I started learning how fun and exciting building a PC from ground up only a couple months ago. I bought this on Cyber Monday for under 2k and settled with mid-top tier instead of upgrading later on. I just wanted a "lag-free" quick and fun computer. This is the end results. This is my first build and I'd love to share it here to all of you! I'd like to get a Samsung M.2 2280 drive soon and really looking into some custom water cooled builds to show off with this beautiful case!
UPDATE: 12/27- Put 2 more sticks of RAM for a total of 32GB's Corsair Vengeance LPX! She's running great. also did a Heaven benchmark, added to photos.
Can't say much more than what reviews cover. What a great first CPU to pick. Was gonna get the i5-6700(K) right until the day of ordering. Don't know what I'm missing but I know this is S-N-A-P-P-Y. No plans on OC, but before Black Friday it came with a combo/price I couldn't pass up.
The "loudest" part of the build when under load, which I don't mind at all. Keeps my core temps well in safe zone.(18-40C) At the highest during a quick test/bench I saw 70C for a second. And for $25 can't go wrong. Worth it before any sales or rebates.
Was referred by family to this, I was looking at Asus Z170 series. The 5050 LED kinda pulled me in, needed disk driver to load correct software and after that i got the LED's to work. Has plenty of ports for me. No quality issues. I bought for around $100. The utility software has to be loaded every time i boot up or else my LED's wont turn on, also in the LED DJ has an "Eco and Sport" button which default seems to dumb my CPU speeds down until I switch over to "sport" mode.(Eco= CPU VCore: 0.726 Core speed: 900MHz, Sport= CPU VCore: 1.298 Core Speed: 4000MHz) In Eco mode CPU temps stay at 23C and soon as I click sport, jumps up to 34C at idle. With that said i use sport in games and switch back when browsing. The board also has 2 BIOS with a switch for emergencies, I believe. Haven't had to use it but I think its for incase you mess one up, or to have it setup differently. In all its a great board.
RAM is RAM, but this is quick RAM. Not sure what DDR4-2133 would be like compared. But mostly i got because of the White sticks. Fit nicely. 16GB is almost minimum for optimal gaming I've heard. Choose 2 x 8GB, room for 2 more when needed. If needed. No lag yet. UPDATE: I bought another pair of these to make 4 x 8GB but still makes them 2 dual channel sticks. My computer reads over 32GB installed but I haven't learned enough about XMP profiles within the BIOS or manually setting clocks, so I mine as well of bought the 2133, until I switch things my DRAM Frequency is 1066.7MHz = DDR 2133 :/ to the books and knocking a star down, only due to motherboard defaults really but for $200 can get risky being ignorant.
Price was nice. Wanted to try an SSD but didn't want to spend over $100. Wish I got the Samsung. Speeds are not too impressive. Still faster than any HD. Loaded my OS on it, and takes 8 seconds from button to sign in. Takes my LED T.V. longer to turn on. Few main games on it, such as Battle.net. Doesn't start up too quick, almost a min. Also 240GB fills up pretty quick.
From what I've used. I Really like it. Just extra storage, 1TB is a lot of space, for me. Mostly for pictures and other games I cant find on SSD. I forgot it makes noise till I read other reviews. No noises heard from it nor do i notice any vibrations.
I Really, Thoroughly enjoy this card. I've read good things from Asus, has one of the highest clocks in the 1070's, and its all white, sold! Now I can hook up as many monitors through displayports as I could ever need(2 + 2 HDMI), an still run in HD on high settings. I haven't tested its potential yet but do set all my games to max/Ultra settings and get 80-120 FPS with a G-Sync monitor. No complaints or regrets there. Also can run in SLI If I really wanted to push it. It fit in nicely, started right up, cranked them graphics and watched the monitor run o-so-smoothly! Advised to match with a decent CPU and G-Sync monitor to get great results!
The Thermaltake P3 SE without the riser! First its white, second its a builders dream. I loved how I could set up as a tower, lay it horizontally, or even throw it up on the wall! Also its really easy to swap or upgrade your parts inside once its together. When researching, I read a lot of bad things about the included GPU Riser, so I went without it for round $30 less, Worth. The manual was really confusing and took me about 5 hours with a friend just to figure out which were the right screws to start putting it together. In all I Enjoyed each step. it looks great and does anything I need. Wall mount is sold separately. Very sturdy Panoramic case.
For my PSU I grabbed a Refurbished Corsair CS650M semi modular. Its the first refurbished piece I've bought and it fired first try. Runs everything fine and first month no issues. Not loud at all either.
Easy to use, but why so pricey?
I waited till the end to make sure I had enough and went with the Asus ROG SWIFT 24" 180Hz G-Sync monitor. That's a mouthful. And worth the wait (of saving and researching, it was delivered within 2 days of ordering.) Going from my 32" 720P 60Hz its amazing. now I use my other T.V. as a hardware monitor/ web surfing and this beast as my main gaming screen. I got it for $299 on Cyber Monday and was soo afraid it either wasn't going on sale or be sold out. It arrived in 2 days and works swiftly at 120FPS at ultra settings. -Note: claims to be 180 Hz than in small print "Can be overclocked to 180Hz" its actually a 144Hz, just keep that in mind. And to turn it up to 180Hz, locate the little nub on the back next to the power button, press it and tune it where you'd like! Worth buying when on Sale! Not the $700 price.
Very clicky, kind of noisy. Lights are really neat. My Z button doesn't shine, every other key does. The 5 M keys on left are nice to have as well. Also can charge your phone or plug headphones into right side. Great cheap mechanical keyboard.
Came with a combo, really happy with the choice as I didn't look into mice at all. DPI switches in middle of mouse are great to have, 12,000 DPI is Crazy high, and each setting is color coded with light in middle, Nice touch I like it a lot. not many extra buttons other than that are page forward and back and some sniper button that has to be either programmed as something or I haven't figured what it does.
Cheap, Hurts my ears. Only bought so I could use TS right off. Better ones soon.