Description

Hello everyone! I'm sorry about some of the images appearing blurry. They were taken with my phone camera. This is the Battle Box, my first PC build.

Origins: I'm a high school sophomore whose friends all have either homebuilt or custom made gaming PCs. When I asked what kind of computer I should get, the majority said, "You should build your own computer". So I saved up for nearly a year and this rig is the end result. It's designed for gaming, light video editing, and generic use.

Future Plans: 1- Another 8GB RAM; 2- New CPU Cooler; 3- Cleaning up the Atrocity that is my Cable Management

1/17: Replaced C7 with Corsair H60 that I received over the holidays

Part Reviews

CPU

I wanted a processor that was not only new but also efficient and powerful. And so far, the 6600K has been all three!

CPU Cooler

It's a good entry-level CPU cooler, but the wires beneath the heatsink kept brushing up against the fan whilst turning, which caused an annoying "buzz". Despite being able to fix that, the cooler is still quite, but other than that, it does its job well.

Motherboard

I have to take a star off because I couldn't get my CPU cooler's lower mounting stands to fit in all the way. Aside from that it's great, and BIOS was fairly easy to navigate.

Memory

RAM is RAM, and it works. I chose Crucial because a few friends of mine recommended the brand, and I can see why.

Storage

I'm very pleased with this SSD. Windows boots up incredibly fast, and since I have my games on it as well, I can connect to games faster than my friends.

Video Card

Looks great, works great, fits in my case, the whole package! I definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking for a budget GPU under $200.

Case

The case has an eye-catching design, and cable management was easy, but I do wish there was another cut-out above the center of the motherboard, but height restrictions prevent that. Overall, it was a great case to build inside.

Keyboard

I've never used a mechanical keyboard prior to buying this one, but after using this for the past month, I can't see myself using anything other than Cherry MX Red or Silent.

Mouse

I'm not a fan of Razer(the complete opposite of some of my friends), but after I felt this mouse in hand, I knew this would work for my hand.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Woah there, I'm not one of those Reptilans!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I am a spy amongst their ranks. I'm friendly :P

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a nice first build!!!! In the future the only real thing you have to upgrade will be the gpu as you have left yourself perfect on everything else. I say In the future you can change things around how you like and maybe with a gpu upgrade eventually this will last a good 4-6 years!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using the 950 as a placeholder for Pascal. Apparently I'm the first person on the site to use that model. I'm also trying to save up for an AIO liquid cooler as well.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiiiiisssss Great Build :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hissssss and btw how the gtx950 holding up?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been good so far. I don't play that many games, but everything's stayed around 60fps & 1080. When Pascal comes out I'll replace the GTX 950.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Super nice build! Personally I would had spent less on the CPU and more on the graphics card, but you still get quite the PC! +1 Edit: I just totally realized that you said you were waiting for pascal. Makes sense why you got a 950

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking of saving up for a GTX 970, but I didn't have the money, so I decided to buy the 950 after seeing JayzTwoCents review that card. By the time Pascal is released, I should have enough money to buy a GTX 1070 or 1080, or whatever the equivalent of those cards will be called :P. For now though, I think I'll be fine.

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah that's just an expensive 950. Could had gone with a 960 with that price

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I know :P. I was just trying to be a bit unique. Plus it's just a placeholder until Pascal is released, then I'll buy a much more powerful card.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's only slightly worse than a 960 from what I've read.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that CPU cooler? I was thinking about getting that case and water coolers are just so damn expensive.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The C7 has been working great thus far. The highest that I've hit in CPU temps is 62°, and I have the processor overclocked to 3.8 GHz. It's a great aftermarket cooler to start off with, and it's really easy to install.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Reptailin? HISSSSS

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, I'm sorry, but these "hiss" comments are starting to get annoying. So I please ask that you stop. The origins of my username are completely different from what you would expect.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

k sry bro But cool build tho- hows dem graphics doing? And the CPU cooler, is it holdin up?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, and apology accepted. Firstly, the 950 was a stupid choice. However, I mostly play TF2, which isn't very graphics-intensive, so I can run it at high settings. As for the CPU cooler, I hate it. Whenever the fan speeds up, it makes a horrible buzzing noise. The first chance I get, I'll chance the C7 out for an AIO liquid cooler. As for graphics upgrades, I'll either wait for Pascal/Polaris or try to save some extra cash by buying used/previous gen cards.

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

OK. Seems like a good plan. I would try to get decent air cooler to avoid water damage from a liquid cooler. Try something from Noctuna, or bequiet! because they make decent air coolers. Your graphics card should hold up for awhile, because TF2 isn't that graphic intensive (your right).

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the recommendation. About the GPU, a friend of mine is in the market for a new one, and I offered to sell him mine at reduced price. I'm probably going to sell it to him during the summer, then find a different placeholder(that performs better than the 950) until the prices of Pascal/Polaris cards drop.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. Nice build ! You have still a lot of space in that case. What will you add ? A light kit (I'm found of led) could be great with that big window ! Good work !

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking of adding LED fans or a light strip, but the big thing I'm trying to save up for is a new GPU. My eyes are currently on the G1 Gaming 1060. Thanks for the comment

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, hello.

Are you satisfied with the PSU so far? I rather have a good one, even if its not modular. I never had a modular and never been a problem, right? but... How do you think it works? Good buy?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Modularity is more for cable management. SeaSonic is a very good company. My unit is silent and performs good, though it's not perfect(I've had two BSOD's in the past six months), but it's a great budget solution, I definitely recommend it

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a modular version of this same unit for a little more, but being the derp I am, I didn't see it on here when putting together the original part list.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Edit: Newest photo shows my updated cable management. I hid some cables behind the top exhaust fan and routed the rest of them over the RAM sticks

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.