Because of an awesome friend, I was finally able to build a sharp-looking PC for a reasonable price. The CPU, SSD, and GPU are marked as $0 since they were the gifted items.

This is a gaming rig that is mostly used for browsing the Internet since free time to game is hard to come by. In the times that I can play, this rig will comfortably crank out 60+ FPS in most instances. A healthy over clock on the GPU is applied with NZXT's CAM software.

The part I was most excited to implement was the Kraken X41 applied to the GTX 980 using the Kraken G12. If you want lower temps on your GPU but don't want to break the bank with a custom loop, this is the way to go. Air cooled, the GPU would hover the lower 80's Celsius under stress. Now, it's hard to get it above 55 degrees.

I'm looking forward to upgrading the CPU and GPU in the future and when I can. I'll possibly add an M.2 drive as my boot drive if I feel like blowing the extra cash, too.

Due to request (Avg prices calculated on 10/1/2017):

  • Price of PC with gift price = $611.29
  • Avg Price of Intel Core i5-6500 = $202.31
  • Avg Price of SanDisk SSD PLUS = $151.79
  • Avg Price of EVGA GeForce GTX 980 = $536.98
  • Estimated Total of PC Excluding Gifts = $1502.37

Part Reviews


I feel that this is a wonderful entry-to-mid-level CPU to any gaming rig. Simple, every day tasks are a breeze. Gaming yields respectable FPS when combined with a GTX 980. Temps never become unreasonable as long as you don't mess up the cooler installation somehow.

CPU Cooler

I purchased mine as a refurbished unit. Even so, this cooler performs admirably. Right now I have it fixed to my GTX 980 by using the Kraken G12, and it's difficult to reach core temps above 55 degrees Celsius. Included fan is reasonably quiet, too.

CPU Cooler

A sharp-looking cooler that out-performs other coolers in it's weight class. Keeps temps low at a very low profile.


It's no Samsung, but it still beats a HDD by miles.

Video Card

I got mine quite a bit late to the game (The 10-series was already about 3 months old by the time I got this card), but it still plays modern titles on high settings at a healthy 60 FPS on average. Over clocking is sort of necessary, though.

Power Supply

Cranks watts and stays quiet. No complaints there. My only complaint with the product overall is that the flat peripheral cables aren't particularly attractive.


If you want your GPU 20-30 degrees cooler while under stress, combining this product with a compatible CLC is the way to go. I combined mine with the Kraken X41, and I couldn't be happier with the results.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh my...

This is a very clean PC. Hardly can see any cables, and your colour theme is 100% on point.

Seems a bit weird using an NZXT product in a similar-but-not-NZXT case. But that doesn't affect the beauty of your build.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've been planning on building something like this for a very long time, so a compliment like that is greatly appreciated. For the record, I agree with you regarding the NZXT GPU mount in a Phanteks case, but I just felt that this case had everything I wanted in terms of style and functionality.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

could you list the price you paid, and the price it would have costed somewhere it your post?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the price I paid is calculated on the left, but I included the estimated total in the description for you.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. but seeing the new price I would never be able to afford it without gifts.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the good news is that the GTX 980 is an outdated technology and therefore the cost-to-performance ratio is terrible. You could afford a cheap GTX 1080 with that money, now. You can get basically the same performance with a GTX 1060 for half that price. So basically you can build a machine that performs similarly while knocking off about $250 right now.