I haven't built a PC since 2011 when I wanted to prepare for Battlefield 3. I periodically swapped out parts on that machine, but it trucked along with an i5-2500k, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and eventually a 750ti. Handling most games on high settings, I didn't care too much about getting above 30 fps or games looking ultra pretty at the time.
Eventually I wanted to start just a fun side hobby of streaming for my friends, but my computer just couldn't keep up with new games and the power I needed. So after months of waiting and Googling, I bit the bullet. At probably the worst possible time. Starting in mid December I began slowly having parts trickle in through the mail.
At first I just wanted something that could handle some programming, streaming, rendering, and 60 fps gaming regardless of high graphic detail. Then my college refund arrived. Budget shot from about $1600 to $3500+, but I wanted to keep some money on the side for other things. With some guidance of a friend... I went against everything he said and bought RGB, but keeping other suggestions in mind.
Skimming completed builds and pictures, I realized the look and structure I wanted in a computer. Followed by great benchmarks, this computer turned out fantastic.
Debated between the i5-8400 or this. I wanted to try overclocking again after not ever messing with it in my old computer. I had the budget so I sprung for this chip. Runs warm, but idles between 28-32 for the most part. Under load from Cinebench or Prime 95 v26.6 I usually max at 75 degrees, but on occasion rise to the low 80s.
Overclock to 5.0 GHz, without delidding, no issue and remains stable through all I've put it through school and gaming wise.
First arrived DOA and immediately had a replacement sent from Amazon, but also ordered a second, cheaper, cooler in case of failure on this second pump down the road.
Keeps my CPU cool, looks great and fits perfectly with my build structure. CAM is cancer, just like I read about in the weeks leading up to buying this. I debated a Noctua or this, but wanted to spring for liquid cooling as I've heard better results on i7-8700k chip, plus some darn good RGB customization.
What can I say? This paste is what you're looking for. I used to use arctic silver, but didn't like the 'cure time' of months. Needless to say, I'm using this paste from now on.
Stylish, great heat-sinks, on-board WiFi, easy to update and use BIOS.
Attaching the IO shield and getting this set was a major pain, and I don't like the default multicore enhancement setting being on, as this was hiking up my temperatures. Needed to set my RAM speeds also from their default 2133MHz, but that was part of my OCing process so no complaints. Also needed to disable the pump control and use CAM for my Kraken and radiator fans to properly work.
Settings to overclock were simple, especially with how many guides there are out there. This mid tier board does exactly what I need it to do, may upgrade to a Maximus later on, but for now it's perfect.
Heard some issues with Vdrooping, but I haven't experienced any huge voltage changes or clock dropping. OCs my 8700k to 5GHz no issue on version 0606.
I waited and waited. Missed on one of the $200 sales. So I jumped on these when I could as I was somewhat impatient. These look absolutely beautiful and combined with ASUS Aura on my GPU and motherboard. OMG. Haven't tried upping their speeds at all yet, don't know if I will.
I have ascended from waiting minutes for my old HDD to load Windows 10, to taking less than 10 seconds. Feels incredible. I only put Witcher 3 on here to survive those loading screens. Everything else is school programs and old projects.
Extra storage, need I say more?
After 2 failed attempts to actually secure one of these I succeeded in getting myself an OC version. Newegg cancelled two orders for the same exact reason. Failed in the verification process, which is odd because I had ordered other parts from them no issue with the same exact info. I had set up numerous alerts, and was in the middle of cooking dinner when my opportunity struck via Amazon.
This thing is a monster upgrade compared to my old 750ti mini! 11 GB, DX12, amazing temperatures, SLI capability, 1708 MHz boost clock right off the bat, and dare I say those magic letters again? RGB. Super quiet, no issues in my temps either. I'm going to have some fun with this card in the next few years I feel.
Case looks great, everything fits in fine and pretty great airflow. I only have two issues.
Cable management. Looks neat and stylized in the front, but the back leaves a lot to be desired. There's not much room, especially with my power supply, so it's quite a mess and needed some stuffing to get the panel back on and for the supply to fit correctly.
Glass and panel finish are scratched fairly easy, but looks great and I don't mind a weathered look I suppose.
Got this on a sale. Originally just wanted a bronze thermaltake around this price, but saw this go on sale, so I snatched this up and couldn't be happier. Modular, and quiet as the fan only kicks on under certain criteria.
Quiet and great looking. Exactly what the doctor ordered. While they aren't fancy and light up, these look great combined with my build and the scheme. Sadly they are 3 pin and my motherboard can't fully control their RPM, but they work wonders at ventilating.