Description

Meet the new build, I affectionately named "Gloria."

This build has taken me almost a year to complete and obtain all the components I wanted to build it. I came from playing on an MSI laptop my wife had won thru work with a 4720HQ and a 970m. That was my first ever gaming computer & I really wanted to build my own after seeing how much I enjoyed playing on the PC platform.

I had my eye on the Ryzen CPU's from AMD for a while but when Intel released their 8th gen i7's, I knew that I'd be happy with that for at least a few years. Seeing as the performance from my laptop was something I was no longer content with and knowing that it was now a few years old and only going to get even longer in the tooth, I decided that now was as good of a time as any.

I went to Microcenter & bought the MOBO, GPU & CPU. I went home and built her over the course of the weekend. Remember, if you are waiting on the perfect time to buy, you'll never finish your build. That is something I heard a long time ago & figured that Black Friday was as good of time as any.

I kinda lucked out too buying when I did since the I got a GTX 1080 in late November for $579.99 just a few weeks later the mining craze picked back up & pushed the price of the card over $1000.

I loved building this thing and it should serve me well for years to come. Building your own computer is such a rewarding experience & I would recommend the process to anyone considering taking the plunge.

Thanks for taking a look!

Steam: mrb1138 always looking for new people to play with!!

Part Reviews

CPU

6 cores 12 threads @ 5.0ghz. What else needs said. Well, one thing should...thank you AMD for giving Intel a swift kick in the butt and getting them to release this processor! I overpaid for it just a bit, but I wanted to finish and as soon as Microcenter dropped to below $400, I went and bought one. I am at 5.0ghz at 1.375 volts stable. Not to shabby.

CPU Cooler

Couldn't ask for much more from a CPU cooler. Fit my case perfect. Even thought the case states it supports 280mm, it does not. 240mm was a big as I could get & it does the job & keeps my CPU nice and chilly.

Motherboard

I was an early adopter of Z370s & kinda paid the price. It's fine & I like the lower profile ascetic of the board but it does not have enough USB ports for my needs & I had to buy an expansion.

Memory

Great RAM. It's RAM, I like the look of it & was not going to pay extra for RGB on my RAM sticks. I wanted as good of performance as I could get for a reasonable price & I think I got it. 16gb 3200 14-14-14-34 for $170 in today's market, I was more than happy with that.

Storage

I use this for my boot drive & man is it fast. It's also big enough to install a game or two on it if I know that I'm going to be playing that particular game for a while. I think the drive is priced incredibly fair for the performance you get out of it and recommend it to anyone as their boot drive.

Storage

Another great deal but I kinda lucked into this one. I was between the WD Black Series and this one; WD has a better reputation but I have never had a Seagate drive give me any problems or fail on me & this series of HDD was a nice balance of performance, price & capacity. The guy at Microcenter made an error when doing a price match for me & I got this 6TB HDD for the price of a 4TB.

Now, I'm an honest person & would have corrected him if I had noticed while at the store but I didn't until doing some mail-in rebates from the days shopping & I sure as hell wasn't going to go back & tell them I got undercharged for the drive. Bank error in my favor!

As for the drive itself, it's quiet & fast. It's quite a good drive for mass storage.

Video Card

I was thinking about gettting a 1080ti but I decided to go QHD over 4k since I have always preferred more frames than resolution bump & lets face it & nicely over clocked GTX 1080 is more than enough for that resolution. The 25-35% performance increase just wasn't enough to justify another $200+ for me personally. Add to that the fact that the GPU is more than likely gonna be the first thing to get upgraded here so, I figured I'd save the coin and be more than happy with a this card, and I certainly am.

Case

This was the 1st part I bought for the build. A soon as I saw it I knew that, even though the build was going to take me some time, that I would be happy with this case basically forever. It has ample room to work in, thumb screws everywhere, has excellent air flow thru the case with the meshed front panel, has the two front 5.25in bays that I needed for my fan controller & blu-ray drive & it lets face it, it's stunning! The case is a few years old now but even the newer ones I don't like as much as I like this one.

Power Supply

Overkill for my build but I got a good price on it & have plenty of headroom. I could have saved a few bucks here by getting a 650w but I was still unsure between VEGA and Nvidia's 10 series at the time of purchase & the rumors was swirling that VEGA was very power hungry so I wanted to ensure that I had the headroom. It's basically completely silent & with a bit of luck I should have this thing powering a couple generations of GPUs & CPUs.

Optical Drive

Probably could have gone without a blu-ray drive but as near 40 year old I have a ton of physical media & I still prefer to buy physical copies of music, games and movies when I can. The drive itself is great. It's fast, like really fast ripping media & quiet. Can't ask for more than that.

Case Fan

I love these fans. The are quiet, pull tons of air & keep everything nice and frosty. They only lose a point because I am not a big "fan" of NZXT's CAM software.

Fan Controller

What an absolute pain the butt to get this thing installed in my case. It is "jerry-rigged" to all hell in there but, it's in. This should not be listed as "compatible" with the MasterCase Pro5." I like having the fan curve at my finger tips though. All in all a good product from NZXT, if you want this sort of thing, you would be hard pressed to find a better fan controller.

Monitor

This is the best deal I have in the parts list. 27 inch, WQHD, 165hz, 1ms response time, ULMB, and G-Sync monitor for $350. Ya gotta love Black Friday! Now, if it was not an excellent monitor the $350 price point is worthless but I think it's just as nice as any other QHD monitor from AOC, Acer, ASUS you name it even with it being a TN panel. I love the low profile of it, it's unassuming, which I like. The bezels are very thin and I think it looks just great on my desk. It does require some tweaks, as out of the box the colors are washed out quite a bit as you would assume with almost any TN panel but there are excellent settings I found on Reddit & Youtube that make the colors POP. I'd recommend the monitor to anyone in the market for a 1440p, high refresh, G-SYNC monitor.

Keyboard

I love the feel of mechanical switches but not the sound, these switches are as quiet as I have ever heard but the switches themselves still feel wonderful for not only gaming but typing as well. The CUE software from Corsair is great and really easy to use. All around just a great keyboard that I could not be happier with.

Mouse

I hate wires & I am by no means some sort of pro gamer that needs every ms of response time I can get, so I wanted a really nice wireless mouse that had full RGB support. This fit the bill. I feel it's priced way to high but I had a gift card to Best Buy burning a hole in my pocket at the time, so I took the plunge. It works great, has descent range for a non-Bluetooth device and the RGB is really cool. Only complaint is that the Razer logo does not illuminate, but that is really nit-picky.

Headphones

Hands down the best headset I have ever owned. Wireless perfection. I love this cans, absolutely love them. I was actually really torn between these and the Astro A50's when it was time to buy though, so I bought them both! The A50's seemed to have far too much bass & I hated the charging stand as opposed to the swap-able batteries that came with the SteelSeries, so the Astros were the set that went back to the store.

Speakers

I think they look great on my desk & they deliver what I consider excellent sound for a $100 2.1 channel setup. I'm no audiophile but to me they sound great to me, I am a big 90's hip-hop fan (Wu-Tang!) and the bass these give off is room rattling (something my wife just loves! /s lol)

Custom

I paid $50 for a mouse pad. I give the pad a 3 star since it works fine but I give myself a one star. What was I thinking?

Custom

Great webcam, I know the C922 is out now but I have been more than happy with this C920 & don't ever see myself replacing it for any reason.

Custom

Good sound quality for a good price. Blue makes very nice microphones & I don't do much as far as recording or videos so these work just fine for team chat or the occasional podcast.

Custom

Best controller ever made, hands down. That said the analogs on the XB1 controller are far too small so I bought some aftermarket stick covers & now they feel great. Here is a link to the analog covers I put on the gamepad if you feel the same way about them as I did. https://www.amazon.com/AceShot-Lizard-Silicone-Precision-Antislip-Controller/dp/B00JQMV3F4

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! +1 for another master case owner.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 very nice looking z370 build

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build mate. Love the man cave!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I get my one room, the wife gets the rest of the house!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the info on the case not supporting the 280mm cooler (+1), I will be going with the 240mm for the upgrade to the Mastercase Pro 5.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Great build! I have the same monitor and it's amazing! How was working with that mobo? Torn between MSI, ASUS, or GIGABYTE for my build.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The MOBO works great. I didn't want any MORE lights, I figured the fans + hue was more than enough. Wish it had more USB headers but that seems like a Z370 things. I have extras with my monitor, keyboard & front panel, but I don't like putting stuff there. I may end up getting an expansion for the back. I love the look of it though. Plus, I got that MSI dragon sticker!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Ascension like black ops?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

God, that was my favorite Zombie map ever. The song was so good to. Abracadaver or something like that.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't choose a favorite lol

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Assassin's Creed Origins has pushed me over the edge as well. So what frames are you getting on it now?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

70ish. But now I have G-sync so the game is much smoother & looks great.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you still having the issues with the mouse? I was wondering because I used to have those problems but then I cleaned the laser on the bottom with a q-tip and it has worked perfectly ever since.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, it has never given me issues. Except I feel that sometimes it fails to charge when I have it on the charger & the lights sometimes get really dim for no reason, but as far as performance goes, I've never had a complaint about it. I don't like that with the new Snyapse from Razer doesn't support it & now I have to use two different programs to configure the lighting for my Razer gear. Maybe they'll add it down the line.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are you in OH?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Cleveland. I live in Parma to be specific though.