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First desktop build

by gemichi



Date Published

Oct. 13, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 12, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.5 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.1 GHz


This is like my dream coming true...I've always been wanting to build a computer, but because of my circumstances, there was not a chance for me to do so. In the past, I had experience of fixing old desktops and took apart old laptops for fun. Never had played with any new toys until now! XD

I was so busy putting everything together that I only took one picture @.@ Will take more pictures later. Right now, I'm worry that the cpu cooler will be blocking the place for my graphics card...and I'm struggling to install windows 7 on it...(just found out there is something missing from this mobo that made it tricky)

Part Reviews


Originally, I was going for 4690k, then I waited for skylake 6600k and the last moment, I decided to go for the 6700k for the thread because I'll be using this computer for photo editing, and other graphical tasks.

It has a few driver cash related to its HD530.


Motherboard. I've waited their mini-itx for a long time until I gave up and got this matx when it was on sale. I guess it is still a good choice since there is an extra pci lane for a future upgrade (not planning on crossfire)

Fan header can be placed in a better place for cleaner cable routing.


Enough said, cheapest one I got~


Since the computer will be right beside me, I really need to make sure it doesn't make too much noise.

One thing to be aware of is if you are going to mount a single rad on the rear, it will be in the way of the side for either the sound damping foam or any cooling fan to be mounted there.

The optical driver bay's screws are very hard to remove. Guess this is only applies to particular unit.

Power Supply

ya, its an average or even below average psu, but I'm poor...


Monitor: that AH-IPS is what made me purchase this monitor. I like the screen size too. not too large or too small.

Comments Sorted by:

SanjiYoung 2 points 41 months ago

Haha is that hatsune miku? xD Nice build, I like it :) I still can't decide between sapphire nitro or msi for r9 390 lol.

gemichi submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Yup thats Miku~ :3 I was on the same boat as you and the sapphire one went on sale, so I grabbed it.

Thanks :D still waiting for the graphics card to arrive and tidy up the cable.

I was thinking should I return the L12 and get the D14...

SanjiYoung 1 point 41 months ago

Yeah the L12 is kinda blocking but you should wait for the GPU first, if there's no problem placing the GPU in it's place without touching the CPU cooler then you shouldn't return the L12.

Would be nice to see more pictures :P ( especially with hatsune miku )

gemichi submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

after reading some more reviews comparing different coolers, I think I've chose the wrong one for my build...should've gone with something like the D14 or cryorig H7...ya I'll wait till the gpu arrives then I'll decide if I really need to return it.

sure I'll post more after the midterms! :D

Chaos_the_God 1 point 41 months ago

A liquid cooler is better for such a high end cpu

gemichi submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

but still not very impress with the H80i GT, I used the Asus OC tune which boost the clock speed up to 4.6Ghz. At load, it runs around 67c. That is normal right?

Nighterlev 1 point 37 months ago

I would honestly just get a bigger case honestly. The case your using for this build just seems WAY to small, especially for a CPU such as the I7-6700k.

HDD? I would've honestly rather just got the 1TB Western Digital HDD instead of the one you chose tbh. https://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex

For the RAM you chose? Could've gotten this instead: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f43000c15d8grk has a higher frequenc (3000MHz instead of 2400MHz), better CAS (15 CAS instead of 16) and it seems to be cheaper over-all.

Power supply? I don't know why you consider the power supply you chose to be of low quality. Considering it's EVGA, it's actually pretty high quality and just a great choice in general for that type of W's. I mean I like them lol.

Also I'd recommend you doing this for the GPU airflow: http://prntscr.com/a9vpij

gemichi submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

thanks for your suggestions.

I was going for mini-itx until I gave up and moved onto matx, so I would like to keep the case still at a smaller size. The define mini was a great choice since it has the dust filters that I need and the noise blocking material.

For the ram, I was always looking at low profile ones to give myself more options on the cpu cooler which I'm using a D14 right now (forgot to update the picture). The harddrive choice simply for my liking of its compactness and how reliable HGST is.

The power supply, I would say it is around average quality. From what other people said, the better ones is the B2, not B1. Which is true because I've got a doa from my first B1.

Right now, the cpu idle temperature is around 26 to 30c and the gpu is around 44c. Both never exceed 70c while on heavy load. I'll try to remove that slot and see if I can get better load temp for the gpu.

I got most of the parts when they were on sale, and the price listed have included tax. Had to made some compromises.

thanks again :D

Nighterlev 1 point 36 months ago

True, but don't be surprised if your GPU/CPU heatsink (considering your water cooling, having 67'C max temperature still isn't really all that surprising considering even water coolers still need airflow, not as much as a heatsink but they still do) tends to get a bit hotter then usual temp's on anyone else's system that use med-full ATX cases. Then again, most of it really depend's on the outside temp's around your system rather then the inside.

Oh alright, low profile RAM etc yeah, I knows.

I'd honestly say the B1's for low quality would be more of the 400-500W range, as for the 750W not so much based off what I've heard of.

As for the GPU and all, it's a pretty good idea that you do that, considering it'd give the actual GPU more airflow from a different direction and possibly using it as airflow to move air out, and take air in from 2 sides, or take air in from 1 side and have the air flow out of 2.

Cr1ms0n 1 point 29 months ago

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha no. that case is just fine try this: http://www.kimeraindustries.com/cerberus/#cerberus-specs And I'm putting a 6700K and 2 Msi gtx 1070 gaming Xs in it. Deal with it.

Cr1ms0n 1 point 29 months ago

Also, the case is 18L and supports atx everything. Psu, Motherboard, gpu... You name it , this case supports it. Other than that, I think the build is fine.

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Nighterlev 1 point 36 months ago

Not really that pointless, and unless his room/house is extremely dusty, it won't do much if not anything at all to the GPU in terms of dust then it is already.

Nighterlev 1 point 36 months ago

Also, what I'm recommending to do with the PCI slots isn't pointless, as this same thing helped with my GPU in pulling in more air so no, it's not pointless at all. It also helped lower the temp's by a few degree's, so yes, even if it's 1-3 degree's, it's a difference. Wanna know why? Look at how tooth paste works as thermal paste for CPU's, works better then most of the current thermal paste currently available and even rival's with Artic Silver.

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DouvleX 1 point 36 months ago

How did you install windows 7 on Skylake? because Intel doesn't support it so what did you do?

Nighterlev 1 point 36 months ago

You can still install Windows 7 on skylake, you can install Windows XP on skylake believe it or not. You can even install Windows 7 on CPU's from back in the 1980's, although it'd be EXTREMELY slow if you did so.

DouvleX 1 point 36 months ago

But how cause if you attempt to it will say USB device not supported.

16TTek 1 point 32 months ago

If you modded windows 10 you could get it to run on an 8086 and above same as windows 7 I would not go as far as the 80s early 90s and if ur lucky late 80s!!!

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Do not advocate piracy.

gemichi submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

sorry about that...

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gemichi submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

ya, its a pretty nice card. So far, it can meet my needs. The case is pretty nice except the far less options on what type of cooling I can put in there compare to other cases, but the upside is it block quit a lot of dust and pretty quiet. Thanks for the upvote!