Description

Had the itch to build a pc again after not having built since high school and being completely out of the PC gaming scene for a few years as well. Probably went a little overboard in a few areas but whatever and I wanted to ensure I had at least something that would last more than a few months before needing to be upgraded. Open to suggestions, and criticism but remember its been a while since I've done this. Also I only ended up paying around $1350 after mail in rebates as opposed to the $1437 listed because I was able to bundle a few parts for discount and picked a few things up on sale. As far as the actual build itself it was pretty straight forward the Corsair SPEC -03 case had plenty of room. The only issue i had was that the GA-Z170X Gaming 3 board is not a full size ATX motherboard. The case doesn't have the correct standoff arrangement but I was able to make do. Cable management was a bit of a pain but I was able to get everything to fit and look somewhat clean. I'm already regretting not going with a larger SSD even though I have the 2TB HDD. I went ahead and overclocked the i5 to 4.2 Ghz just for kicks and it has been running smoothly the past few days.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works as expected. Easy to install overclocked to 4.2 Ghz with no issues, could probably push it to 4.6 Ghz but for now 4.2 is enough.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my overclocked i5 6600k under 50 C at full load, using a push/pull fan configuration. Easy to install and looks great in my case.

Motherboard

Looks great in the case, only issue I have is the placement of the standoffs, doesn't seem like this is a full ATX board.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, in using the same mobo and case dor my build, just one question, can i put the water cooling on the top of the case intead of the back?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Should fit just fine there are two fan spots in the top, I'm only using one of them as an exhaust.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh ok, i was just wondering is there was a particular reason to put the watercooling in the back

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a push/pull configuration on the radiator with two fans and it just fit best in the back. I've overclocked the cpu to 4.4 gHz and my temps never get above 32 degrees C and that's at 100% load. Usually sits around 21 or 22 degrees.