Description

I am a programmer by trade and had not built myself a proper computer in over a decade. I wanted something that would not just be great for productivity, but also would let me do 1080p60 gaming on high/ultra settings for the next few years.

Primarily, the development that I will be doing on this is web development, but I also plan to start building universal Windows apps and if I ever have the time start doing some game development.

I am an Xbox gamer also and built this as a "big brother" to my white Sunset Overdrive Xbox One. As Microsoft improves the synergy of Xbox on PC I am hoping to be able to do more of my single player gaming on PC with higher settings and multiplayer gaming on the console where I can count on a more level playing field and more of my friends are... all while staying in the same ecosystem.

Another component of the build was longevity. I was apprehensive to build with Pascal and Polaris looming... I wanted core components that I could grow with, so a "future proof" motherboard was a key for me. The Gigabyte board I got supports m.2 NVME, multiple GPUs, USB-C, up to 64GB RAM... if it doesn't burn out this should last a long while.

Longer term (3 yrs+) I will upgrade the CPU to an 8 core cannonlake (which should unlock more PCIe lanes) and the GPU to something that will let me do 2160p60 gaming (something after Pascal and Vega) and reuse the current GPU/CPU in a HTPC.

I am happy with the CM Devastator Keyboard/Mouse, but the keyboard is very hard to read with the LED turned off... for $20 the combo is a great value though. I also would like to add a little zing in the form of an additional RGB LED strip, but that is just bells and whistles. I went full air cooled... we will see how that plays out. I may turn to a closed loop water cooler in the future if I am not happy with how it holds up with sustained load. In reality, I probably could have saved a few dollars on a smaller PSU... any new parts will use less power, not more and I have far more headroom than I need.

Overall I am very happy with this build. The look and performance are great (I was running Forza 6 Apex on ultra at 1080p with no problem) and I have the ability to expand as I move forward. Cheers!

Part Reviews

Case

Really happy with this case. It looks great, the airflow is great, excellent storage and cable management options. Only down side could be a lack of option for an optical drive, but that is it!

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Are you gonna get the RX 480? Or just gonna upgrade later on?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Does the Cryorig CPU cooler come with thermal paste included?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It does, I had already purchased the artic silver though, so I used that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I am gonna pass. I only have a 1080p 60hz so until I have a 4k monitor at 120hz+ I don't really need the horsepower. I decided to go with the 970 (know commodity) vs wait for the release of and to see how drivers run on the rx 480.

My next big upgrade will be an 8 core CPU, curved 32" 4k 120 hz+ monitor and then a new GPU a few generations down the line.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

the Sandisk x400 are ridiculously Cheap for what they are... How fast are they?, is it competitive? WOuld you recommend it?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It is definitely fast, but its not NVME (which is like 3x more $) so its only like 10-15% faster than a SATA III SSD and hits you up for 4 PCIe lanes so even with the i7-6700 my GPU is only running at 8x... if I could do it again I might have gotten a SATA SSD and let the GPU run at 16x.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I am happy with the CM Devastator Keyboard/Mouse, but the keyboard is very hard to read with the LED turned off...

If your programmer shouldn't you know by instinct/feeling? Also not very good to look at the keyboard while your typing lol. But good build anyway +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm planning on getting that CPU cooler also. I like the looks over the evo. In your picks it looks nice. How close to everything does it sit? Pretty close huh? LOL.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It definitely looks nice in there. If I had 4 dims it would be a tight fit, but a fit none the less!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, yeah... more a caveat for the "hunter-pecker" typists :-)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to PC. NIce upgrade path.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the cpu go with gaming?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Its been great actually! I am running Doom and Forza 6 Apex on ultra at a solid 1080p60 with no issue.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

how well does the Cryorig preform on load?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

A larger air cooler would probably cool it down a few degrees C (before I bought my case I got a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, but it was too tall) and a closed loop water cooler would be better still.

Since I am not running an overclocked "K" CPU, that helps and I am usually in the low 50s C.

I have since added another fan to the top of the case which seems to be helping keep the whole system cooler, though i have not run tests yet.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell me which desk and chair you have?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The chair is a Herman Miller Mirra 2 (expensive, but worth everysingle penny): http://store.hermanmiller.com/Products/Mirra-2-Chair

The desk I made with an old door I found in the basement when I bought my house, a sheet of 1/4" plexi glass that I got cheap and cut-to-size at a local hardware store and just dropped in on 2 extra deep file cabinets: https://www.ibuyofficesupply.com/hon-vertical-file_HONH322CP

People toss out doors all the time. May just want to look for an older door that is a little more rigid... some newer hollow core doors are pretty flimsy, but the plexi definitely helps add some rigidity. I just left the door as I found it... you could definitely paint or stain something to make your own awesome (an huge) desk!

Cheers!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you guys get the operating system?

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha, you can delete the reply if you need to for moderation purposes. I used MSDN for my build. However, that solution is probably excessive cost wise for the average builder.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the 240 and a 6700 as well, even the same MOBO. I was (and still am) on a tight budget and didn't get an aftermarket cooler, but now I am looking into upgrading after doing 3DMark tests and discovering how poorly my CPU is handling. How would you say the Cyrorig works? Im worried about clearance in any cooler, but considered the 212 and even going water cooled with an h60I. Any thoughts?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Overall, I am really happy with the C7 for the 6700. It's quiet, very effective and looks great. The Noctua NH-L9i is another option (with an ugly, but quieter fan). If I had gotten the K CPU and was going to OC I may have gone with a bigger cooler, but the C7 is great match to the 6700... it's also more portable if you ever put it into a smaller case later on. I think an AIO cooler is overkill for this CPU... better to put that $ to RAM/GPU especially with the market for those in a lousy place at the moment. Cheers!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay sweet! My only question, and you may glance at my MOBO to be sure, but I have seen on some coolers that people say not to use the "CPU fan" plug in but rather use one of your PWM slots for the CPU cooler.

Im not sure I currently have any PWM ones left, but is that a necessary thing to do for the C7?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I need to do some tests on the thermals (my only worry in a smaller case) but so far seems to be working nicely!