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Was a little lazy in posting this, it's been finished and going strong for a few months now. Only weird issue is when he went out of town and came back, it wouldn't turn on, but clearing the CMOS fixed it. All he did was unplug it when he went out of town he said

My Friend wanted to build a computer for a while, but he finally came up with the money, about 2K he said... I could have gone with a 1080 and 32 Gigs of ram, and a bigger SSD or Hard Drive or whatever, but his use case (only games a FEW hours a week) would have been a waste when he games at 1080P on a 40" screen @60fps, so I focused more on keeping the price down, but having some Bling. (also any savings helped with other things he has going on)

We got the I7 because he didn't want to have to upgrade it down the line from an I5, so he should be good for a long time at the pace Intel is going unless AMD steps it up. (7700K basically a binned 6700K, same speed when clocked the same lol)

There was a White 1060, (By Asus) but I couldn't justify the price difference at the time for the exact same performance and the White wouldn't even be seen anyway.

There isn't much I dislike about this build, other than the cumbersome Fan controls in the Bios, and the USB 3 header wanting to come off the MB when trying to unplug the cable, thought that was weird

Part Reviews

CPU

It's an I7, it's fast.

If you already have another I7, you don't need this one unless it's really really old.

I tried to undervolt it to around 1.1V @ 4Ghz, but it didn't work. My 4790K sits at 1.05 at 4.0Ghz

CPU Cooler

Does a good job at cooling a 6700K, haven't overclocked on it yet as my it's a friends computer and he doesn't need to overclock yet.

Has a small bit of fan ticking, but nothing alarming.

Motherboard

Good bord, looks awesome, can't say anything about overclocking as I haven't done it yet, I don't really like the Bios, but that's just me.

USB 3 header wanted to come off when I went to unplug the USB 3 cable.

Memory

Works as intended and matches the Motherboard. (Asus SABERTOOTH Z170)

Storage

The only SSD I recommend if you can afford it over other similar sized SSD's. (Overpriced at anything over $80 IMO)

Video Card

It's a 1060, there are many like it... they all perform about the same too... So no need to buy a fancy 1060 when this gets the job done exactly the same.

Case

Great case, everyone including your uncle probably has one.

There are a few things I didn't like-

-Hard drive cage amplifies the noise of the Hard Drives, I squeezed some rubber pads in-between the Drive to help

-If you are installing an aftermarket CPU cooler, you have to take out the motherboard unless you get lucky.

Power Supply

So far so good, quiet fan, wasn't DOA, 80+ Gold, time will tell how long it will last.

Case Fan

My go to fans when building a computer and it needs Moar fans. (unless it's an budget build)

Moves a good amount of air while staying mostly quiet, also quite heavy for a fan, good SP.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm also buying a NZXT S340 and a Cryorig H5 Universal. Have you encountered any problem closing the panel considering the CPU Cooler height?

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Hi, sorry for the late reply, I don't recall any issues with the side panel and the Cryorig H5 Universal. It was close to the side, but no problem closing the panel.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

If he unplugs the machine again and it doesn't turn on, it could be a motherboard issue. This happened to me before with an ASUS Hero VIII and I got the motherboard returned and ordered and ASUS Z170-A everything works perfectly fine now :D

Very nice and clean build. Kudos!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

If it does it again, then we'll figure out if we should RMA it or whatever, but I want to keep the same board to stick with the Arctic theme.

Glad you liked it!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

(7700K basically a binned 6700K, same speed when clocked the same lol)

Kaby Lake is a disappointment. If Intel doesn't step it up for Cannonlake, they're gonna become the next AMD. And looking at Zen / Ryzen, AMD could take over pretty quickly.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

And here I was planning on upgrading my 4790K to the 7700k just for fun, glad I didn't and put that money to something more worth it... A Full Marty sub. ;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah...

You could, but if there's no point in upgrading from a 6700k. Besides, on user benchmark, there aren't enough 'bad' results to even things out. There are only 19 7700k benches and like 78,000 6700k benches.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I too love Warframe!! Nice Build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now it's the only game I play when I play games. (Other than Citra Emulator)

Glad you like it! :D

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That's odd, you had Z97 mobo manuals for a Z170 board?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right, that is odd... I might have added a picture from my computer build... This is why you don't post things at 3 AM. :D

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Must be. I just noticed its for an Asrock board, and this one's an Asus.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It must be from when I was planning on selling my parts to upgrade to the 7700k, but then I decided not to (thankfully) because I had other plans.

I can't get a board with the features my ASRock Z97 Extreme 6 has for the price I paid, in a z170 board or a z270.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

i think you might have chosen the best fans since the front panel is a little restricted. great build i wish i had the money to drop 2k on a pc :/ love the purple/ white

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally use them in my computer and they are... fan-tastic. (couldn't resist) :P

Although I have the PH-F140MP - They are basically the same, and they are the best fans I've worked with so far. (both of them)

i wish i had the money to drop 2k on a pc :/

I think you speak for a lot of people when you say that. :P (Myself included)

love the purple/ white

He liked the purple effect I did, but in the end he changed it to something else. :( RIP Purple

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What rubber padding did you use on the hard drive cage to reduce the noise, and how did you apply it? The sound has recently started to annoy me and I think you have my solution :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I had some little foam pads laying around and I just attached them to the sides of the hard drive, it's a very very tight squeeze, and it was a pain, but it helped alot, I don't know what it was, I think it came with some CPU cooler I got and i never used it, but you probably can buy it at the store. (I'll try to look up something similar and post it here when I get time) EDIT: I added the picture of the hard drive area, I think I put it by the 3 drive screws and on the other side, only by the middle. It might just be sticky foam tape.