Description

As my mid 2014 Macbook pro 13" showed its incompetence at handling games(csgo at 20fps and mafia 2 at 10-20 fps) and video editing earlier this year, I started looking for a new computer. My budget gave me two options. I could either sell my macbook pro for 800CAD and pay 1500CAD for a new(but low end specs) macbook pro 13", which will be my only computer for the next 2-3 years in college, or I could keep my 2014 macbook pro and spend that 1500CAD on a PC. Hmmmm After 2 months of planning, nights of research, and multiple debates between parts, I bought all my parts mid August. Living close to the US border means that I can buy parts from retailers in Canada and US, which I did. As you will see in the price list, I am lucky to have bought those parts at those prices. On to the building part. After watching multiple build guide from numerous Youtubers, I finish my first build in less than 2 hours; however, there were a few things I could have done right. For instance maybe I if I weren't in such a rush to see what my build looks like, I could've connect the front IO and fan connectors first, that way I didn't have to remove my GPU shortly after installing it, that way I didn't have to pull on my GPU and then realizing that if I had push the PCIE slot tab all the way down the GPU pops out by itself. : ) Fortunately, my pc booted normally. I ran into a problem after I installed Windows. I wasn't getting internet from my ethernet port down in the basement. I tried many many methods I found online, I bought a power line but that was no use. After days of trial and error, I was able to get internet. But I still don't know what was wrong. Before the problem was fixed, I had to connect my PC to my macbook and share my macbook's internet with my PC. I am planning to purchase the NZXT kraken x52 rev 2 as it has an awesome rgb cpu block. I am also looking at a few Noctua fans but I don't know if I still need it if I have a CPU cooler. But overall everything looks good and I absolutely love my PC and gaming on it or just using it feels like a charm. I am so glad I didn't go for a new macbook pro.

Part Reviews

CPU

Haven't tried overclocking yet as I am still using the stock cooler, but so far a very capable CPU.

Motherboard

Nothing wrong with this, but the support for this mobo is unbelievable. The issue is that I couldn't set my ram to its advertised speed even with XMP profile on and I couldn't change the ram voltage for some reasons. I emailed Asrock a week ago and haven't heard back and I couldn't find anything online. Another thing to keep in mind, if you are using a m.2 ssd, the bottom m.2 slot is the only slot that supports that, the top slot is for Nvme.

Memory

Good looking ram stick, the cheapest 3000mhz I could find in August 2018.

Storage

Speed is good, everything runs hella fast.

Video Card

People freak out when they see the DT version and some even say it is less capable. But let me remind you that the DT versions are just as fast as any 1080 at base clock, they are labeled DT simply because they aren't stable at overclocked speed. If you see a DT card at a good price, buy it, it is a 1080. I bought this card from B&H for 429.99 USD with no tax, and it also came with a FREE EVGA G3 750W Gold+ psu(around $100). At the time of writing this review, you could have this 1080 or a 1070ti with no psu. However, don't have high hopes if you wanna try overclocking. This is my first time overclocking so I went by the books. After many hours of heaven benchmark, I got a stable 210/600. But when I launched Division and CSGO I was getting instability and glitches.So I tune it down to 170/500, but then GTA 5 won't work properly. Then I gave up overclocking all together.

but everything else works great, love the RBG.

Case

Great case at great price with good look. Although it is a mAtx case, it is still larger than some mATX cases. Pros: Cut outs for cable management The mesh at the front provides great air flow while keeping the looks Has air filters all around Overall just very easy to install everything Cons: if you need to remove the hard drive cage, which you kinda have to do to make room for psu cables, you can only install one hard drive.

Power Supply

Great power supply, I wish the cables could be a little bit less stiff.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice, maybe go with some sleeved cables

+1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this alot, but I think you should get some cable extentions in Gray and Black... It would complete the monochrome aesthetic. These are the ones I have and really like.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll definitely check them out.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice.

Does your EVGA PSU fan get really loud often or has to ramp up frequently? Ive got the exact same PSU and its really annoying how it just so quiet and then the fan becomes louder than my case fans.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly, I haven't noticed since the GPU fans are the main heat and noise source.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the ryzen 2600 like i was thinking about updating to it soon

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

tbh, all i've done is gaming, and I won't be doing stuff that is very CPU intensive, so I can't really tell you how it is. But I can tell you that I've seen many many many good reviews about this CPU and is totally worth the money. I've also compared 2600 with many other Ryzen CPUs, but the 2700 is too expensive, 1700 is last gen stuff and more expensive, 2600x isn't quite worth it.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

nice, i noticed why you said the cables were stiff; in the pictures they are bent at an awkward angle. otherwise you did quite a good job on cable management. nice build! The gray/black theme is cool

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely noticed the Save-On-Foods card and knew this was a Canadian build.

You are extremely lucky to build this before tariff prices went up for nearly all parts. Since you do go down to the states, REMEMBER TO OPEN YOUR BOXES and declare the parts used, then discard the original packaging! ;)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not following prices anymore, but what's with the tariff? I put them in the back seat and the guy didn't even ask about them.........it was dark....

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Chinese/US and US/Canada trade wars, that's what happened.

They used to be pretty strict on stuff in it's original packaging crossing the border coming back.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I am so glad I didn't go for a new macbook pro.

Wise Choice!!!!!!!!

BTW... nice build +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

That case makes any build looks great !!! Nice choice of the components btw.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really good! Look at my meshify build. I started with the meshify mini and realized the only difference between mini and big brother is 4.1cm in height. No problem for me; I swapped knowing I'd have more options in X470 mobo available at ATX size & future upgrades later. Granted they are more expensive than b450 and those are good too.

I would add more fans. You have the room so why not. I also agree with cable extensions. I went with white/black phanteks ones.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I have one question, how many fans can be mounted onto the front, top and rear of the case?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

2 up front, 2 on top, 1 on back

  • 14 months ago
  • -1 points

You might wanna be careful with the MoBo and GPU, if you upgrade you could get even better specs than the one you have now.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you recommend for upgrades?

  • 14 months ago
  • -1 points

try upgrading the chipset to a micro x470 board

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean an x470 board gives better performance from a single GPU like the 1080 as compared to a B450? (nice build btw)

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Its quite nice, I dont think you need more stuff on your motherboard if you dont need it. This case from fractal design is considered a large case for m atx, so you get a shorter case but still plenty of room. This case can hold everything I have perfectly, but I dont recommend going all water cooling. Right now, I have an AIO for my CPU but not for my GPU, and the inside is kinda crowded. Sorry for the late reply, I dont visit this site as much now.