Chassis - Sugo 13B
After having a big tower (CM Stom Stryker), I wanted to make something small. Small enough to fit in a backpack and travel around. A laptop didn't cut it for me, because all the parts are cut down versions (except for Asus GX700 series). My previous selection was the Corsair 380T, it had plenty of room and easy tocarry around, but once I realised how big it was, I dropped the idea. Many options were there for shoe-box style chasis, Thermaltake Vseries, CoolerMasters Elite series. But the Sugo was the best in terms of ventilation, size, graphics card support and cooling options.
6700k over 5820k?
My initial build was based on the 5820k, but since the 6700k showed better performance, I decided to select it and 8 threads is enough for multi-tasking stuff like rendering and encoding. Really happy with the rendering speed with iRay. The motherboard for the 5820k is kinda expensive too.
Went for the Seidon 120V Plus (not listed on this website), which comes with the CM JetFlo fan. Reason for choosing this was: 1. Tubing: flexibile tubing, thin tubing, ease of changing position of tubes at pump header 2: Radiator: Thin 25mm, with high density 21fpi. The JetFlow fan is pretty loud according to reviews, but I had 2xGT 1850RPM fans from my previous build to use with it.
For now, I plan to play 1-2 games and render moderately. For that purpose, 250GB was more than enough. M.2 to reduce cabling for the case. Will probably add a 1TB SSD later when prices drop.
What!? No Graphics? Acquired R9 Nano Before completing the build, I was looking into the MSI R9 390 which fits but need to remove the air filter. But as the Fury Nano prices dropped, Ive decided to wait a bit more (get the cash) and settle for that. As of now I dont have a 4k monitor, so a Nano would be a waste. Im going to play at 1080p and clear a backlog of my games. Was planning to get a cheap 7850 or GTX 760, but everything seems to be okay for now (2-3 year old games are running fine at 1080p medium settings).
Got an R9 Nano at a decent price, so decided to take the drop. Another reason for the Nano is, as you can see, I have more space inside the chasis for changes in the future (eg custom water loop or switching to a 140mm radiator) and ofcourse its less power hungry than the R9 390.
CPU Temperatures @ stock
Dota 2 - 55C
Prime95 Small FFT v28: 88C (the most heat producing test)