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Backstory time, because why not and also because if you don't you're not a sweaty try-hard when it comes to PC building. I went a little overkill on my budget, which started at $850-900 for a new CPU, Motherboard and potentially GPU and/or RAM (I wasn't initially settled on one, both or neither of the last 2 components). I did an video production internship over the summer since I'm going to school for film, and around the middle of July I was asked to build a PC out of nowhere by my boss. The budget for that thing was almost $8,000 and it tickled me in such a way that made me want to up the budget for my build as well. So rather than saving parts, money, time, and the hassle of building a whole new computer, I just...built a new computer with everything that I wanted. It took me all summer essentially because I kept buying and then returning things as the build evolved into what it is. For the past month I've waited on a specific model of graphics card, which is the one in the list and it looks so good. Backstory over.

Cable management was hell since I had 4 case fans and 2 AIO fans. The 4 Corsair fans were especially challenging just in terms of them having 2 cables each, so the way I hooked everything up got the job done and I can live with that. All things considered, the back closes (albeit with just a bit of force) and no cables protrude out of the back making it especially difficult to close. As for the components, there were a couple issues I ran into right after my graphics card came in on Monday (9/16/19). For starters, the cable that I had to work as a stand-in fan hub (it came with the Kraken AIO) only had four connectors, so two of my fans had to connect with chassis fan headers on the MOBO. Secondly, the MOBO only had 2 onboard USB connections available, and I needed three. One was for the Lighting Node Pro for the Corsair fans and the other that I plugged in was for the Kraken. The one that got left out was for the case, so the 2 USB 2.0 headers on the exterior of the NZXT H700 are not active currently. In the future I will likely buy a USB extension card or something to fix this but the motherboard alone has at least 7 USB 3.1 connections and a couple USB 3.2 connections as well, so I'm not hurting over here...my OCD is just a little bit.

Before I end this and throw some pictures up on here, I will also mention that I've gamed very little, have not edited on this machine yet and HAVE NOT run ANY benchmarks for this rig, so if you ask in the comments, assuming anyone reads this whole thing, then I don't have those right now. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy the pictures. I can only say right now after having this thing for a couple days that all the parts look great and they work great--no hardware issues so far (knock on wood). My favorite components are the fans and the graphics card...and the CPU too because I can't wait to edit with it. Happy building!

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about building a new machine based on this CPU, motherboard and memory. Any hiccups with the memory? I'm also interested in using it for video editing but also VR, wondering if you're happy with the gaming performance.

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Very happy so far with the gaming performance! Haven't run any benchmarks but its definitely overkill for average gaming and will do great for VR. Haven't delved much into video editing much yet, but this CPU and the memory will do the job just fine for you sir.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How was the airflow? I'm seeing fans of radiator placing at front instead at the back?

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Air flow is decent. I noticed temps were spiking initially after the first week or two but I think that was because of the default BIOS settings for my particular MOBO. It was drawing in power exceeding the limit of what the CPU was capable of or something like that, so I tweaked those settings and it seems to average around like 50-60 degrees Celsius with games like MHW, etc. I definitely went overkill with these fans but it's all working out and I love the computer!