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This is my 10th build/re-build this year. This is my main pc and used mostly for gaming. The title tells part of the story. I started this because i was using Stormy the Ole gamer ( http://pcpartpicker.com/b/p4xYcf ) and although it was ok for what I had been playing the XFX 7770 card wasn't going to cut it for Assassin's creed syndicate at the fps and settings I wanted. This started life late last year in a Cooler Master HAF 912 case and in that build it was a bit tamer with less ram and not much eye candy. I had a home server running in a mATX case with 4 drives but needed to expand my storage. So I decided to use the Cooler Master case for the server, its now loaded in that case with 9 drives for a total of 16TB of storage and running nice and cool. I used Stormy as a back up as I waited for the case and other parts to come in. I already had some of the parts so I just needed to order the case, lights, cable accessories, extra ram, back-plate etc. I ended up taking apart the sound card and gpu to paint. They had silver on them and didn't go with my black and red. I hit them with some rattle can and they turned out ok. My desk sucks. I plan on building my own custom one in the next few weeks. I've got this build, a security camera dvr, mac mini, slim i3 general desktop and my server with a kvm and the 4 monitors so I need more room, plus the layout is trash. Excuse the mess for now, I'll update when I build and finish the desk.

Some of the parts have corrected prices as some were bundled or on sale when I purchased them.

CPU and Motherboard I went with the Intel i5-6600k, because when I was shopping last year when Skylake came out the i7 was either out of stock or $100 over retail. I found the i5-6600k bundled with the MSI PC mate motherboard for cheap. I figured for what I wanted to use it for and was going to overclock anyway, that it would be more than enough.

CPU cooler I got the Corsair H55 because it was cheap and I had used it (amd-6300 build) before and had good luck with it. I may upgrade the cooler later to a 240mm cooler, although I doubt I will need it based off of stress tests and gaming have yet to push the CPU past 62c.

RAM I bought the G.Skill Ripjaws 2x 8GB kit when I first setup the pc in the Cooler Master and it worked fine and was a good value. I decided that I needed ( cough cough ) more ram. Ok, so I probably didn't need it but it was cheap and I wanted to fill out all the slots for looks.

Storage The motherboard had a M.2 slot and I wanted to take advantage of that. I got the Samsung drive last year, it was on sale and I was only going to use it for boot and applications. Since then the prices have dropped and the amount of storage you get is much more. That's life in tech. I figure buy it when you want it and use it. Something new is always around the corner. I already had the Micron drive from another build upgrade so I'm using it for games. I also already had the Hitachi 2TB spinner so I threw that in for mass storage.

GPU This was a tough choice and I spent weeks researching, watching videos, reviews and looking at prices. I went with the MSI GeForce, I got this a while back, so that's why I don't have a 1070 or 1080 lol. I got it on sale and with Assassin's creed syndicate for free, the main reason for the build! It is a really great card and I have zero regrets. I get great fps in Assassin's creed syndicate and Fallout 4 with all the eye candy turned up. It also is great on power, low heat and overclock's like a champ. I may, somewhere down the road upgrade to a 1070 or 1080 and then toss the 970 in Stormy the Ole gamer.

PSU I went with the Thermaltake 650W psu. It got pretty good reviews and I have used Thermaltake in the past with zero failures. Stress tested the whole rig with a Kilowatt meter and it never goes over 350w. Also under gaming loads it rarely goes over 300w.

Sound card I needed one and it this works ok with my Logitech X-530

Speakers I have had these for a while and they have been used with 3 different builds. They work great with games and movies/music.

Monitors I got these on sale a couple of years ago and they work good for games at 1080 and also nicely for movies with good angle viewing. I may upgrade them in the next year or so, for sure if I get a 1070 or 1080 card.

Keyboard/Mouse I already had the K270 it is not the best but it works ok. I may get a rgb one later. The Logitech G602 was a Christmas gift and works great.

GPU Back-plate MSI you cheap Bas***ds why didn't you include a back-plate on a $300 gpu. Anyway, I got this one from V1 for $40 and I think it looks nice with the MSI dragon on it. It really pops when I have brighter led's on.

Case This is by far the best and sexiest case I've ever used. It not super expensive and is a pleasure to work with. Cable management is nice. Built in LED control and a fan hub. I also really like the psu basement/cover. It can also almost be completely disassembled with screws. Nice, very nice. It's big though, so check your space requirements.

Widgets and whatnot's Wanted cable combs and I/O covers. modDYI had them for cheap and they look ok.

OS Windows 10, because I needed an OS and wasn't going to use Linux or Ubuntu on this gaming pc.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points

"looks at title "

"is wondering if wife would fall for it next time i want to build a pc"

Great build!! +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

Haha, you can always try. I also already had some brownie points because I built her pc a month ago. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/JkxYcf

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

Jeez, there are enough photos here to fill my 4TB HDD! JK :P

Awesome build! I like the LEDs alot :)

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points

Never enough! Ha. I did go a bit overboard. I normally like to go with about 30. What I really hate are the post where I see like 1-3 photos, show that new build off! Thanks, the leds on/in the case are nice and the built in control for it is excellent.

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

No problems. Enjoy your awesome PC! :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Half-Life 1 #FTW

Awesome build, love the LED and color schemes :) +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Ya, I bought a retro pack off of steam the other day. I've been playing some classics along with Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed and the witcher 3.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

That desk/corner looks like a shin smashing smorgasbord. Nice build though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, it is! I think I have a permanent bruise on my shin. That's why I plan on making my own desk. Probably a Home depot/ Ikea mash up. I'm going to go for a long desk that spans the whole wall or most of it. A couple of drawers and cabinets in between for storage.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Stretch out the legs and game!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

damn 16tb ??? "dat-a-lot"

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't think so in the past. A couple years ago I had Two 1 tb drives I thought " I'll never be able to use all that space". I'm at about half capacity right now, of 16TB. I've got a lot of pc's to backup and a lot of media.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

OH My, how boring life would be without colour! Love it. Congrats. +1 for the Creed!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

leg room? besides that its an amazing build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It not great, but its not as bad as it looks. There is a keyboard drawer that pulls out. I am in the planning phase for the desk as I'm going to build my own.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That's one heck of a build right there mate, very nice job! On question though: didn't you get any troubles with the temp of the cpu with that Corsair H55? I'm planning on overclocking my 6600k to 4,4 GHz but i'm not sure wether the H55/H60 will be sufficient enough? What do you think?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you will have any problems. As long as you have a decent size case with good airflow. The Phanteks Enthoo is a large case and I decided to remove the top hard drive caddy for more airflow. Normal gaming with the Witcher or GTAV for 3-4 hours at a time it never goes over the 62F temps ( the gpu gets hotter). I'm also at 4.3 ghz on my chip just because 4.4ghz didn't really get more for the voltage I had to push to the cpu. What kind of case are you using?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm thats good to hear. I couldn't really find any decent advise about wether that would give me any trouble. Right now I'm rocking a nxzt s340.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you will be fine with a i5 6600k clock to 4.3, cooled by the H55 in a nxzt s340.