Description

Updated with new keyboard, mouse, mousepad, headset, headset stand, AIO, and GPU. After installation of 360 rad, using Asus Suite, CPU OC'ed to 5.1GHz stable.

Primarily for school work, web surfing and gaming.

  • I decided to move the 240mm rad to the front using the front middle and bottom fan. Used my spare SP120 RGB fans that came with the case to pull from the rad giving me a push pull config. It did manage to lower my max temp under load by 6 degrees. With this in mind i recommend a push pull config mounted on the front since there is no space to do it on the top of the case.

  • I just bought the Corsair Lighting Node Pro, It should be in, in a couple days . I got it to be able to sync the HD120 RGB fans with the lighting strips it comes with. I'll post pics when it arrives.

  • V1tech GPU Backplate and fan grill came in. Uploaded new photos.

  • Updated photos, to final look...well until I upgrade the GPU that is.

*I have to say, Corsair finally did their HD120 fans justice by providing software support for their lighting via the Lighting Node Pro*

Also, I found a way to to edit a skin for rainmeter to apply RGB on my now LIVE wallpaper. So, even my desktop is RGB! lol. Hope you guys like my new pics.

Part Reviews

Memory

Again overkill with 3600Mhz, but I'm happy with their performance and the colors are definitely amazing.

Storage

Makes a lot of noise for me. Prolly due to the multiple platters.

Case

Amazing case, wish it had a PSU end cover and the HDD mounts weren't reversed.

Case Fan

Looks good and very bright. Wished the lights were software based, so I can do a more rainbow pattern. Current patterns are decent though.

Monitor

I just love this monitor, it does have minor light bleed in the corners but not noticeable in daily use.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 11 points

"Light gaming"

i7 7700K

Maximus IX Formula

32GB RAM

GTX 1070

1440P 100Hz monitor

If you say so, bud...

  • 33 months ago
  • 5 points

"light gaming" xd

  • 33 months ago
  • 9 points

Just to clear things up...this rig is capable of playing most games at my current resolution of 3440x1440 at ultra settings. However, my steam library only consists of four games I only find the time to play once or twice a week at best...hence the light gaming. By no means did i mean the rig can only handle light games. :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Sweet Christmas. Love the build man! +1 for the shroud solution. I'd give you a gazillion more for that alone if I could register more ticks on that arrow.

So what material did you use?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot!

SilverStone Silent Foam SF01, Sound Dampening Acoustic EP0M Foam Material, Black, 21"x15", 4mm thick, 2 pcs

bought it from newegg to fill the gap between left side glass and case. https://m.newegg.com/product/index?itemNumber=N82E16811999222

Just taped the foam on cardboard and cut to size. It looked a lot better the first time but then i decided to make a larger cutout for the gpu cables and the hole ended up being too big.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Still looks better than the alternative. I have something up my sleeve for the lite mod on that shroud. We'll see if it works. Hopefully I publish in 3 weeks time. Appreciate the link.

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

$6000 PC

GTX 1070

why tho

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

Got stuck with a good deal. It'd be dumb to buy a 1080 at this point with the 1080ti around the corner.

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

2.147 PHz on a 7700k

wot

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi i'd like to know what did you put on the radiator to cover the wires?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I didn't do anything to the radiator. Do you mean the power supply?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

yes sorry i meant the psu xD

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

SilverStone Silent Foam SF01, Sound Dampening Acoustic EP0M Foam Material, Black, 21"x15", 4mm thick, 2 pcs

bought it from newegg to fill the gap between left side glass and case. https://m.newegg.com/product/index?itemNumber=N82E16811999222

Just taped the foam on cardboard and cut to size. It looked a lot better the first time but then i decided to make a larger cutout for the gpu cables and the hole ended up being too big.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

How would this be 'light gaming'? Anyway, great LEDs and lighting. I like pic 4. :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Where'd you buy your sleeved cables?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Their cablemod extensions. Bought from microcenter.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

mind giving me the link?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, your cable management skills are enviable. I like the lighting you've achieved it looks like a fun machine. I am working on something similar, still picking the parts, though, calling my build the Rainbow Unicorn, yeah kinda silly but it will be a serious beast of a thing.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot. Took several times and many hours of readjusting to get to this point. Good luck on your build.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, mon, yours was a joy to look at. How bout I send you my list when I finally settle on everything for your valued input?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure I'd be honored

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

any specific reasons you did push/pull instead of one or the other?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Push/pull for better temps

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

did you win the lottery XD

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish lol

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Mother of God... I love your build man! Check out my build I'm going to be building in the next couple months, its similar and I think you'll like it.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BbNYqk

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Hit me up when you've built it. I'd like to see the pics.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

where did you get those fan grills? And do they come in black and red? :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Check them out v1tech.com

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow Bro All Those Pics And The RGB Looks Phenomenal +1 Bro Hope You Enjoy It :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I read somewhere that the 7700k supports up to DDR4 2400. Is your system running great with DDR4 3600? If it is running great, do you what is the maximum frequency it can support? I like your build btw, especially the case! O

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey sorry meant to reply sooner. Ya it's running great at 3600. Can overclock one notch higher but preferred lowering to cl16 instead. Motherboard is spec'ed up to 4133 I think. Thanks for the comment.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

This balls to the wall and no 1080?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

lol I hear ya

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, with the Corsair Lightning Node Pro how are you suppose to power the usb 2.0?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought the NZXT internal USB 2.0 header

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello! first off i would like to say you have an amazing build! Im looking to build my first PC but have a few questions. Could you explain what the push pull configuration is? I'm a noob.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

2.147 Phz

SeemsGood

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Picture shows a Maximus IX or X Formula (Going with IX since the LiveDash display but dunno it’s hard to tell with heatsinks covered) but list says XI Formula

Just irritating when looking for builds with the XI Formula for looks ;)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Would like to know you opinion on the fans with the lightning node pro. Too bright? i have the same case but question buying them. Awesome build man

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey do you use corsair link for your fans? I have the same mobo and link refuses to recognize my fans and my cpu cooler (h100i v2)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the average fps when using this monitor on all ultra settings with the gtx 1070?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

U said "primarily for school work, surfing, and gaming." Well... Is that not the entire point of buying a PC???

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it work buying 2x8 gb of ram works cause they dont have 32 gb with 4x8 gb just wondering

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler fit on top of the case?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but not in push/pull configuration since it will hit the ram

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for organized desk oh my! What desk is that?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How TF do you do 2.2 PetaHerts?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Dannnngggg.... 2.147PHz is a really high clock speed...

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

What can you say about the GPU ? Thinking of getting the same

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That's not a Formula XI motherboard that's a Formula IX motherboard. Drastically different in design and one is a Z270 while the other is a Z390 chipset.

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

Primarily for school work, web surfing and gaming.

Sure....

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think people that can spend this much on a rig have time to play games all day? Perhaps you do

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

:)

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  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

THere is no way you could possibly get that cpu to 2 phz, that's over 20000000 ghz

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I used the same long screws for push and pull. If that's not what you were asking, please clarify.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

They came with the cpu cooler. You can also get spare ones from corsair for a few dollars.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks.

I'm actually using 8 fans in the rig 6 x HD120s and 2 x Thermaltake SP Riing Blue LED. I pulled the pair of SD120s out of the rig due to the need for another SATA connection for the controller. Also, the SD120 in pull configuration didn't actually look good from the back since the lighting is really optimized from the front of the fan. Although the thermaltake fans runs different RPMs than the HD120s (SD120s were different as well), I just tweaked them to match in ASUS Suite 3.

By pulling the SD120 fans out I save some space by not having to use a separate controller for them as well as not needing a spare SATA cable.

The bottom two front HD120s are connected to the fan splitter of the H100i GTX, the two pull Thermaltakes are plugged in the HAMP fan header via splitter, and the remaining 4 HD120s are simply connected to normal fan headers individually. If I were do it all over I would probably get a 3 way PWM fan splitter for the top two fans as well as the back fan to sync their speeds, since they're all set for exhaust.

Finally, I would really recommend getting the Corsair Lighting Node Pro if you want to see the rainbow effect of the HD120 fans, with that in mind you will need a second USB2.0 header to plug it into. Which is why I had to get the NZXT internal USB2.0 header. Since this is your first build, you are probably going to build and rebuild that PC multiple times before you are satisfied. So my recommendation is to truly plan out the build before completion because cable management with all of those fans and everything else is a nightmare for this case.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol light gaming...hence the 1070. Im really itching to get a 1080 though but might just wait for new releases this summer.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you. Had I known I was going to upgrade my pc from 4790k, I definitely would have bought the 1080 vs the 1070. But it looks like waiting is my best bet. Too many 1070s on sale on CL, very few 1080s, otherwise I would trade up now.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build Sir! Hello sir, i want to ask you a ouple questions if you dont mind helping me to build my first gaming pc. Q1:Did you use Windows UEFI bootable usb drive to intall your OS? Q2:How did you install your OS on dual ssd? Q3:Did you change change your "CSM" settings inside the bios? (Example) Uefi And legacy Oprom -> UEFI only or did you disable your csm settings? Q4:Is it okay sir to select "GPT" instead "MRB" to a 1TB HDD? or should i select "MRB" since its smaller than 2 TB. thats all my questions sir. hope you and someone who read this would give a time to answer my questions Thank you.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply.....Q1. No, i just cloned my SSD from my previous build. But yes you can uses a thumb drive to do a fresh install. Q2. You can install OS on RAID 0 or on just one SSD and use the others as back up SSD. I use use one SSD for backup and one for Steam files. Q3. lol no clue what you're talking about on this one. I'm no expert :). Q4. Yes.