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Had a PC that was about 10 years old that needed replacing. I was initially going to buy a pre-made but was persuaded to save money and build my own whilst also salvaging whatever I could from the old PC. So after watching a few building guide videos I decided to go for it.

It went pretty well. I took my time with it making sure I didn't screw it up so it did take a few hours. I read that the Cooler Master Evo 212 cpu cooler could be an absolute nightmare to install apart from it sliding around while I was trying to line up the 4 screws, it went pretty smoothly.

The biggest problem I had was with re using my old Windows. First of all because I had to unregister it from the old PC but also because I had to install 3 different versions. First XP, followed by my Windows 7 update disk, then the free Windows 10 update. And because I ran into a few problems (some of them my fault) I had to go through that more than once. If I was to go back and do this build again I would just buy a full copy of Windows 10 and save myself about 2 full days of trouble.

As well as Windows I also salvaged 2 case fans, the CD/DVD player and a 500GB HDD.

The PC is connected to a 42inch HD TV for now so because I'll be playing all my games at 1080p 60fps I didn't need a top of the range graphics card so I chose the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X. Won't come across too many games that it won't run on Ultra settings at 60fps. Only tested in Doom so far as I've only had the card for a few hours and it ran very nice indeed :)

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 5 points

Yay a 1060 build! I'm getting one eventually as well. +1 Nice job

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you get a k processor with a non-z board? You won't be able to overclock the CPU.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly my thoughts, i could see a non oc'able cpu and a z170 if he ever wants to upgrade his cpu. If he had bought a i5 6500, he could have upped his gpu to the gtx 1070 as well. If using the stock cooler that is

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it simply because I managed to get it for the same price as the non k 6600.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

You ended up losing money too, because the you had to buy a cooler, since the 6600k doesn't come with one (the 6600 non k does)

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

In that case you should've gotten a z170 board instead.

  • 41 months ago
  • 5 points

Yeah it's a mistake on my part. But this is my first build and the whole thing has been a learning experience for me.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

We do mistakes to learn from them!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Only tested in Doom so far as I've only had the card for a few hours and it ran very nice indeed :)

If you're playing Doom, why the 1060 over the RX 480? Vulkan provides a huge increase for AMD cards, to the point where an aftermarket 480 will outperform a 1060.

Other than that, an awesome build! +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

TRIGGER WARNING, OPINIONS BELOW TRIGGER WARNING, OPINIONS BELOW TRIGGER WARNING, OPINIONS BELOW I personally would say it's a huge increase, watch TechOfTomorrow's video its only a 7-10 fps increase with Vulcan. TBH also, only doom CURRENTLY supports Vulcan too, though that could change relatively soon. Though I say this the RX480 is cheaper so personally I think it's the better card.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Same lol. Those warnings tho XD

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

i think he means its the only game he played with the few hours since getting the card maybe?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

He could be meaning that - The RX 480 could be a better choice even if he meant something else though. Cheaper price, similar performance and in the future better performance.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I guess

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Because as of this moment Doom is literally the only game that is taking advantage of Vulkan so yeah, for that game the 480 does beat the 1060, but the majority of games work better on the 1060. Just a handful of other games that favor the 480 like Hitman and Ashes of the Singularity. Maybe in the near future Vulkan will be getting a much wider use and the 2 cards will be more even, but for now I'm happy with my choice.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually Dota 2, Ashes of the Singularity, The Talos Principle and Doom all take advantage of Vulkan.

If it plays the games well, then there is no better choice. I just mentioned it for future purposes. Anyways, awesome work on the PC!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

remember Mantle?

All that talk about future games' potential Mantle support influenced my decision to get a 280X a few years back. Today, 8 games support Mantle. EIGHT.

I got a 1060 this time around.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Mantle failed because AMD let it die. Vulkan is the rebirth, but this time it will be better and on more games. Its been like 2 months since Vulkan was released and already 4 games support it, two of those (Doom and Dota 2) are games that millions play. I think Vulkan will be very succesful, especially with AMD's new CEO (She knows what she is doing).

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

not so bad.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. This is the first 1060 build which actually has a 1060 inside! Have you run any benchmarks on it yet?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the 1060 got one for our bedroom media/gaming PC today and in MSIs gaming app selecting OC mode it was stable at a 1999MHz boost and didn't throttle back down at all after 2 hours of bench testing :) not bad before even tweaking it :) + 1 for beating me on listing your MSI 1060 Build :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I'm looking to get the 1060 soon for my first build. Could you post your build with the 1060 if it is any different to this one? Thanks :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Same as the one the OP has :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay, does it work well for you? :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll post my system at some point as its not finished and I've only ran tests on the graphics card in it as its getting rebuilt

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah okay thats great :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I just ordered the same card yesterday. It's coming Tuesday, I can't wait!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

hey, where did you get the gtx 1060? and for what price?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I got mine for £290 + about £8 for next day delivery from ebuyer.com

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool and very similar to my build as well! yay for 1060!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How much was the 1060 and how do you like it?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

In the UK it's £290. I bought it on day 1 so I realise that I've probably paid a premium on it and like the 1070 and 1080 it will drop in price after not too long. But I've been waiting a long time now to get a new PC and couldn't wait any longer.

So far I'm liking it very much. As I've said I've only tried it on Doom so far. Plan on getting Rise of the Tomb Raider and Dark Souls 3 soon.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1060 is probably going to go up in price tbh.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That 1060 costs around 300 dollars.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I got my 1060 for 249.99 on newegg.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Aside from the obvious clash of an unlocked CPU with a locked mobo, this build is pretty nice! I like the 1060 at this budget a lot, and I think it was a good choice. Your cable management doesn't look half bad either!

I can totally relate on the trouble with Windows that you had. I had to do something similar with my wife's PC that I helped her build a couple weeks ago and it was a huge headache.

Glad to hear you didn't have any trouble with the 212 Evo... it was indeed a nightmare for me. How are those salvaged case fans working out for you? Also, if you need monitor suggestions, let me know! There's plenty of great entry level options that would work well alongside your 1060.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The fans are working out fine. I ending up just using 1 in the end (the blue LED one at the back of the case). I removed the second one from the top of the case because it made the PC look a bit crowed and messy. And from what I've read you actually get diminishing returns after about 3 fans so nothing is going to be running much hotter.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you guys get the operating system?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I got mine free through my University

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the MSI H110M support overclocking the CPU?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

No, unfortunately not.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait... It says the H110M gaming only supports 2133 ram, how did you use 2400?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey nice build! I have also started my very 1st build and gathered the parts after much deliberation and is a also a MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X build. I've been looking for a decent case (seems the Corsair Carbide 240 won't fit the GPU) and the one you use seems pretty cool and within price range. Would u recommend this case? Its the last thing i need to complete the build. Any advice would be appreciated!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and for anyone's interest my parts list : http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Shinners11/saved/DJkLkL

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

yup for 1080p 1060 is an absolute monster

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How many monitors do u have? In this setup...

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you use 2400 ghz ram on a mobo that supports 2133? Im stupid plox no h8.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

IDK either! Can't figure it out. Wish I knew too :/

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been planning to get an 1070 for my second gaming rig after a 970, but reading so positive reviews about the 1060 6gb, I'm starting to think that I could save some money going for this instead. Have you ever tried to push it? Heat/noise wise, how'd you rate it? Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Do the 2 GPU fans spin together at 60c? or only 1

and did u had any issue with it?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks real good, bud. Did you have any issue fitting the GPU? With the RAM clips being so close to the GPU's backplate?

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah again this was a price thing. I was looking to get one around 550w but everything I was finding was costing the same as the 750w and it seemed daft paying the same for something less. And it had to be fully modular so the restricted my options a fair bit.

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