Description

This is my first ever build (hopefully the first of many). I had a smooth time building this PC and didn't run into any problems, probably due to the fact I took my time. I really do like this PC, its main purpose will be gaming. But my aim wasn't to just build a PC dedicated to performance. My aim was to build a high-quality build where each and ever component was of high standard and not just the CPU and GPU.

I think I did quite good with this build and I have to say I absolutely love it 10/10. All the colours match (literally everything) and the cables viewable are neat and tidy. Tell me what you think.

CHANGES SINCE INITIAL BUILD: Replaced PSU due to horrible coil whine. Very satisfied with the noise now (or none of it for that matter).

Overclocked CPU to 4.4GHz

Moved the X31 radiator to the right (of photo POV) for better airflow.

Bought Enermax Twister pressure fan for radiatior. Started making loud grinding noise after 6 months. Got a replacement, which broke after roughly 6 months also.

8GB more of RAM, 1TB HDD, 140mm Aerocool dead silence case fan as top out-take (much better airflow now), simple RGB LED kit, replaced later for NZXT Hue+ RGB kit (it's amazing).

2 EK-Vardar F3-120 fans for a push-pull radiator config, temperatures are cooler than ever.

Part Reviews

CPU

A very fast CPU. Amazing value. Easy to overclock obviously with endless potential. This CPU goes perfect with a watercooler due to it's overclocking potential and temperature. I've got it to go to 4.8GHz at 1.45V.* It now gets a slightly higher benchmark that a £220 i7.

*(PLEASE do not use this for reference since suitable voltages vary per motherboard, power supply and cooler)

CPU Cooler

Quiet when idle, very effective when performance is needed. One of the first fully closed loop water coolers and the first with a variable cooler. The radiator is only 120mm yet it's one of the best coolers you can buy, anything better than this is slight overkill. It's price is very reasonable. The NZXT Kraken series has to be one of the best on the market.

Motherboard

This motherboard is very good for it's price. It's very appealing and packed with numerous useful features. It supports both CrossFireX and SLI. It has great sound which completely eliminates the need for a sound card for the casual user. The BIOS are great, it has endless amounts of options and overclocking literally is just changing two values. If you're only looking for a mild overclcok it's as easy as the click of the button which overclocks the CPU and RAM to a stable frequency.

Memory

Best DDR3 RAM on the market. Also one of the cheapest. I must note that this RAM is extremely appealing to the eye. You'd be stupid to not buy this RAM if red fits your theme.

Storage

The SSD is a good SSD for it's price, decent size and average SSD performance. Installing this will give you a huge performance boots. With a few tweaks in windows this can boot from BIOS to desktop in 8 seconds.

Video Card

One of the best GPUs on the market (at the time of writing) the price is also very reasonable. I find it difficult to make this GPU perform bad. Maxes every game at 60+ FPS. I only bought this over the 390 because I had spare money, even though the 390X does perform better it's only a slight performance increase and not worth the extra £60. I recommend creating a custom fan curve for this card due to the card being able to turn of it's fans completely. If you put the minimum fan speed at 25% you'll reduce temperatures whilst gaming significantly.

Case

The best looking case on the market, this thing is a beauty. It's also packed with numerous feature and has many good case fans which creates great airflow in case. Even if I had an extra £2000 I'd still buy this case. Comes with a fan hub, LEDS, a great window and many fan slots (7x120 or 5x140)

Power Supply

If you want a great PSU but don't want to splash cash then I recommend this. It performs great, has high wattage and is quiet. Has two rails. If your case doesn't have a PSU shroud but has a window then I don't recommend this due to it's many many cables. Defiently go for a modular.

Wireless Network Adapter

Great connectivity. Does it's job. Seen speeds reach 120Mbs on a 100Mbs service.

Keyboard

Good entry level gaming keyboard. Comes with 19 key anti-ghosting (overkill since you only have 10 fingers) the mouse also comes with several DPI options. Has 7 LED options which all look great. Also has slight mechanical feel.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

All the colours match (literally everything)

did a good job matching colors, you definitely took it very personal including the SSD in that theme .. :)

you definitely deserve your +1

now you only need some black and red fans to complete the look

https://pcpartpicker.com/parts/case-fan/#s=140,120&m=88&c=19

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I didn't buy the corsair one because its blue lol. You'd find it funny I almost didn't buy a PCI-e wireless card because it was green. But the Asus one that would fit my theme didn't fit my budget and isn't worth it.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

lol

don't worry we will need a magnifying glass to realize your card has a green PCB

don't worry I wont repeat the word green....... I did it lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Urime shoku! +1111 Po mendoja per 390 pasi 390x eshte shume me e shtrenjte ketu ne Shqiperi :(

Awesome stuff. Love it :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

ia vlen vec 390x se esht icik me i shpejt, kam pa ca video qe i bejn benchmark dhe del r390x me diku 5 fps me i shpejt dhe thon qe nxefet me pak. Un ket do merrja nvend te 390

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Good solid build love that its all amd , i am switching to amd along these lines but going r9 390 ,love the ram now in my favorites the prices have dropped like a lead balloon +1 from me

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot man. Yeah I feel like AMD are making a comeback, they're also good bang for buck. That graphics card is an excellent choice, the 390x is only slightly better - I had extra money that's why I bought it lol. Yeah the RAM is truely majestic and has plummeted in price which is a great time to grab it.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I am condsidering getting the same gpu , but I am also going with a liquid cooler... I was wondering if you had any problems keeping the liquid cool, my freind is s***ing his pants over the possible cpu overheat...

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had no issues with my system so far. If something gets too hot these days it gets throttled so no worries.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

thx +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

qr shqiptari me r 390x O.o, vec them lale rritja ramin se me 8 ske me shku shum larg, po ama mir e ke bo vllai ;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

flm, kam me mar 16 kurj boj ni lek

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man sick build, +1 for going team red, but how is that ssd and that 390x treating you? I've seen in the specifications that it's not really worth it over the regular 390... Does it have like a better cooler or anything? Thanks in advance :D

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

There is little difference between the 390 and the 390x. The X is slightly better and I'm going to TRY play 4k and being slightly better helps a lot for 4k. I also had some money left over so I thought why not.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and the SSD is just being an SSD quick at installing and deleting etc. Little differences between SSDs really.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh okay, the price is good for the SSD and the extra money i guess! why not right?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I think your carpet will give me nightmares

oh uh, good build! how did you test for CPU and GPU load?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Just played games and entered what the highest temperature was. An inaccurate way, yes.

I hate my carpet too lol, had it for ages and its a pain in the ___ to change flooring.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

how was the noctis to build in?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Plenty of room inside, loads of room for cable management which made it very easy for a beginner like me. There was also many slots for cables so you can basically hide every single cable you have. Comes with a fan hub with the fans already installed all you had to do was connect your CPU fan into the white connector and then connect the fan hub into your CPU cooler connector. I'd recommend removing the drive trays and only keeping one so you have more air flow and its easier to route cables.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you connect the hub connector to a system fan header and connect the CPU cooler to the CPU header?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but all fans connected to fan hub will just run at full speed. I recommend just connecting them how its recommended by NZXT. I control my CPU cooler with NZXT CAM software and my case fans with MSI Control Centre (listed as CPU fan)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely Done, Im looking in to a AMD Red/Black colour scheme build as well.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

do the case LED still work?

and does the window has many scratches?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Case LEDs still work. The window had many faint scratches that reduced the clarity noticeably. Contacted NZXT for replacement since it has 2 year warranty, shipped with no problems. New one is clear again but I'm afraid to touch it as it is very easy to scratch.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

do nzxt sends it to any country?

or i have to be in USA or Europe?

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

So appreciate it

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think so, I don't quite remember since what I did was put my wireless driver and MSI Liveupdate on a USB and plugged it into my generic version of windows so it updated the drivers to the latest edition, the chipset version and BIOS included.