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Orca(first build) v2 (updated pics after aio remount and cable tidy)

by Jinx83



Date Published

Jan. 21, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.759 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.416 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


I named the build Orca(killer whale) because they are big and powerful and black with pops of white just like my build I didn't just want to call it first build black and white because as much time and effort as I've put into this rig I feel like that wouldn't have done her justice.

Ok so now that I've explained the rigs name ill give you some background on me. I've been a gamer as long as I can remember and I'm 32 now. I remember playing Nintendo games and sega back in the day Zelda/sonic and such and I loved it. When I was around 12-13 I got my first taste of computer gaming. My mom had a job working with computers as a software testing so we had a computer before they where common place in households. The first 3dish game I ever remember playing was Wolfenstein and man that rocked my world. Not long after that I got doom and if you put in a NIN cd while playing the game it would set the music to the game man was that a blast. Although I also played console games and owned console up into Nintendo 64 I grew tired of having to buy a whole new system and set of games every few years and when I moved out on my own I got a very modest system and played games like StarCraft and diablo 2 man was I hooked. Sense that time I've been a regular pc gamer buying a new system every 4-5 years on avg. starting off with poorly built systems that barley could manage whatever games I was playing and slowing moving into better prebuilt gaming systems. My last system was a laptop I had custom built from Ibuypower it was a good laptop and very portable compared to a full size rig but with its 780m its days where short lived compared to my avg. system, so in early 2016 annoyed at slower fps and lower and lower settings I was having to dial in to get playable games I started dreaming of a new build. This build has gone through more iterations then I could even begin to tell you and of course it was going to have a z170/6700k originally but by the time I got the funds to build it the 7770k and z270s came out and I jumped on board because it only cost about 50ish more for the upgraded parts and optane may be something worth having in the future. Indeed many of my parts where chosen as sort of future proofing hoping to have a good rig for at least 5 years with only small upgrades needed if any, some of you may not agree with that concept but I feel like it will work out well with the state of computer progression. I also wanted to give credit to my wife as she is the one who payed for all of the parts to make this build happen even though she could care less about computers or video games shes an amazing woman and I love her. If your wondering why she paid for them and not me its because I'm a stay at home dad (manny lol) I take care of are 5 year old son who just started kindergarten and loves to play simple video games and to watch me play more complicated ones, I clean, cook, help him study ect. the pay sucks but its very rewarding work :) .

(note: because I'm not super happy with my temps and overclocking headroom i have order some artic 5 from newegg and plan on pulling the rad out and reseating the block in a effort to get a little more overhead out of my temps, you might notice some of the block and rad could be tidy a little more and i will after i reseat everything i will post a few more pics. and some better o.c and temps i hope)after reseating and reconfiguring my cooling setup the temps are much improved my everyday overclock is at 4.7 and always runs well under 70c in everything except stress testing

Part Reviews


only cost me 10$ more then the i5-6600k and so far runs pretty well, although I have been having issuses with it running hot so far ive been keeping it clocked at 4200 and undervolted it as much as possible and have it stable 1.08v. at higher volts and clocks it was hitting over 90c while playing doom4 and that's not good for me or itedit temps are no longer a problem after remount reseat and voltage testing, it runs 100% stable at every day overclock of 4700 at 1.19v never going over 65cand most the time much lower in heavy gaming or 70c under full load stress tests

CPU Cooler

seems to work out was making a strange clicking type noise when using it with the cam software but without the software just letting it run off the motherboard with its pump/fans set at 100% it runs well as best I can tell with little to no noise. I would rather it keep my cpu cooler then it does but that may not be its fault so I'm still giving it 3 stars


very good motherboard running my ran at 2800 xmp advertised speeds with no problem was adding a lot of overvolting so if your using this board make sure you set your vcore voltage yourself you need a lot less then it thinks you do for some reason. other then that I love it sexy looking and runs everything as it should. bios could be a bit better


great ram and runs at its xmp on my rig even tho it was designed for x99 set up I went with 4x dims because kabylake mc likes 4 better then to based on all reviews read, and I went with 32 because these where on sale for 160$ when I got them and with ram prices going up i would just rather get these and not worry about ram upgrades in the future


I'm sure a lot of you are going to flame me for this drive as its reviews are less then steller, i would ask you to keep in mind that all the reviews are on the 500gb models and this drive has a lot bigger cache. Also keep in mind i use this drive for gaming only and it does what i want it to amazing loads games and games levels very quickly. Also it has 5 year warranty from intel and a very large tbw rating. So far i love this drive and its super fast for everything thing i use it for. Cold boot to windows 4-5 seconds without speed boot on.

Video Card

this is a amazing card ive pushed it up to a stable 2110mhz and 700+memory oc and had it 100% stable in all tests and games i threw at it temps never get over 60c, the only drawback is it throws all that heat into my case and my 280rad is set in exhaust it was driving my cpu temps up like 5c having all that extra heat go through them so i set it back down to its factory overclock and heats up my case a lot less. still get 200fps in doom4. it also has very nice leds that match with the rest of my rig 5 stars


what can i say when saying love at first sight is so cliché. It is sleek and powerful looking without screaming I'm a over the top gamer rig look at me. Its mere sight demands respect. As a first time builder this made things so much easier for me, standoffs where preinstalled came with three great fans and a fan hub, and its pull out rad holder made installing the cpu cooler a lot easier. anyway most people love this case no need to gush on about it.

Power Supply

750w is a more then i really need but i got this on sale as the same price as the 650w and i thought a little overhead couldn't hurt. very well reviewed and widely used psu with a 10 year warranty working perfect so far

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Jbock 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Solid build!

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

thanks :D

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I love doom4 but killing vega always makes me sad :(

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

BANANA! @ Photos # 13-14

And you have a lovely computer. +1

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

haha ya i took a big bite out of it, you know for perspective lol, and ty so much I'm so proud of her

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

still have a little more work to do should have some artic 5 in a few days and ima change how the radiator sits i don't like how the extra hose touches my video cards ima turn it around and put it to the far right see how that looks. :)

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Very understandable about the Kraken X61. I recently worked on it for a friend's custom computer (which is physically next to me) and made sure the hoses weren't touching the GPU either. I'm certain you'll be in your comfort zone once you re-orientate it.

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

You ever have any noise problems with it?

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Nothing too major, besides hearing the pump cycling the water when I turn on the computer at times but doesn't happen ever time.

Until I do something more like a benchmark later on which maybe that could change, but I'm hoping nothing too bad.

What noise are you hearing from yours when you do your intended tasks? Or does this occur when you power your computer ON?

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Of course, be very proud because it's a great build. Great work and enjoy!

joelikespcs 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

looks like its nearly time for sli

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Na don't think ima ever go the SLI route to much heat. Also I'm getting 200fps on doom4 how much more do I need lol.

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Although I did get a free HB SLI bridge with my card lol

Lucky482 1 point 27 months ago

Jinx, I just got the same board that you do. I haven't overclocked anything yet because when I power on my pc, things power and then 2 seconds later, power cuts to just the MB (no fans) and then the system boots normally. Are you experiencing this same thing or does it boot right when you power it on? I'm almost wondering if it's a memory thing because this is the first time that I'm using Corsair memory.

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Um hard to say the board has debug codes and debug led for CPU memory ECT check them see what the LEDs say reseat ram if you think it's memory I haven't had any problems my whole system boots in like 5 seconds without fastboot

blur92 1 point 27 months ago


Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago


Fab5 1 point 27 months ago

Your temps are high because cpu auto voltage is set to high you will have to manually set the cpu voltage in bios try these parameters manually adjust voltage either 1.88 to 1.275 and your temps should come down 24c and you will maintain the temps u would expect and use the same parameters for overclock 4.5ghz at 1.18v stable gigabyte is aware of this issue so check for firmware update for auto voltage

TrotTiger 1 point 26 months ago

I like this build, I am about to buy the same Mobo. So Im wondering is it still working well a few weeks later?

have you had any issues?

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

works like a champ, also they released a new bios that corrects the auto voltage(it was originally too high caused bad temps) love this board between this board and lights on my cpu cooler and graphics cards I don't even need case lighting I had got some originally you can see it in the pic but it was so bright right next to my face

TrotTiger 1 point 26 months ago

forgot to ask was it easy to plug in the M2 drive? Any heat issues with the M2..

Im looking to get a 500GB m2-2280.

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

super easy you unscrew the screw slide the drive in you will here a little click put the screw back, no heat issues that I can tell I don't really watch It tho its been very stable. I don't really transfer big files around or anything installing a video game is about the most strain I put on it but it does that very fast.

Keatononame 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I read your statement about disappointing temps; that case is a furnace for all intensive purposes.

Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

no my temps are great.. the problem was the motherboard was overvolting at first I got these when they first came out bios is a lot better now. not that I use stock voltage anymore having long sense figerd out the best volt and clock speeds for my hardware

Keatononame 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Oh, well hot damn. Congrats on hitting your proportional OC. Reason I brought up case and temps were both videos I viewed by HardwareCanucks and Jayztwocents iterated the case wasn't designed to work well with an AIO in mind. Jay just swapped his rig from your case. Regardless, I'm glad to see it's running well for you.

kodym2424 1 point 17 months ago

Whats the fps like on high demand games ? Like arma 3 high settings ?

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Jinx83 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

ya a typo ill fix it

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