Description

This is my 2nd build. While all pieces where obtained slowly since my last build, It truly feels like a different build all together. My reasons for choosing each piece is as follows:

CPU: The i7 line is extremely OP. Moving from an air cooled AMD FX to a water cooled i7 is a big leap. Went with the K edition to overclock the processor.

CPU Cooler: I needed an AIO Cooler, and the H100i was the one that caught my attention. This little guy pumps so good my cpu OC at 4.7Ghz is kept at roughly 20-30 degrees Celsius at idle and barely climbs when under load. Also used a set of 2 SP120 fans instead of the default fans, to give it that nice blue looks

Motherboard: This was a tough choice for me. I wanted a not so expensive Z170 Motherboard that had both SLI and CrossFire X, in case I ever wanted to switch to either multi-GPU setup. This motherboard is cool, although I wish it was in Blue like the 990FX series the manufacture also has.

RAM: Needed DDR4 RAM for my new motherboard. Wanted a stick of RAM that had LED's on it. Avexir delivered, and I only wish that the LED's effects could be customized.

HDD: I may get some flack for having a laptop hybrid drive and a laptop drive in my system, but it's a long story. The Barracuda HDD houses all my games, as the hybrid drive runs only at 5400 RPM, while that hybrid drive has my OS and other applications. May consider getting an SSD in a few years.

GPU: Really wanted an R9 380X for my build. The ASUS Strix series is a really amazing looking set of GPU's that run with both the R9 300 series and the GTX 900 series.

Case: I originally picked this case for it's nice look and AIO cooler compatibility. I now know that the actually H100i can't fit into the top mounting area natively , as in the H100i doesn't fit into the mounting holes for said coolers. I honestly wouldn't recommend this case if you're gonna use an H100i.

PSU: My build has a theme of blue lighting. This power supply is good for my 1 (soon to be 2) ASUS Strix R9 380X GPU. The semi-modular PSU helps to limit the cable management I need to do (although I'm not that good at cable management)

Optical Drive: Needed a fast SATA DVD drive. I got it

OS: Windows. I have used Windows all my life. IDK if I'll ever switch over to Linux.

Wi-Fi Adapter: Currently, I don't have LAN running into my room (but soon, I will). So for now, this good little dual band Wi-Fi adapter helps get internet into my PC, and it works well.

Case Fans: 1 AF fan for exhaust and 2 SP fans (1 in the front, 1 on the bottom). Brings lots of cold air into my PC very effectively.

Monitor: I wanted a 144hz monitor for low input lag and gaming at a smooth 144hz. Sure, the colors are off, but I went from a TN panel monitor from 2010 to this monitor, and I love it.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

2 words bro. Cable. Management. Lol you really need to tidy them up, I have the same case and it has decent cable management. Other than that its a pretty nice build, except for the psu. It doesn't seem to be great quality.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

already got cable management and PSU comments.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

haha I was thinking the same thing atrocious cable management. I was looking at cases and the OP's review on New Egg led me here.

After reading the comments it seems like the cable management issue is more a function of the user and not the case.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

pls pls pls route those cables better. Im not sure how great that case is for cable management but with some zipties and time you could add way more wow factor to your build

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Well a couple cables I can't route so well, like my Front USB 3.0 Cable. Trying to route that from the bottom over my GPU won't work well. Also I think this case has average cable management. Besides, I don't want to be super tidy with my cables.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

why not?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

eh, I'm not exactly bothered if a part of my rig is blocked by cables. It's not exactly a priority.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Be careful with the psu. It's is extremely low quality and could easily damage the pc.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. Maybe when it dies out, I'm gonna see if a good company has a PSU with a blue LED fan. If there are none, then just a regular PSU

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, there are none. There is ONE PSU with a white fan that is good. (Antec HCG). But with a solid blue fan, forget it. Also I would not wait for it to die as being a junk PSU, it will likely fry the PC when it goes out.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright. I don't have any money to order another PSU right now. I will be careful when it dies out.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You can't be careful. It'll either fry the PC or it won't. Nothing you can do.

I would save up to replace it ASAP if you care about the PC long term.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ummm cable management not a thing?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

actually, I broke the case after a freak accident, and bought a new case with better cable management (Thermaltake V51). the cable management is better in my new case

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