Description

My computer of nearly 10 years died a few weeks ago, despite my novice attempts to repair I couldn't get it working. Given the age it just made sense to replace it, although admittedly the budget on this one climbed and climbed as I started researching parts more and more.

I wont go through a breakdown of the build, you guys undoubtedly know infinitely more than I do. I will just add the information that the reason the monitors, keyboard and the Sandisk SSD are listed as free are that the SSD came from my old PC (formatted after removing files) and the monitors and keyboard were freebies from my days in competitive gaming/esports.

Putting it together went pretty well! I'd say for me the hardest part was mounting the AIO, not particularly because the product was difficult, it's just not easy to mount the pump and ensure the radiator doesn't fall over and cause damage to anything. I definitely think there was a better method that would have made it easier, but these are the things you learn in your first build I guess!

I hadn't really intended to go down the RGB route however once the parts started coming together it made sense in my head. I'm glad it's translated into what I think is a nice looking machine. I will definitely be adding white cable extensions to this as I think that will take it to the next level.

I'm super (no pun intended this time) excited to have both monitors running on 144hz and play some competitive titles as well as some AAA titles that come out.

Part Reviews

CPU

I don't really know enough to give a thorough review however it manages everything I throw at it without concern. I will overclock some more in the coming weeks to see how far I can push it but I'm comfortable where it is for now.

CPU Cooler

Fitting the pump to the CPU wasn't the easiest thing in the world. The tubes are relatively rigid making positioning a little awkward for me. The software that comes with it to manage the RGB leaves a lot to be desired, the controller however is excellent and the looks of this bump this up from the 3* I was originally giving.

Motherboard

Really nice motherboard, simple to work with and fit. The inbuilt IO shield did mean I had to remove a rear fan however in a slightly larger case it would have fit in with no issues. The RGB settings are nice and it works well with other software.

Memory

Super pretty! Does the job I need it to, I can't see that I'll need to upgrade at anytime.

Storage

Great SSD but I brought this from my old PC, once again perfect for the job I need it for (as my main active drive).

Storage

Purely used as a boot drive, nothing else being stored on this whatsoever. Windows boots in around 10 seconds which even compared to booting from the Sata SSD on my old PC is a massive improvement.

I may get a second and move to all SSD storage eventually, but that's further down the line.

Storage

The last HDD I had was much slower than this. I'm using this as a back up storage device, leaving things that I am working on or playing on the Sata SSD. This does exactly what I require it to do.

Video Card

Seems to handle everything I need it to do without much issue. Can get on the noisy side when being pushed but I assume this is the same for all three fan cards. I love the basic look of this personally.

Case

I'd hugely recommend this case to anyone building a first PC. Nice and easy to get everything in. In terms of great points the cable management on the back is great, this paired with the power supply shroud means that keeping things neat is a breeze. The radiator mount on the front being removable is a great feature. I need to stop my son getting his little finger prints on the glass though!

I wish the HDD cage was more simple to move but it's a minor gripe.

Power Supply

Nothing really to say this isn't a five star unit. I wish I got fully modular rather than semi as the 24 pin cable on this is massive and not particularly flexible. I may look to upgrade this next.

Monitor

Excellent monitors, really great colour and perfectly adjustable. I like the fact that the bezel is small (although bigger than lots of alternatives) and is the symmetrical all the way around.

Keyboard

I really like this keyboard, the switches give the feedback that I'm after however that is the same for any other Cherry MX Reds. The channels for the cable under the keyboard are good, helping keep cable management neat. It's an older keyboard so the LED's are underwhelming (they're limited, not across the whole keyboard). That said my biggest issue is that the key caps are non-standard, making replacing them a bit of a pain. I'd love to be able to change things around more easily.

Mouse

First foray into wireless mice, I prefer a basic mouse with minimal additional buttons so this is ideal! I think there are only 4 DPI settings and I am kind of between two at the moment. I haven't really looked into it much more so it may just be that I can find other settings.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and crisp +1

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey quick thing: i noticed that the parts list says you have the gigabyte windforce oc card but in the photos it appears like you have the gigabyte gaming oc card, not a huge deal obviously, but if that was unintentional it might be worth correcting. build looks fantastic btw

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I hadn't noticed, I'll update it now. Thanks for letting me know!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I was going to 1 up then I saw your profile picture...

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Aha, was the first thing I found on my work computer when I signed up. Each to their own!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

1 up anyways. Good Build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not a 3700X & and RX 5700XT? Would've been faster for the same/cheaper $$$

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, true. Otherwise, that's still a great build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to stick with Intel and Nvidia, no real logical reason. The price didn't really bother me too much, I didn't make any sacrifices that I can think of based on price.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive never built a pc before so I'm just trying to learn but why do i see so many builds with multiple storages?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

So there are a number of reasons, I have the M.2 for my operating system as it's got faster read and write speeds but higher capacities are expensive.

I have an Sata SSD for regularly used programs that need more storage but I'd still like to be fast loading.

Finally the HDD is for my bulk storage, for items that don't need to be accessed as fast. Larger capacities of HDDs are cheaper than other types generally.

Essentially it allows me to have all the perks whilst keeping the costs down. If you wanted just one storage device I'd recommend getting a large SSD if possible (usually the Sata kind), just keep an eye on the read and write speeds which ultimately decide how fast your system boots and loads programs etc

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! that helps a lot

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Why 4 ram stick? Can you run XMP on 3200 with no problems? I am also trying to build a really similar pc with this MB but reading a lot of problems with rams. Btw really nice build :)