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Hey all, here is my newly built PC, mainly used for Gaming, streaming, recording, video rendering (Once I learn how to use Premiere Pro) and everything else in between. This is a massive step up from my previous rig which I built over 3 years ago (and I am surprised that it has lasted this long) which had an i3 3320 and a Radeon HD7850.
So far, I am very happy with the results of the build, and to be honest, it may have been a little bit overkill as I only have 1 1080p monitor, but I do plan on getting a better monitor in the near future if I can gather up enough cash. The prices for this build are quite high, as I live in New Zealand but I did manage to save around $300 after a sale. (Sorry the prices are inaccurate as I've left them as default.)
The build process went fairly smoothly and I documented the process, all on my Youtube (http://youtube.com/hostilitygames) if you are interested. It took longer than expected, thanks to the 3 hours I spent on cable management, attempting to make the build look as clean as possible.
Well, there you have it! Overall, I am one very happy camper and I am pleased to how the build turned out. As always, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments, and I am open to suggestions! I also apologize if this has gone on for too long, and for the crappy photo quality. If you guys want more pictures, please let me know!
EDIT: I've overclocked the CPU to 4.6GHz at 1.375V. I've tried 4.7 and even at 1.42V it was not stable and I didn't want to push it further so I stayed. Voltages do however go up to almost 1.4V when stressing or under load (Because of LLC and Adaptive) which I know is quite high for 4.6, but my temps are fine, sitting below 80 degrees under load. I would have liked a better result, I guess I got an OK chip, but I'm not complaining, the extra free performance is sweet!
Thanks for showing an interest in my build!
Very happy with the amazing performance of the 6700K. I consider this a time-saver as my i3 before would take quite long to convert a bunch of videos, whereas this thing swiftly breezes through those tasks. As mentioned before, I've overclocked the CPU to 4.6GHz, although I would have liked a better result, temps are fine and the extra performance is a bonus! Hopefully the extra cash was worth it for this thing!
Obviously since the 6700K doesn't come with a cooler, I decided to go with a Corsair AIO to give me better temps and overclocking headroom. It does it's job, keeping my CPU nice and frosty, although fans do get quite loud, and the pump is very audible when idling. Not sure if my pump is defective, but for now, I can't really complain.
This board is a great alternative to the more expensive ROG boards, and the Z170-A. I am very happy with this board as it has all of the features I need, at a very good price. I also like the aesthetics of the board, fitting with with my cliche red/black theme. Would definitely recommend this board to those who can't quite afford an ROG one.
Nothing special here, although I would have liked to have grabbed a 2400MHz or a 2600MHz kit. For now, it's nice having 16GB of RAM, and they look sexy as hell, fitting with my red/black theme.
Damn. I now have a new found passion for SSD's, and would recommend this one to anybody looking for a speed boost. Windows 10 loads up in around ~10 seconds, whereas it would take around ~60 secs with a standard 7200RPM HDD. 250GB is enough for Windows, my main programs and games that I play on a regular basis. I also have 3 other HDD's which I use for storing all of my other stuff carried over from my previous build, but I have not listed them here.
Originally, I went for the Windforce 3X, and i was quite disappointed for the lack of the backplate. Thankfully, the next day, the G1 went on sale, and I was able to exchange the 3X for the G1, just for a mere $1.20. A great deal in my book. That aside, the G1 provides stellar performance in ultra 1080p, and would probably give really good performance at 1440p. Very happy with this 980, although the GPU sag was something that screwed with my OCD, so I put a pencil to support it and hold it up. I also intended to change the LED from blue to red to match my theme, but the job seemed very delicate and I did not want to screw it up. I wish Gigabyte would have added RGB lighting. I could just turn it off if I didn't want the bright blue light shining. For now, it makes my build a red/black/blue theme.
I absolutely love the clean looks of this case. It was a pleasure to build in, with plenty of room for components and easy cable management. However, the 5.25 drive cages aren't removable so my tubes for the H110i GT are sort of trapped, and the side panels seem very flimsy and not up to par with the rest of the case.
I originally wanted to get the 650W, but it turns out that I had selected the NEX650W which was a tier 4 PSU, and unfortunately, they didn't have the G2 650W in stock. So I had to step up to the 750W, and it is a nice power supply with fancy packaging and really nice black cables with a fully modular design. One thing that I don't like is the fan is quite loud, and sounds like a heater when turned on. This is easily fixed by turning ECO mode on, which only spins the fan when it needs to.