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Stormtrooper Build

by daltonseale


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Date Published

Aug. 10, 2018

Date Built

July 25, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz



I got a 15" MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) for college, upgraded it with a 500GB SSD and 16GB of RAM, and had been using it heavily for work. Although it could hold it's own, its age was starting to show and I could tell it was almost on its last leg. My boss generously gave me $1,400 to replace my computer, but a comparable 2018 MacBook would have cost double that. I had been excited about building a PC for a long time, and realized I would get a way better bang for my buck doing so. I decided to invest some additional money into making it look exactly how I wanted it - clean and simple, black and white - inspired by one of my favorite things: Stormtroopers. This is my very first build and I'm really proud of it, but I would love comments and suggestions so that I can learn more going forward.


CPU - Ryzen seemed like the clear choice when it came to CPUs. With an amazing cost to performance ratio, the ability to overclock, and support through 2020, it was sort of a no-brainer. Plus Micro Center had a $10 discount!

CPU Cooler - Why get a cooler that cost as much as your CPU? Couldn't you just get a Ryzen 7 chip instead? Well... yeah. As you can see in this build list, I bought into the NZXT ecosystem. Originally I had the NZXT Kraken M22 and installed it as a rear exhaust. This cooler was TERRIBLE. I would never recommend it to anyone. Unlike other Kraken models, it's not based on Asetek, and the mounting screws that come with this cooler don't actually secure it to the CPU properly. I drove to NXZT headquarters and spent two hours with their staff showing them that the brackets wouldn't mount to either an Intel or AMD board correctly. Stumped and confused, they sent me home with some extra washers and longer screws. Still, being inadequately mounted, I never got the temps I wanted out of my M22, didn't like the placement in my system, and wouldn't be able to add an RGB fan to it because NZXT doesn't make static pressure RGB fans. Long story short, the X62 really filled out the front of my case nicely, cooled my CPU way down, opened my top and rear exhaust slots up for some cool RGB fans, and cost the same as my CPU. Oh well ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Motherboard - I got a B350 board three weeks before they launched the B450. Maybe I didn't do enough research or was just impatient, but Micro Center offered $30 off any motherboard with a compatible CPU purchase, so I still got a really good deal!

Storage - I got another great discount at Micro Center on my Samsung 860 EVO and got a Western Digital 2TB drive from my dad which saved me a bit on storage costs.

Graphics Card - My brain: "If a nice 1070 is $429, why not just bump up to a 1070 Ti? But this really nice 1070 Ti is on sale for just $489... Then why not bump up to a 1080 for $529? Oh, I don't have enough money for that. 1070 Ti it is." I also know it's a bad time to buy a graphics card, but with EVGA's Step-Up program, I can pay the difference and upgrade to an 11 series when they launch so I'm not outdated within months of purchasing it.

Monitor - The Dell S2417DG was the best G-Sync 1440p monitor I could find for the really reasonable price. While I'm super happy to have it, I definitely forgot to factor a monitor into the cost of my build so I paid a bit more out of pocket that I originally budgeted for.

Stormtrooper - I tried to pick the best value and quality components for my build, and while I really like these parts, I mainly chose these to really build on the white and black aesthetic: Memory - Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB Case - NXZT H500 Case Fans - NXZT Aer RGB 120mm Fans & Hue+ Controller Cables - upHere Sleeved Cable Extensions, Headphones - Corsair HS70 Wireless Gaming Headphones


Everything works and looks exactly how I wanted it to. I'm currently running a very stable 4.0GHz all-core overclock on my Ryzen 5 2600 and am getting really good temps with my overkill cooler. Right now I'm primarily playing The Witcher 3 on ultra settings and it runs like a charm, but I'll report back with additional games and benchmarks as I add and test them!

Thanks for checking out and reading about my build! I can't wait to hear what you guys think!

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WHeEeEeEeEeE 3 points 7 months ago

solid build! Should be a nice upgrade for you then


daltonseale submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! It definitely is!

WHeEeEeEeEeE 2 points 7 months ago

good luck for the future! :)

sponix 6 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Build Deserves a better Power Supply. I'd look at the EVGA G3 line

daltonseale submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for the feedback! I'll definitely look into it.

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daltonseale submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah I tried to outline my CPU cooler struggle in the description but ultimately my goal is to upgrade to a 2700 around Christmas and this cooler will be great no matter what CPU I upgrade to in the future so it wasn't a total loss.

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OwenGers 1 point 7 months ago

Let the man spend his money on things he wants to, jesus.

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daltonseale submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Yes, but not with the overclock I have running on this chip specifically :/

MrVeetrin 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

looks great, nice work!

daltonseale submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you!

ThePC_Noobie 2 points 7 months ago

$1400 From Boss and you only need $600 from your bank account. Nice PC I like the NZXT case nice and clean

daltonseale submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you!

LandonSeale 2 points 7 months ago

Looks nice, I'd personally say to get faster RAM and HDD for future builds. I love the color scheme, but seeing a poster of a storm trooper or something similar above your set-up would look dope. Great first build overall ;)

daltonseale submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Gee thanks bro lol

Kodey_james 2 points 6 months ago

Hey! Just built my first PC in the H500i white, with the kraken x62, how did you mount it past the rad mount? The cables for the front panel obstructed mine.

Also, is there any good way to adjust the AIO sleeves? As far as where they lay? Yours seem to be great going down and back up again.

Any help is appreciated!

Brion_Sundae 1 point 7 months ago

An EVGA 1080 right now is only going for $469 lol

eoslove 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you for sharing! I am attempting my first build. I follow your logic and strategy on parts purchases. I like the overall aesthetic of your build.

ibraheemxh 1 point 7 months ago

Did you notice any trouble with the NZXT case?

DillonParnell 1 point 7 months ago

Just a word of advice you could have went with the NZXT 500i for $30ish and would have gotten the hue+ and case lighting pre installed. Great build though im saving up to build something similar but red and white themed

rio.jones 1 point 3 months ago

Hey, im a console gamer looking to part take in the PC gaming world. For this cpu did you have to do a bios update? PC looks awesome btw

heshanc 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

hello, how have you got the radiator to be flush with the mounting bracket? i tried to do it and the front i/o cables got in the way?? please help. I really want the tubing to not dangle over the graphics card. Thank you