Description

I built this to switch from a PS4 for gaming. It's amazing.

Part Reviews

CPU

I want to start off by saying that this chip and its 8 cores is more than enough for gaming. And if this is great for gaming, then it's phenomenal for general everyday use (like homework, web browsing, watching YouTube/Twitch). So don't let the lack of SMT multi-threading deter you from the 9700K. Chances are if you're like me, you'll never really even come close to max processing power. Unless you can find a really good price on the 9900K (or 9900KS) then this is the processor you're gonna want.

It's fast. Powerful. And I hear it's great for overclocking, but I don't really have plans to do so. Maybe somewhere down the line I will, but not because I think I'll NEED more processing power. You're gonna love this chip. I bought mine for $60 cheaper at a Micro Center near me.

CPU Cooler

This thing is AMAZING and looks AWESOME. I wanted to go with the X62 but my room gets really warm on its own sometimes so I kind of needed the extra cooling. I haven't seen my processor get any hotter than 40° C while playing Rocket League, and 50° C for Call of Duty: MW. Impressive!

I’m coming from a PS4 that sounded like an airplane was about to take off with its one fan.. I barely hear these stock fans.

Motherboard

Great board, dual M.2 slots, nice RGB, built-in I/O shield, and plenty of fan headers and heatsinks. The BIOS is easy to navigate as well.

4 stars because Aura Sync (the software used to control the RGB on the board and RAM) is TRASH. I can't seem to make my mobo a different color than my RAM. They both have to be synced up. And even my RAM can’t be individually changed. Maybe I'm just stupid, who knows. The most annoying thing about Aura Sync though is that no matter which settings I play around with, my LEDs automatically reset to default after I turn my PC back on from shutdown. So frustrating.

Memory

Can't complain. Wish I'd gone with the 3600 cus it's cheaper than the 3200 right now(???) but yeah: RGB, cool design. RAM is RAM though at the end of the day.

Storage

What's a loading screen?

Seriously though, this thing is blazing fast. Got it for $20 cheaper at Micro Center.

Storage

$50 is so cheap for 2TB. Though this is mainly going to be used for backups and nothing more. Wish I would've just spent the money on a 2.5" SSD.

Video Card

I almost went with the FTW3 but the price wouldn't drop. This thing can handle 4k no problem. You get good frames even when playing on high settings, though I don't ever push it that far cus frames > resolution. I don't find that my card goes above 71 when playing CoD MW. I love the metal backplate on the card. The little "super" they slap on at the tail end of the card doesn't light up, thought that was kind of weird that they didn't decide to include an LED on there for it but whatevs. EVGA has a banger with this one.

Case

This case has surprisingly good airflow. You wouldn't think that just by looking at it. There's a magnetic dust filter inside the front panel and underneath for the power supply. Built-in radiator support on the top. You can fit 7 fans in there like I have mine. It’s not SILENT but it stays at a whisper which is perfectly fine.

SUPER easy to build in once you take that cable management bar out. You can put it back when you're done building. There are so many routing areas on the back and inside for moving cables through to the motherboard. I went with this case over the 710i just because I didn't feel like paying for two extra light strips since I was already getting a Hue Bridge+ with my RGB fans. Plenty of room in there even for expansion. It's a large mid-tower, but still a mid tower. USB-C on the front panel, pretty cool.

Power Supply

It's an 80+ Gold psu. 650 watts cus PCPartPicker said my system wouldn't go over 500.

Case Fan

These things look SICK. The fans could be a tad brighter, but at night it doesn't matter and it's unfortunate that the RGB is only on one side since it's on the trim so keep that in mind. You won't be able to see the lights if your front panel isn't glass and you place the fan in front of your case. The side that doesn't have RGB is the direction that the air flows.

I’m coming from a PS4 that sounded like an airplane was about to take off with its one fan.. I barely hear this one.

Case Fan

$90 is a great price for these RGB fans + hub. These things look SICK. The fans could be a tad brighter, but at night it doesn't matter and it's unfortunate that the RGB is only on one side since it's on the trim so keep that in mind. You won't be able to see the lights if your front panel isn't glass and you place the fan in front of your case. The side that doesn't have RGB is the direction that the air flows.

I’m coming from a PS4 that sounded like an airplane was about to take off with its one fan.. I barely hear these.

Monitor

Great color resolution for a TN panel. 155Hz with a display port cable only (not included, at least for me), 144Hz with HDMI. 1ms response time. 1440p. All you need in a gaming monitor for a very, very competitive price. The monitor itself, not just the display, is beautiful too.

Keyboard

First mechanical keyboard and I'm in love. I went with the TKL because I needed more desk space. This thing is awesome with plenty of RGB settings to play with and tune to your liking. Instructions came in Mandarin so I downloaded the software off the website. Bought mine at mechanicalkeyboards.com. Cherry MX Brown keys cus they’re not as clicky but still clicky, y’know?

Mouse

The Rival 600 was handed down to me from a friend who barely used it because he got a limited edition mouse that he loves. Awesome RGB. I think Steelseries is top tier. I only game on a PS4 controller so I can't comment on DPI and stuff. It's got great responsiveness from what I can tell.

Headphones

These things sound AWESOME. I switched from Turtle Beach Stealth 600's on the PS4 and those had great audio for gaming and music, and these match that and more. Way more. I didn't know what crisp audio was until these. Pretty expensive though, and the DAC isn't necessary because you can control all the audio through Steelseries Engine software. Full customization for the RGB which is around the earcups and the end of the mic, which is retractable. The mic sounds incredible too, my friends tell me that my voice is crystal clear.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. Also, +1 for mentioning mechanical keyboards.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks!