Description

First Build ever for me (complete newbie)

I named this build the groove-a-rama-tron in memory of that golden era of the late sixties and early seventies when college students protested against wars and for basic civil rights, and all they wanted was a world with more love and understanding in it.

The desk is modded for maximum utility for gaming and programming. Bought a huge desk, removed the legs and replaced with two 2 drawer filing cabinets. Drilled a hole in the desk for the keyboard, mouse, and controller (3D printed a hole cover for neatness).

The monitor is a Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Monitor. I usually game with an Xbox controller. The mouse is just an old Dell mouse.

Some building advice:

  1. Keep organized! Keep all the manuals and parts in the boxes they came in as you are assembling the machine. The better organized you are the easier the build is. Take your time and expect that you will screw up and need to go back and fix your mistakes. I forgot to install the IO shield on the case BEFORE installing the motherboard and had to reset the motherboard.

  2. It goes a lot faster if you get a friend who has assembled a PC to help you. I had no one, and had to watch a lot of YouTube videos to figure out what each wire did and where it went.

  3. Pay attention to the rebate dates. Some are as short as 15 days from purchase.

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Amazon) Latest best gaming CPU.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GTX 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg) I installed with fans above the radiator, pulling air up through radiator. I did this mainly for easy cleaning of the radiator later. The instruction manual does not even mention the Sata power cord needed to power the cooler. This is a major blunder on Corsair's part.

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($214.98 @ SuperBiiz) A good gaming motherboard, it has everything a gamer would need.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($122.99 @ Newegg) Faster than needed but came as part of as bundled deal with Corsair H110i GTX.

Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($335.98 @ MicroCenter) Twice as expensive as I had planned to spend on storage, but five times faster than what I had originally planned to get. M.2 SSD installation is even easier than regular SSD installation, just remember to NOT lose your M.2 screw that comes with your motherboard.

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB 100 Million Edition Video Card ($324.49 @ SuperBiiz) One of the finest 970 GTX cards available. The 100 million edition mainly differs from the regular edition by having a backplate.

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon) Many reviews say that this is one of the easiest cases to build a system with. I never look at my machine, so replacing the easily scratched acrylic window side with a solid side saved $10.

Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg) Highly rated power supply. All the wires come in a nice pouch to keep them in.

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($20.93 @ Amazon) I have a lot of files that are stored on DVD and use DVD for long term storage.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($98.20 @ Amazon) No need to get Windows Pro since Home edition has everything for a gamer and regular PC user.

Keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard ($151.99 @ Amazon) Cyber Monday 2015 deal on Amazon. Cherry MX Brown keys for the tactile feedback.

UPS : CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS ($139.95 @ Amazon)
Cyber Monday 2015 deal on Amazon. 1500VA 900W for all the system power needs

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Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 5 points

You running a bootlegging operation with all those blank DVDs? Damn!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

A large number of those disks are still to be filled (got a lot during the Cyber Monday sales).

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Those don't look like the TridentZ Ram. TridentZ are a silver/gunmetal and red unless I'm mistaken. I wish it was those. That Mobo and TridentZ ram are the perfect combo for a Skylake build IMO.

Either way, very nice looking build. So you have the big fan on the Phanteks case pulling air out?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you... corrected it from TridentZ to Ripjaws.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks cozy

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a nice build, I personally would have chosen an MSI R9 390 for about ~10-20 less bucks, and it would also match the theme, but the MSI GTX 970 is still a great choice!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The R9 series are good, but I am familiar wit the GTX series from my previous computers. When picking video cards the 970 had the best performance per cost ratio. Since buying the card, I have learned that the 970 is one of the most produced cards at this time and many modern games have their graphics optimized for it. Fallout 4 and Assassin's Creed look and perform well on this machine.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

a As DX12 games start showing up the R9 (390x, Fury) will show a huge increasein performance over the GTX cards.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how the green on the 970 pops out looks nice : D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I love what you did with for your desk, great build too.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely filthy system that is sick

But you should definitely get a new desk, those speaker benches are looking really ghetto and its kinda cramped

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

you planning on make your cable management a bit better? just wanna know so your pc looks slick

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I will try and do a better job at cable management on my next build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

hahahah

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, although you should've gotten a GTX 980 unless price/performance dictates your choice. +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The H110i making me sick, why did you mount it like that?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Mounted so the cooling hoses were least interfering with power cable management,

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Just looking at it I don't see the problem. Is it because you thing it is blowing through the rad into the case?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Take a look at my system, I got the same cooler and no troubles mounting it.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! didn't know rebates expired that fast

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Not too bad but I would have gone with a 5820K and a GPU that matches the colour scheme even if you arent going to open it up much. I dont mind the sideways CPU cooler since it is stressing the hoses less.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build mate. Nothing to fault with parts. Please excuse some of the "should of got the 390 instead of the 970 remarks" 970 is a good choice. You did really well for a first build. Great job!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. +1 More Pictures!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How long did it take you to make that desk? Thnx

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The desk is HUGE, the monitor on it is 30" and the keyboard is the very big corsair 95. I got the desk originally from one of the office stores (Office max, Staples...one of the office stores). When moving between apartments I broke a leg, so replaced both with 2 drawer filing cabinets (lots of filing space and they are tall enough). I drilled a hole in the desk so I could manage cables easily (borrowed a circular drill and made the hole in 5 minutes). A 3D printer was used to make a hole cover.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank God some one used an M.2 slot. Nice sm950, 512GB tooo. I like you build, It looks good to my eye and. +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I made sure I had the latest BIOS for for the motherboard, and then had no problems with a Windows 10 Home install.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

ahaha damn straight man

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What's wrong with the 970? It's still a great card.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

$2000 is not a big budget if you are making a high end gaming pc, id expect to see a single 970 in a computer build around this price.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Joke? Paying taxes for online purchases is strange in USA, sometimes you pay sometimes you do not. Unlike in Europe all items prices are listed pre-tax, so listing taxes separately seemed the best way.

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