My first desktop!
Written by: captaingunny - 08:35 Nov-12-2015

Hello people, I have finally been able to build my first computer around a week or so ago. This blog is not really going to be about how I build it but more of why I chose those parts.

First of all, I'd like to say that it was a fun and interesting experience building my first computer. It was way easier than expected and it mostly went smoothly.

My parts list is as follows (I'd like to note that this is not everything but it is the most important parts.):

CPU: i5 6600K - This choice was fairly easy and I was temped to get an i7 but the 6700K is the worst value due to the fact that I could have spent $40 AUD more to get the i7 5820K. If the got the Haswell-E though, it would have made the cost go really high.  

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 - This CPU cooler was a good choice because I don't mind how it looks and I didn't feel like getting water cooling. It is very large which did sometimes make it a pain but it is worth it. It also keeps temps very low and it comes with good thermal compound. 

GPU: 980 Ti EVGA Superclocked - Since I got a 1440p monitor I wanted something that could run games on Ultra at that resolution. The 980 was the first choice but the 2GB extra vram really sealed the deal. Also the fact that it performs about the same as the Titan X. Now you're probably thinking "Why did he get the reference blower style cooler?" Well, mostly because of looks and also the fact that I wanted to try a blower style cooler. It can get pretty loud and hot but I don't mind it.

Ram: Hyper X Fury 16GB 2666mhz ddr4 - I liked the look of these and they are pretty fast. I know the speed isn't everything and that the timings are more important it doesn't matter to me that much. (These are CL15 I think)

Mobo: Z170 AR - This mobo is perfect for what I'm doing and I don't need any fancy features. It only comes with 2 Sata cables so I had to buy one... Also this mobo needs to be added to the database. 

Case: - Factual Design R5 - This case is simple and it hides the DVD drive. I will buy a window for it later on but for now it's all good.

SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB - This is fast, cheap, and reliable. I've already used a ton of the storage of it and I would have gotten the 500GB one if I could have added it in the budget. 

Hard Drive: WD 1TB Blue - This is fast and cheap. Didn't want to try Seagate for reliability reasons. 

PSU: EVGA 750 G2 - This is the best for your money hands down!

Thanks for reading this far. It is so good to be able to run any game now.

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11:50 Nov-19-2015

Nice build pal, congrats and may you enjoy all games to your satisfaction. ;)

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00:17 Nov-20-2015

Yeah thanks, it's been a long wait but finally, I can play games on ultra and at smooth settings.

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12:23 Nov-13-2015

Nice build, i am envious...

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04:28 Nov-13-2015

Wow really nice rig... But it would have been hell lot expensive

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04:32 Nov-14-2015

Yes indeed it was. The exchange rate was also awful in Australia so that make the prices go up here.

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12:26 Nov-12-2015

Congrats ... nice build :)


if you have went with custom design 980ti you could have overclocked it much better

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13:05 Nov-12-2015

I had same reference-cooler-style GTX770 from EVGA and I admit the cooler looks badass, so performance doesn't matter xD

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13:23 Nov-12-2015

Yes it performs really well so I don't think I'd overclock it at the moement.

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11:47 Nov-12-2015

I can only guess you took my rig as a decent reference? ;))

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13:22 Nov-12-2015

Well, I was wondering if you were gonna see how similar it is. I only copied you in the CPU cooler department with the noctua cooler. Think of it like this, you picked some of the best parts because I picked them too. :P

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13:28 Nov-12-2015

you copied cpu cooler brand, graphics card chip and vendor,
then ram series and clocks (I have 4x8GB version),
then exactly same case, same psu,
same series ssd (I have 500GB but my brother has 250GB version), and I got 2TB WD Blue for my brother :))

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14:39 Nov-12-2015

Well, I meant that I copied the CPU cooler and maybe the case, but the rest I researched myself. But it just proves that I purchased the right parts :)

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14:49 Nov-12-2015

exactly ;)))

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16:16 Nov-12-2015

The 2TB and bigger WD Blue's are actually rebranded WD greens(which are slower).


WD decided to merge the Green and Blue lines into Blue. So that means you might mix up the faster and slower drivers easilly.

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23:40 Nov-12-2015

Yeah, I made sure I got a WD Blue that wasn't a green. :D

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07:20 Nov-13-2015

Mark it's true that 2TB WD Blue isn't 7200rpm drive, but I was nicely surprised with its speeds getting close to 100MB/s :)

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11:39 Nov-12-2015

Very nice first build. I did mine just over a year a go and I'm more than happy with it but you've done well to go for a powerful build for your first. You won't need to upgrade for a while where as I am starting to look into upgrading so you've done well to get such a great build together that puts you in a great position for the next few years but when you do upgrade you shouldn't have too much trouble. Good job buddy :)

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13:20 Nov-12-2015

Yeah, glad I went for the 980 ti instead of the 980. I would have had to upgrade way earlier if I got it.

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