Description

Going from an i5-4690K and GTX-960, this is a huge upgrade from every single aspect for me. The previous machine is still holding its own well but since the market is flooded with great parts at reasonable prices, it makes sense to do the upgrade anyway. I'm using this new rig for video gaming and productivity. It's currently running at stock speed for CPU and GPU with no issue so far.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for the price.

CPU Cooler

Amazing cooler to help keeping the CPU temperature down. The black finish is a huge bonus.

Motherboard

There was some fuss about the reliability and design of this board but no issue so far. The most notable one is the USB-C connector placement. I believe that the board I got has a newer design revision so you don't have that interference with the GPU.

Memory

Running XMP profile at 3600 @CL16 with no issue.

Storage

No issue so far. It makes a very speedy drive for OS.

Storage

Great drive for the price and no issue so far. It would have cost me the same to get a Samsung 500GB SSD.

Video Card

Great card running everything at 1440p 144Hz. I got this card for a reasonable price but my one complaint would be the coil-whine. Looking from online comments, it appears that the issue is common among these type of cards.

Case

Great clean look. Wish the airflow could be a bit better.

Power Supply

More than enough for 3700x and 2070s.

Case Fan

Great addition to the black/white build.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I've been looking for a way to have better cord management in this case with the Motherboard and I am kind of liking the way you did it with wrapping it around the front of the colored panel. Thanks for the idea.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I am glad the picture was useful to you. I initially wanted to hide the mobo power cable behind the bar too but there certainly isn't enough room behind there especially with how bulky some of these cable can be.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Very nice components and built. Congratulations! I prefer B&W builds and would have liked to see more white in your's. I built mine last Dec. on the B450 platform and still like it. I'm still using the stock cooler and am shopping for a quieter one now. Enjoy!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, one of the things that I should have done was to get the white extension cables instead of the black one to add more contrast to the interior.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How is that GPU holding up? I was thinking about getting that video card but heard complaints of how loud the coil whine is.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

GPU is amazing in term of performance. I can do light web surfing and the card would hover around 35-40 degree C. On more intensive tasks like gaming and such, it would go into the high 60s and low 70s.

Now, do I recommend getting it from EVGA? That's questionable. Mine unfortunately had coil-whine as stated and I decided to stick it out as it doesn't not seem as bad as other videos I have seen online. EVGA told me there could be multiple reasons for that to happen and it is not a design flaw . They can replace the card under warranty but can't guarantee the next one won't have it. I guess their customer service is good enough that you can take your chances with EVGA if you want. I've seen that other manufacturers do have this problem too so I would make sure to double check before you purchase.