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Hello, thank you for reviewing my build! This is my current gaming computer, and I spent a good Saturday building this to the way I want it to! It has been running flawlessly and I will post my OC on my i7 6700K & EVGA GTX 980Ti later on! My last PC was a slow HP desktop from PC World for £500 and it had a AMD E2-3200 2.4GHz CPU in it, and PC World offered a PNY Nvidia Geforce GT 440 with it for something cheap. I didn't know much about gaming back then, but maybe because I was quite young, now I am 16, I have saved from my job, and able to purchase this custom gaming PC I built with some money left to spare :) I will not be upgrading this PC for probably another 3 years, except the monitor, since I have a 980Ti, I want to get something 144Hz. Might purchase a VG248QE as a second monitor (Main for Gaming) or sell the U2414H and get a 144Hz 1440p IPS monitor, or get a 4K monitor at 60Hz.

BTW Some of the photos show an over exposure of the red LEDs inside the computer, they do not look like that in real life! It looks pretty much like the 1st image I put up :) And the last picture shows all the boxes for the computer components (minus SSD and Case) but I couldn't be bothered to remove the other boxes for other products I own :)

CPU: I have chosen the Intel Core i7 6700K Skylake CPU because I wanted this CPU to last, and since the i7 4790K aged well (1 and a half years old, and still one of the top CPUs!) I thought I would go with the newest CPU from Intel. I am using this PC for mostly gaming, so I was wondering if I should go for the i5 6600k instead, but I do a lot of school work on my computer too, which uses a lot of processing power. An example of this is I had to do a lot of photo/video editing for my coursework for school, which was a breeze with the i7 6700K (@Stock speeds). I have managed for it to run stable at 4.6GHz at 1.38V (I know a bit high, didn't receive the best OC processor!)

CPU Cooler - Corsair H100i GTX Liquid Cooler - I liked the idea of going with the H100i GTX because it is not a big block of metal hanging off your motherboard, which takes up all the room in the case, so all you see through your side window is the big CPU cooler, and the graphics card. The fans were initially very loud in my opinion, but if you use the Corsair Link software (which sucks btw) you can set them to quite mode. If you wanted silence, you can replace the fans outright like I did. I also like the idea of RGB lighting in the block. I have set mine to red to match my red/black themed build :) This cooler keeps my CPU running cool, even at the OC and the voltage it is running (27 degrees idle)!

Thermal Compound - Noctua NT-H1 3.5g Thermal Paste - Does the job! Retails for £7-8, not £22.21 that PC Part Picker is saying! I purchased mine for £3 with a coupon.

Motherboard: I have chosen the Asus Maximus VIII Ranger LGA 1151 ATX motherboard, because I was originally going to purchase the Hero version of the motherboard, but the Ranger had everything I needed, so I thought I would save some money and go with the lower end, but still very much high end motherboard. I liked the fact that it had SLI support, in case if I wanted to add another 980Ti if required. To me, it is reassurance :). I also wanted the Z170 chipset, which this does have, and the BIOS is easy to navigate, with the required amount of fan headers, USB 3 slots, and this motherboard includes USB 3.1 Type A & C. I have had previously an Asus board, so that was also part of the reason I purchased another Asus board :) I would of liked the RGB lighting from the Hero motherboard, but it was not worth the extra £32 to me. Really good motherboard, and I am not experiencing any issues so far!

RAM - Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory - I chose this RAM because I have had HyperX in the past, and have had no problems with the RAM at all. This RAM does still suite my build since it is black. It runs in dual channel just fine, and I have not attempted to OC it yet, as I want more power going to the CPU for OCing the CPU.

Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked ACX 2.0+ - I chose this GPU because EVGA is known for their solid GPUs, and support, which is what I am looking for! I was going to go for the Classified version, but it retails for £143.47 more in the UK, which is ridiculous as it is only a bit faster due to the higher factory OC and this card has a little more headroom to OC further, which is not worth £143 to me. This card is still a solid card, and I got the one that came with the backplate. This card runs any game I throw at it at 1080p 60 FPS, such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, GTA V etc, all with the graphics and textures turned to as high as possible! I will not attempt to water cool this card as I have no need to do so, it stays silent most of the time anyway! I know this GPU is overkill for 1080p, but I was hoping to get multiple monitors, and game on all of them at the same time, so this is when the extra GPU horsepower will come into place :) Also the GTX 980 Ti will last 3-4 years, when as the GTX 970 will probably not. I did originally have a MSI Geforce GTX 970 in here, but I did run into the 3.5GB VRAM issue in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, which wanted 3.7GB VRAM. I know all 4GB is there, but 0.5GB runs a lot slower then the rest of the 3.5GB and it showed in that game (Dropping many frames). I didn't think the 980 was as great value as the 980 Ti, and the extra VRAM will be great when gaming on multiple monitors, which lead me to the decision to get the 980Ti.

Storage - Samsung 850 Evo 120GB SSD & Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD - I chose the SSD, but not the HDD. I got the HDD for free brand new so I didn't bother getting a better one, if I had a choice, I would of gone with a 1TB WD Black, but hey, its free! I did choose the 850 Evo 120GB SSD. 120GB is enough to fit my OS, some important applications, and some documents on. If I waited a bit longer, I could of got the 250GB 850 Evo for £10 more. Windows 10 boots up insanely fast on this computer with the SSD! I turned on Rapid Mode with Samsung Magician to get better performance out of my SSD, because why not! Very happy with the performance of the SSD.

Case - Corsair Obsidian 450D ATX Mid Tower Case - I thought this case was huge when it first arrived, but that is because I am used to the size of smaller computers. I wanted a case that was built to last, with good materials, a side panel window, water cooling support, good cable managing support, bottom mounted PSU, front USB 3.0, good air flow, ATX motherboard support, and a minimum of 6-7 PCI Express slots at the back. This case fills all of my requirements, and does a good job! I know I might have got away with a cheaper case, but I really liked the look of this case, and didn't mind spending a bit more for this case, as I know it will last multiple builds. I actually got a good deal on this case, I paid £89.98 when it retails for around £105! This case came with 2 140mm front intake fans, and 1 120mm exhaust fans, but I swapped these for quieter fans from Corsair. Now I have 1 x 120mm exhaust AF120 Quite edition, 2 x 140mm intake AF140 Quite Edition, and 2 x 120mm exhaust SP120 for my radiator. I originally had the LED versions, but where too loud for me, and the non LED versions are much quieter.

PSU - EVGA 850W G2 SuperNOVA - It is fully modular so it is perfect for removing some of the unnecessary cables from the PSU, keeps cabling much tidier! Also it can support 2 980Ti in SLI in case if I need the extra performance. It is high quality, so it won't break my computer when I overclock it. Eco mode is switched on so it is quieter. Also, 80 Plus Gold is a bonus! MUCH better then the previous CX600 I had.

Display - 1 x Dell U2414H - I was originally going to go with the Asus VG248QE, but decided on the U2414H as I already had a 60Hz monitor, and wanted an IPS monitor, which you do not get from the Asus monitor, which is a shame, but I wanted better colours over faster refresh rates, hopefully sometime in the future, a 144Hz IPS Monitor will be available at a decent price! (Not £500!) I am looking into getting a second U2414H to go along with my one, but will not be doing that till I can afford it.

Keyboard - Microsoft Comfort Curve 3000 - Does the job, purchased almost 3 years ago from Asda, will be replacing soon though because I do want back lighting from the keyboard.

Mouse - Logitech G502 Proteus Core - I purchased this mouse on an Amazon Lightning deal for only £32.99! (Retails for over £60). I would rather have RGB lighting like the newer model has, but it is not worth almost double the price to me! Very happy with this mouse, and have downloaded the Logitech Gaming Software to control the mouse a bit more.

Speakers - Logitech LS11 3W 2ch Speakers - Purchased over 2 years ago from PC World for £20. Does the job, not looking to replace them at the moment, as they are still great in my opinion.

Wireless Networking - TP-Link TL-WDN4800 - I got this for only 98p! eBay gave me a £25 coupon for selling with them, and there was no spending requirement, and I was about to purchase this anyway, so I purchased from Dabs on eBay for this insane price! (Retails for £25.98)

Optical Drive - Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer - Not much to say, other then that it does the job on reading DVDs and CDs! Considering removing from the case and using it over USB as I do not use it often, and it would make the system look nicer in my opinion.

Operating System - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit - I originally had a Retail Windows 8 x64 key I purchased for £25 on launch day (Launch prices was ridiculously cheap from Microsoft themselves!) and I put the key in the installation on Windows 10 (Version 1511/Build 10586.71) and works just fine!

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello Mitchell. I'm also Mitchell. Just thought I'd swing by and tell a fellow Mitchell hello!

Hello.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, Hello :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a quality power supply.. Never cheap out on the PSU.. The CX series is utterly garbage.

Buys 980ti gets a 1080p monitor a garbage keyboard and a garbage PSU

Lastly Western Digital > Seagate or any other 3.5" drive making company

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn dude gotta check the voltage on that 6700k. Try using the ASUS oc software then start from there. for a 6700k to need 1.38 to get 4.6 is surprising. I can get stable 4.7ghz on a 5930k at 1.4. All i did was use the software and work from there. I'm sure i can even get the voltage lower. Also try a higher boot voltage then tone it down when the pc is turned on. Good luck

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that was what I was thinking, and this is my replacement chip! My first one could only do 4.6GHz on 1.39V I will try the Asus OC software and let you know on any results!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I managed to tone the voltage to 1.33V and run stable using AIDA64 for 2 hours, to be honest, that will be enough for me. I will never stress my computer to the way Asus's Realbench will do, so if it crashes in the Realbench software, but not in real life, then it does not bother me! Is 1.33V still a bit high for 4.6GHz or is it OK? I might try lower voltages when I get my new PSU

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The question is not mostly if your processor can handle 1.33v its if u have airflow on your vrms (the parts on the motherboard that power it) so they can stay cool. If that stays cool you should be fine since you are under water. I dont trust just fans so i will be watercooling my vrms due to 1.4v. Keep fiddling with it and idk if your board has as many settings as mine but read the manual and online reviews or your best resource, the forums. You might find out you are missing something or a great setting. Thats the great thing about building your own computer, you can build a relationship with it and its problems and when you solve it will only make you love it more. I can tell you i spent hours trouble shooting things when it was the simpest things or settings holding me back. Btw get evga i had a rmi and it was a shitshow. Unless u go ax dont go corsair. And realbench is a great resource due to me having the same belief as you that it wont matter but many times in game my pc crashed due to not enough voltage. You have to fine tune it especially the system agent voltage. Once you get that right it might solve some of your problems. Good luck and let me know how it goes. Keep on clocking!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the details, I will let you know in a few days the best results I can achieve with the voltage. I checked the temps of the VRM and they seem to be running very low, so I think I am fine for the temperatures of the VRM!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, definitely upgrade that PSU to an EVGA G2 750/850 or a Corsair AX series. I've heard of your series being almost like little bombs (rarely though). anyway very nice build! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I think I will order the new PSU soon then if I have a little bomb lol.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I just ordered a EVGA G2 Super NOVA 850W which will be arriving in the next couple of days :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! with that power supply you'll be able to overlock anything and if you ever want a second graphics card it will be able to power both of them. The Cx series is great if you have a non-devils canyon processor and a graphics card up to a 960/970. The 980ti uses a loot of power haha.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know, I originally had a MSI GTX 970 a few weeks ago before swapping it for the 980Ti, and at first I didn't realise how much more the 980Ti requires over the 970 lol. The CX600 was previously powering a low end HP AMD desktop anyway, which is what it was more designed for, but I am glad I got rid of it! I will be overclocking the 980Ti when I receive the new PSU with MSI afterburner.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that case... How do you rate it?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a really good case. More then enough room for my needs, well built, easy to build a computer in, plenty of airflow, water cooling support, and also very quite when you put in the corsair af120/140 quite edition fans in. One of my favourite cases I have used.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That monitor looks really, really good next to your case. They compliment each other so well. :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Hoping 2 monitors would look even better next to the case :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that'd be sweet. :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build but could use better psu. those cables make your build look cheap

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I have actually just ordered a EVGA G2 Super NOVA 850W which will be arriving in the next couple of days to replace the CX Power Supply.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a g2 750 really good psu's and great efficency

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great to know before it even arrives! I am unable to find the red sleeved cables though :(

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

great build! I would highly recommend buying a better PSU, Corsair CX and CS series PSUs have been known to do bad things (such as catch fire, kill all your components or just die.) I would recommend the EVGA Titanium/Platinum series or if you like Corsair the AX series.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thank you! I just ordered an EVGA G2 Super NOVA 850W a few hours ago, which will be arriving in the next couple of days :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

and Overclocking on that PSU for sure will do damage to your PC

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

At least I won't have the PSU for long any more :)