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Polar Carbide - My First Build Ever

by aphotics


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Date Published

April 17, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 25, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.41 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


***DUE TO HIGH REQUEST...I decided to move my GPU up to the first slot as everyone has been asking. There are 2 new pictures to show the new placement. I also redid my cable management :)

This little machine right here was my very first custom PC build. I've always had an interest in computers, but never thought about building my own. I thought I would finally move on from using an old Dell Inspiron laptop and take on the challenge of building my own. I got inspired by my friend who also built his first computer, and spent days researching both PCPartPicker and YouTube to figure out my perfect PC.

This is a very nice productivity and gaming rig that I built off inspiration from TechSource's May 2016 Gaming PC, with some modifications of course. I absolutely fell in love with the Corsair Carbide 400C case and the Asus Z170-Deluxe motherboard.

The i7-6700K and RX 480 make a great pair, and I have had no complaints regarding their performance. The H100i v2 keeps my CPU nice and cool, averaging around 30°C idle and around 50-60°C under load. The Z170-Deluxe is wonderful--it may be a tad overboard for what I have, but I changed my mind from a Z170-A to this as it had an integrated wireless card (I don't have an ethernet port accessible in my room and didn't want to have a clunky wireless card). The RX 480 Nitro+ easily gets a steady 60FPS in GTA V, and is more than enough for me. I overclocked the CPU to 4.6GHz.

Overall, this is a great computer, I am very happy with how everything turned out.

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Emerson_006 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

Great build, how are those cable mod cables working out for you?

aphotics submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks! The cables are definitely nice but I probably would've been better off without them. You can only see 2 actual cables inside the case :p

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Z3DM4N 6 Builds 2 points 24 months ago


modem_ 2 points 23 months ago

Looks very minimal and high quality. Nice first build!

aphotics submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thank you!

hassanzwink@gmail.com 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

move the gpu up a slot and your good

aphotics submitter 1 Build 0 points 24 months ago

you're* and no

andlaw 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode) 1 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot (max. at x4 mode, compatible with PCIe x1, x2 and x4 devices) The PCIe x16_3 slot shares bandwidth with SATA6G_56. The PCIe x16_3 is default set at x2 mode.

He is correct in a sense... open GPU-z and check what the Bus Interface is operating at. If it is running: PCIe x16 3.0 @ x16 3.0, then your GPU can remain where it is, but if not, it would only make sense to move it up into the first slot so it operates at full capability.

CRS10114 7 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

x16 vs x8 doesn't have any difference in performance. source

In terms of thermals, though, moving the card up would be beneficial.

RIsaac 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

It's an aesthetic reason for leaving it down low.

Also, in gaming, there's no fps penalty here. Although, for cooling, I also agree to move it up.

RiptideTV 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

No difference in x16 and x8 performance, i've ran my Saphire 480 4gb in both slots with no difference except for the minor 1-2 fps difference you would get normally.

andlaw 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I didn't know having 'no difference' would make any change in fps.. lol.

as for the source, well I'm glad Linus did the testing, but again real world numbers don't lie. Could care less about debating anything further as I made this mistake in the past while running SLI and I noticed a difference in not only temperatures but FPS as well, and even if its a minimal 2-3fps.. it is a difference~

RiptideTV 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

If you run the exact same benchmark over and over, there will be differences, your score will very rarely be the exact same. I just ran the Cinebench CPU benchmark 3 times and got 806, 792, and 812, while doing absolutely nothing different between runs. No matter what you do there will be variation in testing.

garrettb9 1 point 24 months ago

you would get better temps if you put your fans of the other side of your radiator

Anon42 1 point 24 months ago

why did you put the graphics card in the 8x slot

IcyPineapple 1 point 24 months ago

Guys, theres no difference between the x8 and x16 slot. The only thing hes doing to his GPU is starving it of the air it would be getting if it were in the x16 slot. I dont see the desire in putting it that low, but if he wants it that way then who are you to question.

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aphotics submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you! :D

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aphotics submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

YES. In the video I based my build off of, he actually twisted the hoses in what looked like full 360 degree turn in order for the hoses to pull each other in towards the case. I forgot to do that, so I actually just ended up throwing a zip tie on the hoses about 2 inches out from the CPU, which made it so they weren't pushing on the side panel door so much.

What was really a pain was that for some reason, the CPU bracket wasn't fit correctly for my motherboard, because when I mounted it to my CPU, the backplate was extremely loose. I looked it up and it was a very common problem. I ended up having to go to my local hardware store and buy my own rubber washers to put between the motherboard and backplate so the cooler had a snug fit with the CPU, or else the cooler would probably barely even be touching the CPU.

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