Description

We are getting a new OLED 4K TV so I wanted to take advantage of it with a GPU that can do some 4K 30FPS gaming. This is pretty much the ultimate couch experience. But there were quite a few changes that I made in the process. First, the original GPU was a Vega 56 and at Micro Center it was way overpriced and underperformed. So I swapped it for a 1070 Ti and used the $30 I saved to get an SSD. Second, the original CPU was a Ryzen 3 which bottlenecked my 1070 Ti so much that I was getting 30FPS at 1080p often. So I swapped it for an i5 8600k and a beautiful Asus Z370 board that syncs with my GPU. Unfortunately, my CPU cooler wasn’t enough for a 5GHz OC, so I will be changing that to a Corsair H80i V2 soon, as my video card doesn’t allow enough clearance for a 240mm rad. Micro center didn’t have the exact RAM on the list, which is probably a good thing because it was shady as hell, and I instead got some Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400. Unfortunately, I fried it while overclocking, so I’m getting some Trident Z RGB later. The PSU I got wasn’t exactly the one on the list, instead a PowerSpec rebrand of the same thing for less. Overall the build went smooth, no hiccups really.

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazingly powerful! I chose this over the Ryzen 5 2600X because most applications I use cannot take advantage of the amount of threads it has. The faster IPC and ludicrous OC potential (5.2 GHz!!!) of the i5 benefit me far more. It does run hot though, so a beefy cooling solution is a must especially with an OC. Temps with a low end 120mm AIO (Cooler Master ML120 Lite) were too warm for my comfort, so I’m goin with the beefiest 120mm I can find, since a 240 won’t fit.

CPU Cooler

Wasn’t enough for an i5 at 5GHz, but it was only $40 and Micro Center has full refund on returns within 30 days, so I’m going to trade it in for a Corsair H80i V2 since a 240 won’t fit in my case.

Motherboard

Masterfuly implemented lighting and design, great functionality, I don’t know what else to say.

Video Card

I got it for a great price at Micro Center. It performs really well, overclocks to 2.1 GHz which is past 1080 performance. Runs in the low 70s at that clockspeed. Quiet too.

Case

Beautiful case, comes with RGB strip and noise sensing fan controller. Easy to build in although took me a while to figure out how to take off front panel.

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