Description

This is my first build. Primary use will be for 1440p gaming at high to ultra settings. Everything is running with no issues. Still tweaking things (still learning how) so will update the performance stats at a later time.

This is a pretty cookie-cutter build based on the other builds on this site but here's a quick run-down of the choices I made.

CPU. Wanted the latest technology - Z170 chipset.

CPU Cooler. My apartment is small so need to ensure I get efficient and quiet cooling. This thing is pretty much silent. Manual suggested installing the fans as intakes. I haven't tested any other configuration so if someone has please share in the comments.

Motherboard. Went with Asus due to their reputation of making quality MOBOs and the BIOS is user-friendly (reiterate I am new at this). I probably would have been happy with the Z170-A but the price difference wasn't horrendous and the color scheme of the HERO matches the rest of my build.

Memory. 16GB of fairly priced RAM. Holding off on getting anything more/better until prices drop for the DDR4 sticks.

SSD. Went with the latest V-NAND technology for SSDs. The EVO-series is reasonably priced. Again 250GB will be enough for the OS and frequently run games while the price of SSDs drops.

HDD. WD has a great reputation of making quality storage devices. Marketing sold me on the BLACK series - they said it's for gaming!

GPU. GTX 980ti for 1440p gaming. Went with Asus STRIX after hours of research. Fastest clock speeds, second quietest after the MSI equivalent. Here's the article that really summed it up for me: TechReport Article.

CASE. Looks amazingly stylish, pretty nice cable management space and hides the psu. Plus, I have no need for an optical drive. And if I get annoyed with the LED lights I can always turn them off. If you're buying this case, I just recommend installing the CPU power cable and SATA cables before any other components since the space is tight.

PSU. Probably overkill (in terms of price) but being new I wanted to ensure I'm working with a stable power unit. After learning some more, probably would have gone with the RM series as opposed to the HXi.

MONITOR. This thing sells itself. Amazing.

I'll probably change out the stock fans in the near future and get some custom sleeving for the mobo and gpu power.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Thats a beast of a PC! Nice job!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it!

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

It's good you went for the HXi actually. The RM series doesn't use as high quality capacitors as the HXi/AXi.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

No regrets then!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Not even a letter?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I Actually just got an rm series on sale cheap and it kind of worries me T_T

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful. Love the case and motherboard especially. With the budget you have I would have bought the same parts pretty much.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Such an overused case, but this new version is really pretty! Good work sir.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Really close to what I would have built if I waited 5 months. Got my +1.

BTW: My HXi has been super solid thus far and the efficiency is outstanding.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to hear it! Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

colors are on point, nice build man!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

YAY! A Strix card!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Lovely build - great job!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

corsair h100i gtx got some thermal paste preapplied so why are you using Arctic silver? isnt that enough?

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

You're right, didn't need to get the thermal paste. I bought it before I finished reading.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

dude nice cable managing in the picture's

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This case makes it very easy.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Well holy ****. This is literally the exact computer I just built (and am going to order when i get paid tomorrow) ROFL. (Actually with the exception of powersupply, I was gonna go with a cheaper semi mod.)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an absolutely beautiful build, let me know how it's held up since.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I'd like to know if there's anything like this in a white and blue style, that's the color scheme I'm trying to achieve

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll have to spend some time on Newegg.com looking for parts to match the color scheme. You could do a white&black MOBO with blue RAM and white&black or black&blue GPU. At least the case is easier - there is a Noctis 450 in white and blue.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If you could take some time to look at my build here and tell me what you think I'd greatly appreciate it. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cBvGrH

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I had some instability issues with the graphics card and restarting the machine last month. Don't know why it suddenly started misbehaving since I haven't changed any settings. The good news is that I was able to update the BIOS to the latest revision and all issues appear to have been resolved. Overall, still extremely satisfied with the build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, this is similar to my current build, with the H440. I am definitely going to use the Noctis for my next build I love it and the red black theme looks awesome. Waiting for the next round of CPUs and GPUs as my current system is still smashing everything at 1440p, so no rush, hopefully I can build a genuine 4k @60FPS rig in the next 12-18 months.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job! But you should make the CPU cooler fans exhaust since the cpu cooler is located at top aince itll interrupt with airflow etc

But if those fans are better for intake maybe move the radiator to the front?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Btw the Corsair RM series isint really the best bang for buck so you really didint do bad

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I've gotten multiple opinions on this and no one has come up with a solid answer. I'll have to run my own experiments. Appreciate the input though!

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Im not really a fan expert but I do know this :P

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

As soon as I get some numbers on this configuration I'll give it a try.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

loving that color scheme but that gpu looks a lil bit crooked

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's heavy as hell. I was concerned its own weight would bend something.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You blipped on the monitor but otherwise, nice!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha no one is perfect :P

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build! Built very well, good cable management and I'm loving the flow and consistency of colours you've got here! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I tried to stick with the theme :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking skylake?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on processors but it's stable so far. I've been able to use the pre-packaged software that came with the motherboard to overclock it with no issues. Still learning so if you have any specific questions I can try it out and let you know.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, v important question! So this board is advertised to have a high quality on-board amp and dac. I'm stuck between this or saving $50 and getting the pro gamer which just has a slightly poorer quality amp. My question is do you have a nice set of cans you can compare listening to your board compared to let's say your phone? And tell me if you can perceive any difference between the two even if it is subtle? Thanks:)

+1 for the gorgeous, clean build ofc

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll admit sound quality was the last thing on my mind when I picked up this board. I typically game with a cheap headset so I probably don't appreciate high quality audio. That said, is the quality better than my phone? Yes. My personal (non-expert) opinion would be to get the cheaper motherboard and if you're not satisfied, pick up a sound card later.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I was recently made aware of a cheap amp+dac solution for 65 bucks. The FiiO E10K. So I'm thinking of just getting that and researching an Asus mobo best geared towards OCing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

This is almost identical to how I want my pc to be

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

this is the same exact build I'm getting at the end of the year just I'm getting an EVGA power supply and I'm getting g.skill Trident Z RAM great minds think alike lol great build my man cable management on point

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I've read a lot about the 980 ti Strix GPU sagging. Did you experience similar issue?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, yea the GPU is huge! It does sag a little. No real issue in my eyes.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why can you use 2400 RAM? it says O.C which means overclocked? how can you over clock ram? sorry, i am new :-)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

In the BIOS you can select to overclock the RAM by changing the XMP profile.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the frame rate on demanding games?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wish I could tell you but I'm addicted to Guild Wars 2 right now lol (I know what a waste of a machine). I guess I can say in large WvWvW battles I'm still getting 60fps with no hiccups. I'll have to try some new demanding games soon.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thx just plz tell me when u do it either this one or the msi gaming soooo yeah

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice build. Just some questions, I've been looking at the i7-6700k myself, with a GTX 980 Video Card (Not the Ti version as I'm staying in 1080p for the near future). One question I've been interested in, were you aware of the Skylake chips bending at the time? And have you had any problems at all when installing the cooler or CPU? The reason I ask is because I'm really stuck between water cooling or air cooling... I was going with the Hyper 212 Evo originally, as I really don't feel comfortable with water coolers, or with me installing one. But recently I've had a lot of people say don't bother waiting to go with the H110i, and to just get it immediately. How easy was the installation? I've built PC's before but for some reason I'm really not comfortable getting a H110i. :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Wasn't aware of the Skylake bending. I didn't have any issues installing it. The cooler was surprisingly very easy as well. These new all-in-ones (AIO) coolers installs as fast as a cpu cooler. You can watch a couple videos on YouTube, a lot of people use the H110i so you shouldn't have problems finding videos on that one. It's as easy as screwing in the fans to the radiator, then the radiator to the case, then screwing in the heatsink to the CPU as you would an air cooler.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I have built a PC almost identical to yours. I was wondering how you connected 3 USB 2.0 accessories into the motherboard (system connectors on the casing, PSU, and the cooler). As far as I am aware there are only 2 USB 2.0 connectors on the motherboard. Any help will be appreciated.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't connect the PSU USB connector. It's not required for either the PSU or cooler unless you want them to use the Corsair Link software. Alternatively, you can get a USB head splitter.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the reply. Have you tried reconfiguring the cooler fans as an exhaust instead of an intake? The NZXT case manual suggests air flow as an exhaust out the top of the case but the cooler manual suggests to use the fans as an air intake.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I might try an exhaust config this weekend but based on all the research I've done the difference is negligible. I haven't been paying attention to my temps lately but if you try it out before me let me know if you see a difference.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

hi can you post more pictures please?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man I got the same case and ssd, which screws did you use ?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry I missed this, I hope you got everything setup!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice and Clean Build

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

think this would run 1440p star wars battlefront pc? also, amazing build. my soon to be build is almost exactly like this. only this could be more powerful is to add a second 980 ti

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Without a problem. Its running The Division highest graphic settings with no issue. A second 980 ti would be way overkill unless you're trying to get into 4K gaming.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

do the case LED still work?

and does the window has many scratches?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

that is a beautiful PC NICE JOB

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks!

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  • 47 months ago
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lol in time!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

lol have my fiancées build running an r9 380 and its actually great for the price. Agreed 4Gb can limit you a lot though.

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  • 47 months ago
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The logo on the side "facing" the window (the part that says "Strix") glows from a LED backlight, but isn't static...It supposedly turns on and off like a strobelight.

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