Background Decided to upgrade the PC that I bought last year(http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/list/374qzy) given that I started to feel that my previous build was starting to have a hard time getting stable fps(25-35fps) when playing new PC game(i.e., Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain, Total War: Warhammer, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided).
Parts Overview i5 6600K - Enough for resource heavy tasks, multi-tasking, gaming, and overclock ready. found it the same price as the Non-K version so why not? :)
Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming - Big upgrade from my R9 390. Read good reviews about it and it is almost in par with other more expensive 1070s.
2 x 8MB G. Skill Trident Z 3000Mhz CL 15 - Found it cheaper in newegg than Ripjaws here in NZ and it fits the theme of my build.
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 3 - Budget Z170 Motherboard and still has good features in it. USB 3.1, Thunderbolt connector, SLI ready, and it fits my theme. Wish it had more USB connectors though.
Cooler Master 650W 80+ Gold - Fully modular PSU, more than enough for my setup.
Corsair H100i v2 - wanted to see how effective is AIO water cooling and so far it's meeting my expectations. CPU temp never got over 40 C under load.
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB - Boot drive, which came from my previous build. Sandisk SSD Plus 480GB - Got this on sale, this is where I'll store most of my resource intensive games. WD Caviar Blue 1TB - Extra storage, multi-media, files, etc.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Mid Tower - FULL SIZE WINDOW ftw! Need I say more? :)
Cooler Master JetFlo - Got this on sale, pretty good air flow, and PWM fans. A bit loud though.
After watching tons of videos in youtube on Building a PC, I've gathered the courage to build my very own PC! Here we go!! Started with placing the CPU and RAM in the motherboard which was pretty easy and the sound and feel of those clicks when the RAM was successfully inserted into the motherboard was so satisfying. Then I've mounted the motherboard into the case, one thing I've noticed though is that Giagabyte's Z170X- Gaming 3 motherboard is not a full size ATX, reason I've said that is because some of the right side standoffs from thec ase was missed when I mounted the motherboard. Nevertheless, when I started screwing the motherboard into the case it was pretty stable. After mounting the motherboard, I installed the GTX1070, then screwed the PSU in place under the PSU shroud of the case attached the sleeved extensions for PCIE8, EPS8, and 24pin Cables. I then decided to install the Corsair H100i v2, and this was my first newbie mistake, I had a hard time installing the standoffs in the motherboard since I had to reach out to the back of the case to support the bracket and screw the standoffs in place in which I eventually had to re-screw it because the standoffs is for an AMD chipset. :( Note to self: always read the manual!!!
Next part was mounting the radiator into the case, at first I tried mounting it into the top of the case having the fans in a pull configuration exhausting air at the top. But then I realized that the rear fan of the case was hitting the tubes of the radiator so I tried rotating it, but I had a hard time twisting the tubes in place and was too afraid to force it because it might cause a leak. I decided then to mount the radiator in front still as an exhaust, and placed 3 fans on top as intake. I still had a hard time mounting the water block in the cpu because of the rigid tube but was able eventually mount it with force. Because of my inexperience it took me about 3 hours just to install the H100i v2. :( Quick tip: Don't be afraid to use force when twisting tubes on an AIO cooler since it was built durable enough to be twisted in anyway you like.
Now that all of the essential parts is already installed in the case, it's time to start plugging in the cables in the motherboard. Then before I started tidying up the cables I tried powering up the computer and see if it will POST! And lo and behold.... it didn't POST! Then I just realized that I've connected the DVI into the motherboard instead on the GPU dvi port. Then viola, It POSTed successfully! :)
After the successful post I had to sleep it over due to fstige. The next day I started tidying the cables up, added the SSDs and HDDs , then led lights. Cable management on Enthoo Pro M was pretty easy given that they've provided hook and loop straps and intuitively placed grommets near the motherboard.
Pretty happy with how my build is performing, getting stable fps on all of the games that I'm playing, especially on 1440p. Unfortunately, after a week of use my GTX1070 started whining(coil whining) :( I'll try stress testing it for a week and see if it stops or if the coil whine lessens)
And that's it!! Given the number of mistakes that I made, 12 hours of build and troubleshooting, and how frustrating it is to install the AIO cooler, I feel accomplished and proud that I've built this PC all by myself! :)
Added Led strip lights on my desks and at the back of the monitor, pretty happy with it and it looks neat because of the led strip connectors.
Used stack of food crates as my CPU table! Neat, also made used of the crate cut outs for cable management!
- Read Manuals
- Allot whole day when building your PC.
- Cable management can be daunting and tedious but when done right it's rewarding;
- and if you're using sleeved cables, use cable combs - it will make your build more neat.
- Do your research on the parts that you're planning to buy, watch youtube review videos from tech channels(i.e. linustechtips, jaytwocentz, paulshardware, bitwit(former awesomesaucenetwork), techsource,science studio) or read tech blogs/forums(i.e. tomshardware,linustechtips,pcgamer,guru3D,kitguru).
- if you're starting to get frustrated, sleep it over, take a nap, or take a walk. This will freshen up you up when you get back to it.
For improvement/to upgrade:
- More silent fans, might get the corsair mag lev fans if it becomes on sale.
- Getting a cable box and raceway for improved cable management behind the table.
- Replace GPU with a 1070 that doesn't have coil whine.
- Bigger desk, currently having problems fitting all my stuff in my desk. Then add some led lights behind the desk for ambient lighting.
- Custom Waterloop, want to try this someday probably after a year
Firestrike 1.1: 14151
Good card, but coil whines :( why oh why!??!
+Good cable management space.
+All fan mounts has filters, although the front mount doesn't have a filter on the sides, reason why most people will place their exhaust in the front and intake on top where it's fully filtered.
+love the acrylic window, although it's prone to scratch
-Only one drop and lock bay for 2.5 HDs