Description

This is my first ever build. Got the case, mb, and cpu as a package deal and went from there. I would have chosen a different case if it were not for the deal I got.

I use this for photo/video editing using Adobe software and also occasionally gaming with other various software mixed in. I have it set at 4.7ghz through the MSI interface feature and roll with that. Can’t say enough about this PCs performance and it’s ability to power through anything I throw at it seamlessly.

I had an air cooler on the CPU initially but it was trash and would get throttled anytime doing benchmarking. After installing the EVGA clc 240 it runs smooth and cool with an idle of 30c and max temp of 65c during benchmarking with a small overclock just under 5ghz.

I next plan to add another 16 gigs of RAM, clean up my cable management and install another 500 gigs of ssd storage. After that I will most likely move it all over to another case. I will give the case credit for having great ventilation with all the fans but it’s semi noisy and has too much flex.

UserBenchmarks: Game 113%, Desk 145%, Work 128%

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K - 118.9% GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070 - 101.3% SSD: Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB - 264.6% HDD: WD Red 1TB (2012) - 89.2% RAM: G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB - 96% MBD: MSI Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC (MS-7B45)

XTU Score: 2572 Marks

Cinebench R15: 1548cb 154.99fps

Part Reviews

CPU

Not much to say that hasn't already been mentioned. Like a hot knife through butter on everything I have thrown at it from gaming to editing and more.

CPU Cooler

Great aio cooler. Only gripe I have on it is that I am not a fan of how the cooler tubes go directly into the front of the unit on the cpu instead of being offset like you see on most. It causes the EVGA rgb to be covered by the tubing if viewed from a slightly elevated angle. The fans are loud when rpm goes up but even with my 8700k overclocked to 5mgz it usually doesn't require super elevated rpms. Have not seen a temperature higher than 70c on all the testing I have done in benchmarking and stress testing. It idles at 29 to 30c and during normal usage stays under 50c.

Thermal Compound

Combine this with a good liquid cooler and forget your high temp worries.

Motherboard

Does everything I need it to do and then some. The software isn't perfect but things seem to resolve themselves. Not a fan of the wifi card being separate from the board and using up a PCIE slot but it works well.

Memory

Amazing but not quite worth the markup imo.

Storage

My benchmarking tells me this storage is amazing :) Fast and worry free so far. Not sure that you can make faster storage.

Video Card

Really like this GPU as it seems to perform flawlessly and as advertised. Gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the price but I think this is the same for all cards.

Power Supply

Possibly one of my favorite components. Has amazing features and stays cool. Will never use another brand psu for any of my builds.

Custom

Pros: Case looks A+ and does an excellent job keeping your system cool. Control is easy to use and doesn't have any glitches. Its roomy and easy to work in and around.

Cons: Fans are not great quality and are loud. Trying to add any filtering on the front intake area is not ideal and requires being creative. Back plate where MB attaches seems really flimsy and has too much flex. Cant fit 140mm fans unless you do some fabrication. Only two speeds available for fans which is subpar.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice case...I have the same ;) but I took out all the fans and replaced them with AURA compatible fans.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I will admit that I like the case more post build vs when I started. However, I think for the price that they offer this thing at, that it needs to offer more. Cheap fans and the only option is to run them at 50% or 100% using the controller. Also, seems to me that it has a ton of flex in the back of the case where the MB secures to. Not a bad case at all but is it worth the price?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I think the fans are more for the RGB and less about performance. IDK how much you paid but I got it for $120. I'm comfortable with the price. If we assume the fans included are super cheap fans for $10/fan. That gives you a $70 value leaving the rest of the bare-bones case at $50. This case contains 2 pieces of tempered glass which is the first thing manufacturers try to cut back on when reducing the cost of a case.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is beautiful. Nice build, how is the psu, i plan on getting the same one by the end of the year.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir. I'm a huge Seasonic enthusiast and think their quality is second to none. Nothing but great performance from it so far. Also has a couple of cool features for fan control etc.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Quality build, man! I really dig the consistent color scheme you got going on!

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I could use them but honestly the EVGA fans seem quieter and I normally never run the RGB on my fans and just run the GPU and CLC lights.

I strategically went with a 240mm so I could have the open fan on the front to keep pushing cool air. I originally wanted to run a 280mm as those seem to have best cooling ability but I would have had to modify the case cut outs. Either way, my cooling with 240mm seems to do the trick well enough keeping my temps below 50c during gaming and normal operation.

Thanks for the input, greatly appreciated.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Where's the best place to find all the cabling I need? Seems tough to match everything I need vs what I don't and not sure where to even start.

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