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by NipsiumOxide



Date Published

Aug. 20, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


This is my first ever PC build and it took me a well over 2 months to complete it. I had the initiative right after my old GTX 460 died. I use this PC mainly for gaming and also Photoshop. I bought most of the hardware from a retail shop nearby my place. Parts like the monitor and DVD drive are taken from my previous PC . Its, well, fast, sleek and silent.

I bought the ASUS Strix GTX 950 for starters and then went on with the MSI Z170M Mortar, Avexir Core 2400 DDR4 and the i5-6400. I had the idea of a black and red themed PC so that explains the color setup. A month or two later, I bought the PSU, AIO WC and also the Define R5.

I made a mistake by buying the GTX 950 just a little before the release of the GTX 10-series and also the RXs. I also did a base clock overclock of the 6400, pushing it to 4.2GHz and its pretty stable, hitting the low 60s under max load. The R5 gave me ample space to manage my cables which was brilliant. The Intel SSD and the Toshiba HDD are amazing. I am using a push configuration for this build. 2 Fractal fans in the front and 1 CM SickleFlow at the bottom for intake. 1 CM SickleFlow at the back and also the 2 Corsair fans at the top for exhaust.

EDIT: I changed the AIO orientation to the front of the case to pull air in and one exhaust fan at the back of the case. I had to remove the other fans beacuse the dust accumulation was at a higher rate with all of them running.

I am still planning out for further upgrades but my university semester is about to start so I will need to hold the thought back. Until then Ill just settle down with this build. It has been really,really fun building my very first PC.

EDIT: I swapped out the GTX 950 for a GTX 1060 not too long ago and also got back my RMA'ed PSU but I still am not too happy with it. I removed the red sleeved LEDs and mounted them into my girlfriend's build. My old SA300 monitor was replaced with the BenQ GW2470 1080p monitor.

Part Reviews


Planned to run with the 6500 but then stock ran out so I settled for this. Meets my needs and performs very well. Also got mine to clock at 4.5GHz stable.

CPU Cooler

Performs very well and keeps my CPU cool even under max load(OC'd). Doesnt even go pass 60 degrees celcius. Fans get a little noisy when in Performance setup. Might swap them for much silent ones.


A fair priced Z mobo which has almost everything I need. Only downside is that there is only one JUSB1 port so i had to use it for the AIO and not for the front USB 2.0 ports.


These sticks does the job. That is about it.


Well performing SDD. Boots up my system in a few seconds. Having no issues at all.

Video Card

The particular 1060 that I got wasn't that OC friendly. After a few attempts, I decided to stick to running it at 2100MHz. It performs great and 1080p gaming was a breeze. Loving this card.


Wanted this case the very moment I laid eyes on them. Cable managing is so much easy. Almost tool-less and modular internal makes it so much easier to arrange tings your way. Love the look too. Never heard silence quite this loud. Certainly the type of case I'd go for.


I am still trying to get used to the huge display. For its price, it was a must buy. Displays are amazing.

Comments Sorted by:

dannyw1612 8 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Nice build those pictures in the dark with the red LED's looks fantastic. +1

NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you. I thought it looked great too. :D

issac.mantle 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Impressive how high you were able to get the 6400's clock speeds up! How did you do that? Its not a K chip... I'm sure going from 2.7 Ghz to 4.4Ghz gave you a lot of added cpu performance!

NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I did a base clock OC because my Mobo's bios allowed it. The bios wasn't updated so i was able to tweak the base clock. I was doubtful at first but i gave it a shot. Its been up for 3 days and I experienced no problem. And yes the cpu performance has been better than it was on stock :D

HashBoyKilla21 2 points 24 months ago

In your part list is that the exact ram you bought? Because in the pictures they have blue LED's but in your build i see its red. Can u change the color or something

NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

My bad. I didn't realize the RAM I placed in the part list was blue because I bought the RAM from my neighbouring PC shop. It's actually red in colour and no, they can't change colour.

HashBoyKilla21 1 point 24 months ago

oh alright

MarcAbella 1 point 31 months ago

Don't worry bout buying the 950 before the 10- and RXs came out. They still haven't restocked a month after release lel. Good build tho

ThunderCls 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

It happened the same to me two months ago chosing the GTX 970....but hey, as MarcAbella just said, even now the GTX1000 series and the RX400 series are out of stock or overpriced all over the place, so...yeah I'm planing a future upgrade for a GTX1070, but I don't regret on getting my 970 when I did since it's also a great GPU. Also, I have the same cooler as you and my temps never go beyond 55° C on full load of an i5 6600k oc@4.5GHz...so you're absolutely fine with that ;) So yeah...nice build, I like it so +1 nice job man

NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Since my mobo supports x-fire, Im planning to get myself the RX480. But not too soon since I have my university coming up soon. Pretty curious on how these AMD cards perform since I've been using Nvidia cards all these while. Thanks !:D

NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I really thought i made a bad call on the GPU but the 950 is working great for me. Thank you! :D

Helix-Exton 1 point 19 months ago

Why would you say 2100 mhz is a bad overclock?

NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Oh dont get me wrong. It isnt a bad overclock at all. Its just that among the other AIBs out there, Zotac's 1060 couldnt hit values that other cards easily can. Also since posting this up, I dropped to stock values and OC'ed the memory because of crashes in GTAV.

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NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Hahaha i am planning to upgrade the video card in the near future. Aiming for the 480. :D

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NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you! :D

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georgethedreamer 2 points 31 months ago

Why? He won't get any extra performance in games and that money is better spent on a better GPU (condsidering the 6400 won't be a bottleneck for something like an RX480). Honestly he'd be fine with an i3 6100for this type of build

NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

yes i have to agree with you but i made the mistake of buying the GPU first for my older rig until i get enough to start with this build. Im considering the 480 for my coming upgrade. Thank you :D

NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Yeah true but then i was a little tight on the budget. But ill probably do that for coming upgrades. Better cooler as in H115i? Thanks :D

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NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I actually did considered Noctua but upon inquring they had no stock. And I didnt want to wait so I went with Corsair.

comanderbham 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

You picked an excellent cooler (best AIO other than the swifttech) that gives you very nice upgrade options in the future. Plus having watercooled 6400 will prolong its life, be an overall quieter build, and it will perform better overall with zero temperature bottleneck. Plus one man!

NipsiumOxide submitter 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you! :D I was considering either the H100i V2 or the H115i when i decided to go with Corsair but looking at the prices, I went with H100i. Pretty satisfied with it.