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Did this build for a fellow shortly after christmas. He wanted a $2k gaming build that he wouldn't have to upgrade for a while. He plays primarily League of Legends but said he may pick up a graphics intensive game or two.
I only had around 5 hours to build and tinker around, so a lot of things that I wanted to do just didn't happen. I tried to take some good pictures, but the best camera available to me was my phone so they definitely aren't the best, add in bad lightning and not a lot of space and you have a recipe for disaster.
I wasn't able to do any benching due to some unfortunate problems such as my Unigine Valley download being throttled to around 50KB/s and 3dmark encountering errors when installing. I did however see idle temps, which were low enough to tell me that nothing went wrong during the build process.
Now for part reviews.
I own this champ myself and it was the clear choice. I didn't get to test any overclocking on it but at stock it's still a powerhouse.
Boy did I hate mounting this thing, regretting not going with an air cooler. I've done a custom open loop on my own system so I figured an AIO would be nothing. It was tougher than I expected because of how everything is already connected to each other. What's good however is that it was cheaper than the corsair Hxxxi GTX coolers and it's a 360mm. Good acoustics at idle which is nice.
Basically a perfect board. Not super expensive, ASUS front panel connector, M.2, plenty of fan headers, nice UEFI.
Dunno what to say, RAM is RAM. Good speed/latency.
Samsung goodness. Wanted to fit an M.2 drive in but it was out of budget, so this is IMO the next best thing.
I don't think he needed this much space, but I know that I always prefer to have more than I think I need, plus it's only $20 more than a 1TB.
The entire build was based around gpu choice. There were a few options that I thought about. A 980ti was not out of the question in this build. There are many things that could have been changed to easily fit one in but it was overkill so I looked at the $390-430 range. 970/r9 390 would have done the job well and let us get more things elsewhere but for a $2k build it felt wrong. In the end, the 980 felt right as it's decently high end, but not overkill for 1080p gaming. It should last him a fairly long time.
Pretty cool case, Really water cooling friendly with a fairly modular design. The HDD cages are annoying to remove, requiring you to remove screws from inside the case by the mobo tray and at the back. He picked it out from a list of feature rich and nice cases from a range of $70-$200. I always want the client to have a case they like. Now I just wished that we had a budget for a custom loop because the case was super under-utilized.
The deal on this guy was too good. I don't often see a good modular psu go under $100, and certainly not 650w so we got it.
I didn't get to use this, he bought it at a later date. He told me compared to his laptop this is like a whole new world. I advised him to get it as it was a decently cheap 144hz panel, I believe it's helped him decently when playing League.