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Welcome to Vault 42!

by saosin42



Date Published

Jan. 15, 2018

Date Built

March 16, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.38 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


Thank you for your interest in Vault 42, prospective Vault Dweller!

Does the threat of nuclear winter alarm you? Prepare for your future with Vault-Tec! Our state of the art facilities have everything your family needs to survive the apocalypse! As a responsible American citizen, it is your duty to make sure you survive and rebuild. Don't learn the hard way! Why die from radiation, heat, and Communists when you could be relaxing underground with an ice cold Nuka-Cola?

Where will you be spending the apocalypse? Act now and reserve your spot today!

According to Fallout lore, "When Vault 42 was sealed, no source of light brighter than a 40-watt bulb was included in the vault's inventory. The experiment may have been designed to test the psychological impact of poor illumination, or it may have been designed to cause the dwellers to adapt to low-light conditions."

Additionally, "As part of the vault experiment, no light bulbs of more than 40 watts were provided. The location of this vault is unknown."

*Note - This build has been updated from my previous listing: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/WFtgXL

With the lore in mind, I have designed this build to reflect the conditions of Vault 42. The only source of light in the case is provided by my motherboard and it is set to 50%. The white PSU extension cables are in place to accent the green military case and give it a more cohesive look to match the decals.

I have included more white case fans and an aftermarket CPU cooler from Cryorig which has led to better overall cooling. I am aware that I still have the red ram from my previous listing.. which is due to insane prices at the moment. I don't imagine that will change anytime soon.

I'm still looking to invest in Vega when stock becomes available to pair with my ultrawide freesync monitor. However, an overclocked Sapphire RX 480 has served my needs sufficiently so far. Definitely no complaints there.

Here's a link to my most recent FireStrike 1.1 score: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/14707042

Please continue to ask questions as I have learned a lot from this experience!

Part Reviews


This processor was an upgrade from an i5-2400. It has performed exceptionally well and will handle anything I throw at it. Additionally, this processor is overclocked to a stable 3.7 GHz on all cores and draws around 86-90 watts under load. Conversely, this CPU draws around 15-20 watts while idling.

According to GeekBench, my single-core score is 4039 and multi-core score is 19322.

CPU Cooler

I'm in love with this CPU cooler. I have it set to the maximum fan speed of 1600 RPM and I can barely hear the thing. It keeps my Ryzen 1700 around 26ºC idle and 53ºC under load. No need to worry about faulty pumps like I would with an AIO!


I decided to go with the B350 instead of the X370 due to the fact that I will only ever have one GPU. Additionally, I just needed one m.2 slot and this board allows me to overclock with ease.

This board is beautiful with plenty of fan headers and RGB lighting. The BIOS is easy to navigate and there has been good driver support.


I was able to overclock this ram to 2633. Any attempt to go higher makes my computer cry.


This is my primary OS boot drive. It contains my OS as well as any applicable drivers. I have the equivalent version in SATA form for my Xbox One and has been solid for over a year. Boot time is less than ten seconds which is an upgrade from >3 minutes on my old Dell system.


I use this for games only. Load times are practically non-existent which is always a good thing! You can't go wrong with this drive.


It's a WD Blue drive. It holds all of my miscellaneous files. No failures. 5/5

Video Card

This video card has served me well over the course of 10 months. I have it overclocked to 1380 MHz core/2000 MHz memory. I can play most games at high to ultra without leaving my freesync range of 40-75Hz.

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0

FPS: 71.1

Score: 1792

Min FPS: 26.4

Max FPS: 151.6

Render: Direct3D11

Mode: 1600x900 8xAA windowed

Preset: Extreme


Initially, I didn't like the color in the photo but it definitely looks better in person. The case has plenty of space to route cables and the included fans are adequate even though I did replace them. This case has excellent air flow with support for a 240mm radiator.

My case has three 140mm and four 120mm fans which allows for excellent cooling.

Check out the specs here: http://www.corsair.com/en-us/vengeance-c70-mid-tower-gaming-case-military-green

Power Supply

After reading many reviews and taking the advice of JonnyGURU, I decided on the EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Semi-Modular PSU. It has more cables than I need and has been running smoothly so far. No complaints.

Optical Drive

I'm old school. I need a Blu-Ray reader.

Wireless Network Adapter

Installation was easy and drivers were simple to download. I put them on a USB drive and it has been running at maximum speed with low ping since day one.

Case Fan

I have two of these set to exhaust and one directly hitting my GPU. Overall, these are great, inexpensive fans and I would definitely buy again.

Case Fan

I have three of these as my intake and one as exhaust. Arctic is the only brand I will buy in the future.


I bought this at Best Buy and has been a great monitor so far. The freesync range is 40-75Hz which is easily attainable with my RX 480. It's an IPS panel and initially wowed me since I had previously had a crappy TN panel. The only con I can say about this monitor is I can't go back to 16:9! I'm an ultrawide monitor person for life now.


I love this STRAFE keyboard. Even though it doesn't have physical multimedia keys, it is programmed through the FN keys. The software is okay and allows for many different customization options in regards to color and light patterns. Also, the included wrist rest is a plus!


I had a hard time finding an adequate replacement for my Logitech G400 mouse that recently died. I'm glad I was able to find this beauty since it has a similar feel that I'm used to. I even bought two of these in case my initial one dies!

Comments Sorted by:

Rezzzyyyy 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

how loud are those fans? and how would you rate the air flow/static pressure?

saosin42 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I wouldn't say they're extremely loud. I've got the top two 140mm exhaust fans running at a lower RPM than all of the intakes so I imagine it would be a little bit on the positive side.

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Will you be adding 8GB more of ram in the future?

saosin42 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Definitely. Once the prices decrease, of course!

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Yes, definitely after the prices go down. It's insane.

EagleByte 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Totaly agree.

JohanTjossen 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Hey where did you buy the stickers?

sweet build +1

JohanTjossen 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

lol just noticed i asked the same question on your old post.

Ronintheshark 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

looks great! love the theme with the all amd build... good job hope you enjoy it! ,side note from ram pricing to amd with their expensive gpu's i think u did a great job budgeting!

saosin42 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you. I bought my RX 480 before the mining boom. I couldn't imagine budgeting for a GPU now. It's crazy.

jpcotnoir 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Cool dark build! Love the idea of using the vault 42 lore. It's funny we posted our builds at almost the same time and they're both themed fallout :-D

saosin42 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Haha. I didn't notice that. It must be Fallout season again.

customgtp 24 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Fallout is in the air... Back to back fallout builds on the list. I have the Vault 303!! Had actually. It's now zombie hunter https://pcpartpicker.com/b/FcbXsY


saosin42 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

You have some beautiful builds, my friend. Nice work!

Senzis 11 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Can it run Red Menace at 60fps?

saosin42 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Barely. I have to turn the settings to ultra low.

shadop 1 point 15 months ago

Is the cryorig cpu cooler am4 compatible out of the box?

saosin42 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Nope. I had to order the proper part on Newegg. I didn't have the patience to wait for Cryorig to send me one!

BillnWa 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Nice build! Thanks for sharing.

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saosin42 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I only heard you one time.

manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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