Description

This build theme is too mainstream that everyone might die just seeing it. This is my first ever build and I gotta say it's kinda tiring to build it on my own, but when I saw it all together, it was a thing of beauty for me. This pc was built mainly for gaming and since I'm total newb on this, my part selection might make you cringe or cry.

Update 2/13/16 - bought NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H55 to cool my hot running Asus Strix R9 390. Few pictures added.

Update 12/26/16 A year after it was built. - My PC is still going strong and no change has been made except adding an 8GB RAM stick that my friend gave me so now I'm running 16GB's of RAM. The graphics card temp that I put here at first is pretty much not true even after two days of owning the cooling setup it has and it actually goes around 80-83C under heavy load. I reduced my CPU clock from 4.5GHz down to 4.3GHz because even though it doesn't happen a lot the first few months, the computer would crash so I dialed the overclock down but even with the lower clock, it still runs the games I play like a champ.

Part Reviews

CPU

I went for this because I believe that MMO's are very much CPU reliant. An i5 would've been a more practical option, but I just thought "why not just go for the i7?" Maybe this is also useful for my Adobe Illustrator work. I dunno....

Oh, and -1 star because the price just keeps going up.

CPU Cooler

Very effective cooler and cheaper than most 240mm radiators. Keeps my oc'ed 6700k at around 24 degrees when idle and 62 degrees when I was doing 3DMark Firestrike. It's usually on the low 50's when I play GTA V. The radiator fins are very fragile so be careful when handling it and the red led on the pump/block cannot be changed so this cooler might be an option for those who want a red/balck theme only or someone who just doesn't care about hot rodding their pc.

Motherboard

I had trouble making my pc work because of this guy right here. My pc would turn on but won't post so I did some tests like

  • removing all ram
  • using only 1 ram stick
  • placing ram on different slots
  • running without the gpu
  • trying with a different cpu cooler
  • used a different power supply
  • swapped around my psu cables with the extra identical ones
  • tried multiple monitor connectors
  • removing every connection and carefully place them again to see if there's some wrong placing
  • testing with just the cpu, cpu cooler, and the psu for power.

even after the things I did above, it still didn't work so I'm starting to think that my mobo is a bad one. I didn't give up and this time, I removed the battery of the motherboard to reset its Bios and after a few mins, I placed it back and tried to boot my pc up with everything built up and it works! Now that it's working, I proceeded to install the os, and all the other stuff. The UEFI looks nice, but I haven't really tried tweaking things yet so I can't speak about the ease of use for it. The board shows some noticeable flex when I was plugging stuff on it while mounted on the case. The board is light and doesn't really feel high end, but I don't think it has a bad quality build.

For those who plan to use this motherboard, I hope this helps you and it is not my intention to prevent others on buying this since it is a nice looking motherboard for the price. I removed 1 star because of the hassle it gave me before I get it to start working.

Memory

It's ram, it's red, what else can I say?

Storage

I'm using this as a boot drive and I can already tell the difference in boot times between my newly built pc and my laptop that has no SSD. When I informally counted (not using a timer), I counted about 10-12 seconds to boot windows and that to me is really fast! It is plastic so it does feel kinda cheap but it doesn't really matter to me.

Video Card

Powerful card, not a great overclocker. Runs hot (got up to 91 on factory oc settings) and fans starts getting loud at around 55% fan speed. After experiencing it's performance, I can't really recommend this particular aftermarket card and would advice others to just go for the other ones.

The STRIX logo led does a breathing effect and I don't think you can make it static :(

Case

Beautiful case! The psu shroud just makes any build you put on it look clean. Very simple, and the cable management I think depends on your cables, but not too hard to work on. Be careful of the side panel because it scratches sooo easily that when I used my 100% cotton shirt to wipe some finger prints and dust, it left thin scratches.

Power Supply

One year later and it still hasn't pooped on me yet so 5/5. Since this is the first PSU I ever owned, I don't know if there's such thing as a noisy one cuz this thing you won't even hear it running.

Case Fan

Looks cool, pushes (or pull) a lot of air. Not PWM, pretty loud.

Case Fan

Looks cool, pushes (or pull) a lot of air. Not PWM, pretty loud.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Red. Red. Red. Red. Red. Red. Red. Red.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

I agree with your title, but some people can really pull it off, like you yourself!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I know its late to reply but i was researching this board for my upgrade.... How is it? (I also already have the LEPA 240 also... AND the strix390x...) Are the bios stable? IS there any big gripes you have had? Any testing on dual booting linux?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply!

The board is fine. I don't know if the problem I got exists on every single board of the same model, but I don't think that's the case. I personally think the board is fine but has a bit of flex to it especially since it has a shorter width than a regular ATX board which ended up not aligning with any holes for the right side of the board to screw in. I don't really know what you mean about the bios being stable, but it hasn't given me any problems after my initial booting problems from first time building my pc if that's what you're looking for. Oh and I've never tried dual booting, sorry :(

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats fine. Im a bit of a fanboy for their motherboards anyway (Had issues with Asus and gigabyte) but i dont know which board i want for myself this round of upgrading.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Roses are red, violets are red, everything is red.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

that was so beautiful

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Google it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

It may be mainstream, but it sure looks amazing! Great work on the cable management and part selection. Very sleek machine :D +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you make some more photos, and then in daylight because you cant see any of the parts.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry about that! pcpp just doesn't want to upload my photos :( I'll add more soon.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job getting a Tier 2 PSU! :]

+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if this was supposed to be a good thing or a bad thing.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a good thing, it means your PSU is safe :]

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

teir one are the best on the list i look at it looks like yours might even be teir 1 http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry i just checked it is teir 2

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The only one in the rm series that is teir 2 not 3 well done

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

When I saw the rm850, I just pulled the trigger because it was 10$ off and 20$ rebate on newegg. so I actually just paid 90$ on it. I kinda dodged the bullet getting the only tier 2 psu on the RM series because I bought it solely based off of the brand without extensive research. I got blinded by the discounts...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

No one in my country sells the freakin Silverstone Tek Sleeved Extension Cables

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

So much red.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Just the way I like it bb.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What voltage is it running at (getting the same mobo, cooler and processor as you) just to make it much easier when I OC. Great build BTW.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't really remember. I think it's around 1.390V and I dialed it back to 4.5Ghz.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you remove the battery of the mobo?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I kinda just suddenly did it. It has a little silver thing beside it so I assume that's where you start and go on and figure it out from there. In case you're also wondering what the battery is, it's the silver that looks like a thick coin.

Sorry it's been almost 2+ months so I can't remember what I did.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You were right in the sense of an i5 would have been plenty, the i7 features hyper threading which is the main reason some folks choose it over the i5. Hyper threading is essentially useless for a (mainly) gaming pc, but it can help with editing and doing repetitive tasks faster. That being said, not a real big deal. I personally am choosing my next build to feature the i5 6600K, as it will be a 100% gaming rig. How do you feel about that GPU after using it for a little while? I plan to go with the GTX 970 but for the same price point you can get an 8GB card from Radeon. The debate is strong in this one. 4 more gigs or a cooler running GPU? This is the real debate 2016 LLOLL

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

what the 390 offers for the same price point is better than what the 970 does. From what I have been reading around the internet, the Sapphire 390 doesn't run as hot as the other 390's and the MSI Gaming version is the best overclocker out of all 390's. If you really want a smaller and cooler GPU, go with the 970. The performance is pretty much equal. You also got to remember that Nvidia has deeper pockets than AMD. Multi monitor setup I think would favor the 390 because of the large memory bus and vram.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a similar build which I previously had an MSI R9 390 and it literally heated up my room.

Just upgraded to an ASUS GTX 1070 and it lowered the heat output by ~30°C

Recommended.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi¡ is the mobo still fine? im planning on get one and ive seen people saying that it died in two months...

hows yours?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm still using it as I make this comment :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, clean build with a solid color scheme. I reccomend you pick up some cheapo black cable combs to clean thosw up a bit. Overall a very nice build.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

where can I find cheapo black cable combs? I have wanted one for the longest time but the care just slowly disappeared as time progressed :D I still am interested though.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably Ebay or Amazon

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the mobo doing after a few more months?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

The mobo is still very solid as I make this reply

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like that GPU cooling setup! I would have never thought that could even be possible. +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the CPU cooler? I'm planning on getting one, have you ran into any trouble using it?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. Still runs fine even after a year :D

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