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Specs (ver.01)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($204.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: HP 624192-B21 DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB (32/64-bit) ($105.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1052.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-22 18:36 EST-0500

The above specs where from my first ever...PC build. Up until recently I had field stripped computers, upgraded hardware, repaired them, etc but never actually built them. In 2005 I walked away from PC gaming entirely and went over to the console side. Fast forward to January of 2016 when I completed my first rig (never created a build log). I admit, looking over these specs, I realize how little I knew of what constituted as good hardware and I'm thankful I've stumbled onto this forum and all of the amazing individuals who help novices like myself.

Right, with that lets begin. As i mentioned before my first rig left much to be desired so I figured I'd take another crack at it. The name of the project is Sinfonia Antarctica. If you're curious as to the origins of the name I invite you to check out the video linked here https://youtu.be/zCpPNxCnixY


Purpose of Rig
1. Gaming (Mid to High. A combination of everything)
2. School for my daughter
3. All around family use


Budget
1500.00

I'll be posting the new specs in the next thread so this isn't such a long post.
post #2 of 27
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Sinfonia Antarctica (ver. 02)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($204.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB FTW ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($639.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Mid Tower Case ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($115.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB (32/64-bit) ($105.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Dell U2515H 60Hz 25.0" Monitor ($359.00 @ Adorama)
Total: $2086.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-22 18:54 EST-0500


Decisions

Processor: I purchased the i5 6600 back in January as part of a System configurator bundle Newegg.com was offering.

CPU Cooler: Thank you to Ciarlatano for pointing me to this beauty and for Doyll providing an overlay of the cooler on my current board. It was that image that sold me on both the form and function.

Board: Have always heard good things about gigabyte. Plus, the design of motherboard reminds me of the N7 armor in Mass Effect.

Ram: Corsair has always been a good brand for memory since I can remember so I stuck with what I know. The speed is a little low but as I've come to understand the difference between 2400 vs. 3000 is hard to tell in real world applications.

The Processor, Motherboard, Ram, and WD 2.5 drive were part of a system configurator bundle via Newegg.com. Total cost? $533.86

Storage: The budget became extremely tight during my first build (800) so I sacrificed SSD storage by choosing a 240 Ultra II Sandisk. The WD Black 750GB was part of the bundle from above. Cost 64.99

GPU: I spent a full two weeks scouring Amazon Warehouse deals till i came upon an EVGA 980 Ti FWT 2.0+. The condition: In original packaging but packaging had damage. Cost $572.00

Case: Design of this case is subtle. Liked the idea of a basement for power supply and cables, SSD brackets behind the board, and the modular feel of the internals.

Display: The biggest Odessy of this build was by far the display. I went through an Asus 228, acer g256, dell 2414h, Asus pb278q, before settling on the dell u2515h.
Edited by dotWake - 2/22/16 at 9:40pm
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The new case arrives





Old meets new


Both are roughly the same size. The corsair is about an inch larger in depth


Back to back
post #4 of 27
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Love the interior space of this case compared to my c70.





Now, time for the PSU.




post #5 of 27
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Right then,
Now that the Power supplies in time to transfer the motherboard from the Corsair to the Phanteks.



Apologies for the crappy lighting. I will be taking better pictures soon.



Now that the motherboard, processor, and memory are in I decided to start adjusting the case for proper airflow. The first thing I did was remove the front panel and filter to raise the 140mm from their default height.

Default


Heres where I have to stop. Have work in the morning but more pictures abound. Next thing on the to do list is the CPU cooler.
post #6 of 27
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UPDATE

I've gone ahead and ordered Red sleeved PSU cables from EVGA to compliment the subtle hints of Red on the G1 Board. They should be arriving today which, means I should hopefully have most of my cable management done by tonight. We'll see if the Amazon gods shine upon me smile.gif

The 980 Ti arrived this morning (Pictures will be included below). The box design is alright and I really did want to go with the MSI 980 Ti to match the board but for the price I got this card? Can't be beat.

Cryorig H5 arrives tomorrow. Meantime, here's some snazzy photos of the case as it stands.


Review

I'm considering subtle LED lighting either using strips or possible one of the new ddr4 ram chips with said feature.

I'm also trying to identify possible bottlenecks in my current system build. Right now my eyes are narrowing on my budget oriented storage solution. Any recommendations you guys have I'm open too.
post #7 of 27
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She has arrived!




Case at this current moment




Here's a pic of the fan adjustment I made to the front panel
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Seeing the MB in the case, I am really looking forward to seeing the H5 in there. Should look really nice.
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