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Red Dragon V2

by daUnitedpotato

Description

I had posted the completed build of my computer a few months ago. But I decided to delete it and re-upload with not only new and updated pictures, but with the setup as whole.

I built the PC back in June of 2018, my main purpose for the build was to game, of course. But it also serves as a school work/productivity computer as I am a college student.

But you're not here to listen to my life story, you're here for how well the things works... One word. AMAZING.

I've always played on console a majority of my life, and I would play a few games on my brother's computer which had a an i3-2100 (If I remember correctly) and a NVIDIA GTS 250 video card, with 8 GB of memory/RAM. Now don't get my wrong, his computer got the job done, but after I built this bad boy, it was night and day. Everything loads quicker, games are unbelievably smooth with 100+ FPS in 1440p in almost every game, everything about it is absolutely phenomenal. I had been collecting parts for this computer for 6 months and it was definitely well worth the wait.

I will note that there were a couple MINOR inconveniences when building the computer.

  1. The Samsung EVO NVMe M.2, if you're going to be installing the OS onto it, you'll want to make sure to update the BIOS for it to install correctly. We had tried doing it prior to the update but wouldn't install due to what I believe to be is a file compatibility issue. Once updated though, it should install like it's any ordinary SSD.

  2. The tubing on the Corsair H100i V2, it's very sturdy. So if you're going to be putting it into an ATX Mid Tower chassis, the placement matters. We had to move mine around the front panel quite a bit before we got it in the position it is in now where the tubing isn't putting too much pressure and/or tension on the motherboard.

Aside from those two things, building was a dream and everything worked upon first boot. I currently have the 8700K sitting at a good 4.5 GHz just because I don't feel any need to push it further as it does everything blazing fast already, and I have the GTX 1080 OC'd using MSI's Gaming App. I'll update the clock and memory speeds soon.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my build, and if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to drop a comment!

P.S.

Yes, I do plan to work on my cable management soon behind my desk. :P

Part Reviews

CPU

This thing is a beast. Both gaming and productivity on this processor is a dream. Really looking forward to using this processor for years to come.

CPU Cooler

Intel processors seem to run inherently warm due to their toothpaste they call thermal compound, but combine this bad boy with some Thermal Grizzly, it cools REALLY WELL. I idle at about 30 C, and under load about 45-50 C.

Thermal Compound

Seriously, pay the extra few bucks and get this stuff. It comes with a little spreader since it is very dense compound, but it's very worth it in terms of temperatures on your CPU.

Motherboard

If you want a motherboard that does what a lot of the high end motherboards do, get this one. It's almost a steal for everything you're getting for a price that's under $200. It also has small, subtle RGB LEDs throughout the board so it looks sexy in almost any build as well. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this board.

Make sure to have the manual though. It's your best friend when it comes to connecting things like external speakers, and wiring inside the chassis.

Memory

The RGB looks pretty good! I feel like RGB is kinda pointless on RAM, but I was wrong. It really helps your themed build look that much better. My only complaint though is if you look at it from a certain angle, you can see the LEDs under the transparent plastic, and to me, that just makes it look and feel kinda cheap for the price you're paying for it.

Storage

This thing is FAST and looks really good with any build due to its low profile design. I have mine on display in the NZXT S340 Elite and I love it. Works like a dream.

Storage

This thing is lighting fast. I have my OS on it and I can be at my desktop in 15 seconds upon hitting my power button. And that's not exaggerating or anything. I timed it. Get this SSD.

Storage

Just use this for mass storage for games and other big files. It's surprisingly fast for it being a mechanical drive. Have nothing bad to say about it.

Video Card

Coming from my brother's GTS 250, this thing is a dream. I consistently get 100+ frames in 1440p in almost every game I play. I never knew gaming could be so smooth.

Case

I loved building in this case so much. It was straight forward, and everything fit like a glove. It came with pre-installed standoff screws which was so nice, and it even has a centering bolt so you know when you're motherboard is in place. Highly recommend. Such an amazing piece of steel for the price.

Power Supply

The 2018 model of the RM650x was released around the time I was purchasing a PSU, and it was actually cheaper than the last model. This thing is very sleek looking with the all black cables and body. And it even comes with a 0 RPM mode when components in the computer aren't demanding much power. But even if the fan is spinning, I was never able to and actually still haven't heard it.

Operating System

Pretty good product for the price. Although, if you already have a friend who has a Windows 10 USB or disk laying around, use that and get a product key. It'll save you $60+.

Case Fan

I bought these to replace the stock fans that come with the H100i V2 and I'm glad I did. They're a little loud, but for how much air they're moving, I would say it's worth it. Plus I have my headphones on when I game so I'm not even able to hear them and I have my PC pretty close to me on my desk.

Case Fan

I have these as exhaust fans, and the name does prove to be right. These things are pretty quiet. You only hear them if you put your ear right next to it. The interchangeable rings is a nice detail too if you're wanting them to compliment your build without having to pay a premium for RGB fans.

Monitor

This monitor is a dream. I got it for $400 at Best Buy and I'm so, so glad I did. Paired with the GTX 1080, this thing is amazing. The 144 Hz refresh rate is REALLY smooth, the G-Sync is really nice adding onto that smoothness, and the 1440p resolution is just eye candy with detail. My only complaint is the stand feels a little on the cheap side, but once you get it into the position you want it or you're mounting it, it's no big deal.

It is a TN panel, but for me at least, the colors were just fine as they were out of the box. They popped and it was very easy to distinct objects from one another. I just turned up my gamma just cause I like my monitors being on the bright side. Also disable "Deep Sleep Mode". That'll allow you to wake your computer with input from your keyboard and/or mouse.

Keyboard

I got this thing for $110, and I'd say that was a steal. It's a very high quality keyboard, the RGB looks amazing, and the clicky-ness of the green switches scratches an itch you didn't know you had. Has a USB passthrough as well so you can hook up a controller for certain games.

Mouse

It took me a little bit to get used to, but once I did, it really did the job and it did it well. You have a sense of customization with what side buttons you want which is nice. But it definitely is a little pricey for what it is.

Headphones

The 7.1 surround sound really good. Bass can be really low if you want it to be, and the highs are very easy to hear. I play Rainbow Six Siege with these, and I can hear the guys in the next two rooms over because of how great the sound is. They can feel a little tight after long, gaming sessions and are a little heavy, but if you take little breaks, that shouldn't be a worry.

Speakers

I'm not a sound buff or anything, but oh my god, do these sound amazing. And the other reviews are not wrong, the bass on these is strong. I keep mine at around 50% and my breathe literally gets taken away from how much UMMPH there is in the bass. If you want a great sound 2.1 sound system, get these.

Comments Sorted by:

aakins 3 points 8 months ago

Holy crap! I'm building something surprisingly similar! Your system looks great, thanks for the pics and info. I finally got all my parts, now I can't wait to build it and get it up here next to this!

+1

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you for the compliment! And that's awesome! Shoot me a link when you have it built! I'd love to check it out when it's finished!

SwiftSeb 6 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Very clean, love it :) friendly community member +1

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, man. Thanks! :D I appreciate you taking the time to look at the build. Definitely needs more RGB. ;)

daltonsollars 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Neat and clean these kind of builds are what inspired me.

poc88 4 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Nice and clean! My first theme build was red and black too. I was a long time console player while playing on pc too. After seeing real pc performances, I am here to stay PCMR.

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks, friend! I appreciate you taking the time to check it out! :)

PC Master Race 4 Eva

I'm hoping around tax season to make a few upgrades like add a few more SSD's and some CableMod extensions to add a little bit more clean look instead of the standard black.

michaelsd28 1 point 8 months ago

Nice job

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you! :D

elledaking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Man, this build is just beautiful! Love the black and red! How's the AIO? And what? 15sec from hitting the power button into the OS? Will definitely get that ssd! Nice work!

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

The AIO is great! CPU idles at 35 C and only goes up to about 50-55 C when I game. And yeah, I'll hit the power button and I'll be at my desktop in 15 seconds. It's lightning fast!

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

And thank you for the compliment! Appreciate you taking the time to look at my build! Your cable management is WAY better, that's for sure.

elledaking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yes sure. I really do like your build! :-) I think I'll go with the 115i pro rgb. Although I really like the ring of the stock cooler...^

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Honestly, I think you'd be okay with whichever. Your build is already very beautiful as it is and either would work. I'd say it all depends on whether or not you want to push your CPU a little further! :D

ScrewyNinja 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Im digging the rig. Nice simple and to the point. Everything looks clean. Im digging it.

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks, my friend. I really appreciate ya taking to the time to look at it and comment! :)

millerslaw 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Great looking Build, bet you could easily get the 8700k to 5GHz with that cooling setup. I bet you could even run it at 4.8 constantly at around 60-70c even under load.

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks, mate! I would love to overclock but considering this is my first build, I don't want to mess anything up in terms on voltage and what not, ya know? Wanna make sure I'm more educated in how to do it before dipping into that field.

Pacecd1 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

Nice clean build man, I'm loving the red and black!

daUnitedpotato submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Thanks, man! I appreciate you taking the time to look at my build :)