Description

Had a very old machine that needed to be replaced.

I have always wanted to do a build like this, and haven't built anything since high school (2003). A lot has changed since then, but I am glad I was able to do it.

I started with a Gigabyte z170x Gaming 7 and could not figure out how to update the bios for Kaby Lake without a processor. Went with the Asus Mobo and plus it has full RGB along with everything else, worked out great.

5 min after loading windows, I have it clocked at 4.6Ghz stable and good to go.

Card is sitting at 1936Mhz

I have only console gamed before so PC gaming is a whole new world to me. Any thoughts or direction you guys have for me would be great!

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

iirc, your psu should have 2 sets of 8 pin pci cables. You shouldn't have to use the extensions/adapters.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't have to use them just made it a little easier to fit

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a lot of positive pressure!! What monitor are you using? Any thoughts on sleeved cables? The lighting with the fans look nice but the tt logo is an eye sore! Will you get the rgb rams in the future? It would go really nicely with your build.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

The top two fans are blowing air into the case as well as the three in the front on the radiator. Should I change them?

I will do sleeved cables soon.

I didn't even think about RGB Ram, I'll have to look into that!

Monitor is in parts list, using a sony bravia 4k. I also have two 24" monitors on the side of the tv with another 43"tv above the sony running my security cameras

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Some builders found too much positive pressure to cause inefficient cooling. It varies from case to case tho.

RGB rams from corsair, gskill, avexir and geil are coming out!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

What would you say is the best way to test? All my Temps are fine but...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

run a benchmark for a bit and record the temps on your gpu and/ cpu and then turn your radiator fans around and do the same test. I prefer my radiator fans blowing out just because I don't like the idea of dust caking up my radiator but you know. Your computer lol, plus it shouldn't make that much of a difference anyways

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are happy with your temps, I see no reason to worry but I don't rest until I get to the max..... you actually have to try the number of fan setups (like all intake/5 intake 1 exhaust/4 intake 2 exhaust/3 intake 3 exhaust) while simultaneously stressing both gpu and cpu.

Let the stress test(s?) ride for 15-30 minutes to reach equilibrium and calculate the delta temperature (cpu temp - ambient temp and other hardwares such as gpu, mb etc). The lower the delta temperature the better your cooling.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

In my experience, positive pressure has always cooled the best for me. Must just be how my case is set up.

  • 35 months ago
  • 0 points

Positive pressure has repeatedly lead to decreased temps but sometimes too much positive pressure can (not will) cause less efficient cooling.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Def don't change the fans! Positive pressure means less dust!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmmm the majority of comments would disagree ;)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

If you were having motherboard problems why didn't you just get a Z270 board?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The place I got the Mobo (Micro Center) didn't haver the 270 yet

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Drools wow what a powerhouse you got there. Post some pics with the case's side panel on!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do! Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy Moly! Yea. Looking slick man. I second Rashiq, maybe reverse the rear top fan? Get some more exhaust in there!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. You have a lot of fans blowing air into your case and only one exhaust. I would reverse the top fans to blow out.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok so I reversed one of the top fans

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly don't think Kaby Lake is worth it unless you are building a new build, like in your case, looks good.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Right, Price difference was not that much and where I purchased from (Micro Center) was out of 6700k. Thanks

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

looks amazing! 1+!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

What temp does your gpu get up to during gaming? 60 C at idle seems high. I'm using a 1080 currently and non oc, it sits at 42-45 C idle, OC it's around 53 C. At gaming at 4K, I'll run around 76 C at max load but I also have about 4 case fans running air over my gpu and out the top and back.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I was thinking too but I don't know how I could lower. I haven't tested under load yet. Any idea how I could get it lower?

  • 35 months ago
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Just looked again and idle temp is 45c

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok so just downloaded assassins creed and boosted the 1080 a bit.

1989 clock 60fps @ 3840x2160 Never hit above 67c

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

nice thanks! I'm looking to do a similar setup to yours with the same processor so your initial idle temps made me a bit nervous but that's much better!

The only things I need to change out in my system are the cpu, mb and memory. still using a 1st gen i7 on mine currently.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I would make your top fans blowing out! Also, some little things : Look into some basic heatshrink (or even just electrical tape ...or even permenant marker) to hide away some of those colored cables at the bottom of the mobo. Also definitely get some cable extensions atleast! Check out mod-one.com they are affordable and super nice and will make your build pop! Besides that, its awesome and a great overclock!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Good points, what should I get extensions for?

  • 35 months ago
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They are cheaping than buying entire PSU cables ...like a mobo extension and graphics card 8/6 pin connection would be around $50 or so probz ...would look great too!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you manage to fit the rad with the front SP120 case fans?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I mounted the Rad to the 120 fans spilt across all three and used the long (1 1/2inch?) screws through the front of the case to hold it in place

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

So you managed to get them to line up to the holes? :D

  • 35 months ago
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Yea it fit just fine

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the information :D

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you pull off those ugly thermaltake stickers (is it possible) ? Also what made you not wait for Ryzen?

  • 35 months ago
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I have the thermaltake riings as well I peeled the stickers off with ease might leave a little residue but should be able to use some other tape to take it off.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Ill try that thanks

  • 35 months ago
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I could prob take the stickers off, never thought about it. Not sure what Ryzen is.....

  • 35 months ago
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It is amd's new cpu line up coming very soon

  • 35 months ago
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Ah OK I see

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

They came right off

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah... you said dooty

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

RGB for days

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yea!

  • 35 months ago
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I like it.... just wondering why you got the razer mousepad not the corsair? There's not much difference and especially with the corsair keyboard and mouse you can link them all up? Lucky you got your case at microcenter probably... I just bought it for 159 lol oh well

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

They didn't have it on the shelf, I have to load profiles on each anyway just two different apps. Not a big deal to me.

Micro center was great, they price matched every item to Amazon

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the I7 page states that it supports up to 2400MHz Memory Types? Other than that, awesome build. Doing one similar myself and i can't wait to get the parts to start building up my beast :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmmm Not sure, Thanks for checking it out!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

What the hell do I do with all these damn stickers it came with?!?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Send em to me!! lmao

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the first kaby lake build I have ever seen on PCPP so I will comment it:

I want benchmarks
  • 35 months ago
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What is PCPP? I have never really done benchmarks before and it seems like there is 1000000000000 out there. Any one you would recommend? One thing I want to check before running one is not sure if my ram is working correctly. The ram is 3200mhz but system shows 2400mhz. I'm stumped

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I usually use Heaven but a lot of people like to use Catzilla, timespy, or a really simple MSI Kombuster

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPP is this site. I would suggest the firestrike benchmark.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a kaby lake, if you want to check it out.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

here's the real question: does your PSU blow or suck.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You know I was thinking that to when I was Swapping the fans around. How can you tell?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Use a piece of paper or something, see which way the paper goes

  • 35 months ago
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What did you plug the fans into? Just straight on motherboard?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The Thermaltake fans plug into a controller and then into the mobo

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh okay

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The IX Hero is only $65 more. If you can still return the XIII Hero, I'd definitely get the IX. It's Intel Optane ready AND it allows you to use two m.2 drives and a PCIe (i.e. Intel 750) at the same time. Z170 boards (i.e. VIII series) aren't this advanced. So, if you can return the 850 Evo, I'd get two 960's instead. If you wanted to save money somewhere else, RAM speed doesn't help gaming very much. So you could go down to DDR4-3000 or even 2800. You won't experience real world changes to the speed of your rig with these two speeds... IMHO. Btw, GREAT Rig!!! I'm just being OCD... lol

  • 35 months ago
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Crap I put the wrong mobo in, I did get the ix hero rgb

  • 35 months ago
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How did that happen?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

No I entered the wrong Mobo into PCpartpicker

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Know how to change it?

  • 35 months ago
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How to return it? Where did you buy it? We'll figure something out.

  • 35 months ago
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No I put the wrong Mobo into Pcpartpicker

  • 35 months ago
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That's a better mistake than adding the wrong mobo to your rig :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This build looks sick dude. I would recommend Rainbow Six Siege if you want some tactical shooters, it's one of my personal favorites.

  • 35 months ago
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Awesome, I will check it out. Thanks for the comment

  • 35 months ago
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Hey, I have the same card! I love it because of its automatic 2025MHz overclock and it runs pretty cool at least for me because my ambient temperature is at 14C.

+1 for me!

  • 35 months ago
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How did you get to 2025? With clicking the "k" I get about 1987. I need to know how to run this card better....

  • 35 months ago
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When I run Unigine Heaven it automatically clocks to 2025, when i press the "K" button it gets to 2113, it may have something to do with you ambient temperature or how hot you card is, because at around 60C it down clocks to mid 1900's but when I run all my tests it gets about 40C max, with fans at 100% because I like my stuff cold, like my room is 16C

  • 35 months ago
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Oh and I noticed you said your idle temp is like 45C, so if your room is hot or you have the fans off that could be why you're getting 1987, but I also noticed my card will not go idle anymore, it used to be at 263 when not in use and not it just stays at the 1700's rage and overclocks when in used, I wonder if your having the same issue (maybe an issue, I'm not entirely sure)

  • 34 months ago
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did u put the 3 120mm faNS in the 280mm radiator how? it matched the holes? awsome case, but ,i have the 400c its the same chasses and they should have made it a little bit taller and wider,because the hoses of the h115i make pressure in the side panel window

  • 34 months ago
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I agree with the tubes hitting the glass when I put it on. The holes did match just had to use long screws. There are quite a few holes in the front of the case.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah so u instaled the fans in the case and not in the radiator.now that makes sense. I just talk about the hoses hitting the window because in my case its acrilic.and scratches the window making a new case old. In your case you are confortable because u have tempered glass :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

what that rog for?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What temps are you getting typically on your Classified GTX 1080? And have you installed the thermal mod?

  • 24 months ago
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Awesome system and good pics. How did you go about mounting the Radiator to the front case fans, i cant quite see how they screw in together.

  • 24 months ago
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i think i see how, a pair of long screws going thru the case and and just below the fans where there is a gap and then to the radiator-so not screwed into the fans at all.

  • 22 months ago
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Hello my friend!! got myself a 460x also and looking to install some water cooling from corsair. Here's my problem and im sure you'll be able to help. As i can see on forums the radiator will not really fit on top unless i get low profile ram, because of that i'm thinking about putting it on front. I originally wanted the h115ipro RGB. I then realized my mistake, i have my 3 rgb sp120 in the front and the Radiator i want is for 2x 140 fans.. some guy at a computer shop told me it wouldnt fit. Here i am looking at your build with h115 wich is 140mm fan also... im guessing you still have the 3 sp120 at the front. Basically.. my question is even if the radiator is made for 140 there's a way of fitting it on the front fan!?

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  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Just downloaded it and holy ****! This is bad ***!

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, I'll Check it out! Thanks

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  • 35 months ago
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The Asus took it just fine, the gigabyte z170x gaming 7 needed bios update

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  • 35 months ago
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I do have the ix hero, I entered the wrong one into pcpartpoicker and can't figure out how to change

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