Description

So I’ve been considering building a PC since a year or two when I got back into PC gaming. The main purpose of the build is gaming, while video editing and streaming is also important for the build.

Here I will explain the parts and why I chose them:

CPU I had a hard time choosing the CPU. I wanted to have the possibility to overclock since I’d like to get experience with it. The choice was either the i5 6600K or the i7 6700K, since more expensive options are outside of my budget. I chose the i7 since it would be beneficial for video editing work.

Motherboard Honestly I had a hard time choosing a motherboard. A collegue of mine recommended the Gigabyte brand since I was intrigued into possibly turining this machine into a hackintosh. He has been Hackintoshing for a while and knew how difficult it can be without the right compatible hardware. He recommended this brand for motherboards since they have the best out of the box compatibility.

RAM 16GB is minimal for a build these days I thought, especially for more intensive tasks as gaming and video editing

Storage Why did I choose a m.2 SSD over a SATA6 SSD? I noticed that SATA SSD’s were being bottlenecked by the port, and I wanted fast boot times for my OS and applications.

Edit: I added a 850 EVO SSD for dual boot purposes. This SSD boots into Mac OS, turning this PC into a dual boot Hackintosh / gaming pc!

Graphics card This one was the bottleneck for my build. I wanted to spend max 600 on a graphics card so a 1080 is out of the question. Yes I could have afforded the 1080 when I would have went for a cheaper SSD and cheaper fans/default fans, but I disagree. For my needs the 1070 is a much better option price/performance wise. The FTW gives enough overclocking headroom to increase its perfomance but I will need to upgrade my monitor before that becomes an issue.

Case Professinally I am a designer. Therefore I like visually appealing cases over the boring black boxes. When I first saw the S340 it simplicity appealed to me, as wel as the big window and the neat cable managment. Price wise it isn’t that expensive.

Fans Since I’d had gaming and overclocking in mind, I wanted enough air throughput, while maintaining a relatively silent build. Some might say I went overkill, considering the case is only 60 bucks.

All in all I need to do benchmarks and temp tests soon, which I will add to this post.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build in fact you have the same CPU and GPU as my first build I'm saving up for.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I have been saving up for it for quite a while, being a recent college graduate. Even though working fulltime now, it's still not an amount to take lightly.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I'm in high school and work parttime lol.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

just like mine!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the cooler doing? I was going something along the lines with your build but I might replace the 212 EVO with a pair of Noctua NH-D15S to get better temperatures. Nice build btw, looks like mine!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

For the moment no OC yet so the cooler is adequate. Might replace it later though!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build man. I've been going for a similar build to this. How has the performance been? Would you recommend this build or are there minor cons about it?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

If you'd like to save some dough, buy cheaper fans and a EVO sata SSD, probably. I think the build can be optimized in price/performance in those areas.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!! I have this same case/CM hyper 212 evo combo but with AMD cpu/mobo. Question, how close are the PCI 6+2 power cables to actually touching the glass? Does this card seem to big in this case? I want one. lol

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You said you wanted to use Hackintosh with it. Did you do it at the end? The graphics card you said is not supported for Mac yet...

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

They are supported now!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

for the motherboard what are the red letters/numbers? im new to that kind of stuff

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a motherboard status indicator, as far as I know.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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