and you don't fill in all the space, cover up the remaining space with something (foam, cardboard, acryllic, etc...) or the hot air will recirculate back into the case rather than exhaust.

I'm happy I found PCpartpicker as it helped me a lot with organizing the build, looking out for deals and the community for answering some of my questions.

If you have any questions of your own, lemme know!

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Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Amazing. I am at a loss for words, as the pictures, description, parts and overall build page are just amazing. If this doesn't get featured, I don't think I can be happy with Manirelli, ThoughtA, or philip, for letting this build go unnoticed. Amazing. +∞

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your comments! I had a lot of fun doing this build and taking some photos to go with it. Glad to know you found it amazing :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

you're very welcome. I had a good time enjoying the pictures

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately didn't get the feature...oh well...maybe on the next build /s haha

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

maybe. But amazing build anyways

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

I never can get enough on this case, please tag me in when youve updated to under water(assuming that youre gonna post it the update xD)

And uh.. MOM's SPAGHETTI!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, will do :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Either turn the rear fan around or put a filter on it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Will add a filter, thanks for the tip

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

You should blow gun the fans and peel off the stickers on the fans. if you wanna add some white on it you could cut out a circle and stick on a carbon fiber look to it!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a cool idea, I might try that out. Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

amazing build 10/10! +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Need some more photos of the battle station?? :D

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll try to update

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome build! 1+! wow! looks great! damn! smells like a feature. also: Caught in a landside, no escape from reality Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments :)

Any way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to me

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

guess ill always have to be, livin in a phantasy

guess ill always have to be , livin in a Phantasy

You for you and me for me , from now on

You for you and me for me , from now on

Supertramp

Great looking build, I love the photos

+1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks friend :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

NP :)

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I know how to make letters smaller

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Phantasy

Phantasy

Phantasy

Phantasy

Phantasy

OK maybe not all

Phantasy

Phantasy

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

The most amazing part on it is dat ram sticks they really look cool and congrats for your new pc

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

They're very cool. You won't be disappointed if you wanted to upgrade and thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor you choosen is it any good?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I lucked out and got it used. Previous owner RMA'd it 3 times till he got IPS glow and backlight bleed sorted out. It runs great for me...

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful! Absolutely amazing!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy that cable management tho..

+1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta give credit where it's due though, phanteks did a great job to enable good cable management on their frame

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

(song plays in background)

Very nice and clean looking build. +1 :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for throwing in the song here :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem. Shouldn't the title say "Is this the real life? Is this just Phantasy?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha nice catch!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a brilliant title

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

you're absolutely welcome

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

The sense of detail i love +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks...what stood out to you?

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  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, wish I could upgrade to the newest hardware, I'm stuck with last gen for a few years. Not a bad thing, always want the newest and best. I'll be giving my featured "Green Monsta" build an update in about a week. +1 for the clean build and gaming monsta!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! It's been a dream for a while, and I can say at one point I had a build that was as new as it gets :) I'll be in your shoes soon enough....time flies Green Monsta is a sick build, what are you gonna be updating?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I hear yeah, only one of the few drawbacks of being addicted to PC building, new hardware comes out every 3-6 months. New Thermaltake View 27 case, so I can mount my GPU vertically to show off the paint job, NZXT Kraken x52(x62 won't really fit), green and black cables from cablemod(I should've made my own, don't feel like returning them, $20 to ship) and 2 LED strips. Just cosmetic stuff. Cleaning it up a bit with the PSU shroud.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good looking build +1

But why did you mount the rear fan as an intake? Any reason for that?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Wrote about it in the main post. Basically maintained a slight +ve pressure, but as another poster suggested, will add a filter on the fan.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't even look at the pics yet, but you already have my +1 for that title.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You should get at the pics...with that kinda title, they will deliver :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

And the pics do indeed deliver. Very nice

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Great first build! Photos are amazing. What camera/lens you used?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you...it's a milestone in my book haha Photos were taken with Canon EOS M3 and Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask where you got the cords\wires for the gpu and motherboard etc...? I'm needing some wire management\ more flexible wires for my build

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I got these from ensourced.net where you can customize them pretty easily. I included the cables in the parts list if you want more details.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you sir will check them out thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Anytime

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Look absolutely brilliant!

I'm looking to make a similar build using the Hero motherboard instead of the Code and the ASUS GTX 1080 Ti. Now that you've had this system up and running for a while. What's your opinion on the temperatures and noise right now? Still all good?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice PC! How would you rate the whites on the ram and CPU cooler?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

So with the fans being 3 pin and the controller being 4 pin in the case, how are you getting power to them? They aren't working for me. (bought this exact build)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any problems with water cooling. I'm in the midst of building my own build and am stuck between air cooling(R1 Ultimate) and liquid cooling(X62 Kraken). Wondering if you had any thoughts on the matter. Thanks

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

960 EVO itself is overkill for gaming, didn't seem worth paying so much more for it at the time lol

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Speak like a normal person if you plan to continue commenting on the site.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I musta missed something...did the guy say something screwed up?

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Be sure to try it out if it goes with your theme. And I know what you mean about the fans, before I calibrated them, they were running pretty fast. My wife would tell me to fasten my seatbelt haha

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone's gonna have an opinion man...go for what you like. It's your first PC and a rewarding experience. What did they consider to be the fluff?

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  • 35 months ago
  • 5 points

I like that you got the reference :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 5 points

Open your eyes, look Up to the skies and C

  • 35 months ago
  • 5 points

I'm just a poor gamer, I need no sympathy Because I'm easy come, easy go, little high, little low Anyway the aio blows Doesn't really matter to me, to me

  • 35 months ago
  • 6 points

easy cs, easy go, little air, little flow, any way the fan blows doesn't really matter to meeee, to me

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Mama, just killed my ram Put an oc against his chips Pressed enter, now it's dead

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW

#Nice Pun

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I can try help you come up with a title

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

There is also:

Life is just a phantasy, Can you live this phantasy life

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

ah gotcha... and I saw your comment about the x62... sorry, but listen, I'm just to busy caressing it to bother wiping it haha

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

They're so cool and quiet tho

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a good card though...this was more of a vanity purchase, I'll admit it :)

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