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In summer of 2016 I came up with the idea for a powerful build inside a minimalist case that runs everything I want smoothly and quietly. This is the end result of nearly a year of careful planning and purchasing.
This is my first PC build ever; honestly everything went incredibly smoothly during assembly. I can now run all my favorite games at 1440p/144 fps and I'm loving it. I'll get around to overclocking the cpu eventually, right now I'm just busy tinkering with the desktop and my games.
Big thanks to reddit user u/Osuets as well as r/buildapcsales, r/buildapc, r/monitors, and r/mechanicalkeyboards for all the super helpful tips!
P.S. - my adorable sad eyed puppy that you see is a real sweetheart, but we're teaching him not to chew my expensive cables.
Bought this "refurbished" from Newegg, hence the lower price. This is an incredibly powerful cpu, I'm happy I was able to snag one for such a good price. Installation was easy, despite my freaking out about every little detail.
This cooler is massive, unwieldy and frankly its colors don't match with any PC build I've seen so far. So why do I like it so much?
Exactly. This thing is whisper quiet, I can't hear a damn thing coming out of my case, and my 7700k is perfectly cool. If you are able to fit this cooler into your case, I'd highly recommend it.
Nothing too special about this board, but it didn't give me any problems and everything installed easily and runs smoothly. Only reason I'm deducting a star is because one of the 7 or 8 available fan connectors doesn't seem to work.
NINJA EDIT: This motherboard has no on-board wifi, which means your new PC will have no internet access even through the ethernet port until you download the required drivers from MSI's website on a separate computer onto a flash drive and install from there onto your new PC through Device Manager. It seems the existing drivers that come on the motherboard are broken and/or missing, but installing them from a flash drive is easy enough.
It's RAM. It's fast. Low profile too. Not much else I could ask for, besides a lower price.
Best bang for your buck if you are looking for a 1TB SSD. The M.2 factor made installing this thing a breeze.
Beautiful card. Runs oh so quiet but stays oh so cool. This card is quickly becoming my favorite part of the build. It runs EVERYTHING at an incredibly smooth framerate on my 1440p 144hz monitor, my new favorite hobby is cranking every game's settings to the max and letting this card push through it without breaking a sweat. I'm confident the 1080 Ti will remain relevant for years in the future.
Amazing case. Fits my DH-15 cooler with millimeters to spare. I added an additional 12mm fan for intake since I hear this case can use the airflow, and I'm not having any problems.
Only thing I'd possibly hold against this case is the terrible thumbscrews, which make it hard as hell to open the side panels or PSU cover for access since they don't seem to want to match up with their threading and strip very easily.
It's small and efficient, which I like. The Eco mode means that it almost never makes noise as well, combine that with the excellent warranty and this is a killer deal.
Bought it on a flash drive, installed in less than 30 minutes. Only taking off a star because charging over $100 dollars for an OS is still lame.
Before I assembled this build, I considered swapping the standard case fans out for some Noctua 120 or 140mm fans instead. I shouldn't have worried. These fans are very quiet, and although they probably don't move as much air as say, a Noctua, they work just great. I installed an additional 120mm fan in front to help the case's positive air pressure.
Copied from my reddit review of this monitor which can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/6vg0b2/asus_rog_pg279q_my_experience/
After purchasing it through Amazon Monday morning, it showed up this afternoon and after work I set it up and calibrated it and gave it a run-through of typical tests for quality, dead pixels, backlight bleed, etc. All I can say is, wow. This monitor is f****** unreal. There is NO noticeable backlight bleed so far as I can see, its colors are consistently clear with NO browning towards the edges whatsoever. Considering the IPS glow that is typical for these monitors, I was skeptical of how "black" black could be on this screen, but I was pleasantly surprised at how little glow there really was. When viewing from ~35-40 degrees to either side, this thing doesn't change colors at all, past that the glow becomes quite noticable, but I figured I'd never be using it at those extreme angles anyway. In conclusion; don't take my experience at any more value than any of the other reviews on here, but I'm extremely happy with this monitor. After reading all the nightmare reviews and RMA horror stories on here I was prepared to return this monitor as many times as necessary in order to get one I was happy with. This was a pleasant surprise and I can't emphasize just how little backlight bleed there is, this thing is incredibly consistent. I don't know if my silly anecdotal story will convince anyone else to brave the IPS lottery, but if it does, I wish you the best of luck. This monitor is fantastic.
Is good keyboard, build quality is fantastic. Taking off a star because the non-standard layout means that your choices for switching out keycaps are extremely limited.
Good mouse, although I still frankly prefer my Razer DeathAdder Elite. This mouse feels a bit...low? It's hard to describe, but I have big hands and it's hard for me to actually hold this mouse without squishing my hand over the top of it. CUE software is also a pain, but so is Razer's gimmicky Synapse software, so that's a moot point.
NINJA EDIT: Taking off a star, this mouse will sometimes disconnect randomly when I first start my PC, I have to pull it out and replug it in to make the computer recognize it. Go figure.
Got this keyboard with MX clear switches because I wanted something a bit firmer to type on than my gaming keyboard which has MX browns. I love this thing, 75% keyboards are the perfect blend of functionality and space efficiency. This keyboard is quality, I love how sturdy it feels.