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My first build. What a fun time that was. She's been running strong for two years now, very few complaints. Survived a 150 mile move in the back of my van. The whole thing is strong, even if the 1060 isn't the jack of all trades she was. Ran into some trouble early, mainly the monitors I bought to pair being plugged into the wrong ports in the GPU but all in all, I will remember ONE fondly and with nostalgia, even while building my next build, TWO.

NOTE: THIS WAS BUILT IN AUGUST OF 2017. I AM AWARE THIS IS VERY LATE, BUT SEEING AS ONE WILL BE REPLACED SOON, I FIGURED I SHOULD DOCUMENT HER PROPERLY BEFORE BUILDING MY REPLACEMENT PC

Part Reviews

CPU

A fantastic CPU when it came. Sadly things like the 3600 overshadow the ground breaking it did. The 1600 now retires to the hall of greats.

Motherboard

In hindsight, I should have gone for a much better, and future proofed mobo. No ability to overclock, the reviews mention tendencies to fail, which hasn't happen yet

Memory

Rock Solid, still one of the best choices 2 years later for RAM. This will be one of two original parts being donated TWO, and possibly two more chips if I feel like dishing out.

Storage

Again, solid. It may now be overshadowed by the 900 series, but it's still a excellent footnote in SSD's. Boot times went from almost 2 minutes on my gaming laptop from 2015, to not even 15 seconds. Restarts aren't even a second thought!

Storage

7200 RPM is very nice for a HDD. Even though my space is always running thin, 2tb is great for someone who doesn't have a lot of games/crap to store (Not me).

Video Card

A brawler in her hayday, the 1060 threw punches with the best games of 2017-2018. Sadly age is not kind to anyone; struggling to get higher FPS became an issue with games like RDR2 and Escape from Tarkov. But games like GTA V and Battlefield 4 look stunning, as they should be. I hope to retire my 1060 with grace and have another titan take her place; the RTX 2070.

Case

I swear the description said "ATX Mid Tower", this thing is a MAMMOTH. I was surprised how much space I had left in my case. Being my first build, however, I never too much advantage of this and kept things simple. Easy to clean and maintain are bonus points. Cooler Master should look into maybe rebranding this as a "Full Tower-esqe" case for space conscious people.

Power Supply

EVGA has impressed me with the tank like quality of this PSU. This is the second of two parts that will be going into TWO before the end of the decade. Being fully modular meant that cable management was much more of a realistic goal without a rats nest forming in the PSU shroud area

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's a good idea you documented this. It gave me inspiration to do mine soon. This is striking resemblance to my 1060 first build, and your 2070 which I will also use in my second build lol.