Description

For the past 5 years I have played on my i7 2600 machine which was actually a good investment in 2012, as it has lasted me til now. Only changes I made was upgrading the Radeon 6850HD that it came with to a GTX 780 Windforce and switching out the unbranded timebomb of a psu for a Thermaltake Smart 650w. It served me well (and hopefully it will serve someone else well when I sell it) but I wanted more.

For this build I was focused on picking parts that were quality yet somewhat accommodating to my relatively lower budget of around $1700 AUD. I looked long and hard to find all the parts at good prices and I think I did a good job of finding them. (Prices in Parts List are not what I actually paid for them)

Introducing this new PC:

  • First of all the i7 7700k is such a beast cpu. With hyperthreading and with my compatible mobo I can push 5 GHz if I so want to. Was originally going to go with the 6700k but I saw that it was priced exactly the same as the Kaby Lake processor so it was a no brainer to pick up the latest one.

  • Picked up a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler after reading about its popularity and its value for money. Not gonna say anything that hasn't already been said about it. Great cooler.

  • I always thought motherboards were just there to plug your parts into and then forget about. I was wrong of course but I still don't see the need in spending huge dollars for one. I first looked at getting a B350 from any company, but realised I needed a Z270 mobo to take advantage of the new architecture for whatever reason. Being safer than sorry (and getting a kickass mobo out of it) I decided on the ASRock Z270 Extreme4. Has everything you need, RGB lighting if you're into that, SLI option and an easy to navigate GUI bios. Can't complain.

  • I think I'm a bit of an idiot for buying a new gpu now with the crazy inflation of prices but oh well. I got an MSI Armor GTX 1070 which I'd say is one of the best cards for the money and in general a beast card. Runs everything I've thrown at it above 60 fps on Ultra, with most games going into triple digit frames on Ultra. Will likely SLI in the future when prices drop.

  • For RAM I was looking for some G.Skill Ripjaws and found a good deal on Ebay for $185 with free shipping. 2666mhz is more than enough speed and it's good to have it for any rendering and editing I may choose to do.

  • The case was the most trouble for me. I wanted a good looking case with good airflow, cable management at a low price. I found the Corsair 270R and was leaning towards it but was put off because it didn't have a window. I then realised there is a windowed variant and immediately jumped on that and bought it.

  • I was looking into getting an EVGA Supernova G2 but I couldn't find one at a suitable price. I ended up going with the Corsair CXM 650W grey label psu after reading the improvements over the green label CX psu. It would have been a higher tier PSU if not for the sleeve bearing fan, as explained here. I was just wrapped to get a good power supply after riding the bullet with my older Thermaltake one.

  • I kept my old hard disks and bought 4 additional LED fans from Centrecom for $10 each. They were plugged straight into the psu with voltage reduction cables to minimise sound made.

Overall I'm loving this new PC and with my eventual SLI upgrade, this thing will definitely last another 5 years of solid performance.

Part Reviews

CPU

The flagship Intel CPU of the 7th generation. No bottlenecking now compared to before.

CPU Cooler

Popular for a good reason. High RPM and looks good.

Motherboard

Has everything you need and more. Great value.

Memory

Lifetime warranty, speedy performance. Nothing more to say.

Video Card

Picked one up for around $650 AUD. Absolute beast of a card.

Case

Joy to build in. Good air flow, lots of cable management options and hidden HDD/SSD drive mounts.

Power Supply

Good psu for the money. Plenty of power and reliable.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build. Very standard to be honest, but standard is not a bad thing. I'm not sure i'd recommend anything over a 4.5ghz OC on the 7700k with your current cooler. It can get VERY hot at 5ghz

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I'm not planning to but it's an option for some bench marking if I ever want to.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Im planning on getting the same CPU and the gtx 1070 from nvidia themselves and doing a custom loop on gpu and an aio on cpu. Anyone have suggestions on an aio? I'm thinking on getting the corsair h100i. Is this a good choice? Thanks:)

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

It is a fine choice.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

The h100i is actually a very good cooler. Its performance is top notch. Probably one of the best coolers for a 7700k in terms of bang for buck.

The Noctua d15 is a great option for air cooling, It isnt quite as good in terms of thermals (still fine though), but is slightly cheaper, and is quieter.

A custom loop is far more expensive and time consuming. It can be a lot of fun, and is very unique. But is not practical if you need to troubleshoot (you have to drain and dismantle it whenever moving the Mobo or CPU).

I'd say pick a good air cooler or an AIO closed loop cooler, unless you have a real passion for custom builds. The Kraken x52 is a great looking AIO, it is slightly harder to set up, but once its set up it performs very well.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

@Fraglepuss Im planning, to build a similar pc. The same Corsair case and processor, and im really thinking to use Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 120MM or Cooler Corsair Hydro Series - H100i Gtx. Do you think th e cpu temperature be ok with one of them? ill be using it normally, without overclock.

And its quiet? I dont want a noise pc.

Thanks.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Both of the corsair h100is will perform very well in terms of cooling. I would go with the v2 if you want an AIO as they may have added some improvements. I've owned the v1 and it was a little noisy.

If you're not going to overclock you really do not need a AIO. For instance a hyper 212 would cool a stock 7700k comfortably, and would be proabably be quieter, as there would be no pump sounds.

If you want it to be almost silent, anything by Noctua will do the job. The NHU-14S would be super quiet, and you could even overclock slightly with very cool temps.

If you don't like the look of noctua (note they are the best made and the quietest) then you can go for a BeQuiet dark rock cooler. They're not as easy to mount but are still very good.

Finally if you just want it to look cool, get an nzxt kraken x42.

Hope this helped feel free to ask more questions

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the h105, it doesn't have the software, but it's rated higher and is newer.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I really would like the software because white does not go with my build that much. Thanks for the reply:)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, that sucks, all other high end liquid coolers seem to be rated 4 stars. Hopefully you can find another 5 star AIO. I use Newegg for the ratings BTW.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

i need storage what would you recommend?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Samsung EVO 960 SSD, any Seagate Barracuda HDD