Description

Primarily I build this to support my work, some excels, graphics editing and of course gaming. At first I was planning to just build something around 1000$ but then on May I found out that the pascal is coming. Then I changed a lot from my very first plan. I started my plan from January, and at the time the build looks really nice all around. But after Pascal announcement I got carried away and end up around 1700$ Rig.

Update (October 4, 2016): Replaced the HDD (failed). Added an adapter for the M.2-2280 SSD. Total price increased from original. I leave the original price in above description, since it was the price at the time when I first built this.

Part Reviews

CPU

The best price to performance ratio when it comes to gaming in my opinion. Overclock like a champ, very stable temperature, never encountered thermal throttling so far. Will be using this for a long time before upgrading it to something better.

CPU Cooler

It's a great cooler alright, does the job done. My CPU under constant load never hit 70C, at idle my CPU is at 35C but bear in mind that I live in a hot area, so the ambient temp is already high enough it'll never hit sub 30C, like most of the water cooler do. The important thing is when under heavy load, it manages to maintain the temperature. But looking at some other result using certain air cooler, it might be better off using them, the price much lower and they manage to do similar result. Oh yeah the radiator fan is quite subtle at idle, under heavy load it sounded like a leaf blower.

Motherboard

Pretty cheap for a Z170A motherboard, has everything you will ever need when building a gaming rig. Color neutral (all black), so you could have fun pimping your rig however you like it without worrying it would ruin your preferred ambient color. Downside is there are only 2 full PCI e slot, so no 3 way SLI or crossfire possible. Well I never like the idea of SLI or crossfire, so it doesn't bother me in any way.

Memory

Great Sticks, a bit pricier but really worth it. Using default configuration the UEFI will run the RAM at 2133 MHz, using XMP will ramp it to 3200 MHz but the CPU will be locked at 3.9 GHz, so preferable scenario is to tweak each configuration on its own. OC the CPU to 4.4 GHz and the RAM at 3200 MHz.

Storage

Everyone know how this one performs...

Storage

Didn't notice my board doesn't support M.2 SATA SSD. It has an M.2 slot but only for the NVME. I thought at first I got this one DOA, got frustrated for some time and planned to have it replaced. Fortunately after some research I found about the restriction, and tried using an adapter and it works like a charm.

Storage

At the time I built this rig I didn't use this, I used a Seagate HDD 2TB 7200rpm. And only for about 3 days, the Seagate failed. Got it replaced and not even 2 months it died again. Doesn't want to take any chances, I turned to WD blue. Really hope this one live long.

Video Card

A beast of a Card. Twin Frozr really do the trick. On idle there is absolutely no sound (the Fan doesn't spin), starting from 60C it'll spin to maintain the heat. To really utilize the real capability of this card, some tweaking is needed. Doesn't mean out of the box this card is sucks, on the contrary it'll eat any 1080p games like it was nothing, no tweaking whatsoever required. When it comes to 1440p using stock, you might not hit that Ultra everything at 60 FPS. Tinkering with the settings, modifying the fan curve and ramping those clocks (RAM and core), you'll get that glorious ultra at average 60 FPS or even more in 1440p, everything on a single GPU.

Case

Not really your mainstream form factor. So it's not for everyone. Quite spacious, but bear in mind that if you use a very huge VGA like ZOTAC amp edition, you will not be able to install a radiator. The clearance between the end of the VGA to the wall of the casing is way too narrow. I was planning to do a push/pull on my rad, but unfortunately the gap between the MSI 1070 and the radiator is too narrow to fit additional fans. So in the end I did a pull configuration with fans attached to the other side of the wall (inside the front panel). 2 Hot swap HDD slots in the right side of the front panel, 2 more slots inside the casing under the motherboard at the left corner and 2 5.25" bay for DVD or blue ray in the left side of the front panel. Cable management proved to be quite tricky since you will need to hide the cable under the motherboard panel. And the only clearance to do that are from the sides having the side panels removed.

Power Supply

It's a power supply and 80+ Gold rated. Not much to say here. Oh some might say it's not enough Juice for my set up. But believe me, it's way more than enough. Skylake and Pascal is very power efficient, it just boggled my mind.

Operating System

It's an operating system you might need to run your games, whether it's steam, origin, uplay, or whatever. Heck if you want it, use Linux instead, lots of games run well on Linux now. Oh, why the price is so low? Well there are some legitimate websites selling OEM keys at a ridiculous low price. How's that? Don't ask me, it works and activated just fine, that's the point.

Monitor

Quite a popular monitor, unfortunately it's a 1080p monitor with 60 Hz. I have a plan to upgrade it with something like XL2730Z, but later on that. This one (RL2455HM) is actually able to go as high as 1440p at 75 Hz just fine. Just override the native resolution using the NVDIA control panel, and there you have it 2K resolution on a 1080p monitor. And it's not DSR mind you, it's a full 2K resolution, and all of my game run well on it. There is a downside though, a slight of input delay, but not really a turn off, at least for me. I'm not really into competitive FPS games, so I don't really mind. Hopefully once I get that XL2730Z all the problem gone, but not that I urgently need it now.

Keyboard

A normal keyboard, even though they dub it as gaming. It's a normal keyboard really, not a fancy mechanical thingy.

Mouse

Great mouse for sub $50. Super smooth transition, and very precise. Light and very simple straight forward design. It's ambidextrous too. Really recommend it to any budget builder.

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the 1080p 60Hz monitor if you have a 1070?

  • 46 months ago
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Yes I noticed that, actually I'm already over my budget, that's why I chose that budget monitor. Am saving up to buy 1440p 144Hz monitor later. A friend of mine has already agreed to buy mine once I got the budget to upgrade the monitor.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, just trying to make sure you are getting the best out of your components. :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great components you selected there! Minor complaint in regards to the monitor. Feels like you could have gotten something....beefier. A 1080p monitor for a GTX 1070 seems like an insult to the GPU.

  • 46 months ago
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I got a 1080p one for mine, just have 144Hz. But 1080 is really enough to look amazing, and you can get smaller monitors (which is important to me because of limited space).

  • 46 months ago
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Yeah I got that a lot. I've already gone over the budget, just because of the Pascal, so I compromised on the monitor. Because at the time of the release, the pascal that is, there are only exactly 9 cards entering my country. I got lucky to snatch one, and just because of that I do the compromise.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like we think along the same lines, especially with the $1000 budget getting thrown out the window, haha. It's all part of the process though, right? Mind sharing any advice for how you set up your cooling? I saw the areocool fan in your first pic, did you manage to get that to fit? I'm having a heck of a time trying to find 200mm fans that will actually line up with the mounting holes that aren't the Cooler Master branded fans.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Cooler Master was the only brand i know for a fact will fit, I've heard the Bitfenix fans will but i cannot verify

  • 42 months ago
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Im getting this for my build have a cooler master 200mm fan to mount and was also going to go with 2 140mm CM fans will those 3 fit?

  • 42 months ago
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i have two 140mm fans in the front and one 200mm on top and it works well.

  • 41 months ago
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Sorry, been 3 months since your message. Never really had the time to check PcPartpicker once my rig finished. My cooler set up is quite simple. I took off the front fans and put one of them at the back wall of the case, while the other one ended up in storage. Radiator fans are installed inside the front panel and blowing through the radiator and inside the case, so basically the airflow is from the front and going back of the case. About the aerocool fan, well it's an honest mistake really. I bought that because I thought I ordered for the meshed top casing, and it turned out I took the Acrylic top one. I was about to return it for the meshed one but then I change my mind since using the current set up the temps are really good and I didn't want to wait to build the rig. So the aerocool is ended up in the storage as well. Might gonna use it for my future build or if I've decided to be creative I might drill some holes on the acrylic later on to mount the aerocool fan.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you opt for front to back air flow or back to front?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Front to back air flow. The front panel has the dust filter, while back none. So quite an obvious option.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

what do u think of this monitor how is the input lag and response time?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

When playing FPS in 1080P, there are no noticeable input lag. Great response time too. But since the GTX 1070 is a bit too powerful for 1080p, I tried to up the resolution to 1440p. While the Graphics quality is really great, sometimes I feel there's a slight input lag, but nothing to be worried of. And I experienced a bit of screen tearing especially when there are fast paced scene, not much but quite noticeable.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude is your psu going well? No harm for gpu and cpu. I got cpu same but gpu 1070 strix asus. Haven't assembled it yet. Tell me it will be fine?

  • 34 months ago
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It's more than enough for this build. Have been using it for almost a year now, no problem yet.

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