Description

A gaming rig designed to replace my 5-year-old iBuyPower prebuilt. Dubbed "Interloper" because it was built at an inopportune time, namely while making minimum wage at a part-time job while also paying off school debt. I would have finished this build sooner but the original set of RAM I intended to get (2x8GB G.Skill Aegis DDR4-3000) arrived with one dead stick, forcing me to wait a week for a new set. Regardless, I've been extremely happy with it's performance so far. It posts scores nearly double what my previous system was capable of in both Cinebench and Heaven, and more than double in Superposition. I went with a (mostly) neutral color scheme of silver/gray on black so I could decide the final looked based on the RGB fans. I ended up really falling in love with the purple look so I will be sticking with that for now (plus it matches with the Beerus and Champa figures on my desk :D). The only thing I still need is a 1440p 75fps monitor to take full advantage of the new hardware. [Note: Sorry the prices are rounded, but I bought all of these parts over the course of 2-3 months and I don't feel like going back and checking exactly what I paid for each one]

Part Reviews

CPU

A solid upgrade coming from an i7 4-core chip. I actually feel a bit of buyer's remorse for not getting the 2600X over this one, but oh well. Its certainly good enough for my purposes right now and I can upgrade to a 3000-series in the future.

CPU Cooler

This tiny cooler is actually overkill for my system lol. Keeps my non-overclocked R5 2600 <30C idle and <70C under load. Just note that putting this thing on an AM4 socket is pretty finicky and might take a few tries.

Motherboard

A straightforward no-frills board that works as intended. It has an RGB header, 2 fan headers, and 6 USB 3.1 ports (2 of which are Gen 2). The patterning on the PCB is pretty cool but the yellow LEDs on this thing are terrible. Thankfully, you can disable them in BIOS. The placement of the PCIe slots could have been a bit smarter too (the middle slot is blocked by a 2-slot graphics card), but it was fine for my purposes.

Memory

Shiny. Fast. Patriot RAM is underrated. Only thing I don't like about them is that the black pattern on the heatspreaders is just painted on, I thought it was actually cut into the metal.

Storage

This thing is the one sore thumb of my build. A big blue sticker on green PCB is just UGLY. I plan on covering it with a heatsink ASAP. But in terms of performance, its an absolute beast. With Windows installed on this, my system boots in the blink of an eye and everything feels snappy and responsive.

Storage

I would have gotten a 1TB SSD but I just don't have that kind of money right now. Not the quietest drive (it has a particularly scary sounding spin-up and spin-down) but this is good enough for my uses.

Video Card

Ho man, this thing is a monster. Mine auto-overclocked at close to 2.0 GHz right out of the box. As other reviews have pointed out, the white LEDs behind the Zotac logo are a bit too bright. But thankfully my case has tinted glass so its more bearable. But seriously, don't buy an RTX 2070, buy this instead.

Case

This case isn't perfect, but damn does it look good. Cons are as follows. 1) The tempered glass side panel is a pain to put on and take off. This is compounded by the fact that the holes in my panel are slightly misaligned. If you plan on working inside the case often, you'd better just leave it off entirely. 2) The blue LED in the front connects directly to the power supply via molex. EWW MOLEX. 3) The front panel features one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports. Why? USB 2.0 is outdated and pointless, they might as well not be on there at all. 4) The front panel connectors have those nasty "ketchup and mustard" wires. Do what I did and cover them with black electrical tape. I also would have liked a few more anchor points for zipties on the back. Otherwise, this case is solidly built and good looking.

Power Supply

This PSU was overkill for my build but I wanted something that would be able to handle upgrades and could be used in future builds. It sends electricity and it has modular all-black cables, what else could you ask for?

EDIT: Do not use the "Eco Mode" on this PSU. It causes the unit to wait way too long before engaging the fans, causing them to suddenly rev to max speed.

Wireless Network Adapter

Worked right out of the box. Despite being AC750, it outperforms my old AC1200 USB dongle.

Custom

5 RGB fans for $40. What a steal. They aren't the quietest fans in the world, but they look good and they are COLD. Like, I actually had to put a sweater on when sitting next to my rig with the side panel off. They're that cold. The RGB on them is decent. The "white" they produce is more of a pale blue and some of the yellows look ugly, but every other color is bright and vivid. And for that price, how can I not recommend them? Reminder: they DO NOT come with an RGB controller so ONLY buy them if your motherboard has an RGB header.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I also have the Thermaltake Versa H18 with a purple theme. You can check mine out on my profile. The name of my current build is Purple Rain.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Did the h18 come with preinstalled standoffs?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe that it did!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

yes it did

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

can I ask what speed did you manage to get the ram to stably?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I never bothered to overclocking anything (besides cpu/gpu auto-boost). Runs great at 3200 thought.