This is my first PC build and I wanted something that would be easily upgradable to perform with high-performance and meet today's demands. This machine will be used for FPS, RTS, and MOBA games as well as Vector graphics and 3D rendering.
Windows Experience Index
- CPUScore : 8.6
- D3DScore : 9.9
- DiskScore : 8.2
- GraphicsScore : 8.7
- MemoryScore : 8.6
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake)
Wanted a PC that could overclock for high-performance applications. I have been able to overclock it to 4.4 GHz and may be able to push it further in the future if I upgrade my cooling and fans.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Wanted to play it safe for my first build and go with a massive heatsink instead of a radiator or liquid-cooling system. I will probably get a radiator in a couple years if I feel the processor gets too hot.
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-GAMING 6 ATX LGA1151
This board is jam-packed with USB 3.0 slots and is the perfect companion for the 6700K.
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0
Half the price of an 980 and I wanted something that could perform nicely on high-graphics games.
RAM: G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000
First RAM module purchase from G.Skill. I have heard good things from them in the past. Picked because it was DDR4 and rated at 3000 MHz.
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB
Instead of paying 2x or 3x on a Samsung 850 Pro, I went with the Evo because it is not that different from it's counterpart. Both devices have the new V-NAND technology.
HDD: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Went with the Black series because I wanted a high-endurance drive.
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Grey ATX Mid Tower
Very simple design with a nice window.
PSU: Corsair 850W ATX
Went with a Goliath because I am going to keep this PC for the next 5 years and want to upgrade my graphics and add more components as I go.
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Decided on a Blu-Ray drive to keep up with the current media trend.
Wireless: Asus PCE-AC68 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1
My computer is about 60 feet from my router and I did not want to use a USB 3.0 adapter, because an on-board card would offer better reception and power.
Monitor: BenQ XL2720Z 27.0"
Upgraded from an an ASUS VS278Q-P 27" Full HD 60Hz monitor, to a BenQ XL2720Z 144Hz monitor.
Keyboard: Corsair K70 RGB (Cherry MX Brown)
I decided to go with brown switches because I wanted tactile keys sans click.
Mouse: Corsair M65 PRO RGB
Upgraded from a Corsair Vengeance M65.
Headset: Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver
Upgraded from a Kingston HyperX Cloud II.