Description

First bulid of Life.

my 8 yr old Dell Studio was getting too old.

I decided to build on my own for the first time.

Did market search over 6 months, made myself familiar with what are hot on current trend.

Started X99 build first then Z170 dropped in price around Black Friday.

Case: This kickstarted my build when I saw crazy deal on Newegg. This case is living breather. Supplies tremendous amount of airflow for ITX build. Only Con is that it is too round and fat. I personally prefer thin and tall case for saving spaces. Other than that, this is a great buy for the price. AIRFLOW!

MoBo: soon after I grabbed case, there was Newegg + AMEX deal poped out. made this Mobo + RAM purchase cheap. special pro on this MoBo is onboard WiFi. and Killer Ethernet is indeed killing fast. Cool LED ambient light. Con is that BIOS is such a poor designed.

RAM: DDR4 with decent price for good brand. nothing special.

CPU: once I ordered MoBo & RAM, I ran to Microcenter and grabbed Skylake 6600k. couldve gone to non-OCed but for future proofing, I spent extra even though I don't intend any OC in near future.

Cooler: I initially bought Hyper 212 Evo without research. ended up RMA since it didnt fit the case by couple mm. then just grabbed H50 for cheap priced liquid cooler.

PSU: I tried re-use my old PSU from old desktop. the PSU was not full modular and was just not right for this small build. so I just got best rated/decent priced PSU from Newegg.

M.2: This was never in my shopping list. but $100 off deal was just too good to pass. I did quite a few research due to heat issue and my build gives ZERO airflow backside of MoBo (being sided with PSU). I took my chance and running just fine now. Data Migration and Installation were very flawless. Thanks to good utility program.

GPU: This was also not on my list at all. Especially, my old GTS 450 was just doing fine for LoL, HOTS, and etc. but I was feeling down day by day when I see myself playing with my brand new rig with lowest setting. I started looking around for GTX 970/960 then 980ti popped with a great deal. Afterall, 980ti will just be enough of future proofing with my other parts.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Solid build, especially for that price point.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Ty! yeah I tried really hard to catch all the black friday deals

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Lunch Box name definitely suits this case lol. Impressive, especially for a first build. Nice job :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I wish I could take this around with me! Haha

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it does have handles o.0 lol. I have carried my full tower around more times than i would like to admit.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I know the feeling of budgeting then saying '**** it I want moar powah'

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

haha exactly. keep telling myself I saved more money this way for the future lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

My original budget was $500...now it is $3000...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

haha same for me, my original plan didnt have M.2/GPU/PSU at all lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the same M.2 SSD in my most recent build. Crazy fast how those things are.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yup I took your advice on heat throttling and glad I picked this up! TY!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem :) glad I could help.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You got a steal on this case! It was $120 back when I built mine in September.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! It was deal of the year and all this build started from there.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hardware Canucks named it a lunchbox as well in their review

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much for sharing this build. I am about to do almost the exact same thing! Never built a computer but I need something that I can move around easily to use as my workstation as well as the computer for my golf simulator in the garage. This seems perfect!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I am trying to put the same Samsung pro 950 on a Asus z170i mobo and I cannot get it to recognize anywhere. What utility or process did you use to get yours working so you could migrate the OS to it?

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah it was newegg deal with $20MIR which I got in time. ty!