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Sp00ky Spectrum 1.0

by imawesomeali

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185 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 19, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.22GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

This is my first build. I'm planning to use it for photo/video editing, gaming, and screwing around on the internet when I have other responsibilities to take care of.

In short, it wasn't too difficult to build as I did almost nothing; had some OS issues that are now resolved; now that it is all set up it has a few kinks to work out (set up BT/mouse stutters sometimes/experiment with fan arrangement); runs cool and sorta quiet mostly; IGN 420/10 would build again.

TL;DR WARNING: Lots of words below

Build: Putting it all together wasn't too bad, I had help from my cousin who is a seasoned builder, although mounting the CPU cooler was like defusing a bomb. Also I managed to drop the MOBO at one point from an upright position on the desk to flat (like a 90° drop, not a high drop) but luckily it seems to have survived.

Cable Management: My cousin did it all and he did it pretty well. It seems to be good and the H440 is definitely a clean case but could use a little extra room at the back panel and near the power supply to make cable management easier.

Lighting: Lighting is dope. Got the NZXT Hue+ for some dank MLG rgb action. Had to mount the rear strip with the help of some duct-tape and the magnets that are part of the strips. The strip on the right side is mounted with the magnets/adhesive that are both part of the strip itself. The top and bottom strips are only magnetically mounted as they tend to stay in place. The H440 also has its own LED's: one at the top - lighting up the power button/one lighting up the NZXT logo on the PSU shroud/one on the back - acts as a utility light so you can see all the plugs without fiddling with a flashlight in low/no room lighting. NOTE: The rainbows in the pictures are not exactly as seen and the CAM software used to control the LED strips only has a rainbow preset that alternates around the case in a loop. You can however use the Custom tab to set the color for each individual LED and emulate the look of as if the rainbow spectrum preset has been paused, it will take a little time to adjust each light however. They could have made this more convenient than it is, but nonetheless it is possible.

Cooling/Noise: It runs pretty good temps. i7 6700k Skylake CPU runs around 23-28°C almost constantly but during gaming can hit about 50~60°C. GPU idles around 30~35°C and can hit about 65~70°C running GTA V. The fans aren't too loud and are pretty much inaudible with my apple earpods on, but I don't have a reference for fan noise so I can't tell if it counts as "silent" or "mildly loud", seems to maintain a constant noise level even during gaming so my idle fan speeds might actually be excessive right now. I have 2 top exhaust fans which are the stock 120mm NZXT fnV2 fans, the three static pressure 120mm Cougars are frontal intakes and the 140mm Cougar is a rear exhaust, although it is also SP so I may experiment with swapping that and the stock 140mm fnV2 exhaust. Also removed several HDD trays as I currently don't need them and it opens up more space behind the intake fanes.

POST/Startup: It POSTed on the first try but installing the OS was a pain. It was unable to recognize the boot USB and an external LG optical drive with an install disk for a good hour and we ended up having to pull an optical drive from my dad's PC and plugging it in inside the case, as the cable was too short to reach out and the fact that the H440 does not support internal optical drives. As you can see from one of the pictures above, it was a mere 2cm away from clipping the CPU fan and tearing it all up. In the end, it worked.

OS: I was happy because my cousin had an extra Win 7 Pro key but it turned out to be 32bit (blegh!) After some research I installed Windows Media Creation Tool (something like that) from Microsoft's website and created a Win 10 Pro 64bit file and did a clean install. I had some trouble getting it onto the SSD because of some (UEFI/MB something error - sorry I forgot what it was called) but resolved it by deleting the partitions that were created for Win 7 and formatting the drive. After that it installed fairly easily and I was able to activate it with the Win 7 Pro key, as Win 10 is a free upgrade. I was surprised how easy it was after the original headache. Personally I like Win 10 although there are some compatibly issues with certain programs, more on that later.

Storage: As recommended by every thread on the internet, I used the SSD as a boot drive and to store my main programs and games. The file viewer window was initially a mess but I was able to make the 1TB Western Digital HDD (D:) become the default storage drive for the main libraries by copying the libraries over to the (D:) drive>right clicking the original library>Properties>Location>and finally selecting the copy of the same library that was on the (D:) drive to be the new location. Sorry if that doesn't make sense, it's as clear as I could word it.

Network/Wireless/Bluetooth: I'm using ethernet as my main connection as it is blazing fast but I also installed a Wireless card (TP Link N900). I'm trying to install a different card for Bluetooth (so I can connect my PS4 controller wirelessly) but it requires an additional USB header on the MOBO which does not seem to exist. Will figure this out later.

Gaming: Runs Club Penguin on Ultra at 420fps so I'm pretty happy with it. Far Cry 3 would not launch initially, someone on this post suggested that it may be NZXT's Cam software interfering with U-Play and they were right. Launches every time now with no issue. Runs GTA V on almost max settings/1080p @ 60fps so the GTX 970 was definitely worth it.

Update 1 (4/23/2016): Removed the two stock 120mm fnV2 fans as top exhaust as I'm trying to achieve negative pressure and they are loud enough that it kind of defeats the purpose of having quiet Cougar fans. Considering 2 more 140mm fans as top intake instead. Moved the GTX970 to the top #1 PCIe slot as per everyone's request. Mounted my 2TB Seagate External HDD to the top using some duct-tape and labeled it Casey Neistat style. Looks better than it was before.

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NicoMan2240 1 Build 22 points 19 months ago

Dude Club Penguin is the stuff.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 19 points 19 months ago

Yeah I had a pretty limited budget but wanted to build the best bang for your buck Club Penguin machine and I think this is a pretty good combo of parts. Didn't want to overspend where I didn't need to.

Trav_X 8 points 19 months ago

5960X would be ideal, but 6700k should keep you at least at your 420FPS

manojsankar 1 Build 4 points 19 months ago

This thread is hilarious.

Trav_X 4 points 19 months ago

Forgot to mention that Club Penguin runs best on FirePro GPU's

Naalk 4 points 19 months ago

Be careful for the nividia fans and their quadros. :D

Penguintheman 1 Build 4 points 17 months ago

You are such a liar. You can only run club penguin using dual 22 core xeon, 2 72 core xeon phi and 30 ways sli with gtx 1080 running at 20p at 5 fps

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

I'm sorry ok. I was trying to show people how kool I was. You didn't have to call me out on it though, no harm in people thinking I'm cooler than I really am.

Penguintheman 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Oh. We can keep this a secret. Don't tell anybody else.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks man, you had me worried there that my secret was out.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Sadly Club Penguin is dead, so now my machine is obsolete :(

Multiracial 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

how well does it run Neopets games, and @ what cpu temps? I've got a similar build and want to make sure I didn't screw mine up

_Non_ 3 points 19 months ago

I'd like to know this as well. I've also heard about issues running Webkinz with a 970. Any benchmarks for that?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

Neopets unfortunately only runs at an average of 69fps and the CPU temp are usually at 69C as it is very CPU intensive.

Webkinz on the GTX970 is an absolute joy with average 1738fps. CPU runs at -666C. Not sure where you heard that the 970 has issues with it :/

Two very different ends of the spectrum in terms of performance requirements but both are definitely Faze/IGN/MLG/420BLAZEIT approved games.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Sadly Club Penguin is dead, so now my machine is obsolete :(

C.higgins23 4 points 19 months ago

You could make some pretty dank memes on photoshop with this lol

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Yes, yes indeed. This will be a primary task with this build.

Stereotypical_Whale 4 points 19 months ago

NEXT LEVEL

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

NZXT LEVEL

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Damn it how do you do that ;)

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 19 months ago

(#)NEXT LEVEL

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 19 months ago

btw, this is one of my favourite builds on the site, the only ones that topped it are OCD perfects modded builds. Also, Im planning on doing basically the same thing with my next buid, with the cryorig h7and the nzxt hue+, but with an MSI z97s sli krait and an i5 4460.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks for the positive feedback! I wish this was an OCD build cable management-wise but the cables are hidden anyway so it doesn't make a huge difference in the front. Only when the back panel is off. Good luck on your build! :D

Stereotypical_Whale 2 points 19 months ago

Thanks! What I meant was basically this build: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/MKVYcf But yours is the best Build I have seen without any mods or custom loop. btw ur cable management is on point!

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Holy crap, this is the exact build that came to mind reading your comment before I clicked the link, it was one of the first builds I saw on this sight lol! What a coincidence.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 19 months ago

btw, is that a pcie MOLEX adapter!

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Not sure which one you are referring to and I'm not exactly a PC pro knowledge-wise. Would a close up picture help? I'm adding some updates to the build page right now.

DamnitScubaSteve 3 points 19 months ago

I recently built a new PC with this case and RGB setup (including RGB fans o.O ). I'm enjoying the hell out of it.

+1

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Nice! :)

Geode1010 2 Builds 3 points 19 months ago

So I have to do is buy the Hue+ for a featured build? Nice job, dude! +1

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Lol possibly. Wait. Wait what was that? I was featured? Holy hell thanks for letting me know!

Trav_X 3 points 19 months ago

Air coolers are underrated. AIO's are good but air cooling is awesome! +1 to someone who actually uses an air cooler with their i7 ;)

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

I kept seeing the H100i just about everywhere but I can't deal with the anxiety of even a 1% chance of water destroying my system. Also 35$ vs 100$.

Trav_X 2 points 19 months ago

True :) I agree

Michelle.G 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Those gorgeous rainbow colours, LOVE THEM!!!Congrats!

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah they are pretty fun, thanks man :D

ShutYourTrap 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

+1 for the rainbow

ThinkWithPortals 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

2 sp00ky 5 me!

Nice build. +1 :)

BingoFishy 2 points 19 months ago

3 spooky 5 me

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

69 sp00ky 420 me

DELETED__Nalusive 2 points 19 months ago

Wow that lighting looks great! Congrats on your first build, too! +1

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I'm glad I did it, except for the OS installation headache on build day.

twinn 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Congrats on the feature. Your build looks great.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks and thanks :)

udho77 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

wow rainbow!, nice build man

FastTempo 2 points 19 months ago

Should've gone with a R9 390, about the same price as the 970 but with better performance..

Trav_X 1 point 19 months ago

But EVGAAAAAA.....

MCDS 0 points 19 months ago

The crimson interface is a better than the current nvidia one. They are good cards but the interface needs updating.

LeMMingSlayeR 14 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I used to have dual R9 280s, but I had a ton of driver issues that I could not get straight. Also my two biggest titles last year (Witcher 3 and Fallout 4) had atrocious crossfire support for months after release. I was so frustrated that I went and bought the GTX970 and so far I have not had one single issue. I do like the new Crimson interface (2 out of 3 of our kids still have AMD cards) but to be honest I actually feel that the GeForce Experience is a lot smoother overall.

MCDS 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah, the geforce experience is pretty good; my old 7970 cooked itself after one of the fans went, of course it still worked but it worked at half speed and would crash if it was used to game. So I got an 970, the case I have wouldn't allow for 390 I would got if I had went with amd plus I was curious what nvidia was like so far it has been a smooth experience with no problems. I still miss the crimson interface though.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Admittedly I did not look into AMD cards at all for a comparison. Maybe on the next build (at least several years in the future).

FastTempo 1 point 19 months ago

By then there will be better value cards with much higher performance, but the 970 is a good performance card at the moment :)

MCDS 2 points 19 months ago

Nice build

SH4W 2 points 19 months ago

Congrats on featured build mate ;) You deserved it for taking those photos hahaha

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Lol thanks :D I'm also a rookie photographer so here is a cheap plug for my Flickr page

--> flickr.com/imawesomeali

drumbum47 2 points 19 months ago

I like the colors! Reminds me of the Suicide Squad marketing.

fieldsy4life 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Great build. Love the EVGA gear and the fact that it is air cooled. Hue+ looks awesome, too.

SomeJoker 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

2spuewky4me Greta job, man! Congrats on featured build!

LBrown 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Great build! Looks cool. Check motherboard specs, I believe the GPU is best utilized in the top PCI-e slot. I just upgraded to the Z170-E board and read that in the manual. Again, kudos on the build... I'm a little jealous.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks for the tip, will probably move it up soon.

LBrown 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

On these boards, the top 2 PCI-e slots PCIE_1 & PCIE_2 runs at x16.

So you could 2-way SLi with x8+x8. The bottom slot runs at x4 mode (PCIE_3) and it shares data lanes with the M.2 SATA connector.

HaloEliteLegend 2 points 19 months ago

I want to add lighting to my PC sometime. I have a side window, but no LEDs anywhere, except for a couple on my motherboard and a bright "Zotac" logo LED on my GPU. RGB lighting looks sick. Me likey -^

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah the RGBs are dope and I'm pretty sure there are some more affordable RGB kits if 60$ is unreasonable.

MaxGame5o 2 points 19 months ago

love the lighting!

SuperTailsHD 2 points 19 months ago

Taste the rainbow!

Ruru 2 points 19 months ago

My Favourite PC build on this entire website! I am trying to do something similar with my build too

Stereotypical_Whale 2 points 17 months ago

Been a while, still my fav

Splitz 2 points 14 months ago

I might be late but I had to point out how you said "Got the NZXT Hue+ for some dank MLG rgb action"

****** gg

benn.0rg 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

This pc makes me want to join club penguin without the permission of my parent or guardian

ArchaicBuilder 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I found the CAM software was bugging out U-play when I was trying to get into Far Cry 4. Not sure if its the same issue but just wanted to let you know! Nice build btw. :)

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks for the tip, next time I play Far Cry I'll see if it makes a difference

addcool 1 point 19 months ago

Did you get the LEDs on partpicker? I don't see any on here.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Nope, the package is called the NZXT Hue+ (1 controller and 4 LED strips). Here is the Amazon link where I bought them --> http://amzn.com/B018YZ0H1O

addcool 1 point 19 months ago

awesome, thanks

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

PCPP doesn't offer it on here. Everyone has been having to add it as a custom part.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Very strange, I looked for it at several different times to no avail. Was it added recently?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Update: I may have been unable to find it as it was marked incompatible with my case for some reason. It is not incompatible but I did have to install the LED strip in the rear exhaust area using duct tape as the fan back there was taking up some required space for the strip. Aside from that no compatibility issues and the Hue+ controller actually mounts very elegantly onto either of the SSD mounts above the PSU shroud.

HelloPeyton 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I love the look of Cryorig coolers. Does it perform as good as it looks? How is the noise?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

It performs great! The freaking i7 runs at a constant temp of about 25C and during GTA I'm pretty sure only hit mid 50C's. As far as sound goes, I don't have much of a reference to compare it too but from my personal experience I would say I can only tell the CPU sound occasionally during gaming. Also have not done any overclocking so I can't tell you how well it performs then but I would imagine pretty decent.

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MafiatechTeam 1 point 19 months ago

nice build but why is the gpu at the bottom slot?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Disregard my earlier comment if you read it before I deleted it, lol. I was not aware of the implications of having the GPU at the bottom slot. After reading several other comments I will be moving it to the top slot soon.

MafiatechTeam 1 point 19 months ago

Well looking at it I appears the cpu cooler interferes with the GPU at least from the perspective of picture :p, what's it like so far

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Nope there should be enough space, perhaps the pictures are a little unclear. It is pretty awesome. The only issues I've had was my wireless Logitech mouse stuttering and lagging profusely while trying to navigate a simple web page. I think it may have been the mouse's fault as it has been in use for at least a year now and I plugged in a newer mouse (same exact model/wireless) and the problem is almost completely gone now. I also ran out of USB headers on the MOBO for the WiFi/Bluetooth card so I may have to route it to an external USB (which thankfully is possible out if the box) through the rear rubber hole/flaps.

MafiatechTeam 2 points 19 months ago

maybe get a usb to pci/pcie hub? i think its the angle of the photograph it looks like it could

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

If that is a thing that exists then that'll probably be the way to go. Gotta look at the system later when it's in front of me. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

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sniperpro 1 point 19 months ago

no, the pc is on the floor, nice build

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yep, had to put it there as the desk gets very crowded and feels somewhat claustrophobic.

badgerbroc12 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

2spooky4me

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 19 months ago

Where did you get that wallpaper btw?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

From this amazing artist's gallery. Check him out! -->http://www.facets.la/

Stereotypical_Whale 2 points 19 months ago

KOOL

JoshD261094 1 point 19 months ago

Just a quick suggestion man, try moving your GPU up to the first PCI-E slot on your mobo, you should see a significant performance boost, as thr first PCI-E slot has x16 PCI lanes, where as the current one has x4, x8 at the very most! Otherwise, awesome and nice build dude!

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks for the tip, I will look into this.

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Please move that GPU up to the top slot. Other than that excellent +1

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks for the tip!

beatboxingboy 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Question, is it just me, or is the GPU in the bottom slot? I could be wrong but most GPUs work best in the top slot? also....if you had posted this on 4/20 (yesterday at the time of writing) then :O

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah I will probably move the GPU assuming that it's the best arrangement on this MOBO. And I was tempted to post it on 4/20 but somebody was waiting to see the final build and I didn't want to make em wait. I was close though!

Clbparham 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

All you're missing now is a Blackwidow X Chroma ;)

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah I'm currently using wireless Logitech mouse and keyboard, might get something that better matches the build later on.

drumbum47 1 point 19 months ago

I like the colors! Reminds me of the Suicide Squad marketing.

Yusi500 1 point 19 months ago

That computer is scarily close to the edge of the desk

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Lol that's part of the reason it is now on the floor, along with how much desk space I was losing because of it.

kusanagiklan 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Great build, still blows my mind how they pick 970s though when the 390 is here.

Nvidia Maxwell cards have negative performance in dx12

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yep, did not do all my homework here but it satisfies my needs for now anyway. Thanks for the tip, however.

kylethecrazy 1 point 19 months ago

did you buy custom cables?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

No, they're all black which matches the build and pretty much all the cables are hidden so I didn't really see a need to.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I cannot believe this build was FEATURED thank you everybody for your comments and suggestions!!!

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JoJoJaimster 1 point 19 months ago

Why does it say that the OS is zero dollars?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

I got a free key from my cousin. Also I like to represent the general cost of the hardware specifically.

espiritujo 1 point 19 months ago

Reason for the 2133 ram?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Not a specific reason for the mhz but I just like Hyper X. Are you suggesting it is overkill or that I should have gone fore 3200mhz ram?

espiritujo 1 point 19 months ago

Nah just curious that's all. I just finished my setup which I'll post on here, I went with the 3000 mhz Corsair Vengenance LPX because they were on sale, but I had to go to my BIOS and enable XMP. I was concerned about getting the 3000mhz ram because of enabling XMP, but it worked out for me so I can't complain. Nice looking system though!

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks, and have fun with your build!

Caiden1333 1 point 18 months ago

How did you fit the NZXT Led controller into that case? It says it is not compatible.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

It fits perfectly onto the included SSD trays that you then mount to the PSU shroud with a thumb screw. Very easy to do, the only "compatibility" issues are that the LED strip towards the back of the case (left side if viewed from the window side of the case) has to squeeze in depending on what type of 140mm rear exhaust fan you have. If you have a 120mm rear exhaust there shouldn't be a problem. Also the cables that route from the back of the LED controller have to be plugged in and routed before attaching the SSD tray holding the controller to the PSU shroud. So it is all compatible (I'm not sure why it is listed as incompatible), just a little work to get some stuff to fit neatly.

NickSquicciarini 1 point 18 months ago

Is this cpu cooler good for keeping temps pretty low while gaming??

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

While playing Far Cry 3 on ultra settings I the CPU is currently staying around 40C but you probably want to read some Tom's Hardware posts for more detailed info. Although from my experience with it so far it is a great cooler, looks great in the case, and runs very quietly.

mrprogamer56 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

love the build but you should have instead of a really expensive cpu you should have went for the gtx 980 you would get better performance for the money

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I do video editing and therefore the CPU is probably justified, also looking into getting the GTX 1070 when it releases and putting the GTX 970 in my sister's soon to come build.

Downey 1 point 18 months ago

dude your build made me cry... its so good. I might use this same build

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks for the positive comment, good luck on your possible build!

icepaw113@gmail.com 1 point 17 months ago

Hey! I love the build, looks great! I was wondering how your wireless card is working for you. (I'm looking for an affordable AC option.)

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Sorry for the very late reply. I haven't been checking the site much. Anyway, I have been using a wired connection and my speeds are 150mbps down and about 350mbps up (don't ask why the upload is so much better than download, our ISP has been doing some weird stuff lately). Later today I will unplug the ethernet cable and test the speeds using the wireless card. I have used the card a few times without ethernet and I can say it's a pretty good card thus far. My PC is located about 10-15 ft away from our main router so I can't speak too much on range but it claims to have a decent range and uses three antennaes screwed into the card that stick out from the back of the PC.

icepaw113@gmail.com 2 points 17 months ago

Wow! No problem on the timing, thanks for the detail! My internet is awful where I live, so I understand the strange speeds. I am super jealous of your build, thanks for the response!!!

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

So today I realized I forgot to give you results on the wireless card. The following results were all measured within a 5 minute test period.

Ethernet (Direct connect to wall): Ping - 4 ms/Download - 151.99 Mbps/Upload 344.87 Mbps

WiFi connection to Wireless Modem/Router that is about 15 ft away from the PC: Ping - 5 ms/Download - 60.51 Mbps/Upload 86.22 Mbps

WiFi connection to WiFi Extender that is downstairs and at least 50 ft (I'm guessing) away from the PC: Ping - 4 ms/Download - 35.45 Mbps/Upload 41.66 Mbps

I included the Ping although it remained fairly constant amongst the tests so I am not sure if it has much to do with the distance of the PC with WiFi card to the WiFi connection point. From Ethernet to close proximity WiFi the down speeds automatically dropped to 40% of what they were with Ethernet and upload speeds dropped to 25%. When I connected to our WiFi extender that is fairly far away from the PC the speeds dropped roughly by half. Your speeds will not be the same but hopefully this relative comparison can give you an idea of what the WiFi card is capable of. I used speedtest.net to measure these results. Good luck with whatever you chose!

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

VERY IMPORTANT It turns out I had a different card listed on the part list. The card I am actually using is the TP Link N900 (Model - TL WDN4800)

The part list is now corrected. The card that was previously listed is the Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter https://pcpartpicker.com/product/tTdqqs/gigabyte-wireless-network-card-gcwb867di

icepaw113@gmail.com 1 point 17 months ago

Okay, Thanks!!! I appreciate the trouble you went through to get these results. The card sounds perfect for my needs, I'll probably pick one up in a couple weeks, as soon as I can find a sale on one. Thanks again for all of your help!

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

No problem, I'm glad to have helped.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 17 months ago

Hey dude, you mind if I use a picture of this PC in a school project?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I don't mind at all, go for it!

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Do you want me to email you the full resolution pics of it? If so DM me on here and let me know which pics you would like!

:)

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 16 months ago

lol been a while, im pretty sure I passed the class, it was careers, anyway yeah I did a **** job.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 16 months ago

yo you should get custom rainbow extensions from cablemod.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah I was looking for custom cables when I was building my machine but couldn't find what I wanted. Not sure if cablemod recently brought these in or if I was too lazy to find them. Thanks for the heads up tho I'll consider it. Never mind, I just looked at their website and can't find any rainbow configs. Is it a preset color combo only or can you individually pick your cable colors?

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 16 months ago

There is a new cablemod configurator where you pick psu extensions, the material, the length, and then the colours.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Ok cool, I managed to find it with a simple google search. Perhaps I will use this later on. Thanks again for letting me know about it.

AntiEmerald 1 point 13 months ago

I like how you wrote 2TB on the ssd.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks. I did that back when I used to watch Casey Neistat a lot. It gave it that "don't give a ****, gets the job done" sort of look.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 13 months ago

when is sp00ky spectrum 2.0 coming?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Not sure atm. If you are referencing my suggestion that I may be doing a build for my sister, that may not happen. She might get a Macbook Air instead of a PC. Her loss.

Xlongshotx98 1 point 12 months ago

This is AWESOME Great work on the pictures! What camera did you use?

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Sony a6000 with kit 16-50 f3.5-5.6

vincenzo2 1 point 6 months ago

Rip... Club Penguin

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

R.I.P. Club Penguin. Sadly now that my machine is obsolete I will be burning it along with all my other worldly possessions and moving to the wild, where I can live free with local flora and fauna and learn what the meaning of life truly is...

But before I do that I'm sticking an Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080ti in this bad boy for the hell of it!

mtrapuzz 3 Builds -3 points 19 months ago

Get rid of the cougar fans

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

If you don't mind could I get a reason? (Brand/noise/effectiveness/efficiency/etc.)?

mtrapuzz 3 Builds -3 points 19 months ago

Color doesn't mesh, and I would switch out for airflow fans, not static pressure. Static pressure fan is OK on the CPU cooler. I guess you could rip the orange rubber pieces off...

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Yeah that's what I originally thought but I actually like the weird combo of orange and black, and anyway the orange is not noticeable as it is pretty hidden and the lights drown out the color on the rear exhaust fan. As far as SP vs. AF I read a lot of Tom's Hardware posts and the like and it seems like there is an overwhelming suggestion of SP for the H440 due to the restrictive airflow on the front panel. Rear SP however is probably not the best config but it works for now, will experiment with different configs later on.

LeMMingSlayeR 14 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I have an Air 540 case and I went with 3 AF120s for the front intake. But I found out that because of the resistance of the front panel and air filter (I got the full filter setup for my case because we have 3 indoor cats) the AF fans do not really intake a high volume of air. I found that the SP fans work better at pulling air through filters. If your case has a filter in the front you will probably get more intake volume with SP fans.

BTW I love the filters I got, been in there since Christmas and virtually dust free!

http://www.demcifilter.com/c3/Filters-For-Your-Computer.aspx

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Thanks for reaffirming the 45$~ I spent on the Cougar SP fans. And yeah I have a filter there so even more reason that I should keep em.

imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks for your suggestion however.

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imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks :D

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imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Are you sure? I was told the thermal paste I bought was "pure silver" and the Cryorig paste was the mediocre stuff. It had pretty solid amazon reviews and was labeled "best seller" so I figured it was better.

VonKessler 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I replaced my h115i's paste with Arctic MX-4. Checked reviews online for about a week debating price/performance.

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

nope. The cryorig paste is great stuff! I use still use on other builds instead of arctic silver 5.

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526christian 1 point 19 months ago

AS5 works well, but it takes very long to cure

...Which is when it performs better than right after application.

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imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )

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imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I like how they look in the pics but I usually run it with a less distracting light blue.

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imawesomeali submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thank you

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ThoughtA staff 1 point 19 months ago

Don't spam sales posts please. If you want to sell hardware, please post to the For Sale or Trade subforum.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

new staff?

ThoughtA staff 1 point 19 months ago

Yep!

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Cool! Nice to meet you. What is your role on PCP?

526christian 1 point 19 months ago

He seems to be pretty much another Ryan.

ThoughtA staff 1 point 19 months ago

There's some deviation, but in a nutshell, what 526christian said.

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