This build consists of ALL the possible Corsair parts I could find to throw in it (sans keyboard and mouse). It's 1700x is currently OC'd to 4.0ghz running at a stable 40c (mid 60's under load). No problems chewing through the latest "AAA" titles maxed out in QHD with g-sync enabled. I'd like to SLI the build but thanks to all the crypto miners, I won't be doing so. Rather, I will be waiting for the new nvidia architecture to drop and snagging one via a pre-order for my next build (Ryzen 2 series here we come!).
Due to the lapse in time from me building the majority of this nearly a year ago, this build has actually gone up almost $1k in price. Mostly due to the GPU and memory inflation. I also managed to snag the Dell QHD 144hz display on a crazy $399 sale a couple weeks back so there is another nearly $200 that is added into this build. I also purchased the PSU from Micro Center as a refurb for $100 with a 3 year warranty (pro tip, do this if you live anywhere near a Micro Center). I obviously paid no where near $200 for the mouse either, probably closer to $80.
This thing is worth every penny. 40/65c temps at idle and under load respectively on a 1700x clocked at 4.0ghz. I didn't even use a super high-end thermal compound either, just run of the mill artic silver for $6. I'm tempted to put something a little better on and see if I can climb over 4.2ghz stable.
I would've given this a 5 star rating... but it just doesn't deserve it. They decided to slap the only m2 slot on this board directly under the top pci express slot where everyone would obviously be mounting their GPU. This adds a solid 10c to my nvme drive temp forcing me to run my GPU fan at a minimum of 40% to pull heat away at all times. A heat sink for the drive may help some but not sure it would even fit sitting under a GPU.
My RGB lighting on the board has actually gone wonky after almost a year as well. 80% of the RGB color pallet no longer works correctly and the lights are half as bright. I may have to consider a different manufacturer for my next build.
Tired of waiting for load times? Yeah, I was too. This thing is AWESOME and was worth every penny. If you have a nice SSD currently, I don't know that you'd see much of an improvement with the exception of OS boot times and game loading times. I doubt many folks will be using these for mass storage anytime soon so file transfer speed doesn't get me super excited with regard to nvme.
The Crystal 460X was probably my favorite case to build in so far. Plenty of room to work, full length PSU/HDD shroud, beautiful tempered glass and of course, included RGB fans. However, I found the back side of the case a little constrained to try and cable manage everything I have in here. I would say for a lesser build, it probably would've been fine.
Why not build in the larger 570X then you ask? Tempered glass side panels on BOTH sides of the case. I'm not sure why case manufacturers think I want to show off this snaky mess of cables. Even properly cable managed backplane's never really look good. Seriously, ask yourself, when have I ever seen a backplane and went... "man, those are some sexy cables!". If case manufacturers are going to continue to do this, they need to start providing adequate distance between the motherboard backplane and the side of the case as well as cable management shrouds.
This thing is about a step above a $20 USB Wi-Fi adapter, seriously. I have a Netgear Nighthawk X4S less than 35 feet away from me (and one sheet rock wall) and get 50% signal strength on average. Usually getting around 250mbps to the router. Not worth the $75 in my opinion.