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I finally decided to upgrade from my old Dell XPS L501X. Was aiming for a mid to high performance gaming rig to push the latest and upcoming AAA titles to 60fps at 1080p with max to near max settings. What started as a 4690K/970 build turned into a 6600K/390 build with a white, black, and red theme. Took a month to gather all the parts.

CPU: The 6700K wasn’t worth the extra money for me. A big upgrade from the Clarksfield i7 in my laptop. Was able to get 4.6GHz stable, though I’m currently running a 4.5GHz OC at cool temps.

CPU Cooler: The 212 EVO didn’t have the aesthetics I wanted. The Phanteks came standard with a push/pull configuration and nice colour selection. Looks great in the case.

NOTE: Phanteks switched their fans for 2015 it seems like. These ones come with PH-F120MP pwm fans instead of the PH-H120HP pwm fans. I sent them an email and they replied: “The PH-TC12DX fans have been updated to use the MP blades. The fans are still HP because the white frame and colored blades”. Different design = different performance. Its false advertising.

Motherboard: Perfect colour scheme for my build. The audio, rear, and debug LED lights and strip look great and provide a nice amount of ambient lighting in the dark when combined with the MSI LED on the 390. Gigabyte BIOS could be better however.

Ram: DDR4 at Canadian retail price is expensive. I will picking up another 8GB to future proof it, though I’ve yet to max out 8GB while gaming so far. Runs at the rated 2800MHz without problems.

GPU: 970 vs 390. It really came down to future proofing. “4GB” VRAM and partial DX12 support vs. 8GB VRAM and full DX12 support. Runs hot under load, but MSI’s Twin Frozr V cooling does wonders to keep it within safe temps. Destroys anything at 1080p. Never have to worry about VRAM. Running a custom fan curve (10% fan speed at idle) so idle temps are 30-36C depending on ambient temps and gpu activity. Mild OC so far. (1120/1575)

Case: Love the simple, minimalist style of the white S340 over the usual black cases. The clean interior layout and cable management gives the case considerable airflow despite its smaller size.

PSU: It’s listed as a Tier 2 PSU and had good reviews so I picked it up along with some white Silverstone cable sleeve extensions to hide the multi-coloured wires.

Network Adapter: Laptop Wi-Fi lacked AC and dual band capability so I was looking forward to up-to-date Wi-Fi tech. This D-link adapter matched my routers specs and has been working well so far.

Case Fans: Tried to make use of the clean interior and fan options available in the S340. Not the highest performing fans, but they were cheap, quiet at full speed, and matched the S340 colour scheme.

Monitor: Just a standard 1080p 60Hz IPS monitor. Chose this one specifically because of its bezel-less design and stand. Very little wobble. No defects. 768p TN to 1080p IPS is an upgrade to me.

Keyboard/Mouse: Quickly got used to the combined arrow key/ten key design of the Quick Fire TK. Like the extra mouse room. The M45 optical mouse is smooth and light. The matching black plastic/red leds look great.

Really got to thank PCPartPicker. The forum was helpful and the building tool made the whole process a lot easier. Leave your thoughts and advice.

*UPDATE (Feb/2016): Threw in another 8GB Ram. Overclocked and running at 15-15-15-35 @ 3000Mhz. Overclocked the monitor to 75hz. After some thinking I decided to reapply the TIM on the 390. As you can see from the pics, the stock paste MSI used is applied poorly. Using Phantenks thermal paste I was able to drop roughly 5-8C in load temps. I was able to push the OC to 1150/1600. Well worth the small risk. Also threw in the extra 120mm fan from the S340 under the 390 to push the exhaust air up and improve circulation, though I'm not sure it actually improved temps by much.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The best all-around build i've seen in this month!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build clearly the spoils of many a successful scam.

nice one

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build. l love it +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the phanteks - silent, beauty and performs well

very clean build too!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the decision to go with these specific parts. They all look so well together.

Well done. +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I too got the Phanteks cooler because I like the aesthetics of it, I switched the two stock fans with one Rosewill Hyperborea fan and dropped from 32c to 24c. What temps are you seeing with the cooler on yours?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build, only thing i would change is the monitor to upgrade to a 144hz :)

once again, 9.5/10 for your build !!

Have fun :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, solid gaming build and part selection. This is probably as good as it gets for a build that is able to handle 1440p high settings and light workstation loads. Not to mention you did an awesome job with cable management. The PC looks very clean!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII... Sick build, have fun killing it for the next couple years! +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How much watts does this produce ??

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Image 15 shows your motherboard sitting on what looks like a anti-static bag. Anti-static bags' surfaces are slightly conductive and may short out your board. Hopefully you conducted your on open air test bench on top of the motherboard box. Nice build! And also are the heatsinks on the motherboard wobbly?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny, I read about the caution of sitting motherboards on anti-static bags after I had already build it. I didn't run my first test until I had it in the case. Luckily, I didn't have any problems.

About the heatsinks, I think there was a moment when installing the cpu cooler, that I noticed the upper heatsink had a little bit of play when pushing on it. I really didn't think much of it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah that's good well next time you know! Also by a little bit of play do you mean it wiggles? Doesn't sound like a very well built board

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you overclocked your gpu?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man the feels on that price tag ouch

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering im only 15 2000 dollars is a lot to put in to a pc i mean i have 1200 dollars put in to mine and i think that is expensive but i guess what is expensive is in the eye of the beholder

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right. It's not cheap. $2000 all together, $1500 for the PC only (no monitor, mouse, fans, network card, etc) . Could have shaved another $100-150 had I neglected the aesthetics and gone for pure price/performance parts.

This is in Canadian dollars by the way, which is doing horrible. If you view the full price breakdown and switch to US dollars you can see the entire build is around $1200-1300, and the PC alone is $1000-1100.

If I had paid $2000 US dollars than I would have a much more powerful PC. That's a watercooled i7 with a 980ti kind of PC.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

right which is why i posted my original comment because i saw the price tag and i was like all that money could of been used for so much more in the U.S but it is one of my favorite builds on the site none the less.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I'm considering something almost exactly the same, just swapping out the MB for a Z170X UD5. Now that you've had it for a few months I was hoping you could comment on the load temps you've been seeing, CPU and GPU with your OC. Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The 6600K is running 4.5GHz under 1.3v so the temps are cool. Gaming temps go up into he 50's if its a CPU intensive game. Never really goes higher then that unless I'm specifically running stress tests. Need to push to 1.35-1.36v to get to 4.6GHz and temps start to go up. Still within safe temps, but being an air cooled system, if the CPU runs hotter then the GPU goes up to.

In the S340, the MSI 390 runs hot. Without a voltage increase the temps max out around mid to high 70s on the most demanding AAA games. WIth the voltage pushed up, I can get up to 78-82C depending on ambient temps. Keep in mind AMD max recommended temps are 85C. The reality is, the MSI card pushes air out the side (as opposed the back and front ends) and the S340 is one of the smaller mid-tower cases so air circulation is not the best. If you have a different case, and/or have better odds at the silicon lottery, then cooler temps are definitely achievable.

In terms of heat and temps, the GPU is the bottleneck. Though the 2xx and 3xx amd card all run hot so it was expected.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info, really appreciate it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you get the Define S?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

just curious but where did you get your power connectors from?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the D-Link Wifi adapter require its own driver, or the Motherboard Wireless Dirvers?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you put the 140mm fans? Top and back? And are the rest 120m?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

Completely false. The B2 is a VERY good PSU, just behing the G2 in terms of quality. It is lightyears better than the NEX, and equal to or better than the GS. It is a SuperFlower based unit. VERY good.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely. No worries

  • 49 months ago
  • -3 points

Agreed.

Also, pic 16 is sweet - as are those white sleeves with this build/case. +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

This is completely incorrect. The B2 is a VERY high end PSU, it is closer to the G2 in terms of quality than the GS, and the NEX is WAY WAY WAY worse. Not even in the same realm. The B2 is a Super FLower based unit just like the G2.

  • 49 months ago
  • -1 points

Didn't really care too much about nayrnayr1's explanation for his criticism and admittedly thought he wrote G2 not GS. Anything bronze level does indeed seem "subpar" for the build, nonetheless. Not a bad PSU by any means, but not really "VERY high end."

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

It is definitely very high end. It is great, and the 80+ certification has NOTHING to do with the quality of a unit. this is just how it is. The 750B2 was given a 9 from JohnnyGuru. It is a top of the line PSU.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

and the 80+ certification has NOTHING to do with the quality of a unit.

Usually it doesn't, but it this case it does. When a unit that is rated to do Bronze and does Silver is usually a good sign that it is a high quality unit.

  • 49 months ago
  • -2 points

Sure, the PSU is a top of the line bronze level, agreed (though not even fully modular). I never doubted its quality. But anything bronze level is inherently not "VERY high end" due to its inefficiency.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but at least your PC won't blow up when you use it!!!

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

It is a top of the line PSU made by one of the best PSU companies there is. You are plain wrong in your assessment of it.