So I needed a computer ASAP since I was returning to school after a number of years and couldn't wait for Ryzen/Vega to debut. The parts listed as $0.00 I already owned. I got the monitor on sale and bought the speakers used. I've wanted the Air 540 since forever and nothing would dissuade me from building in it this time around, however after having done so, the H100i would not mount in the front - which is where I wanted it - even though Corsair states a 360 rad can be front mounted. I ended up installing it in the top.
The H100i itself was a bit of a letdown as the included fans are not blue LEDs. Perhaps this was a mistake on my part. Did they change the fans from the original version to the v2? My plan was to utilize the one blue LED fan I bought in conjunction with - I thought - the 2 blue LED fans included with the cooler on the front of the case. I have yet to buy 2 more blue LED fans, so the front is not what I wanted. Additionally, I've had problems getting the Link software to work. It's a royal PITA.
I actually finished this build a month ago or so and have been using my old HD7850, but just bought the ASUS RX480. It won't get here till Friday, so the pictures are with the HD7850. I got the CPU to 4.5 at stock voltage and have not tried to push it beyond that. I did try to OC the card, but the few added FPS just weren't worth it in the games that I play - Civ5, Neverwinter, Rift, Smite to name a few - so I backed it down to stock. I ended up buying the OC version of the ASUS RX480, so we'll see how it performs; although I have no doubts that it will exceed my expectations in the games that I play.
Getting a 1GHz OC with no bump in voltage. What else can I say?
Temps are stellar, but fans not as advertised and Link software is a PITA.
I love Thermal Grizzly in general and their Hydronaut paste - designed for water cooling - does not disappoint.
The Creative sound chip was one of the selling points of this board for me, but the sound from games and music seems on par with older builds using a Realtek chip, so I can't say it's a definite plus. Other selling points for me were the color scheme, USB 3.0/3.1 and M.2 connections. The board looks great in my white Air 540 and I'm loving the speed of the USB.
I knew going in that this RAM wasn't the best timing-wise, but with timings more or less a thing of the past I went for 2 sticks of red LED and 2 sticks of blue. They alternate on and off and look good with the rest of the build. They made the SPD just fine, but I'm taking 2 stars off for a command rate of 2T.
Yeah, it's SATA; but how much speed do you really need? Makes my system nice and snappy.
Took a star since it's just 500GB, but I already owned it so didn't have the expense of buying a data HDD. I'm not even close to filling it (yet).
This case is a cube design, so the PSU and drives are behind the motherboard. Nevertheless I mounted my HDD in front to use the hot swap connection - simply because it was easy, not because I'll be hot swapping my drives. So, since it's a cube there's no reason for a PSU shroud, only now you can see my ugly HDD. Also took a star due to being unable to mount a 240 rad in front even though Corsair states you can mount a 360 rad in front. The airflow is outstanding though.
Fully modular, 80+ gold, 80 bucks. 'Nuff said.
Bought these mainly for the color scheme. I knew they weren't the best fans, but I expected them to be quieter than they are. Even at idle they make a significant amount of noise unless I am focused on gaming and/or game sounds or music is playing.
I was torn between this and a 1440p monitor. Ultimately decided on more screen real estate at a lower resolution. All the reviews I've read are right - gaming on an ultra-wide, curved monitor is extremely immersive.
I've always loved Logitech products and this is the first mechanical keyboard I've ever owned; but I am not impressed. The keys and overall feel is very plasticky. Yes, the keys make noise when I press them; but the feel of the keys don't feel any different to me than the membrane keys of old.
This is the best feeling mouse to my hand that I've ever owned. I had one prior to this one that had the left button die prematurely. I've read that this is a problem with this mouse. Here's hoping this one lasts longer.
Comfortable for hours at a time without making my ears/head overly warm. Sound great, but I find myself using my speakers most of the time. Color scheme matches my build.
I absolutely LOVE these speakers. The bass is just a bit muddy, but can be cleared up to a point. I took a star off for that, but really, these are the best computer speakers I've ever owned.
Battery backup. It works. Bought it because I saw it on a Paul's Hardware video. LOL