Description

I've always wanted to build a PC because I was using a laptop with a gt 740m and the performance on non demanding games like CS GO and Dota 2 were alright but I also wanted to be able to play games like Witcher 3 and GTA V, so I decided that I would save up and build my dream PC. I went for a Black & White build because I like to keep it simple and not too distracting.

Now the building experience. I was nervous, I didn't know where to start even though I've watched tons of videos about building a PC. So I decided to just wing it, I took parts out of there box like the case, PSU and PSU cables. I opened up the case and took off the HDD cages that wouldn't use, I screwed in the HDD and SSD in place, I then worked on the MOBO, CPU, RAM and the CPU Cooler. The CPU and RAM Installation were easy but not so much with the CPU Cooler, it's my first time to see this cooler in person and it's huge. Attaching the back plates and stuff was easy but screwing the CPU Cooler in place was a bit hard, there wasn't a lot of space to work with and I was able to properly put it on (I cleaned the CPU heat spreader and put in the thermal paste).

I was ready to put the MOBO in the case, popped the IO shield and the MOBO in place, screwed it in and it's done. At this point I started to connect cables from the PSU to the MOBO like the CPU power and the 24-pin for the MOBO. I took out 2 PCIE covers for the GPU, this card is huge I was having a hard time fitting it in the case because of its size and the HDD shroud is blocking it. I was able to put it in but I could't plug in the 8-pin connectors to GPU because of the HDD shroud, so I took out the card and plugged in the cables first and screwed it back.

I then worked on connecting the HDD and SSD to the MOBO and PSU, it went well. So what's left, the case connectors for the fans and front IO. Had to look at the MOBO Manual to get it right, it was easy and hard at the same time, it was easy because the Manual shows where to plug stuff in and it was hard because there wasn't much room for move and I didn't have and long-nosed pliers to use.

When everything is connected I installed Windows, the installation was fast because of the SSD and I was able to boot without a problem or so I thought, the case fans are not working. The CPU Cooler fans work but not the case fans, I forgot to connect them, so I did little research on why the fans are not working then I found the answer I needed to connect the case fan hub to the SYSFAN header on the MOBO and use molex to connect it to the PSU. I booted up once again and they worked.

After that, I installed drivers and software that I'll need but the internet wasn't working, even though the PC is connected to the internet using Ethernet cable, it's not working. It turns out I need to install On-board LAN driver for the MOBO, having no optical drive to install the drivers that came with the MOBO (CD) I had to use my laptop to downloaded it, I installed it and restarted the PC and it's connected to the internet. I then downloaded and installed other things. So my PC is working well now with all drivers installed.

When I was building this PC I didn't work on the cable management but now that it's working I decided to work on it, I unplugged and routed the cables neatly and bundled them up behind the motherboard tray. I made sure that they weren't too bulky to close the case and I put it all back in together.

Temps when running Prime95 and Furmark at the same time. CPU: 60° C GPU: 70-75° C

That's it the build is finished and I've been using it for a week also I'm not overclock anything yet because for everything I'm playing right now It's performs super well and I'm very happy with what I built.

Part Reviews

CPU

Did a bunch of research on which CPU to get and i5 6600K seems to be recommended often, so I went with it.

CPU Cooler

IMO CPU air cooler looks cooler than water coolers (which looks too simple and a bit expensive). It performs really well and very quiet.

Motherboard

The board is black and white and reviews are pretty good.

Memory

Looks and the brand is pretty good.

Storage

Fast and cheaper than 850 Evo

Video Card

Looks awesome and goes well with the build also the fans will speed 100% if you press the button at the back of the card and it will be loud.

Case

Quiet and sleek although not much room to work in.

Power Supply

Planned on using CableMod cables so i picked this and its quiet.

Monitor

No backlight bleed, good colour reproduction and it looks sleek and the bezel is thin.

Keyboard

Awesome keyboard, feels weird typing on this keyboard. I've been using chiclet keyboard on my laptop for years so it takes time to get used to.

Mouse

I've used this before and loved it.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I really dig this build, great job on the color scheme and that HOF 1070 looks awesome! +1 from me brother!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice first build.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and tidy, great job.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what I want to build. But, I would like a larger case option. This would be my first and I want room to see what I am doing. :)

I like the black and white, too.

I am interested in spray painting my case to match my kitchen. If I was artsy enough, I would make it look like granite ...to match my countertop!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Really awesome build. If you don't mind, where did you find the 1070 HOF? I've looked all over the place and can't find any for sale.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

quick question hopefully you answer fast......ummmm how much height of a cooler will i need to go over the height of the ram

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the really late reply, the ram is around 30 mm not sure the exact height but with the cooler I got there was 30-35 mm space for low profile ram. If you like the cooler but worried about your ram not fitting, take a look at the Cryotig R1 Universal, it has 1 slim fan that shouldn't go over any ram slots that's on the right side of the CPU.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

how much was your GPU

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, it was around $700 AUD. We pay a lot more here in Australia compared to the US. Here's the link.

https://www.ple.com.au/Products/624236/Galax-GeForce-GTX1070-HOF-8GB-GDDR5-DVI-HDMI-3xDisplayPort

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

did that CPU cooler come with those white shrouds?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, they came with black ones, I bought custom shroud from PCCaseGear around $12 AUD. The Cryorig R1 Universal comes with 1 slim fan and white shroud. Here's the link, not sure if they still have the white ones though.

http://search.pccasegear.com/search#w=cryorig%20r1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you pick up the graphics card?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. I'm in Australia, so I bought from PLE. Here's the link.

https://www.ple.com.au/Products/626495/Galax-GeForce-GTX1070-HOF-8GB-GDDR5-DVI-HDMI-3xDisplayPort

  • 30 months ago
  • 0 points

Were u forced to remove the cable management because of the size of the GPU.

  • 28 months ago
  • 0 points

Could have gotten a nice rgb AIO water cooler for the price of that air cooler. Amazing build otherwise. +1

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