Description

I have used a gaming desktop for a few years, and wasn't really using it as a laptop anymore. With a family on the way, and a new contract being able to work from home for a few hours a week, I decided to build a new desktop that should be a little futureproofed and be enjoyable to work from home as well.

CPU I chose the i5-6600K due to a budget constraint, but also the gaming I would be doing does not utilise all the cores of an i7. I also don't do a lot of 3D rendering, so wasn't a major to step back.

CPU Cooler Having read the reviews, thought this would both look good and perform well. So far so good! Also like the Link software included.

Motherboard I started off on the Pro Gaming series, however, the more I read, the more I wanted to go for a good balanced board. I settled on the Maximus VIII Hero. Great visuals and love the ASUS BIOS.

Memory Again, budget constraints limited to 2400, however, always possible to upgrade later on, right?

Storage I already had a Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD, so brought another one and have connected them in RAID0. Performs great. Will look at getting a standard HDD at some stage for backup.

Video Card Tough decision, but where I saved on the CPU, I think I've gained with the GPU and the G1 Gaming series. Love the blue Windforce LEDs, and compliments the case nicely.

Case Can't say enough great things about this. Awesome design, love the pre-installed fans and the built in fan header, love the face the PSU is hidden, and so quiet. The better half enjoys it too...

Power Supply Thought this would give me a good balance of power without breaking the bank, and the fact it's fully modular is great. Included cables are great, but not as flexible as I would have thought.

Monitor Had a 27" monitor before, but after seeing this on a colleagues desk, I really wanted on! The Dell U2515H is the perfect balance of price, performance, and clarity. Built strong too, so don't feel like it's going to move quickly. I'll be purchasing another one when I sell my laptop.

CableMod PSU Cable kit I wasn't going to get these originally, however, after trying to work with the bundled Corsair cables, and a long weekend sale recently, I thought I'd splash out. So glad I did. Built great, and compliment the colours of the rest of the build superbly. Highly recommended if you can afford them!

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Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

It does look fantastic though :D +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers :-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) I didn't notice you already built it, or the different currency cx I hope it obvious that it's was a build I wanted to do :p parts can be swapped to to anyone's desire, those are just what I wanted

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! The brightness of Windforce logo over-rides all other colors by far. Can you turn it down a few notches?

When you get your HDD, I suggest you get 2 WD 2TB Black drives and set them up in Raid 1. Otherwise, performance will be somewhat disappointing.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that I'm aware of. But I'm not too concerned about it.

Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely look into that soon. Should be an ideal size in Raid0. Cheers :-)

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the 980 vs the R9 Fury? The Fury gets better performance at stock clocks than the 980 at 1.3 GHz. Build looks pretty, I like the blue colour.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The flight simulator I use doesn't play nicely with AMD, and have always preferred Nvidia. Just preference I guess :-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright. No issue!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Custom paint the motherboard like LinusTechTips. That would be awesome.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea but quite like the contrast of the red and blue :-)

  • 50 months ago
  • -2 points

If you're looking for budget, you honestly able to drop your cpu cooler to the evo 212. It'll drop the price by roughly $80. Heat won't be a problem at all with your build so no need to get liquid, even though it's always nice. For gpu, you can also think for the 970. The benchmarks aren't all the different, but the price is. I'd personally go for a 1tb hdd, since it'd be cheaper as well. Loading and what not won't be an issue. The case is preference but could be cheaper. I'd recommend cooler master cases as they tend to offer better cooling, space, and cord management. Here's a link for one of my builds, all be it a power house, for roughly the same price ---> http://pcpartpicker.com/user/andrew6197/saved/x8gG3C

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

You know hes already built this right and that you are using US prices, he is a Kiwi plus its a bit late to be changing things, your build is also wildly unbalanced with the mobo almost as much as the CPU the RAM doesn't need to be so fast and that cooler is budget your build is not

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/andrew6197/saved/x8gG3C

I sense you did not read OP's reasoning for each part on the description. First off, OP included cable mods and a monitor. I did not see you include it. He explained himself he didn't need an i7 and the focus was a gaming rig, makes sense.
I get it OP could of got the GTX 970 but some people want more but you link a GTX 980 Ti which is around 1.4k with New Zealand's currency versus $880 with a GTX 980. The case is cheaper then you think, not talking about US prices here and NZXT H440 is a good case too. Plus you got rid of the 500GB SSD for a 2 Terabyte Seagate? You are right that he could of went with air cooling on the CPU but nothing wrong with the liquid cooling preference either. When phrasing it "budget" didn't quite hold itself with your hyperlink as NZD currency and US currency.
So no, your price is not roughly the same... You are suggesting OP to spend about another $250 with this comparison of yours. OP did a good job on what he made, so I find your comparison not similar and is different for it's intended purpose for such a build. Plus one to airway38's build.
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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

NZD currency, it's about a $600~ difference.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

ahhh. yeah, thats why i deleted my message.. hehehehe!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly what I was going to recommend! Nice build though.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers, and I know cable management isn't my strong point. I'll look at tidying it up at some stage soon though :-)

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management isn't my strong suit, but will look at tidying it up soon. First build since 2002, so things have changed a bit since then.

Where I am, I couldn't see a big difference in the price of liquid coolers, and liked the LED Corsair logo. Hence the 100i :-)

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