CPU: Intel i7-6700K @ 4.5 GHz This part list was originally sporting an fx-8350 and an r9 390. The 8350 already slightly bottlenecked the 390, but I thought the much cheaper price made it worth sacrificing a few fps. Then in January, I realized that it would be silly of me to not wait for pascal to be released. Once I decided on the 1070, I realized that an 8350 was simply too old. I did not want to fully rely on direct x12 to bring “better multi-core performance”. So if I couldn’t go with the cheap $160 fx-8350, might as well go full out on the i7. I could have gone with an i5 6600k, but I want to be able to do some streaming and recording, and I could use the extra power. So the original $160 cpu for the build doubled to a whopping $320 cpu. Alright, so be it.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO @ 30°C Idle 74°C load Who doesn’t love this cooler? Sure I could have sprung for aio water cooler, but with my plans to paint the front of the heatsink white I knew it would look beautiful. I don’t need to spend $80 more for a .2ghz better overclock. This CPU cooler gets my CPU to 4.5 GHZ at 30°C idle and 74°C load while being quieter than the AC vent above me. The cooler does everything I need it to do and more. Plus, I could use the extra $80 saved after splurging $160 extra on the i7 6700k
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 The motherboard was another added cost to my build to avoid a cpu bottleneck. I was originally only needing to spend $90 or so on a motherboard with a 990fx chipset for the fx-8350. However, I quickly figured out that newer, more expensive cpus result in newer, more expensive motherboards. I thought about saving some money by going with the ASUS Z170-E, but I would have only saved $30, the motherboard was not very well used/known by the community (Barely had any reviews). I didn’t want to risk cutting a corner on my motherboard, so I just sucked it up and went with the Z170-A for $30 more at $150.
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB For my memory I had some really strict specifications it needed to meet. It had to be the correct type for my motherboard (DDR4), and it needed to be white to match my build’s color scheme. Okay I lied about the strict specifications, its ram. It gives next to no performance difference whether you pay $60 for 16GB, or $350 for the same 16GB. These ram sticks actually look pretty sweet; they even have a white PCB which is usually something that costs a premium. (Like my graphics card that also has a white PCB)
Storage: OCZ TRION 150 240GB X2 in RAID 0 & Seagate Barracuda 1TB Take one look at the two SSD brackets on the power supply shroud of this case and tell me what comes to mind. RAID. I bought two very good value SSDs to do just that. In Raid 0, the storage got to a write speed of 900MB/s and a read speed of 997MB/s. That’s 480GB of some pretty fast storage for $120. Pretty good if I say so myself. Not to mention it looks perfect on the power supply shroud. I would also like to state the fact that I had to pay $18 just to have the SATA 3 cables connecting the SSDs be white. Now that I’ve built the thing I realize that you can barely even see these cables anyway. 480GB isn’t enough for everything I want to keep on my computer. So I’ve got 1TB of storage for whatever I don’t need speed for. Basically everything that isn’t games or OS goes on it. I don’t need blazing fast read & write speeds for browsing my meme stash.
Graphics Card: GALAX Hall of Fame GTX 1070 Oh yeah. This guy delayed the construction of my PC for two months. June 10th the GTX 1070 was “released”. By July stock for the thing started to improve slightly. Finally, Mid-July aftermarket coolers and everything 1070 related was in decent stock and able to be purchased. Just about every card, with the exception of this god forsaken Hall of Fame version was available for purchase. My birthday was June 11th and for my birthday, using the money from the past two Christmases, birthdays, and the Job I had started two months prior, I bought everything except the graphics card. I had been tortured by the magnificent pile of computer parts, waiting to be put into action, collecting dust on the floor beside me for over two months. Finally, on August 11th, 2016 at 1:30am Galax put the stupid thing for sale on their store. Based in china, their customer service for U.S. citizens through the ticket system on their website was not their strong point. It took 24-48 hours for a response every time I asked a question, sometimes I didn’t even receive a full answer to my questions. But whatever I can put it all behind me because they make some B.A. products. This graphics card not being an exception. Awesome to think about the fact that I have something better than the Maxwell titan X. I remember how big someone’s E-peen was if they had a Titan X. Now I’ve got something better, for $500 rather than $1000. Would love for it to be closer to the $379.99 mark we were told to expect; many people feel the same way. I’m not that mad though (Obviously not given I bought the graphics card) In conclusion, I’m so glad I’m done waiting for and obsessing over the graphics card and its release.
I managed to reach 2151Mhz on the core and 4300Mhz on the memory stable while the amazing card kept temperatures from reaching above 60°C under extremely quiet operation.
Case: NZXT S340 This case may seem a tad out of place for a build of this caliber. However, when I selected this case, the build was still a fx-8350 & r9 390. I guess the case is the only thing that really stayed from my original parts list. I could have gone with the H440, or the Phanteks ECLIPSE P400, etc. But I really like this case, I like the concept of the piece they added for cable management, I like the power supply shroud with two SSD mounts on it, I like the simplistic design, I like the $65 price tag, and the list goes on. I have no desire to get a more expensive case, as this one looks pretty great already.
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W I wanted a fully-modular PSU so that I could get some nice individually sleeved white cables to go with my color scheme. I wanted at least 750w so that if I needed to in the future, I could add another GTX 1070 in SLI. This power supply met those two specifications, and it was the cheapest one that did so. So I chose it. Little did I know when I bought it, that it was outdated. Therefore, custom cable companies no longer produced cables for it. I contacted the support at Cablemod for assistance and before I even opened my email I had a response from a real person typing me an email. He understood the situation and made a custom order for me. He had them make a special set of cables for my PSU that they no longer mass produce. Cablemod has the best customer support I have ever experienced. I kept a 1 on 1 email conversation with the same guy, who knew my situation, and knew me. We talked about my plans for my computer and what it would be like, and he really seemed interested. He said I can send him pictures of the build after its done and he will have them featured on the Cablemod Facebook. So, Shout-out to my boy Thomas at Cablemod :D.
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 23” 60Hz Monitor Don’t let the fact that this monitor is 1080p deceive you. This monitor actually looks pretty amazing. Its IPS, so it has great picture quality. I overclocked the 60Hz to 75Hz, while this is no 144Hz, it still helps and does look smoother than 60Hz. In all reality, the GTX 1070 is overkill for 1080p. I don’t see myself needing to upgrade anything to run all games at max settings at this resolution for at least 2 years. So for me, it’s nice to be able to crank all the Eye Candy up on every game on an IPS monitor with great picture quality. The monitor is only 23” so the ppi (Pixels per inch) isn’t much worse than a 27” 1440p monitor. (96ppi vs 109ppi) I might pick up a second one of these so I can have a better time streaming.
Keyboard: Corsair STRAFE RGB Very nice, high quality keyboard. It took a bit of getting used to coming from the very shallow clicky tactile keys on my laptop. I found myself accidently clicking shift many times. This proved to be very irritating in Overwatch as I teleport over edges randomly as Tracer, rocket blast 2 feet into a wall as Reinhardt, waste Cryo-stasis on my way back into the battle as Mei, etc. I actually went to best buy and tried to replace the MX-Silent keys with MX-Browns to see if that helped because of how irritated it made me. They didn’t have brown keys so I kept the keyboard. After a while I got used to the keyboard, and learned not to rest my hand on the board with quite so much weight. The keys are very quiet which will come in handy if I do record or stream in the near future.
Mouse: Mionix NAOS 7000 I needed a mouse that would ergonomically fit my decently large hands. I didn’t want the Deathadder Chroma because I wanted something that would last (Shots fired) Not to mention it would look kinda dumb next to my corsair keyboard. xD. The sensor is very responsive, looks nice, fits my hand nicely, and is from a good quality brand.
Headphones: Audio-Technica M50x These are probably one of the most highly regarded headphones currently available. I use these at my setup, but I bring them around with me a lot wherever I can. They sound amazing, just enough bass with crisp clear sound all around. They blow beats out of the water for a quarter of the price.
Microphone: Blue Yeti A very popular microphone for a reason. It gets the job done and the biggest deal for me was the headphone pass-through. Because I have closed-back headphones I cannot hear what I say when any sound is coming through them. Thus causing me to speak much louder than I need to and talk stupid due to my inability to hear and correct my speech. (Kind of like someone who has gone deaf) With the headphone pass-through, the Blue Yeti plays what comes through my mic back into my headphones so that I can hear myself talking, as well as any background noise that I wouldn’t want anyone listening to me to hear. (So that I can fix it).
Benchmarks: All images/proof of benchmarks should be visible up with the pictures.
Unigine Valley: 99FPS - Score: 4143 - Extreme HD preset, 1080p
Unigine Heaven: 101.2FPS - Score: 2549 - 8xMSAA, Ultra Quality, Extreme Tessellation, 1080p
Cinebench R15: 941cb
CPU-Z: Single Thread, 2251 - Multi Thread 9949
AS SSD Benchmark: Read score: 355, Write score: 628, SCORE: 1169 (Look at picture for full breakdown)
EDIT: Thank you to everyone that gave my build a +1 to get it featured. My dream of being featured on PCpartpicker has been fulfilled thanks to all of you! Also big thanks for all the nice comments congratulating me and telling me I did a good job. Its awesome to see how many people enjoyed looking at my PC. This really makes building this magnificent machine even that much more worth doing. If you have any questions, comments, or requests, keep em' comin in the the comments. I am making a valiant effort to respond to every single comment because I really do care about every single one.