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The Flying Fish

by manojsankar



Date Published

Feb. 13, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.279 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This was built... sometime in January 2016, if I remember correctly (so no Pascal for us). It was made by me and my father, with some assistance from my brother. Actually, I wouldn't consider this my first build, because I didn't actually do that much in the building process (I picked out the parts, and helped my father with a few things). My father did most of the work, and the cable management, so really it's his build, and my brother wasn't even going to help us, but he actually did by helping us with the instruction manual on the 212 EVO. I doubt you care, oh well.

I originally wanted this because, well, my laptop was too slow. It was an upgrade from a Toshiba Portege R835-P70 (with an added 4GB RAM, for a total of 8GB), to this insert generic gaming build name. As it's the only game I had on the PC, I used MineCraft (with Optifine and shaders) to "benchmark". But now we have Overwatch so I'll add those numbers if I get to that.

Cable management was okay? I didn't do that much. The father did most of it.

Part Justification:

CPU - We wanted the option to overclock, but didn't think we'd need the hyper-threading (since the original purpose was just to game). So we got the 6600k, but we still haven't overclocked.

CPU Cooler - It had very good reviews, and I trust the PCPP community. Also, it was within our price range.

Motherboard - I, not knowing much about overclocking, picked an H110 (I think that was the chipset's name) mobo. Luckily, the guy who helped us find stuff at the MicroCenter, told us we should get a Z170 mobo. He picked out this one. Now that I know more about PCs in general, I'd say I should have chosen a different mobo, as the Pro4 only has four (including the stock frequency) frequencies to overclock at.

Memory - We just got an 8GB kit, because we figured we wouldn't need more. I think we might add another kit for 16GB.

Storage - I don't really need to justify this one. It's a standard for HDD.

Video Card - Probably was overkill, for what games we had at the time. But, I was absolutely sick of GPU-lag, hence this for MineCraft. (I didn't know how well this would perform.)

Case - I was originally thinking of the n200, but since we switched mobos, we had to get this one instead.

Power Supply - It's not like we actually need an 80+ Gold and fully modular PSU, right? I lie, yet again. I didn't see 80+ Gold PSUs, that wouldn't make the total cost go above 1K (including keyboard and monitor, that was our budget). So I was like, an 80+ Bronze can't be that bad, right? And he said it should be modular, but it wasn't. But I guess I can't complain, since I didn't do any cable management.

I have an AOC monitor, IPS, 1080p, 60Hz, 21.5" That's what it says on the box. I'm not sure that it actually is IPS, because the colors are barely better from the side than my laptop's display which isn't IPS, and is very old. I'm not sure if it was worth it, but "oops, too late".

Part Reviews


Great. Very fast, haven't OC'ed yet, though. Pretty big difference from the i5-2410M.

CPU Cooler

One flaw: Confusing instruction manual, and (not a flaw) it barely fit in the case.


Some things were hard to find, but otherwise it's nice. Navigable BIOS. Unfortunately, it appears it won't give you much freedom in terms of overclocking, as it shows four frequencies (including stock).


At first, I wanted dual-channel 16GB, but whatever. The motherboard has 4 slots, so I can get another of the same kit. No RAM problems, so far (then again, I didn't have any on the laptop, either).


Reliable, fast, no problems. Highly rate.

Video Card

Performs amazingly. Of course, now it isn't worth it anymore, due to newer graphics cards being released. cough cough Pascal cough cough Polaris

I hate my luck.


Pretty solid case.

Power Supply

Has a really quiet fan. When we put it in the case and checked if it was working, we thought it wasn't working, because we couldn't hear the fan. (The fan was facing down.)

No problems with it. (Other than being non-modular, but we didn't really have many problems with cable management.)

Comments Sorted by:

Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 7 points 34 months ago

Hahaha that picture is so informative

DogeKing 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago


manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I know exactly what you mean :P

Tooth 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

What was the catch of the day?

Pic of Shame.......

manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I'm not sure what you mean "catch of the day", I'm not a fisherman. I AM the fish! Just kidding. I'm loving the pic too.

526christian 1 point 34 months ago

Your EVGA 600b hurt my soul (OK, dramatic, I know). It's definitely not a bad power supply, but it's far from the quality you'd normally expect when using a 6600k (like Corsair RMx or similar level).

manojsankar submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

I'm sorry, but I'm not having any problems right now. I don't plan on much overclocking, and... WOW! I over-estimated the hate (not seeing that much) on the PSU. The guy at the MicroCenter said we should be fine anyways, so I'm not sure who's right anymore...

EDIT: Is it really that bad?

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago


manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I'm tempted to delete that comment, because now I know a lot more about PCs, and I'm cringing at the idiocy of my comment.

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

well, at least you have learnt things :)!

manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago


StealthRaider 1 point 34 months ago

Minecraft as my only game. Feel those days :( good build good luck in the future! +1

manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thank you!

WOW! 6 +1's already. I'm surprised...

OCILID 1 point 34 months ago

Hi, I would like to ask if a 550W psu is enough for your build?

manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

It is a 600W? And it is... right now.

manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I mean it's enough right now, not 600W right now (as if that would change).

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Day 489:still no pics :/

manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Oops! I forgot about that. I actually had one pic, but removed it to put better pics. Turns out I forgot to take new pics in the first place.

Gonna add some tomorrow.

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Well i will check it out "tomorrow" then :p

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manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Wait. 489? It was built in January 2016, so not even one year has passed.

eeem1214 1 Build 0 points 34 months ago

more picks

manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Sorry! I need to find a camera, because I don't want bad quality pics. Plus, the laptop's battery is close to dead. It is now acting like a desktop itself.

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manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Oh my what! I... wow. I was so surprised when I saw that you commented on this build. I mean, the build was made almost 10 months ago, how did you even find it?

Now I'm going to update the description, since it appears there are still people who might find this. (EDIT: This is way harder than I thought, and my english teacher would murder me if she saw the previous one. I'm just gonna rewrite it, with better organization)

Later today, or tomorrow, I'll try to add some better pics.

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manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Oh, I see. But I think I've mostly stayed in the shadows, right? You got there from that one comment where I asked about the Built, Not Bought sticker? Oh, wait. I left a comment on one of your forum topics yesterday (I forgot about that), is that how you got here?

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manojsankar submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I know not many people will see it, but insert overused saying about how it's the effort that counts. Actually, though, I'm not making changes to the build. I'm just changing the images, and description. And to be honest, I don't think the build is worth any more attention. We didn't do any repainting, no custom loops, nothing fancy. Someone could easily replicate it, without much more effort than it took us.