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(Will add more pictures later. The 2nd SSD just got here today so I still need to install that)

Basically just needed an upgrade so I figured skylake was the way to go. My current machine has a i5-2500k that wasn't even overclocked (pre built and I never got around to it). I want to use my new machine for gaming as well as streaming and video editing/rendering. Any input on the parts I picked is much appreciated. Building was more troublesome than I expected. I dont even want to say how long it took me. Most of it was just user error. Luckily, all the parts seem to be working well.

Notes On Part Selections - I tried looking for good deals wherever I could. The 980ti was gifted and the prices shown aren't necessarily the prices I paid.

CPU - i7- 6700k - I am aware that I paid a premium for it due to the low stock and retail mark ups. I am okay with that. I am aware that I could have got 6 cores instead and all that. I get it. I just wanted to move over to the new chipset.

Cooler - I got the Corsair H110 refurbished on newegg for $60. Pretty good deal imo. (this thing was impossible to install correctly. it is currently being held by just the top 2 screws since the rest just wouldn't align. we tried for hours to get this thing seated and bolted down the way it was supposed to. just wouldnt happen. the screw holes are def defective. am I crazy for using it with just the top 2 holding it in place?)

Ram - Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 - Decent speed (i think?) and it wasn't that expensive. I eventually want to upgrade to 32 gigs but for now this should be fine.

SSD - Zotac Premium Edition 240GB - Every review I saw said that this SSD is great regardless of the price but seeing it cost only $65 made me instantly jump on it. I have never heard of the brand but like I said, reviews sold me on it. (This one in particular http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/7418/zotac-premium-edition-240gb-sata-iii-ssd-review/index11.html))

HDD - Just got a WD Blue for random files and steam stuff.

GPU - I was gifted a 980ti so I technically didn't pay for it myself but had to include the price anyways so that I can know more or less what my new PC "cost".

Case - Fractal Design Define R5 (Titanium) - MY previous PC had blue LED's all over and I grew tired of the glow, so this time I went windowless for the case. I hear fractal is the way to go for a quiet build and that their quality is great. I want to eventually build another PC dedicated for streaming so maybe the fancy/annoying lights will come back at some point.

PSU - EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX - This was one of the parts I stressed the most about. I always hear that you don't want to skim on the power supply but my budget was quickly dwindling. A lot of people on here use this with similar builds so it gave me the confidence to just go with it. I am hoping 750w is enough.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

WHAAT!!! 980TI LIKE, FOR FREE?!?!?!?! MAN +1 FOR YOUR LUCK!!! CONGRATS!!!

Anyway, how is Win10 for you?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Win10 takes some getting used to. But once you get used to it its Easy and shockingly great. Is it XP great? No. But it strikes a nice balance between XP and 7. I think it is Superior to 7 in almost every way. And it even has a start button! Microsoft has actually made another good OS. Finally. Personal opinions ofcourse.

a Free 980TI.... thats AWESOME!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't agree more about Start Button, but I think what makes it even greater is the Start MENU with a bit of SCREEN TILES, not Start FULL SCREEN on Win 8 & 8.1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn straight. Best pc gift giver.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. I have awesome friends. Windows 10 has always worked great for me. It is super snappy and I haven't run into any comparability issues of any kind.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Another powerhouse build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i ask what your opinions are on the Motherboard?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the design and color. I have used only one ASRock motherboard so far and it was a low end model. Aside from the feel of the board seeming thinner and the placement of the connections on the one I used, it works well. I think ASRock is a viable option when considering a motherboard purchase.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard worked out well for me. I don't use wifi on my desktops so I don't care about that feature. Lots of sata ports, easy overclock, and it looks good. I need all the USB 3 ports I can get (mic, external HDD, and various other streaming stuff). I would definitely recommend it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks im trying to put together a system for my dad to replace his A6 powered laptop. I figured i'd go to Skylake and keep him up to date.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the time of year lol.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud is the reference card in ur opinion?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How has your experience been with the Zotac ssd?