Description

Built a solid PC, made sure to spend my money wisely. Looked at sales during Black Friday, Boxing Day, etc. The whole build turned out pretty great and I'm looking to get some AAA games to really push it.

From Intel Integrated to 5700 XT!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great performing CPU from a 6700HQ, handles workloads easily. My stock cooler did have a buzzing noise from a faulty fan, but will be getting a replacement Wraith Spire from AMD. For 239 CAD, it's a great CPU.

Edit: At 1600RPM it starts making a buzzing noise. However now I set it to 950 RPM; the Gigabyte software in the background was interfering with the BIOS so it wasn't working properly. Isn't that loud in fact.

Motherboard

Great motherboard, have had no trouble running Corsair LPX at 3200MHZ CL16. Chipset fan only spins up during load, can't hear it over the Wraith Spire cooler. Nice selection of I/O, really nice. Download the RGB software from the product page, but don't get the other stuff; do NOT update BIOS through the software. It freezes constantly. Downgraded to 3 stars for the crappy software and mediocre all-round performance. Will be changing to a B550 board with Wifi 6 and Bluetooth, along with actual debug features. Not even an LED, Gigabyte? I'm staying away from their motherboards for now.

Memory

Solid performer, running 3200MHZ with XMP. Haven't bothered to OC.

Edit: Turns out it doesn't run stable at XMP without a manual voltage bump to 1.38v. Not a big deal, but would have been nice to see it work properly out of the box. Might have to update BIOS since I'm on an older revision, and it does state some notes about memory compatibility. It is on the QVL however.

Storage

Very fast drive, incredible read/write speeds compared to a SATA one. I would reccomend going for a cheaper drive, not QLC but something like the SN550. A bit overkill for just Gaming uses, but it was on sale anyways.

Video Card

Great performing card. Fans are loud at 100%, but that's to be expected. I have a 1130 mV undervolt on mine, runs quieter and cooler.

Case

First build. This case is pretty good, although nothing outstanding. TG Window looks nice, easy to build in. Doesn't have a hole for PCIE Power below the GPU, but I may be confused? First case came with a crushed hard drive cage but I got it exchanged. Mesh provides good airflow but slightly more noise. On the new one one of the standoffs was poorly threaded, couldn't get it in.
It's fine for what it is. Wish I got a quieter case - a little bit noisy but I'm not too bothered.

Power Supply

Great PSU, fully modular and gold. Got it for $89 CAD on sale, with a MIR that might not come lol. Stays quiet. Stock cables are a little stiff, but nothing too bad.

Monitor

When I got it it came with 5 or so stuck pixels. It was really obvious - but when I returned the product to Canada Computers they took it in after seeing the defect. New one is great, a little bit of blur noticed but only I try to look for it. Great colours, you can't beat it for $380 CAD.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, looks good :D

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Might pick up an NH-D15 for ultimate silence.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Will update when the Shadow Rock 3 is available. Bit noisy stock.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have the same case and I bought a 5-pack of Arctic F12 pwm case fans for $26. Put two for intake and two for exhaust so they can run lower rpm which helps with the noise quite a bit. I bumped the intake fan curve up +15% to maintain positive pressure. The Arctic Freezer 34 duo cpu cooler is also very quiet and works well for the price. I’ve heard the stock Ryzen coolers are a bit noisy and I think it disrupts the overall airflow of the case. Cheers!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm not a fan of the look of the white fans :p, the black ones are SP optimized. I think I'll go for the Dark Rock Slim for that blacked out look...

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice but 5900rpm is really slow but besides that nice

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

It's an SSHD, not that bad. But I'd like to move to an all SSD setup

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

nice