Description

After the death of a friends gaming rig, he decided it was time for an upgrade. Having no experience with pc building, he asked me if I could do the honors and put together a part list that could handle anything he would paly at max settings. I did my best to deliver.

We decided on Intel's flagship skylake processor, with an NZXT Kraken x62 to give us some overclocking headroom.

The Z170-A motherboard form Asus fit our blue and white color scheme, gave us overclocking ability, and just looked downright sexy.

Using a Samsung 850 EVO serieres 250GB SSD for our operating system and some games, we get some nice boot items to go along with our performance.

With 16gb of ram of Corsair Dominator Platinum running in dual channel, this thing has all the memory it will ever need, with upgrade room if that ever changes.

For our graphics card we went with the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 ti for unrivaled preformance, beautiful LEDs and a sweet look to match the color scheme.

Then we stuffed it all into NZXT's beautiful Noctis 450, which not only looks great, but was a pleasure to build in with wonderful cable management and great look.

Overall the build was a complete success. The build does everything requested and more, getting 75-100 frames in games like Rust and Squad.

Comments and Criticisms are appreciated are welcome and appreciated!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great Processor. Processes my stuff, DDR4, overclocks niceley

CPU Cooler

Keeps the good overclocker from catching on fire

Motherboard

Nice color, plenty of tricks and features, nice BIOS. Overall good board!

Storage

Works as advertised, not as fast as I'd like it to be.

Video Card

Great preformace, stays frosty.

Case

Oh My God This case is FANTASTIC! Great cable management, good build quality, and the blue LEDs give great accent to any blue and white build. Great airflow with a useful fan controller, and FOUR preinstalled fans. Wonderful quality from NZXT as always. 11/10

Power Supply

Does everything its supposed to. Nothing exceptional with no remarkable fires as of yet.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

hey that guy looks like me. (Im writing this on the actual rig.)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Jipster: the real sherlock.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for my new lockscreen

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha! Nice! You have good taste. Check out my build, I just posted. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/VfXH99

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Pic 14 has to be the most 'Gollumesk', 'precious-inspiring' look I've seen regarding a rig in years. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

you have a 16GB, you will have some unused ram and this is where the rapid technology comes in. Boosting your ssd performance besting a Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD Ones you activate Rapid using the samsung magician the performance of the Samsung 850 evo will out perform the Samsung 950 Pro i have benched this. Samsung 850 in rapid = READ: 2868.59 MB/s WRITE: 2343.71 MB/s compared to Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 = READ 2168.43 MB/s WRITE: 1449.98 MB/s and so on. This is due to the use of ram as cache for your ssd. In defult once you activate it, it will take at a maximum of 1 gb ram(unused ram no more ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

no worries man! this link also allows you to have a better booting time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbC7QIia8AY theres 2 parts in the vid, 2nd part = when he uses msconfig. got mine to 13 sec booting :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

one upgrade for the future would be some sleeved cable extensions. maybe also think about getting some LED strips to make it pop some more. Still a great build! I Love that you helped out a fellow gamer in their time of need :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah. Believe it or not, we DID have a budget! LED strips and cable mods just weren't in it

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually building a similar pc but with 16gb corsair vengeance and Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 gpu. My Nzxt Noctis 450 case arrived today and I've got to say is awesome, it's better than I expected. Anyway nice build that will last some years and should handle anything you throw at it :)