Description

Built this boy with the intent of gaming and video editing (generic use, I know). It's worked amazing for what I want. It is only running a GTX 1060 3gb, but paired with an I7 7700k it still performs very well! The PC itself has now been made of all brand new parts, however the keyboard, all monitors, speakers, microphone are all 2nd hand - I haven't had any problems with them whatsoever

I made a cardboard PSU cover. Don't judge. I wanted the PSU LED fan facing up and the current shroud didn't allow for that. Doesn't look too bad.

I still have quite a few things I want to do to improve my build. My current priority is replacing the crappy 10+ year old Asus tv with something a bit more up to date - planning on 1440p144hz. And of course this means a GPU upgrade, so I'm looking at an RTX 2080. Ray tracing may help me with some 3d editing as well. Another priority is more photos and stuff, because I've added heaps more :P

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs a little hotter than I expected, even under a closed water loop, but gets the job done very quickly. This was such a massive step up from my i7 860, and I can't even begin to explain how much it exceeded my expectations. Be warned though, as I said, it does run a little hot.

CPU Cooler

When I first saw this cooler, I couldn't really find that much online about it. Despite the lack of focus, I'm really happy with this cooler and I think that it should really be more popular. The best part about this is the price, I managed to snag it for $105 AUD which isn't bad. I did have issues with the stock fans however, they started to make really bad grinding noises after about 1 month, but since then I have replaced them with Corsair SP120's and the cooler works well.

Thermal Compound

It's thermal paste. I'm not writing a full review on this.

Pros:

Cools PC down when used with cooler.

Cons:

Tastes weird.

Motherboard

Pretty decent motherboard. Doesn't have all the bells and whistles like RGB and built In wifi, but does look pretty cool in my build and isn't too expensive. Has a fair amount of SATA and USB connecters.

If you are looking for a cheap LGA1151 motherboard I would recommend this one

Memory

Don't really know how to review RAM :/ I feel if you are going to buy RAM, just get whatever you can afford that is compatible with your system and what you think looks good.

It looks cool and does the job, nothing wrong with it.

Storage

Fairly cheap SSD, doesn't quite have the speeds of a more expensive one, and when used in combination with faster SSD's, the speed difference in slightly noticeable. Apart from that, it does the job. Can't really complain for $49 AUD

Storage

Pretty snappy SSD. Works well, never had any issues. This isn't an SSD that I'd have visble inside my case because it isn't the most beautiful SSD out there. Still, nothing wrong with it.

Storage

"Damn this thing is fast, and cheap too! Nothing to complain about with this. It's got a fairly attractive price point, and it just so incredibly speedy, especially compared to a SATA SSD.

Storage

Is hard drive. It is desinged to store information. My hard drive does this successfully.

Storage

There isn't really much point getting a 1TB drive with the current price of these. Only $10 AUD more for an extra terabyte and even the same speed? Yes please! There is even some 1TB hard drives out there that cost more than this.

Video Card

Not bad for the price! Runs at pretty nice temperatures provided you have decent airflow. The backplate kind of goes around the side of the card and connects to the fan panel which looks pretty nifty. If you are planning on getting a 1060, I'd recommended going for a 6GB version instead, the difference is actually quite surprising.

Case

This case is awesome! It has been around for a while, but it's a great way to make a clean build look stunning. It's a very simple design, so it doesn't take much attraction away from what's actually inside it. It's nice and big, and there are plenty of different ways of managing your cables inside. Lots of room for water cooling stuff and whatever you want really. It has detachable (although not magnetic) dust filters, which is good. There is lots of room for drives, internal and external. The side panel does scratch somewhat easily though, so be careful when setting it down.

Power Supply

Well, my PC hasn't blown up yet. Also the RGB fan is pretty cool.

Be warned, I found the back plate where you plug the power cable into to flex quite a fair bit, be careful when plugging it in!

Operating System

Windows is good but bad at the same time. There's not really much to say.

Case Fan

Doesn't look too bad, easy to clean and produces good airflow. Pretty quiet as well.

Keyboard

I'm not really a big fan of Razer stuff, but I do like their keyboards. The Blackwidow Ultimate is a pretty neat keyboard. This one doesn't have per-key backlighting, but you can adjust brightness. It has 5 macro keys on the side, but the software is horrible.

Mouse

I love this mouse so much. A lot of people complain that it is really heavy, and when I first got it I found the weight a bit uncomfortable, but you do get used to it. The RGB is good, and the macro buttons are all very easy to access with having to think about, even in the midst of a fast paced fight. Really good mouse!

Headphones

Got mine for $130 AUD used. I wouldn't pay full price for this headset, even though it is pretty good I couldn't justify spending that much on it. It is pretty comfy, and the build quality is good. The microphone isn't too bad either. The sound quality is actually surprisingly nice, especially from a wireless headset. The range is more than what I expected, and I can just get to the other side of my.hosue before it drops out. It also charges pretty quickly and lasts a while. I found the side buttons that turn up/down your game/voice chat don't do anything (at least on PC).

Speakers

Got them for $5 AUD. Not the loudest speakers out there, and the bass could have a little more power but they don't sound too sloppy.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

I like the sheer number of monitors you have an the orientation :D.. Now that's a battle station.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty awesome! Just swap out one more green fan on the back, I'd say would finish the look!! +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Still have a couple more things I want to do, swapping out hopefully all my fans to thermalltake riing RGB is currently highest on my priority list! Unfortunately I am facing the one problem that 99.99% of us PC builders all face, and that is money lol.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Super Cool Setup, I have a question,, I saw in videos of pcpartpicker in youtube, that the Thermaltake FAN should be pointed down and not up as you have it, what do you think, there is a problem with that

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any issues with it whatsoever, I have quite a bit of airflow going through my case so that probably helps.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

May I ask why you have six drives in your system? If I were you I would've gotten a 500gb ish SSD for boot and important stuff and 4tb WD red.. But im just curious why so many drives. Great build btw.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

All but one of the 2tb drives and the ssd's I pulled from old systems I got for free. When I bought the first ssd for my system (corsair 240gb) it was all I could afford, and I just bought more as they came on sale

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah I see! Is it hard managing your data with likes 6 drive letters in your OS, I would be confused and always lost lol

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get your PSU fan to have LED?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

My Thermaltake PSU has an RGB fan built in which is pretty neat.

Oops, just realised that I put the wrong PSU in my list >:|

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