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Well Deserved Upgrade

by Hostility

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29 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 1, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 13, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.23GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

Description

Looking for name suggestions on this build, please comment below if you have any :)

Hey all, here is my newly built PC, mainly used for Gaming, streaming, recording, video rendering (Once I learn how to use Premiere Pro) and everything else in between. This is a massive step up from my previous rig which I built over 3 years ago (and I am surprised that it has lasted this long) which had an i3 3320 and a Radeon HD7850.

So far, I am very happy with the results of the build, and to be honest, it may have been a little bit overkill as I only have 1 1080p monitor, but I do plan on getting a better monitor in the near future if I can gather up enough cash. The prices for this build are quite high, as I live in New Zealand but I did manage to save around $300 after a sale. (Sorry the prices are inaccurate as I've left them as default.)

The build process went fairly smoothly and I documented the process, all on my Youtube (http://youtube.com/hostilitygames) if you are interested. It took longer than expected, thanks to the 3 hours I spent on cable management, attempting to make the build look as clean as possible.

Well, there you have it! Overall, I am one very happy camper and I am pleased to how the build turned out. As always, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments, and I am open to suggestions! I also apologize if this has gone on for too long, and for the crappy photo quality. If you guys want more pictures, please let me know!

EDIT: I've overclocked the CPU to 4.6GHz at 1.375V. I've tried 4.7 and even at 1.42V it was not stable and I didn't want to push it further so I stayed. Voltages do however go up to almost 1.4V when stressing or under load (Because of LLC and Adaptive) which I know is quite high for 4.6, but my temps are fine, sitting below 80 degrees under load. I would have liked a better result, I guess I got an OK chip, but I'm not complaining, the extra free performance is sweet!

Thanks for showing an interest in my build!

Part Reviews

CPU

Very happy with the amazing performance of the 6700K. I consider this a time-saver as my i3 before would take quite long to convert a bunch of videos, whereas this thing swiftly breezes through those tasks. As mentioned before, I've overclocked the CPU to 4.6GHz, although I would have liked a better result, temps are fine and the extra performance is a bonus! Hopefully the extra cash was worth it for this thing!

CPU Cooler

Obviously since the 6700K doesn't come with a cooler, I decided to go with a Corsair AIO to give me better temps and overclocking headroom. It does it's job, keeping my CPU nice and frosty, although fans do get quite loud, and the pump is very audible when idling. Not sure if my pump is defective, but for now, I can't really complain.

Motherboard

This board is a great alternative to the more expensive ROG boards, and the Z170-A. I am very happy with this board as it has all of the features I need, at a very good price. I also like the aesthetics of the board, fitting with with my cliche red/black theme. Would definitely recommend this board to those who can't quite afford an ROG one.

Memory

Nothing special here, although I would have liked to have grabbed a 2400MHz or a 2600MHz kit. For now, it's nice having 16GB of RAM, and they look sexy as hell, fitting with my red/black theme.

Storage

Damn. I now have a new found passion for SSD's, and would recommend this one to anybody looking for a speed boost. Windows 10 loads up in around ~10 seconds, whereas it would take around ~60 secs with a standard 7200RPM HDD. 250GB is enough for Windows, my main programs and games that I play on a regular basis. I also have 3 other HDD's which I use for storing all of my other stuff carried over from my previous build, but I have not listed them here.

Video Card

Originally, I went for the Windforce 3X, and i was quite disappointed for the lack of the backplate. Thankfully, the next day, the G1 went on sale, and I was able to exchange the 3X for the G1, just for a mere $1.20. A great deal in my book. That aside, the G1 provides stellar performance in ultra 1080p, and would probably give really good performance at 1440p. Very happy with this 980, although the GPU sag was something that screwed with my OCD, so I put a pencil to support it and hold it up. I also intended to change the LED from blue to red to match my theme, but the job seemed very delicate and I did not want to screw it up. I wish Gigabyte would have added RGB lighting. I could just turn it off if I didn't want the bright blue light shining. For now, it makes my build a red/black/blue theme.

Case

I absolutely love the clean looks of this case. It was a pleasure to build in, with plenty of room for components and easy cable management. However, the 5.25 drive cages aren't removable so my tubes for the H110i GT are sort of trapped, and the side panels seem very flimsy and not up to par with the rest of the case.

Power Supply

I originally wanted to get the 650W, but it turns out that I had selected the NEX650W which was a tier 4 PSU, and unfortunately, they didn't have the G2 650W in stock. So I had to step up to the 750W, and it is a nice power supply with fancy packaging and really nice black cables with a fully modular design. One thing that I don't like is the fan is quite loud, and sounds like a heater when turned on. This is easily fixed by turning ECO mode on, which only spins the fan when it needs to.

Comments Sorted by:

ExiIe 3 points 32 months ago

New Zealand prices man

Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Wayy to high :/ Something we have to deal with living on the other side of the world.

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Also getting certain parts is a shipping cost nightmare :/

Hostility submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Shipping costs a fortune! Luckily, I was able to pick up my parts from the store I bought from.

Iceman320 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

That makes a major difference, wish I had a local shop with reasonable pricing that I could buy from to avoid shipping costs :(

Eddie0711 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Nice build! I live in Australia so I can definitely agree in regards to the high price of anything to do with technology! With that gpu I would be upgrading to a nice 1440p gsync monitor. Probably the Acer predator as it's an ips panel instead of the tn panel found on the row swift.

Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks man! I'll look into a 1440p gaming monitor, and perhaps if there are any discounts on Boxing Day, I will definitely pick one up.

Skater_Alex 1 point 31 months ago

Agreed, though Australia's PC part prices are high... Also this build is awesome! +1

Marshone 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

that's a pretty cool MoBo box of all things lol

Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Haha, thanks, I suppose?

noap7 2 points 32 months ago

Noice one! How are you liking skylake?

Hostility submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks! Skylake is awesome, although I'm having a bit of trouble overclocking as I've set my Voltage at 1.250 on manual, and when I start stressing, it goes up to ~1.4 Volts. Still trying to figure it out.

noap7 1 point 32 months ago

Yeah haha oc'ing takes patience. It can be a bit....difficult.

Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Sure does! Still tinkering around with the settings, I'll update you when I get a stable OC :)

somawhite402 1 point 32 months ago

If it's anything like Haswell that sounds like it might be the load line calibration setting to me. But I am admittedly guessing since I've not had a chance to play with Skylake yet :P

Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I've tried setting LLC but I still get voltages over 1.4. I've never played with Haswell so I don't know what it's like :P

TerraHD 1 point 32 months ago

Swap the fans for some Noctua NF A14 PWM 140mm fans. They're MUCH quieter than the stock Corsair fans.

Hostility submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

I am thinking about replacing the fans, but I've never really liked the colour of the Noctua fans. I'm thinking about moving the two front fans from my 450D to the radiator, to deal with the noise.

somawhite402 2 points 32 months ago

If you want something comparable then go for EK Vadars. Similar performance as Noctua and slightly cheaper. Disregard the DBA/CFM ratings as they're actually similar but EK doesn't exaggerate quite as much on their packaging as Noctua :D

Also they're just black and gray. No horrible beige in sight. :P

Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion! I will look into getting different fans when I save up some extra cash, but for now, I've replaced my H110i GT fans with my Corsair 450D front fans.

Donte 1 point 28 months ago

I will be buying this when I start my built. I'm not a big fan of the blue led, you mentioned you can turn it off, how do you do that?

Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Hey man! If you're talking about the 980 Windforce, you go to Nvidia Geforce Experience to turn off the LED. Honestly, I would not advise buying the 980 right now, because the next gen Nvidia cards are just around the corner :)

Donte 1 point 27 months ago

Oh ok, will these next gen cards be allot better? Never built a pc before. I want something high-end. I got over $1600 invest and want to do 1440p gaming. Video card I decided to get: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn980xtreme4gd Should I get this or wait?

Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

The next gen cards will be a huge step up, however if you cannot wait, I would recommend stepping up to the 980Ti because it is more confident when it comes to 1440p.

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Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Let me tell you, it wasn't easy getting all of these components. You have to put in some hard work and effort to be able to get what you want. That being said, you should always be grateful for what you have. A G3258 isn't a bad processor for gaming, and 8GB's of RAM will definitely help with improving framerates. My old rig with an i3 3220 and an HD7850 was able to handle BF4 fine at high setting surprisingly, but this new build blows it out of the water! Anyways, hope your upgrade goes smoothly!

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Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Having a good platform is always nice, and down the road, upgrading parts is a smart way to go.

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Hostility submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I don't know dude, keep searching! Thanks for the nice comment :)