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~$1200 CAD 1080p Gaming Build

by nightrook

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21 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 3, 2017

Date Built

April 24, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.25GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.65GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

Hey guys, I've been without a PC for about a year now, and I was getting annoyed with using the school laptop, so I bit the bullet and bought some parts. I'll admit that I wasn't happy with my choices, but now that the computer is built, I'm pretty satisfied with it. The price listed in the title is all taxes (13%) and shipping included, without the price of the monitor, CPU cooler, and the OS.

  • Since I gave my brother my old monitor, I had to get a new one. Long story short, I didn't realize 24" monitors are so large haha. The build quality is solid, and I love that the accent is blue rather than red. The settings are pretty nice, though the eye-care thing might be a gimmick; I've found that f.lux is nicer to use and has better colour. Speaking of colour, after calibrating the monitor, it's actually pretty nice. It's not amazing, per-say, but it's good enough that you won't cry in frustration (.. unlike this terrible laptop display..). The monitor has full tilting/rotating/adjusting capabilities, I'd be surprised if anyone had issues with positioning it. It's only a shame that there's no display port on this thing. It's also very bright, I have my settings down to 25 most of the time.

  • The case I'm not super happy with. It scratches incredibly easily. I took great care and put it down gently on a padded surface, but there was a huge scratch on it once I picked it back up. :') Oh well. It's not too bad because the plastic is tinted and I don't have a lot of lights in there, but if I could go back I'd choose a different case. Another problem is that there's barely 1 cm of space between my GPU and the PSU, which restricts airflow for my GPU fans. Guess I'm an idiot for buying a liquid cooling case haha. I can't really justify the price I paid for this case, and the quality is not as impressive as I'd hoped. At least it comes with a 200mm front fan. The fan hums and isn't too noisy.

  • You might be wondering why I have an aftermarket cooler, and that's because I was originally planning to get a K processor, but changed my mind at the last minute because I spent more than I wanted to. Either way, I'm super happy with this one. It can handle pretty much everything I throw at it, I'm able to multi-task with no lag at all. My brain would reach its limit before the processor does haha. It's decent for editing as well, and even though I wish I'd gone with Ryzen 5 instead, it's too much effort to go back and do it all over again. I stress tested this with the Intel Burn Test and it didn't go higher than 59C. Rendering a ~16GB 1080p 19min video took approximately the same amount of time as the length of the video.

  • The cooler was a pain to install, but I think I did it correctly? I'm not sure I put the thermal paste in properly, but so far my CPU hasn't gone above 60C so I see no reason to take it all apart. It's nice that it comes with enough thermal paste for about 3 applications, though I do wish it was a little more than that. It also comes with an extra fan mounting bracket, which is nice. The only dislike I have is that it's a tad expensive, and it's the loudest fan in my build.

  • My motherboard has been great, though I kind of wish I went with an mATX board just for that extra PCI-E slot. I've been having some issues with my GPU and I've heard that some users got rid of their problems by using the secondary PCI-E slot. Not to mention I'm not that happy with this case, an mITX case the size of most mATX cases.. I haven't been using the wifi, but I checked it and it works, speed is decent.

  • My RAM choice was definitely on the expensive side, but eh brand loyalty and whatnot. It took a bit of messing around in the settings for the proper speeds to stick, but it did and now it works fine. I think I had to update my mobo's BIOS for it to work properly.

  • No complaints with the HDD, it's speedy and booting into Windows 10 honestly doesn't take long. I don't feel like I'm waiting for days, unlike my old pc.

  • I'm an idiot for buying Windows 10, but I did it and oh well. I'm a sucker for customizing my UI just the way I like it. No hassle, fast install, works fine. Can't really complain, except for the price.

  • PSU is heavier than I expected, but from what I can tell it works great. A week might be too soon to tell, but so far, no coil whine. I hope it stays that way.

  • The silent fan is expensive, and maybe I should've picked a cheaper one, but it's definitely silent so at least I got what I paid for.

  • And finally, the GPU. Ah, the GPU. Man. I've only used my computer for less than a week now, and I've already had my monitor randomly lose signal a bunch of times. No fix for it, only a hard reset works. Sadly, I've already invested in a freesync monitor with no display port, so I'm just going to stick with this and hope AMD fixes the driver issues at some point. I just hope it doesn't get worse, or I'll be forced to go back to the green team. That said, when it does work, it flies. The Strix model has fantastic cooling, and it runs everything I throw at it at 1080p, max settings. It stays at 70C max when stress testing, and around 74C at a gentle overclock. Speaking of overclocking, I went up to 1370 on the core clock and 1800 on the mem clock, and didn't bother going higher than that. Although the Heaven benchmark for that was 984 compared to the 990 from 1350/1750, so it's not a huge difference. 1270/1750 is what I use occasionally, though I prefer not to oc since the temps go higher, and I can already max out my games. Disclaimer that I don't play triple A titles, and I've only testing the following games so far: Payday 2, Warframe, Half-Life 2, Saints Row IV, SNOW, Spiral Knights, Runescape, Dead Frontier, Minecraft, Blade & Soul, and Black Desert Online. The last game is the most GPU intensive, and it can get up to a little less than 80C when playing for extended periods. On ultra and very high settings, FPS is around 40. On very high it goes to 60.

I think that's it! I hope you learned something apart from how expensive parts in Canada are. :P

Part Reviews

CPU

Super happy with it. It can handle pretty much everything I throw at it, I'm able to multi-task with no lag at all. It's decent for editing as well, rendering a ~16GB 1080p 19min video took approximately the same amount of time as the length of the video. I stress tested this with the Intel Burn Test and it didn't go higher than 59C.

CPU Cooler

Not the greatest mounting out there, but it came with an extra fan bracket so that's cool. Keeps my temps between 30-50C most of the time.

Motherboard

So far, so good. Tons of USB ports, wifi is decent and looks clean. Nothing to complain about.

Memory

Expensive, but looks great and performs great.

Video Card

I love it when it works. A lot of Polaris users have reported that the monitor disconnects randomly, and AMD still hasn't fixed this drivers issue. I've had this for a week and my monitor has lost the signal multiple times, even during light gaming. Just letting you guys know the risks before buying. I'm surprised no one has said anything here yet. That aside, I do love it, I just hope that AMD fixes this issue since it's already been a year since release.

Anyway, with this particular card, the cooling is great and silent. It's essentially the perfect card, if you ignore overclocking. I was able to push 1370/1800, but it gets hotter and the performance is not significant. Don't expect too much from the RGB, but it is nice and bright. The lighting controls don't always start up with my pc or resume from sleep, but it's not a big deal to manually start it.

Again, great card for 1080p at high settings, if you want to ignore the occasional, completely random monitor disconnects.

Case

It looks good, but I'm not too impressed. Air cooling is definitely restrictive, if your GPU is too big there won't be any space between itself and the PSU. Window scratches extremely easily, I cannot stress that enough. A little disappointed about that. It's essentially an mITX case that's the size of an mATX, with worse airflow. I would pick a different case if I could do this build again.

Power Supply

It's working great so far. No coil while, powers everything fine, and silent. Barely warm, as well.

Operating System

The price is a stab in the wallet, but this key installed Windows on my system very fast, and I only had to update twice to get all the updates. Runs quick, power on is fast even with a HDD. Not too much bloatware.

Case Fan

A little expensive but it's very, very silent. Keeps my pc cool even though it doesn't feel like a lot of air is being pushed.

Monitor

I love that the accent colour is blue and not red. The build quality is solid. After calibrating with an ICC profile, it looks pretty decent. Very bright, I have mine set to 25. The extra settings are pretty nice, though the eye-care thing might be a gimmick; I've found that f.lux is nicer to use and has better colour. The monitor has full tilting/rotating/adjusting capabilities, I'd be surprised if anyone had issues with positioning it. It's only a shame that there's no display port on this thing.

Other

A little tough and hard to manipulate, but it splits to 3 fans so that's nice.

Comments Sorted by:

sine-wave 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Upvote for excellent case choice :)

nightrook submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks, even though I'm not a huge fan of it haha.

FlyinToasteronie 1 point 13 months ago

How does MC run with shaders? I'm about to receive the 570 version of your GPU, and I'm pretty curious.

Also, Is the ASUS ROG logo the only thing that lights up? I'm really hoping for a bit more lighting, but I can't find any good pictures online.

Lastly, Great build. I really wish that I wasn't lazy in doing everything. +1

IcyPineapple 1 point 13 months ago

Minecraft will run just fine with shaders. But MC can only gains performance really from RAM and CPU.

FlyinToasteronie 1 point 13 months ago

With shaders, it takes a good GPU. I just wanted to know his FPS.

nightrook submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Her* :P And sorry, my mon's refresh rate doesn't go any higher than 75, but it does max out. Thanks for the comments though! The logo is the only thing that lights up.

FlyinToasteronie 1 point 13 months ago

(My fault, her*)

75? Dang, that's awesome! (With shaders tho?)

Dang it, I've been bamb00zled by asus.

nightrook submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Hahaha. Is shaders a mod? If you give me a link I'd be happy to test it out for you. :D

IcyPineapple 1 point 13 months ago

I never have any issue with my 480 gtr. But ive only used 1 shader pack it I dont think it was super taxing.