Description

Yet Another Black and Red Build

I've worked on computers before, and done some programming/debugging before. But this was my first build from the ground up and I never realized how little I knew about hardware, until I was in the thick of it. This build was not without hiccups, some which were my fault and some which were not. The biggest frustration by far was the faulty RAM. I tested just about everything else first, and after about an hour I realized that one of the sticks was faulty. What really is annoying though is that to RMA it I have to send back both sticks, and won't be able to game on my shiny new PC for a week or two. That was definitely a bummer.

I also somehow bent a couple pins in the motherboard socket, which had me panicking for a bit. After a bit of surgery though I was able to fix it. Thank God. Before and after pics included. It's not perfect but it does work.

The Overclock

This little chip is a beast. I think mine runs a little hot, temps were getting close to 90 @ 4.9 GHz and ~1.28v, so I scaled it back to 4.7 @ 1.248. I'm happy with that, temps don't break the mid-eighties stress-testing with Prime95. Since it does run a little hot, I'm going to delid and add some Conductonaut, hopefully that will help cool her down. For now though, I'm very happy with 4.7.

I may not have won the Silicon Lottery with the Intel chip but I definitely did with the 1070 Ti. When I was overclocking, I never even found the point where it couldn't handle it. I stopped with memory boosted to 8700 MHz and graphics at 2150 MHz. It never broke seventy during three hours of Heaven looping, and powers three monitors without a hiccup (though I did initally have to reinstall my drivers).

Components

Case- I love this case, and I'm glad I went with it. I figured a full-tower would be better that mid as this is my first build and I didn't want to be too limited with space, but I didn't realize just how big this thing was till I got it. Not a problem though as I plan on building a custom cooling loop and the size will make that a bit easier.

CPU- This thing rocks. Fantastic performance for the price. Nuff said.

Samsung M2 SSD- Freakin fast. Starting this thing up gave me the same feeling as the first 2.5" SSD I used when coming from mechanical drives.

PSU & Crucial SSD- Both taken for free from a friend's old rig.

Peripherals- I normally wouldn't spend money on such nice extravagances but I'm glad I did. I was seduced by employee discounts and coworkers convincing me it's worth the investment. I love the mouse and keyboard, and the headphones are awesome. I especially love the Dolby Atmos they come with, I can really tell the difference in Battlefield 1.

I'm grateful I was able to afford such a nice rig. I definitely would be considered poor, I'm damn near eligible for food stamps and this took a long time of barely paying rent. Any parts that seem underpriced were able to be purchased below MSRP with my employee discount. I'm pretty sure I can't say where I work because I have the prices listed but you can probably guess from all the store-brand things I have.

Gaming on triple monitors is unreal, and something I never thought I would be able to do. I initially was planning to use the one Dell, but then a coworker gave me the curved Samsung when he upgraded to 4K and I found the other Dell used on Amazon for $120. I like a lot of older games that don't look fantastic at 5760x1080, but the newer games like Battlefield 1 look so freaking good. The 1070 Ti powers all three with Ultra/75FPS without breaking a sweat.

Future Plans

Soon I'll be adding a small LCD to display component data real-time, as soon as I have the time to dedicate. I'll have to buy another HDMI to DP adapter because the ports on the motherboard refuse to work. The biggest future plan is to add a custom hardline loop, with a 360mm radiator up top and 240mm rad in front. I also plan to add a 1TB SSD as most of my games have taken up the 250GB Crucial. I'm going to buy an Oculus Rift in the future, so as to escape reality even more (I'll probably wait and see what the prices drop to during the holidays), which was the reason for getting the 1070 Ti. And I'd like to get a mount for the center monitor, to free up a little bit more desk space (I'd mount all three but the Dell's aren't Vesa-compliant).

All in all, I'm very very grateful for what I have and I plan on it lasting me a long time.

Thanks for checking out my build :)

P.S. If anyone could offer advice on figuring out how to control fan speeds individually while using a hub, that would be greatly appreciated. I can't seem to figure it out.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

It's good, and works as it should, but it doesn't deliver the performance I was expecting.

Motherboard

I really wanted to rate this higher, it's a great board, especially for the price. But neither the HDMI nor DisplayPort works. And on top of that, the included M.2 Shield is a clever thought, but in reality it's an SSD electric blanket. DON'T USE THE M.2 SHIELD. My SSD wasn't performing as quickly as I expected, and after about 5 seconds of research I discovered that test have shown the shield to act as an insulator. Sure enough, I opened my rig up and the shield was blazing hot. SSD runs much better without it.

Memory

Even though one of the sticks was DOA, I'm still willing to give it 4 stars and recommend it. Sometimes bad luck strikes. It looks sooo good, overclocks as easily as it should, and I got it replaced no questions asked.

Storage

While being throttled by an M.2 insulator, this thing booted anything in 5 seconds. I hit the power button, enter my pin, and admire my wallpaper in about 3 seconds. Worth the investment, absolutely.

Case

Really nice cable management solutions and a subtle LED strip. It's a beautiful case.

Custom

A steal for the price (regularly $89.99), they're comfortable for hours, and I love the Dolby Atmos.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 6 points

Are those bent pins I see on pic 14?

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

That's what I thought too? They look bent

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah he talks about them in the description, looks like pic 15 is after bending them straight

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, somehow I bent them. But I got em functional again :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear you got it to work then. I hate seeing bent CPU pins as that can make a motherboard/cpu (intel or amd) a useless paperweight.

  • 17 months ago
  • 4 points

Cute Cat

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

The CPU holder looks like bread!

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

ikr it took me a while to notice that too

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

One gripe. That paint job. Should have done lighter coats. Other than that, nice build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was my first time using spray paint ever. It turned out far from perfect, but at least everything's functional

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta learn proper spray paint technique. You're slopping it on there like it's a 99cent buffet.

Interesting build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, as soon as I finished I realized I probably should have watched a YouTube video.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

That is truly an awesome build. Puts any xbox to shame. Also, your cat is adorable!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the name. good build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I was positive it wasn't going to be approved. Glad it was.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have cut some stuff out to make room for a 1080, would have been nice in this build. You should be able to OC that CPU to 5ghz easy with fairly low voltage.

Should etch a pic of that cat on the glass LOL

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm hoping I can get her up to 5+ GHz once it's delidded. RealTemp was giving me inaccurate readings I think, I started using HWMCPU ( I think that's what it's called) and my readings have been a couple degrees lower.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need to delid for 5ghz, as long as you have decent airflow.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

It just runs much too hot for me too feel comfortable. It was breaking 90 after 10 minutes stress testing with prime95.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you tweak your fan curve? Just pumping your fans a bit more could bring that temp down a good amount. No delid I run 5ghz at 75C.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I did on the GPU but not the AIO. How would you recommend doing that? I'm having trouble figuring out how to control my fans at all using the PWM hub.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a issue with 1 of the RAM sticks in my build, but Corsair sent out the replacement so I could continue using my rig with just the 1 stick of RAM until the new ones arrived. Then packed up the faulty and returned back to Corsair - a good way of doing business!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That would have been nice...

I just bought a 16GB set at Best Buy and I'm going to return it in 13 days. Hopefully the replacements come before then.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't let too much cat fur into the case, haha.

Nice build. Where's the Pi 5" screen? I can't see it in any of the pictures. What are you using it for?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't set it up yet. I was waiting for the case I ordered, which turned out to be a POS. So now I'm waiting to get another adapter and trying to think of an elegant DIY solution.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the painted PCIE covers

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)