Description

(First Build. Bundled in pairs at Newegg for ~$1.35k.)

After two prebuilt computers and one laptop, I've been itching to build my first PC. I thought about it a few years ago as well (before the laptop) but only now made a friend that pushed me to do it and reassured me. (Thanks fam!)

However, it was thanks to TechSource (from YouTube) that I even began to imagine what I needed for my build and what I wanted it to look like. With the budget I had (roughly $1.5k,) I couldn't go all out with originality but at least I thought I could still have quality. And so I decided to go with Asus and Corsair for the parts. I loved the monochromatic color of the Asus board and it was easy to match with Corsair parts which already naturally matched each other. Melding these two brands together was quite easy. I was fortunate enough that Newegg had a bunch of combo deals that easily made this build less than $1.5k (I bundled them in twos, prioritizing the video card and CPU in terms of compatibility.) Maintaining quality and aesthetics while meeting my needs was key for me.

Overall, I love how my first build turned out! 5/7 would definitely do it again! Now if only I had more money to upgrade my whole desk setup...

Uses

  • 1080p, 60fps gaming
  • streaming
  • video editing
  • digital drawings/paintings
  • source quality C9 Sneaky stream
  • Minecraft

Notes

  • Benchmarks and CPU overclock images added!
  • Newegg reviews here.
  • The Witcher 3 gameplay on ultra settings here.
  • 10.12.16 - Settled on a 4.4ghz overclock!
  • 11.30.16 - Installed one Corsair ML120 Pro LED White 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan.
  • 10.3.2017 - Installed CableMod AIO Sleeving Kit.
  • 7.01.2017 - Installed a V1 Tech Nvdia Claw GPU Backplate.
  • 7.20.2017 - Upgraded stock Dell keyboard to Corsair K95 RGB Platinum, Gunmetal and added another monitor, Acer GN276HL Black 27" Gaming Monitors, 144 Hz 1ms.
  • 3.12.2018 - Installed one Samsung 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe and CableMod ModFlex Basic Cable Extension Kit.

Updated Part List

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Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Suppper Dank

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yaaaaaasssss!!! Thanks for the me me!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Not as easy as I thought it would be, lemme tell ya!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

While techsource is great, you shouldn't use others to set a standard for yourself. Set a goal for what your need rather than what others say you need. Never the less still a very nice build and +1 all day

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ya, of course! Being a newbie, I used his videos more like a comparison and ended up liking a build similar to this. Just that that one sported SLI and was about $2.8k I believe. ^ And thank you very much! I loved building it and would certainly aim higher the next time around!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

There's always room for better and just when you think there is nothing to upgrade there's 1 simple phrase to remember...

I NEED MORE RGB LIGHT STRIPS

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha, yea... Can't wait till I can do SLI and get that 4k porno. Or is VR porno the better option?

Lul @ LEDs on mousepads my friend told me about. So excessive, your eyes wouldn't know where to look. XD In a more artistic sense, you lose a focal point. It is fun for a rave though, I suppose.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny story about that... VR "Video" is already a thing... just gotta look

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I must say. Question though - Your uses are "streaming, video editing" and a couple others, and your budget, you said in the post, was $1500, but you only spent $1350, so why not have gotten an i7 instead of an i5? You should have had the room in your budget to accommodate it...

Nice build nonetheless.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Good question. I thought of that, believe me. However, this i5-6600K isn't that much worse than the i7-6700K if you don't look at the hyper threading. Personally, the i7 would've been overkill for what I need and saving more than $100 was enough to change my mind. Plus... The bundles for the i7-6700K on Newegg had to be bundled with items that I didn't want. Like so...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=19-117-559&SubCategory=343&fromcs=0&bcmTag=0&SortField=0&PageSize=10&Page=1

You can say I was a bit nit picky. I could've probably went with this Gigabyte mobo if I was okay with adding the color red to my build...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.2466062

Nevertheless, I already had my sights set on this one...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.2432901

Perhaps in the future when I sport a dual monitor and start multitasking like crazy then I might have a change of heart and go for the next tier of Intel chip. I estimate 5 years before I upgrade again (and would probably be rich enough to buy a complete setup with that monitor, mind you.) But for now, this will suffice. Thank you for the question. :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that makes sense. A bit nit picky? Just a bit, but I'd probably also rather have a motherboard that fits the build looks more, so I understand. A splash of red wouldn't be to horrible, though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe, my OCD isn't as forgiving, sadly. I leave it to the LEDs to add color for me.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job. The before and after cable cleanup and all lit up made me say wow. It looks great.

Thumbs up.

Hey how high have you overclocked that 6600k?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Cable management is honestly harder than it looks so I really appreciate you noticing it!

And as for overclocking, I used an ASUS utility program. The maximum it reached was 4.8ghz @ 1.217v before giving me the blue screen. When it restarted, it seemed to set the overclock to 3.9ghz only. Now, I know I could probably put it higher but being this is the first time I've ever overclocked anything, I think I'll leave it at 3.9ghz than to manually reach 4.8ghz in a stable state. You could say I'm a chicken but I honestly have been happy with my CPU without pushing it! (So far at least.) XD I'll upload the picture of the OC's peak though, just so you don't call me a liar. Haha.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Shoot I believe you. Now you can call me a liar here if you want. My first build for my oldest son has an i5 3570k with a Coolmaster Seidon 240 and I set it to 5.0 Ghz using the Asus bios and that joker booted and ran World of Warcraft. But I got scared and lowered it to 4.5 on all cores. It would run and one of the cores would get to the mid 60's while playing that game. I didnt do a Prime95 test at that setting of 5.0.

It has run great at 4.5 for more than 3 years now. It was not a selected CPU. Just what the vendor sent me. I did go back and redo the thermal paste as well, but never delidded it or tried higher than 4.5 again. I wonder if the newer CPUs are less flexible in overclocking.

At stock speeds your setup is badass. A little extra hz is fun but can get screwy and really hot.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that's amazing! And just recently checked your builds too and found it! Maybe I should build some cajones and just up it up. Wish I had a dad or mom like you back in the day! Hahaha.

And you must have some luck... Did you try looking up the average stable overclock for a CPU like that? In my case, it should be around 4.5ghz but I saw a fellow say he overclocked it to 4.9ghz. I can't be sure to trust that they all think it's stable though. Not to mention its longevity... Heck, people in instruction videos are saying if you can keep the temps below 90C, you should be fine... But in my head, all I'm thinking is 'FIRE!!!'

But honestly... Your chip should be one in a million!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I just got lucky then. I still don't see running it at 5.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, just some advice.. but the build would look a lot better if you could pick up some white sleeved cable extensions. But its your call, the build looks great already.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yea, definitely gonna get some from Cablemod when I get more money. Hopefully a backplate too. ^

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Nice boat.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, but it's actually not mine. My family and I rented it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh gosh, you're 12. Not trolling, are you? XD I must say, if you are 12 and know as much as any average pcpartpicker... I'm impressed. Keep it up, kiddo. :) But also stay away from the dark places of the net. Enjoy being a preteen/teen and don't rush becoming a grownup. You'll miss being young after a while.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! This is very similar to my first build, although I'm currently missing a GPU... Trying to decide between the Dual and the ROG STRIX. Dual looks great in that case and MB.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That's cool! Now you're making me curious what your build is now (or are you still on your first build?) And tbh, the price point and the design sold me the Dual. The Strix seems to be a slightly better pick in terms of performance though. Either way, I don't think you can go wrong.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Just today I threw an old 670 into my case and posted my build. I'll update it once I get a 1070. It's pretty similar except I went with a Cooler Master 212 instead of Water Cooling.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/9TvV3C

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty similar, yup. And like I said, you won't go wrong with either 1070's from Asus. ;P My friend kept saying if I don't overclock the CPU to its limits, I would've paid more than I should've for watercooling. (Well, the cool braided pumps looks nice at least...) XD So I overclocked. I could try for more once I'm more comfortable with the 4.4, I guess. And btw, I wouldn't be too scared of the watercoolers. You don't have to add or replace the water. It's all ready to go.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, water cooling might be an eventual upgrade, but I was keeping the cost low and the build simple for this.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad idea for future upgrades! Especially if you like quiet. I actually use a quiet setting even though I'm gaming. Temps never rise over 50C. Even less, I think...