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Here is my second build using these essentially the same components. I built my wife a new PC which you can view here http://pcpartpicker.com/b/YFRG3C

the build was a ton easier doing it in a case than has room behind the motherboard tray to do cable management! also using a fully modular power supply helps in this case because if not having to find places to hide wires!!

the CPU cooler was a gamble when I bought it, PCPP flagged it saying that the case may not have sufficient mounting depth to support the cooler. but as you can see it fits up front just like it should! I did not want to mount it on top due to it not being a filtered hole. and I am not using it for exhaust, although I could if I wanted to, I actually have to other fans I could mount in the front to take in fresh air and use the cooler to expel it out the top of the case. the height of the RAM could potentially be an issue if I choose to do that though.

yet another gamble I took was using this long of a card. wasn't sure if both would fit in the configuration that I have them in but again as you can see it works just fine, with no issues at all

the power supply intakes air from the filtered bottom and expels it out the back, adds very little heat to the system.

RAM looks dope! love the red breathing effect!

well feel free to ask questions I can provide measurements if you are interested to see just what all can fit in this wonderful little case!

Ok so here is my official reason why I picked the parts I picked and you can love it or hate it but these are the facts, I had to build 2 computers that were about equal in performance, one for my wife and one for me. I chose parts based on low price to keep the budget small-ish and tried to maximize performance, which without a doubt I know I did. And this system will work for me in the future as I decide to upgrade parts slowly. Here is a breakdown of the parts and why I picked them. CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core newest Intel Architecture, outperforms other older chipsets. Will thus last longer (be more useful to me) in the future than getting an older CPU. CPU Cooler: Corsair H115i 104.7 CFM Liquid great new cooler from Corsair. Will keep temps frosty and preserve the life of the CPU. (and when I decide to overclock (and get a new Motherboard) I will be able to keep the CPU chill with this beast. Motherboard: ASRock H110M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 the downfall of the build (well and the PSU...) I didn’t realize you couldn’t OC with the Mo-B0, but in the end I do not care all that much as the stock clock speed of the CPU is fine and overclocking will render slight performance increase but honestly I can go without it for now, and like I said above when I want the extra speed and frames its just a new motherboard (and PSU) away. Memory: Delta 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 The RAM looks awesome and it works great… nugh said. Oh and yes I know skylake only officially supports 2133 speed and this gets slowed down to that speed… yes yes yes… Storage: Silicon Power Silm S55 480GB 2.5" SSD on sale at the time of purchase, way faster than my old 5600 Laptop HDD. Boot times are way better and my programs and games perform better as well. Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation That GFX card though! I love this card I was choosing between a 970 and this and ended up with this after doing my research and seeing there was a good tradeoff between the 2 cards. Some games like the AMD cards better and some like the Nvidia. Case: Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Great case and fit everything I needed. Power Supply: Ultra 750W ATX looking back this was not the best choice but again I wasn’t building based on best choice if I did that I would have spent $1,800.00 bucks on this system not under $1,200.00. But yes this will be a necessary upgrade for the future and will most likely go with a trusted sea sonic or maybe a Corsair. But it’s what I got and it works.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

why the K processor and h115i if you have an h110 mobo?

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

ignorance on my part, didn't realize you had to have a z170 chipset board... but its all good I don't need the extra performance I instead get a chip that will last longer due to it being a better made chip.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

instead get a chip that will last longer due to it being a better made chip.

That isn't how it works.I have never seen any account of any cpu dying due non user errors. Cpu's will last basically forever if treated right.

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

I meant it will last longer as in it will serve my purpose for a longer length of time. it has a higher base clock and can be pushed further, so in a couple years when I need the extra performance I will have it... again I didn't realize that the motherboard couldn't overclock... but in a few years when I upgrade I'm all set, get a new motherboard and new GFX card and power supply and I'm good to go...

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Every time you buy a crappy power supply, an electrical engineer cries.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

what electrical engineer rated this at 80+ bronze? just like most other power supplies used in these builds?!? if you wanna talk about why it has no reviews umm well neither does my RAM which is made by a very good brand and neither does the Corsair cooler... hmmm and the case only has 1 review it all must be crap....

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

that psu looks super sketchy

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

what is sketchy about it? my minimum for a power supply was one that was 80 plus rated meaning it is a decent one, no not fantastic but decent and works like it should...

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

On Amazon your PSU averages 3 stars, which is terrible considering the low end Corsair CX-Series has 4.5 stars. Having a good PSU is extremely important for the longevity and stability of your system, and it's something a lot of people overlook. Saying that 80 plus rating is good enough for a PSU is like you eating mcdonalds all day and saying it has meats, carbs, and veggies so it is healthy food. Don't be surprised of the PSU pops and gets destroyed, possible taking other parts with it.

  • 46 months ago
  • -1 points

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S59X00K/?tag=pcpapi-20 go check it out its actually not 3 stars... but hey I'm the one who knows nothing about anything...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Go on newegg and buy literally any PSU that's not thermaltake and it will completely destroyed your current one. Your PSU is not decent. It actually sucks. True Amazon rating should be around 1.5 stars because most people would rate it a 5 if it just turns on. Not trying to be harsh but the PSU is just as important as the CPU or GPU.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Logisys... Diablotek... Coolmax...

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

oh and also avoid raidmax

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

you couldve saved like 200 if you went with a xeon instead because you wasted your money on a watercooler and K processor with a mobo that cant OC

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

ignorance on my part, didn't realize you had to have a z170 chipset board... but its all good I don't need the extra performance I instead get a chip that will last longer due to it being a better made chip.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

While the part selection isn't exactly the best to say the least, I judge on the looks of the build in the completed build section so you get a +1 from me. Good cable management.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I based most purchases on what was cheap first then what looked good, my minimum for a power supply was one that was 80 plus rated meaning it is a decent one, no not fantastic but decent and works like it should...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

my minimum for a power supply was one that was 80 plus rated meaning it is a decent one

Efficiency means literally nothing but a psu being slight more or less efficient than another. It is not a indicator of quality or performance, for that you would want to read a professional review of the unit in question, avoid those stupid tier lists unless you just want a rough idea of what psu is good, mediocre, etc.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/10/04/80_plus_irrelevant_to_you_when_buying_psu/#.Vv9P8aQrKUk

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

How are your GPU temps? I consider the Nano S for my next PC, but since everything will be air cooled I'm worried about GPU temps due to close proximity to the PSU.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

temps are higher than the build I did in the fractal core 500. that is a great case for running a cool system with no water-cooling. in this build here are the temps CPU Temperature While Idle 24.0° C CPU Temperature Under Load 40.0° C GPU Temperature While Idle 34.0° C GPU Temperature Under Load 90.0° C

in my wife's build here are the temps CPU Temperature While Idle 24.0° C GPU Temperature While Idle 32.0° C GPU Temperature Under Load 80.0° C

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

So temps are noticeable higher, but still not too high. And that's a beefy graphics card, in my build I will probably use a lower tier GPU. Thanks for your answer!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

good luck also note that if you get a normal size power supply and no liquid cooler you can mount 2 140 mm fans in the front and one 120 mm fan on the bottom of the case so you can have 3 intakes, with one pushing directly on the card. and then have the one fan in the back for exhaust... and also have the moduvent panel on top if you wanted intake or exhaust fans there.. I would only recommend exhaust there though due to the non filtered grill...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

an i7-6700K,R9 390,16GB RAM and liquid cooling all within $1200 Nuff' said

  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

Yeah but it took a lower quality psu, low end motherboard, not so great ssd to get it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Very unbalanced.. Liquid cooler with an unlocked cpu that cant be overclock with an H110. PSU and SSD = ::(

Not buying the cooler would have given him more money towards better components.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah this was a relatively poorly done build. It gets the job done, but for value and longevity it's a loser for sure.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love to know what you know about building a system that lasts a long time... lol people just spout off and post comments when they have little to no idea what they are talking about... this system will last me easily 3-5 years and then I could overclock the CPU and upgrade components like GFX card and PSU (if it dies, which in unlikely)

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Not to be rude I am pretty sure you have this.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-purchase_rationalization

Expensive purchases often involve a lot of careful research and deliberation, and many consumers will often refuse to admit that their decision was made in poor judgment. Many purchasing decisions are made emotionally, based on factors such as brand-loyalty and advertising, and so are often rationalized retrospectively in an attempt to justify the choice.

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I would love to know what you know about building a system that lasts a long time...

He knows quite a bit....

people just spout off and post comments when they have little to no idea what they are talking about...

We definetly know we are talking about.

this system will last me easily 3-5 years

Not with that psu, there isn't even a professional proper review out of it which says something. It says that no one wants to take their time to review a unit that they probably already know the results of, crap, and that most people aren't even going to look at.

I could overclock the CPU

Nope, that motherboard does not support overclocking and even if it did it would be a horrible idea to a low power phase count, that is how you kill a motherboard.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I have built over 50 systems and I'm a mod on another much larger pc site.

You actually cannot overclock the cpu because you board does not allow it. It seems you are the one who does not what know they are talking about here. Sorry.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

::(

Is that a sad spider!? Why does it have four eyes!?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

My finger did that.. :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

I chose to go with the i7 so I have an upgrade path in the future, this CPU will last me a while and having this and the cooler already bought makes it where to upgrade I just need to buy a new GFX card which is common every 2 or so years and a new motherboard and PSU.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I chose to go with the i7 so I have an upgrade path in the future,

Nothing wrong with going with the i7...

and having this and the cooler already bought

This is where the unbalance starts. You could have easily spend less on a cooler like the cryorig h7 (35) or cryorig m9i (20) and gotten a much better motherboard (Z170). And that PSU is not a good choice (around that price the EVGA Gq 650 was a much better choice), just like the SSD. Now the Case, ram , gpu, and cpu are fine. But the cooler is worth less in this build as even the stock one would have done the job. You bought the cheapest motherboard available (H110) for an unlocked i7.

Youre wife's build has at least a better SSD, and a cheaper cooler, only thing i would change is the motherboard for a Z170 and a better PSU (again not a good one).

Im not trying to be rude, im just trying to be helpful as i made many mistakes when i built my first pc, and this things just helps to not make them again. Hope this helps! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. truer words have never been spoken but why are you everywhere I go :/

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think I am lol.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

you're all over the place... especially off topic

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I guess so. Lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, when a build like this would be MUCH better http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Yk68hM

  • 46 months ago
  • -1 points

I could of got a ssd for 20 bucks more and in all reality there is very little real world difference on performance. the low end motherboard does everything and more that I need it to do... and the quality of the psu is lower but again like I said in my past responses. my minimum for a power supply was one that was 80 plus rated meaning it is a decent one, no not fantastic but decent and works like it should...

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

i think you should return your CPU cooler and your 6700k if you will use that motherboard and get a locked CPU. There is no reason to spend an extra $200 for a slightly higher quality CPU. CPUs don't just suddenly die and they become obsolete far before they break. If you want higher quality parts, don't cheap out on your mobo, SSD, or PSU. Your computer is not just a CPU.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Performance with the ssd is not the issue. Longevity is. The lower end controller and memory chips will ensure a shorter life.

The psu being 80+ rated has nothing to do with quality at all. Please go read about psus and what makes a good one there are excellent non rated psus and crap gold rated ones. The psu is the single most important part and it is very foolish to chance the entire pc on a bad unit.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I was referring to the difference within the SSD category, the reason I went with a cheap SSD and not a fast HDD was because of the real world performance difference. sorry for the misunderstanding.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ehh I disagree.

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

I agree. I strongly disagree that its a good build, imo its a awful part selection that seems to me it was done without much research if any research. It has a not so good psu, a unlocked cpu but a motherboard that doesn't support overclocking but yet a expensive AIO cooler. Plus all of the issues you mentioned.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah this is just a miss match selection that makes no sense. You could do much better for the money.

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

I chose to go with the i7 so I have an upgrade path in the future, this CPU will last me a while and having this and the cooler already bought makes it where to upgrade I just need to buy a new GFX card which is common every 2 or so years and a new motherboard and PSU. plus having the cooler on the CPU now makes the temps way better than an air cooler would thus increasing the longevity of the part...

but hey what would I know, im just a noob doing his second build...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bro I tried to keep the ballin' on a budget mindset!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok so here is my official reason why I picked the parts I picked and you can love it or hate it but these are the facts, I had to build 2 computers that were about equal in performance, one for my wife and one for me. I chose parts based on low price to keep the budget small-ish and tried to maximize performance, which without a doubt I know I did. And this system will work for me in the future as I decide to upgrade parts slowly. Here is a breakdown of the parts and why I picked them. CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core newest Intel Architecture, outperforms other older chipsets. Will thus last longer (be more useful to me) in the future than getting an older CPU. CPU Cooler: Corsair H115i 104.7 CFM Liquid great new cooler from Corsair. Will keep temps frosty and preserve the life of the CPU. (and when I decide to overclock (and get a new Motherboard) I will be able to keep the CPU chill with this beast. Motherboard: ASRock H110M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 the downfall of the build (well and the PSU...) I didn’t realize you couldn’t OC with the Mo-B0, but in the end I do not care all that much as the stock clock speed of the CPU is fine and overclocking will render slight performance increase but honestly I can go without it for now, and like I said above when I want the extra speed and frames its just a new motherboard (and PSU) away. Memory: Delta 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 The RAM looks awesome and it works great… nugh said. Oh and yes I know skylake only officially supports 2133 speed and this gets slowed down to that speed… yes yes yes… Storage: Silicon Power Silm S55 480GB 2.5" SSD on sale at the time of purchase, way faster than my old 5600 Laptop HDD. Boot times are way better and my programs and games perform better as well. Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation That GFX card though! I love this card I was choosing between a 970 and this and ended up with this after doing my research and seeing there was a good tradeoff between the 2 cards. Some games like the AMD cards better and some like the Nvidia. Case: Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Great case and fit everything I needed. Power Supply: Ultra 750W ATX looking back this was not the best choice but again I wasn’t building based on best choice if I did that I would have spent $1,800.00 bucks on this system not under $1,200.00. But yes this will be a necessary upgrade for the future and will most likely go with a trusted sea sonic or maybe a Corsair. But it’s what I got and it works.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't worry to much about it, take pride in your build. I notice one of the naysayers has 19,100 comments since Nov 2014. That's literally 40 comments per day, every day since then. I have no doubt the guy knows every facet of building a computer, because he seems to eat sleep and breath pcpartpicker. However not everyone does, there are new builders and it would have been more encouraging to see more constructive criticism; not because of thin skin, but in the effort to promote a positive community.

Lol I just noticed he gave me negative comment karma! Bitter much!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

the only thing I do regret and I agree I should of changed was the PSU... but now its too late and I will ride with this one for a while before getting a new one. (hopefully nothing goes wrong!)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to say this a is a great build.....

So do you understand why everyone is 'hating'?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

ummmm yes... poor choice of power supply and failed to realize the Mo-Bo couldn't overclock...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, most has been said already..

- CPU: Perfect, nothing wrong with it. That beast will last you for years to come.

- CPU cooler: A decent AIO watercooler in both performance and aesthetics. Question is: Do you need it without the option of overclocking? Well, if its for the performance? Not really. Pure aesthetics, sure.

- Mainboard: Good brand, underwhelming board. That 6700k deserves way better, could have saved cash going for a non-K chip or should have spent a tiny bit more for a better mainboard.

- Memory: Meh... Memory modules are cheap in general, without looking it up i'm fairly sure you could get a better pair.

- SSD: Meh... Same as for memory, SSD's are fairly cheap nowadays. Could have gotten a slightly smaller one of a brand like Samsung, Crucial, Corsair or Kingston for about the same price.

- GPU: Fine for the price, decent option. Expect no wonders but it will definitely do its job.

- Case: Awesome, I've had the pleasure to work with a couple Fractal Design cases before and they're great to work with. Good quality, nice features and pleasing to the eye.

- PSU: As mentioned many times before: crap. Please, for the love of god, don't go cheap on power supplies. The amount of people i see gimping on their PSU are countless. A bad PSU can potentially fry all your hardware.

You have a nice performing, clean/organised looking budget build, made out of mediocre (key) components. Not here to bash your build, just giving my honest opinion and hope that next time, you will at least not gimp on a PSU anymore :)

+1 for the effort and cable-management.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Was there no way to assemble the corsair cooler in the opposite direction? (so that the logo is not upside down) I saw something like that (different cooler) here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/NPPscf

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It looked sketchy having it right side up due to strain on the mobo mounts, it may have been fine, but it also had the tubing protruding out if the case a little bit. If i feel ambitious i may day things around and see what else i could do. I was just wanting to get it built asap.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig. I'm working on a similar setup but I'm a bit confused with the fans. I have a back exhaust fan, and then the corsair radiator in the front with two fans behind it (toward the inside). The instructions say it should be sucking air in - but then the fans would be sucking in the warm air from the radiator into the case? Is yours blowing air out the front?

Any input would be appreciated.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

check out these videos from a reputable techtuber. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCZ5iP5cu8g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb6C6fd8tGc basically it really doesn't matter... if its an issue for you, you can always mount the rad up top and have the air come in the front of the case and exhaust out the top through the rad and rear...

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow, lots of haters. I think your build is great, I love the Nano S. I myself have a overclocking motherboard paired with a non overclocked xeon, even have an AIO on it. Just the way the parts landed, no regrets at all. I wouldn't ignore the comments about power supplies though, quality is paramount.

Great build +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, lots of haters.

If you want to call me a hater for speaking the truth then do so, I'm not going to sugar coat facts just to protect someones feelings when it comes to non sentimental objects like pc's, if you can't handle criticism you shouldn't put yourself in a position for it. if you find that you regret your decision after learning about why its bad that is on you, not me. If I wanted to hate I would be leaving comments like "this build sucks" without any explanation. I can back everything I said up.

  • 46 months ago
  • -3 points

Lol sorry if I touched a nerve.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the constructive criticism, I hate when people just jump online to bash others who are building pc's and learning on the go. honestly I did my research and this is what I decided to go with and I have my reasons... which I have explained but I could do it again for all the slow people who posted above... lol anyways yea that power supply... my minimum for a power supply was one that was 80 plus rated meaning it is a decent one, no not fantastic but decent and works like it should...

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

PCPP has a great community sorry for the bad experience. I'm sure if you had a lock processor such as i7 6700 non k, less criticism would have happen. Aesthetic wise liquid cooler adds a nice look in your pc but since you have a h110 which won't allow you to overclock therefore liquid cooler was a questionable choice. Your PSu is not bad but could have gotten a better one(evga g2 or corsair rmx/rmi), not sure why they were grilling you. Anyways +1 I'm sure it's working and will last you more than 4-5years

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

thanks for understanding... again this is my second build and I did my first one a week ago... I went with the liquid cooler because it doesn't hurt to run your system at colder temps than what an air cooler would provide... and I wanted to spend the extra money to have the aesthetics of it. and cause I thought I could overclock at time of purchase. but now seeing that I cant I still don't fully regret it. the only thing I do regret and I agree I should of changed was the PSU... but now its too late and I will ride with this one for a while before getting a new one. (hopefully nothing goes wrong!)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

no worries man, trust me you're doing fine.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I hate when people just jump online to bash others who are building pc's

We aren't just bashing you, anyone experienced would realize this is a poor choice of parts. The reason why I am actually commenting is because I care and want to help you fix it, if I didn't care I wouldn't even be commenting at 1:35AM.

learning on the go.

You should always, always do your research before you buy your parts, not in the middle of it. That would be like Skydiving and just jumping out before learning how to use a parachute right or how to pack it. Sure it could go right but that chances are slim. This applies for all major purchases in life from pc's to car's and once you gain the knowledge you probably are going to look back in regret. Also on top of research, it should be good research.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly cant remember, I know I bought a fan splitter for my other build and am pretty sure I used that one in this case because me other case could only fit 1 fan on top and one exhaust due to CPU cooler. so my final answer is no it doesn't. but a 1 to 3. the one I bought had one 4 pin to hook up to motherboard and had one 4 pin connector and two 3 pin out. was really cheap on amazon. or buy a fancy fan controller...

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

im not sure if it came with one or not... like I said I bought a fan splitter on amazon. they are not that much money just buy one and ensure you have what you need to hook up your fans...