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Update 13.01.2017:

  • ordered a NZXT S340 Elite case in white , NZXT Hue+, NZXT Aer fans and Kraken X62.

Update 23.12.2016:

  • added 16GB RAM Kit Corsair LPX for a total of 32GB.

Update 05.11.2016:

  • added pictures of my desk setup.

Update 26.11.2016:

  • new monitor: ACER XB321HK 32 inch 4K with G-Sync
  • no Thunderbolt PCIe Card anymore :)

Update 11.11.2016:

  • added some new pictures

Update 09.11.2016:

  • changed all of the PSU cables to Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 CSR black/blue, pictures comming soon!

Update 04.11.2016:

  • got an Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX

I sold my old pc and moved over to a MacBook Pro Retina late 2014 with a Thunderbolt Display. After some time, I missed PC gaming and was not very satisfied with the PS4, so I started to build a new PC. This is the outcome.

Because I already have a Thunderbolt Display from Apple I did not want to buy a new monitor for hundreds of dollars so I bought a ThunderboltEX II/DUAL from ASUS. With this card I can use the Thunderbolt Display on any normal PC with an ASUS motherboard that has a Thunderbolt header on it.

I sold my Thunderbolt Display for a good amount of Money so I could afford a new 4K monitor.

To play VR games decently, I used an Intel Core i5 6600K with the potential to overclock it in the future. A overlocked Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX should be enough to play VR Games on a newly aquired HTC Vive.

I got the Asus Z170-A because of the Thunderbolt header and nice aesthetics. It has SLI-support and supports my 3000mhz RAM. It has a very nice BIOS and good overclocking capabilities. The Thunderbolt header is not used anymore but its a very nice motherboard nevertheless.

The Corsair Vengance LPX 32GB RAM is cheap (at the end of 2016 not so cheap anymore), fast and very stable on 3000mhz. It looks good beacause its all black. I got the RAM on sale, so I saved a few bucks here.

The Samsung 850 EVOs are very fast SSDs with perfect performance for the money. The 250GB for the system, the 500GB for games. Most of my storage is on my 24TB NAS, so I do not need a lot of storage.

The case was originally a Pahnteks Enthoo Evolv tempered glass in silver. I switched to a Fractal Design Define R5 because I did not like the all aluminum body of the Enthoo Evolv that vibrates on sound if you have it on the desk which was very annoing. The Define R5 has a nice sleek, understated look. I removed the drive cages and the optical drive cage on the front for more airflow.

I chose the Corsair RM750x because its fully modular, black and white and has enough power for a second graphics-card.

The name for this build comes from Lelouch vi Britannia, the main charakter of my all-time favorite anime series Code Geass.

TODO:

  • ASUS Aura motherboard
  • Kaby Lake
  • SLI
  • M.2 SSD

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Pros: - easy to install - compact and easy to mount at the back exhaust

Cons: - fans are very noisy - temps could be lower

Motherboard

Overall very nice motherboard with nothing to criticize. Wifi would have been a nice to have.

Video Card

Pros: - looks beautiful - rgb lighting - performance

Cons: - not 2x8-Pin - louder under heavy load than a Zotac - 2 DP

Case

Pros: - silent - nice cable management - relatively cheap - perfect build quality - very sturdy

Cons: - fragile top plates - drive cages are a waste - no PSU shroud/ something to hide the psu cables

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Come on, give us the money shot of the inside. Or the outside.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I uploaded some pictures, hope you like them.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

I love that feeling when your PC can run VR games but your too poor to afford a VR headset. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a HTC Vive at home which I rarely ever use :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

do you hear the coil whine?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

A little bit if you play some games over 60fps and the room is very quiet.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

oh.... sad you.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Got an Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX instead :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

noiiiceee

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build! it's almost identical to the one I was planning (excluding the motherboard). I know the cpu is running cool but are the rest of the components? From the pictures I've noticed you have no exhaust fans. You have two AF fans in the front but your CPU cooler has two SP fans. Are these static pressure fans acting as your exhaust? I'm a first timer builder, excuse any misconceptions. Thanks

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the radiator fans are acting as an exhaust so I have 2 exhaust fans. Not ideal but it works just fine. Better have a positive air pressure inside of the case than a negative. The graphics card is running cool and I have no thermal problems so far.

The fans are no SP fans they are be quiet! SILENT WINGS 2. I dont really care if the fans are SP or AF it does not make a real difference (maybe 1-2°C).

I really want to upgrade to a more black motherboard but that would be a waste of money :D Maybe with Kaby Lake and a new graphics card generation.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice one, thanks for your response. Very helpful