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So I've been a hybrid gamer for most of my life. I got my first gaming experience on a Sega Genesis and my 2nd was on a PC with a little game called Runescape. Its been back and forth ever sense. I played Halo then i played WoW then Call of Duty then League of Legends. Most of my gaming for the last year has been PC gaming but sadly most of it occurred on a 2010 iMac. Then one day after my 3rd attempt to fix an issue with the Mac port of League I stumbled across the PC master race sub-reddit. And one of the top threads was about 144hz gaming and and the advantages of a custom PC build. I. Was. Hooked.
Here i am 3 months later after hours of research and planning with MY build. I took great care into choosing each piece while I worked 100 hour work weeks saving as much as possible for this monstrosity. This build is in no way perfect and I'll be outlining my likes and dislikes but I can say that it is the best decision I've ever made.
CPU: Love it, some part of me wishes it was a 4790k but it OC's like a mother and is more than enough for my current work load. Maybe I'll upgrade later on but for now its a great pick.
CPU Cooler: Simply put, Amazing. Keeps my i5 cool as a cucumber.
MOBO: One of the 2 pieces I wouldn't choose again. I accidentally purchased the UD3H instead of the UD5H and didn't have the patience to return and get what I wanted but I'm kind of glad it worked that way because the MOBO works physically but the Software associated with Gigabyte stuff is horribly clunky.
RAM: Its ram.. works great.
SSD: I originally wanted to get a 120gb with a 1tb storage drive but i got this one on sale so i decided to just go for the 500GB and get the HDD later.
GPU: No problems with the card so far. It eats up everything i throw at it and spits it out even at 1440p. The software again is clunky as heck and isn't perfect but the cards power makes up for it.
Case: Great, easy to work with and i love the esthetics. It was the reason i chose to try to do a color themed build. Next time i'll go red and black though because all the good hardware is that color.
PSU: Quiet and reliable, I haven't had any issues so far so I like this purchase. I could have gone 850Watt and probably should have but oh well its a win in my book.
Monitor: The worst decision I've ever made. I got all of the parts together after 2 weeks of owning this thing with no way of using it due to it only having 1 Display Port input and after all the waiting and scrounging cash to finish this build it was met with horror as after 2 hours of glorious gaming it crapped out on me. Asus is a company that I have always felt was reliable but with after seeing all the reviews on this monitor I can concur Asus needed to do a better job of QC. I'll be returning it and waiting till i can afford the Acer Predator. (unless something better comes along)
Overclocks and runs like a dream. Excellent for gaming.
Does a good job of keeping my CPU cool while overclocking but the software associated isn't my favorite. As more drivers come out for Windows 10 it seems to be getting better though.
Replaced my Corsair H100i GTX stock application with this. Saw a 2 degree drop in temps. Negligible but still an improvement.
This Mobo has been a headache for me. Physically it has performed fine and the BIOS has plenty of editing options for overclocking once you figure out how to use it. But the Drivers and installed software with this thing is garbage. The Gigabyte software people should be ashamed.
Does its job. Slight overclock used and no issues. Good enough for my use.
Love the 5 year warranty and the drivers and software for this thing are awesome. So fast.... So so fast.
This thing chews up frames and spits them out faster than a scalded ape. Sadly the OC software required to adjust the LED's is abysmal. It does not remember OC settings so you have to adjust them every time you restart as well as adjust the LED settings back every time you shutdown. Also, the software even though its set to run at start-up will not do it.
Looks good. Great airflow. Good temps. Did i mention it looks good? Also has plenty of cable management choices.
Works good for me. PSU's are hard to judge unless there is a problem but this one is quiet enough and does its job. A++
So far so good.
I've had about 6 different 80-120$ range gaming mice and this one woops them all. Logitech has done a great job. Software is great too.