Description

I call it a shell of its future self because it's still a work in progress. I'm using an old monitor and the integrated CPU graphics as a crutch till I can afford something better (currently eyeing an RX 480 and the AOC G2460PF).

This is the first PC I've ever built/owned so I'm pretty proud of it. Couldn't have done it without the ~4 months of research I did on here, reddit, YouTube, and a bunch of online tech forums. All of the parts worked fine when they arrived so I was really relieved about that too.

Case - Sharkoon DG7000

Unfortunately this model isn't listed on PCPP yet so I had to add it as a custom part and will put the review here. The fans and LEDs come pre-installed. The fans are pretty quiet, especially the ones connected to the smart speed control on the mobo. The rear one though, which I have attached to the PSU, started rattling a bit after the second time I turned it on so I'm a little disappointed about that. The front two don't rattle at all, even after being turned up all the way a few times. The PSU shroud is great if you have a non-modular PSU cause then you have more than enough space to hide any unused cables. The side panels and motherboard mounting panel are all metal and look much nicer in person than in the pictures. It also comes with a special adapter that allows you to adjust the mobo spacers using a screwdriver rather than a wrench which is pretty convenient. Also the slats in the back can be removed and reattached with screws so you don't have the issues with permanently snapping them off like on some cases. And the drive bays are either behind the side panel or under the PSU shroud so you can fit gigantic GPUs in there without having to adjust anything. Update: After the rear fan rattled for about a week an a half, it decided to stop spinning completely :(

Note: I live in Germany so all the prices are in EUR. I bought all the parts with the help of geizhals.de so I was able to get them a bit cheaper than what PCPP comes up with. VIBU Online, Drive City, and Compuland all belong to Mindfactory Group (Mindfactory is a trusted vendor on de.PCPP) so I think they're all safe. I got a lot of my parts from VIBU and they always got the order right and shipped promptly.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works great for everything I've done so far, ie web browsing and light gaming. I decided to get this instead of the 6600 because I didn't think it was worth the extra 20-30€ to get just .1GHz in core clock speed. The difference in turbo speed is .3GHz but most games nowadays use all four cores anyway.

The integrated graphics (HD 530) are enough to run Skyrim comfortably (30-60 fps) on medium settings with maxed out view distance, and Dark Souls 1 & 2 (SotFS) both run fairly well with a few graphical chops here and there. This definitely isn't a GPU replacement but for certain games it's OK.

Also, it seems like a lot of people complain about the stock fan being loud but I maxed it out a few times and it doesn't sound that bad to me. Most importantly it keeps the CPU cool enough (55*C under load) so I don't think I'll be getting an aftermarket cooler anytime soon.

Motherboard

Looks nice and has just about everything I need. BIOS is also really easy to navigate. I forgot to account for the number of internal USB 2.0 ports so my wireless card is using the only one there is and the USB 2.0 ports on the front of the case are currently useless. Not that big of a deal though since I have two more 3.0 ports that are connected. Also there's only two SYS fan ports which means my third case fan is attached directly to the PSU and always runs at full blast. For the price though I really can't complain.

Warning to anyone installing Windows 7 with this mobo in a Micro ATX case: Windows 7 can NOT be installed via jump drive or external CD drive. It can only be installed via internal ODD. Windows 8/10 however can be installed via USB. I spent a good 2-3 hours trying to install 7 via USB until I read this in the manual.

Memory

Looks all perdy with the glossy black heat spreaders and it's a great value for the price. I went with 16GB since games like Battefront and Star Citizen are starting to recommend 12GB or more and I wanna be prepared for the fyoocher.

Storage

Not the fastest one out there but it's the first SSD I've ever had so it still feels super fast to me. I can boot windows, log in, and load Steam in under a minute so I'm happy.

Power Supply

It's non-modular but with a case this size that wasn't that much of a problem so it was worth saving the 30€. It has all the attachments I need and it didn't set any of my components on fire so I'm satisfied. My only complaint is that the SATA plugs are attached in a way that I had to twist the cables around all weird to attach them to my drives. It seems they're better oriented for having the PSU on the top of the case rather than the bottom. In the pictures you can get a better idea of what I mean. Can't fault them for that though so I still give it 5 stars.

Operating System

Nice and fast. Has a lot of things stock like Direct X or a print to pdf function which saves the trouble of installing all that extra stuff. As far as I can tell all the data sharing things people are talking about can be disabled during install so I'm not too worried about that.

My gripe is that you have to set the USB to boot before your HDD, otherwise windows will load before your keyboard is recognized and you won't be able to enter the BIOS, boot from disc, etc. The fix I found is to detach the drive with windows on it, reboot, adjust the boot order, then reattach the drive. The best part about it though is that I have to do this every time windows updates because it resets the boot order. -1 star for that extra bit of fun.

July 2016 Update: Kept asking me to "rate" the calculator app, which was annoying. Then the calculator app "stopped working" all together. Idk how they managed to ruin the most basic function on a computer but they did. Starting to like Windows 10 less and less as time goes on.

Wireless Network Adapter

My router only goes up to 300MB/s so I haven't been able to test if it can get the advertised 867MB/s. Currently it tends to go between 80-160MB/s with the router in the next room and 2 phones and a laptop sharing the same connection. Haven't used the bluetooth yet so I can't comment on that but it's nice to have. It takes up an internal USB slot in addition to the PCIE slot so be aware of that. The antenna can be adjusted 180º and has a magnetic foot so if you want you can mount it on the side of your case which I guess is kinda cool.

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice first build, any reason for not getting an ATX board?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I went with a micro because it was cheaper and still had all the room for expansion that I wanted. In retrospect it looks a bit small in that case but I guess now I have more space to pose green army men on top of the shroud.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

NICE MOUSE LOL

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for using duct tape on CPU cooler cable!

You did the same **** as me! lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

haha yeah they're all different colors and were throwing off my color scheme. still gotta see what i can do about the blue intel label though.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool looking case.

Also +1 for mouse

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

best mouse 2016

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't pay more for .3ghz. That difference will never be felt outside of benchmarks.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

that video is kind of misleading though because they call it "6600/k" as if the 6600 and the 6600k were the same when the k has an even higher core clock speed. that way it isn't clear if the difference is because of the higher turbo or the higher core clock speed.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

???

the point is that the base cpu speed of the 6600 is 3.3 while the base cpu speed of the 6600k is 3.5. if they used the 6600k for the test, that one has .2 more in base cpu speed than the non-k, in addition to the extra .3 in turbo speed compared to he 6500. and if they compared the 6600k to the 6500 for these benchmarks, then it's not clear what made the difference, the .3 of turbo, or the .3 in base (6500 has 3.2 base, 6600k has 3.5 base). with two variables like that you can't be certain which one makes the difference.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How often is turbo boost utilized?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured that most games nowadays are going to be using all four anyway so I wouldn't get that much use out of turbo boost.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I updated the review now. You're right I shouldn't have just skipped over that but I was worried I was getting long winded.

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