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.


  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

You should have waited for Pascal :(

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I knew it was coming out, but I don't really need all that power right now. I will wait a year for the price to fall and then upgrade then. I am happy with the performance of the GTX 970 :) It is an major improvement over my GeForce GT 750M SLI cards that I have been using in my laptop over the last 6 years.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

And there comes pascal for 200$ more and 3x better. poor you

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

*$50 more

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I am just going to wait until the price drops $100 before I buy it. No rush :p

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! how's your experience so far with the gaming 6 motherboard?? thinking of picking up one for my build

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

It supports all the peripherals I need. I have not suffered any MoBo issues so far.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I got mine last September and have had no problems with it. Great motherboard!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

What was wrong with the Benq monitor?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I left that description unchanged, I fixed it. I am now using the BenQ monitor.