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Hello all. Just "finished" up this build that will be my new computer for probably the next few years. I have been waiting for graphics card prices to finally drop to levels I could stomach and when they finally did I got my hands on the EVGA 1070 SC from Ebay. I know all the risks of second hand cards and I thoroughly stress tested it. It's fine.

I'm just going to go down the list of parts and post my thoughts...

i5 4670k: Bought from a friend a couple years ago. It's a processor. I haven't had much time to overclock it yet but he assures me he had it at 4.6Ghz stable and he has no reason to lie to me about it. Even if it gets to 4.2Ghz at the price I paid I believe it is still a steal.

H100i v2: I like the cooler and it was easy to install though I'm pretty disappointed that it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the original H100i RGB lighting wise, but it'll do considering all the other lights I have in the PC overwhelm it anyway.

MSI Krait Motherboard; Another lucky second hand purchase (refurbished from eBay). I actually got very lucky and didn't test the board until well after anytime I could have returned it, but once I got it all hooked up everything worked as expected. I bent a couple of USB 3.0 header pins because of the close proximity of the 24pin cable but I broke the bent pins (on purpose) and the USB 3.0 ports still work. So yeah. It has done some weird things when I use the onboard overclocking tool, but I'll delve deeper into that at some other time.

RAM: Bought the G.Skill from the same guy I bought the processor from (he was moving to DDR4 and a new socket) and the Samsung I pulled out of my last build. It's RAM and it matched the color scheme which is all that I really cared about.

Samsung 850 EVO 256GB: This is a part I lost money on. I purchased it a long time ago (right before graphics card prices spiked) and I could've got a better deal on it by the time I completed this build. I'm already planning to replace it with a 500GB or m.2 NVME drive shortly and move it to my girlfriend's old laptop.

Toshiba HDD: Just bought it thinking SSD's would never get cheap enough to propagate through the whole system. I wish I had that $60 back now and it would be all SSD in my system. I don't really store a lot of stuff on my computer but rather on external drives, so this thing isn't going to see much use.

EVGA GTX 1070 SC: Runs games on my 2560x1080 monitor and 4k television at framerates I'm happy with. I intended on going GTX 1060 the entire time, but when the time came to buy it was either the 1070 used or 1060 new for this price. I wanted the performance and rolled the dice. Glad I did.

NZT S340 Elite: This is one awesome case! I always wanted the H440 but glad I picked this one instead. Cable management is a no-brainer in this thing. Everything is well thought out unlike the previous Cougar cases I've used which just seemed to be about the outside aesthetics looking "cool" but the interior requiring a lot of work to hide cables because they don't have cutouts to run cables close to the ports you need.

Seasonic EVO: Good power supply. The included cables are actually better than the ones for my X650 from my previous build (too much ketchup and mustard showing at the cable ends) but goodness is that stock 24 pin hard to route due to thickness. Every other cable was fine, but I needed the Cablemod cables just so I felt comfortable that I wasn't putting stress on the socket with the stock 24 pin cable.

CableMod SE Series cables: So, these things were a PITA. The compatibility list had my X650 listed as compatible but the Seasonic EVO was not on the list. I bought them off eBay because I couldn't find black and white from a reputable vendor, so no returns. They came in and they didn't fit the X650 but did did fit the EVO. I emailed support, they said that they weren't officially supported, but I checked hi and lo and finally found the Amazon listing from cablemod said they were supported. It took me a couple days to muster up the courage to plug in my system, but I finally did and all is well. They look nice but I want the combs now to make it look just a little better.

EVGA Powerlink: A little disappointed with this because I thought it had LED's inside the EVGA placard but for eight bux I'm not going to complain too much. It was easy to install and worked as expected. I wish they made an upgraded version that does have LED's in the EVGA placard and I probably would spring for that.

Corsair Lighting Node Pro: I flip-flopped for so for many days between this and NZXT Hue 2. It really came down to my local Best Buy having the Lighting Node Pro and none of the NZXT accessories so I figured if I wasn't happy I could return the Corsair lighting. I'm pretty happy with them. The first one had a bad port on one of the channels so I had to buy another and return so I wouldn't have to uninstall, but stuff like that happens.

Overall, I'm happy with how everything turned out. It took a while (almost two years) to get it all sorted out due to graphics cards, but it's done now and I'm happy with the price I paid, the aesthetics and performance.

I still have some things I might try with this. I really want to put an EK A240G in here at some point just for the experience of knowing how to watercool but we'll see. Thanks for reading everyone. Have a great day.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the performance with the latest games?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good. I've played Madden (maxed out at 2560x1080) and it never went below 60 (locked framerate), Titanfall 2 (maxed out at 2560x1080) and played well though I forgot to turn on FRAPS, and Forza Horizon Demo, also without FRAPS, and goodness did that game look INCREDIBLE.

I haven't had much time to game. We had a hurricane threaten to come through last week so it was a bunch of boarding up windows and such. I'll definitely get to it soon.

I did overclock the processor and 4.2Ghz was no sweat and passed all the test I threw at it with a relatively low voltage (1.140 I believe).

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the response :). But i got still 1 question , would you recommend building this pc and is this pc this price worthy (for the little bit you have played). P.s. Good luck with that hurricane , i hope everyone is going to be safe ;P

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in South Carolina so the bad stuff didn't get to us, but it didn't stop everyone from overreacting :p

As far as worthy, that is really subjective. There's places I could've cut some things out (RGB lighting, custom cables, a lower tier graphics card, lesser liquid cooler) and saved about $350 off the price listed and that's probably low balling it.

Just for reference, Best Buy was selling a pre-built with a Ryzen CPU and a 580 for $800+tax ($875 here) . It didn't look anything like this and I'd bet dollars to doughnuts this would smash it in almost anything you threw at it and my part list contains more reliable brands.

To me, it's worth it. When the time comes, I'll sell off the motherboard/CPU/RAM for an upgrade. If you don't "need" the latest and greatest, and most people don't, building with older technology is a good way to save some money but also be happy with performance.

Don't get caught in the first time builder trap: base your parts lists on what you need and maybe a touch higher but don't go for overkill. You'll end up spending too much money and then be sad in a year when you're no longer on the bleeding edge. Technology is going to keep moving.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much

This is my first time I'm going to build a pc. So i don't really know what combination of parts is good. But with the help you gave me and pc design it will hopefully work. :) But do you maybe have second chose for the motherboard they don't sell it in my country

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. What processor do you have or intend to get and is there anything you must have such as m. 2 slot, specific color, etc.?

If you were talking about the motherboard I have, yeah, it was a pain to get myself. I purchased it off eBay refurbished, and I took the chance because it was one of the only Z-series boards in black and white. I waited many months for it to pop up anywhere for sell.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400mhz (4x4) and Western Digital 500GB M.2 NVME SSD incoming :)