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i7 6700k RX480 RGB Black Friday 1st Time Build

by twistanesh


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Date Published

Dec. 6, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 4, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.31 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C


Huge thanks to pcpartpicker for essentially holding my hand through this process.

My last computer lasted me almost 10 years and still isn't terrible but alas it's time to move on. I don't game too much but I plan to now, and I do occasionally edit pictures and video. I plan on also using this for my Samsung 4K tv and for my smaller Asus monitor.

I initially started with a very beginner level of knowledge and was scared to build a computer because of how daunting it seemed. So my friend suggested I come to this site and look at the "budget/office" build. I then had a base of where to begin and what parts were necessary.

I then did a couple weeks of research on all the parts and started thinking "okay well if I'm going to go for this part for this much I might as well upgrade a bit and get this part for just a bit more."

I then got carried away and somehow ended up going from a budget i5 6400 build to an i7 6700k build.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals saved me around $450

All the prices are in Canadian $$ with taxes included (the exact $ I paid minus mail in rebates that I've submitted).

Part Reviews


So far so good. This computer is blazing fast. and I got a hell of a deal for $369 Canadian.

CPU Cooler

Very simple installation. Very quiet and clean. No complaints . Great bang for buck.


This board is very straightforward and easy to use. The Bios is also great and simple. Overall I'm happy with the way this performs and looks. It has a nice silver theme and lights up a bit too. Keep in mind there is a green power LED light that stays on in the middle of the board, the sound area has a small white led line too.


So far so good but my mobo only picks it up as 2400 DDR4


So far so good, no issues and matches my silver theme.


I've had this for a long time and it's been great


What a beauty. I was debating between this and the p400 as I got both on sale on Black Friday and I was only debating it because there was a $40 difference in price. But I put placed my parts in without installing and this thing was just too beautiful to give up. I kept this one and I have zero regrets. This case is awesome, the cable management is stellar and allows for many additional fans and parts. It is pretty big for a midtower but I didn't mind. If you're going to spend as much as I did for a computer with nice parts might as well show it off (to yourself). It makes me incredibly happy. One day I'll grab a kraken x42/x52 and show it off in there too. I only wish this had a cover for the DVD drive area that flips open or something.

Power Supply

Very quiet, clean and most of all the wires are black! I picked this because it was semi modular (the only built in wires are the motherboard wires anyway so it's not that big of a difference between modular and this cuz you'll be hooking these wires up anyway). So far so good. no complaints.

Optical Drive

Pretty loud when in use but when off and in eco mode - no sounds

Case Fan

I first had these hooked up with the molex connection that they come with but man were they loud. Even though I got these only for $7 I was still sad because they were too loud to use and I was planning on leaving them disconnected. BUT I ended up swapping my H60 Pump to the Molex (for constant power) and connected these to the mobo and boom, all was quiet again!

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Finlay_Massie 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

nice simple build. +1

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thank you!

YaBoiBruce37 2 points 27 months ago

I am curious how well does your motherboard work? I have been reading reviews and it seems that they are very sporadic in their ratings.

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

actually very good. I have not had a single problem yet.

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

did you have any specific questions i could address?

YaBoiBruce37 1 point 27 months ago

I have read on some reviews that the motherboard causes and I quote " BIOS, when hiccuping, mouse moves sluggishly, boot times are 40 seconds to 10 minutes." and it also says that it can't handle stable overclocking. This is from Newegg and I am kind of worried because I bought it from them and the reviews are both positive and negative. So if you could clarify these few problems that people are having that would be great. Thanks in advance!

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I've actually not experienced any of that to be honest.

Boot times for me are really fast, basically seconds. Overclocking my i7 6700k was a breeze. I didn't keep it overclocked though because I Don't need it . Bios is actually really easy to use and the mouse movement is fine.

Personally I love this motherboard because it looks great performs grate and I got it cheap :)

YaBoiBruce37 2 points 27 months ago

I just got mine today and it looks great! I will not know if it is DOA until later this week when my power supply comes. None of the pins are bent there is a REALLY small scratch on it but I am not to concerned I have insurance if worse comes for worse. Thank you for responding and I am happy to be finally building my own gaming computer. Thanks for your help :)

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Sounds good! I'll be looking out for your build :)

DJDolan 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Very nice build, loving how clean it looks. The cable management in that case must be good yeah?

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks! Yeah Cable management was a breeze !

YaBoiBruce37 2 points 26 months ago

Hey I just finished my build. Thank you for all of your help in answering all of my questions :) https://pcpartpicker.com/b/47YTwP

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

No problem! I'll check it out!

HP2 2 points 26 months ago

369$ for a 6700k !?!?!?!? Where did you get that price?

Oh, and sweet PC btw :)

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you! and haha yeah NCIX in canada was selling it on Black Friday for that price, couldn't believe it cuz it's hella expensive in Canadian dollars

claudiuskt 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

nice build! +1 extra cookies for you for the old desktop picture. that thing looks ancient!

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks! haha yeah it's about 10 years old haha

bigskoops 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

nice build man. is picture 11 what you used to have? Your build and then the new one you posted with the updated cooler.. we got very similar tastes.. good taste hahha

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you! Haha yeah it's my old computer , about 10 years old now . and yeah good taste! Almost a mirror image lol

Dmushrooman 1 point 26 months ago

Hello, did you set your strix for silence? It's odd for me to see a strix rx 480 not running it's 1.3GHz out the box. Nice job btw, it looks clean.

twistanesh submitter 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Hey actually I just used the default values on pcpartpicker. It's actually running at 1.31GHz. I'll edit it though thank you

Nater650 1 point 11 months ago

A new RX 480 for the Canadian equivalent of $290.89 USD? That’s a nice deal (I’m in the US btw)

Nater650 1 point 11 months ago

Oh you built this BEFORE the crypto currency mining crisis occurred

Nater650 1 point 11 months ago

+1 for the deal you got on the RX 480

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