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I decided I needed an upgrade from the PC that I had only bought a year ago, a 5 year old PC running an i7-950 @3.02ghz and a GTX 470 with a blower fan that was really ******* loud... -.-, after doing ton of research over the past year. So I decided the time to shop was going to be around Black Friday. I needed an upgrade because I wanted to play a lot more games that I saw that I thought I would like, and after some more research, learning that I wouldn't be able to run them at very high settings, which I've been used to having to do for a long time now, I really decided that it'd ought to be time to upgrade, especially with all of these new GPUs that were launched this year. So over the last few months, while waiting for the holidays to start coming around so that things go on sale, I did a lot of research and went through a lot of lists, trying to decide what to get, to be entirely honest, I only settled with this list about a week before I bought it, and even then I still made a lot of changes before the final decisions were made. But I am extremely happy with what I got and am finally able and ready to play back through all of the games I've received over the past year, and more. (plus I got Watchdogs 2 for free. :D)Add-In : I will most likely at some point get a 1440p monitor to actually be able to use the 1070 to it's fullest.

Now I want to say the build process was flawless, but as it was my very first time, it was bound for that to be impossible. I ran into a few snags installing the CPU cooler, one of them being a bit of foam that didn't hold onto a screw properly, so it kept falling out, causing a minor amount of frustration, and then the plastic clips that seemed to be hard to install (or just me being the weak guy I am?Probably.) After I got that installed, with a little help from my dad, I decided it would be a good idea to set it up to POST before I put it in the case, so after a little bit of confusion on the power button wiring, I got it to POST and decided to get the case ready. The motherboard standoffs in the case were really difficult to unscrew to move them into the right positions for the motherboard, but the only other issue I really had was getting everything aligned properly. Cable management was really awkward, but I managed to fit the back panel on, after trying to shove as much of the cabling as possible into the case's basement. I didn't really know how molex connectors worked, so I ended up with an extra adapter, as well as the exhaust fan was a 3 pin, but I thought there was 5 molex fans, bit of inexperience and all going into that, but I will always remember that for next time.

I knew the PC was going to be a lot quieter than the last one I had, but I was not quite sure how much quieter. I have found myself not sure weather my PC is even on or not even though there are LED fans that shine through the side panel, simply because of being used to how loud my last PC was. I am also really glad that I got an SSD for the OS because I really like having everything up and going as quickly as possible and so it allows me to have everything up and running within 30 seconds of turning it on, which is a huge improvement compared to my last PC.

The flash drive I needed because I didn't have one on hand to install windows onto my PC. As my last PC didn't have any DisplayPorts I decided to move onto the new standard and get rid of the big bulky DVI connector. I thought I needed 2 SATA to molex power adapters, I was wrong, but used them anyway.

The best camera I have is my phone, and I'm really not that good at photography,so sorry for the low quality.

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs cool and works for everything I needed it for. Love it.

CPU Cooler

Keeps the CPU really cool and is amazingly quiet, quieter than a whisper, comes with thermal paste, not sure how good it is compared to other stuff though,but it works.

Motherboard

Really love the look of this and it comes with good I/O for a good price.

Memory

Gets the job done and fits the theme that I went for, and allows for lots of multitasking.

Storage

Very pleased with how quickly I get into Windows 10 on this, good storage, good price.

Storage

Super standard HDD. great value, don't know what else to say.

Video Card

Really quiet, great OC out of the box, really easy to push the card to 1900-2000MHz, runs everything like I wanted it to.

Case

Amazing looking case, comes with 5 fans, 4 of them molex and one of them a 3 pin, 2 top exhaust fans are blue LED and add a nice glow to the build, great price for solid quality.

Power Supply

Has all of the cables i needed, and was the only corner I cut to stay under 1100$, rather quiet and works as needed.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Cable management needs a little work, but that is simply enough.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

if your using a 1080p moniter your wasting your graphics card you should really get a 1440p moniter it will still be a monster

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Not really. He can sit back and enjoy 1080p maxed out for a good amount of time to come.

  • 35 months ago
  • 0 points

What if its 144 hertz?

  • 35 months ago
  • 0 points

Think I will do in a few months when I have the money.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Great build, and nice improvement from what you had before. Cable managment could be improve, but overall nice build. Im also using the Zalaman case check here and indeed it is a good case. The five included fans were good to start, but latter on you may want to change it for even quiter operetation. Also I own a EVGA 1070, and rocking a 1080p Oc to 75hz which give me a great gaming. I know that Im not using the 1070 full potencial, but for now that will work. (everything I thrown at it runs it a max settings so Im happy with that) I also wonder how is you GPU OC, I manage to get my to 235+ on Core clock, and 510+ on Memory. (dont need it, but wanted to know how much I could get out of my card).

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I agree. Cable management was a first time thing, but I could redo it whenever I feel like it. I have a 144hz 1080p monitor (ASUS VG248QE) and I love that I can run everything really maxed out but I also think I wanna play with 2k at some point. And GPU OC wise,Gigabyte has their own software that I find really nice, I keep running into crashes, but I found something over 2000 Mhz that is very stable (Seen here) And it's been running everything very well so far.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Kind of a waste on a cpu cooler when the cpu isnt a K series. So you not worried about heating up at all. Kinda excessive. I have my 6600k and its OC'd to 4.4 and it never touches 65c with a CM 212 EVO you could have saved that money in a cheaper heatsink and gone for better ram or more towards storage or even a better mobo. For like 30-40 dollars you could have a super nice MATX mobo or some higher clocked ram

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Orange GPU in a blue build? Man's insane

  • 35 months ago
  • 0 points

A 1070 is not worth the price for 1080p. Should've gotten a 1060 then gotten a nicer PSU and Case

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Understood. Leaves me room to move on to 2k when I get the money though.

  • 35 months ago
  • 0 points

screw 1080p! that thing'll run 1440p and pretty decent 4k!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

1080p is still good...