Hello all! So after about a month of buying parts and putting everything together, it's my pleasure to present....Code Name: Red Oven! I had a lot of fun building this computer. Along with the new computer, I bought all new peripherals, as well as built my own custom gaming desk with superior cord management! I will list the reasons I purchased each part, as well as other features of my gaming set up.
Computer Part List:
CPU - Intel Core i7-6700K: I had a very hard time deciding between this and the I5-6600k. After all, I'm coming from an I5-2500K. What ultimately sold me on this processor, is the price. The current price of a 6600K was around $214.99, I found a 6700k on sale for 299.99, so why not!?
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8: This was a big indecisive choice for me. I was deciding on watercooling or just a simple cpu air fan (as if this whale is "simple" hehe). Ultimately I went with a fan cooler. I'm easily influenced by reviews, and one review of a water cooled system leaking, steered me away from it altogether. I'm very satisfied with this fan, it is a beast though, so be aware of that. One of the coolest features to me, is the fact that the top plate can be 3-d Printed! Yes you heard that right, inside the box are instructions on how to 3-d print a new top plate to whatever color/design you want!
Thermal Compound - Arctic Silver: IT'S THERMAL COMPOUND.
Motherboard - MSI Z170A Gaming M7 ATX: Here is another piece of hardware that I had a hard time deciding on. I've read a TON of reviews on the QC issues of MSI boards. The last custom built computer I had, had a MSI mobo, which I had NO issues with. The only slight complaint is MSI's live update software. I also got this on sale, so I could not complain.
Memory - G. Skill TridentZ Series 16GB: I don't like upgrading components every year, so I decided to go with some of the best memory available, at an affordable price.
Storage - WD 1TB HDD & Samsung 850 EVO 250GB: I don't store a ton of music or photos on my computer, so I didn't stock up on too much storage. I decided to go with a SSD to boot, as well as be a secondary drive. The HDD is my primary for all my files and what not. I could not beat the prices I got both of these for.
Video Card - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1: This was a biased choice, as I'm coming from a Gigabyte video card. This card is amazing, I could not be more satisfied! The interface for Gigabyte is super easy to use. Plus I got it for a pretty sweet deal :)
Case - NZXT H440: I had a hard time deciding on a case, I eventually narrowed it down to the HZXT and the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Glass version. It came down to price, and the NZXT won in that category. I do not regret my choice at all!
PSU - EVGA 750W: Was on sale, and had just enough power for everything!
Wired Network Adapter - Intel: with the amount of negative reviews on the killer ethernet onboard mobo, this was a no brainer.
Case Fans - BECAUSE WHY NOT :>
Now as far as the other things that I purchased
Corsair K70 Lux Cherry MX Blue - Great overall keyboard, very pleased with the build quality of these keyboards. Like a lot of reviews have stated, the top keys are inverted. If you know a keyboard, this won't bother you.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma - My last mouse was a 2013 DeathAdder, and I loved it. I don't like change, so I decided to go with the updated chroma version.
Monitor - Dell S2417DG 23.8" 144HZ 1440P G-Sync monitor: Dell just came out with this monitor, and I was able to buy it for a decent price. I wanted to be able to use the video card to it's full potential, this monitor matched all the specifications I was looking for. So far it's a great monitor. Of course it's a TN panel, but for the price, I couldn't complain. If I want to watch TV, I have a tv mounted right by my computer for that purpose :).
APC UPS: This new UPS is amazing, also it's wall mountable! This allows for easy wire management, and a clean look.
Now the custom desk. I was searching for a desk that was sturdy, and would last me longer than a couple of years. It came down to either forking out a TON of money for a quality desk, or saving a TON of money and building my own. Now mind you, I live in a condo, so I had limited space. So I had to be mindful if I wanted to build my own desk. The desk frame is made out of iron plumbing pipe, fixed with t joints, flanges, and caps. The top is maple wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl. I'm super happy with how this desk came out. The pipes allow me to velcro any loose wires, so that wire management is a breeze.
Enjoy! P.S sorry for all the crappy quality pictures :)
WHAT A BEAST! This thing is awesome. Make sure to double check that you have enough clearance for it. If you don't want the worry of water cooling, go with this!
Not sure why there are so many negative reviews about MSI. They complain of QC issues, but perhaps this could be the consumer that handles the product inappropriately, and then blames MSI for it. I'm a fan of MSI for life! Although, MSIs software needs a swift kick to the..... :>
Great video card! I've always been a fan of Gigabyte products!
Great Monitor! By far the cheapest and best option if you're looking to enjoy 1440P 144HZ and G-sync all in one!