Edit: will be posting some new pictures of better cable management, i will show a before/after contrast. Not saying my older cable management was bad but I just did not have a system... I am going to try to eliminate as many wires as possible and put the power strip behind my alex drawer. Will post new pics.
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This is Frostbite... well it's white like frost and the bite part came from vikings in Norway. Anyway, this build was mainly focused for coding, general use, video editing and light gaming. I know the parts that are chose look like they are meant for gaming, but some faster rendering times, better performance and overall faster speeds can contribute to a better PC.
Anyway, so when my father and I started this build, we looked up some build guides from PCPartPicker and Youtube. While I had done my research since November 2017, my father was quite new to building a PC. We started off with the motherboard and moved our way up. The first problem which was quite possibly one of the most chaotic problems in this build was the Deepcool AIO installation. The pictures in the manual were not clear and there were not many words, so we looked up some videos and tried to find a way to install it properly. While we were finally able to install the AIO, the cables to connect the cooler to the motherboard were very confusing as the deepcool cooler has a 3 pin connection and my asus mobo has 4 pins. That was very frustrating, but in the end, we connected the 3 pin to a 4 pin socket leaving 1 pin sticking out.
The next big problem was the radiator installation. While I love Deepcool's build quality, tubing is extremely short which caused us to change the position of the originally thought position of the radiator. So instead of mounting it on the top of the case, we had to mount it on the front. We also has to put the radiator in the center of the front part of the case because it was either pushing the GPU or the Ram. This also caused us to give up one CF 120 fan in the front. Huh
The rest of the parts were pretty simple to install. GPU barely took a minute and RAM was as easy as... I don't even know. Just really easy. Cable management took some time but it was pretty ok. Another problem was the Deepcool's fan hub adhesive. It just wouldn't stick, so in the end we applied some pressure and quickly closed the case. I don't even know if it is stuck or dangling mid-air. Cablemod cables were awesome to look at, but there were no manuals, so we had to figure out the cables for each part ourselves. Lastly, the front panel connectors are pretty hard for a beginner and the Phanteks' one is pretty confusing.
Things I would change:
- The radiator position... I would like it on the top of the case
- The clearance on the bottom of the case is really cramped and we had to give up a fan for that.
- Connecting the actual case lighting to our motherboard. The lighting on the outside of the Phanteks P400S was really hard to connect because the cable was not fitting as the other RGB cables did. However, we could control the lighting from the top buttons so it's OK. Just a matter of convenience.
Things I would upgrade:
- Adding more RAM sticks to make it look more pretty and have better performance.
- The AIO, since Deepcool AIO's are pretty tough to handle for a beginner or a first build.
- Possibly add a backplate.
- As far as lighting and looks go, I am loving the vibe of frostbite... really enjoying the look and feel. The asus aura software needs tweking but the corsair products are awesome. If you have the budget, go for more corsair products, otherwise stick to asus aura. If you care about looks but aren't extremely picky, go for cooler master's products over Deepcool for a first build, but Deepcools products, in my opinion, look better.
I hope you like Frostbite!
Awesome overclocking capabilities, it's not worth an extra $100 for the 8700k, this is more value!
Awesome looks and build quality, tubing is short and plugging the AIO to the motherboard is a hastle.
Awesome motherboard, I got this on sale and it looks amazing. Lots of headers for various RGB and device supports and it looks like something out of stark industries. I give it 6 stars for the Wifi thing, I don't know what you call it but if you see my build pictures, you would know :D
Everything is awesome except the lack of support to asus aura
Pretty fast and awesome value.
This card is awesome, just wish you could customize the color of the logo but oh well.
Pretty awesome case with amazing looks. The front IO connectors were just a little hard to put in but the looks defeat that.
Awesome value power supply, packaging from SeaSonic is amazing!
Pretty expensive considering this is an OS... but it's windows so it's good
The looks of these fans surprised me a lot... Great stuff from Deepcool
This monitor is perfect except for the fact, it lacks display port and you need an audio cable running from the monitor to the PC for the audio to work. With a DP to HDMI adapter, it works without and audio cable. Lack of Ports but great colors and viewing angles. Awesome for potrait mode. 6ms response time is a little too much but for light gaming is alright. Also it is one of the few good looking dell monitors to have VESA mounting.
BEST KEYBOARD!!! Looks and feels awesome.... I tried the razer greens, but it was no match to this bad boy. Multimedia keys are a plus and overall solid design. Just wish the wrist wrest was a cushion.
It's a competitor to the mamba wired. Highly underrated mouse.
Got this an year ago and it has been awesome... Great cushiony ear cups. It get's hot after and hour's use so you have to play in cold conditions or take it off for 5 minutes at each interval.
Also very comfy... it's definitely a steal when you get a deal like this on prime day.
A new friend!
Awesome beginner and budget friendly microphone.
It's actually more useful than it looks. Keeps phone propped up and at eye level.
By far, one of the coolest nifty gadgets I've bought. Awesome for work and taking notes.
Looks good but the base construction is bad. It scrapped off some of my monitor mount and there are scratches all over the mic mount itself.