Hello everyone! Today we have actually something interesting, a decent guide too. But not just your typical "let's just slap together and call it good". No, this is a PC I eventually plan to put together. While maybe not with the same hardware, definitely the same idea will come across whenever I do decide to put together a LAN PC. But not just that, but I'll also be justifying why I went with certain parts, and some recommended parts, as personally this isn't the best for the money :P
Important Notes & Background Information:
As there's no "planning" on Completed Builds yet, this was more of a absentminded decision. I currently don't have that great of a PC, and it's everything short of beautiful. While this won't be my first build I plan to do (that'll come this June / July actually), this is more of a project I've planned for a while now. Just note that my direct partlist isn't the best, and I'll have a separate partlist on the side that you can do mostly what I did, instead better with money. The part selection was also based somewhat on ease of modding, which you'll see why in a bit.
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Partlist & Justification / Recommended
Nuvolari: Intel i7 6700k
This is probably the worst part to choose in a system like this, yet I chose it for pretty much "just because I can". The 6700k overclocks crazy, doesn't put out too much heat (compared to the similar Haswell CPU's). Other than the small gains of performance from hyperthreading, I really would deter from anyone really using this CPU.
Recommended: Intel i5 6500k
Basically the little brother, you can think of this like "the 970 of the 980 class". It's a great overclocker, put's out less heat, and is $100 less for the cost of hyperthreading, and a little more turbo boost. If you're going Skylake, this is the chip to get.
CPU Cooler Choice:
Nuvolari: Corsair H100i v2 AIO
There are a few reasons I choose this actually, mostly for aesthetics. The metal plates are removable, which makes them easily paintable, CUE makes it controllable, to change it to, say orange. The cooler itself works great, and the fans are replaceable for other fans. While not as great performing as say a Noctua air cooler, it'll look extremely nice in the chosen case.
Recommended: Cryorig H7
Seriously, this cooler is commonplace by now. It's recommended so much by pretty much everyone. It's litterally the Hyper212 except performs better, and looks better IMO. There's nothing really to complain about here. And also thanks to Skylake, with this cooler I will bet anyone would be able to push quite a hard overclock onto the CPU.
Nuvolari: EVGA Z170 Stinger ITX
Basically the most BA ITX Z170 motherboard that goes with the colour scheme. The shroud is also removable if I decide to paint the shourd white, which I haven't actually figured out if I'd like to or not. Leaving the asthetics behind, it's a great, stable motherboard, and pretty much the best of the best. And while there are Asus boards out there that perform well, the asthetics are either red w/ bad reliability, or expensive with features that are similar to the EVGA board.
Recommended: Gigabyte GA Z170N WIFI
While not as pretty as the EVGA counterpart, still this is a great motherboard. It does anything you'd want a ITX board to do, has pretty good reliability, and also comes with wifi too, which is a extra little bonus. While at a LAN it may not be that important if you all use Ethernet, it's one less step and makes things generally easier.
Kingston HyperX Fury Black (16GB 2x8 DDR4 2133
Cheap DDR4 that works well, looks nice, and is low profile. While I would've gone with the G.Skill Ripjaws V, it was too high profile for my taste. The shroud is also paintable, if need be. There's no point on doing any differently for either, as it's a good set of RAM in general. Seriously, my go to kit for cheaper builds.
Nuvolari: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
I don't usually do pure SSD systems, purely for the cost factor. But in this case, HDD mounting is a little odd with larger PSU's, and in general I'm not too fussed about saving some money for the build. 1TB should be more than enough personally, even with a large game library. I'll be managing my game saves anyways, as this build wouldn't hold every game from my library.
Recommended: Samsung 850 EVO 256GB & Seagate 3TB Barracuda
SSD's & HDD's are great combination, giving you best of both worlds. 3TB should be enough for any gamer, even the messiest with game saves, while the SSD gives the speed you obviously crave, as you just spent $1200 on a PC.
Graphics Card Choice:
Nuvolari: MSI GTX 980 Ti Golden Edition
The 980Ti is a legendary card, and is the little brother of the fasted GPU currently in the world, the Titan X. And obviously, this case & motherboard don't support SLI (officially at least :P), so getting the highest end GPU, the 980Ti will make sure that I can run any game at 1080, 1400, and even 4K. Also because it just looks super nice.
Recommended: EVGA GTX 970 ACX 2.0 SSC
Now while I would recommend a R9 390 as well, unfortunately they are ALMOST always out of stock, so the 970 is the next contender. It performs well, has a lower TDP than most similarly performing cards, and while the 3.5 VRAM issue is apparent, it's only an issue if you love playing Shadow of Mordor @ 1440P, and really at that point you should be getting a better card if you want to run something like that. In general though, this EVGA unit is great, and has a silent running mode so you can brag to all of your friends how quiet your PC is compared to theirs.
Case, PSU, & Fans Choice
Corsair 380T (White)
The reason for the whole build pretty much. The 380T is a great case, and while expensive, is EXTREMELY moddable, even more than just simple painting. All of the panels are removable, leaving the steel frame, and the panels are plastic which makes painting very easy. While expensive, it's a great case if you're into the whole aesthetic. And if you didn't know what it is, it's based off of a car design.
Silverstone SX600G / SX400G
The most overpowered SFX PSU on the market today. It pumps out a ton of power for what it is, and does it's job well. 80+ Gold, and a great contender, even compared to ATX counterparts. While it may run a little hotter, and the fan may spin a little faster under load, still this doesn't deny that this PSU has got some spunk for what it is. And yes, it is very reliable.
Corsair AF140 & Bitfenix BFF WPRO
Both of these fans are LED, and work well. Nothing of note, other than they look cool and push a lot of air for what they are.
Really, this is more of a experiment than anything. I really want to get my hands into modding, and this would seem like a really good step in the right direction. Eventually I'll get better than just painting, but I'll get there someday. I don't have too much to say other than I hope you enjoyed reading this guide / showoff of builds? Anyways, if you have any critique about the recommended part selection, then let me know, I'm always willing to learn more!