Description

The system is for gaming and general media center. A bit of photo editing as well, but mostly gaming. Also, a mind quieting cable management tool.

Part Reviews

CPU

Place of purchase - OutletPC.com

This is a great CPU. I may be wearing rose tinted shades though. I had been using really old architectures (Phenom x4, FX 6300 & 8370) so I may not be used to a chip that is as quick as this one. Still, I like it and it's wonderful for my use case.

CPU Cooler

Place of purchase - Best Buy

Great cooler. I used this on a FX 8370 before my upgrade to Ryzen. Kept that chip under control, and is working super well for the R5. Probably a bit overkill, but a cool chip is a happy chip!

Motherboard

Place of purchase - Outletpc.com

When upgrading to this system, I wasn't sure which B350 board to go with. This was one of the higher rated boards across many sites. I liked the Black and White colour scheme, no LED's, and reviews really pushed me toward this board. The only real issue I have with this board is the UEFI is kind of crap and it only has 4 fan headers, one of which is taken by the CPU fan. At least they're all 4 pin...so that's nice.

Memory

Place of purchase - Amazon.com

XMP loaded no problem. OC'd the kit to 3200Mhz with no issue. Corsair tends to be a little pricier than other vendors, but 10 years with no issue, I don't see why I'd break the streak (2nd FX build notwithstanding).

Storage

Place of purchase - Outletpc.com

Pretty good. Basically the same speed as the Crucial MX300 below. I wasn't paying attention when I ordered it, so it's using a SATA lane as opposed to the PCI lanes I had hoped. I'll try again in the new year.

Storage

Place of purchase - Best Buy

My first SSD. I bought this to replace 2 HDD's that died within a week of each other. It's likely not that fastest drive, but it's been working well for me. It's now one of two SSD's I use for installed games.

Storage

Place of purchase - Amazon.com

Actually paid attention when ordering this drive (see my Crucial M.2 drive to see why that's important). 500GB NVMe SSD for a grand total of $115 after a random coupon added at checkout (thanks, Amazon!)... I can't complain at all. Fast, brought my storage to 3.5ish TB. I think I'm done looking at storage solutions for a little while.

Storage

Place of purchase - Newegg.com

Nice drive. It replaced the PNY drive as the boot up until the NVMe SSD was added to the system. Now, this holds most of the bigger games: GTA V, Doom, Fallout 4 and what have you.

Storage

Place of purchase - Newegg.com

This was a game library back up and music drive. After I dropped the slower WD Blue and it stopped working, this became System and Game back up. Doing exactly what I need it to do and a 5 year warranty! I hope I don't need it, but it's nice to know that it's there.

Video Card

Place of purchase - ebay.com

I rolled the dice and bought this on eBay two weeks ago (3rd October, 2018). I'd been burned on the site a couple of times, but sub $400? I went for it. So far, it's running incredibly well. Stays cool with a custom fan curve (which I always use anyway), Delivers well over 60 fps in every game I play. The hype, it turns out, was real.

Case

Place of purchase - Newegg.com

This is the 3rd case I'd built in and I'm still happy to play around inside every time I open it up. Lots of space for anything you'd want to add. The removable drive cages, while something I've had before, was a really nice touch. I removed everything from the front. Air flow is good, essentially zero noise coming out of the case unless I crank the fans. This case also helped me learn how to manage cables. Not a lot of places to hide things, so I obsess over the layout. Really, it's a sharp sleek looking case.

The only con I have about it is that the windowed panel doesn't fall into place as well as the back panel. Maybe that was my fault on first opening, but it had never closed without a little extra effort. Still, I reeeaaaallly like this case.

Update: I bought the TG panel (also from newegg) to replace the original windowed panel. Since the side panels are interchangeable, I moved the original windowed panel to the back side to show off the cable management. I'll be using this case for years. Love. It.

Power Supply

Place of purchase - Amazon.com

This recently replaced the 550 watt version of this PSU. I likely didn't need to upgrade it at all, but when I see a stellar price for the thing I originally wanted in my build, well who am I to scoff at a deal? 10/10 would buy again.

Case Fan

Place of purchase - Outletpc.com

I've had these in my case for a few weeks (time of writing) on the H100i v2 cooler.

As I'm sure was evident in the pics, I have them in the pull config with the SP120's in push. There hasn't been any issue that I've noticed. CPU, according to the Link software, is about 2 degrees cooler. Also, the white LED's are just the right brightness for my taste. I'll take subtle and classy over flashy and crazy any day of the week.

Case Fan

Place of purchase - Outletpc.com

I'm using one in the rear exhaust position. I ran out of headers to install the other, but when I purchase a fan controller, the other will be installed. That said, one is doing a good job. pulls the heat from the case fairly efficiently. I may go back into BIOS and bring the speed up a bit for gaming sessions, but otherwise, it's quiet. I like it.

Update: moved the radiator to the top of the case and stopped using the sp120's that came with the AIO, so I was able to install the second ML140 in the front. My GPU temps have dropped noticeably since the change. I really like these fans.

Monitor

Place of purchase - Amazon.com

Great monitor for gaming. 1440p at 144Hz refresh is sweeeeet. The curved screen is also really nice. I don't think I'll go back to a flat panel after using this monitor.

Keyboard

Place of purchase - Newegg.com

It's decent enough for everyday use. I'm still getting used to how sensitive it is to the slightest touch. I find that I have to delete double letters or a random when I"m typing. For gaming, though? This is a really good keyboard. I now understand the mechanical key love in gaming. Great for gaming, a tad too sensitive for everything else.

Mouse

Place of purchase - ebay.com

Best. Gaming Mouse. Ever. I got this mouse in 2009 and it's still working perfectly. I'm going to be so sad when this dies. The prices for this thing are astronomical on eBay.

Headphones

Place of purchase - Corsair.com

Not the best sound coming from this set, but I really only wanted these to get the "best experience" in Senua's Sacrifice. Goal achieved.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I’m using this same motherboard and liquid cooling and I had a couple questions and I’m hoping you can help me out. awesomejamsv3@gmail.com. It’s primarily the whole wiring business and the bracket used for am4.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if I can really help you. Wiring solutions will depend on your case and your ingenuity. As to the bracket, the box on the H100i v2 says it's AM4 compatible, but I wasn't sure if that meant right out of the box, so I ordered the AM4 bracket from Corsair just to be safe. I did notice on the bracket I ordered that it looked like it would be compatible with basically all of AMD's previous sockets (at least AM2 - AM4) since the holes had a slightly different design; like they'd slide to fit older sockets. Hopefully, this was helpful. I'd honestly check forums here or other tech sites for a definitive answer on the bracket. I didn't bother to check after I ordered the thing.

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