Description

This has been a sort of bucket list thing of mine to do, build my own PC, and it seemed like the right time. My current computer, a Lenovo craptop from 2013 was beginning to lack in the graphics category, which made sense because it was trying to run DX11 games with a 7-Series nvidia card. Happily for me Christmas rolled around at the perfect time and I was able to get about 1/2 the build as Christmas gifts, which left the GPU, RAM, PSU and several peripherals left to buy on my own. I initally wanted to go for a GTX 1050 Ti because of pricing but ultimately decided against it and instead went with a 3GB 1060, and I am so happy I did.

How this thing performs: It is VERY SOLID and can run any game I throw at it at max settings at 60fps, which is where I get hindered by my monitor, which could be better, but I got it for free two years ago. Overall this is a very good setup for those who game as a hobby like myself and still want performance that exceeds the average computer.

I used World of Warships as an example game purely because at the time of writing this I have not yet downloaded all of my steam games onto my system.

Future Upgrades: I plan on adding another 8GB of RAM in the near future as well as an optical drive, but my main concern right now is getting a better monitor, as my current one is 900p, which kinda sucks. If anyone has any recommendations for cheap 1080p monitors with a minimum of 60hz, please let me know as I am open to suggestions.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very good CPU, has solid base clock and you can really push it when you overclock it

CPU Cooler

This thing keeps my CPU quite frosty, it is a very good CPU cooler but installing it was quite a pain

Motherboard

Real good mobo. lots of good extras like sata cables and an included SLI bridge. The BIOS has a small learning curve but OC Genie makes one-click overclocking simple.

Video Card

Very good performing GPU and the price makes it attractive too. I have yet to use it with VR but I am happy to know that I can if I want to

Case

Very roomy case, sleek design, and it makes installation easy. The Motherboard standoffs come pre-welded to the tray which makes it convenient to install, however a few screw holes on my motherboard did not align with the standoffs. Overall very good case for beginners, but I wish it had a window...

Monitor

I got it for free so what can I really complain, but it is complete trash for gaming, 1600x900p does not make it fun, and the fact that it only has VGA and DVI makes it complicated trying to get something that can hook up with my gpu and still perform well.

Keyboard

Great keyboard for those who like slim keyboards but also want the features of a high-quality mechanical. The keys have a satisfying click but also have a short travel distance. The RGB is awesome despite only having 7 colors to chose from, and they change with a dedicated button on the keyboard

Mouse

very good mouse for price, but mine has a weird habit of middle-clicking while I scroll up

Custom

Awful mic, you get what you pay for with it. Mine started making an awful helicopter noise that made my teamates and people I was playing with wish I was muted. You can't hear the noise on your end but the sound is overpowering for everyone else in your call. Returned it and will be investing in a mic that isn't trash.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
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Aka project dbrand

  • 35 months ago
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?

  • 35 months ago
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dbrand makes carbon fiber skins :P

  • 35 months ago
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Oh lol, I was like "is that supposed to be an ad or something"

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  • 35 months ago
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Ah world of warships. Haven't played that in a while, how is it? Gotten any better?

  • 35 months ago
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lol I'm barely at tier 4 but it is still a fun game

  • 35 months ago
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Enjoy your low tier games. Once you hit tier 8, it gets rough.

Nice system! Too bad you can't re-route your 8 pin CPU power to the back of the case.

  • 35 months ago
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Me and my friend who was helping me build that got so pissed because of that. There is a spot where the cable can go behind the tray and up to a hole by the CPU power header, but the actual header itself was too big to fit between the side/top of the case and the hole.

  • 34 months ago
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do you think youre limited in OC because of your mobo or is it a good match for you cpu?

  • 34 months ago
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The Mobo is a very good match with the CPU in terms of overclocking. When you open up the BIOS there is an easily accessible button that you click that instantly increases your clock rate by up to 1.0Ghz depending on your CPU cooler. the i5-6600k has a base of 3.5Ghz and if you have a good enough cooler that can theoretically go to 4.5Ghz. I don't overclock mine at the moment but I Bought an overclockable CPU and a z170 board in case I needed to OC

  • 34 months ago
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ok thanks

  • 32 months ago
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Clean, very nice, only thing I would do is flip the Psu over. Other than that great job on your first build.

  • 32 months ago
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Yeah we were debating doing that but our issue was that I'm putting it on a carpet floor so we were worried it wouldn't have gotten the airflow it needed

  • 32 months ago
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Nice 1060 0-0

  • 32 months ago
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thx man, i sprang for it at the last moment over the 1050 Ti, no regrets other than Asus would have been better

  • 32 months ago
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Although you could've gotten a ASUS GTX 1060 Dual OC for a similar price but 6gb

  • 32 months ago
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Yeah for 250 instead of 210 but that would have stretched my already stretched budget :/ . I'm working on saving up for a not-complete-trash monitor and then maybe an SSD and ram

  • 31 months ago
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Those matte black colors are very nice. The motherboard, PSU and graphics card mate perfectly!

I've built in the case before with a friend and we also had an issue with the 8 pin cable... What we ended up doing was routing back up against the back of the case, in between the rear fan and the side of the case like in this picture. Picture of cable path draw Just a possible idea but it doesn't really take away from the build so it looks pretty great.

Nice job with the colors again!

  • 31 months ago
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Yeah I made the colors match perfectly on purpose which worked out well, but the CPU cooler sticks out like a sore thumb, and I probably would have gone better with a black painted cooler. I made this parts list in all of a week and the fact that Kaby lake and Z270 came out all of a week after I bough my parts was a complete slap to the face. Coupled with the fact that the shift key on my keyboard broke is only making it worse. I'll check out that eps routing and thank you for the compliments.

By the way the paint on my power button is chipping off, are you having that issue too?

  • 31 months ago
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I believe his power button is remaining intact.

For the cooler, a gorgeous one that has matte black is the Cryorig H7, the top is a perfect black. I feel the silver from cooler sticks out in PC as well. That is why there is a little silver pen on the power supply, it matches the odd silvers on my GPU's heat pipes and the silver of my CPU cooler.

  • 31 months ago
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Yeah that was the cooler I was thinking about, but yeah the paint around the power logo that makes only the logo light up broke off so there is a ton of light bleeding and you can see the LED

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  • 35 months ago
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XD yeah they are my parents got them for my birthday as an off-list thing and I figured I would use them for this. They actually are great and the bass boost makes the explosions in World of Warships sound 100% more badass