Description

So, after about 10 years out of PC gaming I started this build with 2 main aims:

1) Good performance for reasonable price. (All parts listed including delivery, after cashback)

2) Small.

I bought the parts on special offer over about a month, with reasoning as below. Think I got some good deals:

CPU / i5 6600K: I wanted Skylake as similar price as doing a 4690k build and want to mess about with a little OC, i7 not worth the extra for my needs. Price shown is total for this and motherboard bundle.

Cooler / NZXT x41: Started off with Cryorig m9i, it was ok but got a bit hot at 4.5. Back plate also didn't fit well on the z170i board. Upgraded to the x41, its cooler by about 10 deg, similarly loud and looks awesome.

Motherboard / Asus Z170I Pro Gamer: Good deal with the CPU, seems decent. Price for both recorded on the CPU price.

Memory/ 16GB Kingston Fury DDR4 2400: Was on a good offer, only really need 8GB I think but the price for 16 was good!

Storage / Crucial BX200 240GB SSD: Doesn't get the best reviews, but I'm not interested in transferring large files which seems to be where it performs badly and I got it cheap. Will add additional storage in the future.

GPU: Asus Strix 970. Best deal available for a well reviewed 970. Bought with intention of selling the Tomb Raider code which went easily on Ebay, but got scammed! Lesson learnt, dont sell digital goods using paypal.. Amazon also sent me the non factory OC Strix (I didnt know this existed!) in error and then refunded half the cost when I complained! OC to 1300mhz boost using Asus GPU tweak, seems to report running at about 1400mhz in monitoring software.

Case / Thermaltake Core V1: Couldn't decide between this and the new Suppressor F1. Eventually went for this as it was cheaper and appears to have better airflow with intake through front. Since it arrived I love it, looks better in person than in photo's and so far easy to work with.

PSU: Antec HCG 520M. First ever modular PSU I've had, awesome. I think 520W should be enough, tier 2 so decent quality. Again got it on a good offer, which was the deciding factor. All built and booted to bios first time, which I was pleased with!

Fans: Spectre Pro 200mm seems to push lots of air and isn't too loud, green LED.. Coolink Swif2 80p work fine as exhaust fans, and add some colour.

I also got a 60cm green led strip, but its currently disconnected as I think the x41 looks better with just its own light.

At 4.5 / 1.30v / CAM silent profile:

Ambient 20deg

Idle: 21deg

Asus realbench: 59deg

Need to see if it'll go higher, haven't tried 4.6 yet..

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Replaced Cryorig m9i, improved temperatures by about 10 degrees and isn't any louder.

Would recommend.

Case

Cheap, looks good, easy to work with.

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, the Core V1. I really like that case.

  • 47 months ago
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Yeah, its awesome.

  • 47 months ago
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i think it is a perfect(VR ready) build for this prise. I like this compact builds

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What's with all the tape in the front?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

The filter front mesh is kinda thick and hard to pull air through, this was an attempt to force more in instead of coming back from the inside through the big gaps mainly above/below the fan.

Then I got carried away and did down the sides too. Would like to fill the gaps by the GPU too as that's putting hot air in the front section which must be getting sucked into the front far and therefore radiator, but dont fancy tape directly on it..

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Would hot glue work for this application?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Holes far too big, as an example from somebody elses build, heres the hole the tape was meant to mainly cover: https://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/userbuild/153170.d6b971bab0d9e84fc4afad0e1ef544ad.4e82259879de082427c6dc1e2d87b9c6.1600.jpg

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, wow. Tape it is then.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ugh that PSU

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the lime green fan blades +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, they're pretty cool, weird they're not on here, Coolink are somehow linked to Noctua I think, these were sold by Noctua on Amazon.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I am planning on buying the same case, except the white version. The GPU I'm buying is the MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Armor 2X Video Card, which is 277mm long. I see your GPU is 280mm long and you still fit the thing in. How hard was it and do you notice anything out of the ordinary with the GPU?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Fits fine, bit fiddly but no problem.

(Why buy a 980 now though? Get a 1070!)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any problems with having a 120 rad on one side of the front panel and the 200mm on the other? Any sort of random airflow issues or noise increases from the two different speeds?

  • 43 months ago
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Nah, it's fine. Very pleased by the performance of the x41 set up like this.

  • 42 months ago
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Your liquid cooler as intake?

  • 42 months ago
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Yup push/pull with the 200mm pushing, 140mm pulling and 2x 80mm exhaust.

Keeps the 6600k at 4.5 at high 50s or occasional low 60s max in gaming and stress tests.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you now i know what to build :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

One more question why did you put a masking(?) tape?

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers, combination of research/patience, and complete blind luck on Amazon screwing up the GPU order.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Almost, got the non factory OC version of the Strix, whcih I didnt know even existed.

Have OC'd it myself to well above the factory OC levels though without any problems, so makes no difference.

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