This is my first PC build after years of researching and being a console peasant. This build will be ultimately for gaming and really everything I need to throw at it, whether it be work, school and editing. I’m from Australia so that might explain some of my choices of parts based on availability from the computer stores around me.
CPU: Intel i7-6700K – I didn’t really need the i7 but I wanted to get it for future proofing and since it has hyper-threading which will be useful for editing etc. Very impressed with it so far but I haven’t really pushed it that hard. I know - overkill.
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212X – I was contemplating whether to get the Corsair H100i mainly based on looks but decided it wasn’t worth the extra $100. It is cooling the CPU very well at the moment, idling at about 20c and It hasn’t really spiked up at all. Very pleased with my choice.
Mobo: MSI Z170A SLI Krait Gaming 3X – Really just wanted this motherboard because it had a black and white theme to it, while having all of the features I needed. I hear a little coil whine when sticking my head behind the CPU socket with the back panel off but never hear it when all the panels are on. Nothing really else to say about it but it also has an M.2 port for future SSD expansion which is nice and is obviously overclocking capable. It has a yellow line along the bottom left of the motherboard which indicates the audio circuits separation from the rest of the motherboard. I didn’t realise this when buying which kind of ruins the white and black theme but it’s really not that bad. It also has a USB type C port on the back. Nice.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2A2133C13 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Black – Nothing really to say about the RAM apart from the fact that it is a 16GB kit. I preferably wanted a white kit but the store I was buying it from didn’t have any white kits available. White might have overpowered my colour scheme but I’m happy with what I got. It was the cheapest kit with the total size I needed.
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB – Coming from a laptop with a traditional hard drive really blew me away with its speed. Certainly not the fastest out there but really does what I need it to, storing my OS and all my games at the moment. Eventually I will get a hard drive when I need to expand my total storage when I buy more games.
GPU: MSI GTX1060 Gaming X – I wanted to get the 1060 since it is my first PC and wanted to max out everything easily at 1080P. I’m also playing on a 1080P monitor and anything better might be a real overkill (LOL like my i7). The MSI 1060 is really quiet since the fans turn off under idle and barely spin under full load. I’m very impressed with the cards performance and thermals while still being quiet. Although the red doesn’t match my white and black theme, the red is facing down so it’s not that visible. I can paint the plastic white if I really want it to fit in. The MSI logo also has RGB lighting.
Case: NZXT H440 v2 White/black – The case was probably one of the hardest decisions I faced. It was either this or the Fractal Design Define R5. I chose this since it had more fans, a PWM fan hub, case lighting on the NZXT logo and IO ports, and SSD brackets that can be shown sitting on the power supply cover. I really like the overall look of this case but I have had some trouble with the PWM fan controller and my motherboard. You can check out my previous posts in the cases thread about the issue. Essentially the fans run at 100% all the time unless I go into the settings and change the fan curve. This happens every time I turn on the computer. It is annoying but once the fans turn down I can’t really hear the computer at all. Cool.
PSU: Corsair RM-750i – Got this power supply because it gives the option to SLI cards in the future. I got this power supply before the 1060 was announced and it doesn’t even support SLI anyway. Oh well overkill. I also like the fact that the power supply fan turns of under idle and even light gaming. Very impressed and the cable are all black and sleeved. Was amazed by how heavy the PSU was when unboxing it. I guess that speaks for its build quality.
OS: Windows 10 – What else do I need to say. I got it cheap from an electronics retailer than was shutting down.
Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB Cherry Red – Just got this keyboard the other day in fact and I’m loving it!! This is my first mechanical keyboard and I’m just amazed by it. I wanted to get Cherry red switches since they are linear and light to activate. The RGB lighting is freaking amazing! All of these effects and all. Most of the time I just use all white backlight to match the case and the mouse. I also love the media controls and they work with Spotify natively which is great. I didn’t really like the LUX appearance when looking at the advertisements but after getting it I really don’t mind it but actually beginning to like it. It makes the RGB lights shine through the key caps better. The keyboard is certainly expensive though…
Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB – Got this mouse from a recommendation from a friend. Really happy with it because it is so comfortable but the only thing is that I feel the scroll wheel is really loose and when I move the mouse left and right really fast I can feel it bang the left and right. Not a major thing but just wanted to point it out. Also has programmable buttons and all. I also got it because of the RGB lighting on the mouse. I have it set on constant white colour, however the white isn’t pure white as it has a blueish look to it. Great mouse though.
Mouse pad: PC Gaming Race Extended Mouse Mat Black – I wanted to get an extended mouse mat that would also go under the keyboard. There were other mouse pads like the Steel series ones and corsair extended ones but I liked this one’s aesthetics and small logo in the bottom corner. Apart from that it is all black. It even has stitching around the edges so it doesn’t fray.
Headset: Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver – I wanted to get a headset that would work on PC and PS4. Overall the headset is okay. It sounds absolutely amazing in terms of its audio quality. However, the microphone isn’t as great as I thought and I’m not finding it that comfortable. The ear pads aren’t deep enough for my ears so it starts so squish my ears. I am getting used to it though. But for its price, it offers pretty good value. It will get more comfortable over time. I’m considering aftermarket ear pads if they support this headset.
HDD: Seagate barracuda 2tb – It’s a hard drive what else do I need to say. Although it does vibrate like you wouldn’t believe within my pc case.
Cable kit: PCCG Sleeved Cable Extension Kit White (from Australian retailer)
Cable clips: CableMod C-Series Basic Cable Comb Kit
LED lights: CableMod WideBeam Magnetic LED Strip RGB Kit 60cm (they are RGB but I often leave them on white)
Let me know if any of you guys have any questions about my build and the parts I used, I’ll be happy to answer your questions!