My third and probably final build for a while... :(
After completing my brother's computer build (my first build) I contructed a new computer based off of my brothers build for my neighbor. I decided after that, I should build my self one finally, since my "gaming rig" was an Origin PC Laptop( great specs(980m, i7 6700K, 16GB RAM), but heavy, and not aesthetically pleasing, and not 4K/VR ready). I also was saving money for college but since my Aunt and Uncle got me the core i7 for Christmas and grandparents gave me $300 along with a new gaming desktop chair from my parents, I decided to purchase the parts right away.
I was looking for a good case to work with for cable management, along with great fans/water cooler that had RGB. I came across the new NZXT Aer Fans and Kraken water cooler which instantly went right into the list. I swapped around RAM often and eventually got 32GB of the Corsair LED RAM for about $30 less than buying 32GB of HyperX Fury RAM... excellent!
Since I was going for a LED build I needed to find a good motherboard, for a cheap price which wasn't red/black, green, etc.. I needed something that would be a "neutral" color when showing off the LEDs and swapping between the colors. I found this black and white motherboard made by MSI of all people.
The graphics card was going to be a tripple fan 1080 with RGB and so I jumped on the Asus STRIX GeForce GTX 1080.
The Wifi adapter also helps with the reach of y 5GHz network through walls and into the room upstairs away from the router. My download speeds for steam have increased by 2.3 mb/s!
The PROS: - Great LEDs. Amazing Lighting. - To my surprise, the Hue+ comes with a lot of LED strips (maybe I should have read a little more about it?? :P) - Wifi strength is amazing! - Water cooler is quite and keeps CPU cold - GPU stays cold even though it is close to the bottom of the case. - RAM lights up. - CABLE MANAGEMENT IS AMAZING!!! - Due to the 1080p monitor, I get stunning FPS and GPU doesn't break a sweat. - Magnetic 'puck' to hang VR headset/headphones - Case has VR ports and VR(HDMI, USB 3) cables ready for a VR system build. - When I play CS:GO my fans adapt to the gameplay and display y health through color along with the time left for the bomb by beating rapidly before it explodes. Personally, I thought this was pretty cool. - 3D Mark determined my PC is better than 88% of all others that did the same test; woohoo!
The CONS: - Water cooler pushes on the RAM slot closest to the CPU. Not enough to be of huge concern. RAM stick still functions - Case could use one extra fan slot on the top of on the bottom. (Total of 4 inside the case) - Monitor has no audio. - Needed to get the NZXT USB hub due to me needing one more USB port.
The machine is used for anything from gaming, to browsing the web, to word documents.
Comments: - I got a 1080p monitor because I do not crave a 4K display, nor have the money to buy one. The 144Hz is awesome. - As of uploading this, I may have moved the GPU up to the first PCI slot for airflow, and moved the wifi adapter down. - The case comes with a magnetic 'puck' of sorts which allows you to hand headphones off of your case. - I do not intend to use this PC for VR... as of now. - The cable management.. it's just amazing. Made it so easy for me. Especially with the switch from a non-modular PSU to a modular one. - I probably should have waited for the RGB RAM corsair had coming out.
All in all, the PROS outweigh the cons by a lot! I still have some learning to do but I would say this was a pretty awesome, and successful build!
Keyboard comes tomorrow so I don't have to use this old Mac Pro keyboard while I wait for my new one. Lol.
Update (3/6/2017): After using this computer for about 2-3 months I decided to let who ever comes across this how well the PC performs..
- The small push on the RAM stick has caused no problems.
- The software I use to control the LEDs for my water cooler, fans, and LED strips is broken is so many ways. They really need to get on top of fixing these bugs
- GPU is good. Stays pretty cool while gaming. Highest temp it has reached (w/o synthetic benchmarks) is about 64C
- I would get a single fan radiator next time in order for me to use a bottom fan for intake. It would substantially cool down my system, especially the GPU.
- I was thinking about water cooling my GPU after looking at temps, but after moving the GPU up to the top PCI slot and when I turn on my fans to performance mode, there is no reason to pay the extra $100.
- I probably should have gotten an Asus RGB motherboard.
- Should have waited for the gskill trident RGB RAM.
- I should have paid a little more money for a different monitor. The one I got takes a little bit of time to turn on after the computer turns on and also does not have speakers. But once the monitor is on, everything is super smooth and no problems.
Great looking cooler, easy to install, good performance. Pushes on the closest RAM slot to the CPU, however.
MSI.... Without black and red??!!?? Anyways, great MoBo, really acts as a good neutral color background for builds with a lot of lights.
RAM that lights up, I'm in.
Excellent SSD for a great price! Super fast!
RGB, Tripple Fans, GTX 1080. Great card, very long so make sure it will fit in your case!!!
Amazing case. Lots of room, IMPECCABLE cable management options!!!
Power supply? What more can I say...?
windows is windows.
Wireless Network Adapter
Great adapter to give you the extra signal strength if Ethernet is not an option for you! Comes with 3 antennas. Make sure you have the correct PCI slot. Added about 2 mb/s download speed to my steam downloads compared to my gaming laptop.
Great LEDs, awesome performance. Worth the money.
Controls the LEDs and uses CAM application to edit them. Also controls fan and kraken pump speed. Comes with LED strips too! (5 of them + cables)
Great monitor for someone who has a separate speaker system (this monitor doesn't have any audio speakers). 144Hz makes a HUGE difference in games coming from a general 60Hz monitor. I do need to warn you, however, that once you play on 144Hz, anything with 60Hz seems like there is serious frame lag. Almost ruins my gaming experience on my Origin laptop. (First world problems, I know. XD). Monitor takes a few seconds more seconds to turn on compared to others but it doesn't make me want to rate it down.
Cords a little short
Other than that the bass is great because of the subwoofer, has bass controls, volume and LED to tell you when power is on. Easy to connect, just need a green audio port on your MoBo (which 99% have) or a sound card.
Awesome budget speakers. Very load at full blast.
Magnetic to stick anywhere, and comes with a USB to USB adapter. Great for use if your motherboard ran out of USB slots.