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DISCLAIMER The current price of this build as of the date of this posting is $1,875.70. The prices reflected in my parts list reflect actual out of pocket costs that includes rebates and gift cards.

I've been limping along with an older Asus "gaming" laptop for some time and decided it was time for a new desktop build. Some upcoming games like DOOM, Overwatch, and The Division got me motivated to put together a capable system to run these and run them well. I started buying parts back in November 2015 starting with the 850 EVO SSD that I used a gift card to purchase. From that point I switched back and forth trying to decide on the right parts and feel like I've put together what I had envisioned from the beginning.

This was my first build and I watched one build video after the next trying to educate myself so I could pull this off. I wasn't worried about installing each part but, I did have some reservation about the wiring. Thankfully, I posted successfully on the first power up. I was able to overclock the 6700K to 4.6 GHz so far with only a ratio change and bumping the voltage up to 1.32.

The only issue I had came with the most expensive part, the graphics card. Originally I had purchased an ASUS Strix 980 ti, Overclocked edition and began having problems after the first day. Games(Rise of the Tomb Raider, Assassins Creed) were crashing on a regular basis. Sometimes I could play ROTR for 30 minutes with no issues and then suddenly it would crash 5 times in a row. After a week of dealing with the issue I decided to return the Strix card for the MSI and so far I have had zero issues. The MSI cards runs a few degrees hotter but fits into the build a little better. I also like the look of the card in the H440 better because the Strix card has "heartbeat" lighting that can't be changed as far as I could tell. I hated seeing the pulsing of the light in my case with no way to change it.

I've very happy with the result of my first build!

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Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point
I love how clean it looks inside. And I like the colors, a lot. Great quality parts and an amazing price with your i7-6700K! Plus one for your appealing build.
P.S. - I am sorry to hear about your ASUS Strix 980 ti, Overclocked edition. I'm glad you were able resolve it ASAP.
  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks...the price of the 6700K was $349 at Microcenter but I had saved up rebates and gift cards in the amount of $275 to use toward the purchase.

I really wanted to like the Strix because the research showed the clock speeds and benchmarks were a few ticks higher than the MSI card. Overall though, I like the look of the MSI better now that it's installed and I'm running only 44 Hz less on the MSI and I haven't messed with overclocking it yet.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point
Nicely done with the gift cards and rebates. I suppose I did something close to that with my main build. I just didn't feel like deducting around $700 dollars on the parts with so much birthday/Christmas cash given over the many years. I know my OS was no cost thanks to my workplace. They are awesome!
Hey, no worries about the Strix. It happens but it sucks when it does. I love my GTX 970 MSI GPU still today. I hope you enjoy your GTX 980 Ti for quite some time! It's a great build you have here so thanks for sharing it.
  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1. How's the motherboard, did you run into any problems with it? Looking to get the same one.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you....no problems at all with the motherboard with installing or posting. The ATX power connector took some time to get right due to the way the board sits in the H440 case but I was able to work it out.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

loving the colour scheme going on there! Great build! +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah how was the SSD and HDD so cheap lmao xD

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, this PC look amazing. I'm still working/gaming on my ASUS G750JZ but i want to work on some VR projects like games/aplications. Using the opportunity i also wanted to build my first PC from scratch. I wonder if you have any adjustments for you build that would work with that new Graphic Card NVIDIA GTX 1080 ? Or maybe you have any other PRO suggestions for a noob like me ;)