So this happens to be my first PC, but I managed to get practice by building my cousin's PC before this. I became interested in PC gaming 3 years ago, and during that time, I've been using a Lenovo that happened to have a 940m in it, enough for most indie games. I tried play Rainbow Six Siege with it and could only get 40 frames on all low with massive stuttering. As I started playing other games, it could not keep up at all. Black Friday comes around and thought the deals were the best at this time, so here I am.
Almost all of these were bought from Micro Center except motherboard and case fans. The Pavilion was my dad's old work PC that had a fried motherboard. Building in it was surprisingly not too bad mostly since I didn't really have to worry about cable management. First, I thought heat would be an issue, but I saw Bitwit's old sleeper PC video and saw that it could handle a Zotac GTX 980ti, so I didn't worry as much.
All in all, this was a kickass build that nobody but my cousin and everyone else that reads this knows. It's just gonna be some random Pavilion with a shiny keyboard and unusually bright light coming from the vents.
Main drawback is that RGBs don't exactly sync and sounds like a jet engine under load.
Also just to clarify, I chose the case on purpose to troll others into thinking I have a terrible pc. When I get tired of it, I will migrate it to a new case.
Along with gaming, I will also be using it for Autodesk apps.
Total cost of everything was about $1100 tax included.
BIOS is easy to use and has features that will satisfy everyone, except maybe some enthusiasts. RGB is tasteful and VRMs are legit. They are supposedly the same as the B450 Tomohawk without the top vrm heatsink.
The lights on the MB are full RGB, controllable with Mystic Light.
It can handle everything you can throw at it in 1080p. In most games, you will be able to push 100+ frames on “ultra” quality. It does not get too hot, even in a case with minimal airflow. Fans do not spin up until you put a load on it, and it is quieter than the AMD Prism Cooler if both were at 100%.
Only thing to consider is that while it isn’t the longest card, it is very thicc. It will fit in most cases, but it might get tight for some people. It has a back plate as well so GPU sag isn’t bad for how heavy it is.