Description

This machine is used almost entirely for gaming. It runs PUBG on ultra at around 100 FPS average. I have not tried any other games yet due to this being the only game I am playing right now. Everything runs smooth and the build had no problems what so ever. The only annoying part was getting the bracket for the CPU cooler on. I also added a couple more fans after I finished the main build just to help out air flow. I would suggest going with a modular power supply to make cable management a little easier, but this case does have a nice PSU shield that hides most of the unused cables.

If anyone has any tips for the future please give me a shout. It has been about a decade since I built a PC so I'm sure I made a few mistakes.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU and runs very cool. I went with this over the 7700K due to not wanting to spend the extra cash for liquid cooling. If you have the money to spend though the 7700K will give you a little more performance if you can keep it cool

CPU Cooler

Great air cooler at a great price. Only thing I struggled with was the mounting bracket but I haven't built a computer in almost ten years so maybe I am just a little rusty.

Thermal Compound

Works as advertised and is very inexpensive. I highly recommend it over the stock paste that comes with the CPU.

Motherboard

Great board with lots of features. Comes with plenty of fan headers for air cooling heavy builds like this one. All the apps work great and are very user friendly.

Memory

A little expensive but that is to be expected with the current cryptocraze going on. It runs without issue at advertised speeds and looks very nice. They doing feel as flimsy as some of the cheaper ran sticks I have used in the past.

Storage

Insanely fast. My computer is booted up and ready to go before my monitor even turns on.

Video Card

I game at 1080p so this card seemed like the perfect choice. It overclocks extremely well and with the ample airflow in the case it stays nice and cool even over long gaming sessions.

Case

Huge case with tons of options inside. Probably a little large for what I have in it, but I have lots of room to upgrade in the future. My only complaint was there where a few blemishes on the case when I got it but it wasn't anything a black sharpie couldn't fix.

Power Supply

Works great for this build and is nice and cheap. I would recommend going with a fully modular PSU though.

Optical Drive

It is cheap and it works. It is a little loud, but I rarely use it so it is not a problem.

Operating System

I jumped from Windows 7 to 10 and I must say it wasn't as bad as everyone made it out to be. Install went smoothly.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally have a 7700k and I am cooling it with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Runs cool and quiet when idling and under load. I do not have my CPU overclocked as of right now, but if I ever consider overclocking I will be buying a liquid cooler. I also get the cost difference of the 7700 versus the 7700k, so if you're not planning to overclock, which I'm assuming you aren't based on your CPU choice, you did great on that processor rather then the unlocked version.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I didn't see the need to overclock the CPU while only running a 1060. Still plenty fast for what I do with it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Where da pics at?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I only have one for right now, but I will try and get a few more that show the components if people are interested.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I added a few pictures that I had on my phone. I will try and get a good picture of the complete system tonight.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, it's not just you. The 212 EVO is a pain in the *** to install. I've installed many coolers and that is definitely my least favorite.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice i built a similar build with a 7700 and hyper 212 and can tell you, the CPU Cooler is a pain in and of itself. My build i just finished is quite similar to this besides a few variants and have similar results! The 1060 6gb is a highly under rated card that performs very well! Nice build.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The 212 worked well but I ended up migrating it to a different build and replaced it with a lepa aquachanger 240 I got for cheap. It works well so far too.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build! Definitely see no need for liquid cooling with that radiator too, that machine must run ice cold. I love the EVGA card, I wanted one of those for my build but it wasn't in my price range at the time I was building. Do you think that would work well with an old-school i7-950?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an old alienware as a backup machine with an I7-950 in it and it is still a formidable CPU. While it might not be top of the heap any more it should still work just fine and should run most games fairly well. The one downside of the single fan card is it runs a bit louder than dual fan models but if you are tight for space or don't mind a little extra noise I would highly recommend it. EVGA makes excellent products and I they are the only brand I put in my personal builds. Never had one fail on me yet and from what I hear even if I did have a problem EVGA customer service is top notch.