Description

Introduction

Nothing about this build screams necessity.

When I showed a friend the list for this build she told me I was pulling a Terry Crews, to which I thought to myself, you're right! I don't "need" an i7. I don't "need" a GTX 1080. The most I would ever "need" is an i5 6500 and an RX 480 with 16 GB of ram @ 2400 MHz and a much less expensive motherboard.

But you know what? I don't care. I've worked over the course of 8 months to save for this monster. Now it's mine to enjoy, and I now have a build that rivals the performance of two of my friends' builds, one of which has a 6700 and an original TITAN (his dad built it for him and lacked some knowledge) and the other has a 4790K and a Strix R9 Fury.

Some would say I have bad timing when considering the fact that AMD is about to release Ryzen. Before making any comment relating to AMD, please look at the build date.

Planning and Hiccups

Originally this build was going to be black and red, then for a majority of its list lifespan it was going to be black and blue, then it was going to be primarily black with a few white accents, then it became the primarily white with plenty of black accents like you see here. I like the white because it just looks great with whatever color LEDs.

On the subject of LEDs, I had a slight hiccup in my realization that the motherboard has no AURA headers to connect cablemod LEDs to it after I purchased both. Since cablemod’s packaging is the kind of stuff that you have to rip open and destroy to get the LEDs out of, I noticed that I couldn’t return them, and that instead I would use them as desk lighting when I get my hands on a kit that uses the remote instead. I picked up a HUE+ to make up for the lack of case lighting. I don’t really mind because the HUE+ gives you more lighting controls anyway.

Throughout the planning stages of the build I went back and forth between Z170 and X99. This machine is primary meant for gaming, but also with a little multithreaded work on the side, so I went with the 6700K.

Another more major hiccup I had happened when I wanted to install Windows 7 onto an NVMe drive and forgot that I needed drivers from Intel’s website to use it as a boot drive. As I saw in Ronsanut’s very helpful video I needed SATA connections on both the optical drive and driver storage. No issue with the optical drive; I had one lying around doing nothing in my old PC. However I didn’t have any SATA drives that were sitting around doing nothing. I ended up picking the cheapest SSD I could find at Staples to use to store the driver.

NZXT’s AER Fans are pretty damn beautiful, though unfortunately I may have to RMA my Hue+ unit as they are not detected as fans and can only do single color modes (no spectrum cycling or audio modes :c,) and no matter how many times I try to download the new firmware, it just prompts me again, and when checking the Hue+’s firmware (under “About CAM”) it still says it’s on the old, pre-AER fan version.

I must say that once you see/own a 144/165Hz monitor, you cannot, emphasis on CANNOT, go back to 60Hz and ever be satisfied again. Everything is so much smoother, even moving the cursor and scrolling feels so much nicer on a high refresh rate monitor. It was worth every penny.

TL;DR: This build was a blast to build, even if I had a few hiccups regarding lighting and using an NVMe boot drive. I’m very pleased with the result.

Part Reviews

CPU

Already mentioned I like clock speed. Fast is what this CPU is about (but I didn’t feel like putting on an OC until I bumped up to 1440p because I was getting 300+ FPS in every game at 1080p anyway.)

CPU Cooler

Keeps the CPU cool so I could reach 4.5 GHz. This’ll do me plenty good until I build that custom loop.

Motherboard

This is one of the things that I wish I had changed. I was originally going to build an X99 system, so I was comfortable with buying a very expensive motherboard. However, now I’m here wishing that I went with a Z170 S instead, as it was a whole $200 cheaper, had a white PCB, and had a monoblock available for it. A tad too expensive for my tastes, but still a great board.

Memory

TridentZs were rather well-priced when I got them, don’t plan on getting RGB version until next build.

Storage

I got the 750 drive because of it was a bargain at Microcenter, but I guess now that bargain isn’t worth anything now that the 960 EVO is out

Video Card

It’s big, beautiful, matches my color scheme, and is the perfect companion for my display! What more could I ask for?

Case

This was originally going to be the Enthoo EVOLV ATX, but I went with the H440 simply because it’s up to $80 cheaper depending on the price of the EVOLV and has sound-dampening foam. I really hope an H440 Elite comes out in this coming year, because I need my TG and custom watercooling support at the same time, NZXT!

Power Supply

The most you’ll ever need is 850 watts with 80+ Gold. The premium for Platinum and Titanium isn’t worth it for the extra efficiency. 90% is good enough for me.

Operating System

I like Windows 7. I don't like Windows 10. Sucks I'll have to use Win10 when I do my next build which will likely have an AM4 CPU.

Case Fan

Beautiful! Lights up the top part of my case that was previously left uncovered by the Hue+'s LED Strips.

Case Accessory

Good little controller with lots of nice lights but I have to remove one star for a firmware installation issue that requires that I RMA the sucker just to use any lighting modes on the fans that aren't simply static colors as well as me being unable to access the custom settings.

Monitor

Okay budget monitor from my old build. Served me well, but might find itself being replaced by two more PG279Qs.

Monitor

CANNOT GO BACK, 60Hz HERTZ TO LOOK AT.

Keyboard

A great keyboard. I love the clear switch housings and the MX Speeds are a very good switch. The media keys are great and CUE isn't actually that bad.

Mouse

No matter what other mouse I try in a store, I always find that this one fits me the best. Please Razer, make a Mamba with an optical sensor!

Headphones

Really damn amazing pair of cans. I really love them, and hope that the HD 599s get a price drop to where these are now so more people can listen to a slightly better version of these.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

dope af keyboard and that color scheme +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the name, Nice to see a Floyd fan on this site :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Same bruh

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Its also a jojo's bizarre adventure reference potentially

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a reference to both, as I love both.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Josuke and crunchy diamond +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

dora

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hands

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The fist

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

LMAO I LOVE THE FIRST 2 PARAGRAPHS OF UR DESCRIPTION GREAT BUILD

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that color scheme is honestly stunning, I love it. I believe you will enjoy the power and versatility of this build, great job and congratulations! Did you get a new Hue+ that works?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Still need to RMA, though I plan on doing so next week (hard to be without any LEDs once you have them.)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nioce

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks m8

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

What a beautiful Duwang!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't NEEED a 275$ 400GB PCI SSD, or NZXT Hue+ but WHY THE HECK NOT

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

'tis the mentality of all who build enthusiast rigs and aren't doing any heavy computing work like 3D rendering

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

True, I only bought what I needed, and what I could afford.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

also nice to see another jojo fan, but could you tell me how this is crazy diamond?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Cyan and purple are supposed to be the diamond plate and muscle of Crazy Diamond. They aren't 1:1 but I think they match rather well.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

and yes i know it could just be the song but how

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

4k People - Once you go 4k you cannot, I repeat, cannot, go back to anything else. The human eye can't even see anything more than 60fps on any monitor. 144Hz People - Once you go 144Hz you cannot, I repeat, cannot, go back to anything else. The human eye can't even see anything more than 1440p up until 52 inches anyway. Curved Monitor People - Once you get a curved monitor you cannot, I repeat, cannot, go back to anything else. (though the people with 100Hz 3840x1440p curved monitors are laughing at me right now).

It's all about perspective.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

However high refresh rate is a much more noticeable difference than the other two you mentioned. Besides, 144Hz monitors are also already available in 1080p and will soon be available in 4K. Your comparison isn't very good because high refresh rate can be found on the other two you had mentioned.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

you cannot do 4k + curved monitor (because you can do 3840x1440 at most atm) you cannot do 4k + 144Hz (yet.)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

"You can't do 4K + 144Hz" https://www.asus.com/Monitors/ROG-SWIFT-PG27UQ/

I wasn't suggesting that you could do 4K on an ultrawide display.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That monitor has been announced, but is not yet available for any price. Not to mention the fact that it should be at least $1200 upon launch. Minimum.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I was wondering about the Asus super mega HERTZ! the Asus Z170 Premium can give HDMI 4K @60HTZ for monitor that is whats written on their website, how could you use your super power monitor where the motherboard can not give you more. I am not a professional technician in desktop parts, just its been 2 weeks doing research for best performance for getting a desktop 4K and more, ready for video editing.

Thanks

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't plug my monitors into the motherboard, I plug them into my graphics card. Consider what you're planning on doing, I'd suggest the same. Also, I'd suggest against getting the Z170 Premium. It's honestly beyond anything I (and by extension I imagine you) will ever need. Considering how your machine is intended for video editing, I'd suggest looking at Ryzen 7 chips and X370 motherboards. More cores is better for video editing.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Well thanks a lot i learned something new and i am gonna search about it. Waw ! :) I am gonna take a look at the 2 motherboards you wrote.

Mainly i am editing 4k and VR. In the future i want to be ready for the 6K but don't wanna spend a lot of money as i transcode my footage but for the rendering i want it to be a beast.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but move the pcie ssd up one x1 slot

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't tell if joking or not, but the SSD fits into an x4 slot at minimum and I have a triple slot graphics card that blocks the x4 slot soooooooooooo....

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry idk much about pci-e ssds, and assumed it fit into a x1 slot like wifi adapted... speaking of which, when I was building my friends pc, i put his pcie wifi adapter into a x1 slot, do you think if i put it into a x16 slot that would increase his wifi speeds?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't really think so. If there aren't extra pins I don't think it can take advantage of extra bandwidth.

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