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, 2017. Now on Wednesday-April 4, 2017, 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.
Fantastic Cpu! Haven't over clocked it yet and it still does everything i need to and more!
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.
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.
Very right and vibrant leds and looks very nice in my case. The metal sides look very nice and elegant.
Great hard drive does everything it is supposed to.
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.
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.
Reliable power supply so far. Haven't run in to any issues at all.
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.
Haven't had any problems loads most games quickly, and i would only really use it for storage.
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.