Description

After years of console gaming, I decided to give PC gaming a go, and this is the setup I decided on.

Having been interested in building a PC for a while, I decided to buy the parts and build it myself as opposed to buying "off the shelf". I have to say that the putting together of the machine was fairly straight forward, the pain seemed to be installing Windows 10 and then updating EVERY driver ever made for any part of the machine. I do have a sense of pride that I managed to do it all myself though, so well worth the "aggro".

I went for "high end" parts as I would like this to last me for a few years, and seeing as it will be predominantly used for VR games, I can't see it being a problem.

The toughest choice for me was whether to plump for the Kraken X62 or a Noctua cooler, as both seemed to be around the same in terms of efficiency, but aesthetics won out in the end. The price of the Aorus 1080ti was a setback too, however I believe it will be worth the outlay (hopefully). Other than that I just looked at reviews of usually three different choices for each part and went with what felt right.

I've not looked at OCing the CPU yet, but may do in time, and I have set the XMP Profile on the G Skill. (This sounds simple, but I have never had to use BIOS before, so everything felt like a gamble!)

I also bought an A-Jazz AK 33 RGB keyboard, but that part doesn't seem to be available on here.

My only gripe is the fact the graphics card needs 2 6+2 pin connectors to power it and the one that comes with the PSU doesn't look the best. Probably will have to invest in some custom cables eventually, and maybe a wi-fi card depending on where I place the PC in the house.

Hope you like the rig.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Great spec board, which it should be for the price. Only issue is the "Amp Up' audio plastic cover which makes getting anything in the PCI-e slots a bit of a task. Otherwise, so far so good

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to PC Gaming! Have fun with your new build

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m gonna try if I can get the daughter and Mrs off the bloody thing!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

How is the motherboard performance/reliability so far? would you recommend it?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

The cables that comes with the psu will work fine.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

It was more for aesthetic reasons, but clearly the viewpoint is it’s an expense not required! Will probably just stick with original cables. We’ll see. Cheers.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build all around! If you do decide to go the custom cable route, I can vouch for CableMod for both quality products and excellent customer service. I'd recommend the ModMesh nylon option, and to opt for the Pro cables which are much thicker and come with cablecombs pre-attached. I've heard nothing but good things about Ensourced and Mod-One cables too, but their compatibility options are much slimmer so I'm not sure if they handle pinouts for the RMx.

But that's a solid PSU and will serve you well even with the stock cables. Hope you enjoy the new machine! +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to PC gaming my friend! Love the build too!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. All new ball game for me

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

typical s340 build

But no need to buy cables, your build looks really clean, good work man and good choice on parts, this build will exceed great performance on all games. gg

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

that video card is THICCC

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Very!!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

question

when using the s340 elite while taking off screws on areas like ssd brackets or screws on the pcie mounts at the back do the screws ever buckle or kinda break and not screw just stay at the same point and just keep turning

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine were fine. The PCI-e ones were slightly angles, I presume to accommodate the vanity shield.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm must be my case then all the screws are really bad

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

If you contact NZXT I'm sure they'll sort something out for you. The reason I went with one of their cases was because of the excellent customer service others have received from them