UPDATE Yeah, so I spent some more money......... Decided it was time to at least try and give my Strix 1080 a challenge and I went a little overboard. Went back and forth between a bunch of different options 4k 60hz, 2k 144hz or triple 1080 144hz. I did the research and decided that the high refresh rate WQHD monitor suited me the best and I splurged.
Besides the monitor I also bought the Asus Sheath and three Corsair AF140s to reduce the sound and actually reduce my temps as well.
So I've been PC gaming for a few years now - I made the shift from console gaming back in 2012. It's safe to say I haven't looked back....
I personally built my first computer about a year and a half ago, which included an AMD FX-6300, EVGA GTX 960 SSC, and a handful of budget components to round out a functional PC. As a gaming computer it worked, it did everything I asked it to do and it did it the best it could, but deep down I wanted more. Flash forward to the end of the Spring semester where I find myself with a fancy new degree and a full time job. Guess what time it is....
For starters this PC will be primarily for gaming and possibly office work if I am working from home. With the faintest possibility that video editing might be in its future, but no promises.
The Case: The install was easy enough, the H440 served nicely as the platform. Cable management was easy with the only issue being the padding on the side panel pressing up against the runs. Personally I'm not bothered with how the back of the PC looks, but I can see the merit in cleaning up and I may later. The 4 fans included serve their purpose, but I may switch them out for more silent alternatives.
The CPU, Mobo and Cooler: Installing the CPU in the mobo was stressful as always. (I never really get used to the sound of installing the the CPU) The Z170-A is well reviewed board with everything I could ask for and it wasn't DOA, so no complaints here. Finally the H115i install, which went much better than I expected. It fit with more than enough room in the top of this case and the process was 100 times easier than my EVO 212 on my previous build. (With the orientation I chose I did sacrifice a drive bay) At first I was debating on either this cooler or the Noctua DH-15, but in the end I'm glad I went with the AIO. As it is much, much more aesthetically pleasing. (A friend of mine has a DH-15 in his build) Went for a mild overclock on my 6700k, its super stable here and I its nice to know if i need to squeeze more performance out it's there.
Storage and Ram: As mixed bag of old and new HDDs and SSD. The 850 pro is as insane as I thought it would be. Compared to the HDD I had used for my previous PCs boot drive it's like living in the future, today. In the case of the RAM, I honestly can't tell the difference between my previous 8gb of ddr3 to the 16b of ddr4. I'm sure there is one, but I can't perceive it.
The GPU: The jump from a 960 to a 1080 is, to put it in words, jarring. It's hard to explain how much of a difference there is, even just with a 1080p 144hz monitor... (This card is almost a foot long and i did run into an issue in which I had to sacrifice another drive bay to accommodate it) Since I did get the non factory OC version of the card I did perform the OC myself within CAM and was easily able to out perform, if only by a fraction, the actual factory OC version.
The PSU: Fully modular is fun and the black on black cables assure a lack of mustard in my PC, so I am happy with it.
NZXT HUE+: When initially considering this I was hesitant at first. I didn't know what to expect as the video reviews held it in high regard, but the Newegg/Amazon reviews painted a different picture. I'm glad to say I was not and am not disappointed by this product. The CAM software is actually not bad, it's pretty concise and the GUI isn't that frustrating. My only gripe is the size of the temp graphs, but that's not a big deal. I think the results speak for themselves in terms of how they perform.
Monitors: With this update I've added the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. Which honestly and wholeheartedly is the most amazing display of any kind I've ever seen. The mix of then high refresh rate and the resolution boggles my mind and the IPS panel is so vivid its hard to even look at my old monitor without squinting. In terms of QC, most reviews complain and complain about problems with black-light-bleed and dead pixels. Something that frightened me the entire way home from the store, but as soon as I turned it on I realized that none of these problems were present, at all. Zero black-light-bleed and zero dead pixels, I was dumbfounded. At this point I'm wondering if I hit the lottery or maybe ASUS really did step up there game, who knows... Along with the Swift is my trusty VG248QE which has served me well, but I fear its time may have come and it will likely be replaced with a 27" 4k 60hz monitor or just a plain jane 27" 1080p 60hz to match the bezels. Although I have not decided on what to do. I'm not too bothered by the whole 2 different sized monitors, but I may sell for a quality of life upgrade.
Peripherals: I've had the A40s for years and they work, when they crap out probably gonna get some nice open backs, with a desk mic. The Deathadder also works and the software ain't that bad. I'm really enjoying the sheath. To me the material glides even better than my old QCK+ and the size finally allows me to have something under my keyboard. Oh, and it also matches the monitor and the gfx card.
All-in-all I'm happy with the results of my build. It checks off all of the boxes for me and It looks damn good if I do say so myself. If I could do it different I would have possibly chosen the Dark Rock 900 Pro had it been announced earlier. I know there is a major price difference, but damn that case is awesome. (Maybe another upgrade is in the works....)
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