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Corsair Gaming PC

by loxalot

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19 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 14, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 13, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.0GHz

Description

Built this to play FPS games where a higher frame rate, better quality sound and sharper monitor would hopefully improve my playing.

This is my first build in many years. I was a bit nervous but I took my time (about 6 hours from start to finish with quite a few breaks in between to clear my head).

Had some issues with the parts I ordered: 1. The Corsair 750D case already had three 240mm case fans. I ordered 4 extra. I also ordered a liquid cooler for the CPU. The case will accept 3 more 240mm case fans at the top but not if you use a radiator. It will also take two 120mm case fans that can be mounted under the hard drive bays. I missed that during the research. Now I have 2 case fans I can't use (I replaced one from the case with a new one for the lighting and I think I can get one more on the top inside of the case).

  1. The motherboard I used has a 7.1 audio card built in but I wanted to have a connection on my desk for my headset and I wanted to make sure I got the best sound possible so I ordered the audio card. I failed to remember when I ordered the headset that it's USB so it won't work with the desktop piece from the audio card.

  2. The thermal paste came in handy because the instructions for installing the CPU cooler pump assembly were incorrect as to which mounting posts to use. I installed the ones specified for Intel LGA1151 but they were too short - I couldn't even start the thumbscrew caps. Because of this I had to clean off the thermal compound that was pre-applied to the pump and what got onto the CPU then apply new paste after I had changed the posts.

  3. The motherboard instructions for installing the CPU were clear except it doesn't mention leaving or removing the CPU installation tool. My concern was it overheating the tool and melting or causing other issues. After some further research I found that it's designed to leave in place and that I could have installed the CPU without the tool, if I kept it straight and did it carefully.

  4. The M.2 SSD had no instruction for installation and the motherboard instructions for it were very vague. I had to guess as to which way to install it, and it may work either way but there should be some instructions there.

  5. I was unable to locate an audio connection on the video card so if I were to use the HDMI connection to a monitor with speakers, sound would work. I'm assuming the motherboard's built-in sound card would drive that since there appears to be no external connection to the GPU - not how I would want it.

  6. The instructions for the H100i state that they recommend setting the fans up to suck air in but when I watched a Corsair installation video for the exact model they installed them blowing out, or up as it were. I installed them as per the video but now that I have had time to think about it, in would likely be best for cooling the liquid but the issue then is too much inflow and not enough outflow to the case. This is still up in the air for me.

  7. When removing the monitor from its packaging, especially the foam that's against the unit, make sure you are grounded. I got shocked 4 times just unpacking and removing the protective film from it. Ouch.

  8. The monitor is great but I'm still trying to find the right resolution at 144hz that works for me. It's a bit fuzzy right now but I think it's the current resolution I have it on. A few weeks of playing around with settings should fix this.

  9. The motherboard is built for overclocking which I don't plan on ever doing. I'm assuming that because it's designed differently than boards I've used in the past when the PSU is turned on, nothing happens until you press the Start button on the motherboard. Then it may freak you out because it turns off then on again a few times before it actually sends a signal to the monitor and allows you to enter the BIOS.

  10. I didn't buy a DVD/CD unit but I will add one soon. It may have helped with the installation of drivers more than I had anticipated.

  11. The motherboard's Ethernet port did not work until I went to another computer, found the driver, downloaded it to a flash drive and installed it onto the new PC. Once I had internet, updates were quite simple.

I have yet to really use the computer for it's intended purpose, I've only had time to put everything together and load the OS, drivers and some software.

Part Reviews

CPU

Super fast, stays cool with the H100i liquid cooler (19-25 degrees). Easy to install. Works wonderfully.

CPU Cooler

The installation instructions were not very clear or correct. I had to use different stand offs than the manual showed which means I had to clean and apply new thermal compound. The instructions also show to set the fans to intake yet the Corsair online video tutorial showed exhaust. Either way it keeps my CPU very cool. Fans and pump are very quiet. Minus 1 star for inaccurate instructions.

Motherboard

Not using OC but it does have some nice features if you install the software. Plenty of space for a large graphics card. Power input connections are in a tough spot to get the connectors into. Software shows no CPU fan even though my liquid cooler is plugged into the water pump spot where it should be. Two of the MB mounting locations are difficult to reach with small screws. Built-in audio is very clean. Easy to use BIOS. Nice MB for OC or not.

Memory

I love my RAM! Huge improvement over my 8GB DDR3 that my other PC has. No lags, no choking.

Storage

Limited instructions included and the MB instructions weren't clear. Once I figured it out though, it installed easily. Unbelievable that it holds 500GB on such a tiny card. Very fast. My OS is installed on this and my power off to OS log in is 30 seconds. Shut down is 30 seconds or less. Fast data access. Completely quiet.

Storage

Never had issues with WD drives, still don't. Nice drive. Should have got 3 more.

Video Card

Huge card. Fits into my ATX full tower case with room to spare. Worth the extra $$. No more video lag or spikes. Not sure if it's the card or my monitor but I do get this halo effect sometimes while gaming.

Case

Need room? This has tons. Fans? Holds enough that you may be able to use this as a secondary AC unit in your game room (not really but with many fans possible, nothing should be hot in here. Plenty of tie downs and grommets. I would not use this on a carpeted surface as the case is very close to the floor (short feet).

Power Supply

Lightweight, powerful, quiet fan, modular.

Sound Card

Was not able to use on my recent build due to MB audio conflicts but it did work and work very well. Saving for another build.

Case Fan

Fairly quiet. Keeps everything cool

Monitor

Not sure if it's my monitor or GPU but I get this halo effect sometimes in games. The 144Hz is a nice improvement from my last ones. Cheaper and I would have purchased 2. Watch out for static when you unpack it. No dead pixels. Vibrant colors. Perfect for FPS gaming.

Keyboard

Not used a clicky keyboard in years (not since Commodore I think). Takes some getting used to but the feedback is nice. I love the color options so I can set up the keys for specific lights on specific buttons to group the important ones together. Have yet to use the macros.

Mouse

This is my second one. Loved the first one (using on another PC) so much I had to get one for my new build. Weighted option makes gaming so much more precise and so does the DPI switch. Just enough buttons.

Headphones

Took some time to get this to work due to MB audio issues and the USB plug but once I got it to work, wow! Very comfortable, can wear for hours with no soreness on or around my ears. Mic is sensitive enough to pick up even whispers (can be adjusted). Added mic mute button is a nice feature but I don't use it. Sounds are crisp. Volume adjustment knob could be more of a sliding potentiometer instead of whatever this has. A bit more volume would also be nice. Cord should be much longer (another 3 feet would be nice). Windows has issues sometimes if I have it plugged in during boot up so I have to unplug, count to 10 and plug it back in before it will work.

Comments Sorted by:

aprofile 3 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

such great parts. such terrible clutter

loxalot submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I did my best. As I said it's been years and I'm definitely not an expert.

aprofile 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Fair enough. still a nice pc tho

uberlizard 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

why are there SATA cables sitting in the back not connected to anything?

loxalot submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Instead of having to open the case entirely and plug them in under my GPU I went ahead and put them in so when I get more HDD or SSD I can easily plug them in.

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

ok thats something i guess

DeNo49 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

There appears to be some confusion on your part. I will try to address a bit of it.

As far as the audio from the video card. The video card will provide audio via the HDMI or Display port connection. If you don' t want the audio come from the video card, you can change your audio source in windows. I turn my monitor off all the time. I select my speakers as my default audio.

As far as the H100i and the placement, people usually have their fans with the front and bottom being intakes and the top and rear being exhaust. This can vary depending on case and on personal preference (I use my top as intakes) . It is all up to you and how you feel comfortable with it.

For your display, are you using an HDMI cable or a Display port ? HDMI will not give you what you are looking for in terms of frame rates unless it is 2.0. I am not sure if your card and/or monitor are HDMI 2.0. You can also adjust the resolution in windows to get the screen to stop looking fuzzy.

I am not sure what you did when you installed the board and the power headers, but you didn't install something correctly. did you check the manual to see exactly how you needed to connect the case power /reset/ front audio connections ? If you connected them correctly, then there maybe something faulty and you may need to return your board. If it turns on though, you should take a look at the connections.

The drivers that come with the contents of the packages are generally outdated by the time you would be using them. The best course of action is to install everything and update the drivers from the websites of either the manufacturer or the partner (ie. Asus is the partner and Nvidea is the manufacturer). Those will be the most up to date drivers.

Lastly, if you don't ever plan on overclocking your CPU, you can save yourself some money and get a i5- 6500 and a H110 or B110 board. They have most of the same functionality that you would use without having the premium price tag of the K and Z skus respectively. Anyway, I hope this helps a bit. Good luck with your build.

loxalot submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I'm using DP to the monitor as I have read that is better quality than HDMI. I'm not concerned about audio from the GPU but if I were to ever run HDMI to a monitor with good speakers I would want quality sound (not that any monitor has good speakers).

My CPU cooling fans currently exhaust but I'm wondering if that will work since the cooler air would pass over the radiator first if I ran it intake, not to mention the filter that was included with the case. By running exhaust through the radiator, hotter air passes through the radiator. Right now I'm just contemplating my options for the 2 fans.

The power on/power off cycle that the system did seems to be part of the MB function for first time power on. It's running every time now, as far as I can tell.

I ordered the MB because I want to (try to) make sure I can upgrade in 5 to 10 years. I know that nothing is future proof but I wanted to do my best.

Build is done. Thanks for your comments.

DeNo49 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Cool. Just wanted to help if possible.

BladeRunner531 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Wow, long comment

DeNo49 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

haa haa. a tad

BladeRunner531 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Why get a blower style card in an ATX case and so much airflow. Does it not thermal throttle?

loxalot submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Sorry which blower style card are you referring to?

I want to make sure that everything stays cool. Since I haven't run any games or tests yet I don't know what the temp gets to.

BladeRunner531 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

almost always though a blower style cooler on a graphics card will thermal throttle much faster than a open style one.

drh5309 1 point 11 months ago

so i'm looking to install the same sound card into my first pc build, and i'm still not clear on what wires, if any at all, need to be plugged into the sound card for it to work, or if it just draws power through the pci slot that it slots into.

loxalot submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Power is from the MB. If you have front panel mic or headset inputs there will be a set of wires that plug into the sound card.

If you have a MB with built-in audio, disable them via the BIOS or you will have issues.

BodiXDDD 1 point 8 months ago

What temperatures do you get on the gpu?

loxalot submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I haven't looked at the graphics temps. My CPU runs around 23C during AAA gaming.

Korbinator 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Check out v1tech.com they sell backplates so you don't have to see the circuit board on your gpu