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Amaranthine

by Flynne

22
7 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 24, 2018

Date Built

Feb. 22, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

Description

This is my second build, after giving my first to my husband so we aren't fighting over who gets to use the PC lol. I learned quite a bit last go around, so everything went pretty smooth this time. Will mainly be used for web browsing and gaming. Unfortunately my temporary setup is a bit weird right now, but it will have to do until we move into a bigger house. The last two pictures, with the purple lighting, show the finished product after cable management. Speaking of, I had heard comments on the difficulty of managing everything in the Primera despite it's size. I can say I didn't have too much difficulty but I also didn't need a lot of cables. I suspect this is due to the shear amount of cables and connections that come in the case already coupled with a rather shallow area between the motherboard and side panel. I'm really happy with how my cable management turned out.

Part Reviews

CPU

Coming from an FX-8350 this thing is incredible. Way more than I will probably ever need. My ONLY complaint has nothing to do with the processor itself but the Wraith cooler. From the factory you can only install it with the AMD logo off to the right or left, not on the top. To fix this you have to unscrew four tiny little ******* screws that are partially covered by the plastic shroud, turn it the way you want it, then screw the little ******** back in, all without stripping said ******* screws. The guy in the video I watched on YouTube -- after I'd already done it -- had the easiest time in the world... but here I am two days later with a hand still sore from pressing the screwdriver down to get enough of a bite so the screws won't strip. Thank god for husbands that come home right as you're about to throw everything.

I'm not still salty about this, at all.

Motherboard

I was going to go with a different board, but I got a good deal on this one and the WiFi and Bluetooth were a big plus. I wish the color scheme wasn't as dark, but it works out well because everything but the lighting disappears behind the tinted glass of the Primera. Updating the BIOS was really easy via USB and went smoothly.

Memory

After manually settings the timings and voltage after updating the BIOS it's running at 3200mhz. And it's gorgeous. Maybe I should've gone with the black sticks instead of white, but I love the way it looks. The RGB is much brighter than I expected and working well with Aura Sync without any extra input on my behalf.

Storage

I love that I don't need any extra wires for this, which helps keep everything cleaner. Fast as hell and has virtually no footprint.. what more could you ask for?

Video Card

The only carry-over from my last build because I let my husband keep the EVGA GTX 1070 SC that has had to be RMA'd twice now. This card is old Trusty at this point. It might be hot and loud... but that isn't always a bad thing <cough>. Eventually she'll be replaced by another 1070 or higher, but card prices are too stupid right now to even consider it at the moment.

Case

The highlight of my build, honestly. The moment I accidentally saw this case while browsing on Amazon months ago I knew it was the one. I have no issues with any of the lighting, it works flawlessly with Aura Sync, and it's drop dead gorgeous. And quiet. Aforementioned R9 390 is pretty loud, and you could definitely tell when it was under load in my Phantom 410, but behind the tempered glass of the Primera it's so much more acceptable. The three 140mm fans in front operate almost silently. And have I mentioned it's beautiful?

Power Supply

This was the splurge of my build but when you look at what I would've paid for individually sleeved cables on top of a power supply it's actually a steal. The cables are a bit stiff and they were too thin for the generic cable combs I bought.. but too thick for the combs that came with them. I got it to work eventually. I really like that it's white, even though you can only see it when looking at the rear of the case -- which is also white.

Operating System

It's Windows. ¯_(?)_/¯

Monitor

Technically a carry-over because I gave my husband the BenQ. This monitor is great. Colors are clear, crisp, and 144hz worked instantly. FreeSync also enabled right away.

Keyboard

I gave my Corsair Strafe, which was an impulse buy, to my husband and got this for myself. It's the one I wanted from the very beginning and I wish I'd gotten it sooner. I love the "quiet" Razer yellow switches though it is definitely not quiet compared to the Strafe with MX Silent switches. The RGB looks great and the magnetic wrist rest is a nice plus and very comfortable. The only con is the hideous pricetag but you get what you pay for in most instances.

Mouse

It's an RGB mouse that does it's job and looks pretty damn good.

Headphones

They're white, wireless, RGB, and work perfectly.

Speakers

I LOVE these speakers. Good speakers are a requirement for me. I only use headphones when I have to because they usually piss me off because I wear glasses and have neck issues. I bought them to replace a pair of Bose that retail for the same price, and these blow them out of the water. Music and games sound great and the Bluetooth is a nice touch.

Comments Sorted by:

FurryJackman 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

The Silverstone PM01 has absolutely amazing airflow which most all of 2017's PC cases lack. Really good choice here. Gamers Nexus uses this case for their render machine.

Quadrum 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

I see the build here I completed, this way of doing the lighting is kinda neat, might try it myself :D

Glad the build worked without issues!

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Nice components, but the case definitely steals the show!

Congrats.

Flynne submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks!

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

those fans tho

DERPYOP 1 point 11 months ago

What framerates are you getting with that 390? I hear the clock speed doesn't make it ideal for high refresh rates, but the high amount of VRAM makes it suitable for high resolution. Just curious, as I actually bought the EXACT same card off eBay, so any other info would be greatly appreciated (as in good/bad at overclocking, it's a space heater, consumes tonnes of power, etc.) Thanks!

cbg1992 1 point 6 months ago

Hello. Does LED strip, fan hub and LED hub can be removed? Is that attached by tape or magnetic? Thank you