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Blue (First Build)

by ImVeer

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57 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 12, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 8, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5.0GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

Description

This is my very first PC build that I have planning and saving for for over 6 months now. The original plan was to go with the X99 Platform and get a 6800k, but I realized that was a little too overkill for what I needed and I switched to 7700k when Kaby Lake was announced. The name blue seems pretty simple, but it's been the name me and my father have used for our vehicles and blue is the best color so why not. I use the system primarily for gaming and streaming, but I do some graphic design and video editing here and there. I am also an IT major, so have a nice computer is a huge +. I did so much research before building the computer that I was pretty confident in my ability to get it done. The build went smooth and I didn't run into any issues, other than forgetting to connect the 8-Pin for the CPU haha. The cable management could be better, but with all those AER RGB fans there are A LOT of cables and I think I did a fairly good job considering both sides are tempered glass. I'm not done here. I plan on doing some mild OC soon. I want to do some case modding and painting. Probably some acrylic over the top of the PSU cover and behind the radiator. The ugly burnt orange monitor bezel will be painted sooner than later. I am very pleased with the build and happy to finally have my dream computer! Considering doing a custom loop in the future as well ;)

Update: I am able to run a stable OC at 5.0GHz!

This is a short clip of my setup and where you can see the lights running https://gfycat.com/ImmediateTautGraysquirrel

Part Reviews

CPU

Nothing but good things to say here. More than outpreforms anything that I've had in the past. Whether its gaming, streaming, or even editing it gets the job done. I'm still running at the stock 4.2GHz clock speed, but going to OC here soon and I can only imagine it wont be difficult at all. Will be back with an update after I OC!

Update: I am able to run a stable OC at 5.0GHz!

CPU Cooler

What a beauty! This is the best looking AIO cooler on the marker and cools just about as good as it looks. I went with NZXT for all of my cooling. With a front mounted rad and two 140s as intake on the front I havnt seen temps above 50°C under load. The CAM software is pretty buggy and sometimes doesnt recognize my kraken, but NZXT is aware of the issue and hopefully the software gets fixed soon!

Motherboard

This is my first build, so I dont have much to compare this board to. Its been a pleasant experience to work with and I have not had a single issue since the completion of my PC. The UEFI is super easy to understand and read through. The board looks incredible with the nice heat sheilds and I/O shroud that has the LEDs in it. Asus Aura software works well and has a ton of customization options.

Memory

RAM is RAM and this gres the job done. 32GB is conplete overkill for me, but I wont ever have to worry about needing more haha atleast for now. They look great and goes well with my color scheme.

Storage

The speed is great and boots my computer in 10sec or less. I'll probably get another one in the future or maybe an M.2 NVMe to compliment it.

Video Card

This is the way to go when 1080s are involved IMO. No OC yet, but the performance is already incredible. Temps stay pretty low at full load. I'm pushing well over 100 Frames at max settings on any game I play. I love the way it looks inside my case and matches up with Asus ROG Strix Z270E mobo. The ROG backplate is my favorite part. Lighting is easily controlled with the Asus Aura software and syncs with my mobo.

Case

One of the best looking cases out there. Amazing build quality and easy to build in. I can't wait to put a custom loop inside this thing. It will look incredible. No problems with airflow and I get great temps!

Power Supply

No issues here. Great PSU for the price and plenty of power to keep up with my RGB build!

Case Fan

Great fans, they do their job and look amazing while doing it. It would be awesome to see NZXT find a way to have an RBG ring on both sides or make it movable in some way. I just don't like being restricted to only one side of the fan or I won't be able to see the lights. Maybe some Aer RGB SP fans in the future?

Case Fan

Great fans, they do their job and look amazing while doing it. It would be awesome to see NZXT find a way to have an RBG ring on both sides or make it movable in some way. I just don't like being restricted to only one side of the fan or I won't be able to see the lights. Maybe some Aer RGB SP fans in the future?

Monitor

It's a great display if you get it on sale when it's $360. The viewing angles are not the best, but for a 1440p 144Hz 1ms monitor you really can't beat that sales price. The hideous burnt orange accents might be fine for some people, but I can't stand it. Will be painting it very soon. Probably going to get another one when it goes back on sale just to keep things the same.

Comments Sorted by:

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Looks awesome! I love the teal LEDs, it's my favorite color. Well done!

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! The colors are a bit darker in person, but I go back and forth between light and dark blue

kAYLOUISMAN 1 point 9 months ago

Sick RGB build dude, I love the LED and the case fans

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you, had some trouble getting the Hue+ controller to work correctly, but now it works and looks fantastic!

kAYLOUISMAN 1 point 9 months ago

Good to hear that you fix your +Hue controller

Chewy9141 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build

How are those fans with the NZXT Grid+ V2 do you have any problems with the software or controlling them.?

Can you run them at 10%?

How do you like the fans overall ?

I guess the fans have 2 sets of cables one that goes to the Hue+ and another that goest to the Grid+ V2

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Grid+ V2 Works awesome, it was the only thing from NZXT I didn't have a problem with. Their CAM software used to control everything is very buggy and I constantly have issues with it not showing my Kraken X62 or Hue+ in the software. The lowest you can run the fans is at 20% according to the software, I don't know if you can get it lower with anything else. I love the fans, I strongly dislike the software. They look incredible, my only issue is the the RGB ring is only on the one side of the fan and can't be moved. So you have to get creative if you want them to be seen and still have good airflow. The Hue+ has 2 channels and each channel can control up to 5 fans. Each fan has a cable to connect to the Grid+ V2. The fans come with in/out connections to chain them together and then the last fan in the chain connects to the Hue+. Hope all this makes sense!

jakesno 1 point 9 months ago

You may have convinced me to get the AER's, so 6 fans are possible but 5 to the controller... You did not have to buy 2 fan packs with 2 controllers?

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

That's awesome! There are two channels on each controller, 5 fans per channel. You can control up to 10 fans on one hue+ if you dont use any of the LED strips. My other Hue+ is on the way, one for the fans, and the other to control some LED strips behind my desk

jakesno 1 point 9 months ago

Sorry for the redundancy, but I've forgotten some of the information I've learned. It's like a fire hydrant shooting off in my brain:)

With the Kraken and and 1 Hue+ along with the Asus z270 mobo - (bottom line) Would I be able to control the fan speeds of each fan?

Or do I absolutely need the grid for that?

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

The Grid+ is not needed to control the fans, its just what I used so I could control everything through CAM. My case came with a fan hub already pre installed, but I chose not to use it. So yes you can control fan speeds without the Grid+ :)

FrogHermit 1 point 9 months ago

Christ, what are the benchmarks?!

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I haven't really ran any yet. Any suggestions on what to run, because I am quite new to this and there are so many out there. Probably going to wait till after I OC then I'll update the post :)

FrogHermit 1 point 9 months ago

Counter Strike, Battlefield 1, Overwatch, GTA V, H1Z1, Fallout 4, Witcher 3, etc..

Max1millionaire 3 points 9 months ago

Counter Strike can be run with a potato powered by a hamster wheel and H1Z1 is still in Alpha

Razorwing02 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

holy gpu sag batman.

Epic first build and glad to see someone use a blue theme (the gaming world isn't just black and red) +1

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I didn't think it was that bad at all. I put a level on it, and it was barely off center, like you could barely tell it was off. And thank you, It's hard to find parts for a color scheme other than black and red haha It seems very over used

Razorwing02 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

oh. its just that the pics made it look like it was slanted down

if it does become a problem you can use an extra pcie bracket to prop it up

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I'll look into it, thanks :)

Razorwing02 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

also how is the led customization on that mobo? looking into the z270f

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Pretty good, its got the 4 LEDs in a line on the I/O Shroud. Tons of different customization options and light patterns

Vreaker12 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Wow those fans really look cool. Sweet build! Take your time with cable management. Took me a few tries over time to make it tidier. Congrats on your build :)

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you! That was my 3rd try haha. I'm sure I'll do it again soon

Zerohalcyon 1 point 9 months ago

hope those fans are configured for a positive air pressure - to prevent dust! other then that, a very nice build :) very tidy.

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Two 140s as intake in the front. One 140 on the back and three 120s on the top as exhaust. I knew this wasn't the best fan/radiator setup when I built the computer and knowing that I did it anyways. The computers been built for almost two weeks now and there is almost no dust collection from what I can tell and I am more than happy with my temps. If it ever becomes an issue I'll do what Crustybeaver suggested, but until then I like the way it looks :) I totally get what you're saying though, thanks for the kind words :)

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ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I looked at a ton of builds in this case before I did mine. Majority of what I was seeing was a front mounted radiator in this case. No issues with it, neither dust nor temps, almost two weeks in. But I will keep in eye on it. If only these damn RGB Rings weren't set to one side of the fan I'd have an easier time arranging everything haha

XFacility 1 point 9 months ago

This is the type of PC build I would like to make love to... Love the attention to detail :D +rep

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you very much :)

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

RIP Thermaltake Riing fans there's a new kiing of RGB in town. Sweet build. Bang tidy if I may add

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

For sure, these fans just look incredible and the customization options are endless. Thanks!

OrangeShark24 1 point 9 months ago

Hi, I'm thinking of getting a similar build soon, and I have a question; did you replace your X62 stock fans with Aer fans? I've heard that they're not the best for radiators as they're not static pressure fans? Sorry if this is a bad question, soon-to-be first time builder here xP Cheers

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I did and while SP fans would be a little better, it doesn't make a big enough difference to me for it to matter. My temps stay pretty low and I haven't seen a need yet to have SP fans on the rad. Good luck with your build!

omgshie 1 point 9 months ago

Absolutely amazing build! Love it :) I'm having trouble mounting my Kraken x62 to the front like yours. First time building so not sure if its just inexperience, but how did you do it? the holes don't align for the front pannel...

I also have a 3.5" HDD, which I cant find anywhere to mount, if I put the x62 at the front, plz help! I don't really want to cover my mobo with that radiator on the top.

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! I had to take the cover off of the front of the PSU Cover then remove the HDD cages underneath it in orderr to get the rad to fit. Unfortunately front mounting the radiator covers up any of the places that are able to hold an HDD mount. This wasn't a problem for me because I don't have an HDD. My best suggestion is if you want to keep the rad mounted up front, get some double sided tape and just secure the HDD to the bottom of the case behind the PSU. It's not the best solution, but I feel that's really the only option with a front mounted rad as large as the x62.

MoreGaming 1 point 9 months ago

1+ Bro Very Nice Question: If I Put My x62 In The Front Where Do I Put My HDD's?

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you! I'm not sure cause I removed all the HDD bays and the radiator covers up all the other mounting spots haha Your best bet with a front mounted radiator would be to secure any HDDs to the bottom of the case

MoreGaming 1 point 9 months ago

If You Want to Have HDD's. Take out the front panel and Dust filter. Align the rad with the bracket from outside and mount your fans through the inside of the case to the rad. So the screws will go through your fan and the bracket and mount into your rad. Then you can just put the filter and front panel back on as usual. This Tip Come's From Zezainster :)

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for clearing that up!

MoreGaming 1 point 9 months ago

Np :)

Noire58 1 point 9 months ago

Did you change the pre-applied Thermal Paste of the Kraken?

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

No I left it alone.

Noire58 1 point 9 months ago

Don't need to be sarcastic, just wanna know if is a performance boost if you change it.

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I wasn't being sarcastic at all. I actually left it alone. I apologize if you felt I was being sarcastic. I'm sure there would be a small decrease in temps with a different thermal paste, but it was nothing I was concerned with.

Noire58 1 point 8 months ago

So you left it alone? There wasn't been consequences on your temps? Sorry man, it wasn't intended to me to make you apologize. In fact, i'm basing my build on yours, because is so good, so just keep it up!

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

All the research I did said the pre applied thermal past on the Kraken X62 is pretty good. I watched a lot of videos on the cooler being and installed and almost all of them showed people using the preapplied thermal paste. I bought extra thermal paste as a backup if I felt it needed it, but my temps have been good so far so no need to use it. Thanks for the kind words, good luck on your build!

BadBoYeed 1 point 7 months ago

Do you think taller memory would fit in this build? Was looking at vengeance led which seem a bit taller and worried about the kraken blocking it in the first slot.

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I do not think much taller memory would fit, looking at mine the first slot is already very close to the cooler

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ImVeer submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks haha! I wanted the build to look as good as it preforms :)

Lyrix 0 points 9 months ago

It looks very nice! 1+! but why dont you build yourself an acrylic front pannel so you can see the front fans? would look amazing!

ImVeer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I didn't even think about that, but what an awesome idea. Not sure how I would go about that with the way the front panel mounts, but definitely something to consider when I start doing some case modding!

Lyrix 1 point 9 months ago

cool. i saw it on one build already but that was a bit longer ago but maybe just dont overthink it and take a piece of acylic and just put it on the front. doesnt need much of a mount as long as you dont want to throw your case around.

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