Disclaimer: Price listed is in SGD.
Decided to custom build my own PC. Nothing too-over-the-top, but certainly a considerable amount of time is invested in researching forums and reddit posts. Saving costs in some parts and pushes for better parts where it matters. Hoping it would be future proof for AT LEAST
10 5 years down the road.
13/06/17 UPDATE: MONITOR - I caved and bought myself S2716DG from Dell. 1440p, 144Hz, G-SYNC. Nothing to be complained about honestly given its price/performance ratio. Images are sharp, movements are buttery smooth. One of the best decision I have ever made, knowing that I had a GTX1070 that was under-utilised.
CPU: Initially my initial plan was to go with i5-6600, since I was not going to overclock anyway. But damn, when Kaby Lake came out, I can't help myself but to get 7600 instead. I know what you guys are thinking: the increase in performance is not worth it blah blah. I saw a few reddit posts complaining the insignificant increase in performance so it is not worth it to upgrade provided you already have i5-6600 and is thinking of upgrading to 7600. In my case, building a new system would of course make more sense if I choose 7600 instead of 6600.
MOBO: Similar to CPU's reason, initially I wanted to go with H170 to pair with i5-6600. Because of Kaby Lake, I chose its 200 counterparts (H270). However further research prompted me to be satisfied with just B250 MOBO. I went for MSI B250 Gaming Pro Carbon because of aesthetics, really. -as of the time of this entry, MSI B250 Gaming Pro Carbon is not yet found in the parts list, so the closest I can find is the H270 counterpart of it-
CPU Cooler: Again, some controversy arose here when I was discussing my PC parts with a group of friends. Why the f__ would I need an aftermarket cooler for a non-overclock-able CPU, right? Well, for one, there had been rumours (yeah I know) that Kaby Lake CPUs are generally hotter in comparison with their Skylake counterparts. Decided not to take my chances and went along with this cooler. M9i has generally been praised for its performance/price ratio since it is one of the cheaper aftermarket CPU air cooler in the market. Besides, who prefers a stock cooler over this smexy blower?
RAM: Wanted to go with 2x8GB kit at first, but decided to drop it to 2x4GB to bring down prices a considerable bit. Since I figured most AAA games these days pushes about 5-6GB RAM during gameplay, I don't really see a solid reason for going with 16GB of RAM. Also, I can always add more RAM sticks in the future should the need arises.
SSD: Didn't jump into the hypetrain of getting 860 Series or the PRO series, as 850 EVO still seems to be the go-to SSD by majority of PC builders. Went with 250GB as I will only be using my SSD for Windows OS (duh) and a few games to quicken up the loading time.
HDD: Same reason as SSD choice. WD Caviar Blue 7200rpm 1TB, 'nuff said. Similar argument with RAM choice, add-on in the future is always a possibility.
GPU: Dear God, this part took me the longest to decide. There aren't many choices, but small details such as aesthetics (I wanted RGB from the start) and memory/core clocks were factored in. Was going to go with ASUS GTX1070 Strix OC but damn the price premium over this card is just ridiculous for me. Figured that Palit GTX1070 SJS had amongst the highest GPU Clock Rate compared to other aftermarket GTX1070. With many good reviews from its owners and great performance/price ratio, I went along with Palit instead. It is not the best-looking GPU per se, but I got the RGB that I wanted, which is nice.
PSU: Was considering between this and Corsair RMx 650W. Went with TT Toughpower 750W instead because I figured it is 30 SGD cheaper compared to Corsair's and has 100W more power capacity (which I currently don't need, I know) with similar performance for both PSUs.
Case: Fell in love with both P400S and NZXT S340 after seeing their reviews on YouTube by HardwareCanucks. Heard rumours that the Tempered Glass edition for P400 is coming up as a response for NZXT's S340 Elite. Waited for 3 months to build my PC for it. So worth the wait.
Went with Thermaltake Riing Green to match the colour scheme that I had in mind for the case. Silent and performing well, there is really nothing to complain about these fans. Well, if I am to be really petty about it, the sticker in the center of the fan blade is kinda off-looking and better off peeled-off in my opinion.
The only thing that irks me is that the front panel can only accommodate to two 120mm fans instead of three as stated here by Phanteks. Had to return the extra fan that I purchased. (EDIT: the case will only fit 2 fans if the PSU shroud panel is not removed. It will fit 3 fans if the panel is removed)
Cable management was kind of easy, although I did not exactly do a stellar job at it either.
Well, before you mechanical-keyboard-diehard-fans stoned me to death, let me just say that I was never a fan of mechanical keyboards. Tried Cherry MX Red (because it is supposed to be quieter than Blue, which is a big plus for me) keyboard previously and I didn't like it. Wanted RGB anyway
because I am superficial and decided to jump on this one when it was on sale on Amazon.
PCMark 8 Basic Edition Score: 5152
Time Spy 1.0 Score: 5701
3D Mark 11 Performance 1.0 Score: P17111
Fire Strike 1.1 Score: 14387
FurMark v188.8.131.52 Score: 6174
Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0 Score in 1080p: 3895
Unigine Valley Benchmark 4.0 Score in 1080p: 3558
Unigine Valley Benchmark 4.0 Score in 1440p: 2624
Feel free to comment, bash, anything. I'll take them with a
bucket-full pinch of salt anyway.
Does its job, marginally faster than its predecessor (6600). Personally, unless you are building a totally new system, I would suggest waiting for the next intel processors in the future.
This cpu fan does an amazing job for its size. Pretty quiet even under load.
RAM is RAM. It all boils down to personal preference when it comes to RAM (colour schemes, aesthetics, brand loyalty, etc) as there is no distinct difference between RAMs of the same specifications.
Would recommend this for everyday gaming build, as there is no need to go for 860 series and/or PRO-Series. Price/performance ratio is good and is well-known for its reliability.
No problem so far with WD Blue 1TB 7200rpm. This thing runs fast as does its job and still the most go-to brand for HDDs.
I swear this brick could kill a small animal if thrown directly at it. Its size is HUGE compared to other aftermarket GPUs, which may contribute to its lower temperature under load due to a larger heatsink. Runs pretty quiet running AAA titles and has a nice RGB feature which is a steal for its price range.
Ain't this case a beauty to behold. The tempered glass is simply stunning and the short RGB strip included is a nice bonus. For those looking for simplicity and clean-looking case, I would definitely recommend this case.
Cable management was super easy with a lot of room to work with. Airflow could be improved though, as the front panel has relatively small intake from top and bottom openings only. Stock fans that came with it are pretty quiet and do their jobs well.
Runs pretty quiet with good Japanese capacitors and components inside. Semi-modular but with flat cables and zip-ties for easier cable management.
The LEDs are arranged uniquely and beautifully placed in a circle, which beautifies the case with a colour scheme. Unlike many other case fans with LEDs, the LED lights on this one is not too bright, which is usually a minor problem for some (too bright for sleeping etc).
Runs pretty quiet and moves considerable amount of air as a static pressure fan. Would definitely recommend it.
This is NOT a mechanical keyboard if anyone is wondering. CM coined the term "mem-chanical" as it is a hybrid between mechanical and membrane switches. The switches feel like membrane switches, but with a little tactile bump feel every press. Honestly it feels closest to brown switches if I have to benchmark it with a mechanical switch.
The keyboard works beautifully and has a solid build, with multiple modes of RGB lights that can be set manually on the keyboard (no software needed to do it for this keyboard).
Mouse feels cheap at first impression, but it proves to be sufficient for normal use. RGB lighting seems too bright at night, which is the reason I turn it off for daily use.