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The Pinnacle of Performance

by AlphaPig

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 11, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 27, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.257 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.1 GHz

Description

Background:

This is my first ever custom build. Coming from a gaming laptop this thing feels like a beast. I bought the parts at different times, so the prices may vary from what they are now. (Yes, I know I paid $330 for a 580)

Process:

Building it was a breeze, the hardest thing was putting the back panel on afterwards. The Hue 2 was added in after the I built the PC, so it was difficult to dig through the mess in the rear of the case.

Performance:

The 2700X is as fast as can be and feels like a beast compared to my previous 4c/8t. Initially there were some problems with the Radeon software and mouse compatibility but a quick bios update fixed those. As for the GPU, I'm not hitting 144hz all the time but its usually above 110 fps and with freeesync this looks smooth regardless.

Afterthoughts and future upgrades:

If I were to go back and change one thing, it would be the GPU. I bought it in early 2018 when the prices were so bad, but it is more than enough for now. I plan to buy an RTX 2060/70 in the distant future. Another cool upgrade would be a 5" screen inside the case that can display NZXT CAM. Also I am working on purchasing RGB fans because the stock NZXT fans are pretty dull compared to the rest of my build. Overall, this is an amazing build and an awesome experience for anyone who is new to this hobby.

Part Reviews

CPU

Coming from a 4c/8t, this thing is unbelievably fast. Cuts workload time in half and stays relatively cool under an AIO. Would recommend AMD over Intel to anybody.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my 2700X super cool under load, no issues with CAM or installation.

Motherboard

Chose this over the Gaming Plus mainly because of its neutral black color and the cover over the IO ports. Mine came with BIOS version 1.0.0, there were some issues so the newest version was installed and everything was fixed. Plenty of ports and headers, all anyone can ask for.

Memory

Have them oc'd to 3200 without any problems. Lighting software has many features and colors, but I just leave mine on red.

Video Card

You won't hit 144hz everytime, but I chose this over the 1060 for Freesync. In late 2018 I don't think its the best buy but for MSRP it definitely is.

Case

One of the best cases out there, too bad it is discontinued though.

Wireless Network Adapter

Very seldom it cuts internet connection and the Windows troubleshooter has to restart it, but other than that it works perfectly fine.

Other

One of the cheapest and best quality monitors out there. It's a Samsung VA panel with only 1ms response, the rest of the specs speak for themselves. As far as the stand goes, there is no height adjustment but it can tilt and is already at the perfect height anyways.

Other

Another amazing Hue from NZXT. Many lighting effects and for only $45 its a steal.

Comments Sorted by:

Bajabugred 2 points 5 months ago

Great looking build!

AlphaPig submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

Crazycatman 4 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Love the first picture. PC and Heat-pipes look like Liquid Neon.

AlphaPig submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Yeah they kinda do lol

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Love the pc

AlphaPig submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

Sebloostion 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

How’s the WiFi card?

AlphaPig submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

When I first got it it would randomly cut connection and I had to restart it, but after I updated the driver it worked flawlessly. Since then there have been no severed connections and my speeds are constant. If you are going for aesthetics I think you should consider that it has a green backplate, I would have preferred black but doesn't really matter to me.

Sebloostion 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks. Nice build also.