Description

Overall, I am impressed with the 8350k's gaming performance at 4.8GHZ. It performs basically frame for frame with my overclocked 8700K in most games. I also really like the Cooler Master RGB controller given it's price and it uses standard 4-pin RGB headers.

This build was my first attempt at cable sleeving as I usually go for silent builds with no case windows. Once you get a hang of detaching the molex plugs, sleeving is pretty easy but time consuming. The biggest challenge with sleeving modular power supplies are the numerous pins that combine two wires. This makes it difficult to reseat after adding sleeving and you need a solution for running wires from two terminals to one. My solution was sleeving each individual wires up to a point, and then hiding the transition to two wires in one sleeve with some heat shrink.

Part Reviews

CPU

The 8350K really is a great CPU. Despite questionable pricing at release, at $135 there is no better bang for your buck for gaming when overclocked. You do need to spend an extra $20 to get a Z370/Z390 board, but it easily outperforms popular non-K i5 CPUs and hangs with my overclocked 8700K in most games. The i3 obviously falls behind in applications where hyperthreading matters, but there's not much incentive to buy up the stack if you're only gaming.

CPU Cooler

Pretty decent for the price. It is louder than a good air cooler but does a good job cooling. The software is a but sluggish and the lighting controls conflicts with EVGA's lighting control for the graphics card.

Motherboard

Not a fan of this EVGA motherboard. I was not impressed with the BIOS and overclocking was pretty finicky so I stopped at a very comfortable 3.8 GHZ on my 8350k. Has decent feature set but will put my money elsewhere when overclocking.

Case

All DG-7 series cases use the same frame. The more expensive models add tempered glass and a LED/fan controller, but the actual case is the same. So at $40, you get a really nice case but with an acrylic side panel and an oddly designed plastic front intake cover. I can't really recommend this EVGA case at this price point. You can find better for $40-$50 with tempered glass. Case fans were extremely loud.

Case Fan

The Cooler Master fans may not be the brightest and best looking, but this retail package with 3 fans and the RGB controller is an incredible value. I paid $25, but even at $40 this is 5 stars.

The RGB controller connects to your motherboard via USB for software controlled lighting and uses standard 4-pin RGB headers; you can pair the controller with better fans. I highly recommend the Cooler Master RGB controller if you can do without A-RGB.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel like this is an ad. But I like it. +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is the 8350k doing u.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I just added my thoughts on the 8350K to the description. It obviously lacks hyperthreading, but your single threaded performance is what matters most in games

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep unless it video editing or coding .

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

good price for an amazing pc!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Got mine at 4.8ghz as well. Overall the PC is super zippy, things load up super fast and I almost never see any hesitation anywhere. Wanna go beyond 4.8 just for fun, but don't really see any benefit, plus my cooling solution probably won't handle it. Good to see someone enjoy there 8350k as much as I do!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually there’s a i3 9350kf. Nice build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Post fixed. Thanks for your comment!