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Project CANDY

by saracatlee

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Update: Watch the YouTube video! (https://youtu.be/nxOHOKxhjwk)

I’ve been an Intel fan for the longest time, but AMD’s Ryzen processors (on top of Intel’s horrible security patches) has made me switch over to Team Red. My latest build features the new Ryzen 7 2700X, a GTX 1080 Ti, 32GB of RAM, and of course, all the RGB you can ever have.

The CPU is cooled by the gorgeous NZXT Kraken X62, with its infinity mirror design. It’s hands-down the most beautiful AIO cooler out there on the market.

CableMod’s ModFlex cables replace the power supply’s standard cables. I wanted to stick with black to keep a neutral color that will blend with whatever theme I can set the rest of the RGB components to.

4 Thermaltake Riing Plus Premium Edition RGB fans provide adequate airflow throughout the case as well as a spectacular lighting pattern that fits in well with the rest of the build.

4 8GB modules of G.Skill’s TridentZ RGB RAM gives the system a total of 32GB of memory, great for video editing and having 400 Chrome tabs open at once.

About 2 hours of case modding allowed me to vertically mount the GPU. I’ve tested both performance and temperatures and none of them are affected by vertically mounting the graphics card.

Zotac’s version of the 1080 Ti keeps the PC silent by only activating its fans after a certain temperature has been reached instead of having it on all the time. Its RGB options are also, in my opinion, better than ASUS’s Strix version of this card.

This build sports a 500GB SSD as a boot drive for system files, 2 1TB SSDs for games and applications, and a 2TB HDD for lower priority files and documents.

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Zloduh 2 points 11 months ago

Could you please post one pic with back side in shot so that we can see what brackets did you cut? And did you use dremel or what tool for that case mod? Thank you and wonderful job you did there :)

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Thanks! I'll be away from my PC for a few days but to answer your question I've made a little drawing for you; it's color coded to help with explanation: https://imgur.com/a/5l7MZ3i

The orange are the "brackets" that we'll be cutting. You can use a dremel, but I suck at tools LOL so I used this instead: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NQ4OYO/

The white rectangle is our supposed GPU that we'll be mounting and we'll assume the position of the video outputs in the back which are the green rectangles. The red is where we'll be cutting to allow for room for the cables to connect to the card.

It's pretty simple really, if you want you can go ahead and cut all the brackets entirely since the GPU vertical mount kit that I hope you'll be using (http://a.co/bWTKLh3) will pretty much cover it all anyways.

Hope that helps!

yousha 1 point 9 months ago

If I vertically mount my Zotac AMP Extreme 1080 Ti using your method, will the case support a horizontal 2-way SLI config in the future? (I am using the same case)

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

No, you can only use one. If you want to do SLI, you'll have to go back to the regular layout.

yousha 1 point 9 months ago

So I would need a new case?

MUSHROOM_KING100 1 point 2 months ago

um no cases support multiple vertical gpu mounts, imagine that how would it even work

Jushi 2 points 5 months ago

AMAZING. Nothing else to say. You should think about submitting this to Ed, over at TechSource to be featured on his show called Setup Wars!

+1

MUSHROOM_KING100 1 point 2 months ago

yes u should

Jushi 1 point 2 months ago

Me? or u?

gabman2303 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Colors all go together great, and the build itself as well as the set up look CLEAN! I'm jealous of your masterpiece.

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks!

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I love every part of your build, especially the vertical mount and the kraken cooler! Man I Love these rainbow Monsters..

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you! I'm in love with RGB ;)

xmb_brooksby 1 point 11 months ago

What RGB strips did you use on the monitor?

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Some cheap ones I found off Amazon, they're pretty generic. Don't remember which ones exactly tho, I just remember adding a bunch of different ones to my cart. Haha.

MrThreePik 12 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

A good switch, welcome to the light side. I really want to upgrade my 1700 to a 2700X but will hold out until Ryzen 2. +1

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Skipping a generation is a common practice, it'll be worth it tho!

startale 1 point 11 months ago

I am in the same position. Dont really need to upgrade. But i WANT to ;). Trying to stay strong and wait for Ryzen 2 ^.

KnightLawlit 1 point 11 months ago

I thought the 2700X was part of Ryzen 2, you telling me there will be new, better Ryzen chips coming out soon? :O

MrThreePik 12 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Not super soon. More like 2019, and further improvements in 2020.

KnightLawlit 1 point 11 months ago

My Ryzen 5 1600 should last me until then. Thanks.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

How did u get the 1080 vertically mounted in a 6340 elite?

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I used a cheap vertical mount by Cooler Master: http://a.co/bWTKLh3

I had to do some case modding and snipped off two of the PCIe supports on the case to allow room for the HDMI/DP cables.

bconn315 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

was wondering this too. very cool.

Razorbomb2 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

A very nice looking build. I really like the side mounted Zotac card you have. I also did an AMD build in the S340 recently, do you think I could fit the RX 580 I have if I did the same modding that you have? +1

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Of course! My card is pretty big, so if your card is the same size or smaller, it'll definitely fit. Or even a little bigger looks like there's still plenty of room for an inch or so bigger.

Dimensions: 325 x 148 x 56.6mm (12.8 x 5.83 x 2.23in)

Razorbomb2 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Well it's at 260(L)X 135(W)X 43 (H) so I will have to definitely look into it and I thought the RX 580 was tall.... 56.6! But I think the cooler may come up closer to the case than the 1080 you have. https://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/Razorbomb2/builds/#view=B76scf That is what the card looks like inside the case currently. Thank you for the information :)

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Anytime! Let me know how it goes if you decide to go for it :)

Razorbomb2 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Will do! Thanks.

danielma21 1 point 11 months ago

I love this pc but there's a feeling that I get when I see the S340 Elite case. I just feel that there are so many other nice cases but about 90% of gaming pcs are put inside of this case. But this one is pretty neat.

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hahaha yeahhhh, a bunch of people have this case. But it's what's inside that matters ;) and thanks!

danielma21 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah taking another look at this build I realize how beautiful it is and thank the baby Jesus that it is not another black and red build.

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hahaha thanks! I remember back in the FX days when it was so hard to find an AMD board that wasn't red. I know RGB can be pretty cringey but IMO it helps with color flexibility <3

danielma21 1 point 11 months ago

Thats exactly why I love it so much.

xconnor 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

case might be "mainstream", but the vertical gpu is what makes this one stand out

jimbohurt 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I'm wanting to make sure I make smart decisions RGB wise with my first build. May I ask, with the thermaltake fans, how are you controlling their color? Does your MOBO have a RGB header or are they plugged in with a USB header and then a thermaltake driver is used? thanks

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

The fans are plugged into a dedicated hub that's controlled by their proprietary RGB software. Cable management is a pain, especially with the fans' long cables but it's definitely worth it!

CamF 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Feels like my build's bigger sibling. Nice job showing off the GPU too (:

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks!

xnootxnootx 1 point 11 months ago

Love the set up. Have the exact same ram and motherboard. I only have a 16GB kit, and was looking to add another 16 to it, but was worried my cooler would interfere, but given yours fits just fine, I can rest easy. (Same cooler too!) I got the H700i a few months ago so I could expand into custom hard loops, but have yet to do that.

What kind of clocks have you gotten with your 2700x so far? I can only manage to hit 4Ghz with my 1700x, wanted to see if the new refresh has better OC'ing abilities.

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! I honestly haven't messed with overclocking, these new processors actually work a lot better stock.

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xconnor 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

vertical gpu + s340 = pure beauty. awesome build!!

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks!

wolylime 1 point 11 months ago

Are the airflow and temps good? I've heard that the S340 Elite's airflow is absolute garbage.

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Very good. It runs cool and quiet!

zAfirz 1 point 11 months ago

What monitor arm did you use?

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago
zAfirz 1 point 11 months ago

I’m a little unsure of the stand since it’s rated for monitors till 27in, is a sturdy enough for a 34 in?

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Mine is 34 inches! It's very sturdy :)

zAfirz 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you so much, I was just a little nervous about buying it, enjoy your rig man! :)

Pantha 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Wow, that looks awesome!

Just wondering, have you had any problems with the Trident Z RGB RAM, speed-wise?

I'm planning on building something similar (2700X / X470 / 16GB) and I noticed that G.Skill released a special 'Ryzen tuned' (C14) version of this RAM, but it'll probably cost more and I'm not sure if there's any benefit (or difference).. I mean, I'll probably be getting C14 either way, but the specs appear to be identical between the GTZR and the GTZRX.. and I'm not sure if C14/C16 makes as much a difference with Ryzen 2 as it did with Ryzen 1 anyway.. :/

bconn315 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Why did you need 6 fan coolers? 2 in the cooler and 2 in the case?

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I needed only 4 but it was cheaper to buy the 3 pack haha plus now I have extras in case I need them.

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I like the build, I'm an Intel guy but I showed my coworker who is a newly-switched Ryzen guy and he loves this, you;'ve got our +1. Kinda confused by the parts-list/description discrepancy with the storage though, where are the 1Tb SSDs and 500Gb boot drive?

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

It's in the back of the case! Haha

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

ok cool!

emilson19 1 point 10 months ago

godamm

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

;)

kenlao 1 point 10 months ago

any comment(s) on the monitor? i also plan to get it soon but still thinking if is it worth it

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 0 points 10 months ago

It's an awesome monitor, I love it!

rrodriguez1987 1 point 10 months ago

Any issues using the 2700x on the X370 motherboard? I heard something about needing to upgrade the bios on the motherboard to get the cpu to work

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yeahhh I had to use an older Ryzen to upgrade the BIOS but if you buy the motherboard new, it should come updated, if not you can send it to the manufacturer and they should do it for free.

hehredt03 1 point 10 months ago

How is the monitor, I am considering buying it, but there are no reviews of it.

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I love it!!! It's awesome and perfect for gaming.

CallahanS 1 point 9 months ago

Which, out of the two types of fans, did you use to cover the normal fan spots?

AMAMazingYT 1 point 8 months ago

This build looks great, the choice of the case, fans and memory look great, not just do i like the pc but the setup looks great as well. Good choice on everything +1

saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you!

CreatedByEric 1 point 8 months ago

Could you link your wallpaper? Beautiful build btw

ItzMorphinTime22 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Awesome build! Did you're thermaltake rgb fans work without any issues? I want to purchase them buy I'm seeing mixed reviews saying they aren't compatible with ryzen.

bladd12001 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

this is beautiful.

MUSHROOM_KING100 1 point 2 months ago

I'm curious hows the monitor working out for you, it looks cool, but it's rather large for 1080p and it's 75hz, so when your gaming do you ever feel like your missing out on something? I am considering this monitor for my next build seeing as it's a fair price :)

AwesomeDude196 1 point 1 month ago

This PC build looks beautiful.

Martin3_2020 1 point 1 month ago

I love all your builds ! They look amazing ! I'm just curious, what do you do with all these extra computers?

ActuallyMartin 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Is the monitor good I am looking at an ultrawide monitor for video editing and I need one that is VESA Compatible and with the pictures you used it seems it is how do you like it and how was the installation of the monitor.

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saracatlee submitter 7 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hahaha so true.