Description

Hello everyone,

This is my first PC build so excuse the below average cable management. Some of it was not my fault as a few of the cables were pretty short considering where they needed to go. But, I could have definitely did better. I'll probably redo the cables at some later point.

I wanted to significantly upgrade from my Dell XPS 15 laptop, which had been going downhill over the last year. After about 4 months of browsing through parts and obtaining advice, I finally found a build I was satisfied with. This PC is going to be used for sim racing, gaming, photo and video editing, and schoolwork. I wanted my PC to last me for a good number of years and be able to be upgraded later.

CPU: I chose the Intel i7-6700K mainly for the photo and video editing. I like to take pictures of thunderstorms and other weather so I wanted a processor that could really work. The CPU is probably overkill for me but I decided I could live with the extra money spent.

CPU Cooler: After reading numerous reviews and listening to others opinions, I decided to go with the CRYORIG H7 cooler. It was pretty easy to install, looks very nice and futuristic, is pretty cheap, and has good performance. I'm happy with it.

Motherboard: I chose the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 as it had all the features I wanted and was cheaper than other manufacturers' comparable mobos. The board quality is very nice and I couldn't pass up Micro Center's CPU/Mobo combo.

Memory: The G.Skill Ripjaws look very sleek and compliment the setup nicely with their dark red color. No complaints.

Storage: I chose the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB because I plan to have quite a few photos and at least a couple of games stored on my PC. The boot times are very fast (<6 seconds) so I'm very pleased that I went with this as opposed to the 950 PRO. I also purchased a WD 1 TB HDD to store all of my other files.

GPU: I wanted to purchase a very nice video card but didn't want to break the bank. My decision came down to either the NVIDIA GTX 970 or the Radeon R9 390. I went with the R9 390 as it had larger amount of memory and was about the same price as the GTX 970. I am very pleased with how well this card performs and looks in my build.

Case: The Phanteks Enthoo Pro is a steal for the money. It is of very high quality, has 2 very good fans, and a nice window. There were some grommets on the bottom (where the PSU should sit) that were missing but for $75 I can't complain.

PSU: I chose the EVGA 850W SuperNova Platinum. The amount of wattage is probably overkill but NCIX had a special that made the PSU the same price as the 850W Gold. Some of the cables that came with the PSU were a little too short so that is one issue I have with it. But, overall, it is a high quality PSU.

Monitor: Being that I wanted to simrace, I wanted a large, high-quality monitor. Someone suggested the LG 29UM67 to me and I really liked the idea of going to 21:9. I was a little nervous that the screen would seem rather short being that it is so wide but that is not an issue at all. There is plenty of space (almost too much) and you can easily have multiple programs open at once and not feel constricted.

I really enjoy my PC and am happy I was able to put it together.

Thank you for viewing my build.

Part Reviews

Storage

Has tons of space and is super fast. Windows 10 boots in less than 6 seconds. I'm so glad I chose to go with the extra storage space rather than the M.2 interface on the 950 PRO.

Case

This is a very nice and well designed case. Cable management is made very easy and the 2 fans that come installed (1 front and 1 back) do a good job of keeping things cool. Some of the rubber grommets where the PSU should sit were missing, however.

Monitor

This monitor is awesome. I was nervous at first about going to 21:9 since I was worried that the screen would seem short compared the width. Well, it's not. There is plenty of room to have multiple windows open and you can view 2 programs without them looking squished. The color is also very nice. I do have to pick up a DisplayPort cable since it doesn't come with the monitor in order to utilize FreeSync.

Keyboard

I will start by saying that I've never had any sort of gaming keyboard or mouse before. I've always purchased very cheap ones just to get me by so take my review with a grain of salt.

However, I really like the quality of this set. The keyboard and mouse both feel sturdy and well built. I really like how fluid the keyboard's keys type and the LED lights are pretty cool. The mouse has good and adjustable response. One thing I don't like about the mouse is that the scrollwheel has a white LED light that isn't able to be turned off unless you disable a USB setting in your BIOS. But, for $35 (there was a $15 rebate when I purchased) you can't go wrong with the Octane.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build and selection of parts :)

  • 44 months ago
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Thank you :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build! That monitor is pretty crispy there bro! Looks hella good. +1 I would suggest moving that second ram stick to the matching color slot.

  • 44 months ago
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When I was installing the RAM I had it in the same color slots. But when I was reading the motherboard manual, it said that Channel A was for slots 2 and 4 (where the RAM is currently). So I guess I'm confused about which slots I should have the RAM...

Edit: I just tried moving the RAM around to different slots. If I tried any combination of the others, the motherboard gave me the "D4" error code or the computer couldn't start up at all because of a memory initialization error. So I guess it works the way I have it now.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

hmmm that's interesting. Well I'm glad it worked out for you.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an awesome looking build! :-)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

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  • 44 months ago
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I just ran a max CPU temp stress test for 10 minutes. The hottest it got was 43.3C and it was just for a quick moment. Otherwise, the CPU temp stayed near 36C.

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  • 44 months ago
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I've looked at the owner's manual for this motherboard and it says that channel "A" is slots 2 and 4 which is where my RAM sticks are currently and in the picture. Are you sure that you are correct? This is the first Gigabyte board I've purchased.

Edit: In the manual there's a table underneath the listed channels like this:

  • Channel A: DDR4_2, DDR4_4
  • Channel B: DDR4_1, DDR4_3

  • Table: DDR4_4 DDR4_2 DDR4_3 DDR4_1

  • 2 Modules - - DS/SS - - DS/SS
  • DS/SS - - DS/SS - -
  • 4 Modules DS/SS DS/SS DS/SS DS/SS

So I guess I'm confused which configuration I should use. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • 44 months ago
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Well my slot numbering goes from left to right as 4, 2, 3, 1. So should I keep my RAM sticks in 2 and 4 then?

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  • 44 months ago
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The performance is good as far as I can tell. My RAM is currently placed in slots 2 and 4, which on this Gigabyte motherboard correspond to channel A. I tried using other slot combinations and with them I either get a "D4" error code or the PC isn't able to successfully boot.