This is my second build, my first build was a computer for my nephew a FX 6300 pretty bare and basic just enough for a ten year old to play some games on but it got my itch going to complete my first build that I always wanted to do and the opportunity came up so here it is. I really love ROG motherboards the colors the logo the set up, have for a really long time so when the opportunity came up to build one I had to pull the trigger, I wanted small form build as I don't have a lot of space and the mid tower I upgraded to a while back was way way to big for the space I wanted my computer to fit into. I wasn't going to do the upgrade until ZEN came out and the performance they are boasting was tested against INTEL before the upgrade (I am not a fan boy of either, all though the performance of INTEL over the years can not be denied) I just want the CPU price to performance, but my parents needed a computer and I was running a 3770 so instead of building them an under performing computer for the same price I just sold them mine and added some extras in for them like a GPU. Any comments of suggestions would be greatly appreciated I struggled with the placement of the fans and the Radiator I wondered if it wouldn't make more sense to set up the Radiator at the front of the case and remove the 200mm fan and use the 4 140 mm to intake and outtake on the sides.
Why I chose the components:
CPU: i7 6700K I went with the i7 6700K because I could, I know I don't need it and it seems like a waste and I could have easily gone for the i5 but I was making the investment into the board and I like the stock clock on the i7 6700K plus going to the i5 didn't seem like a step up from 3770 so I went for i7 and although it is not overclocked at the moment I will be looking into Overclocking it when I get some time in the next few weeks I will be testing it out to see how good of a chip I got, going to try and get it to 4.5 stable which shouldn't be a problem but I have been hearing some people having issues getting there's up there.
Cooler: Corsair 100Hi GTX I have seen the reviews for this cooler and it appears to do an amazing job so I don't have a problem with it, if the fans do happen to be louder than I would like I will swap them out for something quieter but if it keeps the chip cool than can not really ask for more than that.
MOBO: ASUS Maximus VIII Gene Like I mentioned earlier I have always loved the look and features of the ROG lineup and because I went with a smaller form factor I really only had two options, 1. Gene or 2.Impact, I went with the Gene because of the extra PCI slots, just in case, I want the build to be semi future proof and because of the GPU I went with I would like to leave myself with a little bit of head space just in case. Although looking back I don't think between the two there was a wrong choice almost wish I had gone with the Impact, I did also look at the Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 and the MSI Z170M Mortar I really wanted to put a ROG mobo into this build, truth be told I was really looking into the Mortar color scheme wise to do something different but I got a really good package deal with the chip and the mobo so I couldn't refuse, after the deal the saving were only 80 bucks between the Mortar and the Gene and even less for the Gigabyte so.... happy with my decision and look forward to playing with all the extras and features the board comes with
Video Card: ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 960 I know I am going to catch flack on this for not going with the AMD chip but I like the look and the power use from this chip although looking back I wish I had gone with a 970, but I will upgrade in the future so not really too upset with the decision and it runs everything I am looking to run at 60 fps + with high - ultra setting which is all I can really ask for because at the moment my monitor will be my limiting factor no reason to spend exhorbent amounts of money on a top end card when my monitor cant keep up so.
Case:Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case Love this case the flexibility and customization of it is amazing, I can set everything up where I want to and how I want to with vertical or horizontal I can switch out any side put the view glass anywhere I would like and it has tons and tons of room inside for fans and radiators for future upgrades. Looks good feels good and with all the fan mounts should not have any problems with air flow.
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Purchased this because I wanted a fully modular PSU and the price was right for what appears to be a fairly decent quality PSU, I have been through 3 desktop computers and have yet for a PSU to fail so I am crossing my fingers I made the right decision. It was powerful enough for the time being to operate my hardware and I do intend on eventually custom wrapping the cables for a cleaner look.
Overall I am very satisfied with my purchases and I do in the future hope to do some more customization on this desk top to make it my own.
Upgrades to do: Painting the Case: Would like to splash some red in there to match the color scheme of my MOBO and my GPU Window: Would like to etch the ROG logo into it and install some red LED lights to make it pop Sleeve cables
**** anyone have any idea how to get pulsating LEDS? would like to throw orange and red in here with a dim like feature make it look and feel like my computer is breathing when its on
Love it, fast handles everything I use it for without any problems and when I need to I could still squeek out some additional power with an overclock later on.
Shes a smidge loud even if the CPU isnt running at 60% mostly the pump the fans really arnt all that bad but you can hear the pump when she gets to running, my case probably doesnt help with sound isolation either (mostly mesh) I think moving the rad to the front of the case might also help might experiment with that later on.
Great MOBO I love the easy click BIOS or the option to go to more advanced settings. I love the lighting on the MOBO and the features, I am struggling to utilize the software and problem solving and searching is slow mostly just the AI suite having issues with once I have it worked out wont be a problem just not a fan of utilizing 3 pieces of software to control fan speed in windows and monitor temps and performance.
In expensive and quick OC to 3200 cant go wrong
There a lot of reviews about these being no good but this thing has been a beast for years, it came in a pre made Asus 5 years ago and is still going strong.
Fans are quiet if they even need to come on, I like the software that comes with it for monitoring and tweaking it on the fly and for the price point its a pretty good little card.
A little larger and clunkier than I would have liked for a MATX build but super customizable which a huge huge plus pretty much every and anything in any orientation you would like to suite your needs and the needs of your hardware. I don't like the screws that come with it for the radiator as they are round headed and the siding will be bubbled so I swapped out the screws for flat heads no biggy but... Also found the brackets to be pretty good actually once you get everything set up you can just pop them out and move them around.Would have like to have the option to get 1 or 2 more of the brackets to use in the case.
Not sure if its just the one I got or all of them but the plug cord going into the back does not fit as snug as I would like it too and I had an issue where if I moved the PC or bumped the cord it would easily become unhooked and power down the system not optimal. I went on the hunt as I had a bunch from previous PSU's and other electrical components and I swapped it out so there is a tighter fitting cable in there now. It is ridiculously quiet I dont even hear the fans power up during power up so thats a plus.
I didnt expect budget fans to be so quiet but they are.