Description

Welcome to the beauty that is BlackFire. I'm very proud of the outcome of this build. Installation was easy, aesthetics are amazing, and performance is absolutely astonishing. When i first started building this i had 3 things in mind. Performance, Looks, and around $1600.

CPU--> The i7-6700k is more than enough for basically anything out. 4 strong cores with hyper threading are more than enough for day to day task and especially in gaming. This thing is an absolute beat in gaming and i recommend this for anyone looking to demolish games at 1440p to 4k. I would advise to stick with the i5-6600k for computers primary for gaming and going for 1080p and 1440p at most.

CPU Cooler--> I don't really have anything to say about the cooler but dang is this a cool cooler. Even at 4.8 GHZ my CPU max temps are under 73 averaging at 68. I live in California and its quite hot at this moment and even then temperatures are this good.

Thermal Compound--> Nothing to say here. Great Thermal Compound.

Motherboard--> Good looking? check. Supports SLI for future upgrade? check. Amazing integrated sound? check. Good build quality? check(duh its Asus). Supports DDR4? check. This motherboard is absolutely perfect. Red and grey fit the color scheme perfectly. In the end its a motherboard so it was basically a get whatever fits your needs situation and this one is good enough for me.

Memory--> G.Skill is a very trustworthy company when it comes to producing amazing quality memory that does not disappoint. 16GB is the sweet spot in 2016 and you have 2 more ram slots to upgrade to 32GB which shouldn't at all. For gaming, i would stick with 16GB mainly because 8GB is enough but at this price range, 16GB feels better and more premium. Also the colors fits the build beautifully.

Storage--> Samsung back at it again with a sick SSD. This thing is very fast in terms of boot times and loading times are very short when it comes to gaming. Overall 128GB is more than enough for windows and some main games here and there. The 1TB hard drive in my opinion is perfect for the money and it'll store all of your pictures, videos, application and some casual games nicely.

Video Card--> At first i was going to go with the Asus ROG Strix 1080 until i did some research on the price per performance. For only a 20% boost in performance you are paying 35% more. That didn't seem right to me especially since the 1070 can do 4k at ultra if you just sacrifice shadows to medium or something else to medium. This offers you 40-60 fps with most AAA games from my experience. The main reason i went with the 1070 was because i only like running games at 1440p since that's what my eyes are most used to. True 4k looks amazing, but i'm not really of a graphic enthusiast.

case--> This build brings everything together in a nice and tidy place while making color scheme pop. Red and black looks absolutely amazing inside this build and with some extra LED's it'll look even better. cable management was easy and overall i'm happy with the aesthetics of this case and how its not cheaply made.

Power Supply--> A 650W power supply from a very trusted company is going to be more than enough to power this entire build up. This build takes around 540W of power so getting anything more than 650W is a waste of money. Also its 80+ Platinum so it feels more premium :D

Let me know what you think in the comments and any recommendations or constructive criticism will be happily taken to overall improve this build. Thanks for taking a look at my new build! Have a great day :)

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there, great build and great description but I have a question. So I am new to PC building and I would like to know if overclocking that CPU is easy and how you do it. I would also like to know if you had to get any extra cables.

Thanks

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Thank you for for taking your time to look at the description! Overclocking this specific CPU is fairly easy as long as you follow specific steps. This video goes a bit fast but you can pause and do exactly what she is doing and you will successfully have an overclocked CPU [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZe26lv7lJ4 ]. In terms of cables, no, all the cables come with the Power Supply and you should end up with some cables left over at the end. In other words, you wont have to buy anything else as long as you buy all of the items listed(aside from the thermal paste since the liquid cooler comes with paste pre applied and you can just place it on the CPU when taken out of the box). I also recommend this video since all the parts are fairly similar to this build and the building process is the exact same thing[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzJoF4aGYws ] The second part [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq3QDIwq_uQ ]

Good Luck!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, okay, thanks ;) I have already seen the PC Build from here but not the overclocking. Thanks.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

What resolution monitor are you using and what cable are you using to connect it with? I'm doing a similar build and I want to get a 1440p monitor. I have the same mobo but I just don't know what cable would be best for connecting it, it's my first build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using the Asus ROG Swift PG278q 144hz 1440p monitor. Get your self and HDMI cable for its compatible with both the graphics card and a new monitor. You must connect it to your graphics card. If you don't have a graphics card and need to use the mobo, then get your self a dvi connector.