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Team Red

by Dm_Lightning



Date Published

May 28, 2017

Date Built

May 25, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

85.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.152 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.206 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C


I have to admit this was rather annoying to build, I started off with a Kraken x62 and MSI Tomahawk z270, after accidentally bending the pins on both of them, first from wiping thermal paste off the bracket and brushing up against the pins, second from dropping the cpu on the pins (butter fingers over here). The Kraken x62 covered my ram slots and I didn't like that so I upgraded to the EVGA CLC 280 so I can buy another 16gb of ram in the future. I also had to buy 2 i7-7700ks. I delid both of them, but the first one when I moved somehow broke, possibly due to the superglue? I'm not sure, but the second one I used RTV instead of superglue and when I move again in a few months we'll see how it holds up.

All total parts in file 13:

  • $330 i7-7700k
  • $160 MSI z270 Tomahawk
  • $140 MSI z270 Tomahawk

My sister's a die hard AMD fan and her build is blue, so naturally I had to make an Intel/NVidia build that was red. The only logical outcome of this, is for her pc to be named "Team Blue", and my pc to be named "Team Red".

The 840 EVO was pulled from my laptop, I purchased it 3-4 years ago for $600, so that's the price I'm putting it as on here.

I had to make a custom prop to keep the 1080 from sagging, hid it behind the power cables so you can't even see it.

Parts for the future:

Passmark ratings:

  • CPU: 13,941.4
  • GPU: 2D: 1,288.1, 3D: 15,234
  • RAM: 3,652.1
  • M.2 SSD: 15,286.1

Furmark ran for 30 minutes on 8xMSAA, 1080p max temp: 60 Degrees C.

Part Reviews


4/5 stars, Already thinking about replacing the TIM. 4.8Ghz is stable, 5.0Ghz is mostly stable, but the temperature difference between 4.8Ghz and 5.0Ghz is enough that I'm keeping it at 4.8. Paired up with a Kraken x62.

Thermal Compound

Awesome stuff, came with enough to replace the paste on my build twice, and also replace the paste on my 4 year old laptop's CPU and GPU, with just enough left over to do one more chip if I need to.


works like a charm. I almost wish I would have bought the RGB or Red LED version though, the rest of my build drowns out the flair these sticks have.


You're a boot drive, Harry


Fast. So far this drive has lasted me 3 years with no issues. I'm currently using it as a game library.


2x of these in RAID0 gives me a read/write speed of 300-500MBPS. I'll get 2 more in the future and put them in RAID0+1. good drives

Video Card

Out of the box this card boosted to 1,999Mhz. at Idle it sits at 38-40 degrees, and I haven't seen it go over 50 degrees yet. though I haven't been keeping an eye on it because I can't even hear the fans over my Kraken x62's fans.


Beautiful, Well made case. my only complaint is that there could have been a little more space for the 280mm radiator on the top, and there could have been a little more room on the back for cable management, but this case has much more room than what I've had in the past. This case is super quiet! I can't even hear the case fans/pump/cpu fans running over ambient noise in my house. So over all 5/5 stars. Good job NZXT.

Power Supply

well, so far my power bill hasn't gone up lmao, and none of my parts seem to be needing more power. It must be doing it's job :P


I've had this monitor for just about 3 years now. I would have to say it was one of my better purchases over the years. I will continue to use it in this build even though the AOC will be much bigger in both pixel and physical size.


This thing is awesome. I've been using a laptop keyboard for years, so I'm not yet used to a mechanical keyboard yet, but I can already tell the quality Cherry MX Switches. the keycaps feel nice as well, and the RGB lights are highly customizable. the only thing I haven't figured out how to do if it's even possible, is have a static color while an effect lightning is happening. This thing does not feel cheap in any way.

E/ It's taken me about a week and a half to get used to this keyboard, well worth the investment


It's a good mouse, fully customizable button targets. sensor will not work past about 10 inches even with brand new batteries.


WOW. I did not expect to get as many cables as I did. this is a great value pack. and the cables are beautifully made. I would liked to have a different pattern, but that is on me for not looking carefully at what I was purchasing.

Comments Sorted by:

Kobay 1 Build 10 points 23 months ago

You triggered a lot of AMD fans

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago


ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

the irony of the name of this is killing me, and i'm not even an AMD fan.

TheseShiftyCtrls 2 points 23 months ago

Wow nice build. It does have the complete package so I am maybe smelling a feature but only time will tell.


Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

That would be so awesome! I've been saving up to build this pc since December, buying parts when and where I can :3


TheseShiftyCtrls 2 points 23 months ago

Thanks to you I have learned of a new monitor. If you do want something better I would recommend this 1440p monitor from dell which has a slightly lower refresh rate but is also 27" so a fare trade off. This is the monitor I use daily and I love it though it should Benitez that you should have to reset the colors in Adobe RGB since they are AWFUL out of the box.

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I appreciate the suggestion, but I've already got 1x 24 inch 60hz 1080p monitor, and after i buy the 1440p one, all I'll need to do is get 1 more of these 24 inch monitors I've already got to have the triple monitor setup for the games that support it :P

TheseShiftyCtrls 2 points 23 months ago


Mike2k24 2 points 23 months ago

team red intel CPU and Nvidia GPU OK LOL

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

If you read the description, it's all explained :)

JGautier 2 points 23 months ago

get a rod to prop up the card and hide it behind the cables so its not visible.

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I'm thinking about cutting down a pencil to perfect size, painting it black and propping it up that way

Wolklung 2 points 23 months ago

Awesome stuff. I think someones going screen shopping soon!

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

probably going to be another month D:

1v1_me_dark_souls 2 points 23 months ago

This build looks great! I think people would enjoy it more if you took pictures without the camera flash.

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

It's hard to get good pictures with my phone without flash, they almost always come out blurry, and I don't have an actual camera :(

DeltaForceGM01 1 point 23 months ago

Hos is it team red with a nvida gpu and intel cpu?!!!11

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

If you read the description, it's all explained :)

Thomasc_3 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build, but i have a few questions...

1) Why have 250gb as a boot drive and 1tb ssd? Maybe 128gb and a 500 for game storage + the 2tb hdd for files. I just dont see why you got a massive boot drive along with a 1tb ssd. 2) Why a wireless mouse? Most people in the gaming community and even some in production will tell you that it is so much better to have a wired mouse to reduce any input lag. However there never really is any, but sometimes it can mess up and make you want to throw the mouse away (if you have a bad mouse). 3) Why get a cheapish motherboard. It is definitely a nice motherboard, but why go with the cheaper side of z270 motherboards. The msi z270 gaming pro carbon would look really nice in this build at only about $40 more :). Overall really nice build :)

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

1: I started off with the 250gb boot drive because it was the cheapest on pcpp for samsung m.2s, and I had a 250gb game storage SSD that filled up instantly. I pulled my old 1tb 840 from my laptop and swapped it out being as I already had it.

2: old wireless mouse that I already had with my old laptop, I'm going to upgrade to the g900 chaos spectrum once I get my 1440p monitor (I do want to throw it away, don't worry)

3: the motherboard was the second part I bought back in February, the black red and steel look matches the rest of the build, the gpu and aio, And anything more than it wouldn't really be needed for my build tbh. I'll never go SLI again after my last 4 years with that laptop lol, other than the SLI support, I don't really see any difference in the two.

thanks! :) hopefully I answered all your questions to your liking :P

kentcsnyder 1 point 17 months ago

Hey man, what are your BIOS settings / voltages etc. to achieve a stable 5ghz?

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

http://prntscr.com/h9ce09 I still need to update the bios on the new motherboard, switched to a MSI Gaming pro carbon z270 after I dropped the cpu on the pins

kentcsnyder 1 point 17 months ago

Ahh thank you!

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

forgot to mention I have also delid this 7700k and replaced the tim with thermal grizzly conductonaut

Dm_Lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I updated my BIOS now, I was able to pull off 5Ghz with the voltage set to auto in bios. Keeping in mind though that my cpu has been delid though.

SOHEIL_raei 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

good choices dude

FedoraNeckbeard 0 points 23 months ago

Intel/Nvidia fan? Reeeeeeeeee