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Backstory: Once upon a time I was a wee baby child in middle school that [somehow] managed to save enough money to buy a MacBook Pro. I remember how awesome OS X Snow Leopard was and will always consider it my first OS. Now, having just graduated high school, it's time for the big guns... Introducing my first custom PC build, "Snow Leopard"

I went with a White/Black theme with blue, silver, and gray accents scattered throughout.

PC Purpose:

  1. Gaming

  2. Game recording/streaming

  3. Video production

  4. Heavy computational analysis (i.e., large Excel spreadsheets I use for stock market analysis and crunch millions of numbers on hourly)

Summary of PC parts, subtotals paid, origin, and reasoning: Note that all parts were purchased brand new, except for the RAM which was "used" but like new.

CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K, $289.99, Microcenter, I felt this was the best value choice for raw horsepower without breaking the bank with the new Broadwell-E chips. My guess is a few years down the road I may choose the extreme edition but for my first build this will still kick some ***.

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 1070 STRIX OC Edition, $449.99, Amazon, Phenomenal Price/Performance ratio with the 1070. It was between this and the EVGA FTW, which don't get me wrong, I think is awesome, but the two fan headers on this card got me excited :) This card, as opposed to a 1080, will also make me feel less bad about upgrading in the future since it only cost 60% of the 1080s I was eyeballing.

Motherboard: Asus Z170-AR, $129.99, Microcenter, Z170 for 130 bucks?! Yes! It works great. I love the AI Suite and the BIOS is second to none.

RAM: EVGA SuperSC DDR4-3000 8GB x2, $59.96, Microcenter, This was an "open box" at Microcenter but I figured hey I might as well try it since RAM either works or doesn't. It worked, and with a simple switch of XMP I get 3GHz DDR4 with a CAS of 15. For 60 bucks! Sweet!

Storage: 3 drives

  1. Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 SSD, $319, Amazon, What's better than using an SSD for a boot drive? Try a PCI-E M.2 SSD! This thing is a beast and I have no regrets.

  2. Toshiba P300 2TB HDD, $69.99, Microcenter, This is my mass storage drive. It has one of the highest value scores on Userbenchmarks, very impressive read/write speeds, and Microcenter had like a gazillion of them. Why not?

  3. Toshiba P300 3TB HDD, $84.99, Microcenter, Same drive type at an even better value than the one above, I use this only for game recording which, at my bitrate, stores roughly 80 hours before I have move it to my cloud archive.


  1. Gigabyte PCI-E WiFi/BT adapter. I opted for this add-on instead of spending $150 more on a motherboard, plus I need bluetooth for my mouse.

  2. Acer XB271HU 27" Monitor. I may or may not have spoiled myself here... hehe... but coming from a retina MacBook display (which I still use daily for programming) I needed more than 1080p and at this point I just thought "go big or go home." The 1070 should be plenty adequate, and for instances where it struggles a bit, G-Sync will have my back.

  3. Corsair K70 RGB Keyboard. This thing feels like bliss. It's my first mechanical keyboard and I think I chose wisely. My parents questioned a $170 keyboard but I locked them in the basement and they forgot about it. RGB is fun.

  4. Logitech G502 Mouse. Awesome gaming mouse. I felt a good investment here would really make my build feel complete once it was my main method of interaction with this $3000+ monster.

  5. Logitech MX Master BT Mouse. I use this for productivity where I want a little less twitch and a bit more ergonomics. Call me spoiled, I'll put you in the basement with my parents...

  6. SteelSeries Siberia 650 Headset. This was actually a christmas gift. My turtle beaches passed away (rip) and ended a replacement. This is a fine piece of work. Really digging the 7.1 surround.

Problems Faced: This was my first PC, so there were some hitches that I eventually overcame with trial/error. For example, overclocking was... ehm... interesting ;) but I got a stable 4.7GHz, providing a Cinebench R15 score of 1035, so I'll take it! Also, cable management in the H440 isn't exactly difficult, but it's a little tricky because of the low clearance between the back panel and the motherboard tray from the sound-dampening foam.


Cinebench R15 CPU: 1035

Cinebench R15 GPU: pending pending

Conclusion: Satisfied. 10/10 would build again.

TL;DR it can play minecraft

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

hey. any particular reason why'd u put liquid cooler with cables towards back fan?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

only that it was a much better fit than the other way around.