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I originally have my first built pc around december 2015... So far having a blast.... A bit late on the post, but its better to be late than never..

FUNNY Story: Aside from doing a paperclip test with my psu, I did not do any test on the rest of the parts to see if they were DOA or not. I operated in blind faith as a first time builder that everything is working as planned.. So i finished everything and ready to power it up to the 4k tv for the first time. After pressing power button it turned on for a second and turned off, then turn on again and turned off repeatedly. I thought that maybe the mobo or cpu is not working so i panicked. Since at home we have a protection plan with Geek Squad for 3 electronics and we have 1 more electronic we can add(already the 4k tv and a laptop), I thought of bringing my freshly built rig to have them check which part is likely defective. A couple of days later it is ready for pickup, and the guy at geek squad told me that the issue is that one of the ram sticks was not all the way in LOL. I guess i learned something new that it is OK to PUSH HARD the RAMSTICKS into the mobo..

So for my initial 2015 build, here were the parts:

  • Samsung 850EVO 250gb ssd

  • WD Black 7200rpm 2TB hdd

  • G-Skill Ripjaws V 2400 DDR4 8x2

  • MSI 980ti gtx

  • intel i76700k 4ghz

  • cryorig h7

  • gigabyte z170xp-sli

  • NZXT Noctis 450ATX mid case tower

  • EVGA Supernova P2 750W

  • Coolermaster jetflo 120mm case fans

And around summer 2018, i did some upgrades as Prime day arrived on summer of 2018. I nabbed a new Crucial MX500 ssd and a new Firecuda hdd... I'm going to use the crucial ssd to storing games i play often, leaving my 850 evo as primary OS ssd...

The 16x2 ram sticks i bought were from Newegg.. I got lucky that the price seems decent, so I pulled the trigger

The Asus VGE248QE was from bestbuy, as I was shopping for a monitor and I don't want to wait a long time to get a solid monitor.. I'm staying with 1080p for now, coz the 1440p 144hz is abit expensive for me..

and around december 2018, i added a new gaming mouse, gaming keyboard, a dedicated headset, and a dedicated mic to complete my accessories

any insights are greatly appreciated..

Part Reviews

CPU

i can't complain about this cpu as this was considered one of the best cpu during 2015.. even at 2019, it still does a good job on the games i run, with small performance issues(assuming those games isn't unoptimized). Temps back during early 2016 with games like witcher 3, my cpu mostly hovers around 50C, idles 20C.. Nowadays it idles around 20-35C and games like deus ex mankind divided still have temps as high as in the 50's.. I definitely would love to OC this to 4.5 ghz, so i need to start doing some research regarding cpu OC..

PROS
- fast for a cpu during its era
- overclockable

Cons
- None so far

CPU Cooler

I was one of those looking at evo212, until someone convince me to consider h7 instead.. I did my research and decided to buy h7 and no regrets ever since.. Even temps on games like mankind divided never reach 60+ C for cpu. Most games i play peaks aT 50+ C, so i can't even be much more happier.. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a budget cpu cooler that is looking at an evo 212.. Unfortunately at current time, price is now on the 100 dollar range, probably due to supply..

PROS
- one of the best cpu coolers in the budget range( as long as there is supply, price shouldn't hit 100 bucks)
- quiet for a cpu cooler, even at gaming loads
- good cooling temps, games i play at the moment never reach 60C
- good ram clearance, as i was able to use all 4 ram slots

Cons
- Manual is semi useful; there are 4 plastic "screws " included and in the manual it didn't exactly say how to "screw" it in. I have to watch a youtube video explaining that those "screws" needs to get "snapped" in instead

Motherboard

I don't know how to review mobos, but so far i'm satisfied with my current mobo.. I bought it as a package with the 6700k to save more money... Not the greatest mob, but definitely worth at its price range, as it has the features you will find in modern mobos..

PROS
- has alot of usb ports: 3 usb 3.0, 2 usb 2.0, 1 usb type-c, 1 usb 3.1
- good mobo within the 130 dollar range

Cons
- None so far

Memory

I thought i was set for life with 16gb ram, and even thought this is futureproof for any future console generations.. The reason for upgrading my ram first by getting 32gigs of stick over cpu/gpu is because of cities skylines... That game is cpu heavy and the base game alone eats up 8gb of ram.. in order to fully enjoy the workshop contents, i needed to have more ram to futureproof myself from future game updates(they add more assets into the game per update).. At least i now know im futureproofing myself with 48gb of ram.. I chose red as it definitely fit my gpu color, so that inside of my rig wouldn't be a collection of random colors lol.. I definitely would love to upgrade in the future for a ram with rgb lighting.. Not the fastest at 2400mhz, because when I built my rig, I was trying to cut corners on some price, and I thought I can sacrifice the ram speed.. I definitely would love to upgrade one day for a 3k mhz ram.. Price at the time i bought my 16gigs was still good before the mining craze jacked up the ram stick price up.. The 32gigs i bought was probably expensive due to mining craze, but cities skylines made me swallow the steep price to get more ram.. Nowadays in 2019 with mining craze fading away, ram prices are going down, but not as good as pre-mining craze..

PROS
- red color fits my theme
- small profile that it should not have trouble with cpu cooler clearances.

Cons
- Not the fastest ram, but not a slouch either

Memory

I thought i was set for life with 16gb ram, and even thought this is futureproof for any future console generations.. The reason for upgrading my ram first by getting 32gigs of stick over cpu/gpu is because of cities skylines... That game is cpu heavy and the base game alone eats up 8gb of ram.. in order to fully enjoy the workshop contents, i needed to have more ram to futureproof myself from future game updates(they add more assets into the game per update).. At least i now know im futureproofing myself with 48gb of ram.. I chose red as it definitely fit my gpu color, so that inside of my rig wouldn't be a collection of random colors lol.. I definitely would love to upgrade in the future for a ram with rgb lighting.. Not the fastest at 2400mhz, because when I built my rig, I was trying to cut corners on some price, and I thought I can sacrifice the ram speed.. I definitely would love to upgrade one day for a 3k mhz ram.. Price at the time i bought my 16gigs was still good before the mining craze jacked up the ram stick price up.. The 32gigs i bought was probably expensive due to mining craze, but cities skylines made me swallow the steep price to get more ram.. Nowadays in 2019 with mining craze fading away, ram prices are going down, but not as good as pre-mining craze..

PROS
- red color fits my theme
- small profile that it should not have trouble with cpu cooler clearances.

Cons
- Not the fastest ram, but not a slouch either

Storage

Can't complain on this ssd, as samsung is one of the top ssd brands.. Next phase I want to do is get 2 1tb samsung ssd, which is one for my laptop and 1 as another storage drive for my desktop.

PROS
- Very fast ssd and i cant complain about it, minus the storage size.
- Boots my desktop in under 10secs.
- Has a software that allows you to clone a drive to this ssd, which makes file transfer a breeze.

Cons
- None so far.

Storage

This will be used for installing key programs and most played games... I'm considering to have this ssd have a virtual pagefile of 48gb due to cities skylines lol.. So far i'm satisfied with the games I've installed in this ssd, as those games load up fast. Can't go wrong with this one as any ssd used to install games gets a "performance" boost. One thing I wished I did was buying a 1tb or even 500gigs version. I bought this ssd at that time when I saw it on sale on amazon, and didn't cared for what storage size at that time.

PROS
- fast for a ssd; its ssd, so its definitely always an upgrade over hdd
- good reputation for drive lifespan

Cons
- None so far

Storage

The wd black is still going strong for me, and im planning to use the hdd as secondary install location for some games.. Will primarily going to use it to store gameplay recorded videos... I've used this hdd before at the same time as playing and storing gameplay videos, and i've never noticed any performance issues, barring any high demand games like mankind divided.. so far worth the money.. WD Black has a really good reputation for drive lifespan, and so far since december 2015, this drive is still doing fine.. Next phase of upgrade for me would be to add a 8tb wd black as storage drive.

PROS
- fast for a hdd; 7200rpm so i can't complain
- good reputation for drive lifespan

Cons
- None so far

Storage

Got this from primeday summer 2018, so i checked the reviews and they were enough to convince me to buy this drive at its sale price... The new firecuda hdd will be the primary install location for some games.. I'm hoping it will have the same longevity as my wd black hdd... So far i can't complain of the performance, as some games i have installed on it doesn't seem to have any issues..

PROS
- fast for a hdd; 7200 rpm, so no complaints
- good reputation for drive lifespan

Cons
- None so far

Video Card

I was choosing which gpu to get at that time and went with this one due to looks and reviews about having one of the best gpu coolers.. i'm definitely satisfied with this one since i was able to push some games into 4k on my tv, and even now maxes out most games in 1080p.. I definitely would love to upgrade with a msi version of 2080ti, but the price of that gpu is a huge turnoff for me.. Dual 980ti is also a dream, but my current psu will push it to its limits if i go with dual 980ti.. Will likely keep this current gpu if i upgrade, because this is part of my first ever pc build.

PROS
- one of the best 980ti IMO
- nice red sleek and sexy looks
- considered to have one of the best 980ti coolers
- can play 4k, with a caveat that not all settings are on ultra

Cons
- None so far

Case

So far i'm satisfied with this case, as it has enough features for me and visually pleasing.. I was considering the red version, but i think the black one is more sexier..

PROS
- nice sleek design for a case near the 100 dollar range
- nice red led logo in the psu compartment case
- nice led lights at the bottom of case to give it some flair
- has a magnetic dust filter in front of case
- the default fans, the 140mm rear fan and 3 120mm front fans, are surprisingly decent in terms of cooling and loudness; all fans are quiet and moves a good amount of air(i now use the 3 120mm fans as my external laptop cooler)
- has 6 storage drive bays and 2 ssd bays
- has enough room to install a watercooler on top or in the drive bay area
- bottom psu compartment has enough space to hide all the cables
- on the front are 2 extra usb 2.0 and 2 extra usb 3.0 ports; if you need more usb port, well this case will provide you with it if your mobo is out of usb ports
- front panel has also a mic and headphone jack
- has a pwm fan hub inside( i don't know if i needed to download a software to control fan speeds)
- has a lighting in the rear of case to help you when plugging in components in the back

Cons
- the side window is not glass; it is plastic
- front panel is sometimes difficult to remove; i sometimes fear that pulling too hard might break the latch that connects the front panel to the rest of case.

Power Supply

Can't say anything bad about this as its so far worth what i paid for.. one of the positive things i can say about this psu is that it has modular cables, meaning you can use custom cables to suit the visual theme of your rig.. And unfortunately, the negative thing i can say about this psu is that the cables that incuded with this one feels so stiff when moving it around my rig.. Next phase of upgrade for me is to get custom cables to pimp my rig.. One thing I wished I did when planning for the parts of my rig was choosing an 850w instead of 750.. Now with so much stuff on my rig, i can't do a dual 980ti without hitting the max limit of my power usage..

PROS
- modular cables
- good reputation for psu brand
- quite fan, even under load.

Cons
- Cables included feels stiff when trying to bend inside

Operating System

its windows so pretty much no choice with OS.. I'm staying off windows 10 at that time because I hate the forced updates.. If MS didn't have it, I would have migrated to 10..

Case Fan

can't go wrong with this case fan, as it cools great and has lights

PROS
- good quality for its price; can't complain when it costs under $20
- moves alot of air
- has lights to give your rig some flair
- also quiet at 1200rpm; with 5 of these at my rig, i can actually hear coil whine from my gpu lol.

Cons
- lights are sadly static colored and not rgb; you can't control the color of lights, you have to buy specific fans(red, blue, and white only) if you want a specific color
- lights are sadly not bright compared to other rgb fans; i guess this is the reason why its a cheap "rgb" fan
- very loud at 1600rpm, and really LOUD at 2000 rpm; with 5 of these at 1600rpm, it sounded like several hairdryers in my rig. and with 5 of these at 2000 rpm, it sounded like a jet engine in my rig.

Monitor

Around 2.5 years later, i am now using a 144hz monitor instead of a 4k tv, and my experience is better at the lost of visual fidelity... Even the asus 248qe is still visually impressive.. And the gains of having 1ms allows me to perform much better in fps games.. I'm still trying to figure out the best settings that would help me in fps games like csgo and insurgency.. There are some extra features in this monitor like game timer and onscreen aimpoint.. I don't use the timer and only the aimpoint.. The other thing i wish this monitor have is Gsync.. I guess this monitor doesn't have it like earlier versions? * I would like to someday upgrade to 1440p 144mhz, but for now I'm happy with this monitor

PROS
- 144hz 1ms, great for fps games
- adjustable height stand
- also has a swivel-pivot stand
- has built-in speakers
- has displayport, hdmi, and dvi ports
- has an timer that helps those who want to control how long they have been playing
- has a crosshair overlay for fps games that doesnt have a regular crosshair

Cons
- built-in speakers are mediocre at best
- the crosshair overlay is abit off by a few millimeters to the topright; it messes up my long range sniper aims
- no gsync

Keyboard

i am no officially belonged to the PC Gaming Master Race thanks to this keyboard

PROS
- has led backlights
- software has alot of led light options on how you want your lights to flash in a certain way
- software also has alot of color options that allows you to specifically choose what color you want
- you can individually assign each key the color you want
- replaceable keycaps and switches
- a mechanical keyboard

Cons
- Led Lights aren't bright compared to some of the popular ones
- Expensive because it is in the $100 dollar range; i guess the pluses makes it worth the price
- gateron browns; not bad, but i wish it was mx red

Mouse

my logitech g700 was dying, so i needed a new mouse.. i hope the 502 gives me the same mileage as my g700

PROS
- solid mouse for under $100
- has alot of rgb colors that you can select as you please
- has adjustable weights to finetune your balance control
- has 11 extra buttons that you can use, if the standard left/right/middle is not enough

Cons
- None so far

Headphones

well im done using my phone's earplugs, so time to get a headphone that would help me in fps games.

PROS
- surprisingly comfortable to use; playing with this for hours doesn't give any aches in my head
- great directional soundstage; in fps games i can finally hear where footsteps are coming from, as long as there are no other loud explosions to distract me.. and even in non fps games, the soundstage is so good you can actually hear the direction of where environmental noises are coming from.
- long cord; so this means if your desktop is abit away from where you play, you can connect this headphone and not worry about if its long enough
- sound quality is good enough that likely an external dac/amp is not necessary

Cons
- No noise cancelling
- Open-back means anyone can hear what you hear; you have to slightly lower volume if you have roommates nearby to not disturb them
- long cord; which means that if your desktop is close to where you play, you will get alot of tangled mess when this headphone is connected
- decent for listening to music; if you listen to music most of the time, get a different headphones

Custom

I was split on whether getting the yeti silver or the yeti snowball.. It was do i want something not too expensive but does what i want decently or do I want something more expensive but also does more than what i want to do. Bought the yeti and never looked back

PROS
- has alot of settings on where the direction of voice can come from
- has mute, volume, and gain control
- with gain control, you can determine how "sensitive" this mic will be hearing the sounds near it
- has a headphone jack that allows you to hear yourself on the mic
- good crisp sound IMO
- connects to your pc with usb; it means no need for any other components to connect this mic to your pc

Cons
- connects to your pc with usb; it means quality is subpar if you have a really good sound card
- price is expensive because it costs $100+

Custom

I thought of wanting my keyboard to have some futuristic looks, so this silver set is the one i chose

PROS
- silver glossy looks adds nice flair to your keyboard
- compatible with gateron or mx switches
- provides enough transparency for the led lights of the keyboard

Cons
- abit pricey; i wish this was under $20, heck even better if its under $10
- the spacebar keycap seems abit lose, because it keeps getting yanked easily while playing

Custom

Since I'm spending alot of money on a mic, might as well spend some money on a pop-filter too

PROS
- cheap enough; can't go wrong with the price tag of under $10
- clamp is adjustable, so you can set-up the filter to the way you want it

Cons
- None so far

Custom

I thought that this set is nice, because it emphasizes the wasd keys.. Useful for playing fps games

PROS
- nice glossy looking red keycaps adds nice flair to a keyboard
- compatible with gateron or mx switches
- provides enough illumination from keyboard leds

Cons
- i wish it is a full set, instead of just 12 keys
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Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

this build is so cool! +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks...

what you think of my cable management so far?? decent? lol could be better??

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

its good! my friend has terrible cable management. HIS GPU CONNECTER WAS HANGING OUT THE BACK OF HIS PC ON THE FLOOR. He has a 2080 ti 11GB from ASUS.