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I just posted the firestrike score, and that is with no overclock. The GPU barely broke a sweat...

This build has been a long awaited reward.

I am a 14-year old guy, who LOVES building computers, and this one has been in the process for months. I finally sold my gaming laptop a few weeks ago, and could buy the rest of the parts. So here is the rundown on the parts:

CPU: Awesome so far. I am not a cpu overclocker, but a sucker for silence. So this one fit perfecty. Runs at 40 Celsius idle with the "quiet" fan preset (it is silent). I sleeved the ugly cable for the cpu cooler, and replaced the intel sticker with a carbon fiber disk. Look pretty good, if you ask me...

Thermal Paste: Had some laying around from my laptop, so why not. Decreased temps by 5 degrees.

Motherboard: Only budget DDR3 option I could find that had all of the good stuff. Sata express, i7 support, crossfire support (not planning to sli, so, meh), great audio, and m.2. And not to mention the looks...

Memory: To all of those comment trolls (RIP jipster) saying "IT SHOULD BE UNDERVOLTED!!!", it is. A new kit with better timings on the way, but until then, the ugly green stuff has to stay... I had it on the shelf.

SSD: All I need is 120gb. This drive is perfect, as it kept me from connecting another cable to the PSU. Works great, and is blazing fast (520mb/s, 550mb/s). No complaints.

Video card: The GTX 970 is the card right now. The reasons I went for this over the 390 were power consumption, Shadowplay (basically my entire youtube channel), drivers, and it was cheap. I got this locally for 300 after MIR at my local fry's. I am upgrading from a GTX 765m, so.... Yeah.

Case: I got this case off of craigslist for $20, drilled out all of the drive cages (I don't need hdds, have NAS), and added a window and a PSU shroud. +1 for the carbon fiber! This was my first mod, so don't judge too hard...

PSU: Got it for $70 with MIR. The fan is a bit loud, but inaudible with my a/c on. 750w is plenty for the future, and it is a tier 2 unit. Tiny_voices said it was a quality unit, so I am VERY happy with it.

OS: Got it free from a friend. Upgrading to 10 as I write this.

Keyboard: Long story short, it was an impulse buy for $30 @fry's. I love the TKL form factor, and the red switches are great. Don't really care for backlight, as I touch type. Works great.

Mouse: another impulse buy. I wanted a wireless mouse with high DPI, good life, and rechargeable. I also have big hands, so a larger mouse would be nice. This satisfies all of those, with one problem: the blue backlight. Nothing I can't turn off through steelseries, though. The 8200 DPI is amazing, and all the buttons are awesome. Glides like air, if that makes sense.

Headset: I had these from my console days. They are actually the Kunai Wireless, with larger drivers. The battery life SUCKS. Do not buy this headset. Also, madcatz is a PAIN. RMA for a cracked headband took a month. That being said, the audio quality is decent for 100 dollar "console" headset. +1 for pc compatibility.

Alright, that is it. If you want better pictures, i'll try my best. Please let me know if you want benchmarks!

But for now, Storm out.

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome so far. I am not a cpu overclocker, but a sucker for silence. So this one fit perfecty. Runs at 40 Celsius idle with the "quiet" fan preset (it is silent).

Thermal Compound

Had some laying around from my laptop, so why not use it. Decreased temps by 5 degrees.

Motherboard

Only budget DDR3 option I could find that had all of the good stuff. Sata express, i7 support, crossfire support (not planning to sli, so, meh), great audio, and m.2. And not to mention the looks... Great motherboard overall, and I highly recommend.

Storage

All I need is 120gb. This drive is perfect, as it kept me from connecting another cable to the PSU. Works great, and is blazing fast (520mb/s, 550mb/s). No complaints.

Video Card

The GTX 970 is THE card right now. This EVGA one is pretty awesome. The fans get a little loud under load, but inaudible with closed headphones on. The reasons I went for this over the 390 were power consumption, Shadowplay (basically my entire youtube channel), drivers, and it was cheap. I got this locally for 300 after MIR at my local fry's. I am upgrading from a GTX 765m, so.... Yeah.

Case

SOLID! I got it for $20, and put a window and shroud in the thing, and it is one sexy case.

Power Supply

Got it for $70 with MIR. The fan is a bit loud, but inaudible with my a/c on. 750w is plenty for the future, and it is a tier 2 unit. Tiny says it is a great unit.

Keyboard

Long story short, it was an impulse buy for $30 @fry's. I love the TKL form factor, and the red switches are great. Don't really care for backlight, as I touch type. Works great.

Mouse

Another impulse buy for $30. I wanted a wireless mouse with high DPI, good life, and rechargeable. I also have big hands, so a larger mouse would be nice. This satisfies all of those, with one problem: the blue backlight. Nothing I can't turn off through steelseries, though. The 8200 DPI is amazing, and all the buttons are awesome. Glides like air, if that makes sense.

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 7 points

You say the PSU is "not great". This is completely false. Tier 2 units are still VERY good and it is just a Seasonic underneath. Tier 1 and 2 are VERY close in quality while there is an ENORMOUS between tier 2 and 3. People seem to for get this. This Antec is 100% safe and top quality. No issue running it at 750w.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, did not know it was this good. Thanks tiny! Means a lot coming from you.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Even though the tier list is pure bs, you're right.

Antec has great units.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends which one you use

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Like which ones?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I prefer this one only inaccurate ones would be the RM which should be in the decent section https://gyazo.com/c2b5f4239d9480c7be0bbdf6df1cc9d9

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

All tier lists are just stupid.

What people need to do is look up reviews from professionals, and make their decision based on that.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! +1. Next step is custom sleeved cables :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

We will see. I have tried my hand at sleeving a few times, and my local fry's just started stocking PET sleeving. So it may come very soon.... Color suggestions? Black is always good...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I would say you could go for something like ensourced and get them pre-made or get an EVGA G2/P2 PSU and buy EVGA sleeved cables but if you want to try it out yourself, that works too XD.

For colors, I would say anything that goes well with black (don't use red or white with black unless you really like it because that combo is super overused). Do purple and black or something creative!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

As of now, I will be sticking with the psu. I may sleeve the non modular cables (8-pin, 24-pin), and order pre made cables for the rest. I heard that the corsair cables will work....

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure about which cables will work and which ones won't so I'd do some research and make sure. Good luck!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice mods +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I am a little disappointed with the window. next step is cables and tempered glass, for dat awesome look!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

na, just add better LED's. Right now, they make that case look like a cheap display case. Good size of a window, but a lack of light.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Funny that you say that. Went out to frys and got some last night, was on promo code. New pictures are being uploaded now. It looks amazing.

P.S., it was a flashlight before.... :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yeah, those LED's have turned it into a show case!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting the use of DDR3, I have little use for DDR4 so am interested in reusing my 16GB DDR3 modules which I paid quite a bit for, I wonder how much damage it'll do.

Well done for building your own PC at 14! More people like you should definitely give it a go

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Turns out I am sticking with the ddr3, and i'll let you know how it goes. I got a 16gb kit of 1333mhz ram, and it is running just as good as the 1600mhz. I am leaving the 8gb in the parts list because this is supposed to be a reasonable budget build, not overkill. From what I have read, it sounds like a bunch of crud. The motherboard manufacturers say they run fine, and I'm sure I could sue gigabyte if "they" killed my CPU... :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I think if you're just gaming 8gb is fine, but I have tonnes of browser tabs open and many apps open at once so it's useful. Since I built ITX I am stuck with two sticks, so DDR4 would come in handy here. I think that Intel is being overly cautious with the voltage, you might shorten the life from say 10 years to 5 but by then you can probably find a cheap second hand processor in an emergency or you'll have upgraded

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

totally agreed

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL IM 14 and im building a pc in christmas http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t9ZHcf please tell me things to update

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

How has the CPU worked for you? Considering getting it over the 4690k, for 1080p. Do you think it's worth it?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

YES. The cpu runs very cool, and performs great. Getting a 1151 chipset also allows you to upgrade to a newer cpu in the future. It play Black Ops 3 with no problems, too...

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have a chance can you see how many fan headers are on the motherboard? I could not find anything that had the number of fan headers.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I think there are 4 (with cpu header), so only 3 usable. That should be enough for good positive pressure (2 in, 1 out). Although the pics do not show it, I am running that. Will update pics soon.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I thought the skylakes were only compatible with DDR4?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Skylakes run just fine with DDR3, you just have to buy the right motherboards. Another thing to note is that you should run the ddr3 at 1.35v. This will prolong the memory controller on the CPU.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Will the motherboard you're using work, and if so, is the ram underclocked at sth else e.g. 1333Mhz, and is this underclocking automatically applied by the board or was it manually changed by you? Thanks

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram and the motherboard work fine together. The ram (out of the box) operates at 1333mhz (got it for free from a friend). So, no, I didn't change the frequency of the ram. It works great, and has been going strong since day one.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I will be doing my first build soon :) do u have any tips

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Make it look nice, and make sure to have room for expansion. Also, if you are anything like me, make sure it is easy to take apart! I constantly change things here and there, and having easily-removable hardware is a must. Also, choose a good case. I modded mine (and am about to add a tempered glass side panel) to get it to a case I liked. I encourage you to do the same.

Hit me up if you need any help! ~Storm

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

what is the best way to cable mange

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

and thanks for replying

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion, use a modular power supply (such as the one I used, evga makes good ones too), and route the cables from the components to the power supply. Use zap straps to get everything as tight as possible, and don't be afraid to change the orientation of the component for better cable routing options. For example: if you have an ssd that looks real ugly because of the way the SATA cable is oriented, use double-sided tape to mount the SSD in another place in the case. Another thing to note is that cable management varies greatly depending on the case you choose. Which one are you going for?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to use corsair carbide 88r

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would advise using a NZXT s340, any Fractal case, or a corsair 400c or 450d. All of those will have better cable management options, and IMO look better.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have loved to do that (and hint: a 1070 will be in the update), but when I built this, the GTX-10-series were but a glimmer in a developer's eye. Still deciding between 1060 or 1070 for triple monitor use, though. I may even go with some crossfire'd 390s. Watercooled, of course! :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

How does your system do while playing Minecraft?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the corsair 760T A good case? Or should I get a better case?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

A B150 Mobo with crossfire support seems odd

Usually you can only find that feature on Z170/Z270 motherboards

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, crossfire is found on any board that has 2 pci-e slots. IT doesn't require certification from AMD to work (at least i don't think it does), so you find it on more budget motherboards. SLI is the one that you only find on the higher end Z boards. The DDR3 compatibility was one of the coolest features of skylake in my opinion, as they made it really easy to transition from 1150 (or in my case, 1155) to 1151. This motherboard was one of the few that actually took advantage of it.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

And DDR3 RAM compatibility

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Normally you would find that on LGA1150 mobos

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Storm Gaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwk2OgXV-V_VCvDXCgp1ZCw

Thanks for the interest!