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Black Friday 2016 / first PC

by Quintasoarus

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Details

Date Published

Dec. 5, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.012 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.004 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

Description

Let me just say, building this was much easier than I thought it was going to be. (Purchase prices are low bc I bought everything at a Microcenter on black friday)

Made this part list over the summer and have been editing it from then until now (November 2016), but the end result is very different from what I planned. Black Friday can get you some crazy deals, man. Microcenter + Black Friday sales let me upgrade from a 6600k to a 6700k ($230), a 1060 to a 1070 ($370), a nicer SSD, and a 4K monitor ($220). Basically got a $2200 rig for $1700, so if you're going to build a pc and can wait a few months/weeks, then cash in on those sweet, sweet deals in November.

Part Reviews

CPU

Have had no problems with this chip. Does run a little hot, but paired with a proper cooler it'll do just fine. Heavier overclocking will require liquid cooling. I have mine at 4.6Ghz and could probably push it even further.

CPU Cooler

Pump is pretty quiet, stock fans do a good job but are pretty noisy under load. RGB logo is cool, and the braided tubing makes this AIO look very clean. Ran into troubles with the Corsair link app for a little while, but a quick software fix did away with my issue.

Motherboard

BIOS is comprehensive and easy to use, and overclocking is a breeze with my 6700k. Could use a few more USB type A ports built-in on the back, but it’s a great board overall.

Memory

Red means it goes faster, right?

Video Card

One hell of a card. Runs every game I've thrown at it in 1440p/ultra at 60fps. Not quite powerful enough to hit 60fps with many titles at 4K. Overwatch is about as demanding as a game can go for this 1070 while still hitting 60fps, though heavier titles like BF4 or Forza Horizon 3 will not usually hit 60fps consistently without dialing down graphical quality.

Case

Pretty roomy for cable management, and has plenty of outlets and edges to route cables and wiring to the motherboard and psu. Door is cool, I open it at least once a day and makes dusting a piece of cake. The one thing that does annoy me is that 140mm fans mounted on the top of the case are a tight squeeze with the cpu power cable and motherboard VRM cooler, and thus mounting a 280mm radiator is impossible (240mm should work).

Wireless Network Adapter

Plug-and-play, pretty much. No interruptions in connection except for when my WiFi itself actually goes out, and gets good speeds even with several walls and another floor between it and the router. Bluetooth is a nice little addition; I personally don't have a use for it right now, but there are no connectivity issues with it when I use it.

Case Fan

Looks cool, not too loud, pretty good airflow. That's about it, really; it's a case fan.

Case Fan

I mean it's a case fan... that also happens to look totally sick. Good airflow too.

Monitor

4K at 28" is glorious to say the least, but this specific model's TN panel (or at least mine) isn't the greatest when it comes to backlight bleed and viewing angles. Stand is kinda wobbly, and only has pitch adjustments. The interface is clean and easy to use though, and the addition of Freesync and a 1ms response time is nice too.

Keyboard

Think of it like when you were a kid and taped a soda can to your wheel so your bike sounded like a motorcycle; that's like this keyboard. Membrane keyboard at heart, but with a little click on actuation. It's honestly pretty gimmick-y, but at the end of the day, it's comfy to type on and sounds pretty cool too. The click doesn’t perfectly align with the actuation point though, so hearing the click may not always mean your press registered.

Mouse

Comfy, RGB, and is consistent whenever I use it.

Comments Sorted by:

Tosua 1 point 29 months ago

+1 for good quality build

One question, how did you get a i7 6700k for $220???

Randomzz_10 1 point 29 months ago

Black Friday sales, or an offer in general

AuraNightheart 1 point 29 months ago

Microcenter Black Friday deals are absolutely insane- especially with a motherboard bundle it takes another $30 off.

Tosua 1 point 29 months ago

damn im just jealous right now for not living in US

Quintasoarus submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Black Friday at Microcenter. The deals, man... the deals...