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What do you use the machine for? This machine is mostly for teleworking, managing my network and a little bit of gaming.

What was your reasoning behind this build? I have been itching for a new build for a while, and what finally broke the camel’s back, was after hooking everything back up after moving my desk I heard a pop come from the speakers, and after that I lost all sound from my on-board sound card. Instead of just using the speakers on my monitor, or picking up a cheap sound card I decided to upgrade.

What made you choose the hardware for this build? I'm not a huge gamer, but I do like to escape into a game occasionally, so I wanted to build something decent enough to play, but not have my wife kill me for spending a boatload. I initially planned on Ryzen, but after 15 years of building big red I thought it was time for a change. I chose the 1060 because it was the only card Best Buy had available and I had a ton of rewards certificates set aside for it. My hopes are that after the crypto-mining crazy and the Vega gets a foot hold, I can sell it and pickup a 1070 (I shouldn’t need much more to get 144hz/1080 gameplay) I have been a huge fanboy of Asus since the turn of the century so obviously, I had to go with them. The rest of it was chosen either out of research or it was something I already had laying around.

Have any issues? I can install an AMD processor and heat sink in my sleep, but this new-fangled Intel hardware had me a little out of sorts. After finally figuring out the installation tool and getting it in the socket, I had a hard time getting the arm to close. It was giving loads of resistance and I was afraid I was going to break something. The only other issue I ran into was getting the computer to boot with the memory installed. The only configuration I could get it to boot with was both the sticks in the B slots. For years I have been used to installing in A1 and B1 or A2 and B2.

Final Thoughts I absolutely love the thing. It has much more zip than my old FX8350 build. I do find that I will need to upgrade my memory sooner than later as the 8GB I got for free just isn’t cutting it. I will hopefully be upgrading to some delicious RGB memory as soon as my Best Buy points show up on the account.

Updates! I think I may finally be content with my build (for now anyways...) All my rewards points came through, which allowed me to pick up a set of Corsair 16GB 3000 RGB memory from Best Buy for about $40. Through Dell I snagged a 250GB Evo 960 M.2 Drive and a Corsair M65 mouse for $30. Once I threw all that together I stepped back to behold the glory in which was my machine, and suddenly turned sad. I realized it needed a nice face lift. For my flair I started with a pair of Phantek light strips controlled by Asus Aura which was very disappointing to say the least. After seeing how awesome my GPU power looked in a sleek white sleeved cable I knew I had to spice up the rest of the cables, so I picked up a white 24 pin extension and a 8 pin extension. Over the holiday weekend snagged some hella deals on some Corsair bling-bling. I picked up a 3 pack of HD120 w/ controller ($75), Lighting Node Pro ($20), and a Commander Pro ($63) to tie it all together.

What’s Next? Hardware wise all I have left to do clean up the cabling behind the back panel, which with all the Corsair Bling I just bought will prove to be a monumental task. After that is complete I will begin the painstakingly tedious, yet exciting task of overclocking and tweaking.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for being a packers fan and would give another for being in Michigan. But Go Green Bay

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You should've stuck with the ryzen :<

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Well, tbh, it kinda depends on you.

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-7600K-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-1600X/3885vs3920

More cores or faster single cores?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The reason I went Intel was because it sounds like with a lot of gaming they benefit from the faster single cores. Plus, if I need the multi threaded horsepower, I'll just spin it up on my dual Xeon server ;)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Micro Center is awesome. The motherboard I got from there was almost $100 less then normal. Great build. But I cannot give you a +1 due to the fact you have a packers hat on in the first pic. JK. Go raiders.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Raiders fan! How do I delete your comment lol =)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Packers fan. Time to go burn down a dairy farm. lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Ravens fan, keep sleeping on us ;).

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Browns fan. Hopefully 1 day I can take the bag off my head.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Kizer looks like a stud, you guys may have finally found your QB :D.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wondering why you went for a 2K 144hz or 160hz rather with a 1060... Is there a bottleneck or do you have to set settings down?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

My initial plan was to go with a 1070, because I knew that would cut through 1080p/144hz like butter on most titles. But because of the crypto boom I was stuck with either a 1080Ti or the 1060. I knew my wife would kill me if I spent that much on a video card.

I haven't really spent much time overclocking, tweaking or bench-marking yet, so I can't get you more definitive numbers. So far I have only played Rust, which on Beautiful settings I was getting about 75-90 fps. Hopefully with some overclocking I can squeeze out a few more frames. Other than that the only game I have played is Fallout 4 which has it's frame rate locked at 60fps.

Once I get through all the fun tweaking I will report back.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had a microcenter to drive to. The closest one to me is about a four hour drive. Not doing that when I have a prime account. Nice build though. You don't see alot of builds that go for the blue/black scheme.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

When I bought it I wanted something that popped more than the flat black. The only thing I don't like is that it limits me on color schemes for my RGB lights and the blue can clash pretty heavily.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Peasant controller needs to be a safe distance from high quality gaming machine. /s

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean the controller to my really expensive Plex streaming box?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the packer hat, and the build.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

can someone plz tell me what parts i need for vr

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope they build a microcenter down here in Jacksonville. The only one that's close is a six hour drive.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

got any dust problems... hows the airflow on that case ?

nice rig, mate

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Even with as dusty as my house is, because of the postive pressure and the dust filters the inside stays pretty clean. The biggest problem I have is the graphics card suck air in causing a little bit of dust to build up on the rear of the case.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build quality man! I just have one question. Where did you mount the Commander pro? I'm probably blind, but I can't see it at all lol

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I used some doublesided sticky tape and slapped it on the back side. It's a mess of cables and there was noooo way I could make it look pretty enough to be in front.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, thanks! It's something I've been struggling with for a while, so I appreciate the feedback.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for being a packer fan.

Other than that, sick build!

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

lol i thought it was the one is westbury, ny

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Parking lot is in too good of shape to be the westbury one lmao

  • 30 months ago
  • 0 points

You are correct, my friend. It was a 2.5 hour drive, but totally worth it!

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is a link to my wallpaper dump if you would like a copy for yourself. (http://imgur.com/a/2lyla)

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