Description

Made the decision to jump from console to PC after becoming sick of the prices of new consoles every 3 years. Was thinking about doing something in the $1500 CAD category but then I started having too much fun with the ideas and figured go bigger. I did a bit of internet and youtube research and found some builds that I really liked looking at and worked towards it. I started buying the pieces in March and now just last week I got it all together and built to how I like it.

I picked up the desk from IKEA by purchasing a countertop, table legs, and a drawer for it to rest on. Also found a cable type tray from IKEA and attached it underneath to help keep the wire and blocks off the floor.

I'm pretty happy with myself, but I never understood what the big deal was about cable management and making everything look clean until it was finally all done and saw that it looked like a mess; inside and outside. Picked up some cablemod cables with the coupon code from the motherboard and also tried out the AIO sleeves just for stuff* and giggles.

One thing I didn't look carefully at was that the Asus Maximus IX Hero only has one internal USB 2.0 slot. This turned into a problem when I found that the Hue+ and the Kraken both need a USB slot. NZXT made a good move by building these little internal USB hubs and so the problem was solved after a few more dollars.

I'm certain it might be a bit overkill in some areas, RAM for instance, but I hope to have this setup for a while and keep it updated as time goes on. I am using the computer primarily for gaming and some report writing for work. I can say that it handles Microsoft Word without any issues.... and it has done spectacularly on games too. I've been in love with the way BF1 looks on PC after playing so much of it on Xbox 1. PUBG is another great game that I am finding no issues with. Getting used to keyboard and mouse instead of a controller is another user-only issue that I am tackling.

I went with 2 1440p Dell s2417DG monitors, first reason was for the G-sync, 144hz and 1 ms, and the second reason was so that there is no difference in picture, the mouse can travel to the next monitor without a hitch, very minimal edges , and it just seemed easiest. The picture has been great and I have no complaints.

All in all, I'm loving the PC. Thanks for any comments.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Keeping everything nice and cool. Haven't had any issues and the CAM software is very nice and keeps track of everything. Easy to install. Hiding the wires is a bit tricky, but I don't know of any way that you could not have them.

Motherboard

I've had my eye on this board since I first started the build. It is a great board and feels very sturdy and reliable. The packaging was excellent and installing it into the case was a breeze. The holes all lined up (unlike the TUF 2 board that I was originally convinced to try out) and the IO plate design makes everything look clean. Wish there was another internal USB 2.0 port, but can't really fault them for it. BIOS was simple and easy to understand and go through. Awesome board.

Memory

Easy to install, is there RAM that isn't? Feels like it is made well though. No clicking, no pieces separating or moving. The RGB is very nice and it synced up to the motherboard and the ASUS Aura software very easily.

Storage

So fast. So nice. So pretty. Looks excellent in the board and the boot up time is lightning fast.

Storage

No surprises out of the HDD so that is five stars for me. Runs without any issues.

Case

This case is very nice. It was easy to open up and install all the components. It has room for 140 mm fans at the front and top and plenty of room to slide the motherboard in nicely. The standoffs were sturdy and set up properly and took little effort to install the motherboard. The tempered glass beautiful and rubber pieces makes the case appear that it was really thought out when it was designed.

Monitor

These monitors are the best. 1440p at 144hz and 1 ms is a lot better than what I was used to. Everything is clear and crisp. G-sync is a game changer too. What I found most interesting was the box and the interior packaging. I was able to unfold the box walls so that the stand could be installed while the monitor was still in the packaging and protection. I thought this was genius and made me much more confident in the monitor's designers.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a very nice looking and clean first build. Love the bose soundlink mini perched on the monitor base.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty decent speaker for when I i don't need the surround sound headset. Simple audio cord to the monitor

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks clean and I know you were interested in the aesthetics, but I can't think of why you would spend more on a motherboard than your processor, same with the ram. You might have been better off with 4x16 than 4x8 because in reality you wont be needing it. Other than those pet peeves I think its a stellar build.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a good point. I was planning on just using this build for gaming and some small report writing. No high end CPU usage activity so I figured I'd save a bit by staying with an i5 and overclock it. As for motherboard, I had originally bought a different mobo from the local store but didn't like it an returned it. Was going to go with a MSI M5 or ROG strix but they didn't have them, but they had the Hero. Heard enough good things about it and went for it.

I guess I contradict myself by installing all the RAM. Was kinda worried that in a couple years 16 gb won't be enough. I saw an article from pcgamer that 32gb would be good for future-proofing and kinda figured i'd just go for the RGB 32GB RAM to make sure I dont regret anything.

You have a good point, but no regrets.

Thanks for your input.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

the price without a 1080ti hurts me

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

yup

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I can understand that. A lot of the price is from the monitors, the peripherals and the extra aesthetic things I added that I don't see in most people's builds. 1080ti is about double the price of the 1070 and I am interested in 1440p gaming for now.

thanks for the comment!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

very clean built here m8

+1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

i think 1080ti and single 27' 144hz woulda been nice. :P nice build tho +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

1080 ti would be nice, but at double the price I wasn't quite sure and I read enough on how 1070 would be enough for 1440p gaming. I know I spent more money on other things but I had to draw a line somewhere. Can look at upgrading to it later.

I wanted two monitor to help with productivity in my job. Lots of time I am writing reports based on other things I am reading. Having the reports and research on one side and the report I'm writing on the other monitor is so much nicer. Personal preference really.

Thanks for the comment

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Great first build. You spent a lot of money, but it is decent. How are the monitors? If cost wasnt a factor I'd buy the same pair. I am also tempted to buy one 1440p dell 24" gaming monitor and one of the basic 24" ultrasharp 1080p dell. monitor.

Suggestions: I'm not normally one to fuss about cables, but you made the underside look so clean, but your monitor cables are all over the place. Maybe cable tie them to the stands.

Also a monitor arm would be a potential choice too.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the monitors. Thinking over it a bit more, I should've gone with the one gaming g-sync, and the second monitor as a basic one, but i didn't think it through enough.

I like your idea about the monitor cable, never thought about running the cables across the middle of the monitors and out of sight that way. I'm going to get it done.

thanks

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks for the tip! I think i will go for the 144hz one now

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That cable management is CLEAN though

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

What an awesome way to start PC gaming. Enjoy, and nice build!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh i was going to buy the same cable management rack from ikea, now I know it looks fantastic under the desk. Great build.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The rack is good. Only one is needed. I bought two as I thought I would run it down the whole width of the desk but the cabinets go far enough back that they would be in the way.

Thanks for the comments.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, amazing and wonderful looking beast. What product did you use for the led's inside the case trying to get some white ones like your's. I have the same case I want red on the led's that the p400s comes with and want some white one's inside the case to give more light inside.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliments!

The white LEDs on the edge of the case are from the NZXT HUE kit. It had two strips inside with the controller. There is a strip of the P400s red LEDs on the top of the case, but they really don't show well unless I turn off the white.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building a similar setup but I'm worried that the hoses from the x62 touch or obstruct the first trident z rgb ram stick. In you pictures it looks really close. Did you have any problems with that?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build looks fantastic.

I have a couple of questions: How do you like the NZXT Hue+ controller? I'm thinking about using some of your ideas with the fans, and I haven't seen it before.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I just built my first one and am having issues with fan/aio setup. Do you have 2 pushing in front of the rad and 3 exhaust ?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. I have 2 140s pushing and 3 120 mm exhausts. Lately I've been thinking of a way to make it into 3 pushing and 2 exhausting to help with the dust management; the positive air that some youtubers have been discussing.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Awesome setup and sweet lighting! Well done