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Machigo's gaming center

by Machigo

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 9, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 8, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.1GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.40GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

I set up to build a machine that could run the most demanding gaming titles today at ultra high quality in 1080p @ +60fps.

And I succeeded. ;)

EDIT: Added some Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmarking results.

Part Reviews

CPU

Easy to overclock; best value for your money, if you're looking to upgrade to Kaby lake.

CPU Cooler

"The old reliable". I absolutely love this cooler for it's quiet, yet efficient fans. The only downside is the way it looks, but in my build, the RGB led panel shines light towards it, altering it's original dull color.

Motherboard

This mainboard has all the main features you'd want and some red led lights here and there. The BIOS has some great OC features, which are usable for beginners.

Memory

Great low profile memory for tight spaces, such as in this build with NH-D14.

Storage

Cheap and fast SSD, highly recommended.

Video Card

In my opinion, this card has the best value to performance ratio in the market. The OC mode works quite well, so you don't have to do it yourself, if you don't want to.

Case

This case is amazing for it's price! The cable management is a breeze, the tempered glass is absolutely stunning and it even has RGB led strip included. Other features like 3 step fan controller are also included.

Power Supply

A very practical and budget friendly PSU.

Operating System

Windows 10 Pro is the best operating system at the moment, hands down.

Monitor

This monitor has it's good sides and bad sides:

The good: 144hz, pivot + other adjusting, great connectivity and easy installation

The bad: TN-panel has poor viewing angles and color accuracy, the pixel density isn't great so you won't enjoy working with office documents or image manipulation

Keyboard

I tested a lot of mechanical keyboards before buying this one. It feels so responsive and good while typing or gaming. I'm loving the Arx control panel, I hold my 6,4" Xiaomi Mi Max in there sideways: It's like a tablet which has all the information needed while I'm gaming, for example CPU load, CPU temperature, GPU load, GPU temperature...

And yes, the RGB lightning is awesome.

Mouse

I absolutely LOVE this mouse. In my opinion, it's by far the best wireless gaming mouse there is. It's fully customizable as the side buttons are magnetic. You can have buttons on both sides, on one side only or none at all. It can be used by lefties and righties.

A friendly reminder; Please do calibrate your mouse to your mouse pad before gaming, it has a tremendous effect.

Headphones

This was a hard one to review, but I'll get some pros and cons here.

Pros: Solid stereo audio quality, produces great highs and lows. Microphone is extendable and it folds up muting itself in the process, fits quite well and is comfortable to use, offers both 3,5mm jack and USB options for variable uses, the RGB lightning looks good for people watching you play

Cons: Artificial 7.1 surround sound that is only usable with USB, plastic design that doesn't really feel that premium, the microphone quality should be better in this price range

Comments Sorted by:

SickSki11z6 1 point 10 months ago

Any more pictures? This build looks awesome!

Machigo submitter 1 Build 3 points 10 months ago

I added some more pictures, sorry about the bad quality though!

minijoy 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build and love your gaming chair. Is there any space left within the side panel and the huge cpu cooler?

Machigo submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks!

Well, the Phanteks P400S case max height for cooler was 16cm and NH-D14 is actually just that, 16cm with fans.

It's tight, but there's a small space left between the side panel and the cooler. :)

Skimby 1 point 9 months ago

What's your desk?

Machigo submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I bought the desk from IKEA, it was their cheapest model. :D

DannyTheElfman 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I'm considering the Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 as it seems well priced compared to other Z270 motherboards. Is there any reason for only 3 stars?

Machigo submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Well, I'd say it's the best midrange Z270 board. But then again, if your budget can stretch just a little bit, go for the Ultra Gaming. It has RGB! ;)

TheNurdSquad 1 point 3 months ago

I would consider a wall mount