Well, it looks like the "cable management" comments were made already, so I won't go there. I'm not sure you can add another photo after your initial submission is approved and published.
As far as games go, since that part of question was not addressed, I use a 1060 6GB as well, and play these games on a regular basis:
American Truck Simulator, Cold Waters, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Fishing Planet, GRID 2, Hitman, League of Maidens, Minion Masters, Rocket League, Smite, Splitgate: Arena Warfare, Star Trek Online, Steel Circus, TERA, Void ********, and World of Warships.
Some of those games I favor more than the others. You've probably found several games to play, and the 1060 6GB is a fantastic GPU for 1080p gaming, IMHO.
Wow, how did I miss your post? My apologies to you.
Thank you for the compliment, and for your response. Yes, those fans came preinstalled in the case. I'm old enough to not worry about what other people think about optical drives. I have games that disk-based, and I need an optical drive. That's all there is to it, and the other people can think/say what they want, but at the end of the day, this PC was built for my needs, not theirs.
Very nice. I would like to see more photos, if you have them available. What software do you use for video editing?
Gorgeous build. Congratulations on being selected as a "Featured" build.
Interesting. I didn't think the Constellation would perform well enough for use as an OS/gaming drive. I will have to reconsider that for future builds. I am using a 4TB Toshiba X300 HDD for my games/documents/etc., and want to add an SSD or two for gaming duties. I have a small M.2 for my OS duties. This is my first build; completed a few months ago:
Gave an upvote just for the $50 Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD. That price is long gone now.
Very nice build. Are you using the "Constellation" HDD for gaming duties? How do you like its performance?
For a first build, this is a good-looking setup.
Sounds good. That CPU may even a bit overkill, but since you already have it, it will work as an excellent upon which to build. There are a lot of free games on the gaming sites, too. Your family does not need to limit their gaming options to the Windows Store; there are many options available for gaming purposes. Good luck on your build. Let me know if I can assist you at any point.
I am glad I could help. If you are building a rig specifically for web surfing and occasional gamine, you might even consider an i3 or i5 CPU. That would definitely depend on which games you plan on playing, but an i7 for web surfing is definitely overkill.
As a suggestion, if you know which games you plan to play on the PC, research them on Steam or other gaming sites. Steam lists the "Minimum" and "Recommended" PC specifications needed to play a particular game. You can then adjust your build list accordingly.
If you are unsure how to do that, I would be happy to help you create a build list to meet your needs. I do not do this as a business. It is something I consider fun to do.
The temps have been well-controlled by the stock cooler under load. It is a fan, so it does make noise. I do not have any equipment to measure sound output. When gaming with, or without, my Playstation headphones, I do not hear it as much as I expected to, even when the temps reach up to about 74*C.
I use Speccy and HWMonitor to track temperatures and other data. The i7-7700 is not overclockable, and the OEM cooler is more than adequate at this time. If you have no plans to overclock, I recommend using the stock cooler until you determine what your actual needs are as you use your PC for your daily tasks.
I do some word processing, spreadsheets, email, video watching, (YouTube and Twitch), and gaming, of course. I often do a majority of those tasks at the same time. I am not concerned about the stock cooler's cooling capability. It meets my needs and was included with the CPU. I would not hesitate to build another PC with the same components.
Hope that helps.
IDMooseMan says, "Hi". Are you planning additional upgrades? Or are you going to build something else?
Nope, no Elgato, yet, but it is on list of "wanted" upgrades. I would have preferred Ryzen, too. AMD does not have integrated graphics; Intel does. Due the ridiculously high GPU prices, I planned on gaming with the Intel system until I could afford a GPU, in a month or two. The day, literally one day, after I ordered my Intel parts, one of the GPUs I was looking at went on sale, AND it included a game I wanted. I wound up ordering the GPU and built this system.
If I had bought AMD parts, I would not have been able to use the system until I could afford a GPU. I will use this system for streaming, and if it proves problematic for me, I will build a Ryzen-base system. If I had waited one day to order my Intel parts, and the same GPU went on sale, I would have posted an entirely different build. Hindsight is 20/20, but so far, this system has been great for gaming. I have not started streaming, yet, but hope to begin some stream-testing soon.
With the components I already have in this system, to upgrade to a Ryzen, I would need to purchase a CPU and motherboard. I would either wipe and reuse my M.2-2280 or buy another one. The remaining components in my current build could be reused.
Thank you for your response.
Thank you for your comment.
Honestly, with all of the builds I have seen on here, I was a little concerned about how the stock CPU cooler would be received. Trying to keep costs as low as possible with no overclocking plans in mind, the stock CPU cooler was a no-brainer for me.
Next build? Could be a different story, but this build will be a bit unique by utilizing the stock CPU cooler.
According to the PNY website, https://www.pny.com/nvidia-quadro-p6000, this dual-slot card is 4.40"H x 10.5"L, so it should fit in this case without any problems.
I would also like to see some updated photos of this build. Are there any case fans included with the case? Did you need to buy any case fans? Are there any cable pass-throughs for cable-management purposes?
Congratulations on completing your first build.
For cable management, the limiting factor will be the cable length itself. Use twist-ties at first. You'll most likely be rerouting cables several times before you find something that works to your satisfaction. Use zip-ties when you have the cables routed the way you want them.
If you didn't have your system built already, I would suggest pre-installing the motherboard to check for cable openings near the connectors. If connectors are not near a hole, I would drill one, but that's me. Drilling holes in cases is not something everyone is comfortable doing.
I bookmarked that site, thank you. I haven't used Reddit since I signed up for it. I keep forgetting about it as a resource.
Yeah, I saw why your GPU is mounted that way. I had a difficult time not jumping into the screen to try and "fix" your cables for you. LOL. That is my PC OCD kicking in, I suppose. I think your build will look awesome after the new, longer cables and new PSU are installed. GPU prices are out of this world right now. I am seriously considering building a PC without one, and just using the integrated graphics until I can afford a GPU, preferably a GTX 1080 Ti. I would even "settle" for two GTX 1070s or two GTX 1080s in SLI.
I just finished an "unscheduled upgrade" to Creator. I hoped to have a backup of my system prior to that upgrade, but I guess it is too late to worry about it now. LOL
So, you are part of the "Windows Insider" program, or whatever it is called? If so, I would like to participate in that program, but I only have one primary computer, (laptop), at this time. I am looking for previous Windows OS versions to download and create bootable USB devices. Any idea on how and where to search for them? I already am searching Microsoft's website, but that site is not exactly the easiest site to sift through when looking for items that old.
Thank you for replying.
This is an impressive build. I think some cable-management is needed, but other than that, this looks great. Your future upgrades should make this build an absolute monster gaming platform for the games you mentioned.
Since "$0.00" is listed as the cost for the OS, I shall assume this was part of the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Microsoft. I am curious to hear your thoughts regarding the CPU cooler now that it is coming up on nearly a month since your build was completed.
Is the CPU cooler working as expected? Is it louder than some of the higher end air-coolers? Overall thoughts, impressions, feedback on the CPU cooler would be appreciated.
I am looking forward to seeing the upgrades you mentioned implemented.
Thanks for face-slap to view the parts list. :)
I noticed it as soon as I posted my comment, but wanted to see how reply notifications were made. This system is a "learning opportunity" for me. Thanks for helping me learn. LOL
Extremely gorgeous build. This build sets the bar high for when I attempt my first build. Very pleasing visually.
Thank you for sharing.
Very nice build. I feel the same way about future-proofing. I plan to over-build a system so I do not have to update parts every year or two. When I start streaming and content creation, having an over-built system means less cost to get started.
Nice build. I like seeing the good aspects and the bad aspects encountered in a build. I have not done my first build, yet, but I have plans on attempting a build soon.
For a first build, I think you did great. I have not attempted my first build, yet, but I do have plans in place. I just to pick a plan that I can afford. I look forward to seeing this build with the updated cables and a bit more cable management.
I would like to know a little more about your case. Other than Thermaltake, that is all I can determine. Which case did you use for this build?