As a console gamer from the PS2 days, I was always aware that PC's were so much better, but I thought they were insanely expensive and needed upgrades every year or so. When a friend of mine helped me put a part list for a better 1080p gaming experience on PC, I became addicted to figuring out everything I could about PC's and how to build them. Tech YouTubers are the highest viewed content for me now. From a $600 computer build to here, I've fallen deep down the rabbit hole that is the PC Master Race.
I wanted to play competitive FPS like CS:GO at a 144Hz refresh rate, but also have a better, yet affordable experience that didn't just involve FPS increases. I settled on 2560x1440p. There are some good deals on high end monitors at that resolution.
I'm considering putting a white LED strip in my computer case to show off the parts a bit more, but I love the black NZXT S340 Elite's matte black case that allows the lighting on the components to pop against the black background.
The RGB elements on the board are nice, although the LED's on the chipset heatsink will be covered if you have a large graphics card. The extra money spent will give you a much better I/O, and a lot of premium features without the insane price tag. Worth. Also, the BIOS is super easy to use, and comes with a plethora of advanced settings for the seasoned PC builder, as well as simple, straightforward options that help newbies like me understand what they're doing :)
Boots to desktop from completely shut off in 6 seconds. Quiet, fast, exactly what you'd expect from a name brand SSD.
A significant increase in performance and acoustics from the case fans that came with the S340 Elite. What you'd come to expect from this brand
A significant increase in performance and acoustics from the case fans that came with the S340 Elite. Slight imperfections along the sides that doesn't affect performance, but doesn't look terrible unless you have a ton of LED's shining on it. I'm sure it's a rare problem, as the 140mm variant of this fan I purchased is fine.
Although it's a TN monitor, the viewing angles aren't terrible. The image quality and color is superb and with the 144Hz refresh and G-Sync, you can't do much better than that at this resolution! Battlefield 1 looks photo realistic at times and it catches me off guard.