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Dream PC Upgrade

I recently finished building this PC. Everything turned out great. The only issue I had with the motherboard is that the one I chose happened to only have one fan header for case fans and one fan header for the CPU fan. This caused me to have to buy a fan head splitter to be able to run both case fans. Luckily this motherboard has multiple temperature sensors and chips to avoid overheating, and the headers support fans up to 24W (2Ax12V), meaning that the header could handle the extra wattage from both fans running on the splitter I purchased.

Coming from my really outdated monitor (1366x768 resolution, purchased in 2008), this one is crystal clear and comes with many options to keep your eyes from undergoing strain from looking at it for extended periods of time. One issue I had with the monitor is that even though it is in an HD resolution (1920x1080) it didn't have an HDMI input. I decided to go with DVI over VGA, as the graphics card in this build only has DVI and HDMI outputs (plus DVI is better anyways right?).

The keyboard and mouse are phenomenal, and the keyboard and case RGBs can be synced using Corsair's ICUE software. The mouse is Razer so it was incompatible but using Razer synapse allowed me to achieve basically the same affect. The keyboard RGBs are a bit dim compared to the case and the mouse, but that is a minor issue and one easily overlooked, compared to the price factor and quality.

In the future I hope to add liquid cooling, more case fans, and work on better cable management with this build.

Overall the components were great purchases and I am thoroughly happy with how beautifully this turned out looking with the RGBs. The Ryzen 1600 works great, the GTX 1060 is everything I could have dreamed of, and the 8 GB of ram is more than enough for what I want to do. I went from a simple ASUS M11BB desktop to this workhorse that can run most games at more than 100 FPS and I couldn't be more pleased.

-I used low lighting in images to get a better RGB effect-

Thanks for taking time to read this review, - Bradley

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazing processor that can do anything I ask of it. Great purchase.

CPU Cooler

Good cooler with great RGBs. It seems to be really set up to use its own RGB controller, it would be nice if it made using a case RGB controller more accessible. The assembly was also somewhat confusing. Other than that great and suggested fan.

Motherboard

Great motherboard, that is a beast at running nearly anything you throw at it. Only issue is how small it is, but that is micro atx for ya. Suggest to purchase this board. The overclocking capabilities are great, and smartfan is a fantastic feature with great insights.

Memory

Great ram, just about all you could ask of ram. Might look into rgb ram next.

Storage

Fast HDD, runs great and well worth the purchase.

Video Card

Great graphics card. Runs nearly any game I have personally thrown at it at over 100-120 FPS. Stays cool, and isn't so big it takes up the whole case. Only downside is that the fan must be on the bottom and takes away from the look because you have to look at the back with all the circuitry. Other than that it does what I ask of it!

Case

Beautiful and great case. Cable management isn't the best, but the RGB's look great and every other component is just fantastic. The tempered glass is nice for showing the inside of your PC. I dislike the screws for the tempered glass as they require an alan wrench (included) but other than that its nice.

Power Supply

Works as a power supply should and is quality.

Wireless Network Adapter

Great wifi card, with bluetooth included. Provides fast gaming speeds and great bluetooth connection for speakers etc.

Monitor

Crystal clear monitor with nice features to lessen eye strain. Only issue is that although it is a HD resolution, it doesn't come with HDMI inputs which is really what I was looking for. Can't complain at the price point though.

Keyboard

FANTASTIC keyboard for the price. RGBs are somewhat dim compared to my case and mouse but it still works great. Love being able to sync the lights with my case using Corsair's ICUE software.

Mouse

Great feeling mouse with vibrant RGBs. No issues at all, and has just the right amount of buttons.

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Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 4 points

Upgrades from 1080p monitor to 1080p monitor.

“The difference is incredible.” Lol +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

My previous monitor was 1366x768 resolution, and didn't seem near as clear as this one. Thanks for the +1.

  • 19 months ago
  • 4 points

Well you added 1,014,512 pixels. So it should look sharper, there’s nearly twice as many pixels per inch.

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, but would of gone with better ram. Works better with Ryzen. Also you definitely need an SSD. Especially with this price range.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah those are both things I'm also going to get in the future. I think my goal starting off was to really focus on peripheral upgrades haha. If I hadn't gotten the monitor, mouse, and keyboard I would've put the money towards the others.

  • 19 months ago
  • 0 points

Ok

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

that should be sitting on top of your desk, beautiful case

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

It makes me cringe when i look at how much you spent on a case at this pricepoint. For a good 70 dollar case you couldve upgraded with another stick of ram and an ssd. But either way, a very good looking system.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I was really going for the RGB look and loved this case..basically it stood out to me. I am planning on upgrading those in the future so I wasn't too worried.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Lot of rude comments. lol. Good build! +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Only problem I see is that your case might gather more dust on the ground.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It hasn't been horrible actually! If it wasn't such a large case I'd set it up somewhere haha

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I see. If you had the chance, you could build a stand next to your desk so its level. But still looks nice

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm using the CPU cooler you used for my next build. Thanks for taking a pic of it in action!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Its awesome!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, was wondering how your PC has been holding up since you've built it, and also I want to use that cpu cooler in a future build, can you share any details like how silent is the cooler, have you managed to control the rgb through software, and do you recommend it?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

The PC is holding up great! The main issue I have had is that I used a hard drive from my last PC, and that was 7 years old and very slow. I updated it today with a fresh install of windows and this PC is like 10x faster. The CPU cooler is silent and great. If the connector was long enough I would connect it to my PC Tower's RGB controller but sadly it isn't, so I have to use the controller that comes with the fan itself. You can only use that controller by opening the case. I would suggest buying a case with a controller and an extender to connect it to that!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious ... how exactly are you overclocking on an A320 chipset motherboard?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

There are overclock settings in the bios, I don't overclock much though to be safe.

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I’ll wait until I have enough to keep the RGB theme going

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