Description

My overall goal for this build was to put together a moderately powerful gaming PC that could run most games at 1080p with near 60 fps while also being able to keep up with my school workload, all without sacrificing aesthetics. The computer you are viewing now is far greater than what I originally planned to build, and is rather a product of fortunate timing and pure luck. A year ago I put this build together as a wishlist on newegg with the exception of a few changes. Knowing I couldn't afford it didn't stop me from wanting it though, and if you told me last year that I would own it in twelve months I wouldn't believe you. Here's the story of how this PC came to be.

You saw the title and might be wondering where Kyle and Paul from Bitwit and Paul's Hardware (respectively) come into play. In early December they did a joint giveaway of a $1000 first place prize and a $500 second place prize. Like most giveaways I find out about I enter knowing the chances of me winning are negligible, but hey, it can't hurt to enter anyway. I completely forgot I entered because I have never won anything nor expect to win so I forgot when they were announcing the winners. A day or two after they announced the winners I stumbled across an email with the subject "YOU WON THE GIVEAWAY" and immediately looked over it because it sounded like a textbook identifier of spam. Then I realized it was legit and from one of my favorite YouTubers. I ended up winning the $500 cash prize and used the money to buy my motherboard, CPU, ram, HUE+, and had $25 leftover to go towards my OCZ SSD. I got the CPU and motherboard as a combo deal from Micro Center and the motherboard was open box, so I ended up getting a steal only spending $330 for both of them. This allowed me to stretch the winnings out to get more parts. After dreaming of building this rig for so long I was finally able to begin manifesting it and start getting the parts together. I already had a little money saved to start this build that I was now able to put towards other components since the giveaway covered the core of my computer. Without the giveaway kick-starting this build for me I would not have been able to afford everything and it probably wouldn't have happened, at least not to this extent. I can't thank Paul and Kyle enough for giving me the opportunity to build this amazing computer.

Let's bring up the elephant in the virtual room you and I are sharing as you read this. This combination of case, motherboard, and cooler have been used a lot recently. At first I was bummed out a little that my choice of parts has been used before I could do it. I've been planning on building this white system around the motherboard for over a year and wasn't going to let it deter me from building it. Once I finally built it and booted it up for the first time I knew I made the right decision with every single part and had zero regrets. I love this computer and the way it looks. Knowing that other people feel the same joy I do from a combination of parts similar to mine makes me actually think the opposite of my original feelings. I look at this computer every day, nobody else has to. So if I like the way it looks why should I care if someone has a computer resembling mine? I never see similar builds unless I look for them, so an over-saturation of common parts doesn't personally affect me. I know how good it looks all tied together and am happy other people share the same tastes. That's the whole reason I got into PC building; sharing a common interest and satisfaction in our computers. Every time I look at this computer I can't help but to smile because of how grateful I am to have a computer this powerful and good looking on my college budget.

Overall I couldn't be more happy with my computer. I hope you guys like it. Let me know any thoughts or suggestions you may have. Although constructive criticism is welcomed, please don't blindly criticize without understanding the logic behind my decisions. Sorry for the poor quality iPhone pics and lighting. My name on social media and steam are the same as the one here so follow/friend me if you want.

Below is a breakdown of the reasoning behind choosing each component the name, followed by what upgrades and changes I would like to make in the near future:

-CPU & GPU: What you see is what you get here, folks. It's not a surprise to you that an Intel i5 6600k paired with a GTX 1080 go together like peanut butter and jelly. This computer will never be used for content creation so an i7 would have been more than I needed, but I still needed strong reliable processing power for my school workload and gaming. The i5 6600k was a no brainer. Now I know what your thinking, my logic on processor choice was not to go overkill, but yet I bought a GTX 1080 which is definitely overkill for a 1080p monitor. I originally followed that school of thought and paired my i5 with an rx 480 (4gb) which was capable of max settings floating around 50-60fps for most games. I will include pictures of the system with both graphics cards for kicks and giggles. Recently though I've been playing a lot of competitive games and itching to get a monitor with a higher refresh rate at 1440p. I'm aware 1440p isn't going to benefit me in competitive games, but it would nice to have for my other games that have great looking graphics. In addition to that I really want to get into VR, which the rx 480 would not be able to handle competently nor would it keep up with a high refresh rate at 1440p, so I pulled the trigger on the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW. With that being said; my next big purchase is going to be a enthusiast grade 1440p, 144hz, IPS monitor, and hopefully with G-sync. I want to wait a little to get a VR set to see what advances they come out with and wireless alternatives. VR is still in it's infancy and has so much potential to improve, so it's worth waiting knowing the 1080 will be more than capable for the near distant future.

-MOBO, RAM, Case, and CPU Cooler: Now that I've rambled on about my choice for the brains and muscle of my computer; everything else pretty much comes down to aesthetics. It started when I saw the white pcb of the ASUS sabertooth motherboard and immediately made my decision that I wanted to do an all white build around the motherboard with it being the focal point.

-RAM: RAM is RAM. Not much differentiates RAM other than looks. The Dominator Platinum's I thought would tie in really nice with the grey/silver accents on the board, and is some of the nicest looking ram out right now imo.

-Case & CPU Cooler: I started planning the foundation of this build about a year ago (1/16) with my original intention to have a white NZXT H440 house the system. Then the white S340 elite came out with the tempered glass side panel and I knew that it would look too good with the motherboard to resist. My choice in CPU cooler follows the same trend. I wanted to overclock the 6600k a decent amount so I knew I wanted AIO water cooling. Right when I was deciding on an AIO, NZXT released the Kraken x62 and it promised to have better performance than it's predecessor while achieving quieter cooling. The look of the infinity mirror CPU block/pump had me hooked, and then with the promised performance and RGB capabilities paired with the HUE+, NZXT sunk their hooks in me deep. This system looks like an NZXT sponsored build and I don't mind it one bit.

-PSU & SSD's: The samsung SSD was left over from my old build and I got the OCZ one on sale. Both of which matched the systems color scheme (or lack thereof) requiring little thought to include them. Power supply was also recycled from previous build and since it is hidden under psu shroud I felt no obligation to get a new one as it wouldn't affect the aesthetics while yielding enough power with 80+ gold efficiency.

-Name: I don't know if I'm fully convinced on sticking with 'The Yeti' as the name for this rig. I originally picked it because obviously Yeti's are like the arctic bigfoot, a large powerful snow-colored monster, and metaphorically compared to my computer. The only issue is I am definitely not the first person to make this clever correlation. One of the deciding factors for me to commit to it is a favorite song of mine by the band Clutch is called 'The Yeti'. I have been a long time fan of the band and grew up listening to them with the influence of my Dad. So like a corny tattoo, the name holds some sentimental value to me making it feel more personally unique.

-RGB: This probably isn't necessary to cover, but it is a very opinionated subject and everybody feels differently about it. I look at them similarly to a spoiler/wing on a car. It offers no performance benefits despite everybody putting them in computers, and looks tacky being obnoxiously excessive in most instances. When tastefully used in moderation though, it can be a defining feature in your build. In my situation the HUE+ and Kraken x62 coexist beautifully together without being overbearing. They complement the build rather than being a gaudy accessory. I mainly keep the HUE+ static white to showcase the components, but the versatility offered by NZXT's CAM software is second to none.

Intended upgrades and improvements:

  • -more RAM: 2x4gb for 16gb total
  • -hard drive for more storage/backup
  • -cable combs to straighten out my cables
  • -maybe new cable extensions that look more uniform and include some grey/black color
  • -clean up the RGB and CPU block wires towards the top left somehow
  • -a monitor that can utilize all the performance my 1080 can put down

Thanks for reading if you made it to this point. I don't know how you did it. This went on WAY longer than I anticipated. I just wanted to be as detailed as possible. Let me know what you think!

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

You got my vote. But a 1080 with a 1080p monitor?

Actually might not be a bad idea

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. Yeah its a little excessive for 1080p, but in my unnecessarily long description I mentioned about how I originally had a 4gb rx480 but I want to bump up to 1440p 144hz. Decided to get the graphics card before the monitor instead of getting a monitor that the rx480 wouldn't be able to keep up with.

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build :D Love the RGB lights +rep

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks man! I appreciate the love!

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice build! Beautiful! +vote

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks, glad you like it!

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

I love the the RGB and how you have all the hardware matching, its simply beautiful. Amazing build +Vote

Im trying to get the build i uploaded to look pretty haha any tips on cable management tricks? currently its a taddd messy haha

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly the case was super forgiving when it comes to cable management so it was pretty easy to hide all the ugly cables under the PSU shroud. The only advice I could give you after checking your build out would be to utilize the backside of the mobo tray to tuck and hide the cables behind the best you can. You have a good looking computer and powerful computer, tucking those wires will do it some justice. Thanks for the love dude!

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

looks at list of parts Sweeet!

looks at photos Ohhh baby

looks at description -Vince McMahon falling out of chair.gif-

Man this is fantastic! A great choice of parts! Dont sweat the popularity of the parts, just goes to show its a solid selection. Congrats on winning the contest and congrats and this fantastic build! +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks man! I knew after I finished writing the description that I went a little overboard, but I figured someone might be interested enough to read it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

No no please, the description is what goes along with the fantastic pictures! Sooooooo many people throw up a list of parts, a single photo usually not even showing/verifying the parts and a description somewhere along the lines of "gaming pc for PCMR LOL plox" or something equally inane. I even saw one post the other day that was nothing but an ellipsis .... sadddd face

Its nice to see someone that takes a genuine interest in their post and PC.

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

yup definitely looks sexy me likey alot. awesome job on the build and gratz on actually being able to get the money for it :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Still don't understand the series of events that got it to where it is now lol.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

sometimes you dont need to understand the reasoning or events but sit back and enjoy the outcome

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

AWESOMESAUCE ...pun intended! Make sure to tweet them both a link to your build if you haven't already!

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I tried to tag them in social media posts but they probably get so many it's easy to get lost in their notifications so I understand. I thought it'd be cool for them to see their giveaway money be used on something they could appreciate.

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

The Dell S2716DG is a great choice for a monitor upgrade. I have it and it does wonders.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I swear to god I almost got that exact monitor instead of my 1080! I found best buy selling an open box unit for $425 last week and knew it was a great deal, but got the 1080 instead. Honestly it seems like a great monitor for the price. Same specs as the big dogs that cost $200+ and only sacrificing IPS panel for TN.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choice to go with the 1080. I can't tell the difference once I calibrated the display and I don't move around much or create content so the monitor is a steal in my book.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that's what I read. After some minor calibrations you wouldn't even know its TN. I don't do content creation either so minor color inaccuracies that are hardly noticeable wont bother me. There's a good chance that it will be my next monitor. If I don't have the money to fork over for an ROG or Predator series monitor I can easily comprise with TN for the luxury of G-sync. Also, it looks identical to my current monitor so it will look uniform if I do a duel monitor setup with that as my primary and my current monitor become my secondary.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

super clean

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

looks amazing! 1+!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build; a great story; god I hope you're not a ****, that'd ruin everything.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I try not to be a **** lol.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

AMAZING, The colors are so nice to look at, the parts you chose for the build, everything looks so good! I'm working on a similar build too.. gonna get the NZXT Hue+ and do the Spectrum wave (It's called that right?), Anyway, jus the Rainbow setting..

I'd like to ask, did you use a fan hub for your case fans or did you plug them directly into the Mobo

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Build looks awesome and congrats on winning that contest. My main question though is if you wanted 1080P at 60FPS why would you budget a gtx 1080? Unless it was a typo and you meant you wanted 4K at 60FPS. I'm not knocking the build at all, just a little curious.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

No it wasn't a typo. That sounds a little misleading now that I'm rereading it. So before I bought all my parts for my computer that was my overall goal: build a capable 1080p gaming PC. When I first put everything together about a little over a month ago I had an rx480 4gb card in it which allowed me to achieve 60fps on most games. I used the rx480 for about a month and just bought the 1080 last week. Further down in my description where I talk about why I got the 1080 I explain how I'm itching to bump up to 1440p 144hz and plan to as my next big upgrade. So even though I'm still only running on a 1080p screen I was able to justify the 1080 purchase.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Jesus dude you went all out on this beast! But don't you think about getting a higher res monitor?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I mentioned it in the description. That's going to be my next major upgrade. I might get more RAM or a hard drive before it because they're more affordable, but my whole intention for buying the 1080 was with the hopes to be upgrading to 1440p 144hz in the not so distant future.

I really wasn't expecting to slap a 1080 in this computer, but I saw a good deal when I had the money for one and decided it would be a logical first step into high res gaming at high refresh rates. So as soon as my wallet heals from the beating it took buying the 1080 I will upgrade my monitor.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

ah I understand, Are you looking for a curved one or just a flat screen?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Mainly thinking about flat, unless I hit the lottery and get the predator x34.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I'm looking at making the transition from console to pc, this is my first build and I'm a bit of a noob, most of the information is in the details. Can some of you knowledgeable people help me out? Thanks :) https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/G47zWX

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a really good choice of parts for maximizing perfomance on 1080p within that price range. Only thing I could suggest is if you have some extra quid in your budget to do it you should get the s340 elite vs the standard s340. For the little price increase you get a MUCH better looking case. Worth the premium. Whatever you choose good luck with your build, and welcome to the PCmasterrace!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot for the feedback! I'm looking forward to being a pc gamer :D

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man and good luck with your upgrades!

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I have just the Kraken and Hue+, but the NZXT's CAM software to control everything is great. Super easy and unlimited customization possibilities. Haven't had a problem yet with it.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The improvement it can make on a build is well worth the risk of whatever you're nervous about.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks! Buying a console would have been a disservice to the PC community. As soon as that money hit my bank account it had about 4 hours before all of it was spent on parts for this build.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like it could be one! I think its a little overwhelming for long periods of time. Its cool to set it like that for the "wow" factor, but the novelty quickly wears off and it gets to be too much, which is why I mostly keep it static white like in most of my pics.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, two very good questions.

The SSD's were strictly because when I built my first computer I only had enough money for one 250gb ssd and figured I can always buy another when I get a little more cash if I need the space. So when I built this computer I was super low on space and had to decide between a 1tb hard drive or another 250gb SSD. I found the OCZ on sale and went with speed over capacity.

For the GPU, I chose the 1080 FTW for a couple reasons. Mainly because I found a good deal on an open box sale on amazon and enough funds at the time to get it. Other than that I think it is one of the best looking variants of the 1080 cards when it's displayed in a case and it matched my system's silver/grey accents. I'm really picky about how the GPU looks from the angle you're going to see it everyday. Plus it has one of the highest boost clock speeds and some of the largest headroom for further overclocking. I knew I wanted it despite the deal and I wasn't sure when the next time I would be able to afford one will be, so I struck while the iron was hot.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I only have a 1080p monitor for the time being so I haven't been able to push the 1080 to its full load yet for real life scenarios.