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I've been waiting for a long time to post this! This is the second new and improved iteration of my gaming and photo editing rig, Scarlette. Its been a very gradual build from my first post the better part of a year ago with many significant changes. I can't stand a loud computer, so it had to be quiet. So I swapped out the stupid loud stock H60 fan for the SP120 and a NZXT case fan for the AF120 and that brought the noise down lots. But still not enough. So against my wallets will I put a Enermax 140mm quiet fan at the top and replaced my older EVGA 600B PSU with the SuperNOVA 750 G2 on Eco mode so its very quiet now.

I got real sick of the old Spec-03 case fast. I chose the S340 because its not an Edge Lord case like so many of the cases out there now trying to so cool but trying to hard. I love it, its a great size, really really well built and showcases everything really cleanly. I dont know if I'd ever buy a case without a PSU shroud now.

Now for the hardware. I mainly play games like Fallout 4, Total War Rome 2 & Attila, World of Tanks, etc. but I also photoshop and use light room for my photos hence the 16 Gb of RAM I have that I thought I'd never need. It wasnt a choice after my RAM usage hit 100% @8 Gb in photoshop. The 970 is the real treasure here though. I dont regret returning that 960 I started out with for one second. Its not quite strong enough to push the 144 frames per sec that my monitor can handle the way I like to max games out, but... My Mobo does support SLI for the future..

The CPU is good enough in 90% of cases minus things like Total War Attila and World of Tanks (Its can only use a single core). I've had it up to 4.6 GHz fine. The H60 does a good job of keeping it cool considering how much I've throttled its rad fan. I hope to get a Zen CPU and Mobo when they come out.

The storage is great. The 850 EVO boots up and is ready well before I am. The Silicon Power SSD really just holds some games. The SSHD is not as bad as most people say. It is almost a perfect middleman as far as speed between an SSD and a HDD.

I love the keyboard too. The K70 is another thing I have no regrets about despite the big price tag I struggled to pay for a mere keyboard. Feels great to type and and its solidly built. The Perixx mouse is a company not many have heard of but that I'd recommend very highly. I paid $25 for the mouse and I have yet to hold a single Logitech, Razr, etc. mouse that feels both as great and as very solidly built as this is.

Oh, and I custom painted the GPU back-plate and AF120 colour ring. Its jsut something I thought would add to it and I think that it has.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

a m a z i n g 10/10

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, Thanks!!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you change the lighting in the tower? What parts do you use to get that?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually just use Deep Cool's RGB LED lighting strip kit. You change the colours via remote.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

[Red and black theme intensifies]

+1

PS - Yes, I am a fridge.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get that title

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you a smart fridge? Can I get notifications on my phone if I have any milk in the fridge?

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Just leftovers.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Flawless build. Only thing that makes me cringe is the desk and the cables. Sort 'em out man. 10/10

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot. There was a time where they were very neat and tidy, zip ties and all. I just move stuff around to often as of now to redo the cables and all that often. But I'll give it a quick tidy.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!!!! =]

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build along with some great pictures, nicely done.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic looking build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it just me, or is the radiator not probably screwed into the fan? Could it be the bottom fan is causing this? Could flip the radiator over and have the coolant tubes at the top.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, that's just the bottom fan.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good looking build but the bottleneck is REAL

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And it is, but on the other hand I could have done worse. I could have really cheaper out and got an FM 2 board and an older AMD 4-core CPU. But really I just don't buy Intel processors. Not when Zen is coming out with haswell-esque performance per core with two to four cores more while costing less.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Drooling Intensifies

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The H60 comes with a fan, but I want to install my own LED fan. Is this possible with this cooler ?

Thanks !!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It is, but be wise. Dont just buy any fan. I'd really suggest a Corsair 120mm SP fan. Theyre menat to push air well in tight spaces like that.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thank you !!!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the LEDS I have just answered above. And no AMD GPU because I dislike AMD GPU's simple as that. If you can afford a Nvidia GPU, they are more often than not the better performer of the two, especially past the $250-$300 mark for performance per dollar. 6300 because I'm a college student. And yes the badge is for the board.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It is an msi board. Why do you say otherwise?