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Introducing, my first PC with a name: The Flop

This is not my first custom PC (they're all for gaming), but it's the first one I built by myself from start to finish. My previous computers I picked the components and just let the shop assemble it for me. I was never fond of the whole cable management thing and didn't see the fun in building the computer myself (I know! Right?). Though I've never done this before, I've fiddled with computer components for long enough to know all the main components and how to install them (CPU, RAM, SSD/HDD, GPU, anything other than those I've never touched).

I got half my stuffs from Amazon during a span of one month. I just need to group the orders to be above $125 for Amazon to do free shipping, yet still below $280 (roughly 400 Singapore dollars) so I don't have to pay import tax. Ended up saving about $400 compare to buying everything in Singapore.

CPU

I chose the 6700k since ll the CPUs I've owned before are non-K ones so I was never able to OC, this time I wanted to aim for the top.

CPU Cooler

I wanted to do liquid cooling, but decided to hold off on that for awhile. Air cool's a bit boring so AIO is the next best thing. The NZXT Kraken x61 was regarded as the best AIO and it looks good so no reason not to go for it. It's cheaper than the Corsair H115i too.

Motherboard

Honestly, I got the formula mainly for the look. I mean, just look at the damn thing! It's also one of the rare all black motherboard in the market so I can go with any color scheme , in this case it's RGB. Though I can utilize the great LAN port since I have a 1Gb/s internet. Biggest problem was that motherboards in Singapore are jacked up in price sooooo high and Amazon doesn't ship here. But since it's Asus, I wanted to have local warranty anyway.

RAM

As many people say, just go with the RAM that looks best. Well these Corsair Vengeance Led are beautiful RAMS with. Only problem was, Amazon sent me 2x16Gb in red instead of what I ordered, which is 4x8Gb in white. Initially I was going to set all my RGB to white, but now that the RAM's red, I go full rainbow mode.

SSD/HDD

Not much reasoning, it's reasonably priced and I prefer the Intel one over Samsung. I'm using it as an OS drive only but I got the 480Gb for the head room, just in case. My HDD from the previous pc got brought over to this one.

Graphic Card

Well can't go to the top without getting a top of the line card. All the 1080s perform similarly, but I picked EVGA for a couple reason: * It's one of the only ones that Amazon ship to Singapore (price here is ridiculous, about $880-900) * It has the best side profile, no one can see the fans side anyway so who cares about the designs of the shroud (Asus win the shroud though, EVGA shroud looks quite ugly). * Most important aspect when building a computer: RGB

Case

Tempered glass, 'nuff said. The compartmentalization is great too, no drive cage in the main compartment means clean build. It'll be good too should I decide to go full custom water loop.

PSU

114.90 (on Amazon for prime member, I got the free trial) for a 750W 80 Platinum tier 1 power supply, question is: why aren't you picking one up yet?

Monitor

I wanted 1440p 144hz G-sync but Asus and Acer scares me with their quality control, and there aren't enough stocks in Singapore for me to be doing RMAs until I got a good one. Besides, their stands are huge, so I stuck with favorite monitor brand, Dell. Got to adjust a bit to the TN, especially since I have a IPS as my side monitor, but the thing is great after some color calibration and the stand's just simply perfect.

Cables and LED Strips

I couldn't decide between EVGA sleeved ones or CableMod. EVGA means I'll get free shipping, but then again, I need to grab the CableMod LED strips (magnetic and works with Asus Aura header) and they have a flat rate shipping, so I go with CableMod. I wanted to get the black ones to keep the build color neutral so I can turn on any color I want, but then I saw they have the carbon color and decides to get that instead and the thing indeed looks glorious. I think the carbon color actually is closer to the motherboard color compare to black. However, the thing's a PITA to work with, they're so hard and just getting the combs in and out a couple times hurts my finger tips badly. In the end, I paid more for the cables than the PSU itself (only realized it after the cable's are shipped).

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

You sir, made one sexy PC. I literally have no complaints. $500 for a motherboard? I LIKED Singapore before I read that.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good choices. Not cheap that's for sure but hey, its obviously you passion. That board looks like it was worth every penny. How is the performance? How was the overlooking? I like the mood changing colors. Your setup is worthy, the chair etc. Give us some specs, how long it took to achieve, process? Black is the new black once again.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Took me about 5 hours to build, but I've got the knowledge about what goes where since I've owned a couple custom PCs before, just never touched half of the components.

So far the performance is off the chart. I got the 1080 a month ago and put it in my old rig. I could only get +75 offset core clock and +475 memory, curve would work in benchmarks but will crash in games. Now that I put it in this new pc, I can get +100 offset and +500 memory and it's stable even in games. Using curve I can go all the way to 2126 Mhz without crashing in games.

The CPU so far I'm at 4.6 Ghz, will try to do 4.7 Ghz when I have the time. Asus auto OC from their software was really bad though. It got to 4.6 but set the voltage too high that I kept crashing when playing games. Decided to manually OC and so far it's working.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I was about to collapse when I saw 499.00 for the motherboard..

Anyways nice build! +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, you get all that plastic shrouding and LEDs with it... and it is all-black... ;)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Not saying its bad or ugly.. because its not. Its very nice.

Just expensive.. :(

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It's one of those MB with lots of gimmicks but super nice looking. Couple that with the extortionist price of electronics in South East Asia and you got $500

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build and the set up, that's how you do it. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This is... nice. In a "I just went down to the Ferrari dealer and this is the Ferrari I ordered" nice. Sorry dude, this is the way I see it. I'm sure it's a beast performer (it better be) and crushes anything I've ever built for myself, but... I'm sure my opinion will be in the minority. Like your setup though; it looks like someone lives there. Is that a G502 on the desk? That just reminded me; I need to get the switches for my G500 ordered, the unintended double-clicks are getting worse. Oh.. and your cable management is very good; me, I like cable combs and you used them well here, and the routing in the back is superb, given what looks like stock length cables. Again, nice build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes that is indeed the G502 (I got it right before they release the RGB version, lol). I did this build with bragging rights in mind, otherwise I would've stuck with a 6600k and a non-gamer version of motherboard.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I am building my PC with this case and Kraken X61 on Asus Maximus Hero viii mobo. I need help with Fan connections. How did you connect the PWM hub on the case and the Kraken to the Mobo. Did you connect the Kraken pin to W_Pump and PWM hub to CPU_FAN on the mobo?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

the PWM Hub I'm using solely for the case fans. So 3 case fans connected to the pwm hub and then the hub connected to the CPU fan header at the bottom of the MB.

For the Kraken, I just connected the Kraken fans to the fan headers on the pump itself. Then plug the pump into the water pump header on the MB. Do note though, without plugging anything into the CPU Fan 1 header, you'll get an error message when POST but you can just disable that message in the BIOS

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response. Yeah I did the same way you mentioned and got the POST error. To get rid of the error, I went ahead and connected the PWM to CPU_OPT and Kraken to CPU_FAN. It works flawlessly now without any POST error.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It is an amazing build! Very good job! Any plans to SLI in the future? Cheers!