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Hi everyone!

So I started this PC build around when Skylake was first introduced. In hindsight, I should've waited to start building this either until I could afford it all or until AMD's Ryzen processors launched (I know, a very long time...). But still, I believe that the build wasn't all that bad. All prices are each product's MSRP and not what I paid for the parts. Ultimately, I cannot remember the prices I paid and the ones that I do have records of are pretty exclusive and overpriced so this is what I'll be going with. :D

At the time, I purchased a Black/Blue NZXT S340 to house my ASUS H110M-A/M.2 motherboard. (I know, mATX motherboard in an ATX Mid Tower..). Along with that, I also picked up an Intel Core i5-6600K to go with my non-overclockable chipset. My father had helped me with the purchase of the overpriced 16GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 as well as the oh-so-costly PNY 240GB SSD. I took a donor 1TB WD Green drive from an old Gateway in order to have a decent-sized SteamLibrary drive.

I couldn't afford the GTX 1060 3GB that I now have, so for $100 USD I purchased a used NVIDIA GTX 770 2GB which got me playable framerate in 1920x1080. Eventually, I took the green paint on the logo off the card using a fine-grit sandpaper and a lot of time. I'm not one to do modding, but I wasn't happy with the look of the system. So a few motherboards later I came to the MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3x which is just a white accented motherboard that can overclock. I had a stop-gap motherboard which was the Gigabyte GA-Z170A-XP-SLI I believe, but it was an all black and grey color-scheme. I'll be using that motherboard soon to make a capable budget rig with the old case (now modded to be a white accented S340).

In December of 2018, I upgraded the case to the H500 as it is MUCH better than my 15-foot S340 mod. That, and with plenty of room for a new Deepcool 240EX AIO, another matching kit of 16GB of memory, and that GTX 1060 3GB. I would rather have had the 6GB variant, but I can't complain as it was a gift again from my father. Oh yeah, he also had originally hooked me up with the only good PSU at Best Buy at the time (I don't remember why we had to go there for it, I believe that it was so late when we were building it the first time that we needed a replacement). Regardless, 850W is still more than enough at 80+ Bronze efficiency.

Also, I hadn't mentioned it yet but the only good cooler in my budget back in 2015/2016 was the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 tower cooler which most people will tell you is an amazing value; at least back when I bought it that is... cough black led-version for the same price cough

From now on, I will start posting FireStrike Scores in the Pictures section as some people may be interested to see how it performs. I did some quick and dirty overclocks on the CPU and GPU but nothing extravagant in the slightest. I'm still tuning and may eventually post an updated score. This AIO has quite a bit of headroom. I'm not even sure if the overclock stuck or not, but it was set to 4.2 stable at one point with 1.35 volts.

Thanks for Looking! :D

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  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build but I think you forgot to put the io shield in, you might also want to move the pc away from the wall a little since airflow is being restricted being up against it like that

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I received the motherboard used and without the I/O shield, as to why it isn't installed. I plan on looking on eBay to find a cheap replacement shield. Personally,since the back is completely sealed and I don't currently have a 120mm fan in the normal installation position towards the back of the case, I just assumed the hot air would rise through the top due to proper convection patterns rather than have more desk space being taken up. I'll definitely move it as best I can to be away from the wall :D

Definitely not on the floor :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah no wonder, well if it’s working for you and there isn’t any thermal throttling then you can probably leave it as is

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

i really like it and thanks for posting the 3D marks scores. its always nice to reference. its a great system. I had a 6600k and loved it very much. Id still be using it today but my brother needed a computer and helped him out. This looks really clean and have a lot of power behind it. nice work

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yeah, I didn’t previously use the 3D marks scores until recently but I think it’ll be an improvement as I continue to make more builds and share them with people. It compares them to what someone else would have, as well as themselves.

And the 6600K was one of the best IPC value-oriented overclocking processors at the time, but now with coffee-lake it is just insane to see 6 cores and 6 threads on an i5... but I’ll take my i3-8100 equivalent anyday. :D

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

The epitome of clean! Looks great!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you Colderblaze! I absolutely love the H500 and new after I retired my S340 non-elite that it was the case for me and I think that’s partly why it looks so much more clean now than before or a lot of my other builds.

I appreciate it :)