Description

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DinoSaar is a play on my name, Saar. It's been my name on Steam and anywhere online for a while, which is why it is the name of the build.

This computer wasn't built from the ground. It was upgraded one part at a time from my original build 3 years ago, but not a single part from the original build is still here, so technically it's a different computer.

I am aware that my CPU and GPU are not very balanced. The reason I have an i7-6700K with only a GTX 970 is because I bought the CPU directly from Intel for $120.

All prices are what I paid for the parts.

Hopefully, you'll notice the black and orange color scheme going on. I am very dedicated to it. I have not had a chance to make the inside of the computer more orange yet, but I am pretty happy with the all-black look.

Part Reviews

CPU

Bought brand new for $120, so I really cannot complain. Noticed a huge improvement in overall responsiveness, and up to a 20% FPS increase in some games, compared to my AMD FX-6300.

CPU Cooler

Bought this because it was the cheapest Corsair water cooler. The temperatures aren't that impressive at this price point, but I care more for looks and silence anyway. No complaints really.

Motherboard

Awesome motherboard for the price. Looks amazing in all black. Asus' AI Suite III is amazing, automatically overclocked my CPU, GPU, RAM, and optimized fan speeds based on temperatures and other parameters. I/O has everything I could possibly need. Onboard audio is amplified and sounds nice with my higher impedance headphones. Only complaint is that the red audio lights don't turn off, and kind of ruin my color scheme.

Memory

Easily overclocked to 3000 MHz and runs with no problems. Black anodized finish looks awesome.

Storage

Nothing special in terms of performance, but still an SSD. Was my original boot drive but 60 GB got too tight, so now it's just an extra drive for some important programs (mostly Adobe stuff).

Storage

Great performance for the price. Currently my boot drive. Sticker looks pretty cool, so it's a shame my case doesn't display the SSDs.

Storage

The only reason I have this hard drive is because my friend broke the 1TB Blue that I originally had, so he gave me this one. Plenty of storage and has been very reliable. WD never disappoints.

Video Card

Clock speeds are pretty good. The cooler looks awesome. Extremely silent, which is the main reason I bought it. The reason(s) I took away a star is because it has an annoying white light that stays on when you turn off the computer, and the card sags a lot, even with a reinforced PCIE slot.

Case

My friends got me this case for my birthday so that I can finally let go of the miserable Raidmax case that I had. Besides the amazing looks, it's got plenty of room with all the drive cages removed. Great cable management and overall a joy to build in.

Power Supply

80 Plus Gold rating is important. Modular cables made it easy to route everything and get rid of the clutter. Most importantly though, black cables, so I could finally get rid of my rainbow colored cables.

Monitor

This monitor has been amazing both for games and productivity. The IPS display looks stunning, and the curve it subtle but immersive. Elegant looks with no gaming hints.

Keyboard

Easily the go-to keyboard for anyone looking for a real Cherry MX keyboard on a budget. Looks good and built like a tank. No RGB, macro keys, or any gaming nonsense. Frame easily popped off so I was able to paint it orange. And of course, Cherry MX Blues are a pleasure to type on.

Mouse

Very functional mouse that I picked up for super cheap when Fnatic bought Func. Great sensor, very comfortable, and few well placed buttons that I actually found myself using unlike previous mice. Software is simple and straight forward, and profiles are saved on the mouse itself, which is nice.

Headphones

Cheaper than most gaming headsets and sounds better than most gaming headsets. I am super happy with the sound quality and how comfortable they are. Keep in mind that they are very open so anyone around you will hear you pretty loudly.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Does the spoiler add fps? +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

No. PC is too fast, needs the extra down force.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

true lel

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Adds spoiler +10000 airflow

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Friend actually got the spoiler as a joke for my car. Ended up putting it on my computer.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the CPU directly from intel?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel Retail Edge Program.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! but put this aio on the front. youll get lower temps

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you explain? Doesn't make sense to me.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNAMxZgvves

you pull the hot air from the gpu to the cpu.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for ricing out your case with a spoiler

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Spoiler was actually provided by my friend, a Subaru ricer himself. He got it for my Audi to make fun of it because he thinks his ricer car is better.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Now all you need to do is add a lot of camber to your case

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually was thinking of taking off the wheels from an old RC car and attaching them to the sides of the computer, but it wouldn't blend in as well as the spoiler did. Maybe if I was committed to the racing scheme I would do that.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Sexy build. That color scheme is great.

+1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

My Corsair H55 doesn't seem to line up correctly with the mounts on the MOBO... did you have any issues with this?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

No, worked just fine. Just followed the manual and had no problems. It appears crooked but that's because they have holes for different sockets too.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That's not a brand name, you'd know that if you read the description before commenting like he asked.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I designed it in Adobe Illustrator. Then I used a vinyl cutter to cut it out on an orange sheet of vinyl, and carefully applied it to my front panel. I did this in my graphic design class.

For Intel Retail Edge, you have to work at a retail store that sells Intel products. I work at Fry's electronics so I am eligible for the program.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think if I made vinyl logos for cases people would be interested in buying that? I could make custom designs for requested cases.

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