Description

Built this in 2016 for my Oldest Son. After a year of Sharing/Fighting with his Brother over a Single Gaming Rig it was time for a 2nd. Updated the Graphics Card, Storage, Mouse, and Headset for Christmas of 2017. He was literally wearing through the Plastic buttons on the G303 Mouse, so it had to be replaced..

As you can see BlueKnight has taken on a Blue and Red Color Scheme. And I just noticed I need to add the Hue Plus to the Parts List. And to update the BGNinja build for my youngest to reflect the Logitech G303 Mouse.

Build in the 780T is very similar to our prior 760T builds, but I would say even a bit easier. It has more Cable Management room than the 760T making it easier to just tuck things away and get the side panel back on without fuss. It lacks some of the new fancy things you seen on current cases out now. But for its time it was great, and still holds its own for a Standard layout Case.

Assembly of this system was a breeze.

i5-6600K has no noticeable performance over my Younger Son's 4690K. You could put them side by side and not tell the difference.

Hyper 212 EVO doesn't have the best Mounting System (for that See Noctua Coolers). But after a bit of fiddling to get it on there it does a good job on a budget.

Asus B150 board has the connections needed, and some of that fancy RGB lighting available if we ever get around to installing the software.

EVGA SuperSC Ram I've only seen at the Microcenter. But is is low profile and runs well, so I normally look for it because the price is lower than Corsair LPX most of the time.

Samsung 850 EVO SSD is fast and holds the OS.

WD Blue 1TB holds part of the Game Library. 7200 rpm spinning rust.

Toshiba P300 3TB 7200 rpm expands the Game Library More. Access speed is good for spinning rust, and it is currently retaining data. Not much else to say.

XFX Radeon RX 580 8G GTR White Fan Edition had issues overheating with Out of the Box settings in Windows 10 and talking to others I have heard that this is common. Had to use MSI Afterburner to set a better temp limit and fan speed.

Corsair 780T IS A BUILDERS CASE.. Plenty of Room to do what you need to do. Case is a bit Dated Now, but still and excellent choice. Removable Top Dust Filter is something that Corsair did right on this Case that I wish my 760T had.

EVGA G2 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold Fully-Modular Power Supply is a beast. Newer G3 does include even more Cabling, but this has more than enough for any regular build. Power from the G2 is clean and reliable. Build quality is Great, and Cables look down right Sexy for stock ones. If you can find it for under $100 you are doing good.

Asus DVD Burner thing. I honestly don't know how it performs. I have installed 3 of them in Computers and I don't think any of use have actually used them at all.. Does look nice though, and fills the slot well.

TP-Link TL-WDN4800 Wireless a/b/g/n PCI Express x1 Card is not the fastest kid on the block by any means. But they do have stable reliable connections and play nice with any OS I've tried right out of the Box. Mac OS, Linux, Windows 10, all you need to do is plug it in and connect to a network. No extra drivers required..

Asus MX259H 1080p IPS 60Hz Monitor. Viewing Angles and Colors are amazing. Has a nice menu system and tactile buttons for the On Screen Display navigation. Internal speakers on the 25 seem better than on my 27.

Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator is getting hard to find on shelves because they came out with a Devastator II model with a hybrid type switch that is said to be a bit tactile. But for a $30 Mouse and Keyboard Combo this set does really well. They are also water proof to the point I've sprayed them off in the sink and dried them for 2 days and plugged them back in with no problems. Just a note for you that frequently spill soda on your keyboards..

Corsair Harpoon RGB Wired mouse does what it should. It is a nice FPS style mouse. Defaults to just a straight solid red color for the glow and that is less annoying that the Rainbow cycling default that some devices do IMHO.

Kingston HyperX Cloud Core Headset has received no complaints from my Oldest Son. So that means it is earning top marks, because when it comes to headsets the kids are pretty picky.


Please Check out my other Builds:

2018 FEB GPU Mining Rig Build

2018 FEB Upgrade to BGninja 2015

Christmas 2017 Update to Deadpool 2016

Christmas 2017 Update to BlueKnight 2016

Christmas 2017 Build of i5 8400 HTPC for the Parents

Part Reviews

CPU

i5-6600K has no noticeable performance over my Younger Son's 4690K. You could put them side by side and not tell the difference. Knocked off one star for it not having a perceivable performance gain compared to the prior generation.

CPU Cooler

Hyper 212 EVO doesn't have the best Mounting System (for that See Noctua Coolers). But after a bit of fiddling to get it on there it does a good job on a budget, and is fairly quiet, especially compared to a stock rubbish cooler. Would recommend for anyone on a budget. Especially if the H7 is sold out or at a high price.

Motherboard

Asus B150 board has the connections needed, and some of that fancy RGB lighting available if we ever get around to installing the software. Nice to see a few useful fan headers on this board. It was a relief after the prior experience with an ASRock Z97 Pro4 board not having enough, and in poor locations. This board doesn't have that issue. Been running fine since 2016 with no issues, would highly recommend.

Memory

EVGA SuperSC Ram I've only seen at the Microcenter. But is is low profile and runs well, so I normally look for it because the price is lower than Corsair LPX most of the time. Does what ram is supposed to do at a good price. Would highly recommend.

Storage

Samsung 850 EVO SSD is fast and holds the OS. Boots in seconds and retains data. Very good performing SSD that I would highly recommend. If you are more a Price to Performance person though you might check into the Crucial MX300 lineup.

Storage

WD Blue 1TB holds part of the Game Library. 7200 rpm spinning rust. Speed is good for a spinning disk and hasn't failed so far. Would recommend..

Storage

Toshiba P300 3TB 7200 rpm expands the Game Library More. Access speed is good for spinning rust, and it is currently retaining data. Not much else to say. Just put this in, so can't rate the durability at this point. So far, on a budget, I would recommend.

Video Card

XFX Radeon RX 580 8G GTR White Fan Edition I'm normally the guy that rates things five stars just for functioning correctly. So the 3 Star rating on these Cards is pretty rough for me to even dish out. But I feel it is justified for two reasons. First being that although the Fans come out of the card to be swapped, it is for a good reason, the Stock Fans that come with the cards are Rubbish, and the aftermarket ones aren't a whole lot better. And the Second large issue is I just had two of these cards in different Rigs that are housed in High Air Flow Cases overheat due to default target temp being set to 90C (194F) and the stock "auto" fan curve let one overheat to the point it shut the computer down to save itself. Out of the Box the default fan profile should not let the card "melt down" IMHO.. This was with just the Card slapped in and the latest AMD Drivers for it installed on Windows 10. Given I was Mining with the Cards. But as the workload rises, and temps go up, so should the fan speed. I got the AMD Cards to heat the house in the Winter, but 90C is just nuts. I have been forced to install MSI Afterburner Over Clocking utility on there. Dropped the Power -25mV, set the Thermal Limit to 80C, and set a constant fan speed of 60 percent. Cards are now running at under 55C while Mining and all is right with the world. OH, BTW the 3 Stars that the Cards actually kept are because the RX 580 8G does tear through gaming at up to 1440p. If I had to do things over again I would likely have gone with the Sapphire or MSI RX 580 8G Gaming X.. Leaning toward MSI because I have several of their GTX 960 cards and they do great. Plus their Afterburner software made these cards functional.

Case

Corsair 780T IS A BUILDERS CASE.. Plenty of Room to do what you need to do. Case is a bit Dated Now, but still and excellent choice. Removable Top Dust Filter is something that Corsair did right on this Case that I wish my 760T had. Little pricey and Dated now. For a current $150 Case look into the Fractal Define R6. It just plain has a feature set that blows this out of the water. But, if you just want and older Standard Case I would still recommend.

Power Supply

EVGA G2 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold Fully-Modular Power Supply is a beast. Newer G3 does include even more Cabling, but this has more than enough for any regular build. Power from the G2 is clean and reliable. Build quality is Great, and Cables look down right Sexy for stock ones. If you can find it for under $100 you are doing good.

Optical Drive

Asus DVD Burner thing. I honestly don't know how it performs. I have installed 3 of them in Computers and I don't think any of use have actually used them at all.. Does look nice though, and fills the slot well. Does okay as a Drink Holder in a pinch.. Would recommend for that reason alone Grin

Wireless Network Adapter

TP-Link TL-WDN4800 Wireless a/b/g/n PCI Express x1 Card is not the fastest kid on the block by any means. But they do have stable reliable connections and play nice with any OS I've tried right out of the Box. Mac OS, Linux, Windows 10, all you need to do is plug it in and connect to a network. No extra drivers required..

Monitor

Asus MX259H 1080p IPS 60Hz Monitor. Viewing Angles and Colors are amazing. Has a nice menu system and tactile buttons for the On Screen Display navigation. Internal speakers on the 25 seem better than on my 27.

Keyboard

Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator is getting hard to find on shelves because they came out with a Devastator II model with a hybrid type switch that is said to be a bit tactile. But for a $30 Mouse and Keyboard Combo this set does really well. They are also water proof to the point I've sprayed them off in the sink and dried them for 2 days and plugged them back in with no problems. Just a note for you that frequently spill soda on your keyboards..

Mouse

Corsair Harpoon RGB Wired mouse does what it should. It is a nice FPS style mouse. Defaults to just a straight solid red color for the glow and that is less annoying that the Rainbow cycling default that some devices do IMHO.

Headphones

Kingston HyperX Cloud Core Headset has received no complaints from my Oldest Son. So that means it is earning top marks, because when it comes to headsets the kids are pretty picky.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

About the XFX RX 580 - there was an issue with some of the XFX cards - the older factory BIOS settings were bad and caused the card to overheat as you have found out.

Check out the difference between the RX 480 and RX 580 temps at idle:

Nice build.

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Maybe consider upgrading to the i5 7600K Because it’s slightly more future proof than the 6600K. You will need to update the BIOS though if using any of the 100-series chipsets

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

$200 for something to be "slightly more future proof"? I wouldn't do that... but you do you.

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

I agree! No reason to just upgrade to another i5. If anything in time, if he does YouTube or render, maybe a i7. but no reason right now, he's a kid and a i5 and a nice GPU is enough to fill his eyes with eye candy! I agree with you again xD.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I typically never upgrade just Chips, I do the whole platform. And only when it brings something to the table for whatever tasks the owner is doing.

Example, I did a platform upgrade on my Youngest Sons ASRock Z97 Pro4 with a 4690K because he is thinking of doing some video editing, and the 2 additional cores of the 8600K I replaced it with will cut render times, and still be a great gaming chip.

Then, his Z97 platform became my Mining Rig.

As much as I enjoy a good upgrade, I myself am still rocking a X99 5820K from a couple years back that does just fine for the moment.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Consider swapping that B150 motherboard for Z170 or Z270 motherboard

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

once again... too much money for too little of an advantage. And also, motherboard swaps are hard!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Ehhh.. I would not necessarily, but if you say hard, and time-consuming and add the point of to little of an advantage and all the time, to reperfect cables, I would spot on agree with you!

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

the i5-6600K is outdated

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Not to the extent where you should consider replacing it. You have to understand that each generation of Intel processors is only a slight improvement over the last. By getting the newest i5, you will probably only see an improvement of 1-3 fps, depending on how CPU intensive a game is.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, for my oldest son, and his graphically demanding games. The upgrade from a Nvidia GTX 960 4GB to the AMD RX 580 8GB was a major improvement for his needs.

I could turn off 2 of the Cores of his CPU and he likely wouldn't even notice a performance impact though. The i5 is more than enough to do whatever Games he does. And if they are having an issue they the are just terribly written to begin with Grin..

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Slightly Dated, but not to the point it is going to degrade my Son's Gaming Performance. If that becomes an issue I'll pull this platform and upgrade him. And this will become my next GPU Mining rig for ethos Linux and a handful of cards.