Description

This is my first ever PC,and has been in the planning for the last four years. I have been educating myself on PC components over the past years and watching several YouTube videos about different parts and specs. During this time of researching i used a Lenovo Y510p laptop which had a I7-4700QM 2.4ghz, a Gtx 755m and a single stick of 8gb ddr3 ram. Arma 3 is one of my most played games and i never got it running on consistent fps and that was one of the goals for this computer. I wanted to make a build that would guarantee a steady fps on any game. And the reason behind some components possibly being considered overkill by some is my past experience with computers has been inconsistent therefore i would stick to consoles, because although consoles cant get you fps i never experienced frame drops and for the most part consoles were always a cheap reliable way to play games. I got these parts to guarantee that I would not have to deal with unsteady frame rates or the computer crashing. Now my only problem is my monitor cannot display the frame rate i get because its just a simple 60hz HP monitor. So far i have been able to run every game on ultra and get around 100-150 fps smoothly. The only game i have had some issues with is GTA V and I think its to do with MSAA and TXAA causing my frames to drop even though those settings don't use all my vram. In the end this PC cost just about 3000 dollars. Since the components were so expensive I ended up deciding to pay a professional at Micro center to build it,because even though i have watched several building tutorials i just didn't want to deal with any problems or mistakes on my end. I also bought 2 120 AER mm fans when i really needed 2 140 mm AER fans and i ended buying another 5 140mm For extra airflow. So in total i have 7 140mm fans, 2 being LED. The funny thing is that i built this PC at the worst possible time during this crypto currency mining epidemic. My graphics card cost me 929 dollars and this computer was built Sunday-March 25, 2018. Now on Wednesday-April 4, 2018 this card is on sale on Newegg for only 650 dollars which is simply incredible considering when it released I saw it everywhere for no cheaper than 780 usd. However this deal is temporary and I am sure it will disappear. Although budget was not my priority I do highly respect budget builds and builds that go for performance over looks. But since RGB is becoming such a popular trend it was a must have for me in my build. But to anyone who is contemplating buying a NZXT hue+ i must say that it is not necessary for RGB lighting. See i decided to purchase it because I knew it was going to be a convenience and I was also planning on getting the AER fans and the X-62 KRAKEN so I just thought I might aswell. Cam software is incredibly simple and a very nice feature. However if someone is on a budget and is trying to get Leds in their build i must say the Aura software is fantastic and has more lighting features than the HUE+. And a plus is most motherboards come with support for Aura software and leds so the HUE+ is not necessarily needed. To my knowledge you also cant get custom profiles from the internet on the CAM software and i haven't really looked into if you can for AURA.

I do appreciate feedback and comments as i am new to the PC MASTER RACE and do not know everything just yet. I will try my best to answer any questions. P.S. If anybody is trying to get a graphics card cheap i was told by a New Egg representative that it is possible to call NVDIA and reserve a card to purchase a card at msrp, however there is a wait and its 3-6 months.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic Cpu! Haven't over clocked it yet and it still does everything i need to and more!

CPU Cooler

Amazing fan for an amazing price. Keeps my cpu temps under 50 no matter what. Under load the highest its gotten is 48. Not under load its normally around 29 to 31.

Motherboard

Awesome Motherboard! The Bluetooth and WiFi is a great feature and works great. The RGB leds are very colorful and vibrant. Although the white color seems to be a bit more of a cream color than it is white.

Memory

Very right and vibrant leds and looks very nice in my case. The metal sides look very nice and elegant.

Storage

Great hard drive does everything it is supposed to.

Video Card

Great Graphics card. The leds are very bright for a graphics card which is a pleasant surprise. The GPU TWEAK 2 software by Asus is truly fantastic they give you three stock fan modes/profiles that Asus provides you with for when you start up a game. Theres OC MODE, SILENT MODE, and GAMING MODE. And they all perform well. The fan bearings are amazing, because even when I have them running on full i cant even tell whether they're on or not.

Case

This is a really nice case if you're trying to avoid a generic square case like the NZXT s340. It has optimal vents for cool airflow and looks great. When you clean up the tempered glass with glass polisher you cant even tell that its there.

Power Supply

Reliable power supply so far. Haven't run in to any issues at all.

Case Fan

The leds are kind of milky and don't really show of all that well. They aren't very bright at all either. I would suggest getting corsair LL series led fans instead. Although the leds aren't much to write home about,the fan itself is silent and fast.

Custom

Haven't had any problems loads most games quickly, and i would only really use it for storage.

Custom

CAM software is easy to maneuver and operate. Although I wish NZXT would update the software with more lighting settings and also allow users to download other users custom profiles.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a pretty great PC.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build!

I personally really like Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX, but I heard everywhere that this beautiful case has very bad airflow. What's your ambient temp that enables idle temp to be around 29-31?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't experienced bad airflow so far, see there are 10 vents on the top part of the case, air also flows through the front of the case through a dust filter and then out in between 2 large vents, and in the back the pcie slots are grated and so is that whole general area so airflow is pretty smooth. And I manage low idle temps because my water cooler is always on.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Looks awesome and backs it up with performance.

Unless something has changed though, I believe your RGB fans are blowing the wrong. Those fans should be used as an exhaust.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

That was the plan at the beginning, but supposedly they interfered with the motherboard so now they are set up in a push pull airflow through the radiator on the other side i have two other fans sucking air out for exhaust and.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

on, nice. How is your airflow with that setup?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Its pretty good.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very good pc that is pretty high end I would just recommend that you look a little more into the parts because there are a few that can be replaced for better versions for the same or cheaper price but beyond those few things it is a high end beast that can handle most games on at least high and I am planning on building my own pc in a few months because my current pc was made by my friend because he knew more so he pretty much gave me a list of parts and choose the one that I felt ran the best and was within my budget and it was an 8700k CPU 1070ti gpu 8gb of ram a 500mg ssd and a 2tb hdd but now I am thinking about having the same CPU because it is still one of the best on the market a 1080 ti gpu because those are the 3rd best gpu on the market with only the titan xp collectors edition and I forgot the second one on top of it and then 1tb of ssd so I can have my most played games on ssd then 4 or 8 tb of hdd not sure yet and 16 or 32gb of ram also not sure then depending on how much money is left over will depend on what the rest of the parts will be

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm aware, but i am satisfied with all the parts in this build. However i initially planned to have a 1080ti but than crypto mining became a trend and the 1080 ti just became way to expensive for me.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of curiosity did you have to drill holes to mount the Kraken where you have it? Because when I tried to mount mine in that case it wouldn't fit on the front side so I had to mount it on the top. Apart from that super nice build! :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly i do not know if the guys at micro center did drill holes in the front to put the radiator in but i do know that they had to remove the hard drive mounts under the psu cover.