Description

After 3 months of indecision I finally pulled the trigger and built a new gaming system.

This system (yet to be named) is to replace my aging 7 year old rig, which was running an i7 860, 8 gig of ram and a pair of antiquated Radeon HD 7770's I had picked up free when my (now forgotten model) gpu had died.

I had a budget of $2000, I was "relatively" modest and came up at $1840 Australian.

Very happy with the build, for the first time ever I had no issues whatsoever.

I plan to throw a fan controller in and something to make everything pretty. Still got that last $160 burning a hole in my pocket :).

Part Reviews

CPU

For budgetary reasons I considered the i5 6600k , however I want this system for the long haul (and I was in budget) so decided on the i7 6700k.

CPU Cooler

Shying away from water cooling, this cpu cooler is legendary , relatively cheap AND matches my case brand. Win / Win / Win. I got a temp of 31 °C on innitial boot, but I have since put the GPU in there so will need to do more testing for more accurate figures.

Took off 1 star because I found it hard to read the instructions. True its probably just me being dumb. Once I threw away the instructions + opened up a youtube guide there was no problems.

Motherboard

Good well rounded motherboard, first brought to my attention reading manirelli's Excellent Gaming Build Guide on pcpartpicker. Only has 3 fan controllers but I plan to put a fan hub in so no problems there.

Memory

Toyed with the idea of blue flashing RAM, decided to go neutral black and add color later.

Video Card

Slightly overkill considering I have a 1080p monitor. Big, powerful, pretty, and the one that was on sale at time of purchase.

60fps in Doom with all settings on max. So pretty !

Case

I had initially been very interested in ITX form-factor, with the 2 leading contenders the Corsair 380T & NZXT Mantra. However concerns about adequate air cooling & limited expandability eventually had me looking at mATX cases.

After being unimpressed with all the mATX options available I stumbled across the Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 3 & it was love at first sight.

Aesthetically its a good looking case*, it has loads of room to work (easily best building experience I'v had) & true to the "Make It Yours" Cooler Master philosophy I found it very enjoyable to configure it how I want. I have moved the SSD caddy behind the motherboard, and plan to remove the bottom floor soon. (System so new I haven't even removed plastic from the side panel yet.)

*Full disclosure, my last system was a Cooler Master ACTS 840, so I may be a little biased.

Power Supply

Kind of overkill, but hey one day I might buy 2 new power hungry GPU's and I'd be dark I scrimped on PSU's to save $30. Model picked due to all the pcpartpicker good reviews.

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Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Good choices! Evga psu is always a solid option, and you don't need water to cool an Intel chip, I've got a 4.7 at 1.36v oc on my i7 6700k with a max temp of 61C gaming at 1440p. Granted I run 2 sp120 at 100% on it but it works!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the feedback :). I have a lot to learn about fans & oc, fortunately the pcbuilding community is both friendly and full of friendly advice / guides.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Intake on bottom and exhaust on top! Try to balance it out! You want filters on your intake fans or you will be cleaning dust out a lot. The oc on i7 is easy just set it at 4.5 ghz and 1.35v and try to lower the voltage till its unstable then keep the stable voltage. I wouldn't go over that cause you don't need it! I just went over cause I could lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Heyy, Sorry in late, but, did it come with the gpu support?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Few questions for you.

Would you say this is a decent portable case + build? Like if I need to move it around the house regularly, or if I need to bring it to trade shows?

Also, have you tried running this with any VR readiness test? I would assume it would pass with flying colors, but I am looking to build a machine whose main purpose is VR.

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Regarding portability, Its definitely no petite ITX case. However I definitely had no problem moving between the two rooms I used for construction, as I found it both light and easy to handle thanks to its... handle :).

Regarding build, despite said lightness everything feels well made / solid. A neat / good looking build was effortless thanks to a good design and clever cabling route placement.

Haven't tried VR readiness yet, I'll have to give that a go. Not that I can afford that kit anytime soon :).

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the answer!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

how many case fans did you get and how did you place them :)