I built this machine with a different processor and no GPU, and a different monitor at first. I had a i3-6100 and was happy using it and its integrated graphics along with my old Samsung TN monitor/TV. That was until my monitor started to go on the fritz. So I decided I wanted to get a new monitor. I happened to see the LG 34' ultra wide on sale and purchased it, which stared the gaming craze. After purchasing the new monitor, I got a notion about gaming on it. I created a steam account and got my first game Ace Combat Horizon (don't judge me lol). I still had no GPU, but I loved the way it looked on the screen. So I decided to take the GPU plunge and after some research, I decided that the Asus 1060 Strix was what I needed for my uses. It had the specs and the looks I was looking for. After some more research, I realized that some games are more CPU intensive and that meant more cores and threads. I figured that I would get the 6600k, but the 6700k has more threads and a higher clock speed. I got it for a great deal so I jumped.
Everything else in the build is pretty self explanatory. I am new to gaming so I don't think I will need more than a 1060 for now. I don't plan on buying a 1440p or 4k monitor any time soon, so my 1060 will work for some time. I maxed out the setting on GTA 5 and still manage to get just over 60 fps which is perfectly fine for me since my monitor can only push 60.
I am planning on changing some things though. Right now the FractalDefine R5 is cool, but that side window is too small to allow for my newest purchase to show. I purchased the NZXT Hue+ system. I would like something with a bigger wide window and tempered glass seems like the route to go nowadays. I am thinking about 3 cases; the Be Quiet Dark Base Pro 900, Phanteks Evolv, and the NZXT S340 Elite cases. I am leaning towards the Be Quiet, but that $250 price tag is stifling, the NZXT is the most economical, and the Phanteks seems to be a happy medium. I am not sure which I will get.
Any thoughts for further upgrades or anything like that ? I may get color matching cables as well at some point. But that will be something down the line.
UPDATE So I decided I would make some changes to this build. I did wind up getting the Hue+ and the extension. That meant that the Define R5 would now need to be replaced in order to see the full splendor of these LEDs. After careful and extensive research, I crossed out the NZXT S340 Elite. Just felt it wasn't my kinda case. Which left me to choose between the Dark Base Pro 900 or the Phanteks Evolv ATX. I almost went with the Dark Base, but after seeing a review where it showed the gap between the MB tray and the top of the case, I was a little turned off. Couple that with the fact that the door appears not to want to stay closed, and I was left with my answer. Phanteks won out in the end and will be delivered here in a couple of days (thanks Amazon Prime). Since I now have this lovely case with tempered glass side panels on either side, I decided to get some black and red sleeved cables as well. I think it would fit the build and make the cable management in the back look a little more pleasant when I actually finish building it. Also, the Evo 212 is a good cooler, but since I've gotten the 6700k, I noticed that it's gotten a lot louder and it is annoying to me. I was going to swap the fan out for a Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 fan, but then I realized I didn't like the way the copper heat pipes looked protruding from the top towards the glass. So I decided to spend the extra $30 and get the Dark Rock 3. I read some reviews and watched some as well. I can't wait till the updated parts get here so I can build. My only thing that I would like to add now would be some colored cable combs. I was looking for some Black and Red ones so I could mix and match my cables and theme for the build. The only place that I have seen them so far is on modDIY.com. The problem is that I've read some pretty bad reviews about them and don't want to take a chance ordering something from China and it taking 4 months to get here. Would any of you know where I would be able to find such a thing ? Thanks
Update Part 2 -- After getting the main parts in my update taken care of, I thought about cooling. I am coming from a Design R5, which is an excellent case. I never had to worry about air flow or noise with this case. Even after the fan on the Hyper 212 started to whine and get on my nerves, the case was still quiet. So I wanted to ensure that my new case would be quiet as a can be, as well as have great air flow. Enter Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 fans. I haven't used the case since I received it because I haven't gotten all the parts as yet. So I don't know how the stock fans behave. I did however do a lot of research online to see how quiet they were. I read some reviews that say they are good at moving air, but can make a lot of noise as well. Some even said theirs would whine if you turned them vertically. Since I would like to mount fans at the top of the case, this was unacceptable. In comes the Silent Wings 3 fans. They are (from my research) the quietest, most well performing fans you can buy. The Noctua fans move more air, but also have a bit more noise. Since I am not going for an extreme overclock, I decided these would do the job at dissipating whatever heat was built up in my case. I am also a someone who loves uniformity. Once I got the Black Rock 3, the rest of the fans had to be Be Quiet as well, or I wouldn't be able to sleep lol. Being as I have a case with tempered glass on both sides, cable management is something that is really important. I needed to have some nice cables to show off the build. Initially I ordered some EVGA Black and Red sleeved cables, thinking anything else would void my warranty. After reaching out to EVGA to confirm that it wouldn't, I ordered the CableMod black and red sleeved full cables (extensions wouldn't work well with this case ). To highlight and cable manage even more, I decided to take the plunge and order the cable combs from modDIY.com They shipped pretty quickly, but le's see when they actually get here.
I will take some before and after shots once I get everything here.
Update 3 So I finally built it. My lovely computer. I finished a over the weekend and was waiting for 2 more pieces to come in. I ordered the Phanteks LED strip because it didn't come with one. And even though I already had the HUe+ in the front, I decided I wanted the Phanteks strip at the back to match the breathing of the case. Also, it would give a nice red accent to my wall. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pics of the side before I put the PC on the desk. Which leads me to my next part. The cable combs from Moddiy are too big. For whatever reason, they are way too big. I put the cables in them and they don't hold at all. I am thinking about going back to CableMod for their cables, but they are only clear. I don't want clear. I wanted red and black to match the build. And for anyone wondering why I have the plastic still on lol, it's because I am waiting to fully finish, which would mean cable combs !!! lol But more importantly, I am waiting to move. I don't want to take the plastic off until I finally move. If I get some more combs, I will take the PC down and get some more pictures of my clean cable management. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and my story.
I don't have a single bad thing to say about this CPU. It's fast, overclocks well, and runs cool. Everything is should be.
I LOOOOOOOOVE this thing. I made sure to research to find a great air cooler. For me it was about aesthetics and cooling. I didn't want water cooling as this is my daily use computer. I did want something that would look good and cool well. This fits the bill. it fits in with my build perfectly. I love the look and the way it cools. Keeps my CPU in the upper 20s low 30s at idle, and upper 50s at load.
This stuff is the unsung hero of my builds. I am always messing with something. This allows me to do so and have the consistency of a solid paste once I put it back together.
I haven't had any issue with this board. The only reason I knocked a star off is due to the fact that it only has 2 USB 2.0 headers. I wish it had 3 so I could hook up all my peripherals.
It works and it's fast. Nothing less !!!
There's nothing I could say about this that hasn't already been said. It is awesome !!
It's not quite as good as the samsung evo, but what SSD is ?
I had this for a loooooong time. It came from my previous builds that I've done for my main machine.
Where do I begin ? I wish I could give this thing 10 stars. It really is the most beautiful case I have ever built in. The tempered glass really makes this case stand out from the rest. My one tiny little gripe with this case is there aren't enough cable management standoff on the back of the case. In you want to manage, you've got to get creative. I love this case (did I mention that already ?)
Handles everything I throw at it with ease. It is fully modular which is why I bought it. And it is gold plus certified. No complaints here.
Wireless Network Adapter
Works well enough to allow me to play my games with my PS4 controller and listen to the audio as well via bluetooth. I don't need it for wifi so I have no idea how that works
They are really quiet. Even though I have 6 of them, they still remain pretty quiet under load. They look great and the build quality is also great. Overall wonderful German engineering.
After some initial issues getting it to work, I have nothing but positive things to say about this device. It makes the case look beautiful. The CAM software is phenomenal as well.
I love this thing. Crystal clear and so bright. Best monitor I've ever owned.
These are surprisingly well built and thick. I almost thought I got more than I paid for when I opened it up. They have magnets on the bottom to help mount to the case without using the adhesive. They are RGB and pretty bright. The serve the rear of my case very well.
They are long and 4-pin. They allow you to have the freedom to manage your fan cables with ease. The problem is that when you pull on them, they expose the ugly cables.
These are awesome !!!! Managed to snag a full kit from Amazon for much less than even the EVGA kit. They are soft and easy to work with. I have no complaints with these. They look good and the build quality is great.