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I built this computer mainly for gaming and some school work (lol). I wanted to try out the new NZXT Noctis case as it looked pretty cool and it had the same well rated interior as the H440.

Overall, everything did fit nicely except I couldn't fit the kraken with the tubes going towards the back of the case because they were too long and would get stuck in the rear fan. I therefore had to take out all the hard drive cages to leave room up front for the tubes.

The intel i5 6600k is now overclocked at 4.43Ghz and idles at around 30-35C.

Since i changed the base clock to something around 102Mhz, the RAM, along with the XMP profile 2 ended up being clocked at around 2900Mhz instead of the original 2133.

As for the GPU, the R9 390 came up last minute as it fit perfectly in my budget and offered good performance for the money. It is overclocked to 1125Mhz and idles at 65C and reaches 85+ under load. I am probably going to upgrade to a full water cooling custom loop since this is pretty damn hot

Another great thing about the case is that it has a fan hub to connect all the fans together. Using the kraken's cpu header for all the case fans, I was able to control all the fans using the CAM software instead of going with an additional fan controller.

I also hacked some cheap rgb led strips with switches for each color, running on a molex as I couldn't use the original remote that came with them (have it in the car) Shoved all that stuff in the psu shroud to hide the wires.

There is also an added serial port connector at the bottom of the pci slots since it was needed for some hardware. It looks terrible but it does the job.

Gaming is just great, 1080p, 144hz, FreeSync, it runs pretty much most current games such as Black Ops 3 maxed out at 100+ fps. GTA V being an exception runing at merely 40fps lol

If you have any questions feel free to ask! :)

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

thats my same exact build omg

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that case. I have the same motherboard and I love it. Where on the motherboard did you plug the pump and the radiator? The CPU fan header or the CPU-OPT header?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

The kraken's pump is plugged into the CPU header as the instructions would suggest. There is also an additionnal Sata cable to power the pump and a usb header. The fan power cable attached to the kraken had 4 connectors on it, instead of plugging the 2 fans onto those, i plugged the entire hub into the first slot and put the pwm fans from the kraken onto the hub lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The reason I asked the question is because we have the same mobo. On the mobo there is a cpu fan header and a cpu/opt fan header, I was confused as to which one I need the pump connected. I have a Corsair cooler and I think it might be different to the kraken. I have very little knowledge of the technical side of a computer. I had no idea how to build one until just over 2 months ago. So obviously I have a lot more to learn. My PC is making a high pitched beep during games but it seems to be only when things heat up. It sounds like it's coming from the CPU area. I have contacted Corsair and had no response, so I am a little worried. Being able to ask someone with the same mobo seemed a good idea. The CPU temp goes up to about 65 C under load. The bios shows the temp to be 10 C higher than Corsair Link temps. I'm at a loss.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That is indeed pretty wierd, i do recall the motherboard manual mentioning the CPU-OPT for watercooling pumps but i think it applies to custom loops more than to all-in-one coolers since it remains at full power all the time. The kraken has a variable speed pump so it has to be connected to the CPU FAN header to ramp up and down with the cpu temps. If the corsair has two separate connectors for the pump and the fans, i would plug the radiator fans onto the CPU FAN and the pump on CPU OPT. I am not sure how the corair coolers work but, on the kraken, both the pump and the fans share the same connector for pwm. Just remember to have something plugged into cpu fan connector otherwise the computer won't boot lol

As for the high pitch sound, i have similar screeching sounds coming out of my gpu and around the cpu when there is a heavy load (ex. playing a game with the sound off, the gpu makes high pitch sounds that are audible until the fans kick in) I think it has something to do with capacitors having a piezo effect, like a buzzer. In most cases, it is normal.

What is the processor that you are using? Is it overclocked? Maybe the high temperatures are related to the thermal compound not working as intended or maybe the cooler needs to be tightened more against the cpu. If the pump was not running at all the temperatures would rise much higher.

I hope you will get that cooler figured out :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou for taking the time to explain this. I will check these connections and let you know. I hope you are right about the sound, I just can't understand that it would be normal. My last PC never made a sound like that. It is very strange, not too many people know what it is. I appreciate your advice.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi again! I checked my connections and I have my pump connected to the CPU/OPT header and the radiator fans connected to the splitter coming from the pump, it only has 2 connectors. I also have the two led fans on the rad connected to the CPU Fan header via another splitter. It seems to work well but my main concern is the high pitched sound. I check my temps regularly using Corsair link and CPU monitor. The temps shown in both these programs are the same. The strange thing is, the temps in the bios for the CPU are 10 C higher (I mentioned that to you earlier). I was playing RofTTR and left my earphones off so I could listen to the fans. I left the fans on Quiet in Corsair link and as the game kicked into high gear (so to speak) the fans on the rad automatically revved up a gear. It sounds like it works the same as your Kraken, working on full when needed. My CPU never goes above 50 C under load. Would you mind checking your temps in the bios up against your temp monitor in windows to see if there is a difference between the two readings? It could be something that this particular motherboard does as a safeguard. I checked the CPU Core temps and they are only 2 to 4 degrees higher than each other so do you think I have the pump block on evenly? I am running Intel i7 6700K, I have not overclocked the GPU yet. Check out my build and you will see what I have in there. Thanks in advance.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I forgot to tell you, I didn't use thermal compound, the pump block had it already applied.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello again!

I did some research on the temperatures displayed in the bios and it seems that it is common that the bios cpu temps are higher than the ones measured while in Windows. The reason being that in Windows, power saving features kick in, allowing the cpu to underclock or consume less power, thus generating less heat. These features are obviously not available in the bios and the clock speed of the cpu should be at the maximum for the whole time spent in the bios. So its possible that the temperatures from the bios are slightly higher than normal. I tried it myself and my idle temperature in Windows were 25C and the idle temperature when in the bios where 34C. Pretty consistent with your temps as well lol. It is good though that all your cores have similar temperatures so there doesn't seem to be a problem with the cooler or anything else :)

As for the high pitch sound, if it comes from the radiator area, it might be the fans or simply the pump noise. I noticed you said in other comments that the sound didn't happen when the radiator was in the front of the case so maybe it has to do with the fan orientation. Are the radiator fans pwm? I know it sounds stupid but if they are not, trying to pwm them might produce wierd sounds lol

At the end of the day, you can still relocate the radiator in front to avoid the noise if that fixes it :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice one about the led light strip hack job...just wished those strips were looking a bit higher quality! Don't you think? I can't really note the rgb much tbh.

How do you like the monitor? Its a 144hz panel I know that, and the build quality seems very exceptional in comparison to the rest

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thanks for the reply,

Initially i had bought a 10m roll of rgb lights off ebay so that's what was on hand at the time lol I agree it kinda looks like Christmas with all 3 colors on at the same time. I now leave it on blue so it looks pretty good with the side panels on.

As for the monitor, i had seen the review that Jayz2Cents did on it and apparently it is one of the few that has a freesync range that wide (30-144hz). The build quality is all right i guess, it is very light so it almost feels cheaply made but the base is very heavy so it ends up being very stable once put on a desk. So far i had no issues with it, have the computer with displayport connected as well as a ps3 via hdmi. I didn't even know it had built-in speakers lol One thing to note is that, while it has a audio-in jack, it does not have a audio-out to connect external speakers to it :( It's still a very good monitor, the colors look superb once setup and the freesync makes even GTA V at 40 fps feel smooth.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. But you could've went with the all white sabertooth board from asus, but then again it's your money and your opinion.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there,

Yes the Sabertooth did look very good but it was also very expensive! lol I had heard good things about the Gaming 7 board from Gigabyte so I was inclined to go with this one.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

On amazon the sabertooth is $170, I don't know if it was that cheap when you saw it though, but still it's a beastly build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

To fix your GTA framerates, try turning off all MSAA? I don't find it necessary at all, and it single handedly reduces your framerates by about 25. Nice build all round though!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahah yes I am currently running MSAA x4 because it actually looked stunning! I could indeed lower the settings to get better framerate even though 40fps with freesync is still very playable. Thank you! :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy mother of high idle temps batman! Try making s custom fan curve in MSI Afterburner to lower the temps.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have actually lol I am leaving the fans at 100% past 75C but, since it is overclocked, the only way to keep a stable 85C while gaming is to set the kraken pump and case fans to 100% as well. Otherwise it will keep climbing up to 90+ I'm thinking maybe a watercooling loop might help with this issue. I try to under clock the card as much as possible when not gaming to keep 35-40 ish idle temps lol The R9 390 is known to be a hot card though

My MSI afterburner settings are the following: Voltage +63, 1125Mhz core clock and 1600Mhz memory clock

I'm thinking the card could go higher if it weren't for the cooling restriction

Thanks for the input! :)

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