This is my second modern gaming PC build (with all my other builds being from the Pentium 3/4 era). This is also by far the most powerful computer I've built with my last one being a budget build.
I'm super happy with how it turned out. I wanted a less cliche look, so I went with white+accent LED's. The Phantecks LED strips look great and were super easy to install (magnetic attachment to the case). The motherboard also looks amazing and fits the theme well. I was also glad to get a 1080 near MSRP. I could've waited a couple weeks and got a better deal, but hindsight is 20/20.
Everything works great together performance-wise. I don't have any really heavy games yet, but am able to run Fallout 4 at ultra settings with multiple graphics/texture mods without framerate drops. Once I get a VR setup later this year, I'll be able to test the practical upper limits of my system.
The build itself didn't go as smoothly as I thought it would. Here's a list of issues I ran into and some future solutions:
- Case: The case I got turned out to be just barely large enough for everything. Ideally, I should've gotten the crystal 570x, which is moderately larger and has more room behind the motherboard for cable management. As it is now, the radiator has minimal clearance of the RAM, the power supply cables are cramped, and cable management behind the MB was a pain. Solution: I alleviated some of the cable management issues by mounting the SSD in the drive bays instead of in the 2.5" bays behind the motherboard (Sorry, no photos of the new cable management). I could also move the drive bay further forward in the case, but didn't realize that until it was all built, so I left it as is.
- Motherboard: I had issues with getting the RAM and CPU clock speeds to not be throttled. To fix this, I updated the BIOS and did not turn on "Game Boost", opting to overclock manually (some posters on the MSI forums suggested game boost was the culprit and I didn't need it anyways). I also enabled X-AMP with the appropriate RAM clock speed (2666 in my case). The only remaining issue to figure out is why the radiator fans are at 100% rpm all the time. But for now, everything is working well.
P.S.: Took some inspiration for the LED color combination from jpcotnoir's The Vault build.
A great processor and runs well so far. I was able to OC it to 4 Ghz no problem, though I don't plan on going much further than that.
A great motherboard in all respects. Look and performs well. I had to update the BIOS for OC on my Ryzen 5 1600x to work properly, but other than that, it works great.
This case looks excellent in person and is built well. It's roomy for a compact-atx case. One caveat though: I had issues with clearance between my AIO radiator (mounted on the ceiling of the case) and the RAM. The mobo was a standard ATX size. Cable management behind the mobo was also really cramped, but worked out in the end.
A great power supply, even if it was a bit overkill for my build. The cables that come with it look really nice and are built well. The power supply itself does it's job without complaint.
Well built and user friendly. The LED's are bright, but not overbearingly so. They have magnets embedded so you can stick them inside a case and move them around to find exactly where you want to put them easily.