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Gaming Rig Build From My Missus

by fir_nev

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32 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 19, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

Description

I recently build this machine with its components bought by my wife as a belated birthday and anniversary gift. This machine will be used for gaming (mostly FPS and sports simulators) and video and photo editors. The machine is doubly fast compared to my now-dead 2010 build. My advice for users who want to install Win7, please enable the Win7 support on the BIOS first. If not, the screen will hang at the 'Starting Windows' or at the installer menu.

20151224 - PC LED has been installed. Cable management still sucks

20151228 - Test score is 10231. Cable management did not improve but the side panel window hides it

Part Reviews

CPU

I purchased this for its ability to be overclocked. Will give more update soon.

CPU Cooler

Solid build. It was intimidating initially but once you have secured the backplate onto the motherboard, you are good to go. Easy to work with.

Motherboard

The red and black colour scheme suits me. The price suits its build and quality.

Do enable Win7 startup in BIOS if you want to install an older OS than Win8.1. If not, you will be stuck at 'Starting Windows' or installation menu screens.

Memory

I got the red colour RAM and the heatspread did not obstruct my CPU fan.

Storage

Super fast. My first SSD purchase.

Storage

Whenever people talk about mechanical HDDs, WD Blue is the item to get.

Video Card

Loving the build especially with the cooling structure. I have yet to OC this. Bought it for its red and black theme.

Case

Easy case to work with. It allows me to run some cables at the back thus minimizing the airflow obstruction. Great case for people on budget.

Power Supply

My only wish is that this PSU is modular. I love the rough matte finish and cable sleeves. On a budget? Its cheap and quality 80+ Gold attributes will satisfy your mid to high end rig build.

Monitor

I needed a cheap 1080p LED monitor with VESA mount for future configuration. Thought this is good.

Keyboard

I have not yet game with it but typing on this keyboard gives you that 'feel'.

Mouse

I love the optional weights that you can insert into the mouse. My only gripe is the side buttons which my thumb will accidentally click at times.

Headphones

You can feel the weight once it is worn. What I love about this headset is its elongated ear muffs design. They fit nicely around your ears. Not too small till they fold them unlike my previous cheap headset.

Comments Sorted by:

crazychris4124 5 points 16 months ago

Solid build but I would try to organize the cables a little better

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I am with you on this. I am currently waiting for an LED (cool white) to arrive before I start the cable management.

Thank you for the compliment.

colonelnicky 2 Builds 3 points 16 months ago

Components are all ace, but the cable management! If you're careful, you can probably just hide all of the extra cables behind the motherboard tray. If not, just bundle them up tightly there at the bottom so they're not so straggley and messy,

Also, you've got two exhaust fans and one intake, that's generally a bad idea as it tends to pull dust in, versus positive pressure. I'm not too familiar wit the 200R, but it seems like you couldn't get positive pressure, unless you were pulling air in from the bottom (Which is often pulling air from carpet, which is always a bad idea. Also keep it off of the floor if possible, haha), or, pulling it in from the top, which may be a little odd for airflow.

Nice build!

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you for your insightful feedback! I will be working on the cable management once an LED for the internal illumination has arrived.

I am also cracking my head trying to figure out the airflow for my 200R. It seems that I will have to be contented with the negative pressure until I get myself another case.

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Looks good! I know that you are waiting for an LED bit to arrive before doing cable management, so that's okay. This looks very solid and the parts are well thought out. Looks good! What price did you get the 6700K at though, it currently is experiencing lots of inflation, to double what the price should be. $350 vs the current $700.

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you for the kind comment!

I got it as a bundle with the mobo at S$816 (USD577); CPU alone cost S$508 (USD359) at the time of purchase. Singapore has higher prices for IT products. T_T

I will do my best with the cable management to make everybody here proud.

Thank you once again.

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Okay, in the US the only place you can get a 6700K at a reasonable price is at microcenter, and there are only a few, and there isn't one where I live. Luckily, I'm headed to LA this winter, and I will drop by the microcenter there to pick up a 5820k.

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Hopefully, you get a better deal there. Good luck!

willbrud 2 points 16 months ago

My question is about the headset. I have been looking at the Logi G430, but don't know if they are good. Do you recommend this headset?

As for the monitor, I recommend the BenQ RL2455HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor, it has a 1 m/s response time (while the Asus is 2 m/s), 2 HDMI outlets (Asus has 1), and 1 DVI (Asus has 0). It is only $20 more, and is a great monitor for gaming.

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Do you recommend this headset?

I will get back to you on this, k? I have yet to game with it as I am now trying to run benchmarks on my rig.

It is only $20 more, and is a great monitor for gaming.

Ah! Darn it! I will have to read reviews on it. I guess I should not have dismissed BenQ too early then.

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Do you recommend this headset?

Hi. I tried it yesterday playing ARMA3 and it fits comfortably around your ears. You can feel the weight but, over time, you will get used to it. I am happy with the build for its price!

TeraBuilds 1 point 8 months ago

why an i7?You are just using a 970 so its just better to go for an i5 6600k.Still a good build though +1

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I might be looking to upgrade my GPU ;)

Fork_and_Spoon 1 point 1 month ago

STOP IT WITH THE HYPER 212s, Those are are for the lower priced overclockable CPUs. IF you want to get more hertz out of your CPU go with something better ( possibly a water cooler ) I'm begging all who are reading this and use a hyper 212 and an i7 or newer i5, STOP.

Kqewrf 0 points 16 months ago

Why use such high end parts but then decide to buy a cheap 200R? Just wondering..

Persicuta 1 Build 3 points 16 months ago

Whats wrong with the 200R? Just because its cheaper than other cases doesn't make it a cheap case. Its actually a great case for what it is. Nothing wrong with it.

johngerges582 2 points 16 months ago

The 200r compared to other cases makes it look like crap.

It is overpriced for what you get. Build quality is pretty meh, and Corsair still has their stupid crap like not properly aligned fan mounts.

Persicuta 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

The 200r compared to other cases makes it look like crap

When you compare it to an excellent case like the h440, R5 etc, it clearly doesn't fit that scale. For a mid to high budget case its not as bad as you're making it. It's not that 'crap' either.

I mean, its $80 AUD so i don't know what you expect out of it. My most recent build was with a MK-I by thermaltake which is $225 AUD and believe me, that was crap. I think corsair did a decent job with it. Ive actually worked with it 3 times now (not sure if you have) so i can talk from experience not from reviews. The units i got were okay and the build was simple. It's not as great as a 760T or a phanteks enthoo pro with cable management but it does the job if you want an affordable case that delivers what it says. After all its one of their lowest line of cases (100R is before it)

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

it does the job if you want an affordable case that delivers what it says.

My wife asked why I did not get a higher end case. I thought, since this build is more to functionality, I will stick to that.

johngerges582 1 point 16 months ago

When you compare it to an excellent case like the h440, R5 etc, it clearly doesn't fit that scale.

I'm comparing it to similarly priced cases.

I mean, its $80 AUD so i don't know what you expect out of it.

Geez. Australia prices really are crazy. In the USA the base price for the 200r is usually around $60. The only good thing about the case is there is usually a MIR that can take it down as low as $45. That is the only time when I would buy this case. For $60 you could get the Define S or the S340.

My most recent build was with a MK-I by thermaltake which is $225 AUD and believe me, that was crap.

Most Thermaltake products are crap. Their product names don't help either.

Persicuta 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah it's very expensive here. Cant wait till our dollar is the same as the US so we can start buying all our **** from there.

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

U do have a point there. My little concern is the lack of space at the backplate to hide my cables there. Also, I think I can only get negative pressure for this case but I will monitor the temperature for the next few weeks. If it stays favourably consistent, then I will keep it.

I will check with my local PC enthusiasts to see what case works best for me should I need a replacement.

johngerges582 2 points 16 months ago

I will check with my local PC enthusiasts to see what case works best for me should I need a replacement.

There really is no reason to replace it.

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

There really is no reason to replace it.

Will do. Since this is a present from my wife, I will hold on to it.

Kqewrf 1 point 16 months ago

I had the 200R. Few weeks later i got the Define R5. The 200R is absolute crap imho, overpriced as hell.

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I am currently scouting for another case now that I have more confidence with PC building. The components matter more to me now. The case can be upgraded at another time.

AresXena 2 points 16 months ago

A nice upgrade from the 200R is a 450D.

fir_nev submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks! Looks good. I will read up on that. Thanks for the recommendation.