Description

I've been upgrading parts since May last year. It's been quite a ride, but I'm quite happy with the final result.

What started as a CPU cooler upgrade that led to changing the case. I ended up with a totally new PC (old hardware looked outdated in a windowed case).

Went from Intel Stock Cooler to Corsair H60 to Corsair H110i GT (both Corsair coolers were great, but I got a good deal on the H110i and sold the other to my friend).

Went from Corsair Stock Fans to Cryorig QF120 Balance fans to Corsair SP120 RGB fans. (the Cryorig fans were great, my only complaint would be the cables are quite short)

Finally upgraded my old and trusty GTX660 with a GTX1070 and paired it with the ASUS PG279Q Gsync Monitor.

Part Reviews

CPU

works well and was able to OC it to 4.5 Ghz without much trouble. don't feel like pushing it more for a 24/7 OC.

Motherboard

loving this motherboard, definitely the best I could find on this price range. nice subtle LED lights that separate the audio from the rest of the mobo. planning to get monitor speakers in the feature so the dedicated USB for DACS are nice!

the OC features look very good and even brings 2 LAN ports. Intel and Killer NIC.

Video Card

best looking card this gen IMO. it is quite huge but keeps everything cool and performs great out of the box!

Case

I love the case, compared to the previous cases this is heaven, I'm guessing for people looking for huge builds this might be too small. I was looking for a compact build without CD-rom and this has been perfect so far. the back door is a breeze to put back on even with messy cables.

the fan layout possbilities are very good and the only thing I would change is the mechanism to take out the front panel to clean the dust filter.

Monitor

the most expensive piece of hardware I bought.. ever! coming from 1080p @60Hz TN panel, this is a dream come true. cool looking bezel, beautiful panel and all the specs you want and more!

I was able to test it on the store and they opened the screen and show you it doesn't have any deffects. so far no problems and looks perfect.

Keyboard

awesome keyboard, previous build was blue and now is red, having a keyboard to match any color I want is very nice indeed. my profile was kept safe in razer synapse cloud.

having colors changed while playing Overwatch was quite the surprise! I love those little details that just make your experience so much better.

Mouse

had slow cursor everytime I booted the PC. it has apparently gone away since the last update.

battery got swollen and was not included in the 2 years warranty, had to purchase a new one.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 6 points

Damn 250C on idle? do u live in a volcano? jk jk just correct it :P Congrats on ur build

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol corrected it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build, although the monitor choice is questionable due to a lot of funds being sent to peripherals. Digging the Corsair Carbide Case though, dope build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! monitor upgrade is down the road, want to upgrade the video card first. I had the monitor and speakers from my old PC.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

finally was able to upgrade both GPU and Monitor!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

That MSI GTX 660 rocks!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

I haven't had any problems with it so far. feels like a PS4 performance-wise specially with 1080p @60Hz monitor.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Gtx 660 > PS4

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Great setup, love it. I love that motherboard as well. I just got a Gaming 7. Man, let me tell you, Gigabyte makes excellent motherboards. I love that cable management looks nice. I would say liquid cooling would be overkill for this machine but 50$ is not bad at all. Honestly, I would toss that PSU, I wouldn't go cheap on those. Instead, I wouldn't spend so much on a mouse and keyboard; put that towards a better psu. I got a coolermaster keyboard and mouse set for 30$ on Amazon. So far, I love them. But, this is all personal preference. Great build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I really enjoy this motherboard. I'm not having any problems with included software (as opposed to my previous ASUS).

I usually buy a new PSU when I get a new card. I'm planning on a 850W to have room for OC or SLI if I go crazy. 500W cheap PSU was good enough for my old setup with gtx660 mostly for WOW and movies.

I will definitely improve my cable management when I get a new PSU. thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have someone selling me a Corsair RM1000 PSU for $100. It is still under warranty and was used in a 300W system. Should I go ahead and get that?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the case? i was thinking about pickng one up

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

the side windows is gorgeous, front panel intake makes it easy to keep the PC cool and the PSU cover is a nice touch to hide everything there.

the bad: the lower left pin of the front panel is a pain to push back and allow to take the panel off. (I'm guessing you won't have to do this much)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

What chair is that?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

don't remember the brand but it reclines all the way down and has a foot rest (you can actually sleep on it like a bed) It was a gift :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd recommend you save for a 1080 instead and Shen you buy it, sell your 660 and your H60 and get yourself an NZXT Kraken x61 you can get some serious overclocks out of it as well as it being quiet

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love a 1080, I'm honestly very tempted. Getting a new video card and new monitor is a big investment though. I have a 4K tv but my wife has colonized it :( I will aim for a 1440p and wait for the 1070 benchmarks to make a final decision.

How are the NZXT products? a lot of people have recommended me their coolers and cases, honestly i didn't like the NZXT case with the window. but haven't seen any coolers in person.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

NZXT like any other brand, can't be spoken about as a whole company rather than a few products. That being said the Kraken x61 is an exceptional cooler and is very quiet however a couple of their cases are a bit dodgy. The NZXT Manta is the only case from them I would highly recommend but it's mini itx

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I will definitely consider the x61. thanks for the suggestion and the honest opinion.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

You're welcome! That's what this community is supposed to be for

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

CHANGE THAT PSU RIGHT NOW MY BROTHER HAD THAT AND IT EXPLODED

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I already did, got a corsair RM1000. need to update my list.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Is your cpu oc to 4.6 and at how many volts and is this mobo good for overclocking. Did u have any issues with the oc?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

just updated my rig. I will let you know the volts when I get home tonight. the motherboard was awesome for OCing. it has plenty of options and you can even do an autoOC profile or manual if you wish to.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, our builds are pretty similar! (same case, same CPU cooler, similar mobo) Beautiful PC, love the sleeved cables.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

wow! nice build, very similar indeed. I was finally able to update my rig and it is now complete (need to get 1 more stick of RAM)

may I ask why you decided to install you radiator at the top?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I read on a reddit thread that top/push intake was one of the best ways to mount a rad from a temp perspective and I also wanted my two riing fans to both be on the same panel.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I see... I have my rad on push/pull but on the front. might throw all the fans out and get the same brand/color fan .

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of fps are you getting with the 1070 and on what settings?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

currently I'm only playing Overwatch, WoW and Shadow of Mordor. I'm getting 90+ FPS on wow with 6/7 on the video settings and 130-144FPS on Overwatch Ultra settings on 1440p.

I forgot to test the frames for Shadow of Mordor.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, I might stick with the 1070 then

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

tested BF1 beta last night. 144FPS maxim my screen refresh rate on ultra/1440p.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty impressive

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the monitor is expensive for a 1080 60Hz monitor for 700$. Overall very nice got my vote! Also what is the extended mouse pad you use?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry correction I know you upgrade sorry

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I am considering getting that mouse but I hear reports of it breaking after a few months. Since you replaced the mouse, how has it held up?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

The ergonomics are great, but cannot use it as a wireless mouse. I have replaced the battery 4 times now. every time I use it as a wireless mouse, the battery swells up. (battery warranty is only 6 months)

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

PSU was enough for the old build, still researching about a new one. want to know the power consumption of the MSI or Gigabyte GTX 1070 when it comes out. Wanted a modular PSU but I want something compact as well. thanks for the suggestions, I will definitely look into that.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA Supernova G2, great power supplies

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have someone selling me a Corsair RM1000 PSU for $100. It is still under warranty and was used in a 300W system. Should I go ahead and get that?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

if it's still under warranty sure! but if you don't need that much power you can get a nice EVGA SuperNova G2 for under $100 with a 7-10 year warranty

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, but prices in Taiwan are inflated for brands like EVGA, Corsair, NZXT and the like...