Description

After helping my brother in law build his first gaming pc a few months ago and falling in love with the Tempered glass panels, I always had a itch to upgrade from my "Budget blowing Mini ITX Build - i7 6700k".

Only till I realized how much GPU's prices had blown up, I decided to sell off my EVGA 1080 FTW and begin the tear down. 2 days after I posted it for sale. it sold, which kicked off the "buy and sell" frenzy that kept my mind occupied for multiple weeks.

After everything was said and done, I unfortunately ended up spending an additional $400. I was able to upgrade my case, GPU, monitor, and M.2 boot drive, but I ended up losing 16gb of ram, since I never really needed 32gb to begin with.

It wasn't the easiest upgrade, since finding a GPU for fair value was nearly impossible, having a faulty Gigabyte z270x Gaming 5 motherboard, and finding a good replacement for my Acer Predator XB271HU was nearly impossible. Once you've experience a IPS panel with 144-165hz, it's hard to go down to anything less. I actually purchased the AOC Agon AG352UCG and Philips Brilliance 349X7FJEW before ending up with my Samsung C32HG70. I knew I couldn't afford the Alienware aw3418dw, so I tried these other 2 ultra wide monitors, but I just didn't like how my games ran on them. It was choppy, a bit distorted, and the AOC made weird buzzing noises, which was a major turn off. After reading excellent reviews about the Samsung panel and finding it on sale for $499.99, I knew I had to give it a shot. It's just about everything my smaller Acer was, minus the amazing viewing angles the IPS had, but with a curve display, you're meant to be centered, so I figured I could live with it.

Anyways, I'll post some better photos once I clean up my work desk, at the moment, enjoy the view of the case.

Part Reviews

Case

The quality of everything in this case is just unbeatable. Beautiful modest design case.

Wireless Network Adapter

Worked perfectly right out of the box!

Case Fan

Pretty but no way to sync = trash. Too bad I bought these when they first came out so it's not like I can sell return them.

Case Fan

Pretty but no way to sync = trash. Too bad I bought these when they first came out so it's not like I can sell return them.

Monitor

Native 144hz and OCable to 154hz. Simply beautiful display!

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

personally I would have kept the EVGA GPU. I know that it is not the fastest but would have been enough to run most games at 2560x1440 at 60 FPS plus, but I do kind of think that it would look better in the case.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

His monitor is capable of 144hz refresh rate. He needs as strong of a setup as he can to utilise that

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

The EVGA 1080 ftw was a excellent GPU, but like i said in the description, I grabbed what I could get for a fair price. I was really trying to pick up the EVGA 1080ti FTW3, but could get one for a good price. Blackie is right, I can't go back to anything under 100hz. Once your eyes get used to anything over 100hz, it's really really hard to go for anything less.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I apologize, I am a sucker for how things look just a bit more than i am a person who cares for maximum performance. AS is evident, at least to myself, with my setup.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

@my ASUS PG279Q ROG SWIFT, one of the greatest monitors ever made in terms of performance+ features/cost ratio

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

It's exactly like the Acer Predator XB271HU. They're amazing monitors, but eventually everyone will want bigger =D

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Tbh I almost went with a PREDATOR, theyre very nice monitors. I had just heard better things about the SWIFT, and besides; I'm an ASUS fan, I have an ROG motherboard too, and the red LED matches my setup. As for bigger, NVidia's new monitor project to make larger, high refresh rate, 4k monitor "boxes" is very attractive, but undoubtedly expensive. I can easily see them going for $2000

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

i think the gigabyte cards all clock higher that evga, msi, and asus so it should be faster then the evga ftw

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I have question regarding the case, I have heard mamny reports stating these cases dispite having filters pick up alot of dust inside due to the glass and gaps?

Also the glass forms a poor insulator for sound from case fans and from coolers and HDD inside the case, its on of the worst for fan noise?

What has your experieces been from any of this?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m no expert but coming from my Corsair 380t w/ only 4 fans to this with 8 fans, this is way quieter. As far as dust, I don’t have any issues as of yet. Love the case!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats interesting to here

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any problems with airflows causing the pc case to get very hot, which has been reported by some users due to the front AL panel blocking most of inward flow and just relying on the vented side slot on the front ?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

So I've already tore down the build to actually move on to a 8700k upgrade =D but my 6700k was always idling around 25-30 C, which is pretty cool IMO.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Im also going for i7 8700k with ASUS Z370 Prime A mobo

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I was really was considering going for the 8700k, but I could only sell my 6700k for $200 or less, so I would have to put in an extra $125. For my main use of my computer, I couldn't justify the extra money. My MSI M7 cost me about $140 and I sold my Z170i for $70, so upgrading cost me $70. That was worth it because of the placement of the M.2 and boot up speed. The z170 board m.2 was on the back and a pain to deal with since it didn't fit a full size M.2.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, you seem to know what you are talking about in regards to cpu performance and such. Would I be able to ask you some questions? I have a basic knowledge of computers, but when it comes to researching what components to buy (more specifically a cpu) I am totally lost. I have a basic understanding of everything BUT the cpu. So, I guess what I'm getting at is, do you mind telling me some good options for a gaming pc? If that is too much to ask (which I completely understand if it is), would you mind telling me the correlation between the cpu and performance? Maybe a certain measurement that directly correlates into fps boosts in game? Or is there no definitive way to tell how good a cpu will be until you test it? I have watched countless videos on cpu's and I have the general gist, but I have no idea what to do when actually shopping for one. Your input would be much appreciated!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Before you buy a cpu you must tell me what refresh rate your monitor is. Generally speaking you pick your GPU for the graphical performance and the CPU for the FPS goal. However, if you monitor is ony 60hz any FPS above 60 will not be displayed.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh I see. I currently have a gaming laptop (worse decision I've ever made BTW) and I am looking to build my own pc. I have come to the realization that my goal just might be unobtainable due to the rise in price of not only video cards but ram as well. Thank you for your response though! I appreciate the information and I will keep that in mind!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I know you didn't ask me, but I sent you a personal message with my answer, as all of these other people don't need to hear what I have to say.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Decided to update again... No thanks to you i'm wasting money! 8700k and Asus Z370 E here i come!

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I got super lucky and Newegg had a bundle deal for CPU, MOBO, and Ram (going to sell the ram). Will have a new update in a week or so =D