Having come across the Dan case by accident I fell in love straight away and decided it was time to replace my four year old system entirely including switching from dual monitors to a single ultra-wide screen and at the same time complete my first ever self-build.
I use my set-up for a combination of home working using standard office applications and a lot of on-line meetings, in my spare time though I love a bit of game play so wanted something which was great for productivity and gaming all in a great looking package.
The main negative at the moment is my lack of cable management skills. The cables that came with the Corsair PSU are long so to tidy up the build I will invest in some custom cables in the near future. Other than this the build process was easy and I had it completed in less than two hours.
I have just completed this build and at present have not overclocked so everything is based on stock settings, below are some benchmarks.
|Benchmark||3DMark Score||Graphics Score||Graphics Test 1||Graphics Test 2||CPU Score|
|Time Spy v1.0||9,215||9,705||62.94 FPS||55.89 FPS||7,169|
|Benchmark||3DMark Score||Graphics Score||Graphics Test 1||Graphics Test 2||Physics Score|
|FireStrike v1.1||22,399||29,070||141.39 FPS||114.27 FPS||58.09 FPS|
Game play FPS measured during in-game play over a 5 minute period per test:
|Battlefield 1||High||3840x1600||92 FPS|
|Battlefield 1||Ultra||3840x1600||82 FPS|
|Battlefield 1||High||2560x1440||109 FPS|
|Battlefield 1||Ultra||2560x1440||98 FPS|
|Battlefield 1||High||1920x1080||131 FPS|
|Battlefield 1||Ultra||1920x1080||124 FPS|
This processor is a beast and is a great upgrade from my old system. Using the overclocking even with minimal tweaking it is possible to get 5GHz while still keeping good temperatures.
While not a fan of the colour I cannot argue with the quality of the Noctua. It was easy to fit to the motherboard and is whisper quiet. My only gripe and the reason for not giving five stars is that the cosmetic plastic braid breaks easily when bending. While this doesn't impact performance I was left a little disappointed.
I am not usually a fan of 'gaming' motherboards but this board is fantastic, The layout and ease of use is fantastic. Slots for two M.2 drives is much appreciated in such a small build.
What can I say here, the memory is fast, reliable and a 'reasonable' price.
My first M.2 drive and wow I wasn't disappointed, This is very fast and temps stay great when used with the above motherboard.
Wow, just wow. I looked at lots of cards but this card stood out in terms of performance and price. I have no regrets other than the current inflated GPU prices. Having moved from an SLI rig I love having a single powerful card which fits in my tiny case.
I can't say enough great things about this case. While very expensive the quality is superb from the aluminium casing even to the screws. The 3M riser card is excellent quality and the whole thing just looks and feels quality.
My first smaller SFX power unit and I love it. As normal the packaging etc from Corsair is excellent and the performance of the unit is terrific. The only issue I had using with the case was the length of the cables which I will replace moving forward.
I was a little worried about spending so much on a single monitor but my fears were misplaced, I would never go back to multiple screens. The quality is superb and the functionality is terrific. I often use the split screen where half of the monitor shows my work MacBook while the other half is showing my home Windows PC which works great.
I love, love, love this keyboard. I have always used mechanical keyboards before which were good but I wanted to go wireless and minimal with this build and this fits the bill perfectly. The build quality is great and the battery lasts for week. Also I can use it on multiple devices with ease which is a great added bonus.
Again I wanted to go wireless and this mouse is just great, The battery lasts for weeks, there is minimal if any lag and the features and quality are great, I highly recommend.