Well with Black Ops 4 coming out my old GPU (GTX 760 4gb) wasn't cutting it and I found a really good deal on the 1070 TI. I was expecting the CPU to bottleneck it (I5-4460) but not as bad as it actually did. So naturally I decided it was finally time to upgrade the whole rig. I wanted to try and keep the budget low but really didn't want to sacrifice aesthetics. I told myself the next PC wasn't going to have a side panel so I wouldn't care about what parts were in it.... yeah that didn't happen...
I have to say it turned out fantastic, it looks like an affordable showpiece on my desk. This is my 4th build so I am by no means an expert and I'm sure someone more experienced could make it better but for my level I am quite happy. Just don't go taking off the back panel, cable management is practically non existent. The Uphere cable sleeves, while holding shape really well and being affordable are a bear to work with and definitely would not recommend them to anyone tight on cable management.
I have yet to Overclock the CPU yet but it is already blowing my old one out of the water, as it was somewhat expected to do. So I can't say I am planning on trying a heavy overclock but we will see how things shake out. I also must say the fans, despite being quite cheap are very quiet, much quieter than my silenX fans on my old rig.
Can't honestly say I would do much different next time but I am open to everyone's comments and critique!
Always thought these coolers looked weird, but they look different in a good way now in my eyes. So far it is functioning great, even under load in Black Ops 4 the CPU has barely hit 40 degrees, of course without overclocking yet but still impressive.
Great board for the price. The ASUS Bios is easy to work with and it looks great. The integrated I/O shield isn't common of at this price point and is a nice touch.
Good, tidy looking RGB RAM that didn't cost me any limbs. Combined with the AURA sync compatibility very happy with it.
Functions the same as a regular size card with a small package. Haven't truly pushed it yet but temps have stayed very low. Aesthetically pleasing as well with the simple backplate and white LEDs
Great case for the price bracket, the tempered glass and minimalist RGB accents are a nice touch. The only thing I wish it had was cable grommets but it is an expected absence at this price point. Also the front airflow could be better but I haven't run into any cooling issues yet as a result of it.
Surprised at how quiet they really are, took a star off as they cannot be connected to the motherboard to control the LEDs but for the price its hard to beat still.
Clean and nice looking cable extensions, much nicer than the Phanteks and equivalents in the price range. Only con is they are quite difficult to work with which could cause issues in smaller form factors and cases with little cable management space.