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Project 3

by Xxplosive

Description

This PC is used for gaming. This is the third system I have built in the last four years. I went a little extra expensive this time on some things. My hand suffered some cuts in the process of building. ha

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is beast. It's an upgrade from the i5-4670K. The performance difference is noticeable. I can finally play COD WW2 smooth and fast.

CPU Cooler

This is fairly easy to install, looks great and quiet. I should have installed it last. It was one of the first things installed which made connecting the CPU power cable and screwing the motherboard into the case more difficult. It does have a couple of sharp points on the back of the heat-sink that can cut your hands.

Motherboard

This motherboard is really nice. It looks great in the case and with the cooler and RAM. The BIOS is pretty nice. It has a little RGB that looks great. I just let it rainbow. The audio is good. I love the ROG screen when the system is starting.

Memory

This is great looking RAM. It was very easy to get it running at 3200MHz by enabling X.M.P. in the UEFI/BIOS.

Storage

There isn't much to say about this. It's a great SSD. I only buy Samsung. I used two screws to attach it to the case under the PSU shroud.

Storage

This HDD is amazingly quiet. My older WD Black 2TB was noisy at first and became more silent over time. This new drive is very quiet all the time. I needed the space for all my games. I was quickly filling up the 2TB.

Video Card

This was taken out of an older build. It still gets the job done gaming on the Asus MX27UC 4K monitor. I want a 1080 Ti or something newer at some point. The 980 Ti struggles a little in some games maxed with AA enabled. It still does an amazing job though. I don't feel a desperate need to upgrade yet.

Case

This is my favorite case. It looks even better in person. I'm not very good at cable management. The case made doing some easier. I just wish it had more storage bays. You can order extra if needed. Just make sure they don't have clearance issues with your GPU. Unfortunately the Phanteks logo is really messed up for some reason.

Power Supply

I got the SeaSonic PRIME 650W 80+ Titanium and the fan is defective on it. It's extremely noisy. I'm using the Corsair CXM650 instead. It's silent and reliable.

Optical Drive

This drive is fairly silent compared to other optical drives I have used in the past. I have many older games on disc and also backup files with this.

Operating System

This didn't show up in the UEFI/BIOS to select as a boot device. I realized it was plugged into a USB 3.0 port and changed to a different port. After a reboot the install screen appeared. Installation was a breeze. It seems this already has most Windows Updates. I only had to download a tiny bit of updates.

Monitor

This is a very nice monitor. It didn't have any dead pixels. The color and contrast are great. This is my first 4K monitor and gaming is amazing at such high resolution and IPS quality. Games like Assassin's Creed Unity and GTA V look insane!

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lightbulb590 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build and great review!

MasterRaceteer 1 point 8 months ago

Hi! Nice Build!

What tips do you have for first-time builders? Here is a link to my build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CP6YdX

Xxplosive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

You should watch a bunch of Carey Holzman videos. I watched his videos for months before building. It's pretty simple to build a PC though. Cables only plug in a certain way and look a certain way. Things can be keyed etc. It can help to have a magnetic screwdriver. I manage with a simple Philips #2. Don't over tighten the screws. They just need to be snug. I hold parts by their sides avoiding touching PCB etc. There is a triangle on the CPU and a dot on the socket to install the CPU correctly. The mobo manual is helpful to install RAM correctly and connect the front panel connectors. Make sure cables are plugged in good and snug, not loose. Watching good build videos will teach you these things. Carey is great at showing and explaining everything. Building a PC is mostly easy. The hard part for me has been stupid stuff like the CPU cooler being in the way while plugging in the CPU power cable or the 24 pin not wanting to plug in. I have to keep trying until it goes in. It's even more difficult to unplug them because of the clips that hold them on.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmWNCO9wSjzOz1UV8jCvIHA

MasterRaceteer 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks pal! I really appreciate that!

johnmay 1 point 7 months ago

How is that cooler doing on the CPU? Im very interested in it for my new modern build

Xxplosive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

It's keeping it pretty cool. I just played some Battlefield 1 at 4K on max settings and 66c was the highest it went to on one of the cores. The other cores averaged closer to 60c. One of the cores only went to 58c. It idles around 33c. I haven't tried overclocking. There is headroom to do some.

Mieux 1 point 1 month ago

please, please, clean your graphics card i think its going to suffocate and it almost looks like rust