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Penumbra v2

by jalarson5



Date Published

Aug. 16, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.759 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz


Great build. Absolutely loved it. Plenty of room and modularity saved me. Keeps all my parts running cool. :) Gonna be using this for coding, gaming, and college.


College setup. I improved cable management by a lot, removed the exhaust Thermaltake 140mm fan and replaced it with a Corsair mag lev 140mm PWM LED fan connected to the GPU. I highly recommend the mag lev fan. super quiet but powerful. Also added LED strips behind the monitor, and desk, with the RGB remote velcroed to the keyboard tray ceiling for ease of use. Had to drill a cable passthrough for the keyboard for better cable management. All in all, anyone who comes in the room for the first time is shocked at the PC.

Overclocked the 6700k to 4.5ghz. Overclocked the Strix to 2100MHz, mem clock to 5508MHz.

Temps: 6700k: while testing 4.6Mhz on the i7, I got to 68C, but it could not stay stabile enough, so 4.5 it was. The STRIX will not go above 71C, and that is not even with the fans going full, under benchmark load, ever.

Edit 2

I switched to an Evolv ATX TG, and have been slowly working on the PC, redoing it with custom cables, a small sound card, better lighting, and other improvements. Runs a bit hotter, but I love the Evolv case. Pictures are slightly outdated, The sound card, secondary monitor, and a CPU cable have since been installed. New pictures are at the back of the album, with the exception of the hero image. A secondary GPU fan has been added to the basement, to draw cool air from the basement into the video card intake. I later got a Corsair Sabre mouse, a Steelseries QCK after retiring my pre 2006 Razer mousepad (Its polished smooth, except where pitted) and some other small adjustments.

Part Reviews


Great motherboard. Good amount of parts, black PCB, and great specs. Unless you are familiar with advanced BIOS/UEFI, plan on red LEDs in your build.

Fair warning, it only comes with 2 sata data 6gb/ sec cords. SLIing two 1080s might be a tight fit.

Video Card

Simply incredible. The fans are relatively quiet, and temps will never get above 80C, and will usually stay around 64C unless you do a very odd fan curve. (80C was negligence on my part while adjusting the fan curve, this will never happen normally.)

I boosted mine to 2,138mhz, but had to bring it down to 2,100mhz for it to stay stabile. wonderful card. The LED software needs a bit of work if you are trying to get an exact color, but with patience you can do it. (yes, there is a real red, no, that melon orange it comes with is not its real red. You need to adjust the color wheel by about 4 pixels, lol)

->Make sure you have adequate case fans. This card heats up my room roughly 10F. keep airflow going and don't have anything blocking the intakes (wires, figurines, etc)

Power Supply

Great PSU. Looks good too, clean and nice. Super quiet, even under load, although the fan almost never turns on unless I am in BF1 or Tomb Raider. Even then, I can't hear it. Good venting and nice build quality. I probably should have gone with a 650W PSU since my PC doesn't even get close to 850W. First time builder's mistake! At any rate, you can't go wrong with this PSU.

Sound Card

It's a great little sound card. Gives 5.1 audio, plus controls for multichannel audio. Helpful if you want surround sound, or true 5.1 audio for games/movies.

Wireless Network Adapter

Highly recommended. PCIe with black PCB is a plus, and its speed and range are incredible. Its v4.2 Bluetooth is also freakishly powerful. My phone detected it 3 floors down.


Sleek and nice, with great functionality. Acer sometimes has QC issues, and I had to send mine out for repairs. However, once you get the monitor set up, the status LED on auto-off, and overclocked to 165 hz (this, as well as G-sync, are actually done in Windows),it is a great monitor.


Extremely comfortable and easy to use. Its a phenomenal keyboard, especially for those just jumping into mechanical keyboards.


Shocking sound performance at a jaw dropping value. This will ruin any sound system below a 5.1 sound system for you. :)

If you are new to 5.1 audio, the instructions are minimal for the correct plugins. Consult your motherboard manual on setting up 5.1 speakers, and there are also helpful guides on the internet for identifying what each color cable does when doing true 5.1 audio. Have a game that supports true 5.1 (Valve games like Garry's Mod and Left 4 Dead 2 work great; configure 5.1 audio under settings) to test and make sure it works.

Comments Sorted by:

SmartWolf 3 points 27 months ago

Eagle Scout ftw! +1


jalarson5 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Woohoo! Eagle scouts who build PCs! What troop are ya?

TheDivineOnyX 2 points 27 months ago

if you can afford such a great camera for those amazing photos... why not a larger desk because you look a little cramped, maybe move some stuff across the room and put an IKEA linmon there... budget and small enough for a college room! and +1 for coding, we almost have the same pc and interests ;)

jalarson5 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Aww, thanks! This is a temporary setup, I am moving to a college dorm that has a bigger desk. Gonna set up LED strips, the whole 9 yards. Great minds think alike! It's fun to see others' builds.

And that's just my phone camera. Lumia 950XL ;)

TheDivineOnyX 1 point 27 months ago

Im looking forward to the updated place!

jalarson5 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Here it is! It looks better in person, the lighting is funny on-camera but looks stunning in real life.


jalarson5 submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I finally got the Ikea Micke(?), which is much better for home use! Got new pics of it too. Thank goodness, that old desk was way too small.

AnAngrySamaritan 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

That is a tight fit for that graphics card. I have a STRIX GTX 1070 in a 760T and I thought, "Damn, that is a big card." Regardless this is good build and I hope it serves you well!

jalarson5 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Thank you! I was like "Damn I hope this fits without having to take the storage rack out"

It barely does. Very snug, haha.

FirstTimePro 1 point 27 months ago

I'm deciding between your 165Hz monitor and the XB270HU bprz 144Hz monitor. Would there be much of a difference?

Tultamaneli 1 point 27 months ago

According to reviews, this is actually a 144Hz panel that can be overclocked to 165Hz. While PCPP has it listed as 165Hz, Newegg actually has it listed as 144. Might just be a mistake.

jalarson5 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Heh, well, to be honest, 144hz should be fine. Apparently the human eye can't see 165hz, but I can tell you firsthand that this one rocks. Might wanna check out the curved 144hz, those look cool. If it comes to TN vs IPS, go IPS for sure.

I am in love with my monitor, and there's all sorts of nice little things like the ability to turn off It's status LED, lots of ports, and a built in (tinny) speaker.

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