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White-themed Skylake Gaming Computer for 1st-time PC Gamer

by RoccoAK

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28 Comments

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Details

Date Published

Sept. 8, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

2.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

Description

This is my 2nd Skylake build I've done in the past year. This one was built for my girlfriend's 17 year-old son. I originally wanted to build a budget gaming PC since this will be his first time gaming on a PC vs. a game console, but I was told to build it like I'd build it for myself. Which I did to an extent, but I had a budget to stick with and decided to go with a non "K" processor, non modular power supply, and a mechanical hard drive instead of an SSD.

The pictures are listed in the order in which I received the parts. I purchased 95% of the parts from Amazon and the GTX 1070 and M.2 NVMe were purchased through Walmart (of all places).

If I were to do this over or make modifications, I would go with a 6600K processor, non-LED white fans or white LED light strip and change all those out to RGB LED lights since the white components will match whatever RGB color you choose.

I don't have any good "final" pictures with the side panel on because we needed to ship this to her son and I didn't want to remove the protective film on the window.

Oh and I also custom designed a front panel removable Overwatch sticker for him.

Part Reviews

CPU

A very decent starter processor for gaming.

CPU Cooler

Probably the best all-white CPU cooler out there. It keeps the processor while under load, very cool.

Motherboard

I purchased this motherboard for a couple of reasons. I like that it's all a satin/matte black and it doesn't have any video outputs on it which helps reduce confusion to non-PC users on which port to plug their monitor into.

Storage

This was a super huge over-kill for this build, but I wanted to make sure he got the best.

Storage

Best alternative for a budget gaming computer storage drive.

Video Card

I honestly wanted to get either the EVGA FTW or Gigabyte G1 Gaming 1070 instead, but under time pressure to get this done, it was all that Walmart had available at the time.

But the green LED behind the GeForce GTX is a nice contrast/compliment to the white theme and LED's.

Case

Decent budget case that is white. Was easy to install everything but the screws for this case are super cheap and feel like they'll break after unscrewing another 3-5 times.

Power Supply

Chose this because of budget reasons and you can not see the PSU inside this case nor the cables due to the CableMod extensions I got.

Wireless Network Adapter

I honestly chose this WiFi card because it has a black PCB.

Comments Sorted by:

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Dude, why did you rate the GPU with 3 stars? If I had that GPU I would've rated it 6 out of 5

RoccoAK submitter 2 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

Because, like I said in my review, I wished I had got a Gigabyte G1 version and not a founders addition. Has nothing to do with the GTX 1070 in general. And this build would be better with a card with open air cooling fans versus the rear exhaust type which is typically better in a small form factor case.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Oh :/

Enrico411 1 point 31 months ago

great looking build!!

RoccoAK submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Thanks!

kaplo 1 point 31 months ago

super aesthetic build!!!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Damn son. That looks great!

glimerman 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

very nice looking i just did a build for my nephew in that same case its such a good looking case i almost want to get ride of my full tower and rebuild into that case.. awesome looking pc love the pics

RoccoAK submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks! The case is nice looking, but it honestly feels cheaply made.

nathanmaddux 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

very clean. where do you get the braided cables? are they full length to the psu or just braided extenders?

RoccoAK submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

They are just extension cables from Silverstone and I bought them on Amazon. Here is a link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B46XJQ6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=29MDBPDKDXH83&coliid=I1G3L0ZMJDP0SV&psc=1

khaytah 1 point 31 months ago

What do you mean extension? Like you plug one side into the psu 24 (mobo) connector and the other side into the motherboard? because I thought colored cables were only for fully modular :/

Daxtore 1 point 21 months ago

Plug the extensions into the end of the cable that came with it and run the extension to its destination

Reprisalgaming 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Awesome Build! I have a question is my build good for my first time i order my parts Wednesday of next week.

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/PN3t7h

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

What are you using the build for specifically? If just gaming, then save $100 by going with an i5 instead of i7.

And this is a personal suggestion, I'd go with a different cooler than the h100i. Looks like your sticking with Corsair, so I'd say one of the newer versions, v2 or the GTX. Plus, they're $30 cheaper.

Reprisalgaming 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

It's for gaming and editing for youtube.

Reprisalgaming 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Does the v2 come with pre applied thermal paste?

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I want to say yes. The v1 did. Either way, you should clean it off an apply a better paste.

Reprisalgaming 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Don't you need special equipment to clean it off?

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Rubbing alcohol is really all you need.

Reprisalgaming 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I just heard that the stock one is very good.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I was going to suggest cable combs and then I saw them near the end. Well done! +1

RoccoAK submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks

TioJorge 6 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

This is beautiful, and the pictures you took (and the amount) are just as amazing. On behalf of a guy whose never built a PC before and is about to construct the exact same build, thank you so very much. This is going to be a huge help. In about a week's time I'll be building almost the same rig. I just ordered the last pieces and I gotta say, although I've done a ton of research and am confident, I also feel a small pit in my stomach, hahaha! Excited but super nervous.

Superb stuff! Hopefully I can obtain a modicum of the finesse found in these pics and in that build.

svtcobra91 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Nice looking build.

burnzatron 1 point 31 months ago

Hay love the computer. I have a very similar machine, same case etc. i have to get the cpu cooler is all, what is your experience with this basic one, is it good. would you go for another one. im worried about install and performance mainly.

plzDonateAgame 1 point 24 months ago

Lmao I never knew Walmart sold graphics cards. XD Nice paint job on the front panel though! +1