Fairly High Performance in a Small Package
It's my new "Daily Driver", got sick of the size of my last build so i definitely wanted to reduce its overall footprint. I needed more power and more storage, because 2016's build was leaving a bit to be desired in both departments, so after a lot of research, planning, mistakes, and headaches i was left with this Black and Red abomination, and i couldn't be happier (minus a few problems i had with aesthetics).
Jedi Guardian (2016's Build): https://pcpartpicker.com/b/wfQV3C
With minimal to no IPC gains from i7 6700K to i7 7700K i decided to stick with the older of the two due to it's easier availability, and knowing I was going to air cool the processor I wasn't going to see any tangible gain from getting the newer processor, plus the added cost of buying a cheap Skylake CPU to flash bios due to motherboard availability issues as well
Blown away by how much cooling performance was achieved by this short little guy, and it looks great while doing it, especially with a Corasir ML120 Pro LED on top
Couldn't believe how feature rich this motherboard was, including on board wifi/bt (granted not super interested in wifi, but bluetooth......) the only drawback i can see to this board is its red and black color layout, wasn't an issue for me because that's the direction i was going. Solid board, Solid overclocker, Extremely Intuitive BIOs/UEFI. Great for beginner builders, and enthusiasts alike
High Capacity, High Frequency, Low Latency, and Absolutely Stunning... these RAM DIMMs hit all the marks... As to be expected from a company like Corsair
I was torn between this SSD and the Kingston Hyper X Savage... knowing what i know now i should have gone with Kingston SSD. The MLC NAND of this SSD makes it a nice reliable option for any PC, and it will definitely out perform a standard Hard Disk Drive. The draw back is read a write speeds. Stacked up next to other SSDs in the same price bracket (Kingston Hyper X Savage included) it falls short of its competition.
Western Digital has become my go to option. Bulletproof reliability, and amazing price to performance. I refuse to use anything but Western Digital, and these Drives are no exception. Read optimized (due to being NAS/Server Drives) makes them great for running and storing my massive media libraries. Plus be rated for 24/7 reliability means you can expect a long life out of these drives especially when it comes to an average every day use secenario.... the Bonus was that they matched perfectly with my build.
PNY out did themselves this time. I was very nervous about this Graphics Card, mainly being that PNY is usually at the budget side of the market, but I pleased to say that I was surprised by the overall performance of this Graphics Card. No matter what load I throw at it it seems to keep relatively cool to its reference (founder's edition) counterpart. It looks great when its turned off with its beautiful red and black appearance, but where it shines is when it's running, and shine it does. That's mainly due to the 3 fans responsible for cooling this beast also happen to be Red LED. So overall PNY killed it. So let's get to the draw backs. Good news there's only a couple. The first one being, it kind of sucks that the other big players in the game (being MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, etc.) have additional software to take your Graphics Card to the next level, but with the budget end of things you're kind of expected to use another manufacturer's software..... just thinks its strange. The final thing is nit picky.... i wished the stickers on the 3 LED Fans wore a bit better centered, because they're just a smidge off center creating the appearance that the fans may spin out of control, but that's a minor issue. All in All I'd say PNY provided a fantastic product for the price you pay.
This case was a treat to work in, it had it share of issues, but made up for it with character. So the Apevia X-QBER is unlike most cases I've ever worked in, not just due to it's horizontal motherboard layout, but it's ability to fold open. Which is where the fun begins, after folding open the case I realized that assembling my PC was going to be a breeze (minus cable management), with a fair room, and amazing Graphics Card compatibility it's no wonder. Normally cases in the sub $60 price point are nothing to write home about but this case pleasantly surprised me. With dual side panel windows, great graphics card compatibility, good enough airflow in a fairly small foot print, this case should be on everyone's radar looking to build a somewhat smaller PC, but dont want to give a things like a 5.25" bay. Now on to the ugly. So the fit and finish looks great, but when handling the case you can't help but notice how cheap the materials used on this case feel. Another issue especially for builders that prefer air cooling (like myself), the rear fan slot literally sits right above rear i/o which in my case proved to be bothersome, as well that it may interfere with tower coolers in PUSH/PULL configuration due to the smaller overall size of case. Also Power Supply Units of 160mm or less are all that can fit in this case, and from personal experience the shorter the unit the better, my 140mm Cooler Master V650 was a tight fit. Other than that the only issue is Cable Management. That's mainly because there's 2 side windows which makes it difficult to hide the cables, but I walked into this build knowing that as should anyone purchasing this case.
Only Fully Modular Power Supply that was 80+ Gold Certified that fit inside this Case. Cooler Master makes great PC hardware and this Power Supply is no exception. It provides clean, reliable electricity to all hardware. My only gripe is the clicking of the relay switch when turning the PC on/off makes me a little uncomfortable.
The LG WH14NS40 was the Optical Disc Drive I had in 2016's build, and I loved how well it performed so I figured I would install the next step up.... pretty much identical performance with slightly faster blu ray speeds...... PERFECT.
Windows 10 is my favorite Windows OS since Windows XP. Its very intuitive, has all the features you could ever need (and let's be honest, some you don't). Plus if you intend to game on PC hardware, the truth of the matter is Windows is king when it comes to game/program compatibility.
Whispers of a Hurricane.... that's what these are. These fans are out of this world Super High Performance, Aesthetically Gorgeous, and all with out the expense of acoustics. I expected the best fan I had ever seen, and even then I still had my expectations blown way away. Yet another great product from Corsair.
Wanted all my case fans to match, and these are not just mere case fans, they are the Whispers of a Hurricane.
Had the Logitech K750 and loved the freedom of wireless without the need to replace batteries. This keyboard is a great option as well. Great back lighting, and CAPS LOCK button actually has an indication light. If I had to choose I wish I still had the Logitech K750 with solar panels i never needed to stress about charging. The main reason I prefer the K750 over K800 is that the K800 features a membrane keyboard whilst the K750 has a chiclet switch interface... granted chiclet isn't a vast improvement over membrane but it does make the difference.
WOW just WOW. This mouse is weighted perfectly, Super Snappy, extremely responsive, and input latency is so low its either negligible or I just flat out don't notice. Logitech is my go to for PC peripherals and always has been, and its products like this mouse, and its meaner brother the G900 Chaos Spectrum that really make Logitech stand out.
I honestly didn't know what to expect... I have found a few diamonds in the rough when it comes to bluetooth headphones. thankfully it seems that this is the case again. These headphones are extremely comfortable, perfect for long play sessions. The on board mic means you can use these headphones to keep you in the action. The sound quality isn't phenomenal, but isn't too terribly bad either...Probably a little beyond average sound quality. The built in microSD card slot is an interesting feature if you intend to use these headphones for multiple purposes. Other than certain components feeling rather cheap, I'm comfortable saying that these headphones are what you'd expect from the ammount of money you pay for them, and if you see them on sale then definitely take the plunge.