I have been console gaming for a number of years now and lately PC gaming seems to have been calling to me to give it a go. I have always wanted to build a PC myself so with cash in hand I set a budget of around a £1000 and done some research.
With Youtube and Pcpartpicker my bible I decided to go down the small form factor route and purchased my case, the Thermaltake Core V1. I liked the fact it was small but easy to work with but if the Nzxt Manta had been a bit smaller I would have chosen that instead, love that look. The i5 6600k and Gigabyte gaming 5 motherboard were next on my list, adding 8 GB of HyperX Fury DDR4 for memory. To cool the i5 i decided to take the plunge and go liquid cooled over air with the Corsair H75, will for sure dabble in some overclocking down the line. For the storage side of things I picked up a HyperX 240GB SSD for the OS and whatever programs, apps etc, for storing the games I got the WD Black series 1TB 3.5" drive. All powered by and Evga SuperNova G2 650W 80+ Gold fully modular power supply.
Choosing of the GPU had me going back and forth, changing my mind every other day for weeks until a no brainer came along in the form of the GTX 1070, seems to do all I want and then some. I have a Benq 24" gaming monitor hooked up to an xbox one so this will make do for now until a 1440p one takes its place. A gaming keyboard and mouse with a xbox wireless dongle for a controller in the post.
Building this little monster was a pleasure, no headaches, the case easy to work with and manage wiring, it all seemed a lot easier than what I thought it would be to be honest. I still think I can do a better job with cable management and will most likely treat it to some cosmetic cables with a touch of subtle case lighting. Can't wait to get gaming my new creation and welcome any comments on my first venture into the world of PC.
Now down to installing OS and other software needed to get this puppy singing....
Update: 28/06/2016 Cable Mod Wide magnetic RGB lighting kit installed. Also added the xbox one wireless adaptor via 90 degree usb connector , so runs parallel with case.
Pc seems to be running well overclocked to 4.5 ghz and Gtx 1070 overclocked to 2101mhz and 70C under load.
Update 1/7/2016 Two x Be quiet 80mm Silent wings 2 fans fitted to exhaust air though back of case. Bring overall temps down by between 5 - 6 C on Motherboard, CPU and Memory under load. GPU sits at 68/69 C overclocked whilst gaming. Also removed the cheap plastic feet from case and replaced them with some black aluminium ones. http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Thumbscrews-Case-Black-1-Piece_19353.html also fitted. http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/DEMCiflex-dust-filter-Cooler-Master-HAF-X-Front_55340.html fit inside side panels beautifully.
4.5 GHz stable :)
Quiet and keeps the i5 cool. So far so good.
Looks great, bios look basic.
Seems like a monster, again need to learn more on overclocking and get gaming. Seems to stay pretty cool under stress test just below 70 c and 29 c idle. Noise levels not too bad either.
Update: Now overclocked.....
Its small, its square and only £36. Easy to work with, there plenty of room for cable management.
So quiet you would think its turned off.