Description

After 13 painful years with 2 pre-builds, 2 netbooks and a somewhat decent ultrabook (without any dedicated graphics, though) I finally managed to build my dream system. I wanted it to be perfect in every aspect, especially aesthetics and I think I succeeded. Here are my reasons for choosing the parts that I finally choose after a 5 month research period:

CPU: Since this is a completely new build, I chose the newest Skylake platform. Gaming rarely benefits from the additional threads of an i7, so i sticked with the i5-6600k which is much cheaper and still overclockable.

CPU-Cooler: I wanted to be the build completely black and white themed, and where possible the white color should dominate. It was not easy finding white cpu-coolers though. I never heard of Enermax before, but the reviews and especially the LEDs convinced me finally to stick with that. Cooler is working great, with 50-55°C on stock load and 70-75°C overclocked load at 4.6 GHz, which I think is still pretty impressive.

Motherboard: This was a tough choice between MSi Z170 Krait-Gaming and Asus Z170-A. Both had one white Z170 board with almost the same specs and price. I took MSi, because my reseller had a 20€ discount coupon on it at the time and MSi had a cashback promotion in which I received additionally 25€ back, saving all in all 45€ - nice!

Memory: This was difficult as well. As far as I know, there seem to be a very small amount of white DDR4 RAM. There is GeiL (even with white LEDs, but quite expensive) and Avexir (which is not available in Germany). I choose Crucial, because it's a good manufacturer afaik and I really like the heat sink form. It's grey, which kinda fits my color scheme as well.

Storage: The SSD in the part list is not exactly the one I have, since PCPartpicker doesn't have it listed. It's a Samsung MZNTE128HMGR 128 GB M.2 SSD out of my Samsung Ativ Book 9 2014 Edition, which I upgraded earlier to 512GB. I had it just lying around, so why not use it? Might switch those two in the future, though. The choice for the main HDD was quite obvious, simple WD Blue 1 TB is enough for starters. I just have 14 games so far. I had an additional old Samsung 300GB HDD lying aroung as well, so I put that it as well.

Video Card: First I considered a GTX 970, as it's the most popular card now and I wanted the PC to be able to play games on the Oculus Rift. I still consider this a minimal requirement, so I told myself, heck, why dont get the best of the best? Of course it's almost double the price, but that's worth the performance boost. Sticking with my color scheme I only found the KFA2 GTX 980 TI HOF Edition and the MSI GTX 980 TI 6GD5T (the rather unknown white Armor x2 Edition). KFA2 was too big (reviews said it took 2,5 slots in height), and since I already had the MSi motherboard, why not take the MSi video card as well?

Case: The only alternative I saw, was the NZXT H440. I choose the S340 because of better cable management options, smaller and simpler design and last but not least smaller price.

PSU:: This was a difficult choice. It was very difficult for me to figure out, how much wattage I needed. After much research I though 650 would be fine (which still is I think, correct me if I'm wrong). Options for me were EVGA with their large lineup and great customer service and Corsair. So you might wonder why I have 750W and the explanation is simply that EVGAs only available PSUs with 650W and 750W were priced almost the same here in Germany at about 125€. You still wonder why it's not a EVGA PSU then? Well, I was a bit close-minded at that moment and didn't even consider any other manufacturer. After I finally did, I discovered Corsair and their RM750i PSU at almost the same price. JonnyGuru has great review for it as well. What convinced me, was the Corsair Link software for checking the currently drawn power, which is a pretty nice feature when you're overclocking and want to know how much head-room you got left.

Case fans: Since the S340 comes with only two fans in the back installed, I looked for additional fans and found the Corsair AF120 even with white LEDs - perfect!

Fan Controller: Motherboard only has 3 connectors for system fans and that would look messy as well. So I came to the conclusion I needed a fan controller. The NZXT Grid+ v2 seems like the best (if not only one) internal fan controller available.

LED Controller: Now that's where the magic happens :D Some fancy RGB-Lighting to round things up, just because why not? It looks awesome(altough I currently have it on white all the time, which is kinda boring)!

And finally black/white sleeved cables from CableMod to give the color theme the final touch.

Building this rig took me 8 hours, mostly because of cable management, which turned out to be very difficult. The room for cables in the bottom of the case turned out to be smaller then I tought, since I used up pretty every feature the case had. I had also issues with the RAM, which just didn't want to work in dual channel but only single in slots 3 and 4. As it turned out, the motherboard doesn't support 2400 MHz RAM in dual channel (not sure if only this particular model or everyone) and the solution was to set the RAM clock speed to 2133 MHz in the Bios.

All in all I'm super happy with how it turned out. I've never seen games running so fluently, didn't even imagine it to be possible. I played Half Life, GTA SA and GTA IV probably at 20 or max 25 fps and didnt know any better. For example GTA V running at over 60fps with ultra settings is just breathtaking for me. And I'm ready for the Oculus Rift just in time :D

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

Huehuehue...

I love the cooler. Enermax released their "Fit" version which has no problems with RAM clearance. It is a very underrated CPU cooler.

Time for cable management is always worth it too.

Absolutely gorgeous build. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, and sexy build. I absolutely love it. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good looking build all the way around

vote jipster, i did not enter
  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely Amazing! Great job. Good PC, plan, explanation, pictures. Everything!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That name tho :D

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

650 watts if fine for what you have, if you dont OC. If you are going to OC with what you have it would be safer to go with 750 watts.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

"That cable management tho.." lol Amazing build by the way, its very clean and nicely build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool and clean build. It really just pains me to see a $650 GPU not come with a backplate when you can get 950 variants that come with it. Can we start a petition for any card over $200 automatically having a backplate?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Was the upward facing SATA cables a problem, because reading reviews on this motherboard made it seem like they were the end of the world...any ways nice build +1 and congrats on being featured!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all! I read about it too, but it's not a problem, at least for me. It becomes only a problem if you sli/crossfire and have more than 2 HDDs(there are 2 always accessible sata ports on the bottom). Even then somewhere, someone posted a link to special slim sata cables which would fit.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be able to overclock the RAM back to 2400mhz or beyond, just disable xmp and start inserting the new timings and speeds in this BIOS, Z170 supports this. Good Build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I think XMP is disabled by default. I'm currently a bit scared to change anything in BIOS related to RAM, as I'm afraid nothing will work, when I restart :D Is there a big performance loss from 2400MHz to 2133 MHz?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the only thing that really would benefit from faster ram would be an APU...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

False some applications can benefit from faster ram.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the white CPU cooler

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Link to your sleeved cables, please?

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Here you go: https://cablemod.com/product/cablemod-c-series-axi-hxi-rm-basic-cable-kit-black-white/

Dont know about the availability in your country, though.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! +1!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks fantastic! I can tell you are big into aesthetics (aren't we all?) so I'd highly recommend spending ~$25 and getting a back plate for your GPU. Makes it look even nicer!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, Heatkillers make some pretty nice back plates too! Would look amazing in this build.

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You can buy an extra back plate for video cards? :O Didnt know that, gonna check it out for sure!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

dat cable management can make anyone go ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. Get another 980ti and sli those bad boys to finish this build off with shock and awe.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that would really be an overkill for my 1080p monitor :D I rather save the money for a 1440p panel ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That cooler is pretty damn sexy

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive cable management. Nice build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice colors and sleeved cables. It looks nice. It looks great all light up too. A lot of good parts in the build too.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I really really really like this. It's super clean and the parts you chose are suburb, not to mention it's your first build! Great job! +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the cable combs? Did they come with the cables?

I need some to clean up my white S340 build, WS-1...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

They are also from Cablemod. Choose the ones according to your psu!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, thanks! I may just get some and post updated pictures....

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Brother... Beautiful build! <3

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I see that donger you slipped in there :P ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ raise your dongers ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I waited for someone to notice xD Got it for free at worlds

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

nice man, +1 great build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build looks fantastic. Love the carefully selected parts that all blend together so well for a that classy look +1.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful. Great job.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

As someone who is gaming on a 4 year old laptop I feel you bro and I can't wait until I can afford to build my first decent pc.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Samsung 950 Pro is faster than the SM951

SuperFlower PSUs (EVGA) > Corsair and SeaSonic > Corsair

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

ooo pretty

have me wishin' i'd dolled up my own build a little more.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You got quite some patience there - you've waited longer than I've been alive! Beautiful Build, +1!

Also, it's a crime to the PC Master Race to not go 16gb on Skylake :P

Seriously, this rig is awesome and I hope you get loads of use from it!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you give me a build spec using i7 4790k adapting to this build?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean also black and white themed? I'll try to find something later today. Don't have the time right now.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, here is a very similar one: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Enermax ETS-T40-W 105.9 CFM CPU Cooler -
Motherboard MSI Z97A SLI KRAIT EDITION ATX LGA1150 Motherboard -
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury White 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $41.94 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $181.99 @ B&H
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $624.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $98.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1412.77
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1392.77
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-06 15:52 EST-0500

If you dont need Usb 3.1 an the third extra PCIe slot, you can also go for the Z97s krait. As to memory, Kingston got white ones. Storage: The new 950 Pro (M.2) SSDs from Samsung are crazy fast, would've buyed myself one, if I hadn't a M.2 SSD already. PSU: EVGA got great customer support and a 10 year warranty. Of cource you can go along with the Corsair model I chose as well. Just want to give you all the options I know. Disclaimer: I didnt't inform myself about the reviews on i.e. the motherboard since I only checked for Z170 chipset for my build. You have to check out reviews yourself. But isn't that the fun part anyway? :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm never a fan to see gaming and air-cooling in the same build description, but the aesthetics of this build give me pause. Excellent rig, and I'm sure team red and team blue will play nicely together with the Oculus!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I considered AIO water cooling as well, mostly the Corsair H100i or Kraken X61. But that would have been much more expensive. Maybe i'll upgrade in the future, I mean that's what PC building is all about, isnt't it? :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

She's a beaut, fantastic job! Is the Hue+ worth the $60 in your opinion? I'm really tempted to pick one up, but that price tag has me second guessing.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it's a great piece of hardware and software especially. The lighting options you can choose are huge! I was a bit afraid, that it wouldn't come with LED stripes, since NZXT website doesnt mention them at all. But there were indeed 4 LED stripes included. The price is a bit high, I have to admit, but I didn't care much after I spend already 1500€ on everything else :D Besides I don't know about any other alternative LED stripes especially for PC.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to make love to this machine

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

can i ask you what screws did you use to mount the motherboard ?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Simply the ones which were included with the case :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks fantastic =)! I'm in the same boat - the last PC I bought was a Pentium 4 and I spent $5,000+ CAD on it 12 years ago from Dell with an under-powered ATI graphics card. Looking back on that young man I wish I could talk to him, tell him the way things are. As I'm about to embark on a build of my own I will definitely take some inspiration from this. Thank you for posting!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you buy in europe?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I live there, lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

But it's cheaper if you order it from the us

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right, but you forget about the taxes/customs I would've need to pay. Not to mention the long delivery time, refund and guarantee issues (if they arise). Additionally in th EU you got 2 years guarantee on all products in contrast to 1 year in US as far as I know.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx for the information, i'm also european but those issues that you referd are issues i can overcome easily, considering i've got a VERY tight budget

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Orgasm

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! I am a somewhat good photographer as well and used a Nikon D5000 for the pictures (not the best DSLR but still good).

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  • 43 months ago
  • 10 points

I find it hilarious is that when random people post their build guides for the contest like you do community members down-vote them to **** and want to ******* crucify those who do. But yet when its jipster no one gives a ****.

double standards man

sauce: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/135861-can-i-mix-an-intel-chip-with-a-radeon-gpu#cx1359358

scroll to bottom and click the hidden comment. double standards are real.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

any time I see a comment from you, im just going to +1 it so you stay here longer >:P.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

InAfter Jipster? :D

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

1+ your build, but I advise you to stay away from that monitor, and probably use all your money investing in your equipment, not peripherals. Even though it looks like, by your nio, that you only play minecraft (-_-), I am happy to say that this is a pretty decent build

You also went above budget line...

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