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Core i5 6600k, GTX970 in Iraq

by B.Scorpion



Date Published

Dec. 20, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


I live in Iraq, things here have different prices than other countries (mostly electronics and computers) so the prices you will see are different from what you have else where, I basically didn't build this pc entirely, and here's why, here there are really no real warranties for things you buy, so the warranty I got is only 1 month on all parts, so I had them build the pc for me while I was watching and instructing them, just in case there's a faulty part so that they replace it, coz if I'm to build it and find a faulty part they would not replace it and they would easily blame me and telling me that I broke it or something like that, they didn't really do a great job, at first they put the PSU fan inside the case, upward, so I told them to put it downward as there's an intake for it with dust filter, they put the cpu cooler in a wrong way in witch the fan would have to be either above or below, not right or left, they put the rams in the wrong channel ( 2nd and 4th slots instead of 1st and 3rd), they didn't screw the PSU with 4 screws, they just put 3 XD, terrible cable management although I specifically told them to pay attention to cable management, I just waited for them to finish and made sure that everything worked fine then took it home and basically ripped it apart and put it together again and really did my best in cable management (opinions are welcome). happy so far with the build, running smoothly till now, at first I had 2 problems which are motherboard related, first, on some restarts the pc would turn off normally then when it starts the cpu error light just stays on and the pc never runs, after turning it off and then on or just restarting it from the physical restart button on the case it works normally, other problem is that the lan drivers have problems and stops working on some restarts as well, after some search I found out that both problems are related to bios, updated bios to latest version and both problems solved, I hope I didn't bore you with this long description but I tried to be thorough in details, have a nice day.

Part Reviews


I'm mostly gonna use this pc for gaming, so I saw that the core i5 is more than enough for me.

CPU Cooler

Used the Hyper 212 EVO for cooling coz I'm not gonna do any crazy overclocking, for now I'm leaving it at stock speed, will most likely do some overclocking later on.


Didn't wanna go for the maximus series since it only have few extra features over this model which I can easily live without, so I chose this one for the lower price.


I had to have 2 kits of 1x8GB Fury at 2400Mhz instead of Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB at 2666Mhz just simply because they didn't have what I need at the time I went to buy the parts, so I had to settle with these, not that big difference I guess.


I didn't wanna go above a certain budget so I opted for a Seagate hybrid, 2TB is really a good storage space for me for now, and it's faster somewhat than a standard hard drive.

Video Card

I really wanted to get a GTX980, but as I said I didn't wanna go above a certain budget, I got the G1 gaming GTX970 for 415 $, with is a lot I know, but prices here are different and I can't do anything about it, the GTX980 is above 600$ and they only brand they had was zotac which I didn't want so it made the choice easier for me to settle with the 970 for now.


For case was really limited but lack of choices but this case is a really good one, GPU fits with no problems at all and the CPU cooler as well, got place for extra fans so that's always a good thing.

Power Supply

I wanted something somewhat future proof, just in case I would get a more powerful GPU or maybe SLI in the future, the RMx series is new, good, well built, with a better price that other series that have the digital link system that I would really never use.

Comments Sorted by:

johngerges582 2 points 40 months ago

Excellent part choices. +1

Have fun with your new system.

B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks :)

dragoon20005 4 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

good parts choice

although i think those shop assistants are not tech savvy

B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Not even a bit, it was really stressful to watch them work, I had to do so though just for the sake of making sure every part is working properly

dragoon20005 4 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

hmmm i wonder if during the process if they break any parts

will they blame you for damaging it?

guess not :P

dock their pay!!!

B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Hehehehe that's exactly why I had them to build it, things here are really different so this is the safest way for me although I really wanted to build it from scratch by myself, but I'm kinda happy they did a bad job to give me an excuse to take everything a part lol

dragoon20005 4 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

must be hard to get PC parts there

since your neighbor country is pretty much out whack

B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Not only 1 neighbor country, and even in here it's really still bad, a lot of explosions and killing and kidnaping, but surprisingly even recently released parts are coming really fast, but prices are just too high compaired to other countries.

bond22 4 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

Nice job! I hope it stays cool in the summertime!

B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks, I hope so too, summer here is really long and really hot, outside temp easily get to 55 ºc in hot days, even more maybe, although I left fan curves on default for now, will surely tweek them if needed, it's really silent now even with full load, but even if it gets a bit noisy I won't mind since I always wear headphones :)

texasmayne 4 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

How's that GPU? I have almost the exact same setup, and am currently looking for the GPU to complete the build.

B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

For me it's great, I did a lot of research for the best gpu for the money for gaming, found out it's the 970, then did some research on 970s from different makers, found out that the gigabyte g1 gaming is best (for me at least) it has a high speed clock and it is basically the coolest air cooled 970 out there as I've found, of course you would use it for 1080p gaming, for me I'm almost maxing every game I play, and said almost max it coz I like to have around 100 fps and willing to reduce some settings to achieve that, just a little bit that won't really effect the visuals, running Black Ops III on 1080p with 100% scale and almost all settings maxed with medium anti- aliasing option and getting constant 100 fps without any overclocking, running battlefield 4 on max except for anti- aliasing and 2 other things at high and getting 120 to 150 fps, so I'm really pleased with those results, I hope this will help you, and sorry if I made it too long :)

--WhatEver-- 1 point 7 months ago

For a 3 year old build great parts choice! I feel you on the price side and shops/bad customer support issues I'm from Iraq too. Took me a f--kin while to get my hands on a 1050ti (which I had since about 1 and a half year) and now I really need to upgrade it. Looking forward for a msg from you dude

B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I hear you man, I've been looking to upgrade my pc as well coz I always want to have around or more than 100 fps in the games I play, graphics cards prices are still rocket high in Iraq after the mining affected the prices, didn't go down that much since, just hold for a month or so hopefully by the time RTX reaches our stores the prices for the 10 series would be close to what they are globally.

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B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I'm not sure to be honest, prices here r not settle like in other places, so maybe it's higher than this, will have to check but I'm happy anyway with my 970, I lean toward nvidia coz I had some issues with amd in the past, especially software related

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B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

That could be true for more than 1080p which I'm gonna stay on for a bit of a long time, besides I forgot to mention the heat problem, amd cards heats more than nvidia in general, this is a huge concern for me here coz we get temps around 60ºc (sun literally burns ur skin when u walk under it) in summer, which is a very long summer here xD

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B.Scorpion submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

That's not available here I'm afraid, and it will cost much more anyway xD