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Winter's Bite.

by Zehkari



Date Published

Aug. 29, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 5, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C


Being my first build, I started with a lower cap of dosh to spend, but as always ended up going nuts.

Minimalist approach. So no extra hard drives. 500 GB is enough for me personally, as I store all my media on an external drive and only keep 3-5 games installed at the same time.

Everything ended up going pretty smoothly. A part from the heat sink, which annoyingly required me to use a grinder to make the back plate fit through the under side of the motherboard (it was a factory fault, 2 screw's worked flawless in 4 holes, the 2 other screws would not fit all the way).

Overclocked to 4.6 GHz @ 1.325 v. I would push it a bit further but I am in no real need of it at the moment.

Any regrets? Yeah possibly the 1070. Should of just jumped onto the 1080 with this amount of money being spent.

Happy with the outcome? Yeah I am. Paired with an Asus Swift PG279Q monitor, my gaming experience has definitely improved!

Thanks for viewing - any ideas or thoughts are welcome. Zehkari.

Part Reviews


Not much to say here. If your work involves editing or rendering, then this is the beaut for you. Managed to get 4.6 GHz @ 1.325 v. Would push further but not in the need right now. Definitely worth the extra cash, and it does add some future investment.

CPU Cooler

Had difficulty at the start with two of the four back plate screws not fitting through the motherboard. But after grinding them down it was a pretty smooth install. Temperatures are good. It looks stunning as well. For the current price - happy days. Getting 25-30 degrees idle @ 4.6 GHz and 69-73 degrees whilst under 100% load.


Looks a monster. Has everything you need for a motherboard.


RAM is RAM. Does the job as much as any other would. Just looks cool with the white version.


Costing roughly the same as SATA SSD's, why not? (assuming you have the motherboard), no cables, slightly (ever so) quicker and hardly looks out of place. Win.

Video Card

Yeah its good. But EVGA could of factory clocked it a little higher, considering the cooling system is pretty damn good. I would recommend aiming for the 1080 if you can save a little more cash for it.


Brilliant looking case. Simple with good air flow. The windowed hinged door is the don.

Power Supply

Does the trick. Good price for gold certified.

Case Fan

No problems, supplies the expected flow of air. Pretty quiet to be honest.

Case Fan

No problems, supplies the expected flow of air. Pretty quiet to be honest.

Comments Sorted by:

confuzledandlost 40 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Great build!

Love the color scheme and cable management, looks great inside the 400C as well. I have the same monitor and If you ever feel like you need more power then adding a second 1070 will definitely do the trick; I have them in SLI and I'm seeing frames of 90+ with most games maxed out at 1440p. Overwatch runs at 165+ even on the highest settings, it's a great combo with the PG279Q!

+1 from me brother!

Zehkari submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Cheers, ill consider the SLI in a few months.
Had any problems with your monitor? I have had to RMA it 3 times so far due to dead pixels and BLB.
Would really like to have a good one, makes a huge difference when gaming.

confuzledandlost 40 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Haven't had any serious issues, the BLB is noticeable when I'm in really dark sections of Dark Souls 3 or on my desktop but it's not bad enough for me to try and RMA. I bought mine second hand off someone locally so I imagine it might be more trouble than it's worth to try and return lol Other than that I haven't had any issues, no dead pixels or performance issues. High refresh rate G-sync gaming is pretty amazing, never going back!

Zehkari submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Yeah definitely.
The difference it makes.
Really worth the cash.

Upgrade 8 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Nice build. I have the same monitor and love it. Just curious if a standard thickness fan would fit on your CPU heatsink instead of the slim fan. Could be more cooling performance with less noise.

Zehkari submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Would definitely hit the RAM with a standard sized fan on the heat sink.
There are other CRYORIG coolers on the market with thicker fans. The one I obtained just looked good with the white metal. It's performing good for a slight overclock. I think I were to go 4.8 GHz +, I would see some higher temperatures.

Reprisalgaming 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Explain the NZXT Hue. Do you plug it up and it generates a spectrum of colors throughout the case or does it come with strips that you place throughout the case?

Zehkari submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

It comes with 4 strips that produce the light. You have two connection ports on the hub and you can either chain 2+2 or all 4 together off 1 connection.
The different settings for light is programmed with their software called CAM. It's more of a performance piece that helps with temperatures and overclocking (an fps overlay in game as well).
You have quite a few choices of light patterns. Including response to your temperature of the CPU.
To be honest I usually only have all white set.

Reprisalgaming 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Oh okay awesome.

yanermcflanpant 2 points 32 months ago

What cables did you use? They look great and compliment everything very well!

Zehkari submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

The 3 pin cables for 3 of the fans were Bitfenix 3 pin.
And the 24 pin motherboard + 2 x 8 pin for GPU are Silverstone from amazon.
Couldn't find any white sleeve extension cables for the front panel interface.

marcelmunarolo 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Absolutely amazing! Good job!

hklenny 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Very nice system! I do like the colour scheme and use of the Hue+.

I actually tested out the Cryorig H5 Universal in my system and also found that two of the mounting screws for the backplate were very tight into the motherboard mounting holes. They only just made it in (requiring a bit of wiggling and pushing), but were able to fit without having to resort to power tools. It is a bit disappointing in what otherwise seems like a high quality product from Cryorig.

Zehkari submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Tested? I can see you went with the be quiet! dark rock tf, what made you not use the cryorig in the end?

hklenny 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

In my test of the H5, the result was about the same as the Dark Rock TF. However, I preferred the look of the Dark Rock TF, so didn't go with the H5. It looked too big in my case.

TarikSonmez 2 points 32 months ago

hey nice build i have 1 question though. how is your mobo working out for you?

Zehkari submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

It's all good so far.
The bios is probably the most easiest I have used.
Why? Are you having any troubles with the Z170 S?

Franky77 1 point 32 months ago

Your computer runs faster with LED strips?)

Zehkari submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Actually regret buying the hue+ :D Could of just got some LEDs on the fans.

AAABattary 1 point 32 months ago

geeezz, that monitor is more expensive than your pc...

Zehkari submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Nah, its almost more expensive than my PC. Worth the money into a solid display though. Should last a long time. O_O

ashort805 1 point 30 months ago

Great build, and love those Rokits!

keemalexis 1 point 30 months ago

Our parts are exactly the same however im still building it! May I know the fans/case airflow of this build?

LukaEardley 1 point 26 months ago

great build man +1 for your white cables for your GPU did you just buy 2x 8pin cables and use those?

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Zehkari submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I've actually just ordered the 1080 FTW and will probably sell my 1070. Lost a bit of cash but hopefully now I can get 144fps on BF1 with ultra.