Description

Purpose: This build was intended to be a fully functional gaming computer that will be upgraded in the future for VR. I'm not really interested in VR or 4k gaming, but I would like to watch virtual sporting events and take virtual tours of places around the world. This build is perfect for 1080p gaming.

Motherboard: Gigabyte makes some quality mobos for the $100-150 price-point. I wanted a durable mobo that was Skylake compatible and had a decent amount of ports. The black and gold scheme fits my Alma Mater, Purdue University.

CPU: Honestly, the i7-6700k was overkill for the types of games that I play. This was more for future proofing. My old CPU was a AMD-Athlon II 3.1 GHZ quad core which was a bottleneck for cpu intensive games like Planetside 2. This new CPU will NEVER be a bottleneck.

CPU Cooler: This cooler was the most popular cpu cooler on pcpartpicker and it was cheap, so I just went with it. It works well. My cpu doesn't get hotter than 50 degrees. Not even during the Unigine Valley benchmark test. My only complaint with the CPU cooler is that the radiator is too large. The radiator blocks the view of the inside of the case and the fan is a little too thick. If I want to add two more sticks of ram, then I will need to either squeeze a ram stick against the radiator fans or buy a slightly thinner fan.

RAM: The Ripjaws V series was the best quality ram that my mobo could use @DDR4-3200. I only picked up 8GB of RAM. 6GB of RAM was good enough in my last desktop pc. I'll likely add more RAM as I start playing more AAA titles.

GPU: I bought this GTX 960 2GB a year ago so that my 2009 commercial PC could play Planetside 2. Its a great mid-level graphics card. This is good enough for now, but in 2-3 years I will likely get a 1060 6GB or a 1070 8GB GPU for playing VR.

PSU: Again, I bought this last year so that I could play Planetside 2. The 500W is in the sweet spot range for my power consumption (40-60% of max wattage). If I had known that I was going to build a pc from scratch a year later, I would have bought a fully modular PSU for better cable management. I would recommend the Corsair RM-550 or the Seasonic SS-520FL2. The Seasonic PSU is fanless and is thus, silent. They both have great cables and would make my internals tidier.

Case: This case was my top pick. Perhaps its made a bit cheaply, but boy does it look good. The cable management isn't bad at all. Truly, I wanted a case that was windowed and translucent in the front. I would have gotten a higher quality case, but they all look like crap. I know that the vast majority of you builders on this site like your Fractal R4's but I hate the look of a windowed rectangular box. It just isn't flashy enough. I like my cases to be aerodynamic, like a spaceship.

OS: Windows 10 is great. Not much to say here. The OS was already on my old 1TB HDD so all I had to do was enter a product key to activate my copy.

Storage: I am reusing my old 1TB HDD, but I also purchased a 250GB SSD so that I can load games and files faster.

Fans: Fans are noisy but I like it. If the noise bothered me, then I would adjust the fan speed and call it a day. Yellow-Gold LED's look awesome. Though after adding case lighting, I noticed that the LED's weren't as noticeable.

UPDATE: Fans aren't noisy afterall. I had a wire that was being berrated by the fan, which made a whining noise. After tucking the wire in, the noise is now minimal.

Personal Modifications: The PWR-LED and HDD-LED were blue and red, respectively. I went to the trouble of buying yellow LED's from RadioShack and changing them out. I had a friend who soldered the wires for me.

I installed a case light, but wanted a deep yellow or gold tint. Unfortunately, this was easier said than done. Most case lights are blue, red, green, or purple. Yellow cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL's) really aren't made anymore. Trust me, you won't find any. Instead, I bought white CCFLs made by Logisys and velcroed colored lighting filters to the case window. I purchased gold colored lighting filters that theatres use to color spotlights.

Let me know if you guys want more pics or info about my rig. Please leave comments. I'd like to know what you guys think. This is a unique build. There are only a handful of yellow lighted PCs on this website and I really wanted to be different.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome. I've never seen anyone gel CCFls before (I guess I've never actually looked to see if someone has, but still)!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

haha i used cathodes in my build a few years back

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

The ram is generally supposed to go into the first grey slot, and the other grey slot. Supposed to increase bandwidth as opposed to having them beside each other iirc

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I see what you are talking about. I had the ram in slots 1&2 initially, but I switched to 2&4 before booting. If you look in pic #16 you'll see what I mean. Good catch though!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The sticks are in positions 2 & 4, so they should still be in dual channel.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the name and the gold $wagger.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'd also love to see in VR a tennis match lol

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking the exact same!!! I love tennis. Would really like to watch center court of Wimbleton someday.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

omg.....i love that case!

but that window........no, cool build tho, and nice name.....

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats the motherboard like?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard is very durable, looks good, and has a clean bios. The BIOS from my old computer wasnt very compatible with Windows 10, this new BIOS is much better.

There are plugins for up to 3 fans plus the cpu fan. If I wanted more than 3 fans, I could use the 4-pin molex slots for fan power instead of plugging it into the mobo.

The specs for the motherboard are on this website. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool thanks. I got all the parts but I'm still not sure about the motherboard so I'm just looking at what everyone else is using to get an idea

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

2-3 years is a long time in gpu world, prolly get a 1070 on the cheap the ! ;)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, who knows what'll happen in the next few years. There will definitely be better gpus for that price range so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build!!!... Could you give me some advise with the Hyper 212 Plus and Versa N21...

Yesterday I completed my Build with thoses same Cpu Cooler and Case.. But when I put the side panel window and slide it to close it... the far away left upper corner of the plastic window hit the upper left cooper tubing.... if I force it, the panel closed but push the Hyper212 almost 100mm....

Any thoughts?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

With my pc, the hyper212 is close to the window of the case but isn't quite touching. There should be about 1.5 cm of clearance. I just align the hooks on the side door with the case and slide it in.

You should look at the placement of the cpu on your motherboard versus the motherboard that I purchased. Is the CPU/cooler in the same spot?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that monitor treating you? It's VA, so any ghosting or streaking?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had no issues so far.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

what OS is that?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 10 home

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been eyeing the VersaN21 for months, and I think you just confirmed my decision. I'll have the chrome version of the case with red LED's though. Very impressed with the looks and specs, though I'm taking an MSI route with a 1050 ti, mobo, and chip. Still a beautiful build!

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

the only thing i care about... TICKET TO RIDE!

  • 38 months ago
  • -1 points

The Yellow looks like crap :P

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you dislike the yellow on the mobo, fans, the window light filter or the light itself? Or do you just not like yellow on a computer?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yellow on the computer just sucks. Personal preference.

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