My "Style Over Substance" Build Complete

A few months ago, my wife and I had a baby. Building a baby was a lot more fun than building a computer, but the maintenance on the baby is way more intense! Because I didn’t have much time for gaming anymore, I decided to trade my GTX 1060 to my younger brother in exchange for his 750ti.

However, and I’m sure too many of you can identify with me on this one, I wasn’t about to let a little thing like “not having time for gaming” keep me away from building a new PC. I decided I needed to build a (mostly) new PC around this 750ti. Specifically, a PC that would be real pretty to look at while I buy diapers and Google things like “is my baby’s head too big?”.

So, I ended up getting myself a new case, psu, cooler, ram, and fans to complement that sweet 750ti.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor $295.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $139.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z270P-D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $104.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $107.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2 GB Video Card
Case Lian-Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower Case $127.99 @ Adorama
Power Supply Corsair RMx White (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $139.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fan Corsair LL120 RGB White with Lighting Node PRO 63 CFM 120 mm Fans $119.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1201.61
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1181.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-10 14:08 EDT-0400

I’m thinking it needs more LL120s on the bottom, though I’m pretty sure I would just end up setting those to exhaust as well and then the whole computer would implode.

Anyway, let me know what y’all think. What would you add next?

PS: I don’t mean to rag on the 750ti too much. It was actually my card originally and I had given it to my brother a few years ago when I upgraded to the 1060.

Edit: Thank you all for the overwhelmingly positive response. Since I have your attention and I’m one of those dads, I’m going to make you look at my baby. Meet Ellie. I’m even prouder of her than I am of the pc.

Also, I feel like I could clarify a few things about the post since there are a lot of similar questions.

  • This is technically an upgrade and not a completely new build. I reused my cpu, mobo, ssd, and replaced pretty much everything else. That’s why you see me “bottlenecking” the CPU with a 750ti.
  • I intend to replace the GPU once things are a bit less hectic and I have more time to game. Until then, I’ll just save up so I can justify getting something nicer than I otherwise might have. I might even replace the CPU, too. Might even do a custom loop, hence the case.
  • Yes, the fans are set to exhaust.
  • Yes, that’s bad for GPU temps.
  • No, I’m not worried about that with this particular GPU.

I just love how you started your post, have 2 Kids myself and the small one is 6 months now, didn’t feel up to gaming at all for the past months and now I actually am building my first pc in I think 13 years. Though this our second child and it’s just true that you get way more relaxed, still not having that much time but i’m just going to enjoy the little i have with the PC I’m building… if that Ryzen 3800x ever arrives in my mailbox…

The thing is i wanted a new pc for a long time and just now we are financially good and my laptop that i had for the past 7 years is starting to die down (main fan isn’t working properly anymore) so i just used the opportunity to build something that hopefully will last as long as the laptop did.

I always look with joy at these fancy builds even if i myself prefer no window cases.

Have fun with your build and even more with your little one, nothing wrong with some gaming when they are asleep and duties are done!

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Congrats on the Ryzen, and more importantly, congrats on those two kids. I’m looking forward to the more fun phase of parenting, where the kid is more aware of who you are and is asleep at more predictable times.

You’ll really enjoy building your PC. The great upside to a desktop is that the whole thing is modular, so you aren’t at the mercy of any single part. If a fan dies, you can just replace it. If you can resist the temptation to upgrade, your PC should last you a good long while.