Description

I designed this PC to be very powerful and very good looking, I wanted a lot of RGB with the advantage of a completely viewable case. Being the first PC i have ever built it was the one that took the longest for sure, learning how to build a computer step by step. I did lots of previous research and found out all i needed to know. I would Recommend all the ites in this list please read on for my personal opinions on each item:

The CPU: I started off with the Ryzen 3 22OOG as a stop gap between getting a more expensive CPU and waited till i could afford it. The 2200G was really good and had great integrated graphic. I then upgraded to the Ryzen 7 2700X for more cores and I can tell you that it changed everything, with its 8 cores and 16 threads this CPU really made space for faster processing and pure gaming power. I would definitely recommend the Ryzen 7 2700X to any one that wants high power in their builds. The next step would be to buy the Ryzen 9 3950X but that will come much later on, just because I want even more processing power to be honest. Power hungry person? Me? Definitely!!!!

CPU Cooler: The Cooler Master Master Liquid ML240L AIO is great its a fair priced AIO with great RGB lighting and very good cooling. Fairly easy to install (did have a little bit of difficulty but that’s expected) all in all a great all round Liquid cooler. The fans and Cooler hub/ pump all connected with the Cool Master RGB controller very well and had no problems also.

Motherboard: For the Motherboard I used the Gigabyte Aorus X470 Ultra Gaming ATX which was definitely a great choice, with its RGB capabilities and generally great looks. One small problem that I found was the Fusion RGB software went a little bit wonky and lights would not stay on the selected colours but apart from that it is great. Being an ATX mobo it has all the bells and whistles that you would expect including having enough fan headers and having all other pins and headers in good places and not in the way of anything else. It has space for expansion also including going with another GPU for SLI and also another spot for a secondary M.2. Also have a heat sink for the M.2 is really great as well.

RAM: The Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200Mhz RAM is definitely a must buy it looks great and performs as expected, with the metal heat sinks it stays relatively cool too. Its a fairly cheap but reliable set of RAM. I will be moving on to buy 32GB 3000 Mhz RAM in the future as I want to one day have 64GB all together.

Storage:

M.2 NVMe Western Digital Green 240GB: This was for the operating System only but I wanted it to be a little bigger than just enough for the OS. This M.2 is really good value for money in my mind, fast speeds and space saving, it sits in a slot underneath my graphics card nice and tucked away.

HDD Hitachi 4TB 3.5” 5400RPM: I bought this hard drive second hand off of a friend that did not need it any more so I thought I could use it. This hard drive is primarily used for archiving space (Documents YouTube video library and old games that I have finished with.

HDD Toshiba X300 4TB 3.5” 7200RPM: This was the first Hard drive I installed in my PC and it is used for my current games and other important software and document files. With 7200RPM over the other HDD with 5400RPM it helps the run games faster and without interruption.

I will be expanding my storage at a later date by adding a 1TB M.2 NVMe and also 2 1TB SSD for even better running of my games.

Graphics Card: The Nvidia GTX 1070Ti is for sure a powerful card although that the stock for them has almost gone if you can get your hands on one for a good price then I think you should go for it! If you can not find one or fancy going with AMD then the AMD Radeon RX 590 or the Radeon Vega 56 will be a worthy contender, on the Nvidia front of things the RTX 2060 Super is very good competitor. I can run most of my games on Ultra settings with a good 60-120FPS some very new games like Borderlands 3 I had to use high graphics quality and some medium graphics quality to get a good 60-90FPS. All in all it is a great all rounder but at the time it was a little bit pricey at the time that I purchased it compared to the Nvidia RTX 2060S. I would say that you wont need to get two 1070ti’s in SLI as they are powerful enough on their own, Remember that doubling up on your GPU’s does not double the value of how much VRAM (Video/graphics RAM) you have with both it only speeds up the pixel processing it can do. I added a GPU support in as well as there was a slight bit of sagging happening over time. Also seeing as the GTX 1070Ti has almost gone I will not be getting a second one to SLI but instead I will be either waiting for the Nvidia 3000 Series or moving over to AMD Radeon and going to crossfire, this will hopefully also future proof my PC as well.

The Case: The Thermaltake view 71 TG ATX Full tower Case is for sure the part that makes this build come to life, with there being almost 360 degrees of viewing angle you can see the entire build and all its glory. The space inside of the case is great too with plenty of space for cable management and expansions for up to 3 HDDS or 6 SSD you can seriously mix and match on storage. There is space for a number of fans inside as well, in my case there are 7 total fans and then the Cooler Master AIO Radiator as well. One thing that I have to say against this case is the weight (which is for sure to be expected) with all the Toughened Glass removed and no components inside it weighs about 10kg and can be hard to move around whilst building it. When all the components are in and the glass is back on the entire build weighs up to about 25-30kg which again is hard to lift and move when needed. Apart from that this case is absolutely beautiful and is for sure the top recommendation for anyone who wants a really flashy Gaming Rig to show off to everyone you know.

The Power Supply(PSU): The Riotoro Enigma G2 850W 80+ Gold Power Supply is very good value for money considering that is 80+ Gold and fully Modular means that I did not have to deal with extra cables floating around my build gives me full customisation along with peace of mind that it is very power efficient. The size is very good being small and not too heavy either, it was very easy to install and came with all the correct amount of extra cables for future expansion.

Sound Card: The Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Fx Sound Card was a very good purchase and makes my Turtle Beach headphones sound amazing, with powerful bass boost and easy installation this card is perfect for getting great sound at a very affordable price. I would also say that the software is easy to use as well. The only one thing I would say is when installing it you must make sure that the screws are tightened as much as possible as there was a slight amount of static that came through before I did that.

Wifi Adapter: The TP Link Archer T6E AC1300 Wifi Card is perfect for dual bandwidth and value for money its a little fatter and longer than other Wifi Cards but this was not an issue with my build. It was easy to install and works very well with a lot of settings that you can change through device manager to get the best performance out of it.

The Fans and the RGB Controller: With the Cooler Master Master Fan Pro 120 Air Balance RGB Fans you get good air movement and great RGB along with the RGB controller nothing can go wrong. They were very easy to install and very easy to configure into the controller, the control side of things using the Cooler Master RGB LED software you can control your lighting with ease. I am very happy with how they look and I think it really helps to show off my build.

PSU Cable extensions: I wanted a little bit more colour in my build so I went for a set of Orange Cable extension from Thermaltake, they are very easy to install.

The MSI Optix MPG27CQ Monitor: This monitor had everything that I was looking for, with QHD 2560x1440p Resolution, 144Hz and 1ms Response time this monitor ticks all the boxes. The picture on screen is sublime with a high level of detail and great colours comes hand in hand with its size of 27” and not too high price this is definitely a must have.

I will be buying a secondary monitor and it will be the same as this one.

Peripherals:

Keyboard: The Logitech G910 Orion Spark is a comfortable Mechanical Cherry MX keyboard, with a wrist wrest, very well spaced keys for anti-ghosting and beautiful RGB lighting that is fully customisable through the Logitech G-hub which is very easy and simple to use. It is quite big and bulky which I do not mind at all, it also has all the media keys you need including a volume control wheel as well.

Mouse: The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is for sure the most comfortable mouse I have ever used. All the buttons are customisable and you can add and remove weights in its underside to make it feel even better when using it. The DPI setting are great and it easy to change them on the fly. The lighting is simple but elegant with lots of choice.

Headphones: The Turtle Beach Recon 50 Headset is a great choice for cheap but great sound, I have used them whilst playing and I can hear absolutely everything, if someone lands behind me in a game I can hear and tell where they are. They are very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

Microphone and Phantom Power: For the mic I went with the Zingyou Condenser ZY-007 its a very good and sensitive mic that makes my voice sound crystal clear for recording videos. The phantom Power by Neewer NW-100 is used to get a bit more out of the mic as well. If you did not want to buy a condenser Mic then the Mic that comes with the Turtle Beach Recon 50 Headset is great as well.

Mouse/ desk pad: I wanted a mouse pad that I can also put my keyboard on as well. With the Gigabyte Aorus AMP900 I could do just that, it is very grippy and very big at 90cm long, also it is very easy to clean.

Here are my other builds: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/builds/edit/?userbuild=9HTBD3 And: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/NpXPxr

Part Reviews

CPU

I wanted a CPU with a lot of processing power and i definitely got what i asked for. This CPU is an all rounder for me. would recommend to anyone for sure!

CPU Cooler

This is a great All In One Liquid CPU cooler is perfect. More or less easy to install and looks great. It is also great value for money.

Motherboard

This is a great MoBo because there is plenty of space for expansion and lots of space for all the needed cables etc. I like this MoBo a lot.

Memory

Great all round, fairly priced and looks good too.

Storage

Fairly priced for the size and is perfect for your OS and other programs/apps

Storage

Nice and big Hard Drive perfect for installing all of my games that i am currently using

Video Card

I absolutely love this GPU it runs all my games very well. It's sleek and skinny design means there is extra space and it looks good in the horizontal or vertical position.

Case

I love the look that this case gives you, add tons of RGB to your build and it will look spectacular in the case. One problem is the weight with and without the glass on it, but that is to be expected.

Power Supply

Great all round with this PSU with it being 80+ gold and fully modular you get freedom with cable management. Its a good size as well and was very easy to install.

Sound Card

This is a great sound card it delivers on the sound and bass through my headphones and my on desk speakers. Definitely a good purchase if you want even better sound whilst playing games. Also it has helped my Mic to record my voice perfectly.

Wireless Network Adapter

Great Wifi card, its fairly cheap and makes sure that i am always connected.

Case Fan

Perfect fans for good air flow and RGB these all connected into the RGB controller with ease and is easy to set up using Cooler Masters Software.

Case Fan

Perfect fans for good air flow and RGB these all connected into the RGB controller with ease and is easy to set up using Cooler Masters Software.

Monitor

This for sure is the other part of my entire build that screams beauty, it has really helped to immerse me into my game play and its crystal clear screen has helped me make the shots that count. With it being 2560x1440, 144hz and 1ms response time you can game like you want to with this beast.

Keyboard

Ah yes the bulky beast that sits upon my desk, this for sure is my favourite keyboard i have ever used. with great anti-ghosting keys its great to type on and to game on. Also individual RGB programmable keys it looks great too.

Mouse

The Logitech G502 is a very very comfortable mouse to use, you can add weights on the under side for a heavier or lighter feel its up to you. The DPI setting are easy to set up and easy to switch on the fly.

Headphones

These headphones are great even before I installed my sound card, very good surround sound feeling, which comes in handy when i am trying to listen where my enemies are coming from. With the sound card you get even better bass and smoother sounds.

Custom

This is very easy to setup and was very cheap, I am happy with it however there is not much control with it and i will be looking to buy a mini amp in the future.

Custom

Very easy to use/install abut one down side they are quite tough and hard to bend, although that does mean they are heavy duty it also means that there is a lot more work involved when installing them. One thing i would change is there colour, i would have gone with white not orange.

Custom

The ZingYou ZY-007 is a handy and easy to use condenser Microphone however, the bracket/ mount that it came with was very badly made and did not hold the weight of the whole arm and mic bent the bracket completely.

Custom

Perfect size for my desk and quite comfortable to the touch it has enough space for my keyboard and mouse and the extra space again.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how in depth you went into your explanation. As for the build itself, the one thing I have to say is that, although I like the red and blue theme, it's not very well spaced out within the machine itself, unlike in the build you made for your dad, which I thought was very balanced. Your reds are all in one spot, surrounded by your blues. I don't know if this was the look you were going for, but I personally think that balancing color distribution within a computer is important, which is one thing that makes multi-color themes difficult.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Those colours were sort of spur of the moment, unfortunately my Radiator is not as long as my dads so there is 1 fan less. I feel that this build is beautiful and a job well done for my first ever PC build. Thank you for checking this out the Server PC/ HTPC will be coming soon.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you please upload an image with all the RGB set to orange ? would look sick :) Also when taking pics make sure you have enough light hehe just a little tip but aside from that looks, great dude

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah the problem is too much light for that case makes the glass very reflective. I will change the RGB soon and let you know :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

ah okay thanks :)