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10/30/16 INTRODUCTION: I've gamed on the same PC since August 2008 (over 8 years!) and it's finally time for an upgrade! I was a scared noob back in 2008 and had my older brother's bud assemble the PC for me, but this go around I'm looking forward to putting this one together myself! At this early stage in the build I've spent approximately 1 month preparing a parts list. I've done a tremendous, nerdy amount of research on pretty much every part in this build except for all of the accessories I'm recycling from the previous setup (listed below.) Overall, my objectives for the build...1) it has to be powerful enough to stream gameplay at 1080p on the highest possible game settings... 2) each part should have strong user reviews... 3) it should run relatively quiet so as not to be disruptive during streaming... 4) it should follow a black and white color scheme... 5) when finished, there should still be room for future upgrades (e.g., SLI GPUs, add'l DDR4 slots, M.2 SSD, etc.)

Recycled from Previous Build (TOTAL $439): Sceptre Monitor, Logitech G11 Keyboard, Razer Headset, Bose Speakers, Logitech Webcam, and Logitech G5 Mouse

10/30/16 After spending a month or more piecing together my parts list here on PCPartPicker, I began to return to review my parts list and keep an eye out for sales/deals. Today I struck gold with a $20 rebate on the EVGA fully modular 650W PSU, $20 off the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case ($10 sale + $10 rebate), 3% off the Mushkin SSD and 14% off the Seagate SSHD, $10 off Windows 10, and almost 40% off the 4 Cooler Master silent case fans. The plan is to continue to keep an eye out (particularly on weekends and around holidays seems to be the best times) for deals, up until Cyber Monday on November 28, 2016 where I'll make my final purchases. Hoping to have everything built and ready for use by December. Beyond the build, in December I plan on testing things out and preparing for a full launch of my gaming stream to kick off the new year on January 1st, 2017!

11/02/16 Parts began to arrive today! Received my Ethoo Pro tower, PSU, SSD and SSHD drives. Watched an incredible World Series Win by the Cubbies! Celebrated by going online and finding the Asus 144Hz monitor on sale on Amazon, where I happened to have $75 in gift cards stashed away, so ended up grabbing the monitor for $159! So far the build is ahead of schedule and under budget! Vman for President 2020!

11/03/16 Did my daily rounds of checking the prices on my Saved Part List and then browsing the vendor websites (Amazon, NewEgg, etc.) It's important to check daily and to review the pricing of parts that are comparable (or slightly better) than what you have saved in your part list. For example, today I checked in on the pricing of the motherboard I was going for--the ASUS Z170-A currently priced at $155. Browsed NewEgg and stumbled upon an even BETTER mobo--the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII RANGER--which retails $190. Today is was 16% off PLUS a $35 rebate. Tack on the shipping, and I've got an even better mobo than I had planned at under $130, which is almost $15 cheaper than the ASUS Z170-A has ever priced at (and did a mention it's an even BETTER mobo!?)

11/04/16 Won an eBay auction for a like-new Elgato HD60 Pro at $155. Based on the item's history, it's never gone lower than $160, and rarely goes below $169, so I considered this a win despite the potential risk involved. But there are enough guardrails protecting buyers on eBay that it felt like a winning opportunity to me, but we'll see, only time will tell!

11/05/16 Found the GTX 1070 STRIX on NewEgg for 419.99 with a $20 rebate included. Getting a 1070 for under $400!? JOY!!! CRYORIG also had a 40% sale on the H7 CPU cooler, under $30!

11/06/16 Made final purchases today! I didn't make it to Cyber Monday as planned, but I was getting nervous risking giving up some deals that were up this weekend. i7 6700k was on sale at $329.99 which is as low as it's been in the past 30+ days, so again, I didn't want to risk waiting 3 weeks and having the price somehow gone up and then I'm still waiting for just 1 piece to complete my build - no thank you. The DDR4 Kingston HyperfuryX memory had a nice $9 off code, so I got it for $87.99...not the lowest it's ever been, but as low as it's been in weeks. Lastly, I went ahead and added a CD/DVD-RW drive at the end for the Windows 10 install, plus, y'know, it's a CD/DVD-RW drive. NEXT COMES THE BUILD!!!

11/13/16 So all of my orders arrived, and I've just spent this past weekend completing the build, getting everything up and running, configured to my liking, etc. This was the first time I ever built a PC from scratch, and I did it all by myself with only the help of a few DIY videos on YouTube along the way! I hope you've enjoyed reading about this journey, and welcome you to come check out my stream on Twitch at www.GamingWithVman.com which I plan to have officially launched by January 1st, 2017.

A HUGE thank you to PCPartPicker for this awesome website--a resource that helped me tremendously throughout this entire process!

Happy part picking everybody!

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  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points

GREAT BUILD ! Not to mention that price for it, enjoy!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bud! :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points

sweet build.

It's taking all my willpower to hold out for black friday, but I think it's going to be worth it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Good luck, and I hope the patience pays off for you bud! That was certainly my intent, but once I got going it was too difficult to stop, haha!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Please post temps for CPU and GPU

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Yohanne, I'd be happy to after work today. I know that the GPU at idle was lingering around 52/53 degrees F, and after booting down after playing about an hour of Elder Scrolls Online it was depicting around 35 degrees F. Not sure if that's normal, I imagine the fans kicked on while I was gaming to cool it off more?

Nonetheless, I'll do some official benchmarking this evening and post. Are there any particular programs/software that most enthusiasts here prefer to see used? I'm familiar with 3D mark, and the MOBO comes with some software as well which I'll plan on using. But also happy to take requests :)

Cheers!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Just wanted to see how well the Asus Strix 1070 would be in an itx case, temp wise. I was about to get the strix but then went to EVGA because of their RMA service. Even though i knew that the strix has a better build quality.

Can you check the temps if the fans were in auto mode? Also in 30% fan speed?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU temps are consistently staying between 34 degrees F on boot and around 53 degrees F after heavy game load

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you would be golden with just the giant front fan there and the rear exhuast fan, if you are going to run a radiator at the top I would recommend a push config through the radiator out the top and to add 1 more intake fan, that should be fine.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the recommendation! I'll most certainly look into making that adjustment. These are the types of details I'm certainly no expert on, so thank you :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

np bro.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Waiting on Black Friday all I have is my psu and my gtx 970 ssc for $100 from a friend

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build man +1.

Just a quick question. I'm planning on using the same case for my upcoming build and I want to have two 120mm f ans at the bottom. Does the top HDD cage stay on if I remove the bottom one so i can place the fan there?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, this case accommodates 2x 120mm fans on the bottom! Image 6 may help if you look on the left hand side, all of those slots will be your HDD slots so this case definitely gives you plenty of options. It's a great, spacious case and don't regret my decision at all. Enjoy!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Look forward to watching your stream. You'll find me there. Check for my twitch username: camramatic101

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude, definitely will keep an eye out for you! Happy streaming! :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

lol why 4 exhausts and 2 intakes?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

1st PC build like I mentioned, and am definitely open to suggestions on tweaks if you have any :) I'll likely end up replacing the 3 top fans with a water cooler in the future. It was a cost thing for me to get up and running at this stage of the build. Would I be better off removing 2 of the top fans?

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. But couldn't you have edited that out and kept the rest of that coment