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Over a period of three months or so I've built on it. I took a lot of notes on some PC builds within your all's builds and I appreciate the guides and videos. I learned a lot!

First started with the case, and bought piece by piece until I finally finished it. Honestly when Kaby Lake came out, I wanted to swap it out for the new i5, but after having the computer already paste applied and pretty much built, I decided the struggle to take it all out just for a very small increase in performance simply wasn't worth it. I did a lot of research online for the 6600k vs the new i5 and it was marginal to say the least. It may be a little better for 4k rendering or what have you, but I don't fool with video editing or any kind of that genre. Just gaming, Netflix & chill, etc.

I simply wanted a pc that would prevail on max settings on 1440p for a couple of years. And so far everything I throw at it on max is running like a breeze on my Acer 1440p 60mhz 25" monitor. Which I decided not to overclock the monitor, because I'm fine with 60. I'm not into online fps, so I'm not fussed .

One thing that I noticed is that at first I wasn't getting any picture coming from the hdmi on the 1080 until I had to manually uninstall the i5's video driver which seemd a little weird.. But that seemed to do the trick I guess, not like I needed it anyways. Funnily enough though, when I was waiting on my gpu to get in, I actually overclocked the intel's embedded gpu to 1350mhz stable from the 1150 that it was originally and it actually grabbed me 5 more frames on GTA V which I thought was hilarious haha. But it was lowered back down after the 1080 came in. Which I got to remain stable at 2145mhz but I lowered it down to 2085 because I wanted to lower the heat a little. That all being said, I was lucky enough that every single part that I ordered worked flawlessly, and the build is completely silent unless I'm playing Dishonored 2/witcher 3 on max 1440p. Which The fans will kick on, but it seriously isn't that loud at all. Not to mention, that zero coil whine is a blessing.

The GPU will sometimes hit 70c-73c on full load, which you'll see in the picture, but I've given it a fan curve that keeps it silent until it hit 50-60, so it idles around 50'ish I'd say.

But all in all, I'm satisfied with my build. It runs great on games, it's stable on all the overclocks that I've tested for up to 24 hours, and it's very silent unless I'm gaming. Which case, it's most certainly a low db and I keep my speakers on low-mid when playing and can't even hear them unless I'm paying attention to them only.

Complaints? The price haha. But imo, I've always wanted to build a good rig, and hopefully this will last me a little while. And thanks crew, for giving great advice on the site, because it helped tremendously! .^

Part Reviews

Video Card

Great card, silent with no coil whine whatsoever. Plan on keeping this for a couple years if it holds up in performance in the next gen.

Monitor

Really good LCD 1440p monitor. Great price, color saturation is nice, and the motion blur looks non -existent in gaming.

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks real clean and neat...awesome job!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you sir! I didn't realize how much fun it would be creating one. Now I just want to keep on making more hehe

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

And no you are never gonna stop...lol.

Any thoughts on sleeved cables?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've been looking at them today actually. I may go with some blue ones.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a pretty clean and drool worthy build. I definitely think you should consider some white sleeved cables and maybe an LED strip or two in the future. Will really make it pop.

I finished my own white build not too long ago, was tempted to go with the NZXT S340 until I saw the Cooler Master Master Box 5 on pretty good sale. That's a very nice case.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I literally just ordered 2 blue LED fans from corsair, and a Y pin for the header so I'll be gtn some color in it finally haha. The sleeves that I'm looking at are also blue, bc the scheme I want is snow/frozen so I'm more than sure it'll all look good w/ blue lighting w/blue cables as well.

The cables I'll worry about next check. I'm already $200+ over budget as is. So it'll be next paycheck when I get those, bc I've been adding a part every two weeks. I just finally felt that it was worth of publishing on the site. Been waiting 3 months to do it! lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

did you steal the name from ibuypower's project snowblind, the PC case with a monitor on the side?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not sure what you're talking about. I just called it that because it was white, and whatever you're talking about is just a coincidence I'm guessing. It was the cheapest metal case that I liked, and cheapest 1440p monitor as well. Lame? Absolutely. But I stand by my convictions of lameitude :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If by yes you're referring that I did, the nI have to let you down...

The word snowblind was used way before what you guys are talking about. Pretty sure they didn't trademark the name and now I have to pay a fee everytime I say/use the reference. If that's the case, then bring it on ibuypower! You'll not get a single penny from me, muahaahahaaaa

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

OH no no no no..... The 'Yes' was a joke.....sry.. This is what syg101 was referring to.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a pretty bad *** link you got there. Bet it would look great!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah.... all tho it requires a white/grey themed pc and a metric ton of white leds to work correctly.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This build looks great! If I were you, with a budget like that I would have gone for an i7 and a 4K monitor, but with the current specs you will guaranteed be getting GREAT FPS at any game you play. Nice job.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I'm not sure 4k will be a great max settings on games for the 1080, or at least imo. People say the 1070 was the sweetspot for 1440, but in all reality it looks like the 1080 is the best for that. There's several games that the 1080 can't max and remain @ 60 fps on 4k - which my goal was to keep the fluidity of frames on max constant for at least a couple years. Even in Dishonored 2 I'm getting frame drops already in certain places. And it's not the cpu bottleneck either, it just drops from the gpu...

Yeah, I sometimes regret not getting the i7, but my true budget was $1500. And I went over it so far, that I had to sacrifice the i7. But I've never been in a game yet that my cpu has me bottlenecked.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, with my completed build I posted just yesterday, (i7 6800K, GTX 1070), on Unigine Valley I got an avg. score of about 90 FPS on 1440p Ultra. I do see where you're coming from though, as playing games like Witcher 3 on 1440p Ultra drops the FPS to like 40-ish, which isn't the best. So, I think that using the 1080 in your case, (using 1440p all the time), would give you quite an advantage over the 1070.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you did very well with your budget... there's no way you could have gotten a 1080 & I5 or better Skylake system with a 1440 monitor and peripherals for under $1500. I think you did very well to get that down to $1700+. Nice system! I might have to look into that monitor for sure... I'm in the market for a 1440p monitor at the moment.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry on the late reply, been busy.

The monitor is still dng a great job, went ahead and overclocked it to 75 mhz for a smoother fluid feel in games, ad I haven't looked back ever since.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man! Loving the setup. I have a similar part list being delivered to me tomorrow. How is the airflow in your case? Did you do anything special or does it come like that?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I added two 120 mm LED Corsair fans in the front, and put the two case fans from nzxt in the back and on the top.

The airflow is wonderful in it. Honestly it was already pretty good with just a case fan in the bottom front and an exhaust in the back. It lowered a degree or two after inserting the others. But I just like having better circulation tbh.

LED Case fans <-- The added fans

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Aight thanks man! I think I'll just stick with the 2 case fans for now :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool Cool Good luck with your build, and don't forget to post it! :D