Description

this is my very first build and my very first gaming pc! i've been using laptops as my personal computers since about 2009, so i was looking for a nice gaming laptop. one of my friends told me that i could build a pc for much cheaper, so i took her advice! the original budget i had for a gaming laptop was about 2000 dollars, and i wanted this build to have the same budget. overall i got something with better specs, and more customized, so i'm super happy w it :]

i went from getting about 20-30 fps (at 900p) on overwatch with lowest settings, to now getting 80-100 (1080p) on highest possible settings! even games like ark stay above 50 on highest settings. this is my first pc with an ssd too, so it boots in less than 30 seconds, which is something i'm definitely not used to. overall i'm incredibly happy with this build's performance, the only thing i might wish i had done differently is spend a little more to get a better graphics card! cable management isn't great either, but hopefully i can clean it up a little during my pc's first dust cleaning.

Part Reviews

CPU

usually keep it at 4.7ghz, it stays cool even at 100% load, and renders insanely fast!

CPU Cooler

manages to keep my i7-8700k under 80 degrees at all times, even at full load! only complaint is that the led on the block/pump doesn't have the most accurate colors, but i can't complain too much since that isn't what i bought this cooler for.

Motherboard

was torn between this board and the msi gaming pro carbon z370, definitely happy with the one. the aesthetics of this one are so much nicer. a little hard to plug in cables when i had already had the case fans, cpu cooler, ram, etc installed, but still possible, and probably my fault for not planning ahead.

Memory

wish the leds were a little brighter/more accurate in color (specifically purple), but i still think they look great and they work well!

Case

i've heard people complain that it's too plain, but i love the aesthetics of this case. it doesn't distract from the components inside, the glass is incredibly clear, and it has tons of places to route cables. airflow is good too!

Monitor

very glad i went with this monitor despite being scared of the reviews claiming it had problems with dead pixels. this is my first time using a curved monitor and i love it, and as an art student i'm very happy with the color accuracy!

Keyboard

was stuck between this keyboard and a corsair one, but in the end i really love this one. synapse is easy to use and the lighting is super vibrant. i was worried about it annoying me, but i also really like the click of the green switches!

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Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, as you mentioned, probably could've spent a little bit more for a 1080. You'll have this for a while, and the performance should last.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

when i first started learning about computers, i think i was just so appalled at the fact that one part could be so expensive, which made me go a little cheap haha. plus the laptop i had been eyeballing also had a 1070. i'm definitely already thinking about a graphics upgrade though!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I have the exact same case and I can't figure out how to pull the front panel off. Could you maybe tell me how?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

when i was first building it literally took me 15 minutes trying to figure that out lol. hope i'm not too late to respond to this but you just gotta put force into it and rip it off. i was scared of breaking it but it snaps right back into place!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I actually just tried that and it worked. Took a **** ton of force though.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to connect all the fans to the headers or did you use splitters/hubs?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

no splitters needed in my case, the 3 rgb case fans are all connected to motherboard headers, and there are still 2-3 leftover. and if i remember correctly, the radiator fans connect to the pump so they didn't have to go into fan headers.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Ooooo okay thanks! Using the same mobo for my 1st build so I had to see

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

maaaan those rgb ram sticks look SOOO good brooo