Build Date : 23JUL2016
Build Name : Krispy
Customer's online handle is "Lethal_Krispy".
Request was for a rig to be used primarily for twitch streaming PS4 and Xbone. Also, the customer wanted to make the GLORIOUS ASCENSION into PC gaming and already had a BenQ 1080p 144hz monitor. The budget was capped at $1200 and in addition to the hefty hardware requirements, he wanted it to be quiet and look as awesome as it performed.
The customer is less tech savvy than a bag of rock salt, so overclocking was off the table, but for streaming, we were going to need the i7 for sure so the 6700 was an easy choice.
Even though the CPU is a non-K; the primary purpose of this computer is for streaming and therefore the processor will be generating some serious heat during 5-6 hour streaming sessions and nobody likes their CPU running at high temps for long periods of time so I threw in the beloved CM Hyper 212 EVO to keep the temps down.
Additionally, since the customer wanted a quiet and cool operation, I threw in some TT Luna fans to replace the front fan and to add one in the rear for good air flow. The Lunas are very quiet while providing massive airflow. Not to mention the red LEDs really add to the color scheme.
The MSI B150M Gaming Pro was the first motherboard that I thought of that would fit the color scheme while also not breaking the bank and having the right amount of features for the customer to utilize. Also, the one that I ordered came with a pretty decent entry-mid range gaming mouse.
G.Skill is a fantastic memory manufacturer that doesn't need an introduction and their "Ripjaws" Memory is popular for a reason. I got it on sale for $52 from Newegg so it was a really great deal for 16GB of DDR4. Also, the fact that it fit the color scheme for a good price made it an easy decision.
Not much to say here. The SP550 is an excellent SSD for gamers. Even though it is TLC, this will last in a traditional gaming machine for several years at the minimum. For the secondary, I went with one of the time tested favorites; the Seagate Barracuda.
For a 1080p system, the RX 480 is the best option. For $199, it outperforms the GTX 970 and R9 390 and in some titles, it keeps up with and surpasses the GTX 980 making it the king of price/performance for 1080p gaming.
I've been eyeballing this case for a while now and I finally got a customer that shared my vision for it. The fully modular design is really neat and the case is very nice to work with. With the split compartments, it makes cable management easy and therefore gives the case a really clean look with minimal effort
I was searching around for a good 450-500watt PSU and ran across this EVGA SuperNOVA GQ 650 for only a $65 and I added that to the cart without a second thought. I know it's too much power, but since the system will be running around 30-50% load, the PSU is in the sweet spot for high efficiency which will pay off in the long run.
Not really a lesson learned since I knew it was going to happen, but the RAM is a little bit too tall for the 212 to fit over, so I had to move the fan up about an 1/8th of an inch so it could clear the RAM heat sinks.
RX 480 didn't line up perfectly with the slot, so when we first hooked up the monitor there was no video since the cable wasn't making proper contact. A slight adjustment and everything was good.
Second build I've used with the Phanteks cable sleeve extenders and I've gotta tell you; I am a huge fan of them. They do take a little bit of fiddling to get them to stay the way you want since they are kind of rigid. If anybody out there has a suggestion to something better than the Phanteks sleeves, I would like to hear it as I am always trying to find better parts to improve my builds.
Fourth build maybe? With the Deep Cool RGB strips. These things are pretty awesome and for less than $20, they look awesome and how easily they mount in the V21 was like a dream come true for a system builder.
This is only my second build with the DSLR and the customer was streaming the build via Twitch so I didn't have a whole lot of time to mess with camera settings and cool angles. However, I think some of the photos came out pretty good. Also, I am pretty upset that I forgot to take a picture of all the parts together; I was sort of rushed into starting the build for the stream and didn't even think about it.
As always, if you have any questions at all about the build, please ask in the comments below or send me a private message.
Thanks for reading!