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***UPDATED: 11/21/18 - Replaced photos with cleaner, straight-to-the-point photos. Wanted to showcase the case with and without the front shroud. If there's something you'd like to see specifically, just let me know. Also, I included a couple pictures showing the decal I made showing the infamous 'Prison Mike' from The Office. Been messing around with vinyl decals for the last couple months and have it dialed in now. Hope you enjoy!
Cable Sleeves and Extensions Uphere is the brand of White cable extensions. The 24 pin, power cable and GPU cables are all working perfectly fine. As with CableMod, I've heard stories of cables popping out of the connector pieces. I've removed these and installed a dozen times now, haven't had any issues. Another thing with these extensions, they are similar to the CableMod Pro series. Meaning they come in a box rather than a bag and they're straight and thick. Extremely difficult to make bends to it (which is the point) and gives it a nice clean and straight look. The reason I chose Uphere instead of CableMod is because these were about $40 shipped. CableMod Pro is $99. They're gouging when other brands work just as well. The AIO sleeve is from CableMod, $22 shipped which is still ridiculous. This actually went together a lot easier than most people described. The clips are awful and don't really SNAP into place, they just kind of sit there, but since my PC won't be running any marathons, they won't be wiggling off anytime soon. These are flare items. My main point of this paragraph was to show Uphere being a great budget brand for cable modding.
Games played/tested on: Black Ops 4 (Their graphics mechanics are wonky), Rainbow Six: Siege, PUBG (R.I.P), Scum, Ring of Elysium, Fortnite, Destiny 2 and a couple other titles.
This computer is a workhorse for both my work needs and gaming needs. After some trial and error, I'm extremely pleased with everything I've put in it. Thanks and I hope you enjoy this post! :)
i5-8600k OC'ed to 4.8ghz As the temp description states, this is completely stable at the 4.8ghz overclock and is running flawlessly. You've seen it in a billion other builds. Nothing fancy, perfect for my gaming needs. Around mid 30s at idle and has peaked to about 55-60 degrees under load. Will get around the benchmark screen shots in the next few days.
Kraken X52 This is the next part that will be upgraded, but will do for now. It cools the cpu as needed, but have been a bit disappointed with CAM and the lighting issues I constantly have with it. Kinda seems like the lights go on and off as they please, no matter how many times I apply my changes. Also, the drivers for it are a basic CAM software driver. I find it odd that most other Kraken products have a specific driver for the specific cooler (atleast that's what it looks like on their site).
Z370-E Motherboard This thing is gorgeous. The lighting is a nice touch and definitely not overdone, as it's really only in one spot. Plenty of room for memory and later improvements. My only beef is where the first PCI-E slot is, when putting any gpu in, it has knicked up a shield that is located on the left side of it. It's extremely difficult to get a gpu in it's proper slot with the shield taking up the inch or so of space in that corner. No worries in the end as it's completely covered with the card. Comes with wifi, only really bought it with the wifi in mind as a selling point if I go to resell. But, it'll always be hardwired.
Corsair Dominator 3200mhz - 16gb Just got this on sale for cheaper than what I bought the 2666mhz RGB Vengeance for. The silver on the Dominator memory goes perfectly with this build, so RGB isn't an issue. Just installed last night. Runs right. These things are HEFTY.
Storage The A400 is strictly my Win10 boot SSD. It was cheap, works as needed. Heard mixed reviews about the A400 class. Out of the hundreds upon hundreds of times I've booted up/woken up my PC, it's opened in about 5-10 seconds.
The 500GB Samsung houses a few of the main titles. Including: Siege, CS:GO, Fortnite, BO4, and a couple other smaller titles. All games perform flawlessly, and boot up quickly. Very happy with the $80 I spent for this.
The WD Black 1TB is for everything else. I only play a few titles at a time. I'm not one to jump from game to game. I like grinding new titles for a while before moving on. So, this is more storage than needed.
RTX 2080 (UGH) I pre-ordered the RTX 2080 Founders Edition. This has some pros and cons.
Pros: Ordered the day after pre-orders came out and received it on 9/20/18. It shipped a few days prior. Love the look. Hate all the sharp turns and futuristic crap they were doing with previous cards. A lot of people hate the way the RTX look, I love the simplistic metal look. Also, the bridge cap makes it look non-existent, not like the rubber grommets they cover most other SLI capable cards with. Performance of it is great now that the kinks are worked out (for now). I'm sure future drivers will perma-fix some issues I've had.
Cons: Constant issues upon initial install. Stuttering and jittering gameplay. Felt like I was playing on a 1050 with better graphics. As with any new series, kinks needed to be worked out via updates. After hours upon hours of uninstalling and reinstalling certain drivers and changing monitor settings, it finally got worked out. This was expected. This thing is HOT. Under load temps have reached 80 and a little bit over. Concerning for me, but apparently not Nvidia as they say it's acceptable.
Thermaltake Versa J24 RGB (Mesh Style) This was a touchy subject for me. I like simplicity. NZXT makes the best looking case in my opinion. I love the fact that it doesn't have any crazy shapes. But, the H500 I had before had little to no airflow. A sliver of air holes on one side, 2 case fan openings, and a psu fan opening. Everything else was enclosed. With this powerhouse of a gpu, I wanted to ensure temps weren't an issue and with the H500, it was toasty in there. I bought the J24 for around $80 on Amazon and it's exactly what I was looking for, minus the front looking just a little flashy. The top, bottom, front and back all are a mesh style design that allows MUCH more airflow than the H500. This comes with 4 case fans (3 in front set as intake) and 1 on the back as exhaust. I added 2 NZXT case fans to the top to make a total of 6 fans. There's honestly room for another 2 below the GPU, but I found it unnecessary. This case is light due to the mesh design, but it has thicker glass than the NZXT case. So, the weight was about the same. The more expensive NZXT cases would have given me better airflow, but not at the price range I was looking at.
EVGA 750W PSU The recommended PSU size was 650W. I upped it to 750W for obvious reasons. Although it's "Semi Modular", it crowds up my case the same with all the unnecessary cables and such that it comes with. Has performed flawlessy and has an "eco mode" switch. I won't use it as some have said it's caused slight vibration and noises. But, nice feature if it works.
Dell S2716DG Gaming Monitor I hate to be that guy that adds his whole desk to his setup, but this monitor can't be forgotten. I heard mixed reviews about this monitor. I was searching for a monitor that had G-Sync and atleast 2K resolution. Refresh rate has to be 120hz or above. This monitor is 27" and has 1440p resolution, 144hz, G-Sync, 1ms response, and is borderless. Everything else that's reputable is usually over the $500 price point. This came in around $500 when purchased direct through Dell. It's crisp and the lighting is fine for what I use it for. Some say it's not bright enough, haven't noticed issues with that and actually turned down the brightness a tad. It's also borderless, huge plus for me. A second monitor is added (S2715 or S2719 even though the list says S2715), it has the same dimensions and same looks, just dulled down a bit. Still a borderless IPS monitor, just not as shiny and gimmicky as the gaming monitor.
My mouse is the most popular gaming mouse out right now, the G502. Love it. Fits my medium-big hands perfectly. Came from a bulky *** Corsair mouse. I'd buy Corsair's keyboard again due to the price:performance. But, their mouse(s)? Never again. Not pleased with their current, bulky lineup. The only downside to this mouse is the cord. It's braided, which is cool, but it's still flimsy. I've seen many reviews showing the braiding start to fray. Not too concerned, as I can tape it up. But, the new version of the G502 has a better cable design.
DT770 Headset PCPP didn't have the 770 in their parts list, so I chose the 880. The 880 is about $50 more than the 770. I'll add a custom part later. So, this thing is dope. THE MOST COMFORTABLE headset I've worn. The sound clarity adds to the total quality of the build. Much nicer than my previous Astro A40s. The great thing about Beyerdynamic's headphones is the serviceability. You can replace virtually any part on the headset. Being German-made, it's hard to beat the quality for the price of them. They should last many years. Upon purchase, the music store claimed these are the most popular cans they sell. Love em. Still working on presets, though. IF ANYONE HAS A PRESET THAT WORKS GREAT FOR THEM, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!