Hello PCPartPicker and Welcome to my greatest build of my life.
This will be my first post here in Pcpartpicker. I’m an IT for almost 5 years now. I mainly built workstations for all new officemates back at the hotel corporation where I used to work for. I preferred building a computer rather than buying those ready-built branded one which costs more money. I just migrated here in Guam after leaving my country and losing all my savings due to a rough & misguided relationship. So it took some time to save up again. I’ve waited almost 3 months for all the parts to arrive from Amazon. This will be my second build and my first to use a liquid cooling system as the CPU cooler. One last thing, I just found out about Pcpartpicker when I was already here and I would like to thank all you great people for posting your builds which helped me a lot to research and finally decided which parts to buy.
I first fell in love with the color green (neon green to be exact) ever since I bought my Razer Ouroboros and Razer Blackwidow. Which is why Green & Razer will be my main theme for this build. I have chosen a Skylake built simply because it is the newest technology in the market today.
Case – NZXT H440 Razer Edition: No need to state why I’ve chosen this case. Yes, because it is Razer. But I was also amazed with the materials that were used to wrap the case. It was covered with rubber around the metal case that felt so smooth upon touching it. To be exact, it was matte-finished so no need to worry about the fingertips. And the 4-switches control for the green Led at the front, back, under and inside of the case definitely sold me out.
CPU - Intel Core i7-6700k 4.0GHz Quad-Core: This is an absolutely fantastic processor! This processor easily gets to 4.9GHz without even bumping the core voltage. It is unbelievably fast! I’ve researched that i5-6600k was already good enough for a gaming built but I wanted to go with the 6700k so that there will not be any more upgrade for it.
Mobo – ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Formula: I’m was so speechless with this motherboard. Everything was so perfect. The whole design from the armor and the back plate protection. So I got to be honest, I bought this mainly because of its appearance. But several other features that I like were the EK water block (planning to go full liquid cooled build in the future) and Wi-Fi capability.
GPU – MSI GTX 970 4GB 100Million Edition: I was going for the 980ti but the green of this video card gave me the finally choice. After watching the video from Linus, two-way SLI would be enough to match the 980ti power and capacity. I’m still deciding to purchase another of this video card because one is already enough to satisfy my cravings to an amazing graphic. Update: The GTX 1080 just came out with a decent price. Might go with that as an upgrade.
RAM – G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200: This part of my built was the very last one for me to decide which is why the 3-months delay occurred. I was waiting for almost 1 and half months for the Avexir ROG Tesla to be available in the US. But till now, no luck yet. Upon checking the twitter account of Avexir, they were also planning to release a green edition of the tesla which is the Avexir Tesla Nvidia Edition. So instead of maximizing this Ram to a 32GB, I just went ahead for the 16GB until this Tesla Nvidia becomes available in the US market. But overall, I’m having no problem whatsoever with this RAM plus the design was also cool to match my mobo.
CPU Cooler - NZXT Kraken X61 Liquid CPU Cooler: I have no problem in deciding for a CPU cooler. Since my case was already NZXT, I had no hesitation to choose this cooler from the other brand. Plus, the RGB Led control was already a big factor especially you can change the light effect with NZXT CAM. No questions asked for this cooler. The temperature of the CPU runs around 25-28°C almost constantly but during gaming can reach about 50~60°C.
Storage - Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2 SSD: As I was researching for a SSD as my main storage OS, I came upon the Samsung EVO first. And then this new M.2 went available. With the read speed of 2200mb/s and write of 900mb/s and 32GB data transfer speed, I expected this to be very fast with no problems. But recently I’ve noticed that it takes too long for my Windows 10 to boot. Upon boot-up, it will take around 10secs for the ROG logo to appear and boot before proceeding to desktop. Any idea why is it like this? I didn’t have time to explore the BIOS of the Maximus Formula. Hope someone can help.
Storage 2 – Seagate 2TB Hybrid SSHD: This one gave me no problem at all. It is half SSD and half HD. It has the capacity storage of a HD and the speed of a SSD. This is where I stored all my games and programs. I also have one Seagate 1TB HDD installed in this built.
PSU - EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular: I bet this PSU will be enough to support this built with all the custom fans I’ve installed.
Monitor – ASUS MX239 24” LED: My original plan was to purchase the Acer X34 which costs around $1299. But too many people have experienced problems and issues on the Acer X34. When I heard about the ASUS PG348Q, I’ve lost interest with the X34. Not only that it is a curved widescreen monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio, it has a 100Hz refresh rate and the G-SYNC display technology. So I’ve waited for weeks and months and yet the PG348Q is still not available in the US. So I went ahead and purchased three ASUS MX239 instead.
Custom Peripheral – Thermaltake Riing 14 RGB LED 140mm & 12RGB 120mm Radiator Fan: These fans look so cool! They actually gave out more beauty to this built. With the 140mm, I’ve replaced the built-in fan at the back of the H440 and also the stock fans from the X61 liquid cooling system. With the 120mm, I’ve replaced the stock fans from the front of the H440.
Custom Peripheral – NZXT Hue+ Advanced PC Lighting: To give out the maximum light possible to this built, I added this last LED NZXT Hue+. It was so easy to install mainly because the LED have a magnet in the back.
Speaker – Razer Leviathan 5.1 Surround: And yes! Another product from Razer. I can say that this is the best speaker that I have ever owned. The new “TAP NFC” feature works in just 10 secs and my smartphone is connected with the speaker itself. No matter what I’m doing, watching movie, listening to music or playing game. This speaker provided me the satisfaction urge for an eargasm.
Table: I’ve designed my own table that fit my room using Google Sketchup. After I have finished rendering the final design, I had our carpenter to build the finish product. My first plan was to paint with a varnish coat since the table was made from plywood. But when I’ve stumbled upon some of the custom built online, I saw that the carbon fiber finished look so sleek. So I went ahead and ordered 4D black and green carbon fiber combination. And to complete my Razer collections, I bought the Razer Firefly and Razer Wildcat. Yes, Razer has never failed to amaze me with their products. The texture of the Firefly felt so comfortable than the Razer Goliathus Speed. It gave me more accuracy and control in my gaming. Hopefully if I have extra money, maybe I can purchase the Razer Blackwidow and Mamba Chroma to sync with the Firefly and with the Chroma Apps like Rise of the Tomb Raider, COD Black Ops III, and Dota 2. To be honest at some point, I regretted buying this Wildcat that cost me around $170. But after using the additional MFT and MFB buttons with Remapping features, it gave me a better score in BO3. So I might stick with this rather than replacing it with the regular XBOX One controller.
Thanks to everyone for stopping by to look at my build. Hope you my little review and also the pictures as well. Let me know what you guys think. Any suggestions, comments, and feedbacks would be much appreciated. Happy Gaming!!
P.S: I’m just using my Samsung Note 3 for the pictures. Sorry for the low and blurred quality.