Description

Finally completed an entirely new build from the ground up! I've been upgrading components for my previous build that I first made about 8 years ago and it was just not able to perform with what I wanted.

New build, I wanted to stay gtx gpu since I have an Nvidia shield and I use gamestream frequently. I decided to stick with intel CPU.

Overall, TITAN is a beauty. Plays all games I've tested so far on ultra settings hitting anywhere from 60 to over 100 fps. Boots in about 10 seconds.

If you have any questions about any component feel free to ask!

Part Reviews

CPU

Was going to go for the 8400 but snagged the 8500 when it went on sale for a price lower than the 8400. Great CPU overall, no overclocking but performance has been more than sufficient. At some point I may upgrade to either the 8600k or 8700k.

Motherboard

Picked it up in a Mobo, PSU, AIO combo that was on sale, and I sold the cooler so it was a solid deal overall. The board may seem like overkill at the moment but this was intentional. My previous build, that I've had for about 6 years, I cheaped out on the board and was very limited on upgrade paths. The one issue I had with it is that there is a red LED that stays on all times the PC is off. The manual says the LED means CPU power connection error, but there is no issue. I've found forums of people who have this happen to them too.

Memory

Not much to say, seems great and I've had no problems with it. Will likely upgrade to 32gb at some point.

Storage

In addition to 2 1TB hard drives from a previous build, I installed the 970 Evo. Installation was pretty easy and speeds are incredible. Made sure to get the 250gb as the 125gb for my previous build filled up fairly quickly. It's $0 on this post becasue it was a gift for birthday.

Video Card

I can see why it's the most popular GPU on steam right now (just the 1060 6gb, not the brand). Amazing card, I'm getting great performances on all games.

Case

Beautiful case, perfect amount of RGB (at least for me) and leaves room for great airflow and potential expansion. I added some Riing fans to accent the case lights.

Power Supply

Again, not much too say. Modular is amazing for cord management and I've had no problems with it.

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Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Could it handle VR?

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

On medium-high settings, yeah it should be solid.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1060 6Gb should be able to handle VR, as the 1050Ti can. Probably not ideal though.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recomend also getting an internal hard drive for more space. Ex: the seagate baracuda 2terrabyte

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the EVGA motherboard? I'm currently trying to decide on one and the EVGA caught my attention, yet I'm not entirely sure I should go with it. My other choices would be the MSI Pro Carbon or the Asus ROG Maximus X.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm digging the EVGA board, but I've only ever had them or Gigabyte. If I had to guess I'd say they're pretty equal with the MSI mobo's typically, judging from reviews. Asus tends to be a little nicer, but also have a slightly higher pricetag. Really just depends on exactly what you want. I got exactly what I wanted from my board and am satisfied!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

my friend needs a new z370 mobo he liked this one can you link me where you got the deal

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're using the stock cooler, you cant be overclocking much if at all. And yet you say youre running modern games at high setting with 60+ fps. So the 8500 really delivers without too much overheating? I only ask because Im wondering if its really worth it to go for the i5 8600k since im hoping to get a quality experience without the trouble of learning to OC and/or buying a big ol fan/aio.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am new to this and when I looked at the compatibility check of this build it said:

The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled. The motherboard M.2 slot #3 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled.

Is this anything to be concerned about? Thanks

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  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

the 8500 comes with one...

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

My life is a lie... I thought 8th gen didn’t do stock coolers, if I would’ve known, I would’ve gone with that on my build...

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

A select few processors come with stock coolers all of the k models don’t have them

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

any locked desktop processor such as one that doesn't end in x xe or k or any xeon will come with a stock cooler

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