This build was initially completed with a meager parts list of an i5-6500 and a GTX 1060 3GB. This suited me well for about a year and a half before I kind of wanted to start upgrading again. My friend had an i5-8600k that he was upgrading from, and I purchased it from him used for $200. I was then satisfied for about half a year, until I realized what was still bugging me. I wasn't able to drag every single slider in the games I played to the max settings. I had to compromise, minimize, drag things backwards. This was not acceptable. Neither was the 63C that my 1060 was hitting. So, I sold my card and saved some more money and bought a 1070 ti from EVGA. I am now here, with my lovely computer. The RGB controller for my strip and cpu cooler almost exploded and caught fire to my computer, so I plugged the CPU lights into the motherboard. Updated pictures will be posted as soon as my halo fans and m.2 get in!
This processor is absolutely lovely! It can literally handle playing Rainbow Six: Siege and rendering an animation in Blender at the same time. The stats that I have running while ingame show that only about 30-50% of it is being used in AAA games. WOW this thing is a workhorse. Kinda droops my epeen though that it's an i5 rather than an i7, but that doesn't change how amazing it is.
The one star off has a very specific reason- this CPU cooler almost killed my 1500 USD tower. I had it plugged into an RGB controller that came with the cooler and there was an extra four pin connector for something like a strip or an extra fan. Apparently, it couldn't handle that much power going through it, and as any seasoned PC builder will know, I smelled burning pcb. I can't use my strip now, and it almost killed my computer. Aside from that though, the cooler itself is lovely, and manages to keep my processor under 60C even while stress testing for literally hours. The highest it really gets to is about 56C. As for noise it excels as well, I can't even hear it.
I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS MOTHERBOARD! OH my goodness. It is one of the most beautiful boards that I have seen, ESPECIALLY for its mind-bogglingly low price. The rgb lighting is just enough to be a nice accent rather than a distraction from the parts, and the board itself has intricate details and looks STUNNING, especially with my current parts and theme of hard edges and soft lighting.
I give this ram four out of five stars because it is extremely good, yet not stellar. It's kind of small, take that as you wish, my opinion is that the shortness makes it less attractive (no puns or jokes intended.) It's white, and currently the only reason why I like it being white is because it reflects my RGB lighting nicely without having to be RGB itself. The ram is very nice, it performs well, overclocks well, and stays cool well, but its just kinda short and bland.
I got it for 60 USD when it was still being sold (can't find it anywhere anymore.) I don't have much to say about it, its an SSD and it does its job well. My boot time is about 4 seconds, and then it takes about 3 seconds to login after I enter my password, both of which beat my BIOS time, though not when combined.
Meh. It's 5400RPM, and when I bought it I didn't know the differences. Wouldn't do it again. It's not worth the price point for the 5400rpm, seeing as you can get the same thing 8 bucks cheaper in 7200rpm. Don't buy it, honestly. The only reason I put three stars is because it does the job that its advertised to.
This card is an absolute beast! I am currently running around a 250 MHz core clock boost and around a 380 MHz MEM clock boost. Under full load, I've seen the card get to 39C, and while idling this card managed to hit an insanely low temp of 15C! I'm extremely impressed; the only thing more that I could ask is RGB functionality so that it matches my build theme better than just white.
This case was the absolute bomb. Except for one thing. The radiator rack that slides out? It sucks ***. I could barely get it in and out, and it was constantly getting stuck. Don't get me wrong, the rack is very nice, and very helpful, but it was still harder to work with than it had to be. Cable management for this case was a DREAM, literally breezed through that part of it and barely had to give it a though. The case itself is absolutely stunning, and makes me feel like a million bucks when I see it on my desk!
This power supply is actually pretty damn good. It's running multiple overclocked parts and running two AIO watercooling loops and has never maxed and given any issues.
Does literally everything, except it's noisy as hell. All disk drives are, obviously, but that doesn't change the fact that its still noisy as hell. Sound padding would have been nice, at least.
HOLY JESUS IF YOU GAME GET THIS WIFI CARD! My wifi's max download speed is 140 mbps, quite decent if I do say so myself. THIS CARD CASUALLY HITS 450 MBPS! There is zero latency between my router and my PC during tests and it literally performs better than the ethernet cord that I tried experimenting with for a while. GET THIS WIFI CARD OH GOD
Yum! Not a hugely thin bezel, but it still looks stunning; insanely good color range, great response time, though slightly lacking in pixel density, as it is a 32" monitor, after all.
Not gonna lie, this isn't mechanical but it honestly feels like it. Quite clicky, and has very satisfying keycaps. The mouse is also nice, it feels like butter in my hand, but there is one issue. The scroll wheel is kinda whacked. It constantly whines like a squeaky wheel when I scroll with it, and all scroll wheel clicking functionality is broken. This isn't because it just got old, it's basically just cheap. I got it for $25, so I can't complain too much about it, that's why it's at four out of five stars.
This gets four out of five stars for one reason. The bigass RED LEMON watermark in the top left of the mouse mat. It totally throws me off and is ugly as hell. What font even is that dude? Still thought, it has survived much abuse cold drinks, and it really is quite smooth.
Hell naw dude. These things are total BS. The lights "dance" to the music? More like they flicker when too much power goes to the magnets in the speaker and they advertised that as "dancing lights." I had them for a few months before they started humming continuously and crackling, then they totally just died. the RMA process has been hell. Don't get these.