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It's been forever since I last built something since 2011. My last build lasted me awhile even with a budget build: Corsair 600T, the legendary 2500k @ 4.5ghz, DDR3-1600 ram, and a cheapo MSI mobo, and I only really updated the GPU every 2 years or so. I've been itching to build a new PC, and wanted to go with the current trend of tempered glass + RGB. After doing some research, in terms of all the parts I wanted to get, I settled with my current list. The Phanteks case is absolutely superb, the best case I've ever worked with. It is a bit cramped in there though, and I hesitated to pull my sound card out and just go with my onboard sound. After listening to my onboard sound, there's no way I could go back to that sound quality as I'm used to audiophile class sound. I use my Mojo DAC/Mainline amp to connect to my HD800, and the Essence STX II 7.1 which connects to my Swan M200MkIII + Pioneer SW-8MK2 2.1 speaker setup. My GPU heats up more so than it did in my Corsair 600T, quite a bit actually, about 5 celcius higher at idle at 35-40 celcius, possibly due to lower default case fan speeds, and runs at 70-73 celcius during benchmarking or Witcher 3 (which uses 98% GPU at all times). The case does run warm a bit, as I have my default case fan running at 20%, and my radiator fan at 25% for minimum noise. My next GPU will definitely get an AIO water cooling kit like my CPU so I don't have to worry about the air flow as much.

I'm glad I chose NZXT AIO cooler this time around instead of the Corsair as I did last time, as the x62 really is in tune with the RGB theme. I decided to put the x62 radiator on top of the case, because my GPU will be the primary device that needs cool air, and putting the radiator up front will heat up the air intake to my GPU. Even with the radiator on top, I'm still able to get the 7700k to 4.8ghz @ 1.30v. Not superb, but then again the CPU is no longer bottlenecking my GPU like my 2500k did, so I don't mind. It did boot at 5.0ghz, but stress test failed after 20 minutes. It was stable at 4.9 for 4 hours, so I decided to go down to 4.8 just to make it "extra" stable and cool down the interior of the case a bit for my GPU.

I also got the Phanteks LED strip (PH-LEDKT) 2 meter, which is more than enough and I had to wrap around the top of the front fan, down the back of the case, then loop around. I would choose the 1 meter if I had to do it again, as it's more than enough, although I feel that I made the 2 meter work in this situation. I decided on the violet light theme with the LED strip and my GPU, hence the "Vegas Strip Club" theme. The Zotac GPU allows me to have 2 LED configurations, one idle and another during load. When at load it smoothly transitions from one color to the next, like how my ram is doing. In the end, I'm pretty satisfied with my build, it was my first attempt at cable management. Even when I didn't use custom cables, I made the front of the case as tidy as I could.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 4 points

T H I C C G R A P H I C S C A R D (awesome build btw)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I've been stuck with Zotac since my 980 Ti which was also an Amp Extreme. They really improved their build quality through the years and they should be tier 1 GPU makers on par with EVGA, Asus and MSI.

  • 34 months ago
  • 4 points

If this were a Vegas stripper (hypothetically), I'd slide a 50 into its (hypothetical) underwear. +1 for one hell of a build

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

but would you slide that 50 with your hands, or your mouth ;) Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

[comment deleted by staff] lol

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Sorry for being so nitpicky, but my OCD can't handle it.

You mounted the AIO cooler wrong. The NZXT logo is not horizontal.

Maybe it's due to a motherboard fault or cooler fault but... OCD

I'm very sorry.

However, awesome build! +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I know lol, I tried horizontal, but that will drive the USB cord hanging towards the top of the x62, sticking into the back of the radiator, and I had a hard time imagining that looking good and will also prevent the radiator from being able to pushed into the proper position. In the end, I stuck to having it side ways, which kind of matches how the "maximus" LED logo from the mobo is to the left anyway :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The radiator is mounted correctly. There's literally no other way to mount it - if he turned it upside down, there are no guideholes for the fan mount screws.

  • 34 months ago
  • 5 points

He is not meaning the radiator. He is talking about it being sideways on the motherboard

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  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the theme! Awesome build!

+1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! My girlfriend actually suggested the color, I originally had the theme red, but it looked a bit "plain"

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

MRW I see that Monitor in the list.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually preordered the new Acer z35p, I figured I can't just play on 60hz anymore no matter how good the monitor is. It's going to have 3440x1440 at native 100hz, but can OC to 120hz :D~~~

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are they taking pre orders?!?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same case. I, and this might just be me, like the radiator mounted front better on this case. The top mount seems to cover up some of the motherboard and the front you can push pull with extra fans... Just a suggestion. Good build +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I seriously thought about mounting the radiator in the front, and read about several other builds that did this due to having high CPU temps. I debated it, and figured if I do that the airflow to my GPU won't be as cool, and GPU to me will be the #1 priority as I need the best OC potential for that. Of course my sound card also blocks the way of the GPU airflow, and I nearly given up on mounting that sound card, as it has no other slots available due to the mobo's build. I'm definitely going to get an AIO water cooling for my GPU next time so I don't have to be so constrained.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Look at this guys build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/9xcYcf Idk, think you should think about it more... At least give it a test. I don't think it'll generate that much heat to affect your gpu

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Front mounted radiator for the CPU cooler is definitely the most popular configuration, but he didn't put up the GPU temps. I'm guessing his CPU is at least 5 celcius cooler tho. I called Newegg today, and they validated my Zotac 1080 Ti return without restocking fee in exchange for this:

https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=11G-P4-6598-KR

This will definitely cool my GPU better without relying so heavily on air flow. Only thing is that I'll lose that amazing RGB display on the Zotac.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. Right now my cpus idle is 27c and maxed 71c and my hybrid idles 34c and maxed 48c while gaming just now.... You'll be very happy. I purchased my 1080 Hybrid from evga for $750 when it first came out.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

that's significantly lower than my Zotac, I can't wait :D What made you decide on the EVGA Hybrid vs the MSI Sea Hawk?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess that could be possible. Guess it can be tested more but some might say thats debatable. You should mount it both ways and check ur gpu/cpu temps in comparison. Would be interesting. And yes, going liquid on the gpu is always good.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't have any money so I'll tip you with a +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

The best name XD Great build!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build sir.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

When the plastic cover is still on the AIO block

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I realized that then removed it lol, I'm one of those OCD people who don't remove the plastic wrapper until the very end :D

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

RGB mode for gpu?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

can you mount the x62 radiator to the front of the case?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have any problems with the memory being right up against the Ram? im doing an exact build and im trying to figure out which way I should mount the rad. Thanks

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason why there’s a sound card in your part list?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe consider adding a Wi-Fi adapter since that motherboard you chose doesnt have built-in Wi-Fi

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to see someone who recognize those components :D

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

My wallet just got annihilated by this thing