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The Ladder (first build)

by Recordpace



Date Published

Feb. 13, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 31, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

970 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C


Didn't work exactly as planned at first but after a few tweaks, I'm almost where I want it to be. I started with a different case than I hadn't seen anyone use the Zalman M1 mini itx not a bad case, but just wasn't doing it for me in terms of cable management etc. I use my computer for all kinds of things, web browsing, light gaming, some web design, database work, nothing too strenuous but hell its like driving Ferrari in the suburbs, all the power and nowhere to go. I only named this the ladder because I have kept adding on to it, and swapping a few parts out as I went. Climbing the ladder in price. Not listed I bought a daskeyboard and I absolutely love this thing.

Plan on adding some more pictures when I get done with the build. I would like to get some custom PSU wires.

i7-6700k Well honestly I really debated the CPU a lot and was settled on the 6600k until I stumbled upon a price of $365 on Amazon I really couldn't think twice and just bought it. Is it awesome of course, do I need this much silicone horsepower absolutely not. Will it blaze through anything I ever throw I at for sure!

Thermaltake Water 3.0 This thing may not be the prettiest cooler, the price was right and it performs very well for all intents and purposes. I liked that it was a simple black and white color scheme. The only complaint I had was the back plate it not really convenient to install.

Asus Z170I PRO Gaming All the features I could ask for an ITX board. Fast internet, M.2 slot, everything seems right to me. Big price, big options, seemed like a logical choice for me when I was shopping for a motherboard.

Corsair Vengeance *It's fast, clean simple look worked for what I was looking for."

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Really no complaints it shreds benchmarks and I thought the price was well worth it. Since it mounts on the backside of the motherboard I was quite content going with it over the 950 which is black.

Sandisk Ultra 960GB Very fast for second hard drive no issues with the drive and I found at a price I couldn't pass up.

XFX Radeon R9 380X Seems okay to me for now. I know it really is weak in terms of the rest of the build but I didn't want to dump a ton in until the new GPUs come out this summer. Handles everything I have done quite well, for now.

Phanteks MicroATX *Really love this thing. Great cable management seems to be built like a tank a definite step up from the first case ordered. So I decided on sending that one back. Settled on the Phanteks MATX case in black, a little big for an ITX build but I was happy with the slight increase in size to give myself a the option to switch boards et cetera in the future.

Rosewill It's a decent power supply probably not the best choice for my build but it seems to function just fine. I purchased this a while back by accidentally clicking buy now on Amazon so I decided to run with it. If it gives me fits or I need more power I will switch it out.

Part Reviews


Blazing fast, thought I stole it for the price I paid.


Great little board loads of features. Clean looking, fast internet, good port locations, m.2. I'm happy as could be.


Seems to do the job, looks great.


Benchmarks with the best of them great little SSD.


Fast, not super fast in terms of an SSD but for a backup drive I have no complaints.

Video Card

Happy with its performance, especially dollar for dollar it does a great job. Realy not much to say I haven't really stressed to much yet.


Excellent build quality; feels rugged. Cable management is a breeze. Fit and finish is top notch.

Power Supply

It's a platinum PSU has performed well so far.

Comments Sorted by:

RazorG 2 points 34 months ago

Glad you didnt buy a high end GPU, cuz Polaris and Pascal are a few months away!

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Do you know when pascal gpus are being released?

RazorG 1 point 34 months ago

Nope but I think maybe 1H 2016

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Man, I am so ready for pascal, it is what is holding back my next build. By any chance, do you know how quickly gpu waterblocks are made after the release of a new gpu?

RazorG 1 point 34 months ago

About 1 month?

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I really hope so

ULTIZEMA 1 point 34 months ago

man i want to get a pascal gpu :D or something i am stuck here with my gt 610 i hate my life i really do my computer is dip-**** lol but the thing is how much will a pascal gpu cost ? $

RazorG 1 point 34 months ago

Maybe the same prices when the 900 series got released. Might as well mention Polaris too since they're already being shipped on the block (And according to wccftech, they spotted AMD's high end HBM2 $1700 GPU)

Recordpace submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

That was my thought, and even at that I can buy a current top end GPU for a lot less at that point.

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Gotta say, 4.7Ghz is a brave overclock haha. what voltage is it running on? Do you run it 4.7Ghz all day?

Recordpace submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Honestly don't remember the exact number but it was higher than I was comfortable with for a long term solution. Pretty sure it was close to 1.4 volts. I have returned to a more reasonable 4.4Ghz.

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

that's good lol. I was kinda worried there for the poor little chip :P

Recordpace submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

It really is quite stable at 4.7 but how much power does one need.

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I was not worried for power wise but longevity. The higher Ghz you go, the quicker your chip can burn out.

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