I wanted to build a quiet, cool high mid-range gaming computer with only high quality, lower power draw components in a Micro ATX case for $1,000, and I did. I cannot believe how quiet and fast this computer is.
I won't say it was easy to put together, because I haven't built a PC in 10- years, but with my buddy's help we were able to get this up and running with zero issues.
It runs incredibly cool and quiet and there is much more room in the case than I even imagined there would be, especially with a liquid cooler.
The best thing I did was replace the stock fans with the Noctua silent fans, as well as use the other Noctua fan to replace the Corsair one that comes with the CPU cooler. Also getting a modular power supply helped a ton with cable management.
Under full load, the computer is at about 44 decibels measured right in the case.
Everything I bought was as high of build quality as the budget would allow, and I think I got an amazing value.
The trade off I made for now was the GPU, getting a 380X is perfect for my needs, it runs cool enough for a high mid range cards and sips power for the performance that it offers.
The fans were optimized by ASUS's awesome BIOS features, and under normal computing I can't even tell the thing is running at all. I live in a smallish NYC apartment so I wanted something with very few compromises, doesn't heat my apartment like a furnace, and doesn't break the bank with the electricity costs (which are insane in NYC, one air conditioner at night for the summer costs me $250 a month).
UPDATE: I added a Y splitter on the chassis fan and added an exhaust fan on the top of the case, much better GPU temps now (83c under load to 75c)
Under load the CPU doesn't go over 40C, which is amazing for the water cooler only being $50.
The motherboard is amazing. The Processor is amazing for the power (did not get the K, no need to OC) and the DDR4 R Ram is crazy fast. The case had lots of nice features, which is why i bought it over the $50 cases.
Oh but then I splurged on the monitor. Freesync 1440P, 144hz IPS panel. Insanely nice looking but expensive. The four corners have some sort of yellow bleed when the screen is all black but I heard that might be normal. It's got 2 USB3 ports on it too! Speakers suck unless I misconfigured something. Awesome since the PC is under my desk.
Amazing cost to value/wattage/heat ratio
Slightly confusing to put together, but nonetheless amazing value. User a Noctua 120mm quiet fan instead of the stock fan behind the radiator and you'll never hear this thing. A no brainer for $50, could even go higher quality but no need if not overclocking.
Packed with features, awesome BIOS, good tools. USB C? Sure lol.
Great value to cost ratio.
Would love to buy two more of these
For the money, power and heat, best upper mid range card you buy, Direct X 12 full future support also being key.
If you want you budget build to be future proof, obviously go with an R9 290+ or equivalent card, but the heat, cost and power requirements obviousness alter the entire build.
This was my trade off, but with new chips coming out this year, no need to buy old stuff yet.
Very good case, good value, white is a bit uglier than i imagined but still nice. Go crazy and buy a funky color, you probably won't regret it.
Amazing modular power supply.
They are truly as quiet and efficient as advertised.
Incredible monitor, but at a cost.
144hz 1440p IPS Freesync, it's the only one in existence.
Someone correct me if I am wrong but the speakers are an absolute embarrassment. I wasn't expecting much but they are basically horrible. I am using the audio stream from the DisplayPort cable and it sounds like someone's iPhone headphones are too loud on the train.
ok but probably go with the full sized one.
mousey and delicious