Description

Started out as a $1k build, but then my lovely wife stepped up with $500 For my birthday and here's the result.

Gaming primarily - content creation second. Aesthetics was important, according to my taste. Therefore the white ram and gpu.

Haven't benchmarked, but so far it smokes everything from Witcher 3 to Battlefield 1.

Con: The case made my psu make a humming noise after build complete. Fixed by adjusting the screws holding the tempered glass panel to the case. Kinda McGyver/Beethoven type deal no biggie.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Some people say it's tough to install, but if you go slow, methodically and patiently, one screw at the time, it honestly works out fine. Took 1/3 of my total build time. When that was done, the rest was a breeze. Feels more solid at the end of assembly than anything.

Motherboard

Gorgeous looking mobo - onboard wifi and bluetooth is a huge plus in my book.

Storage

Have nothing to compare it to - BUT - my setup is so fast right now! :D

Case

Incredible looks/aesthetics. Fantastic lights (included). Not too heavy.

My case made my psu make a low humming noise after the build was complete. After some trial/error, realised the tempered glass window - and how you adjust it's 4 screws - makes a difference.

Deduction for cabinet build issue, but I fixed it and everything else is great,

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Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

gasp you play Dark Souls, too!? I got it 3 weeks ago and I already have 60 hours on it ;)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

It's very addictive!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

It really is!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Good choice on the game . You can now see a highly rendered 'You Died' screen ;)

But seriously nice build dude lol

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

Yeah, being humiliated never looked this good ;)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm a simple man. I see dark souls I upvote.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm even simpler: I see your upvote - then I upvote! <3 da Souls

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

That case is pretty slick! .. Very nice. +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Yeah, it kinda 'keeps on giving'. The huge glass panel and 10 or so light settings is real easy on the eyes.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Like this a lot!! how are you liking that case? Did the headphone holder come with it?

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I honestly feel like the case is the best of all the choices I made. It looks really, really great and being able to flip the color scheme by the touch of a button adds to variety - and you can do stuff like theme it with the color of your wallpaper etc.

Good space to work inside the case when building and great options for cable mgmt.

The headphone holder is something i added after the fact: NZXT Puck (approx $20). Since it's magnetic you can put it wherever and it also allows you to coil up excessive cables to make everything look just a touch cleaner.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the info! I'm gonna buy the same nxzt part it looks great. Last question. Did you buy any white cables? Or just use the ones from the power supply you bought. Curious if I should do that but the cables I've found on Amazon seem way overkill. Too many. This build + MDW sales pretty much sold me on building a rig so thank you

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Good luck on the build!

I opted to stick with the PSU cables that came with. Felt like there was a fine line between accenting with white and overkilling with it. The cables for this particular PSU were nice and - meshy - for a lack of a better word. They work well IMO.

(put up a couple more pics so you can see the build better)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it normal if my top covers are a bit yellow-ish, instead of the same lucid white that the entire case has?

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  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha absolutely!

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

A million microbes dancing happy together!

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Well, I'm playing the Quake Champions beta and accidentally knocked over the card - my frags went from godlike to scrub. Put the card back upright - godlike again!

It's clearly a booster!