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This PC has been in service since 2016 but has undergone some changes throughout the years. Here's a breakdown of my system.

CPU: i7 6700k - 4.6Ghz @ 1.255V Been a great CPU but as I do more CAD, rendering and gaming it is beginning to feel a bit dated. My next update will probably be in late 2020 or early 2021. Definitely looking at more cores and a faster clock speed. It will probably be either Intel 10th Gen or AMD Zen3. Looking around 10-16 cores ~5Ghz without being a furnace.

RAM: 32Gb Ripjaws V - 2700Mhz @ 1.35V On this motherboard, I have never been able to achieve the advertised 3000Mhz speeds on XMP profile. The highest I could muster as an OC was 2700Mhz. Increasing the amount to 32Gb was a recent update, since I was running on 16Gb between 2016-2019.

Mobo: Asus Z170m Plus I like Asus Bios so I opted for this one. Not the most robust or feature rich mobo, no RGB control, only one M.2, but it is still a fine motherboard.

CPU Cooler: H100i It is definitely a bit dated, but seeing as it works well I don't see a need to upgrade. This was off the first system I built, a FX-8320 @ 4.3Ghz. The blue LED died a few months back so I just disabled it. I re-applied thermal past this December and temps are good. Around 30C idle and 60-75 under load.

Boot SSD: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 256Gb M.2 Great and fast drive. Looking to move to a 1TB NVMe in the next build.

WD Blue 2TB: Old Game Storage Mainly used for games I rarely play. Slow but decent capacity.

Seagate FireCuda 2TB: Faster than a regular HDD, used for recently played games. I use this drive as my main game library. Its decently fast, and I keep my VMware disks on it, record games occasionally and save my CAD files.

GPU: MSI Ventus 2080 - A Facebook Marketplace deal I traded my old Gigabyte 1070 on FB marketplace and picked this up for $350. I still have the box with warranty. Been great for the past 6 months. I haven't OC'd it at all and the coil whine is barely audible without headphones. With headphones, can't hear it at all. Temps are under 75C under load.

PSU: EVGA 650W Gold It's been a good PSU, but I will probably upgrade to a 750 or 850W unit for the next build.

Fans: PCcooler Corona RGB x3, Artic 80mm PWM Much better fans that what I was using before. I had a bearing die on my Corsair SP120, and I recently changed over to these. Cool RGB effects and good performance. Bitwit (Kyle) did a review on them and was surprised by their performance.

White Cable Extensions: A really nice addition to a build. Matches the white case and with the RGB fans, the light looks great on them.

Monitors: Primary - Dell 1440p,155Hz Freesync: Great TN monitor, great for gaming, highly recommended Secondary - Acer 1440p, 60hz, good color and viewing angles since IPS display. Not great for gaming

KB: Strafe RGB: This was another FB marketplace deal. $50 new in box. I love the silent reds much more than my old MX-Blues. Good feel but quiet.

Mouse: Glorious Model O: Good mouse, very light. I was using a Logitech G502 for the past 5 years and it was definitely a big adjustment going from 120 grams to 60 something. But I really like it now. Only minor thing is the right click sticks when pressed hard. Almost never notice it.

Mic Setup: Neewer NW700 - Cheap but effective XLR mic, needs phantom power Behringer UM2 - Phantom power for XLR, works well, has mic volume control but no mute.

Audio Setup: FX Audio DAC-X6 - Cheap DAC that sounds decent. Made a difference with my headphones vs the built in audio

Headphones - Koss Pro4s: Good sound stage, very balanced. As a studio monitor very good. Not overly bass heavy. Clear vocals and mids. Comfortable & light but feel premium. Enjoyable to game and listen to music with.


The keen eyed of you may noticed that the Mobo and RAM heatsinks have been painted white. They were originally gold on the Mobo and red on two out of the four sticks of RAM. I used high temp white enamel paint, looks great and no issues.

Once I graduate University (April 2021), I'll probably switch back over to a ATX system with more PCI-E slots. I would like to possibly get more M.2 or U.2 storage a capture card or an add-in 10Gbe NIC so I can transfer files to my NAS faster.

Hope you all like it :)

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, where did you buy these PSU cables from?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I ordered them from Amazon. The brand is Fstop Labs.