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This's A Older Version Of My Current Build

From my original build I have upgraded from a Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 960 4GB to Asus's Strix GTX 1060 6GB and switched my Enermax ETS-T40-BK to an NZXT Kraken X61. As you'll see in the pictures, I have managed to keep my smaller hard drive bay with the radiator installed.

It was worth upgrading to a liquid cooler. These low temps are insane! Now I'm thinking about liquid cooling my GPU as well but I'm sure that won't happen anytime soon. Coming from a GTX 960 to a GTX 1060 is a night and day difference. I can run almost any game maxed out aside from MSAA of course and not have to worry about adjusting any settings (I still do) but hey, who doesn't?

NZXT's Hue+ is a cool little LED hub (When it actually works). The CAM software has been causing so many issues lately on top of a LED strip failing. So I've decided to RMA/Return it (Whichever NZXT's customer support says I can do). Before I removed it from my PC, I used to have the lights fade between white and blue but decided to just leave it as a constant white.

I like how the light shines through Emperor's Magic GPU Brace but I've been thinking about switching to a black aluminum bracket from MNPCTECH.

Mounting the hard drive cage sideways required me to remove my USB 3.0 header. Even though I don't care for it, I will be purchasing a right-angled connector to accommodate the tight fit, only because I'll be getting into VR pretty soon. But I've heard that HTC's hub is actually USB 2.0 :P

One Last Thing. I have a Star Wars Black Series 6 inch First-Order Snow Trooper on the way to top off the build. Hopefully, it arrives in time for this if not, I'll add the final picture in later. Anyways cheers guys!

Part Reviews

CPU

This has been a part of the recommended CPU specifications for games for quite a while now. Compared to Intel's CPU's, this CPU is GREAT for the money! But get your wallets ready cause here comes Zen! CPU Cooler

CPU Cooler

It Looks Awesome And Runs Amazingly! With my AMD FX 8350 Running stock clocks, my idle temperature is 15C and my load temperature under prime 95 is 30C. It's freaking crazy I know :D I was expecting somewhere in the 50's this cooler is perfect! Here's A Tip For Anyone Who Buys This And Decides To Run In A Push/Pull Configuration. Four hands work a lot better than two if you can't get help from someone else, use one hand to hold the radiator in place while applying pressure towards the case and the other hand to screw in from corner to corner. Don't be stupid like me and attempt to install from left to right top to bottom. Yor holes won't stay lined up no matter what. It may sound weird but it's true. The torque that's being applied from the other screws lifts part of the radiator away from the case, preventing you from properly screwing in the rest of the screws.

One Last Tip. I don't mind the somewhat loud fans due to my case have sound dampening panels but you'll want to run your pump at 100% speed and set up a custom fan curve. To achieve this you plug your pump's 3pin into a 3pin on your motherboard. Most boards will have that run at 100% by default. If that's not the case for you, then change that under your bios. As far as the fans go, plug those into 4pin connectors and create a fan profile also through your bios. A maximum of 900-1000RPMs is good. Runs cool and very quiet with this config. But to each his own. Try it out yourself.

Motherboard

This is a budget board. The black/white theme is nice and all but when it comes to overclocking don't expect much. Also, the 970 chipset on this board gets REALLY hot. I'm talking 95C+, once it hits over 110C the system throttles down, so DON'T overclock with this board. Other than that, USB 3.1 is Really Fast!

Memory

I Love This Ram Kit! They look nice and they don't get hot.

Storage

I store my games on here :P 4/5 Cause It's Not An SSD.

Storage

My music, games, pics, and documents are stored here.

Storage

I store my gameplay recordings as well as you know what on here :D 4/5 Cause It's Not A SSD.

Case

I only have two "bad" things to say about this case. One, it's heavy, and that's without a tempered glass side panel. Two, instead of the case having slots for users to manually adjust the height of the radiator like there is for smaller radiators, mounting holes are pre-drilled. So if your radiators screw holes aren't 1:1 with the case's holes then you may have a little bit of extra work to do. The dust filters are nice, sound dampening panels greatly reduce noise, there's a big clear window that scratches easily, supports up to 6x fans, and has a built-in fan hub that supports up to three fans (3pin).

Power Supply

It's cheap and it works. I just wish the cables were completely black and that PSU manufacturers colored the tips of the connectors themselves instead of the wires. That way if you need you to short two wires you'll only see the red, green, and yellow wires when it's unplugged from its receiving connector.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

amazing clean pc very nice pics

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Brautiful color!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

:D Thank you.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I Apologise For The Bad Pictures. I forgot that pcpartpicker immediately uploads your build instead of asking "Are You Ready To Post Your Build. I will be fixing those photos as soon as possible.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Skimped on the PSU and CPU to create a bottleneck

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got a similar PC - currently got an AMD FX-8320, R9 280 OC Edition and a MSI SLI 970A Krait Edition but looking to upgrade. Would the Zotac GTX 1060 AMP! Edition or the Gigabyte GTX 1060 work with my mobo?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

All GPU's will work with your motherboard. It depends on whether or not it will fit in your case. Those card however, aren't that big. Seeing as though your current card is almost the same size of those 1060's you're good.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks. Do you think the fx-8320 will bottleneck the gtx 1060?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

All CPU's bottleneck because they'll always be a GPU that's faster than it. Yes, there is a bottleneck, however, it not at the point where you can't achieve 60fps in most titles at max settings. I don't overclock my CPU due to my cheap motherboard overheating but I recommend that you overclock your 8320. My friend and I have very similar builds. Except I obviously have an 8350. His overclocked 8320 was right my 8350's *** running at stock speeds.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome ok, thanks so much for your help :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome :D

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone know how I may use cable combs with cable extensions that cross paths? The fact that they do that annoys me. With custom sleeved cables I know that the combs fit they way they were intended but I don't want to purchase them and they become useless unless I purchase new cable extensions as well.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to do anything to the motherboard to get your 1060 working? I have the same motherboard, but cant use my 1060 as it wont output a signal?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. either try different ports, (DVI-D, HMDI, and Display Port if you can. If you've already tried that, then install your old card and run DDU: http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html and select new GPU. That should work. If even that doesn't work, which I highly doubt then try the other PCI-E lane.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me know how it goes.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Another one that I was looking at a while back was all black with triangle cutouts. Found it! The priced has dropped since then too: $19.98 now :)

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to answer your question, it fits my Strix card perfectly due to it being adjustable.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey is you MoBo still working with that FX-8350? ive been reading lots of complaints using this MoBo, and i just bought it, and felt disapointed, been using the PC for a couple of days and no probs, but still im starting to feel worried about it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Had been using it for over a year and it worked just fine. That day I attemtped to overclclock it was when I realized it had a 3 star rating on Newegg for a reason. I tried to ignore the reviews due to user errors and people complaining about Linux but my ONLY issue with this motherboard is that the North Bridge Or the was reaching 100C+ on any overclock above 4.2Ghz. Eventually I gave up, clicked "Auto OC" and just left it at 4.2Ghz, it's mac turbo frequency. Other than that, she looked good inside that case and didn't have any problems other than those freaking heatsinks. When not overclocked though.....mobo temps sat around 60C.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, i was having 60c on idle, stock speed, and i was beggining to feel worried, anyway i left this machine aside, and used one core i5 6500 instead, its cooler than FX in every possible way, as far as i can tell its almost the same performace minus 100w power consumption

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Oohhh....you were talking about how the CPU's temps were. Hahaha, I was running a liquid cooler (NZXT's Kraken X61) On the Silent profile, temps never went past 41C during stress testing.