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My last build was almost 10 years ago which was a socket LGA775 core 2 duo. I initially budgeted for $700.00 but somehow a radiator and NVMe SSD slipped in which brought me closer to $900. Also, I really wanted some new peripherals so the keyboard, mouse, mousepad, headphones and mic set me back another $215. the build went together fairly quickly. The only issues were lack of harnessing to connect 5 fans and the radiator pump and lack hardware to sandwich the radiator between 4 fans and mount to the front of the case. These issues were resolved with quick order from Amazon for 1-1/4" screws and Evercool EC-Df001 PWM fan splitters which also allows for powering directly from the PSU to alleviate the loading and heating on the motherboard. The next issue was challenging and involved the installation of Windows 7. I have no optical drive and the motherboard only has USB 3.0. I had to use a Gigabyte utility to insert the USB drivers into the USB win7 iso to get the installation to boot. The next issue was that the only storage drive in the system is the NVMe SSD which has no native drivers in windows 7. I had a second USB drive with the Samsung drivers to load in the Windows installation for the drive to be recognized. The last and final challenge was after windows was installed. I now had no method to install the motherboard drivers. I had to copy the motherboard DVD to a USB drive and had to boot the PC with Ubuntu via USB to copy the transfer the drivers directly to the SSD where the drivers can then be installed from within windows. The machine is super snappy to use and energy/space efficient. I recently purchased three used 2TB HGST HDD for about $37 a piece to create a hardware RAID-5 array. This seems to give me better performance and more space than an equivalent sized new single HDD with a little peace of mind that I may have some protection in the event of a drive failure.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 7 points

Don't worry about all the people who like to jump on here and point out anytime someone pairs a locked cpu with an oc'ing motherboard, you've already stated you plan to upgrade.

Anyway, very nice build with high-quality components which tells me you did your research! Upgrading to an overclocked i5-6600k (which easily overclocks to 4.5GHz) should net you another 8-10 fps in most games. You have the cooler and a solid motherboard to make that happen.

The 950 is a surprisingly nice little card at 100 bucks. At 1080p resolutions it should do the trick on most games, especially stuff like Dota 2, WoW etc.

You might think about upgrading the PSU if you replace your CPU and GPU at the same time, but other than that no criticism from me. Enjoy that computer!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! I did indeed spend some time looking for "bang for the buck" on the core components with provisions and room to grow. I think the monitor I have is the only limiting factor in my current setup which next on the upgrade priority list. I think the mobo I purchased just dropped another 50 bucks so I have to see if I can get some of that back!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

nice clean setup , good job. Great choice with the case. I built my gaming setup with the white version of air 240 and i absolutely love it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Could avoid all the hassle simply getting a Windows 10 :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed - there really is no reason to be installing windows 7

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good build :) It nice to see that you didn't skinp out of any part which is good :) Overall you have a fast a beautiful build!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Can We Still Overclock Non-K Intel Skylake CPUs? answer is yes. watch the youtube link on the steps to do it. you can clearly do it since you have a z170 mobo with non k cpu and you're using an AIO. Run it around 4.4gz and the performance would be noticeable.

PS. I logged in just to comment about this since you can still OC a non k chip up to date. You have a nice build. 10/10 ram, m.2 ssd. OC that CPU to 4.4 and get an rx 480 or gtx 1060 in the future. have fun :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the aio and mobo choices?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan to upgrade the processor as needed when funds are available and maybe a good deal. For the mobo I required M.2 with NVMe for the SSD, also it seemed economical to have integrated radios with good performance.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point
Same as Phantom_III! :D

+1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice Build..

How Fast is that Samsung 950 Pro ?

Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It is blazing fast! It has far exceeded my expectations.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

God long lasting build, TONS of upgradeability +1 OP.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your fan set up ? Im curious as to how you have enough fan headers as I plan to have a rig similar to this, thanks

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, and as others said, don't worry about the people putting you down for the premium parts for a low end cpu/gpu. I did the same thing.

Someone once told me to start a build with an upgrade path in mind and make sure the parts that are in there the longest are good quality/ready. Motherboard/PSU.

After I upgrade to the 6700k, I plan on making the system last for a good while because no new cpu will support OS prior to Windows 10. I chose Win 8.1 pro, then bought cheap software to fix the nerf'd Start Menu BS so it looks like XP/7.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm just confused as to why you spent so much on the cooler for a build like this. For around $850 on the PC itself, you could've easily replaced the i3 and liquid cooler with a i5 6500 and an air cooler. Next, I would've gone with a Gtx 960 and 8GB of ram instead of a 950 SSC and 16GB of ram. Last, I would cut down on the SSD and gotten a slightly lower end one paired with a 1/2 TB HDD. And although this has been mentioned before, don't buy a Z170 for a build at this price point.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have a look at the other comments?

  • 38 months ago
  • -2 points

Uhhh... you got a Z170N for a i3 6100 and a GTX 950? An H110M would've been better.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

When the person asked that, those posts answering weren't made yet. Maybe you should check the times a post was made first, before making a post like that.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The first and second comment which stated the builders intentions of upgrading was made 2 hrs ago. Aneeah posted an hour ago which meant that the first and second posts were already posted and answered before Aneesh made his comment. Which meant Aneesh didn't read the comments and carried on writing his already answered (twice) question.

Doesn't matter anyway don't want to start any dramaz I'll just delete it.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I plan to overclock an unlocked i5 at the first opportunity of a good deal and funds.