Description

This is my first Build. I apologize for the lack of good pictures. I will upload more soon.

CPU: I wanted a processor that was excessive for my purposes (mainly gaming). One of my main goals with this PC was to leave room for upgrading with time as opposed to building a new PC when these specs start to not meet my performance desires. The i7-6700K was the ultimate reasonable solution to this for me.

CPU Cooler: Great price. Works great. CPU never gets very hot even under load.

Motherboard: Had 3 PCI slots to give me options even though I'm only using one right now. Had good reviews and the right ports.

Memory: I have an irrational distrust for G.Skill Memory. Didn't need to overclock as RAM is under optimized in Windows and won't be my limiting factor anyways.

SSD and HDD: Is about twice as much space as I need and once loaded I created an image on an external drive so I don't need to use any of the internal storage for backups.

Video Card: Prices on the R9 390's and GTX 970 just dropped thanks to the release of the GTX 1070 and 1080. I chose to go with the R9 instead of the GTX970 because from time to time I hook up to a 4K Ultra screen and play games with friends from the couch. Benchmarks show that while the overall performance of those two cards are similar and the GTX 970 is sometimes faster, the R9 is better at handling 4K. So far, it has crushed everything I've tried to play on it with maxed out settings, so I'm very happy with it.

Case: This case is absolutely enormous and very heavy. Now that I have built one, I may try to build something smaller for my wife (who now wants a computer). However, with the size comes a number of benefits. Cable management was made very easy and the padding on the walls keeps the computer very quite.

Power Supply: PCPP told me the computer would need like 400 or 450 watts or something (I don't remember exactly) so I decided to just over double the amount in my power supply so that I would have no trouble upgrading other parts in the future or even potentially running another card SLI.

Optical Drive: It's an optical Drive.

Keyboard: I love this little thing. My friend had one, so I got one.

Unlisted Peripherals - I have a mouse that my brother game me a while back. - I am using a 32" 1080p Vizio smart TV that is mounted on the wall. I know 5+ ms response rates bother some people, but I have no issue with 8ms. I have never played on a 1 ms monitor and as long as I don't I don't think I'll ever need it. - I have professional Audio Technica Studio Headphones for recording music that I use for this now. - I have Rokit 5 studio speakers for recording music as well

Part Reviews

CPU

My review means little in the sea of stellar reviews about this. Pros: It's intel, It's quad core, core clock rate of 4.0GHZ in each core, it's overclockable, its reliable, it is probably overkill for gaming for the foreseeable future.

CPU Cooler

Pretty/Powerful Cooler and a great price.

Case

It's a very nice and well made case. I'll just say many features made building pleasant. One small drawback about this style is that it will be difficult to manage the cabling unless you have the correct kinds of cables. The ones that came with my psu were kind of clunky, wide, and had far too many connectors on them. I would recommend this case to anyone who is already planning on ordering specialty power cables OR someone who knows for sure that the PSU they are buying comes with easy to manage space conscious cables.

Power Supply

Quality Power Supply at a good price. The one drawback is the cable choice. Far too many multiples for my taste. I.E. Rather than any single or double sata power cables, every one of them has 5 power connections. There are no cables for just a 6 pin or 8 pin VGA power; they are all 2x6+2 and very few cards need 16 pins of extra power. I put a lot of time into it and still have messy cable management in the back. Part of the reason for buying a modular power supply is to be able to cable manage well. This defeats that purpose. I will be ordering some new braided cables to replace these for extra $$$ to make my case look nicer.

Optical Drive

It does the reads, and reads the things.... not much to be said

Keyboard

Well made keyboard. The track pad has come in handy a few times. I do wish I had a full keyboard.

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

keep the name, it works well

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha never thought of that, thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

pretty nice. you should have waited for the rx 480, much cheaper and more powerful, but the r9 390 should be good enough. maybe in the future you should get another r9 390 and run it in 2 way crossfire

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's what I was thinking of doing. And I have the power Supply to handle it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah your power supply is pretty good and you should have no problem with it for many years to come

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that we're here, it seems like your 390 will be fine. The RX 480 is a great budget card with future proofing but the 390 is still a great card. The only advantage I see an RX 480 having over the GTX 970 is the fact that it's DX12 compatible and has 8GB of Vram. Since the 390 is actually better than the 970, you're build is still relevant.

BUT, if you can still refund your 390, I would. The newer architecture and price of the RX 480 will leave you more satisfied..I think.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

At the moment its not really more powerful, about the same.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build I like it it is good solid build....

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the K400. Not great for extended desktop work, though.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a very respectable build! You did a great job with part selection and cable management. The only things I might suggest are to rotate your CPU fan to where the fan cable comes out towards the top so that you don't have to see it in the middle of your motherboard. Also maybe invest in some BitFenix cable extensions, you can get the 24 pin 8pin and 6pin extensions for like $26.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh great Idea. You know what, I'm pretty sure the mother board has another fan port on the other side too.

And the extensions would just allow me to wire it a bit differently?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh yeah, I just took a closer look at your mobo. There is a cpu optional header at the top, and the main one is at the bottom.

Technically you have it configured right. If you want to use the CPU Opt fan header, you might have to turn monitoring off on the main CPU header so that it doesn't throw a warning during boot. At least that is how it works on ASUS boards.

In either case you'll be safe an suffer not ill effects by using the other fan header. It's just weird that Gigabyte would place it there.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah interesting. I'll have to take a look at that tonight! Thanks for all the input!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but I would have bought the RX 480 as it is better and same price.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10446/the-amd-radeon-rx-480-preview

I'd hold off on the RX480 being better for the moment. Price-Performance wise, yes, but in terms of raw power I think the jury is still out till we can get a solid full review. In game it appears to be trailing the R9 390 a bit (like 1 -2 fps) for the moment in a number of games. It's big selling point is that it offers the same level of performance for cheaper and at less power consumption.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool That makes me feel better!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

There are currently a couple of other issues as well (its currently breaking PCIE spec on the review boards as its pulling too much power through the motherboard) but as far as I can tell the R9 390 is slightly ahead. I also have a R9 390 and have been waiting for the RX480 benchmarks, right now I'm going to pass and wait to what Vega may bring.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly think that the RX 480 was released way too soon. All of these problems right now are temporary but it sort of kills the marketing buzz to be honest. I do believe that this card is the best future proofed budget card though. Can't beat that 8GB of Vram and DX12 compatibility for $239.99

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The "RX 480 is better" Hype is real. Even before the released benchmarks all over youtube, it was clear that this card was not going to live up to the rumors. Don't get me wrong though, this card is extremely future proof. 8Gb of Vram and DX12 compatible, it will definitely change the marketing of GPUs

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's released tomorrow. Of course I have crammed 2 weeks of excessive gaming into this already that I would have never had haha. Patience is a virtue I struggle with.

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