After a lot of thorough research and financial saving I finally pulled the trigger on getting all the parts together I wanted to create my first PC build. I wanted a very clean look with some essential hardware features and a Spider-man theme to add some flare and a personal touch.
Since this is my first build though, I’m not quite sure how to start benchmarking it to see how my system performs. If anyone has any tips or advice on how to do this it would be greatly appreciated. I’ll update this build description with my personal reviews on all the hardware I purchased for this build as my testing continues. Thanks in advance to all of you that offer your input.
CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K - I currently have this overclocked to 5.0Ghz using the UEFI from Gigabytes Aorus Pro WiFi motherboard. It seems to be running stable with no problems at all. I ran into a couple moments where I think it ran into overheating issues and I had to restart the system, but that may be an issue with either the motherboard or the AIO CPU cooler rather than the CPU itself. I mostly use my system to play games, browse the web, and do some office documents for work and school. All of these programs run on the Intel platform with zero compatibility or optimization issues. Everything runs very smoothly and I think the 8700K can handle everything that I throw at it just fine.
An excellent CPU that is easily overclockable and performs very well.
I chose this AIO specifically for its aesthetics. It has a great clean look that doesn't show off any flashy branding. It performs very well at keeping CPU temps under control. It comes with some great accessories (two RGB LED strips and a PWM fan hub). I've heard of some leaking issues with other reviews, but I've had zero problems with mine. I will update my review if I ever do.
The build quality and features of this board are top notch and not overly expensive. The ability to overclock using the UEFI seem pretty simple enough, but it could certainly use some tweaks to be less tedious in navigating. The utility software definitely needs some major improvement though. Their App Center doesn't recognize that you have more recently updated software for its own programs and RGB Fusion also definitely could some use major updating and provide more options for RGB control.
Great looking kit of RAM that seems to perform very well.
One of the best cases ever. Its beautiful, clean, and offers a ton of options. Cable management in this case is a breeze.
Probably the best looking RGB fans out there right now and performs very well for air flow as well. I only wish that they also looked as good on it's rear side in case you decided to use them as intake into your case.