DORNZ’s Rig Mk1

In the Case:

Asus Z170M Plus Motherboard

Intel i5 6600K

Corsair Hydro Series H60 2nd Edition

Fractal Design 650W Power supply

MSI GTX1060 – 3GB

Kingston Hyper x Fury DDR4 2133Mhz RAM – 16GB

Sandisk 250 GB SSD

WD Blue 2TB HDD

XBOX Controller Receiver for windows

Aero Cool Qs240 Black – Case

Peripherals:

Asus VC279H 27“ 1920×1080 Monitor (HDMI)

Cooler Master Devastator II Gaming bundle (Mouse + Keyboard)

Roccat Sense Chrome Blue 2mm large gaming mousepad

RIG 500 Wired Gaming Headset

 

DORNZ’s Rig Mk2

In the Case:          

Asus Z170M Plus Motherboard

Intel i7 7700K

Corsair Hydro Series H60 2nd Edition

Fractal Design 650W Power supply

Asus STRIX GTX1080 – 8GB

Kingston Hyper x Fury 2133Mhz RAM – 16GB

Sandisk 250 GB SSD

WD Blue 2TB HDD

XBOX Controller Receiver for windows

Aero Cool Qs240 Black – Case

Peripherals:

Asus MG279 27” 2560×1440 144hz Monitor (Display port) Primary screen

Asus VC279H 27” 1920×1080 60hz Monitor (HDMI) 2nd Screen

Cooler Master Devastator II Gaming bundle (Mouse + Keyboard)

Roccat Sense Chrome Blue 2mm large gaming mousepad

RIG 500 Wired Gaming Headset

 

The Review:

I’d like to start by saying that this was not my dream build, it was something I needed and couldn’t afford too much at the time. I was playing from my little acer laptop (which actually did pretty good if you ask me) however, I wanted to expand into other games like ARMA 3 and the likes, which was near impossible on my laptop.

 

So down to what you’re here for, The Review of it.

 

Basics:

Well, for a PC that’s was up and running with ALL peripherals for around $1900, Could not complain! (RIG MK1)

Runs ARMA 3 and PUBG on MED at around 45-60 FPS – Depending on server ect

Insurgency sits around the 100 FPS on max with an occasional drop to 60

***COULD STREAM WITH NO DIFFERENCE IN PC PERFORMANCE*** – Much

 

GPU:

The GTX 1060 is a little powerhouse that you can put through graphics hell and somehow it keeps cool and gets through – Highly recommended if you are on a tight budget – However, if you can fork out a little more, a GTX1070 is around $200 more and it does show OR if you really wanted and were only getting it as a temp card until you could afford a better one, “Drop” to a GTX980 or 980ti if you can find one cheap, you can overclock it and easily outperform a 1060 and 1070.

The GTX1080, All I can say is, now the TI has come out and they have dropped to $800, get one. Combined with a good CPU, it will give you amazing visuals with no jitters and now with the added bonus of not murdering your wallet. They do get loud but that is my fan settings being high to keep temps down. DO IT. DO IT.

 

RAM:

So far with both rig setups 16GB of RAM has been perfect, with the original setup it was more than enough and never maxed it out. Unfortunately I have now found ways to max my RAM out with streaming added into the mix too. May just add 2 more sticks in or go to the G SKILL RGB path (insert winky face)

-Editors note: Follow THIS link to see thethe GSKILL RGB mentioned. Utter madness.

 

CPU Cooler:

 

The Corsair H60

The Corsair H60 will never give you any issues, keeps your CPU cool and has no dramas Keeping up. Even overclocking my i5 it still kept temps under 70 degrees. HOWEVER with my i7 it wont keep up when you go past 4.4GHz – will hold it to 75 degrees but after a while, temps creep up. Leaving your i7 at 4.2 GHz, it will struggle to go over 64 degrees, so if you are leaving your CPU on the stock clock, you’ll have no dramas.

Personally, I will probably upgrade to the H100 so I can use the H60 for my Server.

The Corsair H100

 

CPU:

I’m not really going to go into it because drama and “techsperts” and the combination of the two will result in the intergalactic destruction of the little universe they occupy in their minds, And maybe some tears somewhere.

Simply put, you can easily get away with an i5 6600 or 7600 for everything

If you are playing ARMA and a fair amount of it and you want it to look amazing, maybe go the i7 as it is very CPU heavy.

My name is LT DORNZ and I like pretty colours!

Screens:

The VC279H 27” 1080P Screen is fantastic, great screen for getting started, just keep in mind it is a 60Hz screen but that is nothing to frown at. Great screen and has served well with no dramas.

 

If you want to go and get a gaming screen, then have a look at the Asus MG279 27” 2560×1440 Screen, it is absolutely amazing, the definition and how smooth this screen is will blow you away. Note: You will need to connect it via display port to use the 144Hz capability of this screen. Hands down, my favourite 144Hz screen to date (messed around with a few in shops and what not)

 

So you have $50? You still need a mouse and keyboard? Look no further than the Cooler Master Devastator II Gaming bundle. Has red back lighting that is non-intrusive and a great feel to the board. Great starting bundle and will still leave you enough change for a cheeseburger at maccas.

 

The Plantronics RIG 500 Gaming Headset is pretty bloody good, will do anything you need it to. Now comes in at $77 from EB Games

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Light
  • Decent sound quality
  • Allows for surround sound
  • Decent adjustability

Cons:

  • Cable can be a pain in the Peripheral
  • Mic is too short and you’ll be forever fidding with it so people can hear you
  • You can hear the cables moving around over the sound

 

To Come:

 

  • New mouse and Keyboard – undecided Possibly ASUS RGB series
  • 58” Hisense 4k TV – connected Via HDMI for Movies and XBOX games