So this is my very first build and it was quite fun. Although it ended quicker than I though, it was a cool experience to finally build one, but I guess you always have something to mod. I've always had gaming laptops (ASUS ROGs) and just recently, my schedule at work changed so I figured I'd finally quit the laptops and build a quality desktop.

I primarily use this machine for lots of gaming, random Photoshopping (To learn) and streaming. There are some great video game titles to look forward to, so had to make sure I had a great desktop that's more than capable.

Most of my part choices were decided because I found them on sale online and Fry's Electronics had it stocked. Picked up my entire build locally while getting the prices matched to online retailers to save some cash while getting them same day.

Thermaltake Commander G42 ATX Mid Tower

To begin, I decided to go with the ThermalTake Commander G42. It has a great front fascia, the side panel window looks amazing, the peripherals are placed well and the price point was very attractive at $59. Not only that, but the fan placement for this case can lead to great set ups for max cooling. Also, the HDD bays were built to accommodate 2.5" drives with zero modification. A 2.5" adapter is built into each 3.5" bay.


I decided to go with the ASUS z170 Pro Gaming. I knew I wanted to build something semi-future proof, so going with an 1151 socketed board meant I could user newer tech (that'll be outdated tomorrow lol). There are a few negative reviews on this board, but I believe it to be only because it was DOA. Because the price was right, I purchased this board and couldn't have been happier. Nice build design, quality, colors and features. The BIOS is beautiful and extremely easy to work with especially for noobs like me.

Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core

So I decided to go with the Intel i7 6700k. I knew I wanted to go with a Skylake processor, so my choices narrowed down to the 6700 or 6700k. At my local electronics retailer, the price difference between the two was so marginal ($50), that it wouldn't have made sense to get the locked chip. Processor is blazing fast with a base clock of 4ghz.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Next, I decided to go with the Cooling Master Hyper 212 Evo. A great performing budget CPU cooler. Again, local pick up for 23 bucks. So I could either pay $86 for a Noctua and not be satisfied with the color, or test this fan out. I'm glad that I did. Easy cooler to mount, very straightforward and the fan can't be heard. I'm idling around 16-20 Celsius and during a 15 minute Prime95 stress test, I peaked at 59 Celsius at 100% load. Seems like it works well enough for me.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB)

Not much to say on the ram choice other than Fry's had it stocked and Amazon had it cheaper. Listed at $139 at Fry's, picked up for $84 after a price match with Amazon. Originally wanted to get the GSKILL, but I was able to pick this up for a similar price. Not sure if GSKILL is low profile, but it in order for the ram to not hit the CPU cooler, it has to be a low profile design. Another reason why I went with the Corsair Vengeance 2666mhz DDR4 (2x 8gb).

Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" SSD

Again, some parts just speak for themselves and there isn't much to say. Samsung makes great SSD's, they have great QC and a decent warranty attached. Although this is more on the pricey side in terms of other SSD's with the same storage, I've had one fail from another brand and would hope to not experience it again going with Samsung.

MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V

Now, for the GPU. I won't lie, but the big reason why I went with this card is because it was price cut from $389 to $319 with a $20 mail in rebate at the time. This is an amazing card with a great cooling design. It's hard to pledge allegiance to one brand when you come across deals like this (Sorry ASUS). Plus, the MSI 970 has so many great reviews, it was the perfect price. It can also be OC'd, but for 1080, it's more than enough. And the logo on the cars lights up. You know, more lights = moar power.

Moar Fans

There's no fancy reasoning for the fans I picked out. I simply wanted to have two quality fans with a blue LED ring to show off up front, but really to use as intake. Then I went with two 120mm Corsair's with purple LEDs. So many cases have the same themes. Red/Blue/Blue etc. I have this tower on my desk and the purple LEDs are enough to give the inside case viability, but not enough to blind you as if you looked into a pair of headlights or to put off a disco show. I like the subtleness of the purple and the quality of the light.

Asus VE247H 23.6"

As for the ASUS monitor, it should be self explanatory for any competitive gamer. 2ms response time. But also, mail in rebate for this item too. Great monitor, vibrant colors and great default modes for different pictures.

I'm still looking for ways to move more cables out of the way, but I think I've moved as much as I can without destroying anything lol.

All running with Windows 10 Pro. I love 7, but after upgrading to 10, I've learned to really enjoy it.

If you guys have any suggestions or questions (keep in mind, I'm nooby), feel free to leave a note, otherwise, thanks for checking out my very first build!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this build alot the price is a bit high but i mean its ****** worth it good job ;)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've had some of these parts already such as the SSD/HDD, so that added to the cost when it probably shouldn't have. Figured I'd just leave the price if anyone is truly starting with zero parts. Thanks again!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

My pleasure

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You paid $289 for a gtx 970!? I paid $250 for my MSI gtx 960 4gb not too long ago

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes sir! Frys originally had the card for $389, but dropped it to $319 the day I purchased it. It also came with $30 mail in rebate that. I got lucky on it as the promotion ended two days after lol.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Well.. I'm jealous lol.