Description

This is primarily a gaming PC. I built it to replace a PC I built a couple of years ago which had an AMD FX 6300 and a GXT 670 4GB.

Part Reviews

CPU

Even though I know that the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is a better value for a dedicated gamer PC I decided to go with the i7 6700k. I did this because the last 3 builds I did were with AMD processors. I have overclocked a few AMD CPUs and now I wanted to experience what it would be like to overclock an i7 with an AIO. I decided on the i7 6700k because it was on sale recently.

CPU Cooler

I shopped around and became familiar with the various AIOs out there that would serve me well while trying out overclocking with an i7. When I came upon the Enermax Liqumax II 240 I was flabbergasted (yah, I slipped that word in here :)). This AIO is a beast. I was so impressed with it's build quality in addition to it's heft. Of course, I can't justify this purchase based on my stated purpose of dedicated gaming with some average efforts at overclocking. Everything about it screams overkill from it's industrial tubing and monstrous 240 radiator. Obviously I could have saved myself from the waste of money by not investing in a double length radiator but where is the fun in that?

Also, while it is rather plain and industrial looking (which was a definite plus in my book) the CPU water block sports a rad white LED logo that indicates that it is in operation mode. In fact, I like the bright LED Enermax logo so much that I decided against adding any more LEDs and/or RGBs (yes the rhyming here is intentional).

Oh, did also mention it cools my overclocked CPU pretty well?

Motherboard

Just like I am a fan of the hefty aspects of my Enermax Liqumax II 240 I also am quite taken by the sturdy build quality of the ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX. Also, I am pretty happy with user friendly mouse controlled BIOS. But I took off a single star because of the not so great SATA ports. I like that two of the 6 SATA ports are on the right side of the board, however, if you RAM in both of their slots you will find that the outermost RAM literally almost crowds out your SATA cables when connecting to this board. Please note I am saying "almost". Of course you can if you want to use any of the other four SATA ports but you then have to run your cables partially over top your board. While this isn't a game changer it is a truthful criticism if you are heavily into cable management.

Memory

Once again, I have chosen a component that is more want than need. I see a theme playing out here. Yes, I don't really need such speedy RAM such as these sticks that boast DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600). But I apparently succumbed because I drank the RAM speed Kool-Aid. I can report that because of the Z270 compatibility and marvelous BIOS there is no farting around with clock speeds and voltage to get that totally unnecessary and expensive super fast RAM up and running on this board. You just jump into the BIOS and with a few clicks you are there.

Storage

What can I say? SSD now has changed my life forever. I used to do a lot things while while I waited for my PC boot through to my Windows desktop. Well, no more thanks SSD.

Storage

To be totally candid I spent a lot more time deciding how many TB of storage I should get than I did choosing between brands. In the end I made my purchase decision strictly on price. It was a good deal and I took it.

Video Card

As I said I my previous GPU was an EVGA FTW 670 4GB. I bought the 670 a while ago off of Ebay. This was before the cryptocurrency insanity. Today, there is no way I would buy a used GPU off Ebay. Obvious point I am making here but I have to find some way to justify my GPU upgrade. Actually, the reason I bought a new card is partly due to the impact of bitcoin on the GPU market. I really wanted to get a 1070 or a Vega 56. But the scarcity of the GPUs has driven up the prices. At the time I bought the 1060 6GB prices for 1070 and Vega 56 were just ridiculous. Also, I had blown at lot of money on components already (for good reason and for some not so good reasons). I also knew that my 670 4GB was just not cutting it anymore. It is a good card paired with an FX 6300 but it was annoying me that so many AAA games were just not smooth as butter anymore. I got the 1060 6GB because it was a compromise that I could live with. The 1060 6GB is plenty good especially paired with my i7 6700k. I can report that so far, knock on wood, I can really see the difference in game performance. A 1050 4GB Ti is also an alternative because the price is really excellent under the bitcoin moon cycle but I couldn't justify upgrading from my 670 4GB to just above it with a 1050 Ti 4GB. Heretofore, I got the 1060 with that crucial 6GB. I also should add that I wanted the mini verison and this EVGA card met that requirement.

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Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Is Toshiba HDD loud?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

TY! It isn't as loud as I thought it might be based on mostly comments on forums but I used some rubber washers and this case has some sound dampening material so the grinding reported isn't bothersome at least to me. I always use headphones both at the pc and in bed so I really don't need a silent PC. But if you are don't buy this hard drive. Great question!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for reply! I was just interested because i don't really care about sound and for 4TB 7200RPM and 128mb of cache its a good deal. I will use it as a storage drive and for OS i will use 960 evo!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

would you recommend this hard hard drive as secondary storage? If I put an ssd in my system, will the hard drive slow down my rig a bit, even if I'm just using it for backing up my phone and maybe the pc itself, along with transferring RAW videos and pictures to store later?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, just be aware that it isn't the quietest drive though. I mostly wear headphones so it doesn't bug me. I don't believe it can slow down your rig when you are pairing it with a SSD. I doubt that drive speed has much effect on game software program function other than boot up time.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome looking rig. Did you need the cable extension kit because of the SFX psu or was that for aesthetics only?

Thanks!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Answering again. Sorry it disappeared. I bought the extensions because I anticipated the need in this ITX case but the orientation of did not require it. I could see that some setups inside the case may need them. Incidentally, I love this PSU. In fact, I gravitate to Enermax products and I don't know why. Perhaps it was because I was born in Wurburg.

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