I'd never built a PC before, but ever since my brother did years back, I've always wanted to try. Well, I worked some extra shifts to save up enough money, spent countless hours studying up on each of the parts (I had no idea how computers worked beforehand), and threw together a parts list, and refined, and refined, and finally the time came to make it happen!
I use this PC for gaming (Witcher 3, GTA V, other Steam and GOG games) as well as throwing together some videos for a YouTube channel I like to post to. Previous to this computer, I only owned two non-gaming computers that struggled in even the most basic of games. Now I'm blown away by all the performance that's at my disposal. I can actually run games at 100+ FPS easily, and most far more than that. This is a huge leap from 20 FPS in non-modded, low graphics quality Skyrim, which is all my last computer could (barely) handle.
Everything worked right out of the box. First boot didn't work, but at least the screen displayed an error message that fixed the problem immediately. I had only plugged in the 6+2 pin power cable to the GPU, forgetting to also plug in the 6 pin power cable. Second boot worked like a charm.
Was a ton of fun building this. Nerve wracking, exciting, rewarding. The whole shebang. In fact, the hardest and most time consuming part of the entire build was trying to install Windows 10 64-bit, because I only had 32-bit computers around the house (and one 64-bit computer that just refused to run the Windows 10 utility). Installing the case fans was a close runner-up. They came with absolutely no documentation, and I couldn't figure out why they came with mounting screws but the mounting holes weren't threaded! Turns out, you just screw in the screws anyways and it threads it for ya. Worked great after that.
The computer didn't boot up the first time the morning after I built it. It gave me a message stating "your overclocking settings failed" yadayada something that like. Weird. I hadn't overclocked anything yet! I hit the "reset settings" or something like that, and it worked fine again.
But now it's done. And it works. And it's all mine. And really after all that hard work and studying, I'm not left wanting. I have exactly what I wanted, and I'm perfectly happy with it.
(component prices include tax and shipping for my records)
Was going to go with the i5-6600k, but decided the hyperthreading would help with video rendering. Really glad I decided to spend the extra money. I'm super happy with this thing.
Easy overclock. In fact, I think it was running upwards of 4.3 GHz right out of the box. Got it to 4.6 GHz no problem.
Keeps the CPU cool, even under load. Looks totally awesome, and fits my red/black theme really nicely.
It overlaps my first RAM slot, but that's not a huge deal until I decide on filling all 4 slots... then I might have issues.
Hmmm, not sure what to say here. It works I suppose! Don't have anything to compare to.
It looks cool; I like the bios; it fits the color scheme of the build. Haven't had any problems with it yet.
Was running at 2133 MHz until I set XMP profile in bios. Then it ran at it's stated 3200 MHz. The heat sinks look super awesome, even if they don't fulfill a super important role.
Coming from a HDD... holy crap. Love the speeds it has to offer.
This thing is a beast. There are some games that I can dual box and the fans still don't come on... they usually only come on when running Witcher 3 at ultra settings. Gives constant 75+ FPS in everything I've ran thus far. I originally wanted the 1080, but the price difference was too great. Maybe someday when the 1080 comes down in price, or when a more appealing card comes out in the distant future. But for now, wow this thing is amazing.
Don't forget to connect both the 6+2 pin and the 6 pin connectors to it! :)
Looks very nice. Very spacious inside, allowing for superior cable management. I like the RGB LED lighting effects, and the optional RGB LED strip to complement the case lighting is a great addition.
It's a fingerprint magnet. Break out that microfiber cloth and rubbing alcohol as soon as you're done building.
Does it's job!
The fan runs continuously, but it's pretty darn quiet. Could barely hear it even with all my case and CPU fans off.
Some included documentation could have been a huge plus, but it comes with absolutely zero paperwork.
They look great, although the sticker in the center of the fan is off-center, which looks dorky wobbling around while the fan spins. I'll take it off some day.
They push air, but not like a ton of air. Relatively quiet.
Great color, just about NO light/IPS bleed. Good response time. Easily overclocked to 75 Hz refresh rate (used Nvidia control panel).
Ultra wide is super awesome, but it is no substitute for a second monitor if you're someone who likes to multitask. Games look great on it.
The stand is a little wobbly, but only when I'm raging at a game and shaking the desk, which I shouldn't do anyways.
I've only ever used cheap membrane keyboards before this. Wow what a difference!
I purchased the K70 RGB version of this keyboard, and the color is very amazing. Favorite keyboard ever!
I didn't think I'd ever use all of the G buttons... now I almost wish it had more! They can really increase productivity, and they help a ton in games.
Looks a little odd, and the third button (the one your ring finger rests on) is like super hard to push! Other than that, it's amazing.