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This build is an update from a few months ago, made complete with the new Gigabyte G1 GTX 1070. I’m using a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and SSD from my old PC. I still may add a Samsung 950 Pro m.2 at some point. I’ll be using this PC for everyday web browsing and of course gaming. I’ve enjoyed shopping for parts and began purchasing items on sale a few months ago. I admit I got into the aesthetics a little more than I should have and I spent more on the PC’s form rather than it’s function. I wanted a white build but all my peripherals are black. After finding a great price on the black Enthoo Luxe, I decided to compromise and cover the interior with white carbon fiber vinyl wrap. It took some time to get right but I’m extremely happy with the results. All the white in the case make the colors from the LEDs pop.
Intel’s new Skylake running @ 4.7 GHz. I got one that OC well.
I didn’t want to water cool so I went with this bad boy. Some coolers are a nightmare to install but this one was as easy as it gets (no seriously, great design by Cryorig). It keeps my OC cool at 62 degrees. And this thing looks beautiful, unlike some other brand (that I won’t mention) who’s fans are the color of vomit.
I’ve always been intrigued by the Tuf series boards that ASUS has had for a while now. My old PC’s get handed down to relatives so they are in service for a long time. The idea of military grade components and a five year warranty was attractive, not to mention I was going for a white build. When this board was announced it was love at first sight. The UEFI is easy to work with. I’ve used others and this is my favorite. Cons: This board has a few tan colored connectors left over from their other military series boards. ASUS software sucks. Four stars if you intend on using the ASUS software, five stars if not.
Normally I’m a G.SKILL guy. I saw this memory and well, the color scheme perfectly matches my ASUS Sabertooth Z170 S motherboard so I had to buy it. On the plus side, it did work with the XMP profile at advertised speeds with out any hassle. The first thing I did was assemble the main parts and run memtest86+ v. 5.01 over night and had zero errors. I can’t give this memory five stars because the timings are not the best.
I have the OS running on a Plextor PX-256M5Pro pulled from my old system. The WD Black is for storage/games. On the plus side, it has a five year warranty. It’s benchmark performance is as expected. I can’t give it five stars as it seems quite loud when reading/writing and the price is high for this capacity.
This thing runs everything flawlessly on max settings in 1080. Mine overclocks well (mileage my very). Nvidia’s software is excellent. Gigabyte’s software allows me to change the LEDs on the card to match my rig. The only con I have is the price was a little high but being a brand new chip, I understand the law of supply and demand.
Love this case! It looks great, unique window, variety of lighting colors, PWM fan hub, quality finish, functional dust filters for every intake fan, excellent cable management with Velcro straps. It arrived with the top bezel broken (naughty UPS). Phanteks customer service was phantastic <see what I did there> e-mailed proof of purchase and pictures of the damage and I they 2-day shipped the replacement part. A couple of very minor gripes (not enough to ding a star) is the screw holes seem to be cheap as some want to cross-thread. You just have to be careful and all is good. Also the front bezel has to be removed to clean the front fan filter, again, minor. I have never built in a better case!
This item I got at a great price. One of the more popular top tier PSUs. Fully modular, Eco mode, solid build, and 10 year warranty. Why do power supplies come with a bag to store them in? I understand for the modular cables but the unit itself?
My last case fans were horribly loud so by comparison these are a very large improvement. Pros: Quality fan, low noise, extension cable, on/off switch for LEDs, move lots of air and nice white blades. I read somewhere that they push more air at a lower RPM than any other 140mm fan. I’m not sure if it’s true or not but I am happy with them none the less.