Description

I built this computer for gaming and school work (I'm in a computer science and engineering master's program), so I need something with a little power that would last me at least a couple of years. I have modified computers in the past but this is my first time building one from scratch.

i5-6600k: So far, this processor is great! I haven't had any problems with it and it costs about $100 less than the i7, for not much performance difference with what I need it for.

Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard: This motherboard is the only regret I have about this build. Once the computer is on and working, it works fine, however, it boots into BIOS every time I turn it on. Also, when it arrived, only one of the RAM slots worked and I tried everything I could think of and could not get it to work. I took it to a local computer shop hoping they could find a solution so I wouldn't have to send it back. Luckily (I guess) they told me my motherboard was "locked" and they were able to fix it. Like I said, once the computer is on, it works great, just had a hard time getting it to work.

GeForce GTX 960: I know with the 1070 and 1080 cards recently revealed, this card will soon become outdated, but I wanted to save some money at the moment and so far, I haven't come across any games it could not run smoothly. I do plan on upgrading this card in the next year, but for now, it gets the job done with no complaints.

Memory and Storage: No problems with the Fury 8GB DDR4-2400 (I do plan on buying another soon to double my memory) I got a 120GB SSD for storing the operating system (Windows 10 64-bit and Linux) No problems here. I got a 1TB HDD for storage of everything else. So far it works very well.

Carbide 400C ATX Mid Tower case: This case is awesome if you don't need a disk drive (which are slowly becoming obsolete anyway). The side of the case opens on a hinge with a handle, so no unscrewing when you need to get inside. The only negative I have is that the HDD slots are on the bottom and very close to the power supply, making cable management a little difficult. Other than that, great case!

SuperNOVA 650W power supply: Simple and reliable 650W power supply. May need to upgrade in the future, but fine for now.

TD02-E 92.5 CFM liquid cooler: So far, I have not had my CPU temp go above 35C. I'm not big into overclocking but I imagine it would do just fine if I were to overclock. Pretty snowflake.

Thermaltake CL-F042-PL12SW-A 40.6 CFM 120mm Fan: I got 4 of these to replace all the fans in the case and on the liquid cooler. The fans work great and have pretty colors, but the two fan controllers don't have much room to fit in the case. I currently have mine hanging out of an empty PCI slot in the back(ugly, I know).

Overall, this build has been very good. Does what I need it to with no problems and after a little tweaking of the motherboard, everything works fine. If you have any questions, just ask!

*I went back and did some cable management and took the advice of a couple comments. Put the PSU shield back on and mounted the fan controllers on top of that. Pics included.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

If you put the PSU shroud back on, you could probably mount your riing RGB controllers there with some velcro. Would help to tidy those cables up.

Nice build otherwise! I have the 400C too, and I think it's easier to cable manage this case if you stick to SSD only. You can then remove the entire 3.5" drive bay and have acres of space for cables.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't even think about putting the shroud back on, I put those aside while building and forgot about them, I'll try that. Thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

i have the 400c and those fans as well!

this is how i mounted my controller

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Just FYI whenever you upload a photo you dont have to post to gallery, that way it can remain private as opposed to just being a random photo that people will downvote to oblivion.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao thanks, idc about downvotes or anything. I only use imgur to upload pics, i honestly dont really know how to properly use it :P

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a good idea. I have two fan controllers since I have 4 of those fans, but maybe I can get something like that to work.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build - I personally would have the PC on the other side of your desk so you can appreciate the components through the see through side :)!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, my desk is shaped awkwardly or I would.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This is when its time to be creative and find a way to mount those fan controllers INSIDE THE CASE!!!! And clean up that cabling some, making my brain cry. But not bad aside from that.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I know cable management is a mess right now, I will clean that up soon.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Still not bad for your first build. Mine was 13 years ago and dear lord if I could side by side compare them now I would beat the brakes off my younger self. If you keep building PCs or at least working with your current one and changing stuff out and upgrading it you will ALWAYS learn something or some new technique pretty much everytime you work on it. I just started using pop rivets and mini zip tie slides to make my own cable runs in areas of a case where there previously was no way to run cables, unless you used tape or glue (EVIL!!!!)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm currently using a lot of small zip ties. they are the best and they are dirt cheap (got a x100 bag for $1). they also work for all the cables that go out from your pc to monitor, speakers and KM.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!