I built this PC primarily as a gaming system to replace my aged PC from 2008. The secondary goal was to use this for my home office (basic MS Office type stuff). Several peripherals and a SATA drive were reused from my old build. The monitor was a huge upgrade in terms of screen real estate compared to my old 24 inch Samsung.
The biggest concerns revolved around fitting the CPU cooler and large GPU. The Cryorig H7 cpu cooler provides great RAM clearance but can be close to the 1st PCI slot. The MSI video card claims a length of 312 mm, while the Fractal case claims 315 mm of room for a card. In the end both components fit fine, but the GPU definitely has less than 3 mm of clearance from the fans.
My goal was to have a quiet gaming PC that does not feature a bunch of bright lights or colorful components. The end result is very quiet - basically silent when idle or web browsing.
Overall I am quite happy with the outcome.
It works, it goes fast. Easily overclocked to 4.6 GHz and I plan to take it somewhat higher later.
This is a large cooler with great RAM clearance. Be careful with clearance issues for the first PCI slot. It seems to be keeping things very cool. The only complaint is that the fan has an annoying clicking noise - it actually sounds like an old HDD writing. The noise not super loud, but it is quite annoying and easily the loudest thing in my case.
I plan to ask for a new fan from Cryorig. If that does not work I will have to find another fan to toss on this.
Appears to be a solid performer. The BIOS shipped was several months old but was easy to flash up to version 2.0. The BIOS was incredibly easy to use in comparison to my last build back in 2008. Included software (A Tuning) is quite easy to use.
So far I have just used the EasyOC options to get my processor from 4.2 to 4.6 GHz.
So far so good. Low profile and not garish looking.
The came over from my old build. Stability had degraded somewhat over the years but it should be fine as a secondary drive.
I chose this based upon the excellent warranty and performance review that I saw on Toms Hardware. So far so good. It may not be a world beater with top of the line performance but it is reasonably priced.
I chose thing thing mainly based upon low price and good reviews. At the time of purchase it has 5 stars on Newegg and was under $500. Actually due to a sale at the time it was the cheapest 1080 available.
As all the reviews point out - this thing is HUGE. It measures 312 mm long, has 3 fans, and giant built in cooling. Triple check it will fit in your case. It does fit in a Fractal Define Mini C, with fans, but just barely.
Good looking case that was super easy to build in. Has plenty of room for components. Overall quiet.
This was also the only case I could find that had all easy access (front access) dust panels for all air entry points. The front filters are just over the front cover, while the bottom filter slides out very easy from the front. I have not removed the top moduvent so I am not using those filters.
It seems to work great.
A necessary evil. I splurged a bit on the full version to to avoid any transfer issues down the road.
Very quite case fan from Noctua, without the brown color scheme. This version tops out at 1200 RPM and is near silent at under 50%.
It is big, it does 100hz native (no need to OC), and come with G-Sync. It is also hundreds less than the Asus and Acer options in the same size/spec category. The menu options are a bit funky but one does not have to mess with them often.