Preface - Hello everyone! This is my brand stankin' new build, I've been planning it for months and will detail the backstory below. If you want to get straight to the build then just skip past the "Backstory" section.
Backstory - I had been a console peasant my whole life playing only occasionally on PC, stuff like Diablo 2 and the original Starcraft with my dad on an old office PC he gave me (I was like 8 or 9 at the time), however most of the time I played stuff like Skyrim, CoD (ew), Soul Caliber (:D), etc. on Xbox 360. Fast forward to when I was about 12, it was 2014, I had been playing minecraft (I was a pretty run of the mill 12 year old :/) on a newer office PC (I wanna say quad core, 8gb ram, and some random GPU) and it did pretty well, however when my dad, brother, and I bought borderlands 2 to play together I got a true taste of the master race. Considering that borderlands 2 had to be activated through steam I looked around the platform a bit and stumbled across a nice little game called Kerbal Space Program and a bit later Space Engineers. Needless to say the office PC with a old GPU thrown in, started to feel the strain of modern gaming. So along comes my thirteenth birthday, my dad recently built himself a computer (I'll detail on this later) and i wanted to try. I sold my dirt bike (we moved to a city home so I couldn't use it) and using the funds from it combined with some birthday money I was able to get together $900. My dad hadn't built a PC in a while (Last he built was around 2008) so we reached out to my uncle, like we did for his build, who claimed to know a lot about modern PC parts, however he didn't. If you want to hear some of the mistakes he made check out my dad's new-ish build as I detailed a bit more on our old builds there. Anyhoo, I built my 13th B-Day PC and it served me pretty well for about 2 years. However I then randomly decided I was going to get a VR headset (lol, yeah right) and I discovered that I needed to upgrade. So around came the end of 2015 (aka christmas), I looked into it and bought a GTX 970 (as well as 3 discount 1080p panels for surround gaming), the upgrade worked ok however, as I looked into it and reflected on the multiple years of watching Linus Tech Tips, Awesomesauce Network, JayZTwoCentz, and Paul's Hardware, I ended up deciding on scrapping the whole build (the 970 was bottlenecked pretty bad and the whole build generally sucked). So I did just that, I sold my PC, my Xbox 360, my Xbox One, returned my 970, got B-Day money, and did a lot of odd jobs, all adding up to a little over $1800. While waiting to find sellers for all my stuff, I planned the build, it went through many changes as I had months to plan as I was in the middle of a move from Michigan back to California after living there for a year, however I finally decided upon what I have now. So after months of waiting in anticipation for the pascal release, waiting for my old PC to get out of storage so I could even sell it in the first place, and then waiting for the buyers of my stuff, I was finally able to build my PC, so here it is.
Build - The build went relatively well, since I had been watching PC videos for a little under 2 years I was %85 comfortable with the build process. The only thing I had trouble with was figuring out how to mount the radiator in the case, however I figured it out.
Parts - 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, and I wanted to try water cooling so I went with the Kraken X61 for it's good looks, performance, and reviews. However BOY was I disappointed, it worked fine for about a week but then it started making rattling noises, I've tried every fix in the book. I'm fairly sure it's going to fail. However considering that I spent all of my budget I couldn't afford shipping back to the seller for RMA, what a complete shite thing to stop a guy, huh? So as meh as it is i'm just dealing with it and am hoping it doesn't fail any time soon.
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.
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 instead.
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.
Benchmark's - 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 - All in all i'm pretty satisfied with this build, it performs great at 1080p and 2560x1080, however I haven't gotten the chance to test triple 1080p due to the space confines of my grandmother's home, which i'm living in while waiting for my parents house building scheme to go through. The only thing I don't like is the fact that my cooler is failing, I will probably send it in and get a different one (maybe even air considering my mild OC) once I get the money for shipping (rather expensive for a 15 year old at around $20). Also as a side note, I'm using my dad's ultrawide monitor (which he isn't using for reasons) in the pictures rather than my triple 1080p's because of the fore-mentioned space confines.
Performs GREAT! Is able to handle anything I throw at it without a problem, even while using obs.
I am NOT impressed, while this thing cools and looks good, I think it is failing. The pump is making a rattling noise, I've tried all possible fixes however nothing works. I'll update this review if it fails all out or if I RMA.
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. 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.
Great budget case! It looks great, has good airflow and radiator support,it has a basement, as well as gives you a good view of your components. My only gripe with it is that I would've liked a little better 3.5" drive mounting system.
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 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 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, even though I personally cant 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 results in discomfort after long sessions. However all in all for the $30 I payed i'd say it was a good purchase.