I must say, after all that I have been through in the tech world, PCs can be really overwhelming to the first time builder. (I can say from experience.) Over time this build went through many changes and definitely wasn't what I initially though it would be like, but now that it is all said and done. I can say that it I was definitely worth it. There is no GPU since I plan on getting an RX 3080 from AMD when it releases sometime in 2019. Sorry for the low res pictures I don't have a very good camera atm.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Decent cooler overall, definitely not the quietest thing in the world and I definitely feel some buyer's remorse after purchasing this. But besides that, it is a solid cpu cooler, the rgb is OK at best since it has no rainbow wave effect. (but it doesn't bother me since it is set to orange) Cable management can be a bit of a pain if you're not good at it, but overall a great cooler. And one last note is that the stock fans are LOUD so if you want this aio for silence then get different fans.

Thermal Compound

It does what's it's meant to. 5/5 would use again.


Haven't been able to test all the features of this motherboard just yet, but definitely a solid choice from MSI, Perfect if you don't want to spend $200+ on the Gaming pro Carbon and is still definitely a good motherboard to boot. The rgb is pretty but not all up in your face like other motherboards in the Z370/90 line up. Plenty of fan headers and a feature rich bios. Overall pretty good choice, just that you need to make sure drivers are up to date. 4.5/5


Very good set of ram, the 3000mhz Speed is perfect for my build, and the cas latency of 15 makes it perfect for any Ryzen or Coffee Lake rig, it hasn't failed me at all and is a very reliable kit, there are cheaper kits that are as reliable, so if you want to pay the premium then go right ahead, but there are cheaper kits.


Excellent ssd in every way, it's not that bad of a price, it's on par with the Samsung 860/850 Evo and The Crucial mx500, it's a very good drive in terms of performance, but I'm not sure on how long it lasts.


Overall not all that bad of a drive, but I must say that I only recommend this if you use it for NAS, since the drive is slow, if you're looking to get this for a normal PC then please reconsider and get a 7200rpm drive, I made the mistake of buying this without know HDD speeds, so it's very slow for my tastes. Besides that it isn't that bad of a drive


I LOVE this case, the aesthetics are great, the built in fan hub is easy to use, the cable management is good, and the tempered glass is sexy af. The case was very easy to build in (a ton easier than my corsair 270r). The case is very quiet with the silent wings 3 fans inside. So that's nice. Only con I have is the hit on airflow this case has, I definitely noticed an increase in temps (roughly 3 - 4 degrees warmer) but that is what happens when you have a silence focused case. But besides that it's a nice case. It has plenty of stock case fans (they're the be quiet! purewings 2 140mm fans. And they have 3 included.) Moved them to the front and put in the silentwings 3 fans I had. The case is definitely well engineered. the side panels are locked in by a button, similar to that on the NZXT h700i but, I believe be quiet did it better since it doesn't just fall out. There is also a removable bracket up to for fans and radiators which is a nice touch. Overall, I case that I really like, and would reccomened for people who want the silence route in a system.

Power Supply

Got this thing with a best buy gift card and I am very pleased with it. A great power supply for anyone building a high end system, the fan is whisper quiet, the cables are sleeved and black, and the efficiency is close to that of an 80+ platinum unit. Would recommend for anyone who wants their system to be powered by a reliable unit. A little overkill for my system, but is definitely a high quality unit comparable to the Bitfenix Whisper M and EVGA G2/G3 units. So I'm pleased

Wireless Network Adapter

Very nice wifi card, only drawback is I ha some initial issues with installing drivers and the thing not being detected, but overall a good wifi card since I didn't wanna snake a huge wire through my house.


Overall a really great option for a 144hz VA panel gaming monitor, while VA panels are known for ghosting, this one uses a Samsung VA panel so the risk of ghosting is minimized significantly, the 144hz is nice for me, as I'm coming from a 60hz TN panel, the color accuracy is definitely a step up over my Acer h233h. And the overall design is very sleek, the only complaint I have about it is that part of the stand is red, so it may clash with some builds, but besides that it's a solid option for a 144hz gaming monitor.


Pretty good for an rgb gaming keyboard, after trying gateron inks and pbt keycaps, I can't really give it a huge amount of praise, the media keys are nice, albeit mushy since they are membrane, but they are useful at times since I don't have enough desk real estate for a second monitor for discord/spotify, but besides that, the rgb is nice, albeit a bit dim in the daytime, and the software is overall OK, it does have it's flaws and bugs, but it is manageable, and this brings me to my 2 biggest grievances, the key caps and stabilizers, the key caps are made thin, cheap, slippery ABS that I am not a huge fan of, but to some that may be liked, and the stabs, HOLY Jesus the stabs are awful they're extremely rattly and completely overpower the noise of my mx silent switches, which may I add the mx silents are pretty decent, too light for my tastes and a bit mushy but still solid. Now, as for the stabilizers, unless you are willing to go in and lube the stabilizers, then be prepared to have a very obnoxious "rattle" or click whenever you press the backspace, enters, shifts, numpad 0, or space bar, besides that, the board is okay, but overpriced for the quality it has.


Outstanding mouse on all fronts, everything about this mouse screams well balanced, it's not that hefty in price, it has an excellent sensor, it's not that heavy (around 90-100g) and it's got programmable and RGB lighting, Quite the whole package, but there is one underlying issue, the software. I have had issues with the software, such as it not loading so I've had to uninstall and reinstall it, but the amount of customization you can do with the mouse and the software is definitely good to have, may hydro dip it to be full orange soon.


The Hue2 is definitely a bit of a step in the right direction from the Hue+, it does allow the possibility of under glow strips on the case and lighting behind the monitor, the software can be a bit frustrating but overall not all that bad for a lighting system, May need to sell it soon though because I'm getting a new desk soon and I want dual monitor so the case will go on the floor.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, why no discreet GPU?

NVM, read the rest of your description.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

still looks nice

but i would get a temporary gpu or something

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't know if you'll see this since this post is a few months old, but I know you mentioned that your temperatures have gone up but what are you hitting on your CPU and GPU at load in the silent base? I'm thinking of putting an i7-8700K in it so I was wondering how temps could get.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I usually hit around 85 degrees celcius at max load on the GPU (EVGA GTX 1080 SC) and around 70 on the cpu at max temps, so not all that bad, but then again a bit toasty.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the reply, that sounds good enough for me, I'm intending on putting in a 280mm AIO and occupy all the fan slots to try and force through a bit of airflow, so hopefully won't be too bad. Hope its treating you well, love the color scheme of your build

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you connect the NZXT Hue 2 to power, did you use an adapter?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The hue2 has molex connector that comes with it so I just used one of the miles strips that came with the power supply.

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