Description

My old computer was almost four years old and it was starting to struggle in some high-end games, so I decided to spend big and build a new rig.

Initially with the CPU I was debating between going more budget-style by snagging an i5, but once I figured out my GPU set up I decided that I might as well buy an i7 6700k.

Originally, I was going to reuse my old CoolerMaster hyper 212 evo, but that broke shortly after building, so for a few days I used the stock fan from my old computer's i5 3570k, and ordered the Corsair H60.

As for the motherboard, I decided to up the anti from my previous build. I needed something that could handle SLI and overclocking (which I'm considering doing a year or two from now), and this board fit the bill.

The RAM was something I had to dial back. I was thinking about splurging on 32GB of DDR4, but once I decided on other expensive parts, I cut back. I also realized that I don't need more than 8 or 16 at the moment, and that I can always add more later.

The HDDs were taken from my old computer. I originally tried a 120GB Intel m.2 SSD, but that was incompatable with my motherboard so i returned it. The 212 broke shortly after, so I had to spend that money on a new CPU cooler rather than a normal SSD. I'm hoping to get an SSD in a few months.

The GPUs were quite a jump for me. Last build I went with an AMD radeon HD 7950 for budget purposes. I almost went with an R9 390 this time, but splurged. This was actually the part of the build that took the least effort to decide.

The case has a fun story behind it. I almost reused my old case, but I was so sick of it and I hated it. I finally found this case. Everything about it looked perfect. I ordered it and waited anxiously. it arrived and had a massive crack in the side panel, so I returned it and was delayed a week. Finally the replacement arrived. Now, let me say that this is the largest mid-tower that I have ever seen. It could pass as a small full tower. it has SO MUCH SPACE FOR EVERYTHING!!! My only complaint is that the front LED is blue, and the GPUs glow green. I'll unplug the case LED at some point to fix that.

I reused the power supply. The one listed here is wrong because pcpartpicker no longer lists the actual one. the one I have is 80+ silver, not bronze. That's the only difference. Also, it's barely semi-modular, so thank god I have so much extra space.

Windows 10 is Windows 10. Not much to say.

I reused the monitor from my old comp. It's decent; not amazing. I'll probably upgrade to 4k at some point.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

Not the best choices for PSU or case, but a really OP build that'll last you a long time. +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the +1! The PSU is actually a little better than what's listed. The one I have isn't listed here so i just selected something kind of similar.

The case is actually fantastic. I have nothing but good to say about it. it has lots of space, extremely easy cable management, is very sturdy, and has some really nice dust filters. It's no 200$ case for sure, but it's one of the best for its price (it was also 15$ less expensive when I bought it).

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Great-looking build!

For a system of this magnitude, you really need to get some SSDs in there. Life's too short to spend it waiting for those glorified gramophones! ;-)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on it. I was going to and then the 212 broke. I'm going to wait until I have some more money before doing that.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I can recommend the Samsung 950 PRO for a quick M.2 PCIe boot drive, but they are a very pricey option to just shave off a few seconds at boot compared to a SATA SSD. And a complete pain to set up as a full-speed boot drive if your motherboard doesn't want to play ball in terms of boot options with the Windows installer.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice. I'll probably get an ssd when I get a 4k monitor and HB sli bridge.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

your monitor is 1080p those to 1080 are useless unless at 4K

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on going 4k in a few months. I also supersample most games to 4k.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the H60 perform for cooling under load ?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It works pretty well. I rarely get above 40 degrees when in intensive games.