Like most of my builds this one started out with the desire to build in a specific case. I have built in the NZXT H440 two times before and I was very happy with it both times. I really liked the clean look and the large clear side panel. I am 33 now and I am not into some of the flashier gaming cases that are coming out but this case appeared to offer of both worlds; A view at the internal components (bragging rights) while also looking great in a home office. This is one of the first cases that my wife actually likes and getting the wife's stamp of approval goes a long way with convincing her of the “necessity” of future upgrades! I have done a few red and black builds but I think that red is a little overdone right now so I decided to go with a black and white theme; thus the Silent Knight was born.
I went into this build with a $1000 budget and the goal of building the most powerful pc for the money while at the same time using high quality components. I was able to get my motherboard, CPU, and Memory for less than $300 total!! I also managed to grab a GTX 970 for $150 on ebay! Well, enough of the back story; let’s get into the parts description and the reasons for selecting the various components.
Case - NZXT H440 I have nothing but positive things to say about this case. Of all the cases I have built in this is the easiest and most rewarding to work with. Not only is it incredibly solid but it also offers sound dampening foam and makes for a quiet build. NZXT really thought of everything with this case and I see why the guys over at TweakTown gave it a perfect score! I would highly recommend this case to anyone
CPU – i5-6600K This is a CPU that I have used in a couple of builds and it has always been powerful enough for my needs. I primarily use my pc for casual gaming so I don't see a need for an i7. I myself snagged one for $180 which is an outstanding price for this chip. I am not currently overclocking but plan to play around with that very soon.
CPU Cooler – Corsair H100i GTX After several very positive experiences with the original H100i and the H100i GTX I opted for the GTX for looks and performance. This is a great AIO liquid cooler especially if you can find a deal on one.
Motherboard – MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X After falling in love with the white variant of the P400S I knew that I wanted to go with a black and white theme. I had a very positive experience with the Z97 MSI Krait board and the Z170A gets favorable reviews. I also like the looks of the PCI Express slots on this board.
PSU – EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W Often the most overlooked component but always the most important is the PSU. I see so many people settling on some 80 Plus Bronze budget PSU and it often frustrates me. The PSU is what runs everything so it is definitely not the area to scrimp on. JonnyGuru gives this bad boy a 9.8 out of 10 and for good reason. It screams quality and includes a 10-year warranty plus EVGA has outstanding customer service should you ever need assistance. I considered going with the 850W model but for now I am only going to be using a single GPU so 750W meets my needs and better fits my budget.
GPU – Zotac GTX 970 I have every intention of picking up a GTX 1070 when they come out but for now there are many bargains to be had on used GTX 970 cards. I was able to snag this one for $150 shipped and it more than meets my needs for 1080p gaming. This particular variant is not my first choice but for $150 I could not pass it up.
Future Planned Upgrades: 1. Nvidia GTX 1070 or possibly 1080 2. White individually sleeved cable kit 3. Additional storage for media and games
Notes: This was quite possibly the smoothest build I have ever done. Everything came together nicely and this case was a joy to work in. Even though there is sound dampening materials in the sides and front I am getting CPU temps around 12-16 degrees idle; that is outstanding! I could not be happier with this build.