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Introduction

After watching Linus/Jay build pc's for some time, I dreamt of the day I would have my very own pc, and be welcomed into the PC Master Race. Skip ahead a few months years later, and I eventually gathered the money to build said pc, which took me a while because pc parts are much more expensive in Australia. I've never really had a pc that was considered 'good' (using a school-provided Lenovo Thinkpad for 4 years of high school) and since that wasn't nearly good enough to run virtually anything, this pc became something of a necessity. It's certainly no 'beast' as many people seem to call their pc's on this site, but it works. I'll be the first to admit though, this build isn't very original, and there are at least a thousand similar builds just like this one. This is my first build, and probably won't be my last.

Part Justification (I'll keep this brief-ish):

Intel i5 6600K: 4 cores, Skylake, overclockable. Stable once you give it more than 1.3v to sustain an overclock of 4.5GHz.

Asus Maximus VIII Ranger: A good-looking, stable board with a bunch of stuff that I'll actually use (free Kaspersky anyone?), albeit entry-level on the ROG lineup. Also goes with the aesthetics. Wish there was more official ram compatibility (does anyone actually care about this at all??). EDIT: BIOS update seems to fix compatibility, somewhat. Everyone online seems to have a problem with this board, but mine works fine. Update your BIOS when you're having problems, lesson learned.

Asus GeForce GTX 970 Strix: A card that I've had my eyes on for a while, this really lets the build reach its full potential. Despite some coil whine and sagging due to the heavy heatspreader, it performes quite well and can overclock to 1500MHz (despite only 68% ASIC quality). And if in the future it's not enough I'll likely just buy another for this build.

G.Skill Trident Z 3200MHz (16GB): No, I didn't get it just because the heat-spreaders are cool (honest). G.Skill's reputation for reliable ram is well-known. Also the kit was a little cheaper than usual, so what the hell. EDIT: Still would have bought this over the RGB version, RAM is super expensive nowadays. Also was having issues getting XMP to run stable, and a BIOS update made it work.

Intel 535 120GB: OS and browsers, cheap and fast storage. Will replace with something faster and with larger capacity in a few years. EDIT: Thinking of a Samsung 960 EVO 250GB when it becomes cheap.

WD Blue 2TB: Easy pick; only a couple of bucks more expensive than the greens, good $/GB ratio and it's a trusted brand. I also plan to extract my Thinkpad's 2.5" HDD and use it as extra storage.

Antec TP 550W: Probably the least spectacular part of this build, and the component that I should have spent more money on. This was the only one in stock, and I wasn't about to wait for it to come in 2 weeks later. Japanese capacitors, 5 year warranty. Might use this in some other build after it's done here. EDIT: HAH, I sure was retarded. 550W is plenty of power.

NZXT H440: Ah yes, a clean case that has the praise of many a pc builder. The constricted airflow may be a problem, but I'm using a crapton of fans (4 included, 3x120mm and 1x140mm). Going to do a smoke test to detect positive/negative pressure. EDIT: Should have waited for tempered glass, but this case is still a solid performer.

BenQ RL2455HM: A reccomendation from a friend and a popular monitor overall, this was probably the hardest to acquire due to it being out of stock everywhere. Minimal input lag and response time. Don't mind 1080p output. Only regret is that it's not a 144Hz panel.

Software: Bah, I never have to pay for OS, it's provided by my school.

Peripherals

Logitech G402: Now, I know what you're thinking.

Why not use the G502 like pretty much everyone else??

Well, primarily for one reason. The G502's form is foreign to me, and due to its size and button positioning, the mouse almost forces me to make a palm grip, which I only do on my MX Performance. The G402 on the other hand is flatter and less complicated, and accomodates multiple grips, combined with pretty much perfect weight. Sure, I lose weigh adjustment, the braided cable, the textured sides, more buttons and a more satisfying click, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

???: WHERE'S MY KEYBOARD?! I don't own one yet. I'm still deciding between RGB Strafe and Blackwidow RGB, and that's where my budget ends lol. EDIT: Eventually bought the K70 Strafe with Silent Switches.

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum: Splendid headphones, sounds amazing, perfect comfort with earcups although they fall off your head from time to time... The build quality is exellent so it'll withstand a few falls. The software is kinda glitchy though... and that 5 minute time-out tho. Apparently it's fixed, but the newest version that implements it softbricked some users.......... So there's that. EDIT: Firmware works, but I have a dead led and a dead button.

Logitech Z506 5.1 Surround: Great speakers, even if it's 5.1 they produce some very good sound in the right setup/environment.

If you're wondering about the name, it's what my friend named my Lenovo Thinkpad. Idk, it was a joke.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Enable XMP profile on the motherboard for the ram. Then it will run the speed of 3200mhz. Hope this helps :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would, but the pc seems to crap out occasionally, probably cause of a lack of power. I'll try it again tonight tho~

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram was incompatible for xmp, but manually putting in the timings and overclocking to 2666MHz produced stable results.

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