Description

So the build date says 12/08/16, but I actually bought the parts on Halloween, received all of them mid-November, and made a rather embarrassing mistake. My RAM sticks weren't even fully inserted! When I heard them click on that fateful night, I felt so relieved (and silly :P).

Anyways, this PC is pre-Ryzen and Coffeelake. I could have waited for Ryzen, but considering I was running a gaming laptop with 2009 specs at the time (G73JH if you're curious) I really wanted to be saved as soon as possible. Not only is it a huge upgrade from that, there is zero comparison in terms of performance between it and the C2D/8600 GT system I had before.

Prices are a bit weird since some are last-gen and out of production

Part Reviews

CPU

I bought this in late October 2016 when it was the king of mid-range gaming builds because it helped me fit a 1070 in my budget.

Sure quad-cores are relegated to the lower midrange nowadays (in 2018), but I only do light editing and gaming so this CPU still delivers more than enough performance for me two years later.

CPU Cooler

At a 4.6GHz OC, my 6600k has stayed at a max of 70-75 degrees under any natural load it has been given. It's not the most effective or quietest cooler, but I got it for cheap and it has kept my CPU stable for two years now.

Motherboard

Got my 6600k up to 4.6GHz on this board, albeit at 1.38v (the silicon lottery has forsaken me). Has a great and easy to use BIOS with a bunch of features (OCing, fan controls, legacy support, etc).

Memory

I got these for around 80 dollars back in late October 2016, they look great in my system and work well.

Storage

Got this on sale, amazing how it was cheaper than my 240gb I had originally. Not much else to say about it, it's a proven SSD.

Storage

This hard drive concerns me with its loudness. But hey, it's worked fine for two years and I've sort of grown to appreciate its noise.

Video Card

GPU has never gone above 65 degrees while staying pretty quiet, GPU boost brings the factory OC up to around 1980MHz, and although it's only an eight pin it's plenty fast for me in terms of overclocking - I got it up to 2100MHz.

It got me through the GPU crisis, and so it has a special place in my heart for that.

Case

The acrylic side panel scratches extremely easily, but this case is pretty compact while making relatively few compromises. Building in it can seem a little cramped at first, but the design is well thought out and cable management is easy once you figure out the best way to route everything through the holes they give you.

Airflow is good, and you could mount a 280mm rad in the front if you so pleased.

Power Supply

It's reliable, and wattage proved to be fine for my use case/price range. The semi-modular provided ample cable modulability for me.

Case Fan

Quiet, and moves a good amount of air.

Keyboard

Cheap and compact MX Red keyboard. It even has the old logo, too!

Mouse

Got this as a gift. It feels cheap and isn't very durable, but its very light and ergonomic (or maybe I'm just so used to it.) The cable failed on me after 26 months, so I had to shell out ten bucks for a new one. Works fine after installing the new one though.

Headphones

Open backs bleed a lot of sound, but you could use them as quasi-speakers and the sound stage is open. Takes a bit of getting used to if you're not used to it, but they sound great. Soundcard worthy.

Speakers

Got these from someone giving them away, the satellites sound great and the subwoofer is plain scary.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool PC :)

Just wanted to mention the lean on that GPU though lol.

I have the same GPU and I did the following with mine to stop such lean - https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/xqsZxr

I used some string to go to the top of the cases honeycomb grill as a GPU brace. It might be harder in the NZXT because it's not all honeycomb grill on the top, but hopefully there is something up the top you can tie the string off on. :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! And yea I'm going to rig something up for the GPU sag, lol