Description

This is the second iteration of my Gaming PC that I originally built in 2016 using an Intel Core i3-6100 and an EVGA GTX 950 in a Corsair 200R.

Since then I've slowly upgraded some components, including replacing the processor and motherboard in May 2018 with the Ryzen 5 2600X and the MSI X470 Gaming Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard. I picked up the Fractal Design Define R6 and the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro ram on Black Friday 2018, and then got the STRIX GTX 1070 on Kijiji shortly after.

I got a set of sleeved cable extensions from Cablemod for Christmas, to help tie together the white and black theme of my build. In April 2019 I picked up the Noctua DH-15S because I wasn't happy with my processor sitting up around 75-80 C while streaming and wanted to keep the temperatures lower.

June 2019 I bought the Chromax fans and the heatsink covers to help tie in the CPU cooler to the white and black theme. Finally, I added the set of Cougar RGB fans. I wanted to get white Corsair LL120 fans, but couldn't justify spending $150 Canadian on three fans, so picked these up for $75 from Extreme-PC. I have the option to go full unicorn puke with all the RGB in the system, but generally keep it single colour. It's nice to have the option to change it to the colour that I feel like having.

Finally, I picked up the XPG GAMMIX S11 pro on sale for $95 CAD, and am using it as a boot/game drive, and the hard drive/Sata SSD for general storage.

I made sure that every time I added a component or wanted to swap something out to re-manage my cables, as I wanted to make sure that everything looked super clean.

Part Reviews

CPU

Does its job, and does it really well. I am able to stream Rocket League at 1080p 60ps, and have it look great using x264 rendering. (would recommend pairing with fast ram 3200mhz~ though)

CPU Cooler

This thing is quite large, but keeps my cpu running at 55C under load, which helps keep the PC super quiet at any load.

Motherboard

Super solid motherboard, had all the features I was looking for for a great price (at the time I was buying my CPU).

Memory

Pretty RAM, fast enough, with the best RGB in the business. The white colour scheme was a must-have for the white and black theme I was going for.

Storage

Got it for $50 and worked great as a boot drive until I got an NVME drive.

Storage

Good for data storage where you don't need fast read and write speeds.

Video Card

Really happy with this video card, strong enough to push lots of frames on whatever I play, and because I'm not streaming using NVENC it has no problems.

Case

building in this case is a dream, lots of room for cable management, has great upgradeability for If I want to water cool the PC later with a custom loop, and has dust filters EVERYWHERE. Plus, it has clean lines. (airflow from the front isn't the greatest, but this can be solved by opening the front door.

Power Supply

Got it on sale for pretty cheap, does the job and is gold certified and fully modular. No complaints.

Monitor

Solid 144hz 1080p Panel, colours aren't the greatest, but this can be addressed by changing the colour profile. Otherwise solid. NOTE 144Hz can only be achieved using DVI-D or Displayport 1.4.

Keyboard

Love this keyboard, hot-swappable switches, pretty cheap. Only complaint is micro-usb cable, not USB-C. I got the compact (60%) version and am really happy with my purchase.

Mouse

Solid mouse, picked it up on sale for $75 CAD a year ago.

Headphones

Love these headphones, build quality is great, the Mic is Decent (have upgraded to a standalone USB mic), but most importantly, they are SUPER comfortable. Have no problems wearing them for 6-8 hours straight.

Speakers

You get what you pay for, and these were pretty cheap, but they do the job.

Custom

Pretty RGB, good price, unfortunately can't use the ARGB header on my motherboard, but have a million effects you can use anyways.

Custom

Got these as they plug into the same controller as the fans. They are MUCH cheaper than an equivalent product from corsair.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, airflow seems great since the space you have! Also I loved the cable management, very neat!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the compliment! I've spent a lot of time on cable management so I really appreciate that! I think the airflow is really good, as my temperatures never really exceed 30c over ambient (even under full load on the CPU) so the fans can stay at a fairly low speed. The GPU still gets a little warm, but I think that's mainly due to the mild overclock I have going.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That’s great! Enjoy your build

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh, that's hot.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Did the CPU fan interfere with the RAM any?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Your build is looking good! I'm on my way to building inside the R6 with my old STRIX 1070 that I got off of Kijiji as well. Cool coincidence.

I'm eyeing the Chromax Black NH-D15 and will likely go with it over the regular NH-15S. Since my R6 is white, the original version doesn't match the case at all. Your build gave me a good idea of what to expect. Cheers!