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The Beast Version 2

by jtaylor117


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Date Published

April 11, 2015

Date Built

April 22, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

36.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

32.0° C


For starters my family calls this the beast so I stuck with it. Recently gave in and got a decent card. It's probably not needed since I don't game, but hey building is addictive and I just couldn't let this guy get a bad rep for a lacking card. Anyways here's the details. Main Desktop, 24/7 server PC for media to ITX, Laptop and Raspberry Pi B+. Use Kodi/MySQL on Desktop as server for 3 PCs. One ITX as living room HTPC. Lenovo Yoga 11s laptop and Raspberry Pi B+ in bedroom. "The Beast" runs 24/7 with little off time for cleaning,upgrade,etc. CPU and board are very stable and XSPC Raystorm with 240 mm radiator and dual-bay pump/reservoir keeps CPU around 26 degrees C. Currently have 10 case fans installed. 2 in front of HDD rack, 2 behind rack and in front of radiator, 2 behind radiator used as a push/pull for cpu cooling (all inside case which Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 has inside mount for 240 radiator) One on bottom of case *mid-case", Two silent 140mm Aerocool fans on top (pull into case which is a little unconventional, but use all to pull through rear fan.), and of course, one rear 120 mm fan. Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 case is very quite with foam padding throughout. The design is very sleek with swing opening for 3x5.25 bay access (I have LG Bluray writer on top with XSPC reservoir filling next two slots). Kingston Fury RAM is outstanding. For the price, I would not go with any other RAM. Although PSU is great price per wattage, I would recommend Corsair rm430 for comparable price. Pros: Great performance throughout system. Very quiet even when overclocked running at 4.1 with room to increase up to 4.4/4.5. Almost no loading time. EVER. Abundance of storage to store music,movies,tv shows, games, etc. SSD is outstanding for price. Lastly I cannot stress enough the great value of XSPC Raystorm kit. Came with 240mm radiator, dual-bay reservoir, LGA and AMD cpu block, 6 fittings (would be nice to upgrade fittings to compression fittings, but they do the job), plenty of clear tubing. All I had to add is $10 coolant. I had a Corsair H100i and one, the performance is not even close, two, the H100i died in about 3 months. Bad radiator, and as you should be aware you can't replace a piece of an all in one system. Cons: Although the case is very sleek, it is still quite large. Would take a second to consider how big these things are and if you have the space to hide it. Also, since this is a silenced case, the biggest con for me is that it has no window. Never thought that this would matter, but once you complete a build, you want to be able to "show the goods". Plus the only LEDs came with the Raystorm (reservoir and CPU block( and the 2 Aerocool fans. Makes it a pain replace stuff without having to use a flashlight.

Part Reviews


Best bang for your buck. Very stable. Overclocks to 4.4 without a problem. Got this paired with GYGABYTE GA Z97X UD5H BK for $300.00. Still cannot find a better deal to date for price and quality of this combo. Compliments of Slickdeals and Newegg.

Thermal Compound

Used this on more than 7 PC/Laptop builds, upgrades and repairs. Always reliable.


Runs as good as any RAM available and for the price, this is an automatic choice. BONUS, multiple colors to match your board and they look good.


Super fast. Super quite and never gets hot. Price continues to drop. 128g is all that I required, and I only use half. Samsung name continues to impress.


took this out of an external HDD. Runs cool and is stable, but no software support gives it one star off. Still worth a buy if you find one around.


As advertise. Got this for $100.00. Sleek, Quiet, and unlike others not sci-fi looking and overboard. Love the 2 in that it is shorter for a large case, and rather extended the length which also allows you to place a radiator inside the case. I wish the windowed version was available, well anywhere in the states. Also, not much room for cables and is all black with no LEDs. Just saying, if your in this thing as much as I am, get a flashlight.

Optical Drive

Best price for BR writer. Worth it , probably not since BR sucks when it comes to writing and you have to have a freaking $90 software to have any luck, still not LGs fault and DVD/CD RW is as you would expect with fastest RW speeds to date.

Operating System

2 months ago. 3 stars, but def. growing on me. The duel mode as a traditional desktop and app style mode. Apps still limited and fall well short of IOS, but windows still ahead in traditional desktop features especially since I am a builder, and if you are not aware, Apple sucks for builders with 0 cross-compatibility and overpriced components. (Although I still have an Iphone).

Case Fan

Average. Does the job, but would look for something on sale as an alternative.

Case Fan

Low price. Cool look and design. Quite and good price, but not as quite as I was expecting. Still worth a buy.


It's coolant and it's blue. My PC is by no means dormant, but come on. It takes a lot of supper running to notice a difference in coolant.


Raystorm all the way!!! Best choice (maybe second) I have made in a PC component. Never go closed system. I mean, you already took the step to build a PC rather than a store bought desktop, don't sell yourself short for a $30 savings on a Corsair H100i (Obviously I made this mistake. A $120 mistake for less performance and died in 3 months). Let's just say I wish I would have forked out the $30 then.


ISP fo $120. Umm yes please. 22" is plenty even for the less than perfect sight. Although there is literally no software support, thats what a graphics card is for. Added bonus. Borderless frame around sides and top are great. Very sleek when mounted on swivel mount.


It's cheap, it's logitech (got to love unifying receivers) and wireless. Although not the most durable board and def. nothing special on interface, it does the job.


$7. Wireless, Logitech (love unifying receiver the have) and touch mouse. All in all it's a good by, but don't be too sold on touch surface. It is not the most precise touch sensor on the planet.

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Gleiss 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

very nice product review and description, aesthetic wise i don't think you care much for it but more on function heck..+1

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Took a second look at the aesthetics. Added quite a bit including updated GPU (still feel like this was not necessary for the use but just had to do it). Re-wired everything and added blue cable sleeves. 2x blue cold cathodes and replaced back fan with a blue led fan. Looks a lot better, but always adding something. Wanted to ask, I know water cooling the GPU would be pointless, but can't shake the urge to want to do this if for anything to make it look cool. Do you know what I can use as a block? Can't find an answer for this anywhere.

Gleiss 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

well good of you to take some consideration on the aesthetic side of things,since you ask and its your build and money and you are well aware that its POINTLESS...here http://www.frozencpu.com/products/24362/ex-blc-1740/EK_GeForce_GTX_750_750_Ti_Waterblock_-_Acetal_EK-FC750_GTX_-_Acetal.html?tl=g30c311s2281&id=uUJRLTIZ i can picture this...it might look ridiculous on a large case just saying,anyway good luck.

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah. Found this. Would look bad. Was hoping for a full plate to take on VGA water cooling. The inly other thing I can think of is mosfet/chipset. My system temp seems to be running higher when relating to temp of cpu. It got up to 40 yesterday under pretty stout loading. Would you ever justify mosfet/chipset cooling? If so, how the h*** do you get it to match your board?

Gleiss 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

you can get a custom one but that requires proper custom made CLWC backplate for a specific model,time and money is a factor on that one,many pro custom modders are capable of producing that but meh....

is that constant recently or just randomly spikes up on load up programs that you use? best I can say is use a different configuration move the rad on top if able to on that case try a pull/push or push pull all together if allowed with that thick rad..or change the fans to a better one that has higher static pressure but then again that'll be down to your preference since most of the time noise is an issue like this one.


but for a more audible sound is for me the best


or go the noctua route..

mosfet cooling on new mobos wont really make much of a difference now a days since almost all mobos that are being produced are well built and the design mostly already have them in most important parts of the mobo that incorporate with the air cooling that your case takes in, now depending on the intake and exhaust set up that should really help out.

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I think I will take the top 2 140m fans off the top and take one of the two 120 out of the pull side of the rad and put the 140 on the bottom. Seemed to run better with only back fan pushing out of the case. I flipped the 2 140 fans to pull air in, and this was better than out. IDK I hate having spare parts around that I can use, especially since I can only use the deep silence 140s on top to use both. Maybe I just take one down to the bottom, flip the other at the top to pull heat out and take out the crap 120s on the bottom and the bottom 120 on the pull side of the rad. Lots of options with now over 10 case fans.

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Update photos. Tell me what you think.

Gleiss 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

nicely done on LED lighting and cable management,you even changed the cables to braided one's if what i can see is right?if what you did before on swapping and removing some of the fans the airflow was much better just stick with it for the meantime until you decided to change rad or fans, well done!

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks. And for wiring I actually got a sleeping set and worked them over the existing component wires. Want to get a modular pay to get individual sleeved wires

Gleiss 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

sleeving is a pretty good idea but time consuming and very fiddly if you want to make it perfect,didnt notice the 10th picture on the back,well by pay you mean psu right?i can only think of 2 brands that makes braided cables for their psu silverstone and corsair the rest im not really sure of...and dont even try buying a different braided modular cable and putting them on a different brand of psu thats dangerous,its something to do with wattage output on the cables and insulation sleeving that makes it dangerous.

ryan2pro 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

You lucky mother F'er dat 1 Gb internet connection. I can only dream of such a luxury with my current ISP.

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

gotta be Google Fiber...lol

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Right?! Fios is insane. Although setting up Linksys AC1200 sucked. Have to bridge mode it and use Fios crappy interface.

eopest 9 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Like your project description and parts reviews. I think your cable management could use some work, even if you can't see it. +1 for a Nanoxia build; you don't see many here (I used the smaller version for this build) and I like the design (yeah, they look very much like Fractal's cases). Be aware that GT 610 is barely adequate for running 1080p (I have one in my HTPC).

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

See update. Updated GPU. Frankly I didn't need it, but it just didn't look right. As for cable management. Let me tell ya, that is stupid hard to accomplish, especially since my 2 year old gets all up in there when i try to re route it. Next piece will def. be a full modular PSU. Got some blue sleeves and rewired the whole thing and replaced back fan with another (blue LED). Added cold cathode x2 that are blue. Added another 1TB 3.5 (have 1117 movies, 2409 TV shows, 180 music videos, 24000 songs and 10000 photos). Anyways thanks for the post, peer pressure to justify GPU upgrade if anything.

eopest 9 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Ok, true, I don't have a brightly-colored-wire-seeking 2-yr-old running around my builds :) For my part, I weighed in on the video card thing only because I had 2 610's and both of them had problems running movies and YouTube on my TV (1080p 42" Sharp, HDMI inputs) with two different computers; I also had a 630 that I dropped into both machines that has no problems with my TV. No scientific by any means, but enough that a 610 isn't a card I'd recommend as a HTPC card.

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Update photos. Tell me what you think.

frankiebowman 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Dat download speed Doe

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yup Fios is stupid fast.

eopest 9 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Man, I need to move to your 'hood. :)

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eopest 9 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Agreed. He's not gaming with this setup though.

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Hehe... See update. These replies were getting to me. But didn't go too overboard. Back out of of GTX 960 4gb and settled for the 750 ti FTW 2gb.

eopest 9 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Good card for driving the TV and occasional games.

jtaylor117 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Update photos. Tell me what you think.