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So, the goal for this PC project was simple; build a gaming pc for under $1,700 (after tax and shipping) that would perform well and of course look amazing, but most importantly, after the build was completed, I didn't want to have a single regret. I wanted to make sure I got the best possible deals at the time and that I was getting "the biggest bang for my buck" on most, if not all the items I purchased. I Feel I did just that. In the end I feel I payed a reasonable price for these components and I am absolutely ecstatic at how well this beauty looks and performs.

Playing games on a console or crappy laptop (which I've been used to for the past 10 years) is absolutely no comparison to playing games on this PC. To my surprise, this pcs+ r9 290 can max out just about anything I throw at it and stay around 60fps. Some of the more demanding games like GTA V and The Witcher 3 need a little tweaking to stay in the 45fps-60fps range, but I'm still able to keep most of those game's graphic settings at very high or ultra. Considering I paid about $260 after tax and shipping, I seriously cant complain and I would recommend this video card to anyone looking for great GPU value.

BTW, yes, the H100i is in a pull configuration and is my primary intake. It might look unorthodox but believe it or not, I get slightly better cooling with it in a pull configuration compared to push. When I say "slightly better," I'm talking a 1-2 degree difference, so It really doesn't matter, but the main reason I configured the fans this way was to showcase the SP120s and to have easier access to the back of the RAD (for cleaning purposes).

I'm not going to go into full detail about every single item in this parts list, but if any of you have a question or would like my personal product review on any of these items, then please feel free to drop a comment. I will regularly look for questions or requests and get back to you as soon as I can.

Please leave a comment if you want (good or bad) and I would also love to see any suggestions you guys might have for improving this PC and its performance. I'm relatively new to the PC world so any info or feedback is welcomed.

All the prices in this build are listed after promotions and mail in rebates , but before tax and shipping. I only payed shipping on a couple small items that weren't covered by Amazon Prime's and Newegg Premier's free shipping services. Final price of this build came out to just above $1,700. If your building a PC by ordering parts online then I strongly suggest that you sign up for Amazon Prime and Newegg Premier. Shipping on computer components can get quite expensive. If you don't want to cough up the hefty annual membership fees, then sign up for their free 30 day trials. Just remember to cancel the memberships before the 30 day trial ends

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build mate. I think the r9 290 was the best card of its generation. I had the Asus direct cu ii version and it was flawless and cost about 100 dollars less than the 780 in my country with virtually the same performance!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Im very pleased with the 290. It does run a little warmer than its green counterpart like people say, but for the price, it just cant be beat.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It does but with the aftermarket coolers the temperatures are no where near the 94 degrees Celsius the reference coolers ran at! They were terrible...

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow lol ya no joke. I heard the reference ran super toasty. That would be like having a space heater in my room in the middle of the damn summer. No thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Very clean and awesome build.. AND username!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

DAMN! That monitor's bezels though, almost non existent. Nice build mate!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Ya one of the thinner ones I've seen. These would work well for a surround gaming build I would imagine.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I also got a monitor that's almost that thin, only that t is a 1440p 25 inch. I would love to see a surround setup from you though as I also plan to have mine too. lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!! That's a good size monitor you got. I wouldn't want to go much smaller than this 23.8 Dell 2be honest.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. At first I was expecting it to be humongous when it sits right in front of me, but after a while of getting used to, it gets smaller and smaller...at least for me. Haha

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm here for the bacon. Clean build. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Man that is really clean looking! How do you like that headset? I'd like to get a wired set myself.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the Cloud 1 grizzly. Great sounding headphones for the sub $100 range. I would suggest running them off of some sort of amplifier though, whether its an internal mobo amp or an external one. If you dont plan on using an amp then the Cloud II would work great.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I left out the best part...Its insanely comfy and well built. Feels like a $200+ headset, no joke!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Right on, I watched and read and few reviews on these today. I'm still using my Sony gold headset for now, but don't want to deal with charging them anymore. I always forget to throw them on when I'm done and if never fails that they are almost dead when I want to do some late night gaming while the kids are asleep.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks simple in a good way!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Stunning! How easy was the S340 to build in? +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

TY! Actually it was very easy walltide. For being a relatively compact case, it had a lot of room for cable management.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Super clean man i like it. may i ask what camera you used to shoot these pictures? thanks.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I was using my phone to take these pictures. Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that's crazy. I guess that bit of sunlight really did the trick. Looks nice man.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Ya some of those pics were taken right in front of a large sliding glass door so there was plenty of light.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

what desk do u have it looks awesome

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought this desk on Craigslist for $50 actually. Its an IKEA from the GALANT collection. They discontinued this model and replaced it with the IKEA BEKANT http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79022792/#/S49022802 The Bekant is much nicer 2be honest, a bit more expensive too though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! What coolers did you end up using?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an H100i GTX with the same case and fans, and I set it up in the same configuration. Originally I was using the standard push setup and decided to experiment and see if there was a difference changing the fans to pull. I got much better idle temps and a little bit better load temps with the fans pulling air through the the radiator so I ended up leaving them that way.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get your desk from? if possible could i get a link?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought this desk on CL but its an Ikea Galant. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19852113/

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I really love your display! Is ideal for a dual monitor setup.. Probably i'll buy asap.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi!

Awesome build! Just wondering, the monitor doesn't have any screen tearing right?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey!

I havent noticed any screen tearing at all but I limit my frame rate to 60. Hope that answers your question.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes - Thanks!