Description

This started out as a build for my 9 year old son. His first gaming PC. Honest!

This is a new build based on the NZXT S340 Razer Edition case, accompanied with all the best of breed components within budget (c. £2,000). It's finished with a Razer Keyboard and mouse (Chroma Tournament Edition and Mamba) both of which have the matt-black finish that compliments the matt-blank finish of the NZXT Razer case. Powering this system is a ASUS Maximus Hero VIII motherboard, with 16GB of G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 RAM, a Samsung M.2 256GB Pro NVM SSD and a Raijintek Triton AIO 280mm water cooler. Finished off with Thermaltake Riing 2 x 120mm (Exhaust chassis fans) and 2 x 140mm SP Radiator fans, all in green. The PSU is an EVGA 750G2. The GPU jewel in the crown is ASUS's 980ti Matrix Platinum.

Some finishing touches I've yet to add are some Alchemy Bitfenix braided green cables, and a Phobya UV LED strip 30cm. I am thinking to replace the top chassis 120mm fan with a 140mm fan to maximise cooling. Also, I am waiting for ASUS's 34 inch curved GSync monitor.

Notes I done a lazy overclock with Asus Suite and achieved 4.8 Ghz straight of the bat, so I'm happy with that, it's actually 4.8 on the first 2 cores and 4.7 on the last 2 cores. Temps are fine. The voltage is c. 1.35v which in my experience is a little high, I even saw it go to 1.4v, so the Skylake processor is more efficient at dissipating heat it seems. This is a stable overclock. I might try pushing for 4.9Ghz, but, I will see what others are getting first before I start reaching for more.

Final thing, the 280mm radiator was too tall to go at the front of the case, so I had to attach the 2 x 140mm fans first, then the radiator, this is owing to the power button at the top of the case having a circuit board that protrudes downwards owing to the power button's positioning. No big deal, but it hides the fans from the inside. In hindsight I would of opted for the 240mm radiator so I could have the fans on the inside and visible through the window, which incidentally is very tinted. I'm hoping a UV strip will illuminate the green and the innards of the case a bit better to showcase the stuff inside.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Having owned a Corsair H110i, the Raijintek is a competent cooler. It looks great, and works well. The translucent tubing and coolant dyes make it eye-catching as well. I would say the tubing is very prone to kinking if the bend is mildly acute, and this can cause the CPU to overheat. Room for improvement there, otherwise satisfied with the cooler. Prepare for the prospect of deinstall and reinstall to cut the tubes to optimum lengths to avoid kinking. Monitor regular first few days after installation, since a static non-kinking position may slowly turn into a kink. I've downgraded the review to a 3 based on the ease of kinking on the cables. I would recommend Raijinket supply a space set of cables or a less-kinkable tube for future editions. It looks fantastic, but for the faffing around factor, a NZXT Kraken or Corsair would of done the job easier. Update 22.09.16. My cooler leaked. CCL are arranging an RMA, and fortunately because of the backplate on the 980ti, the leak didn't damage the PCB, although this is only through luck. I'm sorry to say my experience with this cooler has not been good. It looks great, and the thermal dynamics are good. I want to like it. The kinkable tubes whilst annoying, I can forgive. Leaking onto a £600+ GPU, unfortunately that is unforgivable. I'm going to go back to Corsair's trusty H100i. Before I bought the Raijintek I did read some reviews of leaks based on damaged enclosures, although I hoped they were isolated incidences. Sadly, I was wrong. I have revised my score to 1 star, because an AIO water cooler failure is not acceptable.

Case

This case is built really well, has a solid feel to it, like the Corsair cases. It's a really good price for what you get and the matt-finish black of the Razer edition is just lovely. Good solid case.

Power Supply

I thought the Corsair AX was the pinnacle, but EVGA have a real good locking PSU, nice finish to it, good fan, and comes with braided modular cables. And all the reviews told me this was the de-facto for gaming, so, it looks the part and so far is doing a great job!

Case Fan

These fans not only look great, but do a solid job and perform well. I particularly light the rubber corners that assist sound proofing, and the fact they're colour coded to match the LED. Very solid feel to the plastic too. I've previously used Corsair SP and AF fans both with the colour accent and the LED, but I have to say the Thermaltake fans look better with their unique ring-LED light. Love 'em. This really completes my build nicely.

Keyboard

Coming from a Corsair K70 which is a solid keyboard within itself, I wasn't sure what the Razer would offer in terms of quality. I have to confess it did look a bit ostentatious and I have to say it's on a par with the Corsair in terms of build and looks. But more importantly it feels great. The finish is nice and there's no cheapness to the keyboard which I suppose you should expect at over £100. The colours cycle through gently and glow really nicely and subtly. A very stylish keyboard. Well engineered. Complemented with the Razer Mamba mouse, I highly rate this keyboard.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 6 points

When a 9year old's PC is better than yours D:

+1 anyways for awesome dad/mom

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

I look back what I had at 9 years old...

Win 98 ftw!

  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

i was rocking the lovely calculator!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

When I was 9, (1976) Woz just invented the Apple-1. :-P

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Dad (me), now has the fledging i7 4770k with a 780ti. Built it 2 years ago, still a pretty respectable machine.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow... i guess your 9 year old son is probably the luckiest! Wow.. that graphics card, mouse, keyboard and cpu! Thats quite a setup when the 34" CURVED DISPLAY ARRIVES!!

What an awesome dad! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

N....nine years old you say?...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

9 and a half, so nearing towards 10 ;-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

-_- das not fair... When I'm an adult and I have a kid I'm giving my kid a skittle

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

980 TI MATRIX is the most powerful 980 Ti it's faster than MSI Lighting 980 Ti and KINGPIN

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been playing some Rainbow 6 Seige with it, and the temps are circa 50 degrees. It handles it a dream. I'm glad to know it's the best available on the market, it certainly cost a pretty penny so I would hope so. I have to say I do like ASUS ROG brand, so I kept the Motherboard and Graphics card from them - they both sport the copper/red/silver look which is nice and doesn't over dominate the green theme with the fans and Raijintek waterloop.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like the 256gb m.2 versus say a 500+ gb SSD?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Works a treat. 256GB is comfortable for Windows and a few games and other data. But I'm going to need something 500GB+ soon, and I'll likely get the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB as the next port of call for storage. I got the 256GB M.2 Pro to keep within budget, thinking about it now the 500GB would of been the better option - but it's good for now. We can never have enough space that's for sure.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The Samsung 850 Evo 500Gb is a good ssd to have, but a friend of mine ended up having his break around a month after he started using it, completely ruined his gaming setup..... It's the first of possibly many, but i'm happy with my OCZ Arc 100 @ 120Gb. An all-metal SSD is much safer than a cheap, plastic SSD.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you able to manually change the LED color of the Asus 980 ti GPU to what ever color you want, like how you kept it on green? Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Within the Nvidia geforce experience > My Rig, LED Visualiser you can change the LED effects, style and variation however not the colour sadly. Although, I have to say, I did try changing the style but didn't notice it take effect on the card. The light is green at idle and goes to a yellow and red as the temp increases. Oddly, I saw a blue too... quite bizarre. There might be a way to set it to a single colour, but I can't easily see how.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I was a bit lazy with the photos, but you get the picture. Do not be alarmed by some paper towel around the water cooler - I put that there as a precaution when installing the 980ti Matrix. I was going to fire it up without, however the Hero VIII didn't have DVI connector and I only had a DVI monitor to hand.

I had to use a cable tie to hold the tubing together, it's very prone to kinking if the angle is too sharp, 50-60 degrees allows for kinking. And I noticed my CPU temp shoot up to 81 degrees celcius, only to realise there was a kink in the tube. A minor annoyance at best, otherwise the cooler works really well.

Note: Owing to the shrowd on the 980ti Matrix, it runs flush with the back of the case, so the case shroud that accompanies the blanking plates for the expansion cards could not be fitted, so I left it off. Aesthetically not the worse thing, it'll allow good ventilation - but no doubt an entry point for dust too. I've attached a photo.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love that graphics card!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a thing of beauty, shame you can't see it too well through the tinted panel. I'm hoping a UV LED strip might sort that out.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Your 9 year old should be very happy. Even if they dont understand the gaming stuff, they can look at it and be like, that thing looks really cool.

Is this still for your 9 year old, or did the ownership change?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Still for him. We'll share it though for gaming.

And absolutely, the green lighting effects will and the water cooler make it look cool. He's too young to appreciate the nuances of a GTX 980ti Matrix over a GTX970 or an i7 over an i5. As long as it plays his videos games he is a happy chappy. Can't wait to rig it up to a 34" ASUS screen when it comes out. that will complete the build nicely.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

My friend bought his kid a drone for christmas, his kid is 10, so i had to ask him who he really bought it for.

Still never got a strait answer.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

:)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

nobody can fault you for skimping! ;)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

So very true. Although I only bought thr 256GB m.2 drive, just to keep the cost within reason. Given games are 25GB+ I'm going to need to get a SSD now. It never ends!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've had to modify my pending build a few times because my primary 2 games I play are both around 30GB each atm. So I'm guessing around 90-100 GB just for games (expansions are killing my SSD space). So maybe the samsung 850 500gb for your games/pics?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That's exactly the one I'm thinking of the 850 EVO. That should sort the disk space out for the near future.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really nice build! Kind of concerned about the thin tubing, especially in that last picture.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

The tubing does feel a little more on the super-flexi side than it should be. I've sorted out the kink now so it runs smoothly. The last photo was to show how easy it can kink. I was going to go for the NZXT Kraken, but the Raijintek translucent tubing won me over in the end.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

If only I had a dad like you.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

He'll be a poor dad!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Very nice build!....The Black/Green theme is pretty awesome in itself. I have 2 questions....1) is this still your sons build? 2) Being that the Rajintek tubes can be replaced couldn't you have disconnected them and cut them down to size to fit the case better?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Yes it's still my son's build.

I didn't know that about the Raijintek, I don't feel confident modifying if what you say is right then that would be the solution. For now I have them routed in a way that doesn't let them kink.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah if I remember correctly the loop is expandable to include GPU's. Thus the connectors for the tubing can be removed so you can replace the tubes. Honestly you may consider swapping to this as most people use it for custom loops. http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17588/ex-tub-1574/PrimoChill_PrimoFlex_Advanced_LRT_Tubing_38ID_x_12_OD_-_10ft_Retail_Pack_-_Clear_PFLEXA10-12.html?tl=c99s171b46

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Will go down this route now. Saw a vid on YouTube of someone cutting those tubes shorter. I will need to do this since the kinking came back. Thanks for the suggestion, not having experience with custom looping I wouldn't of thought of doing it even though it sounds so obvious now!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha ha np glad I could help! Yeah some AIO's are expandable to allow users to include the GPU. They also allow you to be ale to modify it without much recourse.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally cut them down to size in 1 inch increments, took 3 goes before I got a run that avoided kinking. Right pain using the TIM to clean and reapply the thermal paste 3 times! But, thankfully Raijintek tubes are thumb screwed in (although bloody tight!). Thanks for the suggestion. This was an essential adjustment since before the tubes were in a non-kink position but a few days later a kink materialised. Fingers crossed this is fine now. If it kinks again I think I'll ditch the Raijintek.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: The Raijintek tubes keep kinking, so I'm going to have to do some DIY and remove them from the radiator and shorten them by a couple of inches.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Update 2: I had to buy a Wireless adaptor, as I didn't realise that the ASUS Maximus VIII HERO does not include one. I have an Maximus IMPACT VI and it had wireless so I assumed this one would. Alas, ASUS have just released their ASUS Maximus HERO VIII Alpha which does include Wireless and Bluetooth. A minor annoyance since I actually like the Wifi antennae as opposed to the ASUS USB dongle I went for.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

On the Mamba can you set the led color to a steady green or does it just randomly scroll thru the colors?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes you can, I just think the scrolling is cool! It's nauseating doing the same on the keyboard so I let it breathe cycle through the colours. The razer software is very good. I should set them to green to compliment the main build better, but it's just more exciting not being a static colour.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! Thanks for confirming that this GPU fits in an NZXT s340. What are the settings you can adjust on the ROG Logo on the GPU? Pulse? RGB?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What color does the ROG logo on the Matrix Graphics Card glow? Thanks for the info.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build +1. That wasabi peas so tempting :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC will be a office computer in 20 years. LOL

+1 for "Future proofing"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

and where did you come up with that conclusion. nothing the matrix has that the lightning, gigabyte waterforce,kingpin don't have its just silicon rotary. they all go through binning process.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a HUGE pump

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank you!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: Added an XBOX One Wireless controller with USB Wireless adapter to the build. This works a lot better than the PS4 controller with software. The XBOX one works natively with Windows 10 and is a lovely controller. I also replaced the top roof exhaust with a 140mm ThermalTake Riing fan, and then relocated the 120mm to the bottom end of the radiator so I have a push pull on the bottom half of the radiator. This helps assist positive air-flow as well as adding extra illumination to the inside of the case owing to the push fans being slightly out of view from the windowed side panel. Will add a picture soon.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated 2 new photos now that I have installed a 30cm LED UV light from Phobya. Bought from Kustom PC. The UV green stock Reijintek coolant reacts wonderfully, a glowing flourescent green. I will be replacing the stock with a UV reactive green from Mayhems. Also I added another fan to create push/pull at the lower end of the rad near the graphics card. There's divided opinion about whether this is needed when you have static pressure fans, but I would say that any airflow lost through the rad is then reintroduced on the pull side to ensure a more positive airflow towards the GPU. This can't harm. Also I updated with Harmon Kardon sounds ticks wireless.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this run games like GTA V and Black Ops 3 on max settings?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I would hope so! But I don't know the answer to that question as I don't have those games.

I do have COD Advance Warfare at max settings and with the GSYNC monitor, it runs like a dream.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Just an update for 16/6/2016.

Bought an ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q in the end, I didn't go for the PG348Q in the end given I only had 40-50cm depth on the console table i'm using. I wouldn't of been able to have the keyboard on. I'm very happy with this monitor.

Also, updated a Razer Man O War Wireless headset and a HTC VIVE Headset. VT works great on the 980Ti Matrix. I'm excited to see the 1080 is out now - that'll be another build for another day. I think this build is now complete!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: 29/9/16 The Raijintek AIO cooler started to leak onto my 980ti GPU. Fortunately, the back plate protected the card, and I caught the leak in time, it was a very slow leak, but regardless, it's a shame that a well performing and good looking AIO has a fault. I don't think think this is isolated, since I had read of other users' experiences being the same. I thought they were isolated experiences, but sadly, in my experience, they're not. CCL - whom I bought this component from speedily RMA'd the unit and provided me with with a full refund. I hope that this message helps other potential new builds be a bit weary of the Raijintek Triton, and that my experience is a cautionary one, and that Raijintek can improve their unit to overcome such defects/issues in the future. It's just not worth the risk, and I was lucky! Thanks -Lewis Note: The leak was coming from the pump chamber, it appears that maybe the upper chamber that houses the electrical wiring became compromised in some way. There was no visible or discerning cracks, but if the block was held up and rotated, water would freely run out of the hole where the braided pump header cable runs into. Fortunately, the PC isn't moved around in such extremes to warrant that leakage. The drip leak appears to be coming through the upperchamber seal. I think the top of the unit isn't designed to be breach and thus is not water tight. Back to the design drawing board for Raijintek. I wanted to explain the leak since it's easy to assume it's tube nozzles connectors leaking, and not being tight enough etc. The plumbing from that side was perfectly fine. I just think the plastic pump enclosure needs re-working!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello there I see that you have put together a pretty good build but you missed the mark on the Raijintek Water Cooler, I personally have done a Gaming Rig build which features the Raijintek Triton AIO Water Cooler with the liquid used is Thermaltake C1000 Opaque Coolant - Green and I used PrimoChill Anti-Kink Coil 3/8in. - UV Blue cables around both of the Flex tubes. This completely solved any and all issues with the tubing! And the coolent is unbelievable!! I am running an Intel Core i7 6700k at full OC and my temps are 33 @ idle and never more than 64 @ 100% load!! Also am running twin nVidia GTX 1080s with an HD SLI Bridge so can do 4k gaming at any FPS! In addition I have AVEXIR Green Tesla RAM and a LEPA 1600watt PSU... Lastly I have the "Predator" action figure and the "Alien" action figures inside the case in glow in the dark green along with one "Alien Egg" complete with a hatching "Face hugger" too cool!!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Ottoman, thanks for the feedback. You're right, there was a lot more scope to improve the water cooling. I opted to revert back to what was safe after I experienced leakage from the Triton pump. I've since done a few new builds which I haven't posted. I replaced the NZXT S340 Razer case with a Razer Antec Cube case and stuck in a AMD Ryzen 2700X, 16GB 3200Mhz G.Skill RGB. I put a 780ti GPU in there for the moment until I can either get a reference Vega 64... or maybe just wait until NVIDIA bring out their 1100 series. Your rig sounds awesome, I'll try and check your profile out and take a look. Best - L

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I should of taken a photo, but any stock photo will show you it in all its glory. Bit of a pain to take out, it is huge!

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!