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Winter Nights

by drewstagge


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Date Published

May 23, 2016

Date Built

May 19, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.279 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C


This is my first computer build, and is compiled of hundreds of hours of research, part picking, tutorial watching, and building, all of which was compiled into my fourteen year old brain. Originally, I wanted to get pascal, but I will be out of country during both the 1080 and 1070 releases. I settled for a 960, that I can upgrade maybe to a 1080ti in the near future. This computer was built for games, and nothing else. All these parts were great to work with, and from the time I ordered the parts on amazon to the time I was gaming was only 48 hours. Named it winter nights because I got the idea on a, you guessed it, winter night.

i5 6600k: This CPU is a beast for gaming, no throttling yet and the CPU never reaches half load.

Enermax ETS-T40F-W: Awesome fan, all white, keeps CPU well under 60 when light gaming.

Asus z170-Pro: All the ports and bells and whistles you need.

Corsair DDR4-3000: It's RAM. Fast RAM.

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB: This thing starts my computer up in a heartbeat.

EVGA Geforce GTX 960 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+: With a name like that, how couldn't it be good? Great GPU for the money. Runs CS:GO at max settings at 300fps, GTA 5 and games of that nature it runs at max settings at 60fps or more. (tested minecraft, 800fps)

HZXT H440: Beautiful case, lots of room. Air flow is great despite the reviews it gets.

EVGA 650W: It hasn't blown up yet, so 10/10.

Windows 10 USB: windows 10 treating me great so far

Rzr Blackwidow X Chroma: Clickity goodness.

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Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I like the all black and then the Holy white heatsink in the middle. I only have one suggestion, you could tidy up the cpu fan cables. What I've done is I've wrapped the cable along the outside of the fan (I have some pictures of it in my builds if you want to check it out)

drewstagge submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Will do. Thank you!

Rotten_Banana 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Nice choice in CPU!

LookAtMyDab 1 point 35 months ago

Hey that's a nice build i have one question though where did you buy the cpu cooler from i want to build something similar to your build but i cant find a website that sells the cpu cooler.

drewstagge submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Got mine from amazon with my prime membership for $50 us dollars. Got all my parts from amazon, actually. Would check there, and then maybe Newegg.

I_dunno 1 point 35 months ago

Sweet looking build!! One thing though in the first second picture your CPU cooler looks wonky could just be me though!!

drewstagge submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Yeah, I noticed it, too. I checked it with one of those leveling sticks though and it said it was level. Weird. I'll check the screws on the mobo and the brackets.

I_dunno 1 point 35 months ago

Probably just an optical illusion!!

Seventh-Column 2 Builds 0 points 35 months ago

You should have gone with the 380. It is the better card for the same price. Other than that, this is a great build!

Ropota 5 points 35 months ago

some people just like certain GPUs better. I like the 960 better for instance some games run a bit better on a 960 than a 380 albeit because of a bad port or not(it's just a few AAA games)). It's just more consistent in games. However the 380 does beat the 960 by like 5 fps on average. also driver support, temps, TDP also play a part of GPU selection.

drewstagge submitter 1 Build 5 points 35 months ago

I completely excluded AMD products from this build. I've had bad experiences in the past with team red.

Seventh-Column 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Like what?

drewstagge submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Melted the metal on my MacBook. Both of them.

Seventh-Column 2 Builds 0 points 35 months ago

Bro.. You're seriously avoiding buying the better card because of what happened in a MACBOOK? I'm sorry to sound rude, but does this look like a macbook? And if you will please name a time where they melted inside your gaming desktop? Otherwise that excuse is just irrelevant and it makes me angry that you made such a poor choice.

drewstagge submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

I don't know if you read the bio, but the 960 is temporary. I WILL be upgrading in the near future to pascal (which will be much better than Polaris.) I needed a cheap card that gave good enough performance. The 380 is more expensive and gives little to no more performance boost over the 960. I can see you're an AMD fanboy.

philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

If someone else's part selections make you angry, I suggest you take a deep breath and step away from the keyboard. People can buy what they want, and that's ok. No one requires anyone else's approval.

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drewstagge submitter 1 Build 5 points 35 months ago

This is a temporary card. Upgrading to 1080ti when released. (could have seen this if you would have read the bio)

SeBreeze9000 1 point 35 months ago

Bio's are non existent to most people sadly. This is a nifty build man I've been contemplating 380X or GTX 960. If you don't mind me asking even though you briefly stated you are receiving decent FPS. Could you be a little more detailed on how you personally think your performance is. I cannot justify purchasing a high end GPU tomorrow when I could easily purchased a GTX 960 for now until I really see a aftermarket 1070 or 1080 release.

+1 gorgeous PC man.

drewstagge submitter 1 Build 3 points 35 months ago

For what I'm doing right now, and for the games that are out right now, if you're running 1080p and want medium to highest graphics, this is the card to get. That's my opinion.