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1st Custom Build

by jdhcon

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29 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 14, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.76GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.0GHz

Description

My previous PC wasn't powerful enough to drive the Oculus VR glasses and I was also inspired by my co-workers to build my first PC. Like colors provided by RGB parts so perhaps went a little overboard. Using for gaming and work.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Replaced the bland fans with Corsair HD120 RGB fans.

Memory

Glad that RGB lighting can be controlled by Asus Aura software.

Storage

Wow - I was amazed at how fast this boots up!

Case

Love the temper glass on this case. Only negative is the PSU shroud not completely covering the cables. Also replaced the SD fans provided with HD120 RGB fans.

Case Fan

The RGB lighting effects on this were a lot cooler than the stock SD120 fans provided with case. Unfortunately, lighting effects is controlled by hub/button and not software driven so I can sync with lighting on motherboard.

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EpikMark0123 1 Build 3 points 8 months ago

"First custom build"

1080, 7700K, 32GB, $160 in fans...

"so perhaps went a little overboard"

You are my life. +1

EpikMark0123 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Oh one thing, this ling shows better temps with just a little fix. Check it out and make your move, red pill, or blue pill.

Rad Placement Does Matter

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you for link! I did watch some of his videos before doing the build.

EpikMark0123 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Im tired i keep forgetting to ask, im tired im sorry. Anyways, how was building in the 570X?

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Love the case w/all its tempered glass. Only complaint is the open shroud for PSU - also wish shroud had grommets for hiding cables. Also top only allowed a 240mm radiator but plenty of room for bigger radiators if I had put it in front.

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you for your kind words! ;-)

EpikMark0123 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Always man!

tooben 2 points 7 months ago

If you want to link up lighting via software I think you have to get the Corsair Node Pro

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you for the tip! Looking at it now.

I_Need_Big_Drink 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Awesome job! +1

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks!

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

couple of questions/suggestions. Why are your top fans intaking air instead of exhaust, maybe fix that. Also, your GPU, is there a reason for it being on the bottom pcie slot? it should be in the first slot to achieve maximum performance.

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Sorry that picture w/GPU in bottom slot was before I knew about different performance in slots. I initially placed in bottom slot to hide cables running to bottom of motherboard. If you look at later pictures, I corrected location of GPU to top slot.

I had the fans doing intake (except for rear fan) since I saw a youtube review on 570 case suggest doing that due to there being open areas between the tempered glass and case. Kinda made sense to me at the time.

Garygump 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

So the mb, ram and video card all work with Aura sync? What about the case fans? I really want everything to sync but the fans don't seem to be available. I don't know if it's dumb to wait to buy my new comp but I reall like the idea of a uniform breathing between mb, video card and fans

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

The Asus motherboard, G.Skill RAM and Asus 1080 video board all work with Aura Sync. Unfortunately, the Corsair fans hook up to a hub that is controlled via button on top of case. But I thought I saw a Youtube video where Corsair had case fans synced with Aura.

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yes - mb, ram and video board can be adjusted with Asus Aura. But so far, I have found no way to adjust case fans as well as the other Corsair HD120 fans I used inside case. I recall the Corsair fans RGB connector being proprietary so cannot connect to RGB pins on motherboard. Thought I saw a Youtube video saying it could be done, but haven't been able to find it again.

pagodaworks 1 point 7 months ago

Man, I tried putting the H100i V2 on a similar motherboard. It fit really loose no matter what I tried. Did you have a similar issue?

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Curious what you mean by putting it on motherboard? Are you referring to the water block on CPU? If so, didn't have any issue with that. I attached radiator to top of case.

pagodaworks 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah the water block to the CPU. On my board when I tightened it was loose still. I returned it and ended up going with the a different brand. Oh well. Getting cool still so all is good.

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

My first build and was fortunate the connection seemed tight. Glad you got your problem solved.

SwiftCookie 1 point 6 months ago

Hey nice build mate!

I'm looking at buying the Asus Strix gtx1080 OC (O8G) like yours but have read a tonne of bad reviews about their fans and defecting. They're apparently very loud and either spin like crazy and at different speeds or not at all :/

Any news on how yours is going?

TIA :)

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

So far, all the fans in my PC are very quiet and hardly noticeable sound-wise. Unfortunately, it's very difficult to see the fans the way the video board is positioned so I can't tell if the fans are spinning or not.

Thanks for your kind words!

TeachMePC 1 point 5 months ago

is the Aura software excluse to that mobo or are there cheaper asus boards I could choose from? I am interested in the RAM and you are the first person who commented that you could control the lighting with your software.

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I believe a lot of Asus motherboards are compatible with the Asus Aura software. Look at https://www.asus.com/campaign/aura/us/Sync.html to find compatible hardware (cases, motherboard, memory, etc.)

TeachMePC 1 point 5 months ago

awsome, thankyou for responding :) could I run a build by you and get your opinion? btw that link= very helpful!

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I'm no expert (compared to folks here) by any means, but would love to see what you're planning.

TeachMePC 1 point 5 months ago

aww really? awsome! I think your build had the same case I wanted to use so maybe I can ask you a question about psu combatibility too.

Ill send it via pm. I don't wanna plug my own build on your page in the comments !

jdhcon submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Sounds great - look forward to hearing about your build.

TeachMePC 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks im gonna bookmark all the companys pages that I bought parts from. Seems like a good idea to have them on speed dial