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Bloomfield to Kaby Lake

by Chaptorial

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Date Published

March 7, 2017

Date Built

March 3, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.72GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

Description

Update 6/29/2017

I utilized EVGA's awesome 'Step-Up' service and went from a GTX 1080 FTW to a GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition. +1 for EVGA's awesome customer service.

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So my young nephew is getting into Minecraft and some light PC Gaming. I heard from his father that he was looking to purchase a new build so I figured it would be better to gift him my old setup and as a result I would finally find an excuse to put together a new build. Win/win!

So my nephew is now the proud owner of my old i7 920, 12 GB RAM, Radeon HD 7970, an SSD & HD with Windows 10 all together in a Coolermaster 932 HAF Advanced and displayed through an Asus 25" LCD monitor. He was very pleased and I was more than happy to see it would continue to provide hours of gaming to a new owner.

With that being said I compiled this build and completed it all in an afternoon after getting all the various parts from Amazon, Newegg & Microcenter during the middle of February. This is roughly my 4th build I've put together and overall the build went very smooth.

I was planning on going with water cooling (Corsair AIO) but in the end I decided to stay on air as I'm not an extreme overclocker. The single fan Noctua cooler is large but is easily handled in this case with zero RAM clearance issues. Mounting the cooler to the motherboard was vert simple as well with excellent instructions included. I have the CPU fan in a "pull" setup and after running Prime95, at stock speed, the CPU never goes above 70 degrees Celsius.

Not yet ready for 4k gaming I really wanted a widescreen monitor and couldn't be happier with the 34" Acer. Having all this real estate on the screen when web browsing etc. is a joy. It overclocked to 100 mhz with zero issues and no dead pixels. Back light bleed is minimal as well.

Coming from a full tower in my previous build I knew I was going to stick with a large case. The Corsair 750D Airflow Edition has an enormous amount of room and made the build very easy and straightforward. Plenty of room to mount the cables and run them behind the motherboard. I replaced all the fans with Noctua's and scaled them all back to around 600 RPM's and they keep the noise at a whisper and still cool extremely well. The seven case fans are setup for intake in the front/bottom and exhaust at the top/rear.

The case comes with three filters for the PSU, front fans and top fans respectively. I purchased some extra mesh fan filters from DEMCilex to round out the bottom fans, rear fan as well as a small opening at the rear that is covered.

The Corsair modular PSU has seen zero issues so far with the only complaint being the cables are very stiff. Was thinking of ordering some custom cable sleeves but I'm still undecided.

RAM overclocked as advertised to 3200 with one click of the XMP profile in the BIOS. Speaking of which the Asrock Z270 GAMING I7 has been flawless. The on board WiFi and availability of three M.2 sockets made it desirable for me. The RGB lighting was a bonus but not a buying point. Five fan heads accommodated all my case fans. The Silvertone Fan Splitters work great and every fan is controllable.

If I need any extra storage I will purchase a third M.2 as I was trying to keep any and all cables to the bare minimum. Also I figured I might as well go with the latest tech in storage. I loaded Windows 10 on the Samsung 960 Pro and its boots up in around 6 seconds. No hassle in recognizing/setting up either of the drives.

I play a variety of games from the Witcher 3, Hearts of Iron 4, Far Cry 4, GTA 4 and Total War: Warhammer. Gaming at 3440 x 1440 I decided at the time (middle of February) to go with the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW. Its been great and runs everything I can throw at it at max settings. That being said hindsight being 20/20 had I waited a bit I would have saved some coin after the price reduction and maybe even would have went with the Ti model which comes out shortly. If EVGA accepts this card in its "Step-up" program over the next three months I may consider it.

However I probably won't really "need" it at my resolution but then again I really didn't "need" two pricey M.2 drives or a plethora of Noctua fans or a 34" display etc.. This build was a treat to myself and I could have definitely saved a bit in certain areas but I have zero regrets and am enjoying it immensely. However I enjoy seeing my six year old nephew enjoy his "new" computer even more. Thanks for checking out my build.

Part Reviews

CPU

Coming from an i7 920 this was one heck of an upgrade. Picked it up on sale at Mircocenter and I couldn't be happier. Runs fast and cool and seems to chew up anything I throw at it. On air with a Noctua cooler the cores idle at 28 degrees and under full load never get above 65 degrees. Very happy with the purchase.

CPU Cooler

Was going back and forth on whether I wanted to go with a water cooling setup or stick with air which I had on my last build. I bought this new and paired it with an i7-7700k and I couldn't be happier. Cools great at around 28 degrees on idle for the cores and 65 degrees under load.

The stock Noctua fan that came with it is quiet and does the job well. Installation in my full tower Corsair 750D was a breeze, with very clear instructions, and there's no RAM clearance issues at all. In fact there's quite a bit of room to spare.

Could tell right off the bat the Noctua quality I've heard so much about as this cooler is put together solidly and came packaged in a great case. If I stick with air on my next build, whenever that may be, I'll be looking to stay with Noctua.

Memory

Overclocked as advertised to 3200 with one click of the XMP profile in the BIOS. Paired with an i7-7700k and a Asrock Z270 Gaming i7 motherboard and everything is working as it should three months later.

They're not too flashy which suits me just fine. No clearance issues either with a Noctua NH-D15S air cooler.

Storage

My first foray into M.2 drives and while this was a bit pricey as its new technology, I've had no regrets. I wanted to do away with any SATA or clutter so having both my drives (OS and storage) right on the motherboard makes everything look much cleaner.

Was recognized right off the bat while doing a clean Win 10 install and this sucker boots up in around 6 seconds. It's insane!

Storage

Using this as a storage/gaming drive paired with a 960 Pro 512GB M.2-2280 SSD which is running my OS. Paired with an Asrock Z270 Gaming i7 motherboard it was recognized no problem and has been running flawlessly for three months so far.

Doing away with SATA cables and drives placed throughout the case is great. Looks so much cleaner attached to the motherboard. The jump from traditional SSD's to the M.2 drive is no where near the 'wow' factor, speed wise, when going from mechanical drives to an SSD.

That being said I have no complaints and while the price was high as its fairly new tech, you've got to pay to play!

Case

Coming from a full tower in my previous build I knew I was going to stick with a large case. The Corsair 750D Airflow Edition has an enormous amount of room and made the build very easy and straightforward. Plenty of room to mount the cables and run them behind the motherboard. I replaced all the fans with Noctua's and they cool extremely well. The seven case fans are setup for intake in the front/bottom and exhaust at the top/rear.

The case comes with three filters for the PSU, front fans and top fans respectively. I purchased some extra mesh fan filters from DEMCilex to round out the bottom fans, rear fan as well as a small opening at the rear that is covered.

I really liked being able to remove the physical drive cages inside the case. I'm only using M.2 drives for my build so I didn't need them and they make things look so much cleaner on the inside without them. I wish you could remove the top cage as easily as you could the other two as I don't have an optical drive. Not a deal breaker though.

The only other 'cons' I had was that I feel there should be filters for the bottom portion of the case along with the rear exhaust and you shouldn't have to resort to an aftermarket setup.

Also the front clips which hold the front metal/mesh grill on to the front of the case came damaged and required an RMA to Corsair to get fixed. It was a slight bump in the road however Corsair's customer service was top notch and sent out a replacement piece ASAP for me at no cost. Well done.

Working in a full tower really is the way to go if you have the room and I can definitely recommend this case for anyone looking to go that route. Overall this case is built solidly and looks and feels well made. This was my first Corsair case and I'll be back again.

Comments Sorted by:

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Those Noctua coolers are great, I bought one as a temporary replacement while my broken corsair AIO was in the process of being RMA'd and I loved it. Now Its just sitting in its box waiting for me to come up with an excuse to put it in another build.

That's a pretty drool worthy monitor there too. All around nice build!

Chaptorial submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I was really on the fence about going with an AIO water cooler but just couldn't pull the trigger on it yet. Next build maybe. Other than the appearance, as the Noctua air cooler blocks most of the view of the motherboard, I have no regrets.

The monitor was pricey but well worth it. All I've heard is that once you go with an ultra wide monitor its hard to get anything else. I wholeheartedly agree. Thanks for commenting.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

For the sake of congruity, get a few of these.

Chaptorial submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Those red vibration pads will definitely look great in the case as compared to the brown stock ones. Thanks for the link!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

your welcome! i went crazy and did a mix of white and blue for my build, figured why not?

AdorableNinja 1 point 7 months ago

I see you bought 8 fans but I see only 7 in the picture. Where is the 8th? Also, which size of fans on top, rear and front? I'm assuming 140s on front and bottom and 120 on top and rear?

Chaptorial submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Good eye. I ended up purchasing eight fans (six 140mm & two 120mm) but ended up only using seven. The current setup is two 120mm fans in the bottom (intake), two 140mm fans upfront (intake), one 140mm fan in the rear (exhaust), and two 140mm fans up top (exhaust).

I had originally purchased the extra 140mm to swap out the stock CPU cooler fan, but it is not compatible with the cooler. I was considering placing a third 140mm fan up top above the drive bay but I figured seven fans on the case was enough...

rkl122 1 point 3 months ago

I'm planning my (first) build with the same case, cpu, and cpu cooler on a (Asus) z270 mobo. But I was planning to stay with just the three fans that come with the case (don't plan extreme oc'ing), and leave in at least one drive caddy. From your pics -thx for those! - looks like the NH-D15S sorta blocks that rear fan. Do you think just the three stock case fans will provide adequate air flow with that huge Noctua in there?

Thx for any advice.

Chaptorial submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Sorry for the late reply. In my opinion and based on the temps I've been seeing in my case, utilizing just the three stock fans will be adequate for cooling especially if you're not doing any crazy OCing. The NH-D15S is a beast so your CPU is going to be just fine even with "only" three fans in the case.

Also, while the CPU cooler does come close to the rear fan I have it setup where cool air is being pushed and pulled in one direction (front to back) through the CPU cooler and out the rear fan. So in theory they all act in unison in getting the hot air away from the CPU and out the case.

So again in my opinion if you stick with the three case fans and put two up front for intake and one in the rear for exhaust, along with the fan(s) on the Noctua CPU cooler you'll be just fine. If you find out down the road you want to add more fans, like in the top portion, this case is so roomy that any extra fans is a 'breeze' to install. No pun intended. Good luck!

rkl122 1 point 27 days ago

Just saw the reply, thank you! Plan is delayed - awaiting availability of the 8700K. So same idea, but with Z370. I think your advice still applies. Thanks again.

Princesseuh 1 point 3 months ago

Hey, nice build! Planning to get the same case soon

Was wondering which filters did you go with? DEMCilex sell 750d specific filters but there's no mention of if they are compatible with the airflow edition or recent editions of the case. They also sell basic 120 and 140mm filters which I would assume also fit the case but perhaps aren't as easy to remove? Not really sure

Chaptorial submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Sorry for the late reply. I ended up ordering the Corsair Obsidian 750D Dust Filter Kit from DEMCiflex and with that you're able to utilize all the pieces except the one for the front of the case that sits in front of the two fans.

The top, bottom, and two rear fan filters work great and I have had zero problems with the magnetic borders coming loose or sagging. Everything has stayed in place real well, even the bottom filter. The case itself comes with a filter for the PSU but leaves a large portion of the bottom open where I currently have two intake fans so I definitely needed a bottom filter for that area.

I would purchase this set again with no regrets. Also I believe when you order the standalone filters they all utilize the magnetic border for securing on to the case so if you ordered à la carte instead of the complete kit I'm sure you'll be fine. Good luck!

Bowmn 0 points 8 months ago

How come you chose to air cool this system? A custom loop would have been much more fitting for the budget of this build.

Chaptorial submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I'm a total noob when it comes to water cooling and anything beyond an AIO from say Corsair or NZXT was just out of my league. For the next build I'll really have to sit down and do my homework on a custom loop. Its the obvious next step.

Bowmn 1 point 8 months ago

gg.