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  • UPDATE 12/25/16 -Got a 34" LG curved monitor: 3440x1440, 21:9, 60Hz -Reconfigured fans after purchasing 2 Corsair Air Series AF120 LED fans and 1 ARCTIC F8 PWM 80mm fan for exhaust

GOAL: Build this PC on a rather tight budget, but with the intent to make a PC that I didn't need to upgrade for a couple of years at least. AKA bang-for-buck, but don't use cheap parts and regret it a couple months down the road.

GPU: The 1070 FTW fit VERY snug in the Air 240, I had to pull on the lower/rear portion of the case for it to fit length-wise. The only other issue with the 1070 is that the power cord that inserts towards the window side of the case pushes out against the window and creates a minor bulge in the fitment of the case. * It is also worth noting that the EVGA Powerlink will not fix this issue, and will not fit in the case on a 1070

PRICING: *There are a few parts here that I got on sale on amazon prime day sales-namely the PNY SSD. Otherwise, most of the prices are accurate-just give or take ~15% since each day (while preparing to build) I checked prices they varied. At the end of it I believe it was about $1350-several items have dropped in price by now though. ~I got the keyboard on the prime day sale for 25$ and then a mouse for about the same price but not until after I had completed the PC.

PLANS: Future upgrades: My plans are to add fans, more SSD, cosmetics, and of course-an aftermarket CPU cooler. Currently using the stock fans and have zero complaints but want to possibly get LED fans and move the two stock ones in the front below the GPU on the bottom. Any suggestions about fans welcome, and if anyone has any opinions on putting some below the GPU or any tips on how they fit let me know.

In the next year, I hope to upgrade to a 1440p monitor. Right now my build is way overkill for 1080p. FE. running BF1 at 125fps on all ultra settings (and the PC wasn't really trying hard...) Ultimately though I want a curved 1440 setup but right now the predator is like $800-1200 so I'll wait!

Overall I'm very pleased with this build, I've barely been able to make it flinch at all!

--My apologies for the late publishing of my build, I'm a student and finished it right as school began.

Feel free to ask questions, this is my first build so I likely missed some things.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

i cringed when i saw the intel stock cooler.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the I7-6700, not the 6700K. Therefore it is locked and I won't be overclocking the CPU. So I decided to just use the stock cooler and it has been more than enough. BF1 and other AAA titles don't get the CPU over 40C... Please tell me why I should spend an extra 80 bucks on a water cooler?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need a watercooler, just a nice aircooler, like a Cryorig H7. It will run quieter, look better, and last longer.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I should clarify that a cooler is not out of the question. However, I am in college and over a grand was a huge undertaking so dealing with stock fans in the case and stock cooler was necessary-especially for how well it preforms for what it is. I definitely plan on adding a cooler and fans-although admittedly I'm doing case fans first.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to look through the comments to make sure that someone mentioned the cooler :). You should look at Noctua for your cooler and case fans, they are reasonably priced and the quietest/best performing on the market. And you can always reuse fans so the extra few bucks is well worth it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

For case fans I don't think I'm picky enough to want the Noctuna's. FE. my stock fans put 40DB and to me aren't terribly loud. I feel like I can spend far less money and get decent looking Corsair or Thermaltake LED's that make around 28-30DB's and be great. For the cooler however, I think I agree that noctuna would be the best option. Is there a model that you'd suggest for the cooler? I'm not super crazy over cosmetics but the gross pale yellow/brown colored stuff I'm used to being Noctuna doesn't sound too appealing...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

you can pick up a corsair H60 120mm AIO for 60usd on newegg right now soooo.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

But who wants a used water cooler of all things.... That just sounds like an awful idea XD

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build I really like the red and white aesthetic! Something very different. Don't worry about upgrading cooler, Intel's stock coolers are not what they were with 4th or 3rd gen. 6th and 7th Gen coolers are perfectly capable, especially since it's a locked cpu. Upgrade coolers are few and far between with 120mm height limitation. But for a locked cpu at that height I could not recommend the Cryorig C7 any higher. 6 year warranty, quiet and cool. Love the mono choice. If I weren't as tight as I was with my build, the upgrade path it provides makes it the best value mATX board out there. Regardless of locked processor. All in all, +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Im looking into the C7, admittedly because of 3DMark tests showing the CPU being way under par with 1070 in tests. (obviously that was expected)

I often look at my CAM overlay and notice in these tests that the CPU is only running at about 55-60%, and my only excuse for that has to be because the temperature is nearing 60C and it's stopping itself so it doesn't overheat. This is just a guess... but being on a tight budget I debated whether or not I'd be upset in the future that I didn't just spend the 65$ for a h60i watercooler...

Wanted to add and admit that I only went with Red because the z170m manuals/websites/amazon page etc don't tell that there are two models of the z170m, which is only differentiated by a decimal in the product number. When I got the Gigabyte app, I was excited to see the option to change the one or two MOBO lights to different colors (and change the 1070 to match) but realized the colors were all greyed out and I had been sent the "older" (I guess) version of the z170 despite it having been out for quite some time. Therefore, I was stuck with either Red or Off lol fantastic right? The only way I even found an answer for this was to submit a request to support, who then even took a while to respond...

Not sure that breaks my chances of going GB in the future, but I didn't enjoy spending hours combing forums and then waiting on an answer from support when their website page for the z170 specifically said they "could have the light color changed"...

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Stick to the red. RGB is overrated. C7 is a great choice. Dropped my temps by about 10-20C depending on load and the weather and is very quiet. It's gotten a bit lacklustre of late but I haven't given my system a dusting in a year and the thermal paste probably needs replacing. Otherwise, why a 120mm aio?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Or try cryorig c1. A high performance low profile air cooler

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Looked it up, and its 60+ bucks everywhere, I assume the C7 replaced it because all of its reviews are a couple years old idk

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

60 bucks is about right I believe for the C1. It's a different cooler. Better than the C7 :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm leaning towards getting the C7, 3-4 days ago it was unavailable on amazon but now its available - albeit without prime :(

What's wrong with doing a 120mm aio? I thought about water cooling the CPU just because its the best actual cooling way (that I know of) to keep the CPU as cold as possible.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think I said anything was wrong with a 120mm aio. In different cases, ones with more clearance I would say air coolers of the same price as 120mm aios generally perform better. But given the 120mm clearance its a fair choice.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, one question: Do you still plug the C7 into the "CPU fan" slot on the MOBO? I recall seeing something about possibly putting it in a different, maybe "PWM fan" slot but I can't say for sure.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU fan slot.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice setup! That FTW doesn't create that much of a bulge at all however I am going to go for the SC since I won't be pushing by system too hard. Thanks for posting this.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

When I was doing all of my research the FTW had just released and everyone was saying they wished they had gotten it over any of the other models. I recommend going to EVGA's site and comparing specs side by side. The value for the FTW was way better IMO and I believe it is now only $409 vs the $455 I gave for it! Also you should know that only the FTW edition has the RGB lights you can change-so if you move it to different cases or change other parts you can match color. I would definitely consider it if you're going to get any 1070 at all since it's the best I've seen yet.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you heard about the problems from the GTX 1070 by EVGA FTW editions? I'd look into it if I were you, I my self don't want a fried GPU. Other than that nice build!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

The BIOS update fixes the issue.

That said, I did the thermal pad mod on mine anyway and replaced the thermal paste with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut - now my card runs 55°C max under 100% synthetic load (and in game). It also boosts higher as a result.

So basically, it's a great card. Don't need to worry about VRMs as long as you update the BIOS, and anything else is a bonus.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't heard about any issues, would you elaborate for me?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

archlinuxos did it for me!

But yeah the Pascal FTW editions from EVGA were having heat issues, check the website for EVGA if they are still sending out free thermal pads.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to read more about it, Here is a good article from TechpowerUP

https://www.techpowerup.com/227133/evga-gtx-1070-1080-overheating-issues-company-says-thermal-pads-a-solution

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay so it looks like under extreme conditions, 3-5% of the FTW cards have an issue where they can jump to temps of ~107C. Something about a lack of paste and the thermal pads they're giving out will solve it. They fixed the issue for all the cards after 9/1, so it shouldn't deter anyone in the present from getting a 1070. I'm glad you brought it up since I hadn't heard of the issue, I'm only using 1080p currently so hopefully as I push the card into the 2k realm I don't see issues!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

z170 board and locked cpu?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This isn't even a complete thought, what is your question?

Every MOBO I could find under $120 had sorry story comments about it shorting out their whole PC. So this one was in my price range and I found it used in a ton of Air 240 builds on here so I knew it would fit and I would have support if I had questions.

I was going to get the I5 5600k (I think thats the newest model or newest at the time) but I play a lot of strategy games with units on screen so I wanted to invest in the hyper threading technology only available in the I7 (I thought it was in that I5 as well). I know I won't need hyper threading for the above applications for a couple of years, but as I said in the goal I wanted to future proof it. At the time the the I7 6700 was 300 (50 more than the i5 5600k) and the I7 6700K was another 50 so I met in the middle. (I don't plan on overclocking due to risk anyways-and by the time I need to I'll be ready to upgrade to the latest.)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the SSD in hard drive cage?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It fits fine there, I saw no reason to throw it somewhere else when I have 3-4 slots there... Where would ya have me put it? I'm legitimately curious...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The SSD cage lol right in the top left of pic 4.