Hi everyone! I've been so excited to share Bolt Blanc (White Bolt) to the world!!!
Bolt Blanc is my first ever PC that I built for myself. I've only been building other peoples' PC's until now. This has been a project that started out pretty slow with me just waiting for sales and nabbing parts when they were less expensive. Working at Micro Center and having employee discounts totally did not help me AT ALL. ;)
So I mainly use my build for heavy gaming and everyday tasks, schoolwork, streaming, all that fun stuff. I also load photoshop from time to time but I major in music, something I really don't need photoshop for.
I know, I know, this is theoretically a $3000+ build even though I got all of this under $2900. This just means that this pc is pretty darn beefy and overkill. Though that's the case, I wanted to upgrade from my laptop, an XPS 15, which still runs smooth and very nice, to a pc that I could rely on for heavy fps gaming at least. I also wanted this pc to not only just perform like a beast, but look like one as well.
The color theme on this is clearly black and white, with a hint of an icy/electric blue edge to it, and my good friend that I built a pc for bought me a Kakashi Funko Pop, so it just fit soooooo perfectly. He was also my man crush when I was a kid so this is pretty much a dream come true. With asus addressable rgb light strips around the whole inside of the case even though I'm only using white, it's one sexy beast. So far so good and nothing has gotten in the way of Bolt Blanc. I could throw anything at it and it'll work just like a charm, and still very cool to the touch at that. I am super proud of Bolt Blanc, so here are the specs and deats.
CPU: Intel's Core i5-8600K is more than what I could ask for in a chip. Yeah, it's a great CPU that can overclocked and I've already done it. It can handle anything. 6 cores is heavenly.
CPU Cooler: The Corsair H150i PRO keeps the i5-8600K icy cool in idle and it barely gets warm during heavy gaming. I took the 3 fans Corsair put in there and replaced them with 3 of my ML120 PRO LED White fans to keep the front looking shnazzy with the white standing out in contrast with the black. The fans are hella quiet and airflow is doing great. The radiator is set up in the front of the case facing the innards of the pc while the fans are facing the front panel of the case. The radiator and the fans are able to snuggly fit inside the case skeleton while giving much needed space between the GPU and PSU Shroud. The liquid cooler came with thermal paste, but I went ahead and wiped it off using isopropyl alcohol and replaced it using the Thermal Grizzly's Kryonaut. The cooling block is elegantly branded with Corsair's logo and it's RGB, so it'll please you in all it's wonderful color and theme options. Tubing is simple and they give you only enough tubing so that the radiator's tubes can only be positioned from the top of the case. Re-tube it however you want, but I like it the way I shaped it. It took a while to have it to that shape because the tubing kept on sagging the opposite way, but it only took about 5 minutes to have it kind of permanently stay in that shape just below the one ML120 fan's blades so that it won't touch it at all, Overall, it's beautiful, as a radiator can go, and it does it's job very well.
Thermal Paste: Okay, the Grizzly Kryonaut keeps the CPU on ice, better temperatures than the stock AIO's pre-applied thermal paste for sure. Thermal paste is thermal paste, except this one does a job well done.
Motherboard: Hands down, this is an amazing motherboard with so much options to go through. That BIOS is crazy and startup is still simple. The ROG Maximus X Hero WI-FI AC has 2x2 wi-fi build in and it can even summon wifi even without it's antenna screwed on....... WELLL stuff happens that we can't really explain. It's got lots of bells and whistles, but most of all, the overclocking is super smooth on this board. Classy and edgy rgb lights make it expensive but I got this for about $100 off because of a sale and that it was an open box of a customer who realized that it was only for 8th Gen Processors and he had a 7th Gen. So as I was just browsing the motherboard section with my friends for a little window shopping, the word CLEARANCE popped up like the shiniest needle in a haystack and I scooped it up, ready to have a fight over anyone else who might have seen. This baby performs.
Memory: It's RGB RAM, it's flashy with a white outside and Corsair is always doing good in terms of RAM. With 32GB of RAM, DDR4 at 3200mHz, it has the speed and look of a white stallion. Oh, did I mention that it's RGB?
Storage: We got the Samsung couple here. 970 EVO giving 500GB and 860 EVO giving 1TB full of storage. Lots of storage, though I plan on adding more SSDs. The M.2 NVMe SSD is the fastest thing I've ever experienced during bootup of Windows 10 and I put important programs that I want to boot up faster on there. The rest of my files are downloaded onto the 2.5" SSD, which is still amazingly quick. Lightning fast, lets Bolt Blanc live up to it's name.
GPU: The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 Gaming with iCX Technology is one of the best in it's category. It runs very cool due to it's iCX Tech, thank gosh, as the ACX didn't do as well before. Sensors are literally EVERYWHERE on this graphics card so it you just point to a location, I can pull up a temperature status for it. Overclocks like a beast and flashy....only on the side and bottom. So far I have clocked it to 2088 MHz, but I have not tested the GPU with the updated 11GHz in memory clock speeds. Either way, games run incredibly smooth with this GPU with frames and frames to spare. It pretty much performs like a 1080 Ti would, but less expensive. The fans at the bottom only really spin when I'm playing games on it, so it saves noise and heat when idle or when I'm web surfing. I've seen some people putting up that they had coil whine in their GPU, but I haven't had any of the sort. It's doing just great. ^ It's RGB, by the way.
Case: One of the most exciting things I was waiting for was my pc case. The Corsair Carbide SPEC-OMEGA is sexy at all angles and that tempered glass has the perfect smoke to it that makes the inside of the case look great when it comes to lighting. It's not too dark and not too clear, giving it a nice premium finish. People complain about the allen key screws, but I find nothing harmful over it. There's less protruding and it doesn't take forever to take out. The front of the case has a white led strip coming down like a lightning bolt strike and there's also nice tempered glass placed there as well. The angles of the case all together give an edgy and nice, clean look to it that other cases in this price range can't rival, in my opinion. The back panel gives just enough to fit a good cable management setup, but it really wasn't made for much cable management in the first place. It's not as roomy, and there is not a PSU shroud included in the case. I had to go buy one separately. All corners are and holes are rounded so that it's difficult to even get a scratch on yourself while building and rubber grommets make presentation so much nicer. Air flow is terrific on the case. I know, doesn't look like it, but there is SOOOOO much SPPPPAAAACCCCEEEE between the front panel and skeleton of the case, that is makes airflow pretty standard for cases. Temperatures are not a problem in this case. ;) Although airflow is not a problem here, there still is just one intake grill on the bottom of the case, so it's a little letdown, but it's compromise for the beautiful tempered glass in the whole front. Also, the giant grill on the top panel gives sufficient outtake to the SPEC-Omega and the space between the panels and the steel skeleton connect from the top to the front, so air room is spacious. It was fun working with this case, and it just gives Bolt Blanc the sexiest look I could ever imagine this pc could even come to. Yeah....not RGB.
Power Supply: Efficient in the watts I need and when I could need. Reliable technology from Corsair's PSU RMi series, and quiet with no coil whine. The Corsair 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular PSU was simple to work with and it powers this beast of a pc.
Case Fans: Yeah, I got 6 ML120 PRO LED in white. It was an expense....that I needed......but I got them at a good price because of my job perks. Everything worked out in my favor this way, hehehe. The fans are incredibly quiet and it keeps my whole case chilled like a constant nice fall breeze going through the pc everyday. Magnetic Levitation is to thank for this. Technology......it works.
Monitor: The S2417DG is a 24 inch monitor that can overclock to 165Hz in framerate. Amazing! Performs in a 1ms response time. Yes, amazing! Native resolution is at a higher 1250x1440. I know, amazing! It has G-Sync. Oh yes baby, amazing. Oh and, ultra thin bezels, which calls for ULTRA AMAZINGNESS. Okay enough of that, it's a TN panel. Not that amazing.....but it looks close enough to an IPS panel. It's amazing. Just uh....make sure to calibrate it okay?
Okay everyone, I hope everything here detailed everything that you wanted to know about Bolt Blanc, feel free to give me positive or critical reviews. Let me know how I did with Bolt Blanc. If I could improve on anything, I'm here to listen and if any of you have questions, pop 'em in here and I'll try my best to respond to everyone asap! Thank you lovelies, I love you all!