I plan on using this for some AAA and indie gaming, but mostly for writing and web browsing.
I've not had a full build in over ten years. I had lots of fun in the past with builds with family and friends. I was hoping to get back into building again after all this time.
The build I came from was an old eMachines case from 2006, Asus AM2+ motherboard, AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Black Edition, SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6570, and 4 GB of DD2 RAM. Only using 2 parts from this build for this one. I got the PNY SSD early last year. I was clearly due for an upgrade.
I was initially going to build a new system based on the Intel Pentium G3258, but I decided to hold off until after Christmas. I received the i7-6700k, MSI Z170A Gaming M7, and Enermax ETS-T40F-TB CPU cooler as presents from my dad. Lots of sentiment behind that, but I won't go into that here. I also received some gift cards for Amazon, so I reflected the price that I paid for the RAM and PSU in the parts list. Since the motherboard was a present, I choose to build my color scheme around that. I was thinking of going with the black/red H440, but I wanted the motherboard to stand out but not have it tasteless since I would be staring at it for the next few years. I wanted the case to be frame. When I saw it come together, it reminded me of Finn from Star Wars, but more specifically the first scene he was in.
I saved lots of help from the Build A PC Sales and tips from Cable Management Reddit sub groups. I saw some great deals posted there for the GPU and the keyboard.
I went with the R9 380 is for a few reasons. I'm saving up for a vacation this year and didn't want to spend too much initially, then I would get the better GPU later. Possibly one of the new GPUs from Nvidia or AMD coming out this year. I'm also waiting until after my vacation to pickup an M.2 NVMe SSD.
I had a lot of fun researching, building, and managing the cables on this build. This would be my first Intel build since the Slot I 333 and Pentium 90 before that. This will be a build I'll remember for a long time.
So fast! Also one of the best presents I've received in a long time. I was able to clock it up to 4.5 Ghz stable.
This is a good cooler. Was able to keep it under 60 C under load at 4.5 Ghz. It seems to be lesser known than the 212 Evo, but it still works well.
Much better than the Enermax thermal paste the CPU came with.
So many features I'm looking forward to upgrading to in the future. Most notably the M.2 slots. Didn't know it had red LEDs until I first tested it.
XMP worked right out of the box. No issues with this set.
It's not the fastest SSD out, but it's worked well in the year I've had it.
I've not really noticed any speed increase over a normal HD, but I've not had it long enough to tell yet.
Slight issues with the latest drivers for some games, but it's been running great. I've only pushed it a little to 1000 Mhz GPU clock / 1500 Mhz Memory, but I might try a little bit more later.
I wanted something to show off the motherboard and CPU I got and this case didn't disappoint! As many said before, this is so clean!
This was a great find. I don't plan on going 1440 or 4K any time soon, so I'm hopeful to the years I'll be spending at this screen.
I'm fine with not having mechanical. They keys are smooth and perfect for my style of typing. Love the RGB LED options too.
I've not spent too much time playing games with this yet, but it matched the case and what I've used with this so far, it fits perfectly.