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As the title states, I built this PC with the primary intentions of gaming and live streaming. I wanted to build something up-to-date to prolong the amount of time before I will need to upgrade. Prior to this I have never built a PC in my life.
I was really weary of dropping all this money on parts without any experience whatsoever but I more or less dared myself to do it after seeing several videos and reading many forum posts online about how "easy" it was as well as how much better a PC you can get for your money than if you bought a pre-built PC with all the bloat-software.
I started receiving most of the parts about a week ago but that damn 1070 was hard to find. It finally came in today so I waited on installing it before posting this. I'll be honest and tell you that building this PC took up the majority of my Saturday. I was just so hesitant and nervous about messing something up so I literally had all of my instruction manuals out (motherboard, CPU cooler, etc, etc) in addition to having my laptop up on the counter with some guides from youtube.
The only trouble I encountered with the hardware was installing the H7 CPU cooler. I did not pre install this on the motherboard before putting the motherboard in the tower so when I went to actually put the heat sink over the CPU I had trouble lining it up with the screws and had to make a couple of passes at it. This freaked me out because it touched the thermal paste on the CPU a couple of times and so it wasn't a clean install. I've been monitoring my temps though and everything seems fine.
Most of my issues came during the BIOS while trying to install windows from a boot drive I created (I encountered a couple of errors). Then I had to teach myself how to partition a HDD since I had never done that before... it was just a bunch of little things like that where I was constantly looking up something I hadn't expected and learning new information.
All in all it was a very satisfying experience once everything finally came together and worked. I actually couldn't believe that I had just built a computer.
Theme- I wanted to go with a simple black/white theme while the computer is turned off and have an RBG setup with it on. The GPU, mouse, and keyboard are all RBG. The Case has about 10 colors or so... so its not truly RBG but its still decent. I can make all of my devices match each other while gaming which I find to be pretty awesome. I'll prob even upgrade my headset to an RBG one pretty soon.
CPU - I chose the i7-6700K simply because I do plan on live streaming in addition to gaming. I may even dabble in some video editing from gameplay I record. I also wanted to go skylake just to "future proof" as much as possible. Then there's of course the ability to overclock which I have not done yet but may do so in the not too distant future.
CPU Cooler - I've heard more good things said about the Cryorig H7 in my month of PC build research than anything else. I must say, it looks aesthetically pleasing and matches my black/white theme pretty well. So far its keeping my temps around 24-28C while idle and I've only seen highs between 35-40 while playing Overwatch on ultra with a few tabs open.
Motherboard - This honestly wasn't the board I was going to get. But I went into a Micro Center after I found out there was one in Dallas where I just moved and they had a bundle going on with the CPU. I can't really complain about anything except the IO shield which is pretty cheap but it works just fine. The board looks good in my opinion and the BIOS was simple enough for a newbie like me to figure out pretty quickly. Then again, I haven't done anything complicated like overclocking yet. This board also suits the theme decently enough.
GPU - This really just ended up being the first I found available online out of the few brands that I'd buy a GPU from. The fact that it was black/white to match my build AND had RBG lighting sealed the deal. The AURA software is pretty cool, and as far as performance goes... lets just say I upgraded from a 750 TI. I'm now destroying my previous framerates while also upgrading from a 60hz monitor to a 144hz.
Case - I fell in love with this thing the moment I saw a youtube video on it. Its simple and not overly flashy looking. The little flash it has comes in the form of RBG LEDs on the sides in the shape of an L. The cable management is great... even I did an OK job at it for my first build I think. There's tons of room inside, even after I put my mammoth 1070 I still have room to spare. The fans that come with the case seem to be pretty good quality as well, and there's plenty of airflow. I also think the parts case that it comes with is great. I can't hear my fans running at all or anything from inside the case really either so the sound insulation must be decent. The lighting you see inside the case in my pics is a 2M strip sold separately from Phantek that will coincide with the lighting on the outside of the case.
Power Supply - I know I know... Its not the GS Nova, maybe one of the blemishes with my build but from all my research I've done, it still seems like a great PSU. Its semi-modular which made things easier and all the cables are roped in black so no yucky yellow/reds.
Monitor - I was using a 21" 60hz ASUS. Going to 144HZ @ 24" was a big upgrade for me IMO, and because of this monitor my GPU wasn't 'overkill.' Colors look great IMO and overall I just think its a good bang-for-your-buck monitor.
Keyboard - People will debate for ages whether they like cherry brown or cherry red or whatever. I personally upgraded to this from all razer gear and I enjoy this quite a bit more. People say the keys are weird shapes but I find them comfortable and the romer-G switches also feel great . I happen to love this keyboard.
Mouse - Its a Logitech G502.... 'nuff said.
Notes: I know my cable management isn't perfect... I tried so hard to rope that PCU cord through the back but its just not long enough if I go through the very bottom grommet. Going through one of the higher grommets also presented an issue because then the PSU shield wouldn't slide all the way against the back of the case for me to screw it in. So I used a zip tie to at least keep it around the outside of the case and not going straight up and down the middle.
My pictures aren't great... I know that. I suck at taking pictures, especially with an iPhone.
I would greatly appreciate any feedback for this build that I worked so hard on. It would help me see where I went right, and where I can improve for future builds or even for future changes to this particular build.