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$1200 Gaming PC

by sheesheth



Date Published

Dec. 28, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.835 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


First build. Didn't run into any issues. Mainly to be used for FPS games at 144hz after new monitor arrives.

Part Reviews


Handles everything I throw at it. Overclocked to 4.4GHz with ease, all I did was set the multiplier to 44. Stays well withing acceptable temp ranges even with the 212 evo.

CPU Cooler

Installation was pretty straight forward. Keeps my cpu nice and cool. If I could do it again I think I would go for the cryorig for slightly better aesthetics.


Great mobo thus far, the aura lighting syncs with my gpu which is nice. However the lighting on the aft end of the mobo and the led in the center are always red. Good audio. 3d printing support for a m.2 fan and nameplate will come in handy if you want to achieve a true custom look.


No compatability issues, matched color scheme, and was on sale. What more do you want from your ram?


Great m.2 alternative to 2.5in ssds. Not nearly as fast as some m.2 drives but still faster than what you can achieve through Sata. Not a huge fan of the green pcb but you can hardly notice it through a tinted side window.

Video Card

Coming from a GTX 760 this is night and day. Never gets over 68c when gaming in my setup, very fast and still a decent price:performance. Although there are more budget friendly 1070s on the market.


At this price point I don't know if there is a better value on the market. Great looking case that is super easy to build in. The fans the come with it are not the best, you will need to add you own unless you use a liquid cooling setup.

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twistanesh 3 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

nice! wanna see the motherboard Aura in action

sheesheth submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

So do I! Just waiting on UPS lol

twistanesh 3 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Dang UPS better hurry up.

sheesheth submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Its finished!

twistanesh 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

looks awesome! lemme know if you get any more pics/ vid of that mobo rgb in action. I wonder if the phanteks RGB can hook up to the asus aura??? that would be sick

riceforafrica 1 point 27 months ago

With what did you test your OC under load? 65C for a 4.4 OC seems very low for me under load :o