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Silver Thing

by Mburk



Date Published

July 2, 2016

Date Built

June 10, 2016

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I would like to preface my post with a Thank You message. THANK YOU PC Partpicker. You made this entire process so much more approachable and thank you to all of the other individuals in the community, your reviews, pictures and stories made this process so enjoyable.

I have wanted to do a custom PC for about 2 years now, and I recently had the opportunity to build one. So, obviously, I jumped at the chance to do it. This is my first build and I love it. The overall experience of building this computer was wonderful, and I definitely will be building PCs from now on. I use it for gaming and school work, so nothing crazy. I had no difficulties at all during the entire process (shockingly), and it posted on my first attempt, which was a relief to say the least. I neglected to take pics of the actual build and for that I apologize, but I hope my after shots will suffice. I will however take photos of the upgrades so it'll balance out, hopefully. This build is not "finished", there are items that I wanted but were out of my budget that will be added later. The two items that I want the most are a higher tier GPU and a monitor, probs 1440p. Anyway, thank you for reading, I hope you like my build.

If there is anything you want to see or know just ask.

Please excuse my Taco Bell quality photos, they were taken with my phone.

Also, braided cables are definitely in my future.

Future Upgrades.

AIO Water cooler for the cpu. Not sure which one but something with a 280mm rad, and corsair. Second set of ram. Gaming SSD GPU - 1080ti or equivalent 1440p monitor Noctua intake fans. I will upload temps and all that stuff later.

Part Reviews


Fast AF. Shreds everything thrown at it. Hyper 212 does a great job at cooling it.

Best processor I have yet to own.

CPU Cooler

Cheap. Really cheap and cools wonderfully. 5 stars.

The fan sounds like a small turbine when set to 100% but I don't see any reason to have it that high anyway.


Phenomenal motherboard. Works perfectly, and the RGB is a nice touch but ins't mind shattering.


It's ram, it's fast, it looks great. 5 stars.

I will get the light kit a some point in the future. They already have lights underneath the silver heat spreaders, the light kit just allows them to be seen better.



Blazing fast, good storage, perfect boot and program drive.


Fast for what it is, no complaints. I use it for game and file storage.

Video Card

Wonderful card, and it inst as loud as everyone says the reference blowers are. I didn't need anything hardcore right now, ill get something phat later on when I get a new monitor, but this is the perfect place holder.


Beautiful, plenty of space, good space for cable management, the case fans are surprisingly good. They aren't stupid loud or weak, I am very impressed.

Power Supply

It's a power supply, its platinum, eco mode, silent, love it. 5 stars.

Case Fan

Looks great in my case, it's completely silent, works perfect for me rear exhaust.


Perfect entry level mechanical keyboard. I will get something with more pizzazz later on.

Its tenkeyless, if you're into that sort of thing.

It has Cherry MX Blue EQUIVALENT key switches. They are NOT cherry switches.

Comments Sorted by:

Witches 2 points 15 months ago

I'm planning all the parts that I want to be in my first build and I'm literally in a similar situation regarding the CPU and GPU. I was settled on the i5 6600k for so long... then I decided I really wanted to get back into graphic design and possibly video editing so I've then decided I should settle for the i7 6700k. For the GPU I was settled on the 970 for so long as well...then the 1070 was released UGH.

Love the case! :) i most likely will end up building mine very similar to yours.

Mburk submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

NICE! The case rules, it's really easy to work in. I was in a similar situation, the 6600K is so similar in gaming performance, but the extra kick for the 6700K was to hard to pass up.

Honestly, don't get the 970. It's good, but if for whatever reason you decide to get it, don't pay more than 250 for it. Id got with the new RX 480, its cheaper, and you get more VRAM. BUT it doesn't perform as well as the 1070. It's just a budget competitor for the 970 type power bracket. In my opinion, if you're gonna fork out serious cash for your build anyway, you might as well and bone up for the higher tier GPU.

Witches 2 points 15 months ago

Definitely settled on the 6700k I think it will be a good investment.

Have you heard they have released the GTX 1060 two days ago? Its apparently better than the 970 and 980 but cheaper! (and better than the RX 480). Definitely go check it out, but looks like i'll be waiting a couple more months to get that instead!

Mburk submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Yes, I did see that; totally awesome for the price! The founder edition of the 1060 does have a lot of plastic on the shroud. Normally there is a glass window to showcase the heat sink on their GPU's, but on the 1060 that "window" is now black plastic. But, I would assume that you would go with a custom GPU and not the founders edition.

Witches 2 points 15 months ago

Definitely custom GPU, but that won't be out for a while. Guess i'll buy everything else first and just wait! haha

Mburk submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Good good. And yeah, one must be patient, which totally sucks lol

zahir414 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

How is the keyboard treating you so far?

Mburk submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

The keyboard is great, no issues whatsoever. I recently got custom keycaps, and I love them.

zahir414 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Could you link me to what keycaps you got? Also are the switches cherry mx green or blue?

Mburk submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago
zahir414 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Im kinda new to this. I thought cherry mx switches were built in the keyboard. Is it possible to use cherry mx red switches on this keyboard?

Mburk submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

I just realized what you may be confused about; I hope I didn't come off as patronizing.

The link I provided you with was for the key CAPS, not the switches themselves. They are two separate pieces. The key SWITCHES are affixed to the keyboard's pcb, while the key CAPS (the letters, numbers, space bar, caps, shift, etc.) sit on top of the key switch and can be removed, replaced and customized.

Mburk submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

It is a mechanical keyboard that uses Greetech Blue switches. "Cherry MX keys" are a specific brand of key switch. So if mechanical switches were tennis shoes, then Cherry MX keys would be Nike's and Greetech would be Adidas. Does that make sense? So to answer your question: Yes, the key switches are built into the keyboard, and no it is not possible to get Cherry MX reds or any other key switch brand on this board.