My first PC build was a gaming rig my dad helped me with back when I was 13, when a 800mhz PC was considered monstrous haha so I was seriously a noob when it came to today's hardware standards. Definitely want to give a HUGE shout out to the PCPARTSPICKER community for their knowledge in current hardware configurations. Helped my decision making a smoother process.
So I just came back from my third deployment, had a year to decide on what parts I wanted. Figured i'd make something that could not only dominate all my consoles combined but also be a great work station for photo editing which my wife and I both do on the side. Money wasn't an issue, I simply wanted the best of the best and it had to aesthetically please my eye balls. :) I choose all AIO parts specifically because of my inexperience with liquid cooling, my next PC (probably for my wife) with CHEAPER parts will be experimented with legit water cooling, EK water blocks and all, that's the plan anyway.
OVERALL this build was very fun, and it performs amazing. If I could re-do anything.. It'd be holding out on the Titan X (first item I purchased on my hardware list) to get a 1080 GPU.
Don't mind the mess in these pictures, just moved and slowly still setting up the office/guest room :P
Thanks for the view!
This is the first AIO product that i've ever owned so I can't compare it to others out there but it definitely helps cool my CPU under load. I replaced the stock corsair fans with my own just to keep everything in uniform.
I don't consider price a con, this MOBO dominates in every category and very user friendly for overclocking. Bios is easy to navigate through, even has neato RGB lights.
Really love this graphics card. Inside my Lian-Li PC-08 case it idles at 28-30 degrees and at full load typically hovers at around 40 degrees. My only grip is that I couldn't replace the stock EVGA fan because it uses a 3-pin which connects to the pump of the GPU. The fans in my case are all PWM 4-pin fans :(
I purchased this case knowing damn well it sucks for ventilation and that your parts need to be water cooled to survive in this setup. With that aside it's build quality is REALLY good, didn't come with a lot of instructions unless you can read asian lol.
- Surface material can easily leave finger prints that are hard to remove
- Cable management was a PITA because of the little room you have between the HDD Cage and PSU.
Screw tabs that hold Tempered glass continue to kick my ***
- Looks freaking glorious with the glass installed
- Comes with decent RGB lighting. (adhesive)
Some great quality high static fans with rubber edges to prevent vibration noise! Cables are also braided which gives it a nice touch to the build quality. These are also pretty dang quiet.
Love this monitor! I bought mine used through amazon and it has little to no back-light bleeding. Monitor handles everything i throw at it with super high refresh rates.