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I ultimately wanted a computer that was budget friendly, and could kick the **** out of any game I threw at it, and then some. I also wanted it to be able to create works of art when I am taking a break from games. That is exactly what I have built for myself.
I am presently using a dinner table as my desk.
Sorry for the poor image quality, I am using my phone and it doesn't do so hot in poor lighting conditions. I have also left the protective plastic on the case window as I am moving soon and would like to keep it scratch free.
Now to the nitty gritty of it:
Overall the processor performs with adequate speed for everything I have thrown at it, which at times is far more than any of my previous systems have been comfortable handling. Extremely powerful for its meager price tag.
I haven't replaced the stock cooler for the CPU at all, and it typically never exceeds 40C. It isn't the prettiest of coolers, but it is doing its job, and its doing it well.
The motherboard was a dream to work with. Very clear labeling, bright, beautiful colours that matched my RAM, and my case. My only complaint is that over the heat spreaders labeled "Dual Intelligent Processors", where it has all the pretty designs etched onto it, there is a small, perfectly sized bit of plastic to protect your silver engraved lettering. Remove it. Had my system not been made with a case featuring a side window, there would be molten plastic or a small fire inside the system. No harm done, but I even had my roommate come check it out before I got it up and running, and he didn't see it either.
The RAM is a lot prettier in person than in the photos, and it handles what I throw towards it fairly well.
The GPU is so lovely. It runs fairly cool, and it rarely has any issue with any games or software, those issues it does have are completely related to my habit of alpha testing games for fun, and sometimes that results in driver crashes. The most intensive game I have thrown at it so far is ARK: Survival Evolved with maximum settings. I maintain ~50FPS in almost all circumstances, which is reasonable.
The case is perfect. some people complained about its cable management space, but I really loved it and there was more than enough space to carefully route the wires and cables into an attractive and functional arrangement with room to spare. It isn't a quiet case, but it has more airflow than one would know what to do with. I would like to upgrade to water-cooling at some point, and outfit the interior of the case with numerous LEDs to give it either an ocean waves or deep space nebula sort of look.
The only issue I had with the case was the over-tightened thumb screws, I had to get my roommate to help me get some of them off, and it required both of us moving the case and screwdriver at the same time in opposite directions. Otherwise would 100% recommend the Noctis 450.
The power supply gets the job done, and as a bonus, has beautiful modular cables!
I like windows 10. It isn't a horrible OS, not like 8. It really desperately does need to have some kinks worked out, after that it'll be golden.
PS: beware manually putting your system to sleep, you could wind up with a minor headache regarding BIOS settings changing suddenly, or drivers deleting themselves and refusing to reinstall.
The Network Card is pretty good, it isn't going to blow your socks off with aesthetic or anything, but its cheap as dirt and it gets the job done time and time again. My only concern is those giant rabbit ears it has for antenna. They really are bigger in person.
The Display was, at first, a nightmare. I got it plugged in and powered on, and the colours were atrocious. Every one of the default settings are abhorrent... Four of them are grey and washed out, one of them is hyper saturated, and the other makes everything green. One of the settings for blur reduction that is enabled at the get go made anything black that moved near a brown glow with an acid green halo. I thought my GPU was DOA or that my games had horrible glitches!
After a few hours of colour management and comparison with my printer and Cintiq's display colours, I managed to get the colour balance just right, and figured out that the No Trace setting was what was causing the acid green halos. So after setting the damned thing up, I honestly love the display, and its built in speakers aren't bad at all!