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This will be used 95% for PC gaming, and was built with VR in mind. My criteria were: Clean, simple outside design. Dead silent. Power efficient. I bought all the parts 2 weeks after Black Friday (DOH.) but still managed to get some great deals by shopping around and buying one or two things "used" (namely; one of the SSDs and the case)

Things that worked well:

  • The SSDs in a RAID0 stripe on the Gigabyte board work exceptionally well. Adds about 15 seconds to the BIOS part of startup, but once the Windows loading wheel hits, it's about 10 seconds to a functional Windows desktop (including entering my PIN). Was a little unclear to set up (mind you - I wasn't looking at the instructions) - so for anyone who sees this... Just set the SATA mode to RAID and save and exit. It will take you to a DOS-looking RAID setup wizard and knock it out in no time flat. Load times don't exist. Witcher 3 fades in the load screen and immediately fades it out before I can read anything at all.

  • Case is a dream. I previously built in an Antec P182 which was definitely better built (thicker metal, etc.) but didn't block sound nearly as well and didn't have nearly the nice touches this does for building. Velcro straps everywhere you need them. Easy to install Motherboard (great little static pin that fits in the middle screw hole and keeps the board in place and aligned while you screw the rest in). Lots of space behind the motherboard for cable hiding or SSDs if you go the 2.5" route.

  • PSU is truly premium. Love it. Nicely braided cables, fully modular, quiet.

  • Now that I've used Noctua case fans, I don't think I can use anything else. Be forewarned.

Problems:

  • The Graphics Card was reporting 56C at idle, but only goes up to 60C under full load. I don't know if I had a bad install of the monitoring software, bad sensors, or a bad card. Still trying to sort that out. It's silent either way.

NOTE: So I was playing around with some BIOS(EFI?) settings and enabled "Ultra Fast Boot" which only selectively loads USB drivers, and changed the boot priority from "Windows Boot Manager" as #1, to my RAID stripe as #1 and left the Windows Boot Manager out. This meant that on next boot, two different USB keyboards weren't recognized in ANY of the USB ports to re-enter the BIOS, and the computer didn't see any bootable devices. I figured "No big deal, I'll just press the handy CMOS reset button!" The problem with THAT is it also cleared the RAID information, so I had to re-build the RAID array and re-install everything from scratch.

With a P/S 2 keyboard (...which I don't have anymore) it might've been fine, but since I have nothing on it I care about that isn't backed up 3 other places, I was better off just going nuclear and starting over.

So a word of caution if you're playing with the BIOS on this board!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Jokes about the name incoming.

  • 48 months ago
  • 4 points

It wasn't called beast so it's all good.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahaha

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm perhaps too innocent and missed the innuendo to be honest... I just always thought it referred to people like John Wayne and Gary Cooper.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

NO NO NO PLS NO XD

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That M.2 Pricing tho.

makes me happy.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I know. The feet on my mouse were smoking with how fast I was clicking the "buy" button.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

hows the case?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The one I got was a 'scratch and dent' from Amazon, so the main side panel that comes off is warped pretty significantly. It still fits on just fine, but requires a bit of extra finagling.

Overall though? Easiest build I've done across 4 different cases. It's dead quiet too.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thx :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get that M.2 drive so cheap? That's a great price for that capacity. Some nice parts in your build for the price range.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

One of them was just purchased through Newegg new when they were on sale for $140, plus I had a $25 back off $100 more coupon through Amex. The other was purchased "Used" on Amazon as a pull from someone's laptop.

I got REALLY lucky to get these prices post-Black Friday, so some of these prices include using coupons from various publicly available sources.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm new to building PCs and have a question on this build. I have read that if you don't plan on overclocking you don't need Aftermarket coolers. The i5-6600 can't be overclocked, right? Then how come you have so many fans? I am also not planning to overclock and also want to use the same CPU.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late response on this!

You absolutely don't have to have an aftermarket cooler, correct. The i5-6600 has some very, very basic overclocking you can do, but I've not pushed it yet.

Under full load from Prime95 with this cooler, my CPU hits 55C-ish. Heat is the #1 enemy of computer part longevity. As such, I like to keep things as cool as possible. Also, I plan on upgrading to the top-of-the-line Kaby Lake i7-xxxxK model when they drop, so this is sorta laying that foundation. A buddy of mine picked up the i7-6700k (which I know generally runs warmer), and without overclocking and using the stock cooler, his CPU hits 85C+ in the first 5 minutes of gaming, let alone stress testing. That's warm enough to make me very uncomfortable about how long that CPU is going to stably run.

So the reason I have so many fans is because I want my parts to be as cool as they possibly can be. The reason I went aftermarket on the cooler is because the stock cooler just isn't any good.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I7 6700k don't come with stock cooler

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

You may be correct. I later learned his is not the K model. Which further drives home my point I think :)

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Because my plan is to pick up an unlocked Kaby Lake when they come out next year, and I'd like to be available, and the price differential to go Z vs. H was marginal.