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TL;DR: GTX 1070 is awesome, Corsair Air 240 looks great, i5-6500 is rock solid.

I mostly play RPGs like The Elder Scrolls or The Witcher. I currently have a 1080p monitor, so my next upgrade will be a 1440p monitor.

I'm coming off of a laptop with integrated graphics (obviously I did not play The Witcher on that), so the GTX 1070 blew me away with an average of ~130 FPS on Shadow of Mordor. I feel bad if I play Stardew Valley on this rig. It's like the computer scoffs at me.

Modding Skyrim has been fantastic. I can't believe how great everything looks.

I was able to save money by getting Windows 10 free through my University.

As for the title, I learned that PC building is way easier than one might think. Certain figures in the gaming industry should take note.

To Do List:

Add White Sleeved Cables with modular PSU

White LED's

PWM fans and an aftermarket cooler. Fans that came with case are only 3-pin.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

I'm coming off of a laptop with integrated graphics (obviously I did not play The Witcher on that), so the GTX 1070 blew me away

Lol, I had the same experience but it only took a GTX 960 for me. XD It was a very old laptop. :V

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Right? I started looking at parts in November of 2015, but had lots of other things to take care of financially. At the time, I was looking at a 960.

When Pascal came out, I saved another couple of weeks to get the 1070.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

lol, let's share some ****** iGPU laptop stories.

I beat all of Borderlands 2 playing at 480P at the lowest settings. XD

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build for the price!

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points
MSI Bazooka and Mortar are the best mobo series!

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

That's great to hear! I just picked up a Mortar the other day to try out in my new gaming rig!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking Great. The gtx1070 is a beast. Have fun.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for price, i mean yeah, you got what you needed, solid selection (grats) and kept price very low.
Well done sir!

heck, +1 for no rgb!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Best $1000 Build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I made pretty similar choices with my first build. I'm very glad to see that EVGA 1070 card fit in the case with no problem. I was concerned it wouldn't.

Yay! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

It is a REALLY tight fit. But yes, it does fit. I had to really bend the power cable away from the window to get the side panel back on.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you like the evga card i have an msi gtx 1070

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

My case is pretty limited as far as GPU height. So I pretty much had to go for the EVGA card. :/

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi¡ how many fan headers does mobo has?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It has two fan headers. I bought a fan splitter for the front two fans.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What happens if i put 2400mhz ram on it?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm doing a first time build to join the master race, and decided on 1070 instead of a 970 because of the longevity factor. I got the Evga FTW edition for 459.99, I wanted to make sure it would fit in the case and you seem to be one of few who has done a 240 with a 1070 and posted it so far. The numbers for what the case says it can use and how large the card is have it fitting just fine, but I see you say its a tight fit-if you could give additional detail/tips I'd appreciate it!

I essentially have the same build just with a 89.99 gold rated PSU, I7 6700 (not the K), 16GB RAM, and the Gigabyte MB that everyone puts in the air 240 that is $140 (I was scared to spend less than 100 on a MOBO lol).

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

It was a tight fit because of the 8-pin PCI-E power connector. I had to really bend the cable away from the window. Probably a result of me having a cheap power supply more than anything else.

So yes, the card fits. No part of the graphics card touches the side panel. But the first time I put the panel on, there was a small bulge because of that power cable.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I ran into the issue, my window has a slight bulge in it lol. Now I'm just wondering where to put and what fans to get...?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh, I still use the fans that came with my case. They're alright, but buying some better fans would be quieter.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I built mine and definitely have a buldge from the cables. I couldn't get it to go away either. Mine was more tight length wise which could be from me getting the FTW edition.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this bulge that noticeable, I'm trying to decide between the GTX 1070 FTW and SC and since I'm not overclocking whether the GPU fits is my main query.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Give me a few minutes and I'll have my build posted! I'll have photos of the bulge. It's not awful-I would HIGHLY recommend FTW

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Literally a really similar build to what I'm making now!

Was looking at the B150 Mortar as my first MoBo of choice; but that changed after some research (although I still want the red LED'S it has on the back) and am soon to be getting the ASROck H170 Pro4. Bought a Palit GTX-970 Jetstream on which is on the way; with a BenQ RL2455HM 24" monitor, 8GB (2x4) HyperX and I7-6700 combo for the mixer.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Frank, This would be the first gaming build I do kinda new to this, Would i need a optical drive for installing the windows and also would i need a card to get onto the internet? sorry new to this world.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, no optical drive needed. I installed windows on this computer using a USB flash drive. See here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

As for the internet, most motherboards will have Ethernet ports on them. You can use that with an Ethernet cable, or buy a WiFi card.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the reply. I am trying to build my first gaming rig just want to make sure I got everything :D

And where does one get the usb download from I didnt see a link to where u can download the usb version? I have a CD key for windows 10 that i bought already.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I'm not so sure about that. I got windows digitally through my university, so I simply downloaded all of the files that I needed, then added them to the USB drive. Might need to do some more asking around to find out about using the CD key.

The forums here on PCPP should be helpful.

  • 42 months ago
  • 0 points

Why just one stick of RAM? And why the stock cooler?

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

You can't oc the 6500 so why not save a couple dollars?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Heat and sound

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

I just personally wouldn't spend 20+ dollars when the stock cooler does the job. Each to their own I suppose

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The stock intel cooler isn't really that loud.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

And why the stock cooler?

It is a 65 watts tdp processor. Heat wont be an issue. Noise probably under load.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

1 stick of RAM in case I want to go to 16 GB anytime soon. We will see. Stock cooler for low price.

Also, my standard for noise is a bit higher than most... I still have the first version of the Xbox 360 lying around somewhere.

  • 42 months ago
  • -1 points

Why such the cheap power supply? Really wouldn't pair it with such a nice card.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably my one regret from this build. Especially since some nicer ones were available a couple days after purchase for less than 5 dollars more.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd try and return it or at least get a better one. It's an alright power supply for a APU or 950/r7 360 but not a 1070.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What exactly makes this PSU not good? I'm looking to put this in my GTX 1070 build, and AFAIK it gets great reviews.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not that it's not good it's just like have a Celeron with the 1070, it'll work but it's not really what you should be pairing it with. The power supply is the most vital part of a pc and so you should never skimp on it. The G2 series are a good common series but there are other good ones that are slightly cheaper but of the same quality if you look.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What would you recommend, I'm looking for a PSU that will power this card with room to spare if I wanted to upgrade, good quality but not too expensive.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Depending on where you are the Seasonic M12 and S12 are good buys as well as the Antec High current gamer modular(Make sure its the modular version) and the EVGA B2 series and go whichever is cheapest .

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that I'm going to go with the EVGA SuperNOVA 650W G2, but thanks for your reply.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, that is much better than the others. I thought you asked for cheap, that's arguably one of the best gold rated power supply series.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I read about on some forums and found that the power supply was the last thing you wanted to go cheap on so I made some slight compromises in my build to accommodate it. Thanks for your help anyway.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yes. All in good time. For now though, I decided to wait on a lot of cosmetic things.

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