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Black Aurora

by anujpatel631

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32 Comments

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Date Published

March 2, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

Hey, everyone! I recently completed this rig and it will serve as my everyday driver. My last setup(which was my first build) was a budget build that opened the doors of custom builds for me. That first build, although a budget build, got me hooked. So I decided to go into deeper waters for better aesthetics and performance.

Case = The Corsair Air 740 accommodates everything very nicely given the size and space available and cable management comes with ease(I may transfer to a phanteks case soon).

CPU = I OC'd my i7-7700K to 5Ghz so eventually I want to go to a loop setup for cooling. The AIO is holding the fort down for now, but I would like to push my CPU a little further so a custom loop would do justice.

GPU = The GTX 1070 FTW. I initially was set on 4K so I ordered a 4K monitor and a 1080 FTW. I set up the 1080 and proceeded to test it with benchmarks and strenuous games which led to black screens and the fans going to 100% so I decided to return it and drop down to 1440p/curved for better fps and the 1070 FTW which was more than capable.

Mobo = Gigabyte Z270X K7. RGB, Aesthetics, SLI, and DP were pretty much my only requirements so this board fit the bill.

Ram = Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB(2x8). Both sticks white leds blink(not in sync) - So that can be a bother to some. They pair well with the Z270X Mobo RGB's.

Monitor = Acer XR342CK 34" Curved 1440p 75hz (XR341CK is listed on my parts list). This took me the longest to decide on. I went through 3 monitors before I landed on this one and stayed with it. I wanted G-Sync, 144hz, 1440p, curved(1900r) - but that combo is hard to find. The other monitors I was looking at were: 1) Acer Predator Z35 35"($999 - It has G-Sync, 144hz, preferred curve, but was 1080p). 2) Acer Predator X34 34"($1099 - it has G-Sync, 100hz, 1440p, but didn't have the preferred curve). 3) The Asus ROG 34"($1182 - It has G-Sync, 100hz, 1440p, but didn't have the preferred curve). 4) The LG 27" 27UD68-W($600 - It has 4K, 60hz, no curve, no sync). I purchased the Acer XR342CK because it was about $200 less, but the ROG has been on my mind ever since.

(I have the bottom fans set to exhaust because I have a mildly dusty home because I have two dogs/carpet so I was trying to prevent the amount of dust sucked in over time while maintaining acceptable temps.)

I see other builds on here that are very impressive so I hope I'm up to par. Thanks for checking out my setup and thank you for any questions and/or comments!

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uberlizard 1 Build 5 points 26 months ago

Gotta love how you planned the build so it's exactly 3000 dollars to the cent.

adventureguy 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

lel ezpz

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uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

we think in the same ways my friend

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uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

ok im confused what

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DanThePCMan007 3 points 26 months ago

so I hope I'm up to par

You've hit the par and went soaring past it!

Coolness +123 ABC

anujpatel631 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I really appreciate it, Dan!

DanThePCMan007 2 points 26 months ago

No probs man, enjoy your PC!

MoreGaming 2 points 26 months ago

How is the Predator 875.00 Is There a Sale?. BTW +1

anujpatel631 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

We can only wish! The monitor I have is the Acer XR342CK. Thanks!

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NotMark 2 points 26 months ago

Exactly $3000? thumbs up immediately

anujpatel631 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Appreciated!!

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Great lighting and build overall!

anujpatel631 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you, sir!

pengxs972 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Where the hell is the power supply??? that makes no sense to me

Matthewgrossman 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

The case is a dual chamber case so the PSu and hard drives are on the other side

christianfontaine 2 points 26 months ago

Tight, tight, tight!! Such a clean build with just the right amount of RGB. Gives me the feels...:)

anujpatel631 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I do love me some RGB! Thanks for the love, Christian!

NLR 1 point 26 months ago

Why are the two bottom fans set to exhaust? I would assume that you'd want to have them pushing air upwards into your GPU.

Other than that, you have my +1!

anujpatel631 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I was waiting for this comment! In the future I'm going to switch it up, but for now I have a mildly dusty home because I have two dogs/carpet so I was trying to prevent the amount of dust sucked in over time while maintaining acceptable temps.

Thanks for the +1, NLR!

NLR 1 point 26 months ago

Gotcha. I had a feeling it was a dust related reason, but I wasn't entirely certain.

jowo21 1 point 26 months ago

Someone correct me if I'm wrong...but with 3 140mm fans + the 2 on the rad all on exhaust but only 3 120mm fans on intake, that means you are running a negative pressure setup right? So from what I've read, that means your system is actually sucking up more dust from openings in your case because of this pressure system so may actually be worse for you on that regard.

I myself am running a negative pressure setup with 3 140mm on exhaust running at higher rpm and 3 120mm for intake running at their lowest...temps are good but the dust is insanely higher.

anujpatel631 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I've read that as well. I've honestly tried both ways. The difference [for my rig] isn't drastic, but I did notice more dust at the bottom of the unit when the bottom fans were set to intake. At this point, dust is minimal and temps are steady. Again, in the future, I'm most likely going to switch it up.

The_Wizard_Man 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Why the repost?

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

For the sake of airflow, I'd flip the bottom fans to intake.

RIsaac 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

loving those cables! combs? not so much, but they don't subtract from the attractiveness of this build!

tygeezy 1 point 25 months ago

Did you set your top fans mounted on the radiator to intake? I just ordered the same case for my build and was thinking of doing something crazy by doing 7 intakes and 1 exhaust out the back. I saw a video where if you had an open air shroud video-card lke I do and it looks like you do as well.; that the cpu would get hotter because the radiator is sucking up hot hair produced by the GPU.

My thinking is you could get around that by pulling cold air from the ambient temp room through the radiator which would also give the vrms some much needed air. You could also mount the radiator on the front and set the fans to intake to cool the radiator, but then you aren't cooling your vrms if you use the top fans to exhaust. I guess you could still set those to intake as well, but I don't think the vrms need THAT much air as the radiator would obstruct a lot of the air flow, but still give it enough.

This case only comes with one dust cover, which is kind of annoying. I'm going to have to get some magnetic dust-covers for all intakes. I also have dogs, 4 of them. So that will be extremely important for me. Great build though, it's my favorite on here for the air 740 case.

mr.nonchalant 1 point 25 months ago

I recommend the thermaltake matrix fan filters http://www.frys.com/search?search_type=regular&sqxts=1&cat=&query_string=thermaltake+matrix&nearbyStoreName=false
I too have this same case and 8 fans total. (3 120 intakes at front with the case supplied filter, 2 140 intakes at bottom with 2 thermaltake D14 filters, and 2 in push configuration on radiator at top as exhaust and 1 back exhaust).

yellowjesus 1 point 23 months ago

Got the same case for my build, what did you use for the top and bottom air filter?

Fairladyzx32 1 point 13 months ago

how is that evga power supply doing for you? have you added any cards? how is the overclock doing? thinking about getting it since its the only psu with 2 8pin connectors at my store or available local that isn't a platinum or titanium for 300-400 bucks see id like to hit 5ghz on my 7700k aswell as possibly adding another rx480strix not sure if I should just wait and get a supernova 1000 or something lol lmk

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anujpatel631 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thank You, Xayxay! That's what I strive for.

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