Description

Hello all! So after about a month of buying parts and putting everything together, it's my pleasure to present....Code Name: Red Oven! I had a lot of fun building this computer. Along with the new computer, I bought all new peripherals, as well as built my own custom gaming desk with superior cord management! I will list the reasons I purchased each part, as well as other features of my gaming set up.

Computer Part List:

CPU - Intel Core i7-6700K: I had a very hard time deciding between this and the I5-6600k. After all, I'm coming from an I5-2500K. What ultimately sold me on this processor, is the price. The current price of a 6600K was around $214.99, I found a 6700k on sale for 299.99, so why not!?

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8: This was a big indecisive choice for me. I was deciding on watercooling or just a simple cpu air fan (as if this whale is "simple" hehe). Ultimately I went with a fan cooler. I'm easily influenced by reviews, and one review of a water cooled system leaking, steered me away from it altogether. I'm very satisfied with this fan, it is a beast though, so be aware of that. One of the coolest features to me, is the fact that the top plate can be 3-d Printed! Yes you heard that right, inside the box are instructions on how to 3-d print a new top plate to whatever color/design you want!

Thermal Compound - Arctic Silver: IT'S THERMAL COMPOUND.

Motherboard - MSI Z170A Gaming M7 ATX: Here is another piece of hardware that I had a hard time deciding on. I've read a TON of reviews on the QC issues of MSI boards. The last custom built computer I had, had a MSI mobo, which I had NO issues with. The only slight complaint is MSI's live update software. I also got this on sale, so I could not complain.

Memory - G. Skill TridentZ Series 16GB: I don't like upgrading components every year, so I decided to go with some of the best memory available, at an affordable price.

Storage - WD 1TB HDD & Samsung 850 EVO 250GB: I don't store a ton of music or photos on my computer, so I didn't stock up on too much storage. I decided to go with a SSD to boot, as well as be a secondary drive. The HDD is my primary for all my files and what not. I could not beat the prices I got both of these for.

Video Card - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1: This was a biased choice, as I'm coming from a Gigabyte video card. This card is amazing, I could not be more satisfied! The interface for Gigabyte is super easy to use. Plus I got it for a pretty sweet deal :)

Case - NZXT H440: I had a hard time deciding on a case, I eventually narrowed it down to the HZXT and the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Glass version. It came down to price, and the NZXT won in that category. I do not regret my choice at all!

PSU - EVGA 750W: Was on sale, and had just enough power for everything!

Wired Network Adapter - Intel: with the amount of negative reviews on the killer ethernet onboard mobo, this was a no brainer.

Case Fans - BECAUSE WHY NOT :>

Now as far as the other things that I purchased

Peripherals:

Corsair K70 Lux Cherry MX Blue - Great overall keyboard, very pleased with the build quality of these keyboards. Like a lot of reviews have stated, the top keys are inverted. If you know a keyboard, this won't bother you.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma - My last mouse was a 2013 DeathAdder, and I loved it. I don't like change, so I decided to go with the updated chroma version.

Monitor - Dell S2417DG 23.8" 144HZ 1440P G-Sync monitor: Dell just came out with this monitor, and I was able to buy it for a decent price. I wanted to be able to use the video card to it's full potential, this monitor matched all the specifications I was looking for. So far it's a great monitor. Of course it's a TN panel, but for the price, I couldn't complain. If I want to watch TV, I have a tv mounted right by my computer for that purpose :).

APC UPS: This new UPS is amazing, also it's wall mountable! This allows for easy wire management, and a clean look.

Now the custom desk. I was searching for a desk that was sturdy, and would last me longer than a couple of years. It came down to either forking out a TON of money for a quality desk, or saving a TON of money and building my own. Now mind you, I live in a condo, so I had limited space. So I had to be mindful if I wanted to build my own desk. The desk frame is made out of iron plumbing pipe, fixed with t joints, flanges, and caps. The top is maple wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl. I'm super happy with how this desk came out. The pipes allow me to velcro any loose wires, so that wire management is a breeze.

Enjoy! P.S sorry for all the crappy quality pictures :)

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

WHAT A BEAST! This thing is awesome. Make sure to double check that you have enough clearance for it. If you don't want the worry of water cooling, go with this!

Motherboard

Not sure why there are so many negative reviews about MSI. They complain of QC issues, but perhaps this could be the consumer that handles the product inappropriately, and then blames MSI for it. I'm a fan of MSI for life! Although, MSIs software needs a swift kick to the..... :>

Video Card

Great video card! I've always been a fan of Gigabyte products!

Monitor

Great Monitor! By far the cheapest and best option if you're looking to enjoy 1440P 144HZ and G-sync all in one!

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! I like the red and black for this build, looks very formal!

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks a bunch!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build but you can tidy up those wires a bit. Use cable ties to tie the cables behind the pc together and maybe invest in some cable clips and put the on the table to route the mouse wire through. Also the cable for the keyboard can just be taken straight back and down instead of taking it across the table which makes it stand out more and look messy. Using the cable clip method, you can put some behind the desk and route your monitor wire though it so it is flush with the table and will not show. Lastly you can and you definitely should get cable extensions for the GPU, MOBO, and CPU connectors in the case. Its a small addition but it does wonders to the looks. Overall great build!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the advice! As far as cable management goes, I shall do that to improve the placement of the keyboard cord. I bought a ton of velcro cable ties. I'll definitely look in to the GPU, MOBO, and CPU cable extensions. Appreciate it!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I would also like to know about the monitor...ive been eyeing this for a few months now and im looking to upgrade from my asus 24 vg24qe. How is the colour out of the box? and overall is 1440p good resolution for a 24 inch?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

So far it's an amazing monitor, it does have the TN panel yellow hue, but it's amazing. I went from a normal 21 inch regular monitor to this, so a pretty big jump. Quality is amazing, G sync works very well, everything runs smooth with 1440P

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome Build. Love the self-built desk. Looks Like You put a lot of effort into this. Do You play lots of games on this? If so, what are some benches? +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a bunch! The desk was an important feature of my whole gaming set up, I wanted enough space to game, as well as be able to do general office/school things. I have yet to bench mark anything yet. I'm going to get in to some MOBAS as well as FPS type games. I'll post some benchmarks when I have them! Thanks again !

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

is the killer ethernet on the mobo a problem for you

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually do not use the Killer Ethernet port, I use a separate Intel board for internet.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

is the intel thing worth it

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, honestly, I haven't tried out the Killer ethernet port yet. I have read pretty bad reviews about it, so for not a terrible amount of $$ (and highly rated as well), I couldn't go wrong. You can get it on sale sometimes for less than $20. I have had no issues at all so far with the Intel card.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

do you think i should go with the asus maximus hero viii instead of the msi m7

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard a lot of good things about Asus, I decided to go with MSI for two reasons: it was on sale, and the gaming M7 is a very good board, and my last MOBO was a MSI and lasted for years. The only gripe I have is the update software for MSI, it's lacking a bit on updating things correctly. I'd say which ever one is on sale! AVOID REBATES :P

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same board. And I haven't had any issues with it as yet. But I have fallen victim to MSI and their QC. I ordered a H110 gaming board for another build I was doing...everything worked but the NIC. I had built the computer already and everything else was tested and functional. I had to take apart everything and RMA it. I also have an Asus X99 board in my other comp. I love it. Though Asus has pretty bad customer service. Be prepared to deal with them if there is an issue.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That cooler looks badass.

Thumbs up

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I happen to have a couple of the same parts myself. I have the M7 as well as the 6700K. I was looking into getting the AirMaker 8. How do you like it ? I saw a review that said it was so big it made getting to the video card in and out. Also, how is it when it comes to the fans overhanging the ram ?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the length of your desk?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Roughly 70 inches

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tweaked any of the color settings on your monitor? Another builder said that they found the panel rather washed out, but found the settings to correct it and posted the settings in their build comments.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly have not been able to tweak it to exact settings. I used settings based off reviews from amazon, which seem pretty good so far.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. I'm sure that when I make the switch, the improvements will still be more fantastic than I can imagine lol, coming from the monitor I'm running.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This is almost the same exact build as mine right down to the keyboard. How are temps going?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps have stayed relatively low. The MOBO has a digital temp reading you can actually see through the case.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor mount is that?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late respone, It is a Husky Mounts Gas spring mount.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

np thx

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Maybe in a year or two I'll see what new products are out. I'm too much of a scaredy cat to water cool at this moment haha :P

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

To the contrary I think the air cooler looks unique, good choice on that! Regarding the S2417DG does the 24" at 1440p make it difficult to read text as opposed to a 24" at 1080p or a 27" at 1440p?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

So far I have not had any difficulty reading text (This is coming from someone who has VERY bad vision). I apologize about the late reply!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. Thanks for the response!

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows Boot up time is at 25.22 Seconds.

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