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Devil's Advocate - PC & Setup

by BrianPim

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23 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.936 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

Description

My first PC build that I primarily use for gaming. The entire setup has been about a year in the making, trying to manage the amount of money I invested in it while not going broke and waiting until Nvidia released their new Pascal GPUs. I decided to go for a black/red build (original, right?) which I think turned out quite nicely. This PC is an absolute beast, and is able to handle 99% of games maxed out at 3440x1440.

The laptop is an MSI GL62 6QF, which I for the most part use either for school or if a friend wants to use it for gaming. Specs: GTX 960M, i7 6700HQ, 1TB HDD, 8GB DDR4 RAM.

The overall hope with the PC is that it'll get me through the next 4-5 years of University (Currently 1st year). Here's to hoping, since insane price hikes and stagnant wages are currently plaguing the market in Canada. ($900-1000 for a GTX 1080 alone, my wallet is crying). Regardless, I'm open to any feedback in the comments, so if you have any advice please do share.

Part Reviews

CPU

A great processor for gaming and other uses, would definitely recommend it.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my 6700k quite cool under load. Corsair has the interchangeable colour strips available on their website, which complements my black/red build quite well.

Motherboard

Not the best motherboard, but it gets the job done.

Memory

Plenty of RAM. Looks great, too.

Storage

Boots up windows within 10 seconds, and games installed onto it benefit from faster load times. Highly recommendable.

Storage

No complaints. Plenty of storage for a fair price.

Video Card

An absolute powerhouse of a GPU. Though I still think it's overpriced here in Canada, it's still well worth the money if you want the best of the best.

Case

For the most part a good case. Easy to build in. Only real complaint is that the top and bottom cable cut-outs don't have rubber grommets. The sleek phantom-like steel body combined with the H440 chassis is great, though. Includes built-in red LEDs.

Power Supply

The EVGA G2 line of PSU's is an absolute necessity. You get more bang for your buck when compared to the Corsair RMi line, which is a fair comparison to the G2. Definitely recommend.

Wireless Network Adapter

Since I don't have an Ethernet cable running through my basement and into my office, I was forced to go with a wireless solution. I'm quite satisfied with this product. I'm able to get pretty good speeds, and the design goes well with the rest of my PC.

Monitor

If you're wondering if you should go with a 16:9 144hz monitor or a 21:9 at a lesser refresh rate, definitely go with the 21:9. The extra space not only allows for more immersive gaming experiences, but is also beneficial in the sense that it acts similarly to a dual monitor setup during desktop activities.

Comments Sorted by:

Wolklung 2 points 30 months ago

Very nice looking build. +1 And I'd plus you another for the Lego Slave if I could :)

BrianPim submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks! :)

ThunderCls 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Nice looking build +1

BrianPim submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks!

bmads21 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Sorry I just had to say this is straight up arousing.

BrianPim submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

;)

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Sharet-OP 2 points 30 months ago

Excellent looking build bro...and may the force be with you.

AmplifiedLlama 2 points 30 months ago

Nice guitar!

Oh and pretty cool PC too.

CrimzonSlayeRx 2 points 29 months ago

Nice build and setup Could you pls tell me what Keyboard/Mouse Mat that is?

john0156 1 point 30 months ago

Hey no offense and great build but i dont know what your smoking by saying this board doesn't have a usb 3 connector for front I/O i have this board and just looked at the manual to confirm that it does have one. you might want to look again.

BrianPim submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Interesting, I'll have to check that out tomorrow after work. Thanks for the heads up.

Lyrix 1 point 30 months ago

very nice build but the photos arent that great!

BrianPim submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks for the input. Just added some better ones. :)

Lyrix 1 point 30 months ago

thx ;)

bmads21 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Howd u get the h110i red? paint?

BrianPim submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Corsair has swappable parts available in red and blue on their website for approx $20 USD.

YamiOkami 1 point 30 months ago

Any insight as to where you got the desk? I'm in need of something very similar.

BrianPim submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

It's the Linnmon model from Ikea. They price them fairly cheap, so it was definitely a good buy.

YamiOkami 1 point 30 months ago

Thank you!

Robioto 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Lush PC, I'm definately using this case for my next build.

mad3on 1 point 25 months ago

Wait... did you post the monitor on r/ultrawidemasterrace?

bringmepeterpan 1 point 1 month ago

Nice build, I've been looking for a desk like that! I'm currently using an old desk/cabinet that can close up completely but its just not enough room, I want a corner desk like that one. How much did that cost you?

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