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