Introduction - This is an update to my previous build, White Prism 1.0, It's a mostly aesthetic update with the only performance difference being that I was finally able to try my triple monitors. If you want to know the backstory and why I chose to build, check out my previous build here, but if you're just here for pictures, parts, and performance, then stick around.
Build - The build was one of my more hectic builds, definitely not the most, but it was pretty far up there on the scale. During the build itself multiple things went wrong, I dropped a screw (admittedly not a big deal) that took me about 20 minutes to find, I found out that my motherboard only had two USB 2.0 Headers and that I needed three (as a result my front USB 2.0 ports don't work), I couldn't figure out how the built in fan controller worked, and after I finally got everything installed my cooler started making a very loud rattling noise which I had to send in for a replacement. So it was pretty hectic, but just a lot of small things.
Parts (Note Copied and Edited From Previous Build So It May Be Slightly Out of Date/Dank) - i7 6700K : I wanted to be able to use OBS while playing CPU intensive titles like Arma 3, I also wanted to be able to future-proof a tiny bit. I also figured the CPU was the hardest part to upgrade in a PC and so I went with something really good to avoid wanting to upgrade from an i5 to an i7 later.
GTX 1070 : I aimed for the GTX 1080 however I went with the 1070 as it was more than I needed and I wanted an i7 as it would help future-proof (I know there's no true future-proofing) a tiny bit as well as allow for use of OBS, so I couldn't afford a 1080 with the i7 in the list. I went with the Gigabyte G1 Gaming as I'm a huge Gigabyte fan as well as it was a good price.
Cooler : I had more in my budget than I thought (Not Enough For A 1080 :( ), and I wanted to try water cooling so I went with the Kraken X61 for it's good looks, performance, and reviews. It had a bit of a hiccup with what I assume to be pump failure but the support was very pleasant and gave me a replacement.
Motherboard : After a bit of surfing the webernet I came down to deciding between the MSI Krait Gaming Z170A 3X, an Asus Z170-A, and a Asus Sabertooth Z170 S. I chose the MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X for it's lower price than the sabertooth, and it's more color neutral aesthetics than the Z170-A.
RAM : I wanted white ram and these made the cut! :D
Storage : I went with the good ol' 850 evo, and a 1tb blue for bigger games that don't need quick load times.
Case : I originally wanted a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe however the white one's price randomly shot up to $200 so I went with the budget friendly NZXT S340 originally. However as you can now see I got the money to buy the Enthoo Luxe and the price had dropped so I went for it.
PSU : I LOVE EVGA Power Supplies, so I went with the G2 for it's gold efficiency, modular cables, wattage high enough to support SLI, and decent pricing.
Benchmarks - I ran all of these benchmarks either by running around in the game or by finding some sort of in-game method. The setting were all Maximum Settings at 1920x1080. The game selection is a bit odd as it was whatever I felt like playing at the time, I might add more later on. I also ran 3D Mark Time Spy and Fire Strike.
Arma 3 | Minimum FPS - 30 | Maximum FPS – 92 | Average FPS – 61
Crysis 1 CPU | Minimum FPS – 78 | Maximum FPS – 115 | Average FPS – 98
Crysis 1 GPU | Minimum FPS – 74 | Maximum FPS – 116 | Average FPS – 86
Overwatch | Minimum FPS – 45 | Maximum FPS – 96 | Average FPS - 70
Side Meier’s Civilization V | Minimum FPS – 58 | Maximum FPS – 364 | Average FPS – 211
Fire Strike - 15,485 | Graphics - 18,568 | Physics - 13,844
Time Spy - 5,850 | Graphics - 5,979 | Physics - 5,214
Final Thought's - This build performs EXTREMELY well! It's able to cap the 60fps limit at 3x1080p in most any game I would want to use 3x1080p in (Ex. Elite: Dangerous, Civ V, Etc.), and it absolutely crushes pretty much everything at the 1080p level. It also renders stuff very quickly, and handles streaming extremely well. As far as meeting my goal for looking amazing? I think (and hope) the pictures answer that question.
Performs GREAT! Is able to handle anything I throw at it without a problem, even while using obs.
I previously gave this a bad review due to a pump failure, but have since sent it and gotten a replacement, the new one works great and has no issues with loud rattling. Although I have experienced some minor rattling, but it's just normal pump noise.
I LOVE this Motherboard! It looks great, overclocks great, has metal reinforced pci-e brackets, has USB 3.1 type A and C, and many other things! All in all a great board!
While this stuff may not be the fastest RAM on the block it certainly is the slickest(imo). I love the way this stuff looks and I haven't had a single problem with it's performance.
This thing is REALLY fast! I have my OS and my favorite games on it and everything loads really quickly. I also haven't experienced the slightest hiccup with any sort of data problems.
This thing is a great budget drive, the load times on games are decent, it's pretty quiet, and I haven't noticed any data problems.
This GPU hauls butt, I'm able to get around 60-80 fps in almost anything on highest settings at 1080p! For those of you wondering about the orange accents, they don't show, I have this in a mid-tower atx case (NZXT S340) sitting on my desk and I can't see them. The RGB lights are also really nice and all of it's effects are nice. The Fan Stop feature is always a good thing to have for normal internet use.
THIS CASE LOOKS SLICK AS A COWBOY RIDING INTO THE SUNSET!!! Seriously though, I really like the looks of this thing. Not only does it look great but the build quality is really good, It's really nice to build in, the basement makes cable management a breeze, it has extensive water cooling support (even includes brackets for pumps and reservoirs), and has a nice little mini window to put stupid stuff behind. If I had to complain about something it would be the fan controller, I couldn't for the life of me figure out how it worked, I could've probably figured it out with enough time but I just plugged the fans into my motherboard so I don't really have any problem with it.
This powers everything in my build nicely. The modular cables are very good quality and help with cable management. The cables look nice too and don't stick out like a sore thumb. The Eco mode is a nice feature to have, as it is sure to keep things quiet under low usage.
This kit is totally worth it if you like fancy lights. It has a BUNCH of settings, and they're still adding some new effects now and then. The software works well, and doubles as a really good spec sheet/fps/temperature program.
This monitor is a good one if you're on a budget, I personally just really wanted to try out surround gaming so I bought three of these. Not much to say other than the fact that they look nice and serve me well.
This is my first mechanical keyboard, I got it for $80 at Best Buy, and I gotta say i'm impressed. The led's have nice effects. The keys feel very nice and are comfortable to game and type on.
I REALLY like this mouse! It is extremely comfortable and it works very well while i'm gaming, considering that I main Tracer (Update: Switched to Soldier 76/Reinhardt) in Overwatch a good mouse is important for all those quick movements. I haven't noticed any lag, and the performance and endurance modes are a nice touch, though I personally can't tell the difference. I love the adjustable dpi buttons as well as the other side buttons, although I haven't used them much.
These headphones are a great deal, they also sound REALLY good. I doubt they're audiophile quality however I personally couldn't care less. The mic is really quiet, however I just use an external mic anyways so it doesn't bother me. It should be noted that the curve of the pad on the top of the headband is a little to wide for my head so it puts extra weight on a smaller point which resulted in it being uncorfortable for long sessions at first, however after about 4 months of use it's since shaped up and is a lot more comfortable. All in all for the $30 I payed i'd say it was a good purchase.
Not much to say... The surface is nice, gets dirty easily but is easy enough to clean. Looks fancy af. I feel at least %10 cooler when I show people my setup than I previously did... :P