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This was my first time ever building a computer. I've had some older Dell towers and the odd laptop off the shelf at Costco until last year. I wet my feet with the Alienware Alpha which has served me more then well for the measly $400 I paid. Recently I felt as though I could be getting even more, I was playing on a TV and was getting console equivalent or better but still felt like I could do better. I then looked at the backlog I have on steam, games I got that are best played on a KB & M or that werent suited to couch play. Unfortunatly when I do things I tend to go overboard so began the part picking...

I set a budget for myself of $1,000, then under $1,500, then "around" $1,500. I'm convinced that I wouldn't suffer a tower so I began looking at smaller form factors. After goading from friends and with the help of a tax return I bought the parts.

And... So it begins

The Corsair Air 240 case was of the small form factor i wanted, I originally looked at the Prodigy but found this case had more benefits. I checked out the builds with the Air 240 and they seemed clean and cool.

I went with the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Gene mATX, mainly for the solid brand. mATX for the possibility of SLI in the future. I also looked at the MSI Z170I Pro Gaming but as I was buying the parts it's price jumped to almost that of the Gene. It has what I need now and room to grow.

The Intel i5-6600K was chosen over the 6500 and 6600 for the future possibility of an overclock if I wanted to. I wanted an Intel, and Skylake for that matter. I also grabbed a Corsair H100i v2 for the looks mainly but also for the better cooling.

The RAM, Corsair LPX DDR4-3000 2x8gb, ram doesn't cost all that much and I have 2 more slots to grow.

The SSD, Samsung 850, I bought because Samsung is great, I have one in the Alpha and the boot time is super fast.

For me, the GPU was an easy choice, a Nvidia GTX 970. I loved the look of the reference cards offered by Nvidia. The 980ti was out of the question so I began looking for the 970 and 980. I was able to nab a like new 970 for about the cost of a 960. Ultimately I see my first upgrade in this to be a Pascal GPU after they release.

The Corsair RM750i PSU was highly recommended, and again I thought of the future hence the 750. I sprung the extra $5 for the I model in case I decided to grab a Corsair Link controller.

For fans I went with Corsair, 4 SP120 PWM quiet editions on the radiator, and 2 SP120 red led fans in the top. While looking at the build I decided to have a bottom fan to feed the GPU and since I have a mATX motherboard a 120mm wouldn't fit in the AIR 240. So I picked up a 92mm Noctura PWM fan and used that.

With everyhing said and done, I am extremely happy. The CPU doesnt rise above 38C and GPU under benchmark hits 81C

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

I didn't think you could get reference 970's sick build though enjoy it!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, the 970s were only ever available from Best Buy, and they are still around $380

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah right fe

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

hey dude, I think ur cpu cooler fans are backwards, nice component choices though.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, the fans were set up for exhaust on the H100i but I decided I wanted an intake upfront, Unfortunatly those rings seem to be meant for exhaust.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

you mean you meant for the front of the case to be exhaust?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the current configuration is front intake, top exhaust

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

the pic with the red LED running is the final config

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Should have waited for the 1070

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Mhm, and where did you decide to stop reading?

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

2nd grade

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, FE. I wanted the PC up and running, got the 970 for $230 so I'm fine to resell when I want to upgrade to the 1080

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have gone with the r9 390, but nice build anyway.

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

I would have gone with the new GTX 1070 or maybe the 1080. But like you said, pretty nice build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the plan, waiting until the 1070 and 1080 to be properly tested, then selling the 970 for a minor loss or keep for another build and grab a 1070 or 1080.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly! I have a R9 390 and I will keep this for another build.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you help me with the programs you use to get your FPS for games and the monitor you use for the CPU temps I've been using HWmonitor but not sure if that's the standard I have a AMD CPU and an nvidia graphics if that matters. Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I use Corsair Link, and afterburner, no idea on your compatibility though

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

did you hook up the 4 rad fans to the pump via spliters?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, two pwm splitters hooked up to the h100i v2

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

cool. thank you and nice build btw!

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

You could've waited a month and gotten a GTX 1070 for the same price. Or you could've waited for Polaris cards to hit the market as well.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the 970 last month for $230 nib, they are still going for over $300, plus like I said I'd take a loss.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay. $230 is quite a good price for a 970. Otherwise I would've recommended a 390 or 390X.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

yeah, never going to AMD, so that's out but yeah, at this rate I could break even, even if i waited until august or later when shooter season 2016 starts.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why won't you go AMD?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Because I don't want to? Why do you people insist on AMD?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would I? I have used Intel and Nvidia, they get me what I need, lol