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I'm really sorry about the crap photos that I've uploaded. x_x I will provide more photos in the future. And some photogenic ones too, hopefully :p

BUILD LOG

*JULY 21, 2018. After updating my BIOS to the latest version, I noticed that the red dual BIOS LED has been turned off. Previously, the dual BIOS LED was permanently turned on. I didn't tweak anything in my BIOS though, so I assume that this must have been one of the update's main features. Thanks, AsRock!

  • JULY 02, 2018. I swapped my Define R6 for a Meshify C since I won't be watercooling my graphics card anymore.

  • MAY 19, 2018. My air conditioner is finally fixed. I finally had the chance to test and see for myself if the ambient room temperature does affect the computer's overall temperature. I remember Jayztwocents saying that blower-style cards, such as the 1080 Ti FE, contribute to the increase of the room's ambient temperature. Previously, my idle temps for CPU and GPU are 33 and 34 degrees celsius, respectively. Now, they're as low as 30 (for the CPU) and 27 (for the GPU). My case's tempered glass window was removed and the front panel's door was open during this test.

  • NieR: Automata on ultra settings: With the air conditioner turned on and the tempered glass window removed and front panel door opened, the GPU's maximum temperature is 70 degrees celsius. It would usually bounce between 65-68 degrees celsius. When my air conditioner was still broken, the GPU would usually reach 78 degrees while playing. My only source of ventilation was a small electric fan (I live in a tropical country).

  • However, when the tempered glass window is restored and the front panel door is closed, the GPU reaches 71 degrees again, but it doesn't stay for too long in that area. This has been a very nice experiment!

  • MAY 1, 2018. I tried to 'overclock' my CPU and RAM via the motherboard's BCLK setting in the BIOS. The CPU was perpetually stuck in 4289MHz no matter how hard I push it during benchmarks. After experimenting with BCLK, I was able to push it to 4418MHz. Surprisingly, my RAM was also pushed by a few MHz, from 3600 to 3689MHz.

  • APRIL 30, 2018. Switched my D15 from a push-push config into a pull-pull one in order for the RGB RAM to be seen. I lost 2-3 degrees, at best, under load.

  • APRIL 29, 2018. Tested my GPU for a possible vertical mount in the future. I have concluded that it has enough room for an AIO.

  • APRIL 26, 2018. Replaced the i7-8700's stock cooler and heat sink with Noctua NH-D15

  • APRIL 25, 2018. First boot and finished construction.

Hello! I'm a new member in this site. Nice to meet you :D This is my first build that I've posted in this website. This is the third computer that I have built over the last 5 years. I'm really addicted to building and fixing computers. I'm undergoing therapy right now to deal with my depression. Tinkering with computers helps me feel calm and collected.

So, here we go. DREAMCAST! I named her after my old Sega console back in the 90's. It reminds me of simpler times and happier days. At first, I wanted a non-RGB build, but after getting my hands on a Define R6, I thought to myself that I HAD to incorporate some RGB elements into this thing.

Part Reviews

CPU

I would like to point out that this processor comes with a stock cooler and heat sink. They are severely insufficient in cooling this processor. In my stock configuration, I used to have 62 degrees idle and 90+ degrees load). I highly suggest that you should invest in an aftermarket cooler.

It gets the job done despite being a locked processor. I'm not really an enthusiast when it comes to overclocking, so I'm fine with the 8700. It constantly stays (for me) under 4289MHz under load.

Users of this processor are not left in the dark, though! The 8700 can still be "overclocked" by changing the BCLK values at the BIOS. By changing the value from Auto to 2.70, I was able to reach 4418MHz under load, with 1.305 voltage. It also helped increase my RAM's frequency from 3600MHz to 3689MHz.

CPU Cooler

Yes, it's an air cooler. But it is a very terrific one, at that! It keeps my i7-8700 (locked) CPU under 60-67 degrees while playing, and 75 degrees during CPU benchmarks. I'm not bothered by the fans' colors because my Define R6 TG has at least 33% tint on it, so it's a bit darker inside. If I were to build a new computer in the future, I will definitely pick up Noctua again. And since I want to showcase my RAM, I just changed their orientation into pull-pull configuration. That way, I can still show off my RAM without losing too much cooling performance.

Motherboard

I chose this motherboard because it's a very cheap Z370 motherboard and it has all the features I need. Also, it has 12 power phases. However, I have some complaints with this motherboard:

  • The red dual BIOS LED cannot be disabled. It emits a very strong red light and it's annoying when playing or watching movies with the lights turned off. I'm not sure if there's a workaround for this.

  • It only comes with one RGB header, which is positioned at the bottom. It would be great if they were to add another one at the top.

(July 25, 2018 update: As of this writing, the red dual BIOS LED has been turned off after updating to the latest firmware. Thanks, AsRock!)

Memory

These are the coolest looking RAMs I have ever seen. I've always wanted to get a pair of these! The RGB elements are a nice bonus. G.Skill's RGB LED program is very effective, especially the RAM's music effect. It syncs perfectly well with my music.

I have a 16GB (2x8GB) pair with C17 latency and 3600MHz. By changing the BCLK value at my BIOS, I am able to give my RAM a minimal boost of up to 3698.6MHz.

My only complaint about this RAM is that the RGB software conflicts with other programs, such as AsRock's RGB software. If the Trident Z's RGB LEDs are operating while you're tinkering with another RGB software, the Trident Z's LEDs will freeze and stop working. The only way to fix this is by restarting your computer. G.Skill themselves have admitted that their software indeed tends to conflict with other RGB software.

Storage

This is my first SSD. It's cheap, compact, and works just fine. It gives me a good boot time of up to 9-10 seconds, at best.

Storage

My second hard drive. My first option was supposed to be the Seagate Barracuda but I got afraid after reading numerous complaints from people, so I chose this one instead. It works perfectly and it hasn't encountered any technical problems for the last two years.

Video Card

The 1080 Ti is a very powerful card. I can run any of my games at ultra without having to worry about overclocking. However, it is severely limited by its capacity to cool itself, since it is using a blower style cooler. Despite the fan spinning faster at higher temperatures, it still reaches 78 degrees. I'm going to need a GPU bracket and AIO cooler for this.

Case

It's a nice case. It's big and it's very modular, and I believe this is a future-proof case than can serve me for the next 10 years or so. The tempered glass has at least 33% tint on it. The sound dampening materials inside the case are very effective. However, if your fans have a rating of 35 dBA, the Define R6 will not be able to suppress their sound, resulting in loud noise coming from inside the case. (I used to have two Corsair SP120 High Performance fans at the bottom and they were spinning at 2000RPM. The noise was unbearable)

Power Supply

I chose to get a 750W power supply for my build. This one is able to power up my rig without any problems. Being a modular power supply also helped in in saving up space inside my Define R6. Also, it is cheap since it's only a Bronze Certified power supply.

Operating System

Windows 10 Home was very annoying when it comes to Windows Updates. I have learned that it is impossible to fully disable Windows Updates in the Home edition, so I switched to the Pro edition. So far, so good.

Upon installing this OS in my computer, I immediately killed off Windows Updates by tinkering with its settings. Why? Because Windows Updates is intrusive and it consumes a lot of data. Our home only has a 3Mbps ADSL internet connection, so it was a necessary evil for us to turn off Windows Updates permanently.

Case Fan

My Define R6 TG arrived with three pieces of these fans. Overall, they're high quality fans that can push a lot of air without being too loud. However, I find them insufficient for my build, so I'm looking to replace them in the future.

Monitor

This is the cheapest GSYNC monitor that I have found in an online market. It's really great! It's 1080p, has a 144Hz refresh rate, and it has GSYNC. This monitor only has 1 Display Port and nothing else, though.

Also, the colors are a bit pale in stock settings. I recommend trying other people's settings online for this monitor.

Keyboard

This is the second TKL mechanical keyboard that I have purchased. My first one was the Razer BlackWidow 2013 TE. I bought this because it is compact and has RGB. However, I realized in the end that Speed Silver switches are not for me. I will soon replace this with another mechanical keyboard, preferably with Brown switches.

Mouse

It's a nice mouse that can reach 10k DPI and has some RGB elements to it. It's perfect for my needs, although I feel that there are better mice out there that can fit my grip style.

External Storage

This is an excellent external hard drive. I've been using mine since 2013, and it's still going strong!

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Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting how you were able to "overclock" your locked processor. Gunna have to look into this with my 7700! Awesome build!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I was really excited w hen I saw that information on reddit. Huge props to Simon_Says for that information. Going from 4289 MHz to 4418 MHz is a great boost! It even overclocked my RAM for a few frequencies, too. You should give it a try. It might work :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking the same thing

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice FE card, definitely sexy.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It really does look great, but the temps aren't that good. So I'm planning to fit an NZXT G12 bracket and Kraken x62 AIO on this thing so that it will stay cool for the next 5 years or so :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. I can see you spent a while working on your post. I like that. Cable management behind the monitor and PC can be improved, but who cares. It's a sick build and should last you for a long amount of time. Enjoy!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! :D Well, the reason that I didn't bother with the cable management is because I am going to renovate my room very soon, so it would be a waste for my cable management to go to waste. But I will see what I can do. Probably cut some holes in the wood first and then just throw the cables underneath. :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah that makes sense. No problem.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! :)!

I am very new to PC's and know absolutely nothing about them. This build seems pretty cool and I am thinking of creating this. Do you recommend this for a newbie at PC's and how long do you think I can use this build without changing or buying new parts? Also, I live in Finland which means that I would need a different PSU I think since the plugs in the wall are different. Do you have any knowledge on this and recommend me on that would work here :D The power sockets are Type F and the standard voltage is 230 Volts. Thanks in advance! :D

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, thanks so much for offering your help! I would like to build a PC with a budget of 1300€. I have a mouse, keyboard, monitor, and headset so nothing additional needed! There is no preffered parts but it would be nice to have a Geforece 1070 ti and an i7 8700k or i5 8600k. I dont know much about refresh rate but the framerate would need the capability to handle games like PUBG and Destiny 2 at high settings at a higher FPS than 60 if possible :) RGB would be cool but not necessary. I would be able to go slightly overbudget if necessary but only if I really have to. Thanks for offering to help it really means alot to me since I am completely new to this! :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

you should ask for help on the forums under "create a part list for me"

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I would like to point out that my actual budget for this build is 2,691.61 US Dollar (excluding my speakers and Xbox 360 controller since they're not listed on this site). The prices on this site aren't reliable for me since I live in the Philippines.

Anyways, back to the main topic! I would highly suggest that you should get a 144Hz refresh rate monitor. It's a huge upgrade from 60Hz. I myself have switched from 60Hz to 144Hz and the transition was amazing! :) I can never really go back to 60Hz now because, for me, it's really slow. You'll know it when you see it.

Aside from refresh rate, you should also consider the monitor's resolution. 1080p is fine, IMO. Getting a 1440p monitor is also a good choice. If you're going for the 1440p route, you should get a GSYNC monitor. There was noticeable tearing in my previous monitor which is a FreeSync monitor, since my Nvidia card cannot utilize FreeSync.

Nvidia = GSYNC AMD = FreeSync

GSYNC monitors are typically much more expensive. FreeSync monitors, on the other hand, are extremely cheap. It all depends on your needs.

Good luck with your future build! :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot!

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

From all the people commenting on other builds I am starting to learn a bit but I am not still sure, a draft would be awesome if you have the time but dont rush yourself, thanks alot man

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Anyone still remember the Actual DreamCast

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I do. It's still my favorite console, along with the Mega Drive 2 and Genesis (or was it the Saturn? my memory is dodgy)

If I have the money right now, I would definitely go and buy one :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually had one when I was like 5 and I recently sold it. Along with like 100 games. :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. I remember buying it over a PS2. I was one of those gamers who liked to buy other consoles not yet popular. Like a TurboGrafx-16 instead of a Genesis. Primarily I wanted a DC for Hydro Thunder; my favorite arcade game at the time. Played it way too much at the movie theater.

I remember the DC controller used a VMU to save games. SEGA had plans for them to have games themselves so you could be DC mobile. Unfortunately the DC never did well enough for that to take.

To this day I still feel SEGA should have stayed with the name Katana. First time I heard the final name - DREAMCAST - I was like, "WTF is that? Katana sounds cooler!" My friends thought that name sounded "gay." But I was like, "I don't care if they call it Rainbow Bright. I want Hydro Thunder!"

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any clearance issues with the CPU cooler and ram? Can you see the ram with the air cooler on?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

In its original configuration (push-push), I am unable to see the RAM. However, I got rid of the problem by switching to a pull-pull configuration, but it increased my CPU's temps by 1-2 degrees. It's negligible, at best. :D

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