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I know, I know, I could've come up with a better title, I figured it was somewhat fitting given the season though. I've gotten myself a nice little present after tinkering with various parts through the site and debating whether or not to buy them for close to a year. In the end, I'm quite pleased with the result.

Galax/KFA2 are sister brands for the USA/UK, respectively. Unfortunately, the Galax HoF card wasn't in stock in the US, so I headed on over to https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ and found the card still in stock. Once it was ordered, it arrived within 2-3 days and I was greeted with a nice little surprise of a few Haribo gummies packed inside. It was actually the first part that arrived even though I had placed the order for all the parts at the same time on a couple of different US online retailers. It was a very pleasant experience with the company and their overseas international shipping. The outside shipping box didn't even look banged up for arriving so quickly.

Everything went together as they should with relative ease. RAM, CPU, AiO Cooler, and MB installed effortlessly with the screws and parts included. Take into consideration that the case's instructions gave little information on how to actually build it (as other owners of the case can agree), especially given that each panel was separated and required to be put together. But with a little patience, it wasn't too bad overall.

The only snag I really ran into was that I was having difficulty getting the video card to align properly with the pci-e slots. I had gotten a riser cable that wasn't a Thermaltake brand, so I had to be a little creative making it correct. Simple fix was that I used a few extra motherboard standoff screws to offset the difference and secure it properly.

Using the default MB BIOS settings, overclocking the CPU to 5.0 GHz was a breeze and getting the RAM stable at 3.8 MHz was simple as well without touching any of the voltage settings. The video card's fans stayed quiet and never rose above a temperature of 59 C while playing Resident Evil 7 on highest settings for an hour or two.

The next step will be to get a set of custom PSU cables to add a light touch of color to match the white/blue theme I would like and to find an proper monitor to place next to it.

Merry Christmas everyone, and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

Those haribo bags look as enticing as that beautiful 1080 ti...

+1 very nice and delicious.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it's much appreciated. And yup, they were delicious. :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

That is one of the most beautiful builds I've ever seen... Well done. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch. Hope your holiday season is full of warmth and kindness.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

sooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

ok

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm considering that CPU cooler for my to-be rig. What are your thoughts on it?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

It was quite simple to install and it cools everything as I need it to effectively. And really, the only real noise that comes from the build are from the fans of this cooler. If that's an issue for you, a simple replacement would do the trick for something a little more quieter.

All in all, I feel that it looks and works great.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful! I can’t stop drooling

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

God I love this part grouping... white themed build. Man after my own heart. Not a big fan of that case though. There's so many options for white cases. Just curious... why did you choose that one?

Cooler, memory, GPU, and PSU are all on my want-to-buy list. Damn man that 32gb of 4k!!!!!! So jely here.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't mind me asking; why did you go with the Galax instead of something like the evga kingpin that has guaranteed specs?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I've bought Galax product in the past, and I've never had a single issue with them. Thanks for your words of discouragement!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha didn't mean any discouragement. I was just curious as the Galax was a little more expensive than the Kingpin but they are similar top end cards.

Build looks good.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Hehe, no worries. Plus I wanted the color theme to stay intact and was fairly easy to pick from a handful of white video cards.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Im thinking about getting that Galax/KFA2 Ram (Going to be hard to find for me). Have you had any issues with stability or anything? Im a bit worried about reliability and such as ive just heard of this brand today.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Brand has been around long enough. Only thing you should watch out for are Unbranded and Generic. They are a horrible brand!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah i dont plan on going with anything like those brands. I was going to get some Corsair 3733 but figured i might as well go up to 4000.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup yup. As Crazycatman mentioned, they've been around for a while. I've gotten my RAM speed stable up to 3800 without modifying any voltage settings. Been a breeze so far with it.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your CPU temps under load at 5ghz?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Under a full load, it's hovers around 50-55 degrees C, otherwise it idles around 25-30 C.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Im about to buy this AIO cooler, it fits perfectly in my build, I just wanted to know your opinions on it, are you still using it? how are the temps? Thanks and great build by the way

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

The temps on it are still as good as when I first built it and thoroughly glad I got it. One minor thing is that the stock fans can be slightly noisy when on full speed, they do work well though and are quiet during everyday tasks.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

pssst, pass the gummies and the HOF cards

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you know that there is actually a food section in pcpartpicker!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I do now!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah look on my bday 2.0 part list and u will have access to it

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

You are absolutely right. I was trying to keep them all to myself!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you sell the GPU yet?

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

No real issues so far, it's working like a champ. The only minor thing is that the fans can get audible some when gaming, but they're easily replaceable if it's bothering ya, otherwise they're pretty quiet.

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