I'm extremely excited to share this build with you all. I've been planning a complete PC/room upgrade for a while now, and now that I'm moving to a new city, I finally had the chance to put everything together. This is a build the includes the entire gaming setup, so the cost listed isn't representative of just the PC itself. I threw in an amazon alexa and philips hue lighting accessories to make everything voice activated and rgb outside of the computer too.
Anyway, I wanted this build to reflect the overall feel of the room, and many of the choices made were motivated by aesthetics. That said, the performance of these components are nothing to scoff at, but I was aware that I could have further maximized my price to performance ratio.
All in all, I wanted create a sexy RGB build that didnt blind your eyes with rgb but packed a performance punch as well. I knew I wanted to incorporate a curved ultrawide gaming monitor, so the choices for the graphics card and other components were made with that in mind. For this build, I decided to go for a 34 inch,144hz freesync curved 1080p monitor from LG for about $500. Since I don't have to push as many pixels as a 1440p monitor, I opted for a VEGA 56 in lieu of a VEGA 64 so I'd get the use of the freesync tech.
All in all, this build turned out exactly like I'd hoped, and for what it's worth, I think the photos do a ****** job of capturing the look of that rgb glow. In person, at least to me, it looks way better, and every time I sit down at my desk I love the light quality.
***** fast yo. But seriously, this is a great chip. Nuff said. I have yet to push it hard, but benchmarks are coming soon!
Performance aside - which is great I might add - this think looks SEXY AF. Like damn. That infinity mirror and the logo in the middle let this baby shine. I have not been bothered by the noise at higher temps/pump speeds, and it's done a fine job of keeping the CPU cool at 4.2 GHz, so no complaints there. Easy to install and adds some nice character to the build.
Love the look of the board. The rgb component has a nice tone to it and the lighting is good. My only complaint is that I feel like the Aura software is a bit of a hassle to use, and when I shut down the pc, the rgb part of the mobo stays on. I suspect this is something I can fix in the bios, but regardless, it annoys me. Only two UBS 2.0 hubs on the board, so if you're going to use aer fans, you'll need to buy the usb hub as well. Not enough ports for connections otherwise.
Looks sick. No complaints here. Pairs nicely with Aura software.
I threw my OS on here. My computer boots in 12 seconds. Super fast.
Okay this is probably my favorite piece of the build. Honestly, this case has me going crazy. The tempered glass side panel looks amazing and shows off what's inside. The matte black finish is really nice and feels good to touch. The holes are drilled in great locations, and I had no trouble building in this case. Towards the end, I did have some trouble managing all the cables in the back, but this is likely my fault. I should have been better organized. The case comes with many zipties and other goodies to help you out. Overall, look the look and feel.
Good color quality and tone. I'm happy I decided to add this extra flare. For the S430 elite, I was able to fit a 120 fan on the back and a 140 fan on the top. I found some of the wiring confusing, but I'm relatively new to this. Helps to watch some videos on youtube if you've never done it before. PCpartpicker actually has a video with these parts. I recommend checking it out.
Got this goodie for $500 on amazon prime day. I love the look and feel of the monitor, but I find the red base plate somewhat annoying. I wish they hadn't added the red accent. Limits the overall consistency, but it isn't that noticeable. Performance has been great, and I love how wide it is. Doing work on this screen is awesome as you can have windows side by side no problem.
A bit wide which is making it difficult for me to find an easy place for it. You'll need it if you buy rgb fans.