Description

This build is all about gaming. I do not and will not use it for anything else. It replaces an aging (but still viable) i7 920 build from 2008.

Part Reviews

CPU

So far so good. Easy to OC and fast!

CPU Cooler

My first liquid cooler. And I don't think I'll ever go back. Tip: if you hear an awful grinding pump noise switch it to 'performance' in the CAM software for a day. When you flip it back to 'silent' it will be silent. Don't understand what that's about but I found the tip in a forum post and it worked!

Motherboard

I actually bought the non + version. Not sure why PCPP doesn't list that model. Good board. Has a bug where sometimes the UEFI will freeze for no reason but otherwise it's rocking. The sound on this thing is great! I was going to buy a DAC/AMP but now I'm not sure I need it.

Memory

I will be buying two more sticks. But for now this is awesome.

Storage

Can't have a PC without one of these now. The end.

Video Card

Great card! I'm ready for some AAA titles! It does seem a bit too heavy though. Thinking about buying a brace I saw on Amazon from Puget Systems. The weight worries me.

Case

So many builds have this case now I don't know what I can add. Oh yeah I know: I suck at cable management but this case makes me almost look like a pro.

Power Supply

I was worried I didn't buy enough wattage because the original plan was going to be a GTX 970. But so far so good. And it's DEAD QUIET in ECO mode. WOW!

Operating System

Windows. Have to have it. Don't trust third party key vendors.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a nice looking build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build; did the same thing for my 6 year old giving him my old PC. Since it has LEDs he's convinced it's the superior gaming rig.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

He's a DC Universe Online and Marvel Heroes addict. So as long as that old rig runs those games well he's in heaven. :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great basic build, I love the s340.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is amazing. My only regret is that were I place the PC I cant see the window. I would need a whole new desk for my set up in order to make that work. Maybe....

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

DO IT

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

that gpu is sag is perfectly normal but u could always get a brace if u think it will be to muc stress on the pci

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The minute I picked up the card I was like 'uh oh...this thing weighs a ton.' Seems fine and I'm not moving the PC. But I think a brace will give me piece of mind.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

God, I never realized how massive that card is!

I've seen some impressive Lego pillar GPU supports. It's always an option. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I am also looking for a suitable case for my build and leaning a bit to the S340 but I heard the windows scratches way too easily. Did this happen to you? And I heard the Z170 motherboards get the most performance from ram in dual channel so maybe you should swap that 2x4gb for 2x8gb if you are going to upgrade as you said.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the motherboard would still run in dual channel mode if all four slots have the same sticks in them. I'll double check that. Thanks!

As for the easily scratched window I wouldn't know personally. Where the PC is placed in my set up I can't even see the window so it never gets touched by anything that might scratch it. I've seen the scratch tests on YouTube so I believe it. Don't buy if that's a concern.