After much delay, I have finally decided to build a gaming desktop.

The purpose of this build was to get as far away from my obsolete mess of a laptop as physically possible.

For emphasis, have the benchmarks comparing this desktop (on the left) to my laptop (on the right). That is what I have had to struggle with between August 2012 and May 2016.

I have zero regrets about this build. I am never touching anything with the words "AMD" or "Toshiba" in the product description again.

Now then, onto the reviews:

Part Reviews


Fast, strong, and reliable. Best processor available right now, and worth every cent.

CPU Cooler

It is quiet, it keeps my CPU cool, and it is low-profile as hell, which is a godsend for my case. The color scheme feels a bit... outdated (it looks like it came from the 80s/90s), but seeing as how I cannot see it in my case whatsoever, that does not bother me.

Warning: cannot be used for overclocking. I have no interest in overclocking, though, so that does not alter my decision on this product.


Looks great and works much better than expected. I have not encountered any problems with this motherboard so far. I highly recommend getting this one.


Fast and allows me to multitask like never before.


Used as my OS/boot/main storage drive.

It is fast, spacious, and reliable. Best of all, no moving parts.


Used as my Steam/Origin/Uplay game storage drive.

It is fast, spacious, and reliable. Best of all, no moving parts.

The price tag hurts to look at, though.

Video Card

Strong as hell. Lets me play pretty much everything with frame rates that I did not even know were reachable until now.


Pros: It can fit just about anywhere, provides plenty of cooling options, has dust/debris filters in front of the side intake fans, and the color scheme looks nice.

Cons: The cable management is literally nonexistent. You will ultimately have to route all of your cables into the front-left corner in front of the PSU, and no matter how many cables you try to use in this thing, it will always look like a hot mess. I wish that I could have used a bigger case, but I was short on options with my available desk space. This was my first build, and at the same time, it was my hardest build, solely for this reason.

Power Supply

Fully-modular heaven, especially in tighter cases. The bonus of the fan not ever spinning until it hits heavier loads is great, too.

Optical Drive

It read my OS/hardware driver disks, and it reads any other disks that I put in there. No problems encountered, and it functions as it should.

Operating System

Latest and greatest version of Windows. It boots fast, and it works great. Best thing since Windows 7.

Wireless Network Adapter

Lets me connect to the wireless internet at my house. Also works well.

Case Fan

Keeps everything cool, and it is not deafening to listen to. The red LED lights are nice to stare at at 4 in the morning, too.

Gonna have to knock a star off, though, since these fans are somewhat noisy. These had me so worried that something was wrong that I had to open up my computer just to be sure that their noise was not coming from anything else in my build.

Case Fan

Exhausts heat out of my case.


Works as it should, and looks beautiful on top of that. My only gripe is that the backspace key seems to stick every once in a while, and that can delete whole lines of text if you do not unstick it fast enough.


The shape and texture of this mouse is a dream to hold in my hand, and the on-the-fly DPI button is good to have, too. The lights are a pretty bonus.


Pretty decent speakers. Nothing to brag about, as they could be a little better, but they work just fine with me.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

It just seems somewhat of a waste to buy a "k" CPU and a Z170 motherboard if you have no plans on overclocking since your CPU cooler won't support overclocking. Can an AIO fit in that case somewhere?

But other than that, you've got my +1.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The $900 spent for a 2TB drive seemed the biggest waste to me. That's insane.

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

To be honest, I initially considered a Western Digital Black drive, but I kept hearing reports of it being very noisy during reads/writes. Since this PC is more or less right next to me, I decided against having all that noise right in my ear, and opted for that drive instead.

That, and it is one less thing to worry about defragmenting or getting bumped and possibly scratched.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a nice drive for sure. It's just the cost that I could never do. If sound were an issue I'd connect an external drive, hide it under the desk or something, and connect w/ eSATA. I guess thats just the frugal part of me. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I originally wanted my computer to be on the floor. That way, I could have used a full-sized tower with better cable management, and be able to use whatever drives without being bothered by the sound.

But, I would not trust something this valuable being within the reach of my dog who, within the first week of us having her, completely ripped through my last phone charger when I left her alone for two minutes. I love her to death, but my level of trust with her after that talked me out of a full tower build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

It's expensive but so god damn nice to have that sort of ssd storage. I'd get one if I had the budget for it!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been looking around for any compatible liquid CPU coolers that might work in this case, but I keep coming up dry. It seems that the low-profile cooler that I am using now is just about as good as I can get here.

Admittedly, if I could find a case that was at/shorter than 10 inches in height, I would look into water cooling for that, since it should be compatible in there.

  • 49 months ago
  • 0 points

I hate to jump on this bandwagon but that cooler doesnt even support that CPU out of the box untouched. The NHL9i can only dissipate 65W worth of TDP and the 6700K has 91W standard TDP. But then again this appears to be their first build. Gotta learn these things as we go along :-(

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

If your going to comment, make sure you include all relivent information. Don't cherry pic. I agree with Mike2015 in that this cooler isnt designed with oc in mind, but your comment isnt even a partial understanding of the facts. Someone new to building could take what you say as fact and alter their build outside what they originally wanted, or spend more than they needed.

Straight from Noctua:


Intel skylake 95 watts max. A well ventilated case is highly recommended. This CPU cooler should be used with CARE for CPUs over 65w. It is not limited to.

To the OP. Glad your system powered up with the new board. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't know what got me the most: the 2TB SSD or the loss edit

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Both are equally terrible.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you posted a topic 15 days ago stating that your new computer would not turn on. So is everything working okay now? What was the issue?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh right, I forgot about that topic, sorry.

But, it turns out that the motherboard was dead on arrival. I got it replaced, and everything worked as it should right after that.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I had the same laptop but it had 6 gb of ram. Lasted me around the same time with a fan of a jet engine. I made the mistake of getting this with an a10 6 months in and it gets hot on "Ice Cool" palm rest and crashes 6/10 times, and glitches on a daily level, plus performance is slow going down. *One of the blue screens i got I wish i got a pc instead