Ok, I didn't think to look for the silver Dominator dram heatsinks. I thought the heatsinks in the picture belonged to the (now buried) motherboard.
Are those speakers made out of acrylic? That's freakin' awesome!
Good to hear, it's really an amazing PC. I think the reason why I hear my fans is because were I live it is dead quiet, slightly rural, no AC, but also because my PC is less than two feet from my face. Also the fans I have are the Corsair ML fan series, there supposed to have the benefits of both air flow and static pressure fans but I think they have the noise level of the SP fans rather than the quieter AF series.
By the way, have you considered a cable comb for the motherboard power cable?
That's awesome and all, but I'd have a tough time trying to see whether I'm looking at the monitors or the PC
Also, with what I assume is three pumps and a dozen fans, how loud is that thing? I have six fans in my case (I have no water cooling, please don't ask why I have six fans) and there are times where I think I should have fewer fans to decrease the noise level.
Nice build, but I can't see the memory ram or the motherboard in the pictures. Were'd they go?
Bro, you left your Christmas lights out.
You got an RX 580! Holy crap, you must have won lottery to afford that!
Great PC you got there. Also, nice mass effect figures
I can't help but want to wave back to the bear. It's like its waving hello.
Good to hear that your doing better now.
I really felt nostalgia from this build because most of the parts were the same ones I used in my first build.
I suppose that's better than $600, but holy crap you payed just as much for 1060 as what a 1070 originally costs!
I hope to God you didn't pay 600 for a gtx 1060
"Where to buy a GPU?"
I would say three weeks ago, cause right now the demand for GPUs has made a decent priced GPU as scarce as a drop of water in a desert.
Last time this happened I think it took between 4 to 6 months before prices return to normal.
Things are going to get interesting if/when Nvidia releases their next GPU series.
Even with the increase in prices. The 1080ti is still a better 'bang for the dollar' than a titan Xp. Especially since the performance between the two really isn't that much. Don't get me wrong, the titan Xp does perform better that the 1080 ti, it's just that the increase in performance isn't worth the additional cost.
No I intentionally put mother (I thought it was funnier at the time), but brother would have been better.
I just hope he didn't have to sacrifice a girl and a dog for that computer. Sorry, I'll stop.
Damn that looks like it cost an arm, a leg, and a mother.
Much better than a potato PC! :D eeehh
Sorry, I'll shut up.
I too once did not care if the power supply's cables were a rats nest of mustard and ketchup colored cables. Now I have the EVGA 850W platinum certified with custom cables from cablemod with everything cable managed. Still wondering why though.
God, I hope my 7700K will last this long, let alone still be relevant by the time it reaches 8 years old.
I'd say it's more blue than overkill (I'm blue da ba de da ba die)
As someone who has a msi quicksilver gpu, I am actually envious. Although my monitor is only 2560 x 1440 and can go no higher than 60 fps, so I wouldn't really gain much of anything.
Great built though, I must admit.
Probably download all the **** before it's taken down. I mean, I would.
Holy crap! This thing is amazing! What kind of stuff do you do that requires a computer like this?
Obviously, this thing is a UFO.
Can anyone else imagine the CPU piping as a mustache? Or is that just me?
Name it Blue. Just because.
If I look in a mirror and say "Bloody Mary" three times, will this computer appear? Cause I will.
Ya, you can go with an air cooled CPU cooler. There is literally no maintenance require for them at all (with the exception of dusting them, but that goes for everything in your computer case). I would recommend one like the CRYORIG H7. It's a bit on the larger size than the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, so it is great at cooling, and it's only for about $35. There is actually a crap load of air cooler out there. Pretty much just find one that you like and within the price range.
I use the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 on my i7 7700k and it keeps it cool under 60 degrees C under load. A bit pricey however, at $75 but I was wanting it for it's black finish. I only recommended the Corsair H55 because a lot of people seem to prefer water coolers over air cooled ones.
I have the MSI Z270 Gaming 7 with an i7 7700k. Had them for the past two months, and they have been working great.
Also, yes you can upgrade to an i7 in the future. Like I said, you can get the MSI Z270 Gaming 7 motherboard and get a cheap temporary CPU for now and then get yourself an i7 when you want. If you go for the i7 now and get a cheaper motherboard then you won't be able to upgrade your motherboard without having to reinstall Windows 10 and (for some reason) you'll have to spend another $100 to reactivate it. If you go with high end motherboard and cheap CPU, you can upgrade the CPU if you'd like and you won't have to reactivate windows or anything. Pretty much just slap it in, and you'll be good to go.
There is one down side and it is that the Z270 chipset motherboards were supposed to be compatible with the new 8th generation intel CPUs, but due to the new chips requiring a slight more power than before they needed to reconfigure the design. So basically there will be no more new CPU releases in the future. The best CPU that can work with your new Z270 motherboard would be the i7 7700k, which is still a freakin' beast of a CPU. Even your old i7 can literally handle any game that you throw at it, and probably any future release too. So with that said, even when the CPU is on its last legs from being too old (4 to 5 years is the average CPU life span), it should still be able to handle any game you throw at it no problems at all.
I still have my z97 krait edition motherboard from my first build. Still works, just holding onto it until I can find a decent GPU to throw in and try to sell it.
I always liked the appearance of the MSI z97 and z170 Krait edition mobos. I thought they were awesome as hell. Not a fan of the z270 and z370 editions though.
Still though, nice looking build man
Alright, so this would actually be more of building a new PC in general than upgrading your current one new computer rather than an upgrade. Here is what I could come up with:
CPU: i5-7600k ($220)
CPU Cooler (Kinda neccessary for the selected CPU): Corsair-H55 57.0 CFM
Motherboard: MSI Gaming M7 z270 ($201)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4- 2400 ($65)
-SSD: Samsung 960 EVO 250 GB M.2 ($117.50)
-HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM ($60)
In total, this should cost just about $700. I think a Ryzen 5 would cost an much as the i5, and you'll get more cores and threads (though if you're just gaming then you shouldn't be able to tell). Also, as I mentioned earlier, DRAM memory is ludicrously expensive right now. If you do go through with this upgrade, get one 8gb stick of your choosing and then get another one later on. I think I could have done a better list than this. Also I know that going from an i7 to an i5 is a downgrade, but your entire computer can't have one single part upgraded without having to upgrade everything else. If you'd prefer you could settle for an i3 or pentium kabylake CPU with your Z270 MSI or ASUS motherboard (You can upgrade your CPU, but not your motherboard these days because of the OS for some reason) and then upgrade to an i7 7700k later on.
Would you be ok, with a ryzen CPU over intel? Because going from an i7 2700k to an i5 7600k isn't really an 'upgrade.'
Also, do you specifically want the MSI gaming 7 Z270/Asus ROG Strix E Gaming?
Now just to clarify, you want to keep your graphics card and power supply (no problem there), and you're looking to upgrade your CPU, motherboard, DRAM memory, storage, maybe an SSD, and maybe an ATX tower. For 600 to 700 dollars.
I'll see what I can come up with. Do note there are limitations because as of now it is not a good time to be building a PC or upgrading your computer with the rise of the DRAM memory.
(This might take a bit. I need to find out what would be an improvement over what you have now)
Sorry for your loss bro. That must have been heavy. Back in April, I was wanting to upgrade the parts in my first PC, but I had just recently at the time got a job so I didn't have too much money to spend. Then my dog, who really meant the world to me (I also didn't have too many friends at the time because I was still sort of new in the area, so he about all I had), started showing major health issue and found out that he had cancer spread throughout his body so we put him down. I was really heart broken, and after about a week I decided to try focus on upgrading my PC to help me. When I was looking through parts I started feeling, not alright but better, and I started planning my next PC.
Those next few months was me buying one part at a time (to me purchasing the component and waiting for it to show up in the mail was one of the more exciting part of building a PC). I think I might have spent almost my entire summer savings on my PC, but too me it was worth it. It honestly wasn't really the better resolution, or faster frame rates that I made me want to build my computer, but just building it in general and seeing it come together bit by bit.
I was really glad to read how your managed to bring yourself to build your computer for your brother. I found it somewhat relatable, and remind me why I built my computer to begin with.
It's not too bad of list that you got, but there are areas that could be improved/downgraded.
1) The Hyper 212 EVO can keep your i7 7700k cool, but I believe that it is the 'bare minimum' as far as keeping it cool though. You don't have to get a water cooler for your cpu, but I would suggest something more beefy than EVO. Maybe the CRYORIG H7, the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 (I have it on my 7700k, works great), or the Noctua NH-U12S. All of which are not water coolers, but if you want there are popular brands such as Corsair, NZXT, and Cooler Master who have 120mm AIO water CPU coolers for around the same price ($40-$80)
2) I don't know what you do aside from gaming, but if you are not producing music, then you do not need a sound card. I audio hardware on current motherboards (for a while now) have been able to produce smooth audio. Unless you are an 'audiophile' then you do not need a sound card.
3) The gtx 1080 ti is a beast of a card, but its about as overkill for games like WoW, CS:GO, Overwatch, and League of Legends (I haven't played any, but they are popular titles that a lot of PC gamers go for). At maximum, if you are playing these kind of games I would say a gtx 1060 6gb card (around $250-$320) for 1080p at max settings and 60+ FPS. If you are wanting a GPU that can do 2k resolution (or even 4k) and what to be able to play these games at max settings and 60+ FPS, AND wanting to consider 'future proofing' your computer, then go for a gtx 1070 (around $430). I have a gtx 1070 and I am able to play GTA V at max settings, 60+FPS at 2560x1440. At maximum overkill, then get a gtx 1080, but do not go for a gtx 1080 ti. That's like asking a professional strong man to carry a grocery bag for you.
4) Regarding the Thermaltake fans. The NZXT only has room for four fans, with only three fan mounts supporting 140mm fans and the rear fan exhaust mount only being able to support 120mm. NZXT makes some good looking cases, and it is a pain go back to comparing cases. So lets go for the three pack instead for ($96 for three 120mm which I would recommend) and see if you can find another one later. Or maybe go for the Corsair HD120 RGB three pack and then buy another HD120 RGB fan seperatly for a total that is about $100, rather than $150.
5) You could go for a 750 watt and save like $35. It would still be 80+ Gold certified, and would still be in the butter zone on the power-efficiency curve. Also You'll almost never come anywhere close to drawing more than 500Watts of power.
6) This is just a preference that I have, rather than advice. I would say get a 120GB to 250GB SSD (2.5" or m.2) to store your OS on while you store your games on your 1TB HDD. It really does make a significant difference in booting up your computer. I'd say take the money you save and get like the samsung 250GB 960 EVO (M.2 SSD) for $120, or see about getting any highly rated 120GB 2.5" SSD for about $75. But again, that's more of a preference than a necessity.
Overall, everything else looks pretty good to me.
Linus would have dropped it
Sick build man!
Damn shame about the fire dude. Almost had a fire at my place once due to a chimney fire (chimney held up, so fire didn't spread) and had to get the fire department to put it out. Had just built my first PC two months prior to the fire, and I opted to leave it behind (figured; I did it once, I can do it again).
Also, I'd like to comment on EVGA. In my first build, I got my PSU from them. It worked and then stopped working within the first week. I heard all about how some companies tend to not follow through their warrenties, so I became skeptic of them until I called them about it. Got to talk to an actual person who was awesome, and they were more than willing to help me. Now I always prefer my PSUs from EVGA. They were that helpful. (Would have bought my GPU from them, but I didn't really like how they looked. Maybe next time though).
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My thoughts when I saw the title I thought "Cool! Somebody made built a PC for $600 (US). I've always love seeing budgeted PC builds."
Sees the CAD
"Sweet mother of God, this was not an easy task to accomplish"
Alright, you should be fine then. I'd give it my seal of approval.
Thanks, it went well.
I'd say go for what you want, but who knows you might find the 780t more preferable than your current case. I'll admit when I bought my 450D I got it because it was simple and not flashy (which was what I wanted at the time), but now I wish I had something with a little more 'flare.'
I'd say pull the trigger, go for the 780t. If you don't like it, you can return it (assuming that you get it from like amazon and don't wait for over a month to return it).
Wanna know what else is hard right now?
My exams, that I have in four hours.
Great work on your build man. Looks great!
You got a nice build too
Check out some of Fractal Design's Define mid-tower models. They offer a similar 'box' like appearance, enough room for your radiators and more air room for your GPUs.