Description

My fifth build. After spending years assisting friends build their own pc's, I've decided it was time for me to get up to date and dish out that aging FX-6300 build. Pretty much the only things I kept from the original was the ol' trusty 1tb HDD and the power supply. A friend of mine offered me his never-used water loop, so I got a nice finishing touch for relatively cheap.

I stayed for awhile in my old Deepcool Tesseract case before receiving the new Deepcool Matrexx 70 case from Newegg.

EDIT: after a month of use, I decided to change for the MSI MPG Pro Carbon Wifi motherboard because of reliability issues while overclocking the Asrock phantom Gaming 4. The results in 3DMark are so much better.

Part Reviews

Storage

This trusty little HDD has server me well with several builds over the years and never failed me. I only recommend it for anyone looking for an inexpensive yet reliable mechanical storage device.

Case

The case is compact yet spacious and well designed. The tinted tempered glass panel at the front just pops right off at the press of a button while the side panel is secured with two thumb screws at the top and a slot at the bottom. I love how the HDD's and PSU cables are hidden from sight while the entire front side is free for maximum airflow. The first thing i did when I started my build was to change the rear fan for a much better 120mm Corsair one. With a water loop, this makes for a delightfully silent setup without much compromises. The metallic right panel hosts more than enough real estate for hiding all those pesky spaghettis for a top-notch wire management. The only gripe I have against it is that it didn't come with a 12v addressable female connector so I could plug the front fans and RGB hardware directly on the motherboard.

Monitor

I've had this monitor for years and it never failed me. Some people will cry about the fact that it has a 4ms response time but I have probably fragged them countless times in every single games I played on it. The only gripes I had with it is that it costed me a small fortune back in 2016, and it is also a very heavy monitor. Regardless, the color are phenomenal and now I can't play in 1080p anymore.

Mouse

One of the rare instances where I can't really hold something negative over a piece of hardware. This mouse does it's job, and I loved it very much since 2014. The form factor is definitely designed for larger hands. I have large palms and long, thin fingers and this mouse fits me like a glove.

Headphones

This trusty little headset handled every single abuse I threw at it like an absolute champ. I bought it when my old Corsair Vengeance 1500 v2 that I bought for $80 at the time broke after 2 years, and then I discovered with much surprise that those were now sold for $200 and more and lacked so many features compared to the Steelseries. These are the absolute best value for money and I cannot recommend them enough. The game/chat volume dongle is a blessing and I keep using it all the time instead of risking pressing alt-tab to manually adjust my sound balance. You can also apparently customize them a bit with aftermarket head straps and such.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Are there bottlenecks with the ryzen 5 3600X and the 2080ti?

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Bottlenecks no, not really. But I won't deny that the system will score a little less on 3DMark cpu benchs than let's say, a 9700k. The gpu doesn't seem much affected though. I'm planning on OC out of curiosity.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a gorgeous case. did the shroud come with? I love to see more builders going with the $20 -$30 keyboards. who knows, maybe we can reverse this $ 250 nonsense . Have you OC'd the cpu yet?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, and yes the PSU shroud comes with it and has a tempered glass top cover. Honestly I was surprised at the build quality for this price point. I love every bit of it so far.

And yes, honestly I really can't set myself over a $200+ mechanical keyboard. I seem to like silicone domes much better. The only thing I don't like about the keyboard is the non-customizable RGB: it's stuck on rainbow and I don't think I can ever change it. Still a great and comfy keyboard nonetheless.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

<has 2080 ti
<also has "ketchup and musturd" cables

sad
very sad

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, I like the build! I noticed the EVGA Geforce... is lit up on your graphics card. I recently had my computer built and I have an EVGA Geforce GTX 1660 that looks identical but is not lit up. How do I find out if mine will light up?

Thanks

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have experience with this card, but if it's supposed to light up, you might want to try with the EVGA precision X1 software, it's even on Steam. Come to think of it, if it doesn't at least light up, could also be very possible that it isn't meant to...It's supposed to at least light up with a default color.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay, it must not light up. I downloaded the EVGA precision X1 software and I see the LED tab, but after messing around with it nothing is happening. Thank you for the reply

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I am just wondering if you placed your ram in a1,b1 channel.