As you can tell, I was going for an all black build with White LED’s. Unfortunately most components have a hard time producing true white, it’s either a soft blue or on the purple side(GPU). Initially I had purchased a Master Keys White LED Keyboard but lights were seriously on the purple side and I couldn’t deal with it. That and there being no dedicated media keys was a dealbreaker because I produce Synthwave as a hobby and yeah. I ended up going with a Logitech G610 Brown which is slightly not up to par in build quality and no onboard memory but I’m over it. I got a G203 Mouse which is great and now that they’ve raised the DPI I don’t see the point in getting the G Pro. I only installed an LED strip on the bottom because I wanted the light to shine on the Xenomorph's teeth. All in all, I’m happy with my build it being my first. Hoping that someone asks me to build one for them so I can do it again.
Best bang for your buck CPU on the market when I bought it. Everything seems to be working well, I just wish the CPU usage wouldn't go over 25% so often because that's what ramps up the PSU. I keep thinking something isn't quite right but apparently it's normal. Strange that my Dell XPS 13 is quieter than this beast.
Bought this because it's cool as hell and to avoid the dreaded Wraith Spire installation. This thing installed so easily I just consider myself one of the lucky ones. I was worried about the TP because it came out of the tube really thick but everything seems to be working fine. I considered switching the fan for a Corsair with the white ring but I was already over budget. It's really quiet I can barely hear it.
Most of the issues I had building this are because of the MOBO. It only has 3 chassis fans and my build has 4+CPU fan. For the rear fan I wrapped the cable around the fan twice and zip tied it near the fan port which is right in the middle of the MOBO. Installing the RAM, GPU, and and Wi-Fi Card was tricky because it was nothing like the videos. The ports were stiff and I had to wiggle each component inside and push it with alot of force to just hear a very subtle click. I was sweating bullets during the GPU installation. Everything else is great, the audio codec on this thing produces sound incredibly well and the overall aesthetic is gorgeous.-
Got these at a really good price during a period of insanely high prices. Would have preferred 3200 but the price difference was absurd to me. Works great, my only gripe is that they don't shut off in sleep mode. Corsair's LINK software let's use adjust the brightness and speed/fixed but you can't turn them off or do anything else.
Super fast, the BIOS boot up time is recorded at 11.2 where as my laptop is 4.2 with an m2 SSD but I really can't tell the difference. I should have gone with an 500 GB because I'm nearly halfway full and would prefer an abundance of storage. Make sure you install your OS in EFI for a faster boot time.
It's an HDD, and the second noisiest component of of my PC. It makes an audible click-like noise sometimes when it's being accessed for something. I hope SSD prices keep dropping because in the future I'd like to only use SSD's for storage. There's something really satisfying about a silent PC.
I didn't plan to buy this GPU because I'm not a heavy gamer, I was just going to go with a GTX 1050 Ti. Instead I found this at an incredible price and decided to pull the trigger. I can 't give you FPS or anything like that because I've barely put it to the test. So far I've played Portal with it, which was one of the best gaming experiences of my life and has inspired me to play more great games. I did experience screen tear but fixed it with the Vertical Sync option. I plan to upgrade to a 120hz monitor this year and take advantage of the power this GPU has to offer.
This is where my build started. All the components I picked revolved around how they'd look inside this case. I love the aesthetic of this case and how everything's laid out. The tempered glass is gorgeous and makes all the components look even better. Building inside this thing couldn't have been easier, there are sufficient cut outs to route cables any which way.
I would have preferred a 650W PSU so I'd have room to upgrade my GPU in the future but the price of this one was too good to refuse. I'm really big on the sound of a computer and this is the noisiest component of my PC. My next build will have a G3 because apparently the fans are quieter. The SATA cables have 3 heads for 3 adapters, don't make the same mistake I did and plug in a SATA for each adapter, the cables on this PSU are bulky and the less the better.
Wireless Network Adapter
This seems to be the most popular Wi-Fi adapter in my area. It has a green LED at the back that slightly shines through to the inside of the case. It also makes a whining noise for a few seconds when I start my PC. When I took it out of the box it had a long white sticker on the inside of the bracket that really cramped the look of everything so I peeled it off and cleaned it with alcohol. This probably voids my warranty.. but aesthetics am I right.
These are quiet, and gorgeous. I wanted them with the black edges because it would look better with my build but Corsair doesn't sell them in Canada.
I've heard these at full pressure and boy do they blow air. I usually keep them below 1000 RPM and they're barely audible. On the pricey side but I wanted all my fans to be from the ML line.
My first mechanical keyboard, read everything I could about them and decided Browns were my best bet. At first I wasn't sure if I'd like it long-term but it's grown on me. The dedicated media keys are a plus, the buttons have a nice feel to them, hoping the volume wheels lasts a long time. The space and backspace keys on this keyboard have a different feel than the others, not sure if that's by design. At first I didn't like that but these things become trivial after repeated use. The only bad thing about this keyboard is no on board memory and glitchy firmware. If I put my PC to sleep with the LED's off, when I wake the PC the LED's wont turn back on until I restart or replug. I did experience the electric whine but after plugging it into a USB 3.0 port I havent heard it.
At first I couldn't decide between this and the G Pro. I had it in my head that I wanted braided cables but after some research it just seemed pointless to go with the G Pro. No regrets, works great except that I think the scroll wheel should feel less stiff.
White light is more on the blue side but that's expected. I don 't know how I would've managed to install both if I did because on the front side of the NZXT S340 Elite it's not flat and on the rear I had wrapped the Fan cable around itself to connect neatly to the MOBO. Luckily it was my intention to only use one. I'm sure I could've managed it but it might not have looked clean. Another note, there is a specific port that connects to a specific pin on the MOBO that supplies power. Read the instructions.
Highly reviewed, affordable, and works well but I don't have much to compare it to. Only thing I've noticed is the mouse pulls when going over the logo.
Best value extension kit around, works perfectly. Cables are a bit stiff out the bag but loosen up with use. Since I built my PC Phanteks has released new colors and designs that I would've used instead.
One of the coolest Funko Pop figures around and fits perfectly with the theme of my build.