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Back down to i5 after kids

by LBrown



Date Published

May 16, 2017

Date Built

June 30, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.46 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.25 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


This is my 2nd custom gaming PC and I had a lot of fun with it. So far I have no complaints about anything. It's running Windows 10 Pro.

So far the system has been great for gaming and general usage. The system is ideal for 1080p gaming, running all my usual games very well. I moved from a large, 8-fan case to this case with only 4 fan mounts so the AIO liquid cooling is helping a bunch with the limited airflow.

Part Reviews


The 6600k was a great choice at a great price and I've got it running at 4.6GHz.


It was tough finding a blue/black motherboard (where did they all go?). This one works really well for mild overclocking and the BIOS is great. No complaints. Would it have killed ASUS to add the I/O shroud like on the other models (-1 star)??


I made sure to go with the 3000MHz DDR4 or I wouldn't see much return over DDR3. This is due to the CAS latency of DDR4 being much higher.


HDD for storage and backup. I wanted a Black but not in the budget this time around.


Compact, but makes up for it due to having no HDD/ODD cages. Cable management is great but will drive you crazy if you're a neat-freak. The case looks great! And the tempered glass makes a world of difference versus plastic/Plexiglas windowed cases.

Power Supply

The modular design must be a gift from God or someone with common sense. It cleaned up my case and wiring nicely and it will allow me to upgrade to dual GPU when I'm ready for 4k gaming or VR.

Comments Sorted by:

Ru_88 2 points 5 months ago

I’m having trouble deciding whether to get an RX580 or a GTX1060 they are close to the same price. GPU benchmark clearly shows that the 1060 is better in esport games (Which is what I’ll use the PC for). Although my friend tells me to go with a 580. Out of the two which would you go for?

Also Great Build!

LBrown submitter 5 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks! For esports games I would go with the 1060 6GB, especially for 1080p gaming. The higher clock speeds will render more FPS especially in games like CS: GO where a lot of people reduce textures and detail levels anyway. The additional texture mapping units, shader units and VRAM of the 580 8GB won't make much of a difference. If you move up to 1440p or want to play triple-A title games both graphics cards are great. But overall the 1060 6GB is the better choice for esports and high FPS/low texture games.

bradgnoyes 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I really like your white/blue build. I did something similar with my first build and seeing yours kind of makes me regret not going with that S340 Elite case. It has a really nice look.

LBrown submitter 5 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks! I considered going with the S340 and using the rest of my budget to do RGB fans/LED's but when I saw the Elite in person I quickly changed my mind. The tempered glass makes a world of difference in the overall quality.

Chapeau 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Nice clean build! The glass panel is so nice! - How are you controlling fan speed on the AIO?

LBrown submitter 5 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks! The pump and fan are connected to headers on the motherboard. 1 for the water pump and 1 for the CPU fan. I also have the other front intake fan on the CPU optional fan header and the rear and top fans are connected to chassis fan headers. Everything on the motherboard right now.

I use the ASUS AI Suite (version 3) software to control everything - overclocking, fan speeds, power consumption, application prioritization... It's a powerful tool once you learn it.

When idle the fans go to Quiet mode and only the rear fan and AIO fan operate. When gaming the fans go to Turbo mode and all fans engage and RPM increases for all fans. This allows the PC to be dead quiet when idle.

mineturte 1 point 21 months ago

Is the 3tb still working?

LBrown submitter 5 Builds 1 point 21 months ago


mineturte 1 point 21 months ago

s I c k

LBrown submitter 5 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah, I've always used Western Digital HDD. They usually come with a 5 year warranty. On my last build I had 2 640 GB Black HDD's. One started to slow down and lock after 4 years, they replaced it without any issues. I highly recommend them.

mineturte 1 point 21 months ago

Good to hear! I have heard horror stories about some blacks warranties not being fulfilled because of some dumb reasons, but I haven't heard much bad from the blues. Guess I'll get this drive.

wolfen281 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Nice build. Neat inside. Picture with the X-wing is kewl af.

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LBrown submitter 5 Builds 1 point 23 months ago