Description

After some recent news about the PS4 Pro and Scorpio my brother came to me and said

"I've had enough! I've only ever played on consoles my whole life and I'm tired of the exclusives and slightly different versions of consoles I already own being released!".

Around this time, his laptop also mysteriously died so he came to me and asked if I can make him a PC. He looked to my build and said

"make me something like yours but smaller and better".

So he transferred me some money and I went to work. The original budget was $850-900 for parts but, after adding more demands to the list, that price was not possible. Taking taxes and shipping into account, I didn't go that over the budget....

Design wise he wanted something small with a black w/ red accent design. (adding LEDs later on)

The total $1208.42 price includes taxes (my state had stupid high taxes...) and shipping. It doesn't include any of the rebates or other savings since I don't have them in hand yet (so I don't count them).

NAME: Like a ship or a gun, a PC needs a name. My brother decided on Sigurd...I forgot his reasoning. Something to do with dragons...

CASE: My computer is inside a Define R4 so when he said "like that but smaller" I already knew what was going to house this build. The case looks like a much better, smaller and updated version of my case.

CPU: I originally was going to go with the 7600K but after some persuasive arguments and my brother adding that he might get into video making, I swapped the 7600K and z170 mobo for the 7700 and B250. The price difference at the time of ordering only came up to ~+$30.

CPU COOLER: The hyper 212 is tried and true so it was my immediate choice to stay in budget. Was tempted to get the new version (212x) but the temp difference didn't justify the $13 jump IMO.

MOTHERBOARD: Originally had the z170m Mortar in this build but, after the CPU swap, went with the B250m. It has a nice black board with matte black w/ red accent heat sinks giving it a stealthy look. When I did my own build I stupidly didn't pay attention to the board and ended up with a cooper/poop brown motherboard in mine...

MEMORY: Another part I had good experience with in the past. Plus it was on sale and in the color theme!

STORAGE: Not much to say here. I feel the WD HDD is in 85% of builds (including mine) and the PNY was in the price range I was looking for and had positive reviews.

POWER SUPPLY: When I built my computer I heard negative things about corsair PSUs. But apparently they fixed their stuff in time to get a decent priced PSU for this. The black cabling is a definite plus since most of the other PSUs I looked at in this range have mustard/ketchup ends. Only con is the amount of ports so he doesn't have much room to add on more.

GPU: At this point I was only ~$20-$50 over budget but this is where the original budget just got destroyed. Initially this build was going to have a 480 in it (first a XFX ref one, then the MSI Gaming X). But when my brother mentioned his needs (like he was planning to get a 1440p monitor) I looked into other things. After checking on some forums for suggestions, some people made strong enough arguments that I jumped $150 up to get a 1070.

Part Reviews

Case

Perfect clean and minimal design. The updates on this case took away all my cons for previous Fractal cases. The only thing that would make this better is a tempered glass side panel.

Power Supply

Okay for the price but the included cables are horrible. I'm glad they're not mustard/ketchup color but they're so rigid and hard to bend into place. All the included cables were like extension cables. The sata cable had 4 connectors which ruined my original plan for SSD and HDD placement. And the vga cable ruined the clean look (the rest of the cable connected too close to the front end so I can't hid in easily.)

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Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 4 points

Clean and simple, like it! +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks really clean and nice! Good job. The cpu temps are too high with the 212 evo?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I planned to do heavier bench marking over the weekend but so far no. The 212 should be more than enough plus it's very quiet.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build man! Good call on the PSU cables, they look great! Also the cable management looks very clean, I'd love to see some pictures of the other side and just more pictures in general. You're brother is one lucky guy to get this absolute beast of a machine. Cheers!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I took the time to make the side you can see look clean but had issues in the back. It's still managed okay but the rigidity of the cables made it hard to move into place. I'll get some more pictures over the weekend.

Good thing about this case is the already installed velcro straps along the back side to route the cables.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

hey there i really like your build im getting the same case too how cool does the case stay pretty cool with just the 2 fans that it came with

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

it's not mine so I only had limited time with it. It doesn't seem to have heating issues with the stock fans. I stress tested it a bit and had no issues.

I would say it's not as sound reducing as their bigger cases. You can hear the PSU fan spinning. Then again, if you got a good PSU that shuts the fans off it when at low temps it should be fine. More the PSU's problem if anything.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Your CPU gets 4.2GHz on all cores while gaming or when doing intensive tasks?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, i really like it. Hows the motherboard, im considering it for my build, hows the audio from the mobo

  • 37 months ago
  • -1 points

You didn't need the aftermarket cooler if you aren't overclocking...

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

his decision and for $30 doesn't hurt overall cooling. Plus much nicer looking than the ugly stock cooler :3

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

That's supposed to look much better?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. This one has a industrial/raw look while the stock one makes the computer look cheap.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

honestly thought this wasn't english. Took me a second lol

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

he said he "might" do video editing so I didn't want to completely bust his budget trying to focus only on the potential for editing. Bumped up to the i7 so if he actually goes through with it he would have a better time than with the i5.

My old 4790K (still haven't needed to OC) is still knocking out video work so he should be fine.

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