Description

This is my newest build, it was completed in June. Below is some reasons why I choose this hardware.

CPU: Intel I5 6600 - My old 4790K was a bit overkill due to the fact I could never truly utilize it 100% in any games. This pissed me off so I decided to save money and go with an I5. In my previous build I had a Z87 chipset and I never really did any overclocking so I went with a non-K microprocessor. This then lead me to decide between the 6500 and 6600, being that the 6600 had a little faster turbo-clock, I inevitably chose it. This chip has amazed me, it is the right amount of processing power I need for gaming as it is fully being utilized while I am playing.

CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12LS - Originally I chose a Cryorig C7, but the piece of crap had a stripped stand-off, so instead of waiting for four day Chinese shipping I went to Amazon and found a Black/White themed low-profile cooler. Licking my lips with Amazon Prime, I ordered this bad boy. It has been great! It keeps my CPU at around 60 degrees Celsius at 100% load for extended amounts of time. Installation was a breeze and you can really feel how high quality of a product it really is.

Motherboard: MSI H110I Pro Mini ITX - It looked great and matched my color scheme so I went with it. Very basic board that does its job. I wish it had more USB 3.0 ports and Wi-Fi, but I am a cheap ******* and that is my own fault.

Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 2133Mhz - It is very basic RAM. It does what it is intended to do and I have always bought Kingston HyperX RAM. I love the design they use for there heat-sinks.

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB - Everyone needs to have an SSD in their build. It doesn't do much of anything gaming-wise, but in general they just provide a smooth, fast computing experience. My boot-up times are around 3.1s with MSI Fast Boot enabled. PRETTY BADASS. As I said, everyone needs an SSD, and this Samsung drive is the top-notch.

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB - What can I say it's a stupid, slow, obese, hard drive meant for eating pointless data. It allows you to store all your User files here for keeping your primary SSD free of unnecessary files. Buy this or a Western Digital drive.

Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition - I wanted a GTX 1070 because I game at 1080p. However, due to NVIDIAs horrible stocking of the Pascal cards I feared having to wait forever to get my hands on a 1070. So, one night I went on Newegg and saw this card was not out-of-stock and I was like I dont give a f***. I bought the last one! I am honestly happy I went with it though, I always want the maximum amount of FPS in my first person shooter games. It is 100% fully utilized in my system which is great, the card itself is as stiff as my **** and looks wonderful as well.

Case: EVGA ****** Air - I wanted something small and this thing delivered. It is literally a cubic foot in size, and the thermals have been great with the fans I chose. It is solidly built and I have absolutely no complaints. The only things I didn't like about building in this case were that putting some of the front panel connections on the motherboard was hard due to space requirements and shoving a $700 into this case made my **** myself because I am pretty sure I had to bend it a little. The 550W EVGA power supply that comes with this thing is a little beast and has not given me any issues, it handles all the hardware flawlessly.

Case Fans: Phanteks PH-F120MP - These are static-pressure fans and most people working with the ****** Air go with high air-flow fans, but these guys have worked great pulling stagnate air from the top-down cooler and expelling this air out of the case. Hence the term 'space heater'. They are extremely quiet even at full load and they look great!

Overall this has been my favorite build, I love the size of the case and I feel that I have maximized the potential of the hardware getting my full monies worth. Every component is 100% utilized while I game which is what you want! Why have a over-kill CPU that will never be fully used? For this reason, I think this CPU-GPU combo works great with each other, there are some reasons to get an I7, but if you are strictly gaming there isn't one.

Here are some benchmarks - Rocket League: 250 FPS, Highest possible settings CSGO: 260-300 FPS, Highest possible settings Overwatch: 160-200 FPS, All settings on high including render scale

Thank you so much for reading.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

What was the point of downgrading to an i5 if you already had an i7? Even if you didn't need the performance, you're still losing money by buying a whole new chipset.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

There is no doubt it was a better chip. However, this way I am doing better because I am utilizing more of my CPU at lower power loads and I have DDR4 (even though it's not a huge improvement from the DDR3 I had). Honestly, I am just addicted to building PCs and I wanted to do something new that maximized the performance for my monies worth.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, you'd be using the same amount of your CPU anyways. You would also be getting better performance with the i7 at lower usage then you would with your i5. The usage of the CPU shouldn't be high because then that would me there is no bottleneck and the GPU is doing its job. The power loads aren't going to be very different, a rather negligible difference really. So if you were to nitpick, this was the wrong path, but I understand why you did it.

You weren't just taking out a few things and putting it in, you basically built a whole new system with the new chipset and obviously, it's fun to build PC's so the more building, the more fun.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

the card itself is as stiff as my ****

My god, what a description. I like how small your build is... among other things cough cough

Jokes aside, that is one impressive build you've got there. I hope it serves you well into the future! (arbitrary +1)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That MSI ITX board is my favorite right now for a budget system and it does come with WiFi in the Pro AC version. I think the one you have has space for it but you have to find something to do with the antenna.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

what is your monitor ?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

does the h110 make any bottleneck or affect the overall performance ?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build! I don't know why but I'm digging that white fan. Definitely gave me ideas for my build. What's the overall noise level with this?

The only thing I'm not happy with is the PSU cable in the front, but it's not my build so my opinion doesn't matter.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How about some of these? You could single-handedly cause global warming by running Heaven Ultra on them

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/pHPscf

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/7dRBD3

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/Ghbv6h

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

AMD 9590 with old AMD stock cooler + GTX 480 reference 3 way SLI (cant support 4 way :( )

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

On a single 120mm radiator :3 imagine touching it :O

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  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't care what HDD you purchase. In my opinion they are slow in comparison to SSDs. The description was suppose to be humorous, I guess it was taken too literal.

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