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Not really forever but I hope this would last me 3-5 years lol. The prices that you see is how much I spent after discounts & rebate, I bought everything at microcenter all in one day with their 6 month 0% financing plan (would've been 18months but I was a couple days late for that promo..)

I currently have it running at only 4.4ghz at 1.2V, I would go higher but my cooler is kinda limited, I originally wanted the CM hyper 212 but it was too tall for my case so I settled for a temporary $10 cooler til I can upgrade to a better one (still debating whether to get liquid cooling or those Noctua fans, I would really appreciate it if you guys have any suggestions about it.) But nontheless, even with my tiny CM heatsink my temps doesn't go over 80C under 100% load so I'm kinda happy with it at the moment lol.

I'll add part reviews later. Let me know what you guys think!

Part Reviews

CPU

Fastest processor I ever owned, no complaints here.

CPU Cooler

Decent heatsink for its price. It does its job well and then some but if you're looking to seriously overclock your CPU then you obviously have to spend more lol.

Motherboard

Great mobo! Easy to use BIOS, well placed pins. Oh & if you're gonna use M.2 instead of 2.5" SSD, just make sure to switch it in the BIOS or else windows won't be able to detect your SSD partition, but most of you probably already knew that lol.

Memory

Cheapest DDR4-3000 I could find, can't really complain about anything.

Storage

Very fast! This thing is much faster than my old Samsung 850 evo, it literally takes less then 10 seconds to boot up my system, with my old Samsung it usually takes 20secs to boot up my old computer. Just make sure to download & enable momentum cache.

Video Card

Best GPU I ever owned, can handle all the games I throw at it. I currently have mine OC'd at +85 & +300, which is probably not even needed but it's stable at 60C-70C under load so I just left it like that after messing with it lol.

Case

Probably the best case at its price range! Material doesn't feel flimsy at all (as long as you're careful when you pop open the front & top part), nice smooth, glossy finish, plenty of space to mess around with, great air flow and most importantly it turns anybody into a cable management pro. Would highly recommend, especially to first time builders.

Power Supply

Cheapest 750W PSU I could find, does its job well, granted I only had it for a couple of days so I can't say much about durability. It's only semi-modular but at that price I can't really complain plus all the cables are easy to hide at the back of your case anyway lol.

Wireless Network Adapter

It's decent for it's price, if you're getting slow wifi speeds just update your driver and mess around with the antennas a bit & you will eventually find the sweetspot and then never mess with it ever again lol.

Case Fan

It's a fan, it lights up, it's cheap (got it for $3.99), it is kinda loud but not airplane taking off loud, I can hardly notice it whenever I'm playing. In short, you get what you pay for.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice choice on the case. I've always found the Phantom series of NZXT cases really good looking.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I really like the case, it looks really nice plus it makes cable management a breeze!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice all around build. Cable management looks great!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point
  • Buys a 6700k
  • Buys a 1080

  • Skimps on the PSU and CPU cooler.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You should turn that top front fan into an intake and remove the top rear as it will cause a feedback loop. The top front fan will supply cold air to your cooler. Then you may decide you don't need another cooler. What's the max height of a cooler in that case? as Pcparticker has the 212X and Cryroig H7 fitting.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I was always told that heat rises so it's better to have exhaust top fans, but i'll try to mess with it when I get some time off work and see if it'll bring my temps down.

Max height for Phantom 240 is 158mm, CM 212 is 159mm, it'll rub and push down on the window. I was planning to get the H7 cause I read great reviews about it but microcenter doesn't carry it so I have to buy it off newegg and I didn't feel like waiting for it..

Are you familiar with those Corsair hydro h55? Will that be better than other coolers (either fan or water) around its price range? Because I think I can only spare $60 right now lol.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Heat rises in natural convection when there is no other external force. Using fans you are overcoming natural convection, heat will go wherever you send it. You need air to get to your CPU cooler and the two fans are stealing it away especially the front top fan. You need as much CFM as your cooler fans are capable of flowing including your GPU.

AIOs are of no value at less than 240MM radiator and even then cause other issues that make their usefulness less that appealing. You can do much better with air and good airflow at a lot less NOISE. Solid tower coolers like the Thermalright True Spirit 140MM BW gets to few degrees of 240MM AIO coolers while having the least amount of noise. Take a look at this single tower cooler for ~$50. Nothing will touch it in that price range. Too bad it is too tall for your case.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/7160/thermalright-true-spirit-140-bw-rev-cpu-cooler-review/index6.html

Now the problem with this particular one is that it might be too tall.

I have a Seidon 120XL which I paid $30 for. It uses a push pull setup on a thick radiator. It performs very well but damn when I didn't feed it enough air it SCREAMED so loud because the 120MM fans went to 2400 RPM at max load. It wasn't worth the performance. I wore head phones and it was still unbearable. After reconfiguring my case to give it enough fresh air it was tolerable. Still loud though. My air cooled setups now use Hyper 212+/Evo with oversized 150mm fans that give it better performance (10 degrees) and never gets too loud even at maximum speed (1300-1600 RPM).

So go for the H7 it will be worth it. Also I see people here with your case and 212s so there must be more space than they are speccing.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How I wish 212 evo fit without the heatpipes hitting the window side panel. This reddit page was the main reason I didn't get hyper 212 for my phantom 240 lol.

https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2rrm2n/fyi_hyper_212_evo_does_not_fit_in_phantom_240/

I think i'll just get the H7 from newegg and just put my $10 tiny CM on my AMD build which is still using its stock fan lol. Or if you know any other heatsinks under $50/$60 that is better than the H7 please let me know, I really appreciate all the tips & feedback.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Tom's recommends this one: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/deepcool-gammaxx-400-slim-tower-cpu-cooler,4460-2.html

H7 Also looks good and matches your case.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

No G2 PSU :(

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! Would recommend getting a backup storage HDD though.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

It was already white and comes with a white backlight.