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i7 7700k RGB Galore!

by Mpabs

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Date Published

Feb. 17, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 5, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

2.147 PHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.002 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

Description

Updated with new keyboard, mouse, mousepad, headset, headset stand, AIO, and GPU. After installation of 360 rad, using Asus Suite, CPU OC'ed to 5.1GHz stable.

Primarily for school work, web surfing and gaming.

  • I decided to move the 240mm rad to the front using the front middle and bottom fan. Used my spare SP120 RGB fans that came with the case to pull from the rad giving me a push pull config. It did manage to lower my max temp under load by 6 degrees. With this in mind i recommend a push pull config mounted on the front since there is no space to do it on the top of the case.

  • I just bought the Corsair Lighting Node Pro, It should be in, in a couple days . I got it to be able to sync the HD120 RGB fans with the lighting strips it comes with. I'll post pics when it arrives.

  • V1tech GPU Backplate and fan grill came in. Uploaded new photos.

  • Updated photos, to final look...well until I upgrade the GPU that is.

*I have to say, Corsair finally did their HD120 fans justice by providing software support for their lighting via the Lighting Node Pro*

Also, I found a way to to edit a skin for rainmeter to apply RGB on my now LIVE wallpaper. So, even my desktop is RGB! lol. Hope you guys like my new pics.

Part Reviews

Memory

Again overkill with 3600Mhz, but I'm happy with their performance and the colors are definitely amazing.

Storage

Makes a lot of noise for me. Prolly due to the multiple platters.

Case

Amazing case, wish it had a PSU end cover and the HDD mounts weren't reversed.

Case Fan

Looks good and very bright. Wished the lights were software based, so I can do a more rainbow pattern. Current patterns are decent though.

Monitor

I just love this monitor, it does have minor light bleed in the corners but not noticeable in daily use.

Comments Sorted by:

Dizzlepop12 6 Builds 11 points 25 months ago

"Light gaming"

i7 7700K

Maximus IX Formula

32GB RAM

GTX 1070

1440P 100Hz monitor

If you say so, bud...

raydatray 3 Builds 5 points 25 months ago

"light gaming" xd

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 8 points 25 months ago

Just to clear things up...this rig is capable of playing most games at my current resolution of 3440x1440 at ultra settings. However, my steam library only consists of four games I only find the time to play once or twice a week at best...hence the light gaming. By no means did i mean the rig can only handle light games. :)

jakesno 3 points 25 months ago

Sweet Christmas. Love the build man! +1 for the shroud solution. I'd give you a gazillion more for that alone if I could register more ticks on that arrow.

So what material did you use?

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks a lot!

SilverStone Silent Foam SF01, Sound Dampening Acoustic EP0M Foam Material, Black, 21"x15", 4mm thick, 2 pcs

bought it from newegg to fill the gap between left side glass and case. https://m.newegg.com/product/index?itemNumber=N82E16811999222

Just taped the foam on cardboard and cut to size. It looked a lot better the first time but then i decided to make a larger cutout for the gpu cables and the hole ended up being too big.

jakesno 2 points 25 months ago

Still looks better than the alternative. I have something up my sleeve for the lite mod on that shroud. We'll see if it works. Hopefully I publish in 3 weeks time. Appreciate the link.

heybrody 3 points 25 months ago

$6000 PC

GTX 1070

why tho

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 4 points 25 months ago

Got stuck with a good deal. It'd be dumb to buy a 1080 at this point with the 1080ti around the corner.

chrys1096 2 points 25 months ago

Hi i'd like to know what did you put on the radiator to cover the wires?

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Hi, I didn't do anything to the radiator. Do you mean the power supply?

chrys1096 2 points 25 months ago

yes sorry i meant the psu xD

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

SilverStone Silent Foam SF01, Sound Dampening Acoustic EP0M Foam Material, Black, 21"x15", 4mm thick, 2 pcs

bought it from newegg to fill the gap between left side glass and case. https://m.newegg.com/product/index?itemNumber=N82E16811999222

Just taped the foam on cardboard and cut to size. It looked a lot better the first time but then i decided to make a larger cutout for the gpu cables and the hole ended up being too big.

chrys1096 2 points 25 months ago

thank you

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

How would this be 'light gaming'? Anyway, great LEDs and lighting. I like pic 4. :)

chrys1096 2 points 25 months ago

Where'd you buy your sleeved cables?

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Their cablemod extensions. Bought from microcenter.

chrys1096 2 points 25 months ago

mind giving me the link?

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago
yazis 2 points 24 months ago

Nice build, your cable management skills are enviable. I like the lighting you've achieved it looks like a fun machine. I am working on something similar, still picking the parts, though, calling my build the Rainbow Unicorn, yeah kinda silly but it will be a serious beast of a thing.

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks a lot. Took several times and many hours of readjusting to get to this point. Good luck on your build.

yazis 2 points 24 months ago

Thanks, mon, yours was a joy to look at. How bout I send you my list when I finally settle on everything for your valued input?

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Sure I'd be honored

DarkLihT 2 points 24 months ago

any specific reasons you did push/pull instead of one or the other?

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Push/pull for better temps

royals23 2 points 24 months ago

did you win the lottery XD

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I wish lol

KevinM9 2 points 24 months ago

Mother of God... I love your build man! Check out my build I'm going to be building in the next couple months, its similar and I think you'll like it.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BbNYqk

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks. Hit me up when you've built it. I'd like to see the pics.

LeonLionheart 2 points 24 months ago

where did you get those fan grills? And do they come in black and red? :)

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Check them out v1tech.com

MoreGaming 2 points 24 months ago

Wow Bro All Those Pics And The RGB Looks Phenomenal +1 Bro Hope You Enjoy It :)

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks a lot!

TacoSandwich1000 2 points 24 months ago

I read somewhere that the 7700k supports up to DDR4 2400. Is your system running great with DDR4 3600? If it is running great, do you what is the maximum frequency it can support? I like your build btw, especially the case! O

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Hey sorry meant to reply sooner. Ya it's running great at 3600. Can overclock one notch higher but preferred lowering to cl16 instead. Motherboard is spec'ed up to 4133 I think. Thanks for the comment.

f0rr3stgump0796 2 points 24 months ago

This balls to the wall and no 1080?

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

lol I hear ya

XI_KawaiiBy_IX 2 points 23 months ago

Hey, with the Corsair Lightning Node Pro how are you suppose to power the usb 2.0?

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I bought the NZXT internal USB 2.0 header

JukeFactory 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Hello! first off i would like to say you have an amazing build! Im looking to build my first PC but have a few questions. Could you explain what the push pull configuration is? I'm a noob.

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Hey, thanks

Hansen1 2 points 4 months ago

2.147 PHz on a 7700k

wot

BetrayedPredator 2 points 3 months ago

Picture shows a Maximus IX or X Formula (Going with IX since the LiveDash display but dunno it’s hard to tell with heatsinks covered) but list says XI Formula

Just irritating when looking for builds with the XI Formula for looks ;)

nsteele493 1 point 22 months ago

Would like to know you opinion on the fans with the lightning node pro. Too bright? i have the same case but question buying them. Awesome build man

optimusdime 1 point 22 months ago

Hey do you use corsair link for your fans? I have the same mobo and link refuses to recognize my fans and my cpu cooler (h100i v2)

Chasethepcnerd 1 point 12 months ago

What is the average fps when using this monitor on all ultra settings with the gtx 1070?

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 10 months ago

U said "primarily for school work, surfing, and gaming." Well... Is that not the entire point of buying a PC???

Bxsmack09 1 point 10 months ago

Does it work buying 2x8 gb of ram works cause they dont have 32 gb with 4x8 gb just wondering

Banster92 1 point 4 months ago

Can the Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler fit on top of the case?

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Yes, but not in push/pull configuration since it will hit the ram

Trinescity 1 point 3 months ago

2.147 Phz

SeemsGood

That_Computer_Guy 1 point 3 months ago

+1 for organized desk oh my! What desk is that?

PachonikBG 1 point 2 months ago

How TF do you do 2.2 PetaHerts?

Lucas9810 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Dannnngggg.... 2.147PHz is a really high clock speed...

MaximilianZ 1 point 20 days ago

What can you say about the GPU ? Thinking of getting the same

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 0 points 24 months ago

Primarily for school work, web surfing and gaming.

Sure....

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Do you think people that can spend this much on a rig have time to play games all day? Perhaps you do

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 0 points 24 months ago

:)

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MicroPOpa 0 points 2 months ago

THere is no way you could possibly get that cpu to 2 phz, that's over 20000000 ghz

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Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks. I used the same long screws for push and pull. If that's not what you were asking, please clarify.

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Mpabs submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

They came with the cpu cooler. You can also get spare ones from corsair for a few dollars.

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Mpabs submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Thanks.

I'm actually using 8 fans in the rig 6 x HD120s and 2 x Thermaltake SP Riing Blue LED. I pulled the pair of SD120s out of the rig due to the need for another SATA connection for the controller. Also, the SD120 in pull configuration didn't actually look good from the back since the lighting is really optimized from the front of the fan. Although the thermaltake fans runs different RPMs than the HD120s (SD120s were different as well), I just tweaked them to match in ASUS Suite 3.

By pulling the SD120 fans out I save some space by not having to use a separate controller for them as well as not needing a spare SATA cable.

The bottom two front HD120s are connected to the fan splitter of the H100i GTX, the two pull Thermaltakes are plugged in the HAMP fan header via splitter, and the remaining 4 HD120s are simply connected to normal fan headers individually. If I were do it all over I would probably get a 3 way PWM fan splitter for the top two fans as well as the back fan to sync their speeds, since they're all set for exhaust.

Finally, I would really recommend getting the Corsair Lighting Node Pro if you want to see the rainbow effect of the HD120 fans, with that in mind you will need a second USB2.0 header to plug it into. Which is why I had to get the NZXT internal USB2.0 header. Since this is your first build, you are probably going to build and rebuild that PC multiple times before you are satisfied. So my recommendation is to truly plan out the build before completion because cable management with all of those fans and everything else is a nightmare for this case.

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Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Lol light gaming...hence the 1070. Im really itching to get a 1080 though but might just wait for new releases this summer.

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Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I agree with you. Had I known I was going to upgrade my pc from 4790k, I definitely would have bought the 1080 vs the 1070. But it looks like waiting is my best bet. Too many 1070s on sale on CL, very few 1080s, otherwise I would trade up now.

PockyJP 2 points 23 months ago

Awesome build Sir! Hello sir, i want to ask you a ouple questions if you dont mind helping me to build my first gaming pc. Q1:Did you use Windows UEFI bootable usb drive to intall your OS? Q2:How did you install your OS on dual ssd? Q3:Did you change change your "CSM" settings inside the bios? (Example) Uefi And legacy Oprom -> UEFI only or did you disable your csm settings? Q4:Is it okay sir to select "GPT" instead "MRB" to a 1TB HDD? or should i select "MRB" since its smaller than 2 TB. thats all my questions sir. hope you and someone who read this would give a time to answer my questions Thank you.

Mpabs submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Sorry for the late reply.....Q1. No, i just cloned my SSD from my previous build. But yes you can uses a thumb drive to do a fresh install. Q2. You can install OS on RAID 0 or on just one SSD and use the others as back up SSD. I use use one SSD for backup and one for Steam files. Q3. lol no clue what you're talking about on this one. I'm no expert :). Q4. Yes.