Description

This machine is mainly for modern games at max graphics at 1080p.

I was mostly going for an all black, gray, and white build and I use the LEDs in the 1070 Strix for color. All of the parts have works flawlessly and the only thing I have an issue with is the super ultra obnoxiously bright blue power LED on the top of the case. Its literally the size of a ball in a ball point pen but it puts out blindingly bright light as seen in the pictures. However, I really could just unplug it if I wanted to :P.

CPU - I went for a Skylake i7-6700k because it has the second best single thread performance behind the i7-4790k, which makes it great for gaming. On top of that the Skylake socket motherboards are a lot newer than the Haswell boards meaning it has DDR4 capability and future upgrade-ability, among other things.

GPU - The three fans on the GPU keep it unnecessarily cool and its silent while gaming because each fan doesn't have to work as hard if it doesn't need to. Since the PSU air is self contained, the CPU is liquid cooled, and the outtake exhaust fan is between the liquid cooling radiator and the GPU, the GPU actually stays pretty much at room temperature if you turn up the fans.

Cooling System - I got a closed circuit water loop to have overclocking capability without much of a hassle. In total, there are two intake fans, one exhaust fan, one intake radiator cooling fan, and the GPU has three fans. Its much quieter than I expected 7 total fans to be and I'm happy with the cooling abilities it has.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

It's a pretty good motherboard for those who don't plan to spend $2000+ on their computer and everything functions as it should. The only thing that bothers me is the white accents on the motherboard. White doesn't match as well with everything as dark grey and black do, and only fits the theme for a limited amount of cases. I can understand it in a system with liquid nitrogen cooling, but unless your planning to build a PC that generates frost on a mid-level motherboard it doesn't make much sense.

Memory

Very nice looking heat spreader although PC part picker doesn't have an image. It's pretty fast, and works well, not much else to say.

Storage

Not the fastest SSD out there, but for the vast majority of people it is more than fast enough and it is really well priced at half of what most of the newest Samsungs cost. No issues whatsoever. Fast boot speeds are pretty self explanatory. Honestly, this ssd is so cheap for the decent capacity and good speed that I would recommend 2 or 3 of these over a boot ssd and a 500GB or 1TB hard drive because it just makes everything faster and less frustrating.

Video Card

Excellent video card if you can fit it in your case. It stays incredibly cool and I was able to add a 250MHz stable overclock without adding voltage with Asus's GPU tweak, but I still haven't found any game where overclocking is necessary, as they all run smoothly on it's standard mode with max graphics settings. The triple fans keep it incredibly cool, in fact it averages around 40-45 C in games with a fan speed that can't be heard. If I am being super "nitpicky", the ONLY issue I can find with the card is the lack of range with the LED lights. The software makes it seem like you can have any color in the color spectrum in any shade, but really there is only a limited amount of colors which it can show. However there are still a good amount of colors(25 or so) and you can only tell that the LED isn't exactly what you set the LED software if you pay very close attention.

Case

Very nice case for the price. The only dust filter was for the power supply, which is probably as much as you can expect from a $50 case. It was relatively easy to work with, but the cable management slots were mediocre, but again $50 case. To get the cover for one of the 5.25 bay off required a hammer and 20 minutes of work which I guess is fine if you don't use CDs but infuriating if you do. The only other issue I found with it was the power LED on the front top of the case, which, no joke, is about as bright as a fluorescent light and either requires you to simply not plug it in or put a pad of sticky notes on it.

Power Supply

Hey, it powers my computer well and doesn't blow up, everything I could ask for in a power supply. The CPU and motherboard power cables are the only things not modular, but everyone needs them anyways. It works well and very quietly, yet it still has one of the lower price tags as far as bronze efficiency ratings go. It's probably the best option for a high quality power supply for anyone who doesn't need more than 550W of power.

Monitor

Decent looking monitor, mediocre monitor stand, proficient brightness, on par resolution, okay viewing angle, adequate price and standard response time. For the 100$ range it's pretty good but its not "real life-like, knock your socks off beautiful, super high res" good.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Skylake and pascal parts with a cd drive? seems a bit odd, but if you stil get use out if CDs then that's cool for you. Very solid build.

  • 40 months ago
  • -1 points

I would like to mention that the i7's hyperthreading can actually be slightly detrimental in some games (causing a loss of 2/4 fps on average) and if you're using this pc solely for gaming, an i5 6600K would have given you more bang for your buck, performing the same if not better in some cases and giving you around 100 bucks for a nice new case.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have owned both an i7 and i5. I mainly game but also mess around with basic video editing and photoshop creation stuff. The main complaint I have vs the 2 is that my first gen i7 streamed games much better than my current gen i5. I think it may have been to the extra cores. I know the first thing i'm going to do when i get money is upgrade to an i7 though!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the extra cores help with content creation and game streaming. If the sole purpose of the pc is not to game, an i7 would be more useful.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I was looking around at benchmarks a lot before I purchased the parts and it looked like the i7 outperformed the i5 in both core intensive proccesess and games so I went with it. And yes, I do still own games bought on a CD :P

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

lol same, I just have an external drive. Overwatch collectors edition :P

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Id like to mention that some of those benchmarks where it had the edge were probably cpu intensive games like cities Skyline. It performs indistinguishably to an i5 in standard AAA titles. Intense processes, it doesn't shine too much either. Watch the video by science studio.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, you don't have too much headroom for your components with that PSU, but you are still slightly under the requirements though

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, just try to improve your cable management. It doesn't help with Performance or temps, but it will look a lot nicer. Try to route your cables behind your Mainboard tray.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man! I'm going with the same gpu but getting a i5-6600 instead. How is that PSU doing for your components. cause I will be getting the same PSU! Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything has been working fine.

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted by staff]