You may want to flip that PSU over so the fan is getting fresh air from under the case instead of warm air from inside, so long as it's not on carpet and there is a dust filter.
I like your part choices. I would have chosen a lot of the same stuff and in fact I have the same CPU cooler, same series of SSD (Samsung EVO), and same series of PSU(HX). All are very reliable in my experience!
Oh, my bad... I hadn't looked closely enough at the case and I assumed that you couldn't stick any fans in the front because it's just a solid face. I plead ignorance. lol
If you install fans in the front, the airflow won't be terrific because it's all being sucked in through those vents on the side. However, that will be better than having none whatsoever.
Fans on the top to exhaust air aren't really necessary and may actually do more harm than good because of negative airflow. You will have more fans taking air out of the case than fans bringing air in, which will suck more dust in through ventilation holes etc. You want to try to strike a balance with your fans so that you don't have too much negative or positive pressure. With those two front fans slightly choked, you won't want to install too many exhaust fans. The one rear exhaust fan should be fine.
That drive cage at the bottom of the case should be able to come out; it does in my Corsair case. Might look a little nicer without it plus you don't need it.
Aside from that, nice looking build! Good looking cable management as well.
Do you have anywhere else to put fans in that case?
You seem to be on the right track and it's very good to see that you're actually doing proper research and not just buying things impulsively. Good job!
You should get that off of the carpet and on some cardboard at least...
Other than that, it's a good looking build! I like the red theme. Very nice.
I have that CPU cooler's little brother, the H100i, installed in my system. For 2 years it has performed without any hiccups and delivered excellent temperatures, despite it being running almost 12 hours a day, almost every day. So I imagine you will be pleased with its older sibling.
That GPU will make you very happy. Unless you're planning on playing Witcher 3 at 4k or something crazy, you will dominate pretty much everything out there right now.
Awesome build overall! Nothing catches my eye as being 'wrong'. Your cable management actually looks very good! Just remember to switch off all of Microsoft's sneaky privacy settings when you load up Windows 10. There are like a dozen pages of settings that are set 'On' by default that let apps do what they please with your info, location, etc. Also don't let them trick you, you do not need a Microsoft account to log in to Windows 10. Just look for the tiny 'Skip this step' at the bottom left of the screen when it asks you.
Wow that is quite a setup to start off with..... I dream of having a 980Ti.... Looks good though!
Yeah that case looks like hell to cable manage. For your next build I recommend a mid-tower case. Corsair has some very beginner-friendly cases, for example the 230T, at only $80.
As for the case fans, are they plugged in correctly to the headers on the motherboard? I will need more details
Great first build! Nice temps as well.
Very nice! I like it.
Beautiful first build!!
Take out those drive sleds underneath your HDD, you don't need them and they block airflow.
Have you considered an SSD?
A Skylake and a 960? Treat yourself to a larger case and give those things some room to breathe. A larger case would not only give you more room to expand in the future, it would give you better airflow and it would also make cable management easier.
This case has no front intake fans, which is not optimal. If you get a case which has front intake fans as well as a rear exhaust, for example, cool air from the front will flow over your hardware and then obviously the hot air will be exhausted out the rear. With your current setup however, hot air is just floating about in the case until the one rear fan can pull it out. Heat is a gaming computer's worst enemy and for good reason. Cooling your expensive hardware efficiently is important if you want it to last. One thing I noticed which concerns me is the positioning of your HDD at the bottom of the case. HDDs can run warm, especially if you're gaming off of them.
For instance, my HDD has a fan blowing over it all the time and is doing nothing right now, and it is at 33 degrees Celsius. The temperature averages around 35 degrees for most people according to hddstatus.com, so mine is doing pretty well. My SSD on the other hand, is actually getting less airflow but is cooler than my HDD, at 28 degrees. I am also actively using my SSD, in other words it's not idle like my HDD. While it may not seem like that significant of a difference at idle, when you begin gaming you will start to see why having good airflow is important.
I think you're on the right track. You said you're new to the PC gaming scene, so if you have any questions just let me know. Good luck!
If I was spending extra for a nice Skylake processor and planning to game with it, I would avoid the stock cooler and rather I would invest in a water cooler or at least a nice air cooler, to reduce the risk of heat damaging the processor.
Good choice getting that Corsair case - they do a superb job. If you ever need to upgrade your case, stick with Corsair. All of my experiences with their products (cases, PSUs, memory, coolers, fans) have been great.
Looks to be a good starting point overall though.
Dust that poor thing off man!!
If i were spending $1,500 on a computer i wouldn't skimp on cpu cooling personally i would've spend the extra $100 and gotten a nice liquid cooler, but i don't know what you use this for. otherwise nice build
I just took one out and the airflow has improved greatly. thanks for the idea, I don't know why it didn't occur to me to remove them before.
Yeah I know, in hindsight that motherboard was a bit of a poor choice.
I don't do much overclocking simply because I am beyond satisfied with the performance I get with games I play at 3.9GHz. So I don't really feel a need to bring it up above the 4GHz range.