Description

So this started off as a Case, CPU, RAM and mobo upgrade. The case I had before (CoolerMaster K550) was really hard to open up and clean, which considering we have 3 building around us going through long term revamp is annoying because there's always a ton of dust. The current case is great for that, super easy to get to all the parts and because of the compartmented design makes it easier to clean the more dust sensitive components.

I wanted to get a CPU with some more threads for multi-tasking and development work. Got myself the X370 over the B350 because it was getting updates sooner which at the time of purchase was still important for Ryzen. I originally got an R5 1600 which was a bit of a weak one (wasn't happy with going past 3.8GHz at 1.35V) but got a 1600x about a month later through work.

I also got a sick work bonus just around Black Friday so ended up also adding a new PSU (from non-modular to modular, huge difference in terms of order), an extra SSD for games and dev stuff that needs fast access to storage and a liquid cooling set.

That AIO cooler seem a little overkill for what I'm running but daytime temperatures here in Summer get to well over 40C and the room where my PC is is not air-conditioned, so better safe than sorry. Not going to lie though, aesthetics did have something to do with that purchase as well.

I'm super happy with what I have now, it's a beast of a PC and the only other thing on my list is to replace the graphics cars with a 1080 or possibly wait for the next gen if the mining craze is over by then.

Part Reviews

CPU

I got this through work and replaced by R5 1600 with it. I must say that the extra money for the X. I managed to overclock this to 3.95GHz @ 1.35V and then at 4.0Ghz @ 1.35V after the latest BIOS update and it's very stable running like that. Temps are fine and it works well with the RAM I have. While individual core performance is not as good as intel this will diminish as developers start leveraging more cores. Bang for buck wise this is a fantastic chip.

CPU Cooler

This is my first AIO liquid cooler. The difference over air cooling is quite noticeable, about 10C lower under load. I was surprised by how robust it felt once I actually got hold of it which is nice, and it's very easy to install. Just annoying to control through Corsair Link which is needed to keep the settings quiet.

Motherboard

A bit spendy, but it comes with all the bells and whistles, RGB lighting is nice as well as many headers for fans, temp sensores, rgb lighting and the rest.

Memory

Well, it works, at the stated clock speed and latencies, so no faults there. Also doesn't get too hot and it's pretty low profile. When I first made the build I was using these for I had a pretty beefy air cooler on the CPU and these didn't get in the way so that's nice. Just a pity about the price, but I won't deduct points for that because it's a trend common to the market right now.

Storage

This is a great HDD. I've had it for a long time now and it's still doing fine, seems to be well sealed and well made. Very fast speeds for a mechanical drive, just a pity there are no built-in vibration dampening measures and it can make a bit of noise when it spins up.

Video Card

This is a fantastic card. The GTX 1070 is a great 2nd tier GPU in general and works well with my rig playing 1440p games on high to ultra settings. The Gigabyte cooling setup is great, this rarely goes above 65C and tends to push the heat out sideways instead of upwards towards the CPU. It's also very quiet even when the fans do run. I do get some light coil whine and unfortunately, mine doesn't overclock very well, but overall a solid choice.

Case

I'm really happy with this case. I got it to replace my CoolerMaster K550 because it was hard to clean and I have a lot of dust around me. Getting to evey nook and cranny of this case is a breeze, really easy to remove all the panels.

I've also really come to appreciate the dual compartment design which is great for both cooling and cable management. The only real fault I have is that the front intake fan area comes with a really nifty magnetic filter but the bottom fan area which most people would be using as intake, does not.

Would also be nice if you could replace the plastic transparent side panel with tempered glass, but that's a minor gripe.

Power Supply

Great PSU. I'm not qualified enough to really know too much about how it's working, but judging by the wattage it pulls from the wall it's very efficient. Also even when the fan does run, it's not really noticeable in terms of noise.

Case Fan

These are really nice case fans designer for both airflow and static pressure. The center mounted LED looks great and they are really quiet up to about 1000 RPM. Unfortunately with a speed increase over 1000 RPM they get really, really loud. It's fine for me as I don't usually have them at more than 900 RPM, but important to know before buying. The rubber vibration dampners around the mounting points are a really nice touch. They also need a 4 pin PWM connection to work properly.

Case Fan

These are really nice case fans designer for both airflow and static pressure. The center mounted LED looks great and they are really quiet up to about 1000 RPM. Unfortunately with a speed increase over 1000 RPM they get really, really loud. It's fine for me as I don't usually have them at more than 900 RPM, but important to know before buying. The rubber vibration dampners around the mounting points are a really nice touch. They also need a 4 pin PWM connection to work properly.

Monitor

I fell in love with these after using one at work. I prefer a dual monitor setup so 24" is the perfect size for me, and it's hard to find specs like these in a lot of smaller monitors. Out of the box it looks great, but some minor tweaking to the settings makes it even better, and Gsync is really awesome to have.

One other thing I really like is the design which is similar to other Dell monitors, so very minimal and elegant, as opposed to all these other "gaming" monitors full of aggressive angles and lights and whatnot, which is not what I like.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, so I have the same motherboard as you and I'm planning on buying the same cooler. What's the RAM clearance like with this setup? Thanks!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually pretty well laid out. I'm using 2x8GB with Corsair Vengeance LPX and had no problems but it's an intentionally small profile memory stick. It would probably be fine with most memory as long as you're channelling the air horizontally, might take up more space if you mount it to channel vertically.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build! Just a question, because I'm looking into buying my own case fans: why did you buy pwm and non-pwm fans? Do you notice much of a difference? Can you still set the fan speeds effectively with your Gigabyte board? Thanks !

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

The importer for Corsair here didn't bring in a lot of ML fans so I got what I could and the other non-PWM fans came with the case or were things I had lying around. I've ordered some more ML fans to replace the non-PWM ones now, was just waiting for Black Friday.

The board does a fine job of controlling the non-PWM fans with voltage only, the only annoying part if you care about aesthetics is that as the voltage adjusts to change the fan speed it'll also change LED brightness if the non-PWM fans have LED's

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply! I went ahead about purchased the MLs too. Everything else felt like I was settling for less and being quiet was very important for me Thanks again!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Dunno if you've noticed but they do get very loud if thet spin at over 1000 RPM, but under that and they're whisper quiet.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

No I haven't noticed yet. Just finished building yesterday (first build!). Been installing OS and updated drivers. The fans just sound like air. My stock cooler (Wraith Spire) makes the most noise. I'm probably spoiled because of the MLs but the Spire makes such an awful drone.. Might replace in the future. haha

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! Congrats!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the exact same mobo and CPU cooler (just with an R7 1700 underneath it instead; @ 3.925GHz if you were wondering), and you're gonna wanna delete & scrub any/all traces of Corsair Link from your system if you know what's good for you/ your PC. The H110i's an absolute monster of a cooler as far as the hardware itself goes, but I'm telling you that the software is quite possible the bane of all evil, and of which there are practically next to no situations where it should ever actually be used. ESPECIALLY in this case, where you have a modern Gigabyte board with the best-in-class "Smart Fan 5" fan controller & control software.

Basically, if you're not already, you're gonna wanna plug the rad fans directly into the board rather than into the H110i's waterblock/pump, uninstall that Corsair Link garbage, and then set up their fan curves off the CPU's temps using SF5 either in the BIOS or in Win using the downloadable app. Finally, as the pump is simply either "on", or "off"; you're just going to want to set it's fan curve (generally "CPU_OPT") to run @ 100% starting as low as it'll let you (1°C), and that's everything you need to do to to get that horrible coded complete piece of **** software off your shiny & awesome PC it doesn't deserve to even be in the same area code as. Not only will you not have to deal with the awfulness of Corsair Link anymore, but it'll most likely run even quieter with your custom fan curves vs CL's "quiet" setting.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Y did u buy a cooler for the cpu if the ryzen stock cooler makes the cpu perfectly cool even when oc to 3.8 ghz?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I was worried about it not working well enough, from what I'd seen it starts to get noisy and less effective once you hit 3.8. Ambient temperature can also get insanely hot where I am in the Summer so I've always used a really heavy aftermarket cooler.