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Scintillo - Black & White build

by gdulik



Date Published

March 9, 2016

Date Built

March 4, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


Hello everybody, I was in need for new PC so, I came up with this build. I wanted to mainly game on it and occasionally do some video editing. I managed to save up 900$ for this build and I think this is great amount to start thinking about mid-range gaming PC, that looks good. I didn't wanted to go with the usual red/black colors and I love clean design. That means black/white build was my only possibility.

CPU + COOLER: Thanks to my good experience with Intel CPU's, I wasn't even thinking about AMD. Couldn't decide whether to go with 6th gen. Skylake or a little bit cheaper 4th gen. Ivy Bridge. They have pretty much the same performance, but 6th gen. Skylake, has much better performance to power consumption ratio. So, my final choice was i5-6600K. For the cooler, I was thinking about AIO, but realized, that it is not necessary and air cooler will be good enough. 212 EVO was obvious choice, but then I found SilentiumPC Fera2 v2. It's a bit cheaper, but it gets the job done really well.

GPU: I'm really used to NVIDIA GPU's and mainly their drivers, so, AMD was out of the game. I wanted to go with GTX970, but I was tight on budget and ended up choosing MSI GTX 960 4GD5T OC. This card looks pretty good and thanks to being black and white design, it fits really well in this build.

MOTHERBOARD: This was an obvious choice. Wanted to get Z170 for being able to overclock my 6600K and at the same time wanted black/white design. Only motherboard which fulfill this is MSI Z170A KRAIT.

MEMORY: Thanks to using new Skylake processor I had to go with DDR4. I wanted to go with 16GB (2x8GB), but to stay in 900$ budget I had to pick Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4, but I'm planning an upgrade to 16GB in the future.

SSD + HDD: SSD is nowadays almost necessary for PC's. To match the memory and color scheme, I chose Kingston HyperX Fury 120GB, that I'll be using as my system drive. For main storage I did need nothing special, so I went with Seagate Barracuda 1TB.

PSU: I was looking for modular or at least semi modular (with nice cables) and found this Corsair CS650M. I think it's pretty good bang for the buck and 650W is enough to power all of this with no problem, even with overclocking.

CASE: For quite a long time I was looking at many different cases, but NZXT s340 white was the one I fell in love with. The clean design, nice big window and good cable management are only few awesome things about this case.

ACCESSORIES: Keyboard: CONNECT IT GK5500 Sniper Mouse: Gigabyte M8000X Ghost Headset: Kingston HyperX Cloud white Monitor: Benq E2200HD Speakers: Genius SW-HF 5.1 6000

BENCHMARKS: Out of the box performance (CPU 3,5GHz, GPU 1241 MHz) might be good enough for someone, but I wanted to run everything a bit better. I managed to get stable overclock on CPU at 4,4 GHz and GPU 1519 Mhz. These are base/overclocked results (score/average FPS): 3DMark Firestrike: 6397/7149 GTA 5 (ultra): 55/61 Far Cry 4(ultra): 49/58 Crysis 3(high): 55/71 Metro: Last Light(max): 66/83 CS: GO(max): 262/263 World of Tanks(max): 72/85

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Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

This looks really nice, good job.

gdulik submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks man :)

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

You're welcome ._.

gorkti200 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Hey nice clean build, and short but sweet write up. I like it! Glad to see that 960 is performing so well for you too, I'm actually really impressed by your FPS with it. +1

Also a link to a YouTube video for your build/benchmarking? Nice touch.

gdulik submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks man. That's because of that overclock, it's pretty much cranked up to the max it can handle before starting to fragment the picture. :)

shadowbyte918 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

this is so similar to my original frostbyte build. I guess the black and white color theme is gaining popularity. Nice build!

gdulik submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

The similarity is because there is not many parts to choose from. This is like the only reasonably priced mobo, that's white/black. It's nice to see that ppl realized that gaming doesn't have to mean red/black. Hope manufacturers will realize that also.

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dragonspawn 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Shutting AMD out entirely is a bit close-minded. Preferring Intel for processors, I'll give you that, but you could've had better performance at a lower price with the R9 380 (AKA the "960 killer") and kept the exact same color scheme with MSI's release.

Otherwise though, a very good looking build with some solid OC results. Maybe spring for some sleeved power cable extensions to get the ugly multicolored 24 pin connector outta there.

Nice job.

gdulik submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you :) Yeah, I know... I'm brand biased. AMD seems to have much better performance to price ratio, but i like to stick with things I know, but I might give AMD one more chance, someday.

I'm planning that upgrade for the future (sleeved cables, led strips). Only problem is that I have to order them from UK or Germany (live in Czech republic), but the shipping costs more then the cables itself. So, I'm waiting to have a bigger order.

dragonspawn 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Ah, that makes sense. Maybe poke around and look for some local businesses that could hook you up? The current featured build is a dude from Iceland who got his cable mods local. But if you'd rather get something you know will be great and will be ordering stuff anyways, I totally understand that.

Also, the performance/price ratio differs for each and every card from both brands. I'm not saying AMD is the best in every situation, but in this case (960 vs 380) there's a generally accepted winner. But what's done is done. I only mentioned it because you specified that you picked the 960 as a budget choice, so I guess what I'm really trying to say is if you're restricted by your budget then research, research, research!

Best of luck with your upgrades!

Swaaha 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Damn son, that MSI shroud looks amazing! Only if MSI makes more variations for AMD card shrouds... If you have a black/white theme build and you want to go with Red GPUs, you're pretty much stuck with either PowerColor's super large cooler or Sapphire's Nitro... Life as a Red is hard nowadays. :(

gdulik submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks, but MSI has also AMD cards that looks similar to this one. Hope more manufacturers will start producing other color combinations, not only red/black.

mrwatsont 1 point 26 months ago

Love the cable management and choice of components, cool color scheme as well! Nice job :)

gdulik submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Thank you :) Yeah, I wanted to do the cable management as best as I could and I was suprised how easy it was in this case.

mrwatsont 1 point 26 months ago

I think aesthetics are important in a build! Makes the overall look so much better than if you have amazing components and put it together like a caveman haha

astrorion26@gmail.com 1 point 26 months ago

Great job but did you already have a cooler?

gdulik submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks :) No, I bought it with all the other components, but it's not listed on pcpartpicker. It cost around 28.49$

astrorion26@gmail.com 1 point 26 months ago

Makes sense. But otherwise a really great build

SchrodCat 1 point 26 months ago

Hi. I have decided to build my own PC and while doing some research I found this post. I wanted to ask couple of questions as it seems that you know what you are doing :)

  1. I noticed that you have chosen MSI for your motherboard and GPU. Should I do the same if I do not care about the design that much but more about the price since I can get gigabyte GPU for 30 pounds less than MSI. Also if I can get asus motherboard (OC) with ThermalTake cooler and 2x 8gb Crucial RAM in a cheaper bundle?

2.If I buy a NZXT H440 case do I need to buy any additional fans since the case has 4 already? This probably is quite a newbie question but still want to make sure.

gdulik submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Hey, that's nice from you to hear, but actually this was my first PC build. Thanks to watching videos on tech channels and kinda being interested in tech things, I know a bit.

  1. If you don't care about design, there are many other really good brands, when thinking about price/performance. Some have even better overclocking capabilities, or better temperatures, so it basically doesn't matter which brand you choose. I went with MSI mainly because of the design and I have to admit I'm a little bit MSI biased.

  2. I think 4 fans are enough for normal systems, 2 for intake, 2 for exhaust. So, it should be enough. Btw. find out how many 4pins(PWM)/3pins fan connectors has the motherboard you choose. (advice form my own experience... Krait has only 3x3pin, but I have 4x3pin fans, so i had to get a fan splitter)

Swatantra 1 point 26 months ago

Bro....... the memory CAS Latency is little high

gdulik submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Well, CAS latency is high (but it's for most DDR4 kits), but whatever. It doesn't bother me while working or playing games, so honestly I don't see any point in buying one better and more expensive. Btw. if it is that high, why is this memory most sold DDR4 kit? (Best performace/price ratio)

Swatantra 1 point 26 months ago

it's most sold DDR4 kit just for it's low price..... nothing else

marseryy 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

What a great build! I just watched your relaxing youtube video +1

sammorici 1 point 23 months ago

Great build!

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gdulik submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you :)

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gdulik submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Well, that might be true, but I'm kinda brand bias in this. Go team green, go! :D Same nickname as here, gdulik, but I play on EU.