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I have two main lighting themes themes set up right now: 1) "Ice, Snow, & Fire" | 2) Overwatch. "Fire lighting effect vid" https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kjQvDd2t3IDGWHIaA2EfH221MAZnHIja/view?usp=sharing


The original goal was to play Overwatch at 144fps, on a 24" 1080p monitor, at mid settings... Instead I ended up with a monster that can comfortable handle basically maxed settings, a consistent 144-153fps, on a 27" 2K monitor.

After a couple years of playing on a 'gaming' laptop, which I plugged into an external monitor and keyboard, I decided it was time for an upgrade. I am going to be a sophomore in college, so I want this to last me 1-2 years into adult (after college) life. Additionally, I wanted a vertical monitor for coding and general productivity and some decent multi-tasking capabilities.

I am pretty inept with tools and building, so the whole thing took 13 hours from unwrapping the motherboard to booting up the desktop screen (over 2 1/2 days).

While I haven't overclocked yet (CPU running at 4.8 Ghz out of the box!) I know I want to in the near future, that's why the CPU and GPU are AIO water cooled.

The prices listed are not necessarily indicative of what I payed for them. I waited for sales and bundles, and never paid full price for anything. For instance I am pretty sure I got the GPU and power supply bundled together for $605 (MSRP right now would be ~ $770). Also, I already owned the keyboard, mouse, and SSD. edit Got a new mouse, the Logitech G903 wireless (love it)

It should also be noted that I haven't played around with the LED lights or desktop backgrounds yet. I will upload more photos once I have personalized it!

So far, I am really happy with the build. I dont think there is anything I would have changed. I am looking forward to overclocking it :D

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow... upgrading from the old lappy to this = kinda like going from a skateboard to a bugatti :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that's pretty much exactly what it feels like :D

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

How's that monitor ? Hard to find reviews on it. Any good ?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

So far I like it. There was one dead pixel in the extreme lower left corner, but its so out of the way I dont notice it. The curve isnt very aggressive (IMO) so for people who dont like that, I dont think It would be a problem. I think the size is perfect (27"), anything bigger would actually be harder to play OW on (for me). the 2K resolution is also a nice plus and ive had no problems with it at 144fps.

To be fair tho, I have not owned many monitors...

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

One more question, which you value more ? high fps ? (144hz) or high res. ? (1440p)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Most defiantly higher fps, I play OW at a competitive level, so having a consistent 144 fps has been a must. Although the 2K rez has been reeeeeally nice, very visually appealing. Can I ask why you wanted to know?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Cause I'm debating between a 144 hz monitor at 1080 or at 1440p... I don't wanna spend that much on a monitor

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats fair, from my research, the 144hz + a 1 m/s response time really inflate the price (especially the latter)

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Only issue I see is that you are using a freesync monitor with a Nvidia graphics card. So you could have screen tearing. Other than that, it is a great build.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I found that out about freesync and G-sync stuff after I bought the monitor, It does happen a little bit, but its manageable.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi!

First of all, I just wanted to say that I love your build! (+1). With the stylish case, the powerful components and the dual-monitor setup, it all looks great! But I was wondering about the airflow in the case, as all the other builds on PCPartPicker include a set of extra case fans, mounted on top, to improve airflow. I just wanted to know how the flow is for you, as I would rather not spend $80 on a set of extra fans, as I am using the same case in my build-to-be, if I don't have to.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WTTxRJ

Also I love the Pusheen and Overwatch plushies in the background!

Thanks!

:}

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry for the late reply, I’m traveling atm.

In regards to your question, one of the reasons I went for and mostly water cold set up was because I heard that the case had poor airflow (and I knew I would be OC it) . From my testing with it just does seem to be the case, as if you’re using the front panel for intake you only have a very small inlet for air. So far however, with both the CPU and GPU being water cold I haven’t had a problem keeping both of them cool, well under 65° even under load.

I noticed in your build that your GPU It’s not water cold like your CPU so it might be worth investing in the extra fans to get more airflow going through.

I do have an extra three sets of corsair fans lying about and over the next couple weeks I am going to be experimenting with putting them in. So, when I finish that I will let you know how that goes.

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx so much!

I guess I dont have to buy some fancy RGB fans that cost $100!

:}

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the case

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

So far, the biggest plus is in The aesthetics apartment, but the practical side needs a little bit of work…

I really really really like the way the case looked which is why I was able to overlook some of its flaws but I was not for you here.

One, airflow can be somewhat limited due to there being a very small and light in the front. Two, the side glass panel can be an absolute pain to take on and off so if you’re planning on swapping parts in and out you definitely don’t want to go with us. Three, it is a smaller ATX case, so you might find cable management a bit of a chore, Also the motherboard are used doesn’t actually fit if the PSU shroud is on.

Having said all that, now that I finished the building definitely happy I went with it because it looks amazing, however your results may vary

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! You inspired me to have a vertical monitor. Since I have dual monitors now, I'm thinking of adding a vertical one (total 3). I use a program to run different images from a folder as my background every few minutes. Just wondering if you know of any programs (free or not) that I can use to do the same but keep landscape pics and portrait pics with respective monitors. Any advice? Thank you!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

A free software called "Dual Monitor Tools" http://dualmonitortool.sourceforge.net/

Pretty user friendly, and moderately powerful for the arrangement/ editing wallpapers

Sorry for the late response