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Joining The Master Race

by Billyharris123

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Date Published

Aug. 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.11GHz

Description

Hello everyone. I am a long time PlayStation gamer who decided to switch things up and finally build a PC and join the master race. I did quite a bit of research and agonizing over which parts to use, when to purchase them and how to actually build a PC. This completed build is the result of countless hours of Internet surfing and article reading, as well as several hours of actual building. It is truly a labor of love and I enjoyed every second of it. I can definitely see why so many people are fans of PC gaming vs. console gaming. I built this about a month ago and posted a completed build, but have done some pretty significant upgrades/changes since then so I decided to post a new version. Please leave suggestions or comments!!!

Benchmarks and FPS: More to come...

Unigine Heaven Ultra 4.0 - 2510 with 99.4 FPS Rust - 100 FPS at 1080p with fantastic settings Skyrim - 60 FPS at 1080p with ultra settings and 50 mods The Witcher 3 - 60 FPS at 1080p with ultra settings

Temperatures

CPU Idle - 25C CPU Load - 46C GPU Idle - 31C GPU Load - 67C

Potential Future Upgrades 1. Bigger Desk! 2. 1440p 144Hz monitor or a 4k 60Hz monitor 3. Aftermarket Fan Controller 4. Gaming Headset

Part Reviews

CPU

I have this processor running a 24/7 OC to 4.4GHz and it performs flawlessly. I am using the gaming mode on MSI's Gaming App to run this overlock so I am sure I can squeeze another 0.2GHz or maybe more out of it if I really wanted to, but I don't need to.

CPU Cooler

Decided to pick this liquid cooler up because my Hyper 212 Evo was just huge and not aesthetically appealing. It cools my CPU very well, but is quite a bit louder than the Hyper 212 Evo. I read various reviews prior to purchasing this product, so I did expect some noise. It honestly isn't really that loud and I have Corsair SP120 Red LED fans running at full RPM. I was going to get the H110i but because of the discount I purchased this one.

Motherboard

Has everything I need and lets me OC my processor with 1-click, which is awesome.

Memory

Does what I need it to do and matches my theme.

Storage

This thing is lightning fast and can mount to the back of my motherboard. Just awesome.

Video Card

For the money this GPU is incredible. It looks amazing and it performs like a $1000 GPU from years past. Couldn't be any happier. Currently have a stable core clock of 2100 GHz.

Case

I initially purchased the non-windowed version of this case, but after taking the time to make my build look decent I really wanted a window. Found a guy about 2 hours away who traded me his window side panel for my non-window panel. Such a lucky break. The case is amazing with nice airflow and 2 SSD mounts on the back of the motherboard tray. It looks great as well.

Power Supply

Didn't want to cheap out, but didn't want to drop a fortune either so I settled on this PSU. Currently handling everything fine and is modular so I don't have 5 million cables everywhere.

Wireless Network Adapter

Originally had an internal WiFi adapter but it was DOA so I went to Best Buy and purchased this. It works great. Currently getting about 250 mb/s.

Case Fan

They are kind of loud, but look great and push a decent amount of air. Overall not nearly as bad as some of the reviews.

Case Fan

Same situation as the AF120 series. They are kind of loud, but not unbearable. I have these as my radiator fans and they look great and are pushing a good amount of air.

Case Fan

These are my front intake fans. They are silent and look nice. Nothing else to say.

Monitor

This monitor looks gorgeous for a 1080p monitor. Glad I picked this up on a nice sale.

Keyboard

Amazing. Just amazing. And colorful.

Mouse

This mouse looks cool as hell. Definitely get it.

Speakers

Wanted cheap speakers and these things actually sound decent.

Comments Sorted by:

RoadToBuildAPC 2 points 10 months ago

Spends a crap Ton of money on a pc Plays Diablo.

Billyharris123 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Diablo is great. Obviously I have other games lol

rafy24 2 points 10 months ago

Awesome pc bro... But you got a ****** tiny desk :P

BlueDanStorm 1 point 10 months ago

Flawless cable management. Well done.

Billyharris123 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thank you very much. I found out I'm slightly OCD about it. I'm still trying to make it better hah

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Dude, how do you play like that?

Billyharris123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

It's a little cramped. That's why my first upgrade is a bigger desk if I can get my wife on board.

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Tell her you need it for medical reasons haha

Barnett 1 point 10 months ago

What desk is that?

Billyharris123 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Some cheap one from Target

ghost0625 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Awesome build. The theme resembles my first build. Long time ago it feels like. Great job. And keep an eye out on Craigslist or Facebook or yard sales for a desk. I have a really nice desk that I found on Facebook for like 30 bucks.

i8i 1 point 10 months ago

My neck hurts so bad! +1 for the build tho

gimptasticgimp 1 point 10 months ago

Where did you find an i-6700k for $150??? :O

Billyharris123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Intel Retail Edge program for retail employees. Pretty sweet discount

gimptasticgimp 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks for the reply! That is a great deal, need to see if I know any friends who can hook up the discount. Nice build, and welcome to the PC world!

Granddeluxegaming 1 point 10 months ago

Hey man can you give me link for that CPU price?thats ****** cheap bro

Billyharris123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Refer to the above comment. It's a special price for retail employees through a special program with Intel

ComposerJSM 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

You have the same GPU, CPU, Mobo, and CPU cooler as me... https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/kbtgXL

Still, it is a pretty decent setup, eh? And it truly is the most cost/performance I could've gone with at the time for sure.

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Billyharris123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

It's filling up faster than I'd like but I have about 10 games on my PC so far including Skyrim and all 3 Witcher games (which are all large) and I've used just over half my 500GB