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Recieved the HyperX Cloud II Headset (slate/grey)
Moved PC onto shelf space
Cleaned up cables coming from IO
Swapped Corsair M65 RGB Pro for a Razer Deathadder. You could say this was a bad trade but I am a palm grip and my friend is a claw grip. Swapping mice suit us both perfectly.
Added a 2017 Hot WheelsTM Model S (black) and a Model X (white) on top of the GPU backplate
This is my first PC build and man was it fun.
I'm 14 and I got interested in PCs due to a friend who built his own a couple years ago in an NZXT phantom case. SUPER big shout out to him for the amazing photography throughout the build, definitely the best person to have by my side for this project. For about 9 months I've messed around with what was affordable and changed my choice of case and components way too many times, from a Phanteks Evolv ITX to an NZXT H440, to a Nvidia GPU or an AMD. But eventually, I settled on all this and got to work. I chose mostly black and white parts to keep a consistent theme and aesthetic build; my highlight colour was purple, however as I'm writing this everything is set to teal except my front fans. It's intended primarily for gaming but also for school work and possible music production which is what I'm considering for the future.
I got all the parts from a UK specialist computer shop near me called CCL. I lived less than a mile away luckily so I spent more on local service than relying on Amazon dealers if something was to go wrong (which it did).
An all-rounder. Gets the job done. Easy overclocking potential when I decide I wanna step it up. I didn't really see the benefits of an i7 and the highest range i5 would suit perfectly since there wasn't too much of a price difference between the less specced models. Skylake runs like a dream.
Looks fantastic. Phanteks branding also matches case. Not the easiest to install and I somehow needed two pairs of hands but hardly impossible. Stays quiet, runs smoothly, good for the price too, didn't see need for a water-cooler unless for aesthetics but this serves well in that department anyway. CPU temps are listed.
Not much to say here, cut myself on the io shield, I don't understand why those things are made the way they are. Aesthetics are great, shame to see the white slab on top of the IO blocked by the CPU cooler but oh well. Both look good. Shame there was no RGB header, something I never even knew existed. Had to buy several adapters as well as an external 12v PSU to get the Phanteks LED strips to work.
Was the cheapest 3000mhz ddr4 ram and in white too. Literally the perfect match. No issues. Haven't even used 8/16gbs of it yet. Almost feels like overkill. Looks so good.
The HyperX is gorgeous but sits at the back of my case in an SSD bracket. The red wouldn't have matched anyway. Read and write speeds are as advertised and performs speedily
The WD is your standard HDD. Used for photos and documents. Good to have 1tb at disposal, nothing else to say here.
Amazing card, all I need. However, I had problems initially and still have a software issue. I installed it and it booted like it should, Installed the appropriate drivers and all was good. Once it was under load however, the fans would kick up full speed and even when returning to idle, it would stay at 100%. Fan speeds would not read and the driver utility did nothing but change the colours of the LEDs. Took it back to the shop but it worked perfectly on their test bench. I pessimistically took it back and gave it another shot but this time I disabled the windows graphics driver that installs with windows 10. It then worked perfectly, used afterburner to control the speeds and the utility read the fan speeds. However, the Xtreme Utility opens on boot once when prompted but fails to open until I reboot the system. Hoping Gigabyte fixes this. Otherwise, a sexy, well performing card with nice LEDs. On Unigine it can comfortably break 100fps at 1080p ultra. GPU temps are listed.
Amazing case. The sound dampening foam is great for keeping things quiet and airflow is adequate. Looks great in white and the slightly angular front made me choose it over the s340. That and the fact I'd feel terrible choosing an s340 when the elite versions just got released, unfortunately that wasn't in stock. Easy to build in. Nothing else to really say. Nice to have included dust filters and front LEDs.
Felt like this was worth a mention. Although I didn't take photos, believe me when I say the unboxing experience was very enjoyable. The way EVGA had packaged and presented was unmatched by any other of my components. You even got a velcro carrying case. Chose this primarily for its rating but also wanted decent all black PSU cables out the box. Modular support is convenient and saved excess. No ketchup and mustard cables :)
Does what they say on the box and do it quietly. Was annoyed at first that the LEDs don't give off a lot of light from the fans but this allows me to change all the colours without the purple being noticeable. They were also really really stiff to push and twist screws though. Probably the most hard part of this build. Great intake fans though.
Just a dream to install. USB booted from BIOS automatically, less than 10 minutes to full install. Disabled all the spyware in Windows 10 but the way it tries to force its own programs as default all the time is annoying. Edge is horrible, so stop trying to bait me Microsoft.
Such a sexy monitor and for only about £135. Yes, it's not 1440p or 144hz but man does it look good doing what it does and colour accuracy is up there, glad I chose IPS. 24" is surprisingly very adequate. Will likely upgrade to an ultrawide or secondary monitor in a year or two though.
Everything I wanted. MX Browns are tactile and clicks are audible at a bearable and satisfying volume. LED's are fully customizable and profile and effects are easy to switch using the utility or the keyboard shortcuts. 0 complaints. Props to CoolerMaster for making pretty much a perfect product.
Feels good, was sceptical about it at first due to it being for claw grip, but it fits my palm grip and is as comfortable as I need. I did initially want a g502 but the store for some reason lacked a lot of Logitech products. If given the opportunity to change I would, the mouse is amazing from a hardware perspective and looks clean in white but the Corsair Utility sometimes fails on me and is annoying to get it to start up again and detect my mouse.
Had these prior to the build. The sound is as brilliant as the first week I started using them. Will later add a modmic for microphone use.
Photos taken by myself and a friend on the Canon EOS 1200D (daylight photos are his/ darker photos are mine.)
In my opinion, the best skylake. Amazing performance.
Quiet and efficient. And looks great while doing so.
Good looking board. Everything I needed except an RGB header. Great for the price however so it deserves 5*
No complaints, look fantastic
Top of the range performance. Would suit any black and red build.
It is what it is. No issues.
The loss of a star is not due to hardware but due to Gigabytes poor driver utility which fails to open more than once. Hardware-wise, this card is brilliant. LEDs are very bright.
Everything I expected. Lots of room and the front LED is very even and professional, also very quiet
Just perfect. EVGA are just amazing. It's like receiving a present, packaging is superb. And it performs with no issues and is quiet doing so.
Installed like a dream, no need to mess with iso files. Would recommend to anyone doing fresh installs
Even purple colour. Doesn't give off great deals of light but illuminates fan nicely. Quiet and pushes good amounts of air
The best monitor in its price range, superb colour gamut and stunning aesthetic. Bezel thinness is unmatched. Bravo, Dell
The perfect TKL. Everything you could want. Genuine MX Browns, RGB lighting and a clean design. Would recommend to anyone, even non-gamers
Amazing feel and grip, but Corsairs Utility lets it down, for now. Once it works it works however.
A trusted brand brings trusty headphones, never had an issue with these and I don't think I will. Sound quality is just as reviews promised.