Description

*Case- Noctis 450 Black

*Motherboard- MSI Z170A Gaming M7

*CPU- Intel 6600k

*CPU Cooler- NZXT Kraken X61

*Storage- Samsung 250 GB Evo SSD & Western Digital Blue 1 TB HDD

*Memory- G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB

*Video Card- MSI GTX 1070 Gaming (not Gaming X)

*Power Supply- EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified

Overall, a very fast and capable computer with a very high value to price ratio. My thoughts/reviews:

  1. Case- very nice and strong, large but easy to work in and easy cable management, no optical drive

  2. Motherboard- I had a few extra bucks on the budget so I went with the MSI M7 but the M5 should be fine for a lower price if your trying to save a few bucks

  3. CPU- Besides the i7's which are a bit overkill for me, the i5 6600K is amazing and super fast. It's even overclock-able and $100 cheaper than the i7

  4. CPU Cooler- Super super quiet, the LED is RGB, and my CPU has never reached high temperatures. Along with the Kraken X61, you can download a software (CAM) that will allow you to change the fan's cooling settings and even allow you to make your own setting for that balance between performance and quiet

  5. Storage- Storage is storage. SSD's are amazing and if you have the money to get one of the big ones, I highly recommend it. If not then at least get a 120GB SSD to put your operating system on. For HDD's Western Digitals are known to be much more reliable than Seagates and they come at a slightly lower price

  6. Memory- Like storage, RAM is RAM. I got 8 GB for my build and I will warn you, that is the MINIMUM RAM you will want. Any lower and you will have some problems in the future, especially with gaming. In fact, I recommend finding a 12 GB pack or 16 GB pack. Above 16 GB isn't really necessary unless you're going to run 50,000 programs at once.

  7. Video Card- Nvidias GTX 1070.... what else do I have to say... its gold. The best card on the market for its price and better than the Titan X?! I believe it! If you can get your hands on one of these, DO IT! I was constantly checking websites for it to come in stock and finally I caught one on Newegg. This baby runs Battlefield 4 on ultra settings at ~180 fps, Minecraft with everything on at 500+ fps, Overwatch on highest settings at ~200 fps, and a bunch of other games at super fast speeds on high settings.... Its beautiful, its fast, and it wont set your wallet on fire like the 1080.. GET IT

  8. Power Supply- If I recall correctly, I believe there was a coupon code on Newegg so I got the EVGA 750W for a really good price. Its bronze certified so reliable and decently efficient, advertised as up to 85% efficient. The computer takes in between the 300W-400W power range with the video card and around 210W without the video card so this 750W PSU should be able to take it if you convert the computer to SLI. Personally, the single 1070 provides me with plenty of speed that I don't ever plan on going SLI unless I manage to acquire a bunch of money that I can spend on another.

Note: All of this review is based off using a 1ms, 144hz, 1080p AOC monitor..... Even though this computer was tested with a 1080p monitor, I can guarantee she'll run perfectly on a 1440p monitor with only a slight fps drop due to the rise in pixels. (And I am running Windows 10 Pro)

Overall, this is a very powerful and capable red-and-black build that I am highly satisfied with and definitely recommend this to those who are new to computer building because it is extremely easy to work with

I am also a newbie to computer building so all comments are welcomed! :-)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $227.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $114.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $192.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $32.27 @ NCIX US
Storage Samsung 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.99 @ B&H
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card $449.88 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT Noctis 450 ATX Mid Tower Case $136.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1362.46
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $1332.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-09-01 17:27 EDT-0400

Part Reviews

CPU

Besides the i7's which are a bit overkill for me, the i5 6600K is amazing and super fast. It's even overclock-able and $100 cheaper than the i7

CPU Cooler

Super super quiet, the LED is RGB, and my CPU has never reached high temperatures. Along with the Kraken X61, you can download a software (CAM) that will allow you to change the fan's cooling settings and even allow you to make your own setting for that balance between performance and quiet

Memory

RAM is RAM. I got 8 GB for my build and I will warn you, that is the MINIMUM RAM you will want. Any lower and you will have some problems in the future, especially with gaming. In fact, I recommend finding a 12 GB pack or 16 GB pack. Above 16 GB isn't really necessary unless you're going to run 50,000 programs at once.

Storage

Four stars not because this HDD has caused me any problems at all, in fact it's got great speed and runs smoothly, but only 4 stars because I would really recommend getting SSD's because they are super fast and they are more reliable because of the absence of moving parts

Video Card

Nvidias GTX 1070.... what else do I have to say... its gold. The best card on the market for its price and better than the Titan X?! I believe it! If you can get your hands on one of these, DO IT! I was constantly checking websites for it to come in stock and finally I caught one on Newegg. This baby runs Battlefield 4 on ultra settings at ~180 fps, Minecraft with everything on at 500+ fps, Overwatch on highest settings at ~200 fps, and a bunch of other games at super fast speeds on high settings.... Its beautiful, its fast, and it wont set your wallet on fire like the 1080.. GET IT

Case

Very nice and strong. It is large and therefore easy to work in with lots of easy cable management. Only con is there is no optical drive bay but its beauty makes up for that and an external drive is always an option.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Great clean looking build. Would def go to 16gig of RAM so you don't bottle neck but overall good job.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

After a few months and using CAM software, I think that will be the next/ first upgrade, thanks for the tip

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect build. You definitely got the best value for all of your parts. Nicely done! That thing will run like a dream.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! And it definitely does ;) Huge improvement from gaming on a Mac!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

i like it, i think its better than mine. +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Btw, I like the color scheme of yours ;)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how you stayed with the color scheme. It makes the build appear very nice. I would go with 2x8 ram so that you could have the option to upgrade to 32 gigs later, but overall it is really nice.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

After a few months and using CAM software, I think that will be the next/ first upgrade, thanks for the tip

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Cables! Noooo :p

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Ik xD I did well with all the cables and then there's that giant, rainbow power cable.. nooooo

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

If it reaalllly bothers you you can always get electrical tape and cover it up

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Bro, Can you help me to connect case to Motherboard thanks

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the super late reply, probably irrelevant by now, but all you have to do is line the holes up with where the screws go in the case. If your finding it hard, that's ok, it was probably the hardest part of my build. You just have to line up the holes and make sure the motherboard is lined up tight with the back of the case.. it may take some wrestling.. Good Luck with your build mate!