Finally upgraded from a 6 year old Macbook Pro. This is a first build for me! I wanted something powerful and beautiful. It's equal parts a game machine and a work of art. The RGB was a high priority, all components work with Aura Sync so the timings and color transitions are flawless and look really sharp.
Besides the RGB, this PC was built around the ability to play games on ultra settings for the first time. After scraping by on very low settings and 20-40 fps in most games on an antiquated Macbook I decided to finally create a real computer.
It's good for now but there are a number of upgrades I have planned which include:
I love it, but I'm going to be extra critical just because of Corsair's branding department. I don't like the brightly lit "Corsair" tramp stamp right across my CPU. There's no way to turn it off, and no other options for liquid CPU coolers that are the same quality without annoying branding.
Despite this nitpicking, it's extremely quiet. I only hear it ramping up when I benchmark it, and it can almost get to 45c but not quite. In average day to day use and threadkilling games it's quiet and cool as can be, barely hitting 30c with fans running at minimum speed. Idles at 26c, stopping the fans doesn't even increase the temperature significantly at first, the pump and the radiator are incredible. I feel bad for taking 2 stars off, but I don't like the logo, and the LED lighting ruins my RGB lighting.
I would have loved 2x16gb PCIe slots, and maybe an option to use the LED display for temperature instead of just error codes, but this is just being extra picky because I like everything else about this part.
Looks great, runs great, definitely not for everyone but if RGB is what you want, the Trident Z RGB is the best option for RAM.
Cost several pennies, but worth every single one. Quiet, cool, and beautiful.
Amazing. Despite my fears about air-flow and dust build up, several months later and it's just as pretty as the day I built it.
The open air case actually seems to improve the temperatures. Seeing as there is no "internal" temperature, exposure to the room itself helps to dissipate the hot air more efficiently than fans in a case constantly pulling and pushing air in and out. Just be aware if you have a hot GPU, you will feel it in a smaller room, great for the winter but can be annoying in the summer without proper airflow through your house.
SILENT. I hear birds calling and leaves rustling out my window but I can't hear the PSU running at all. Or I would if my GPU and CPU could be quiet for a minute. It's overkill for my build, but I like to have a few extra hundred watts on the upper level just in case. It's a really bad day when your PSU blows the rest of your fancy computer and it's worth every penny to get every watt you can.
Does everything I want it to do at a reasonable price. Perfect for someone who wants "just enough", or if you're waiting to save up and buy the really nice monitor of your dreams.
Stunning. The sturdy body, the Cherry Mx Red key switches, the aluminum "aztec" finishing, the outstanding macro options, the braided nylon cord, the swappable numpad that even has a volume wheel, it checks all the right boxes.
It works and it doesn't have more buttons than my keyboard so it's just what I wanted. The larger size keeps my hand from getting cramped, but the Aura Sync software really doesn't like the mouse. Sometimes I have to restart my system to get it to sync up correctly, and sometimes after waiting 5 or 10 minutes it will just sync itself up even if the Aura Sync software seems frozen. Be patient with it. Taking off a star feels unfair since my only complaint is a software complaint, but it's a pretty big selling point for the peripherals so it should work without a hitch.
It's absolutely massive, and yet, somehow still not big enough for my desk.