After many years of empty gestures and false promises to myself, I've finally built my own custom gaming PC as a celebration of what I've accomplished up to this point in my life! Through four years of college, I suffered with a vanilla Asus laptop. I was lucky to get 30 FPS on low settings when playing games from 2004. I did manage to get by on graphically simple indie titles like Cuphead, FTL, and other games such as Hearthstone. I mainly had to use my PS4 for AAA titles.
Now, as a 1-year work anniversary gift to myself, I have finally accomplished my goal I created when I was a freshman, and I still am overjoyed and beaming with satisfaction! Despite some struggles here and there, the build process was incredibly rewarding, and I only wish I could do it again. #ChaseTheDragon
Knowing I wasn't going to be able to afford either a 4K monitor or an RTX 2080ti, I decided it might be best to try and tackle 1440p resolution @ 144Hz. While the RTX 2070 Super achieves that in some more recent titles, it can hover around 90-100 fps in graphically demanding games such as GTA 5 and Control. Coming from the PS4 though with a 720p TV, this PC still blows that out of the water.
I'll probably come back to update this description with more info as I test more titles (I'm currently downloading Witcher 3), so check back soon if you'd like to see more info!
P.S. Please excuse my mediocre photography skills and silly stickers.
Loving my first AMD CPU! Currently using this mainly for gaming, and with plans to maybe get back into game development.
I've had a few issues overclocking to 4.2 GHz, but some of this blame may be on my MOBO.
Very nice for a first time builder like myself who didn't want to mess around with an AiO Liquid Cooler. This is sufficient for my overclocking needs, and looks pretty good in my case. RGB is a nice touch and does a lot to show off my build.
Great MOBO overall. BIOS is relatively easy to navigate as a first-time user, but I've had some issues using the "Game Boost" CPU settings profile. Not entirely sure if this is because of the MOBO itself, or the CPU. Included WiFi antennae are also a bit finicky. Other than that, I haven't noticed any issues.
Gotta take some stars off here. Not sure if the RAM was entirely to blame, but this gave me problems during my Windows install. Had to remove one stick to complete the install, but after setup both have been working as expected.
Haven't really looked too much into the performance I've been getting from them, but I also haven't noticed any issues either.
This is the first SSD I've ever used and the speeds are incredible. I'll never be able to go back to booting Windows in anything less than 20 seconds.
Pretty solid card in terms of price/performance. The fans have a slight whine to them that is a little irritating, but it's very minor and isn't too egregious.
I'm playing all games comfortably at 1440p, with framerates averaging around 90 on more demanding titles like GTA 5, Control, and Borderlands. I've also used EVGA Precision X1 to overclock the card to +100 CPU clock speed and +800 Memory clock speed.
I love this case! I mainly got it for the front-mounted RGB fans, but the cable management is also pretty decent. Tempered glass also looks real nice.
Only thing I would advise is that you get a 3-1 fan splitter so that you can connect all the front-fans directly to your MOBO, as opposed to using the peripheral power chord. I also wired the fans' RGB wire to my MOBO instead of to the Reset SW connector. Also, the back fan wire felt a bit short, and still looks a bit awkward plugged into the closet possible header on my MOBO.
Not sure how to really review a PSU, so this is an automatic 5 stars. Mainly bought this for modular support, and the nice black cables.