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philip Oct. 6, 2015

New office means new computers for everyone. Barry helps out tremendously behind the scenes with part entry and lots of other site internals that help keep things running smoothly. He's also an avid gamer - and despite Ryan's digs, he does play more than just minecraft. We do take gaming seriously in the office - and unlike many places it's not a fireable offense. So we wanted to make sure his system had enough horsepower so he could play games in between getting work done... but without breaking the budget.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Wcnpcf

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $248.95 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $109.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $149.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $144.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston Predator 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $218.49 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $348.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case $84.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $134.01 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM (64-bit) $139.75 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan $15.95 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans $24.15 @ NCIX US
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans $27.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan $20.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Asus PB287Q 60Hz 28.0" Monitor $468.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Corsair Strafe RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard $159.99 @ Best Buy
Mouse Corsair M65 RGB Wired Laser Mouse $51.99 @ Amazon
Headphones SteelSeries Siberia RAW Headset $37.64 @ Amazon
Other Corsair Commander Mini $59.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2447.73

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piemancoder 2 points 19 months ago

Homework? Ain't nobody got time for that!

pcengineer2002 1 point 19 months ago

It will all pay off in the long run

piemancoder 2 points 18 months ago

Possibly. At least I get to draw my Velociwhal (mix between narwhal, veloociraptor, and komodo dragon)

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piemancoder 2 points 19 months ago

Hmm... I just realized, if Fractal Design makes a new version of their define s, they might just have the most exciting fight with Samsung since the Apple one.

190n 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Nice new build video!

pcengineer2002 1 point 19 months ago

What is better water or air cooled with a $800 dollar budget?

Russkie69 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

The short answer is YES, Air Cooling as a general consensus is better. The Reasons are because of budget constraints and performance per dollar ratio is better, so I personally would go air cooling if my budget for a cooler was under $100 dollars, which it would be if my budget was $800 dollars.

I'd go with an AIO Liquid Cooler from $100 dollars and up. Most go with the NZXT KrakenX61 it's $120 dollars from B&H because as a general consensus it's know to be the best for the price. It also has a hefty 6 year warranty, while most AIO's only have either 2 or 3 year warranty so you can safely assume that the X61 was build to last.

Although the Swiftech H240-X is considered the Best AIO Liquid Cooler available under $200 dollars. It's retail cost is about $150 dollars, but in reality it will turn out to be close to $180 dollars if not more. I've yet to find one without shipping and taxes unlike the X61 which can be found on B&H which only charges for the product retail price so you get free expedited shipping on items over $49 dollars, and it's tax free for those outside of NY.

[ Recommended for ENTHUSIASTS ONLY] These EKWB AIO's give you the room needed for customization adding whatever color that EKWB offers for coolants, tubing, waterblocks, fittings.

For $200 dollars and up, you can get the EK-XLC Predator 240 for $200 dollars or a EK-XLC Predator 240 Kit for $230 Dollars

Also if you want something bigger you can get the EK-XLC Predator 360 for $240 and the [EK-KIT X360] (https://shop.ekwb.com/ek-kit-x360) for a sum of $390 dollars.

For Air Cooling the H7 is probably the best choice for a budget cooler that's just under $40 dollars.

If you want something better I would go with a Phanteks TC12DX for about $50 dollars Note That's the pricing for the white colored model it's about $60 dollars for the other colors it comes in.

I hope this will help you greatly in deciding because I know it's very frustrating finding the right parts. No worries though you're in good hands with the PCPP community, oh no wait that's what Fake Denzel Washington from All State says. We should really come up with a solid slogan here and have Philip run for president against Kanye in 2020.

unicornh 1 point 19 months ago

can i use all this configuration with rm 650W PSU? my bad i already baught it..!

Russkie69 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Yes you can, if you look at the parts list PCPP does a rough estimation of how much power your PC will use. Here is the same exact configuration with your PSU http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GBTzD3.

unicornh 1 point 18 months ago

thats quiet a relief..

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Heh, Gaming and working in the workplace! A tech kids dream! :D

piemancoder 1 point 19 months ago

You read my mind. It is my dream.

The.Geeked. 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

cool

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

hey Philip... no plans to do a custom water cooling build?

nayrnayr1 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

So close! Great, except for the fact that the PSU is overpriced.

loosecaboose2 1 point 18 months ago

I want to know where to get the custom cables :)

Godzlegend1 -1 points 19 months ago

I'm going to take a stab in the dark here and say corsair is a feature of the build? Because......... I mean seriously? 750w for 140$??? Only Corsair can get away with that :P

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 4 points 19 months ago

Godz, come on... not everything has to be a hardcore optimization problem on part selection. I let Barry pick the parts, and that's what he wanted to use. Corsair is not a feature of the build. Other 750W fully-modular PSUs are running around $100+, so $135 for a well reviewed unit is not some outrageous ripoff.

piemancoder 1 point 19 months ago

It also looks amazing! Oh, and the link stuff because of that i.

piemancoder 1 point 19 months ago

Phillip, will there be any more staff builds? It's fun to see what each person gets. Also, do you guys ever have lab parties?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 4 points 19 months ago

No lan parties in the works, but we have two more staff builds lined up. Our design lead Phil is building a Xeon workstation for graphic design, dev work, and... the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront. We'll be live streaming his build on Thursday at 2pm Central time, though we'll make sure it also gets archived on Youtube for those who can't catch it. After that we'll probably do a build video for our relationship manager Jenny's workstation, though I don't think that'll be a live stream.

piemancoder 1 point 19 months ago

Sounds awesome. I think I'll miss about 30 minutes of livestream though. Still dreaming of a livestream staff video game tournament :)

piemancoder 1 point 19 months ago

I just realized I derped and wrote lab parties. Stupid Fleksy autocorrect.

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Agreed. I've built several overkill PCs with liquid coolers even though they have locked processors installed on the mobos. I personally do it since it looks cooler and it will guarantee low temps.

If you took that hardcore optimization to it's ultimate conclusion, then why buy braided PSU cables or led strips?

piemancoder 1 point 19 months ago

Agreed. Even a G3258 doesn't need a liquid cooler, but it looks awesome. Same argument applies for people who try and get crazy OCs using liquid nitrogen or phase change. Not practical in any way, but people still do it.

Godzlegend1 -2 points 19 months ago

Godz, come on... not everything has to be a hardcore optimization problem on part selection.

Oh I know Philip, but you know me, it's never a "Godz" comment without ripping on Corsair :P

Other 750W fully-modular PSUs are running around $100+, so $135 for a well reviewed unit is not some outrageous ripoff.

You see Philip.... it is though, it is a huge rip-off for just the PSU.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 4 points 19 months ago

Do I need to give you the same "enough with the PSU drama spiel" chat too? :)

Godzlegend1 1 point 19 months ago

Do I need to give you the same "enough with the PSU drama spiel" chat too? :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovvZ4tehT9U < :P

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piemancoder 2 points 19 months ago

Woah, Ban Hammer already. This got intense fast.

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piemancoder 2 points 19 months ago

That they don't just play the whole time?

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maclamby staff 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

There are re-spawn timers, load screens, updates and the occasional rage quit :)

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piemancoder 1 point 19 months ago

What game would you play?

maclamby staff 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Minesweeper of course!

Maybe a side of BF4, Battlefront, Rocket League, you name it and I'll play it

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