Preface : If your not interested in the story behind this build then feel free to skip to the sections entitled "Build" and "Parts", or if you're up for a story, stick around.
Old System : Back in 2014 my dad and I built PC's, I had just discovered PC gaming and my dad, who used to build pc's in the late 2000's, decided he wanted to build a new PC as he had stopped custom building a while back and was using a pre-built, I soon followed. However due to the fact that he wasn't caught up in the PC tech world and I was but a wee babe in the PC Master Race we had to get help. Enter my uncle, a man who among other things is not as talented at computers as he claims, sadly we were not aware of this fact at the time and completely trusted him. Anyways, we built our original PC's the flaws of which I will go through now. Mistake One, He convinced us to use dual graphics (not crossfire) saying that it would yield wonderful performance... it didn't, in fact he didn't even do proper research and got incompatible parts for my build so I couldn't even use the underpowered feature that is dual graphics, if I wanted to. Mistake Two, He totally messed up the drive situation in both of our builds, in mine he said to buy a used SSD that ended up failing within a year, and for my secondary drive he used a portable HDD that he broke the enclosure on, in my dad's system he improperly set up the raid of two SSD's leading to an abysmal failure of the system over a year from then, and chose a 2TB GREEN drive for the secondary drive, which was actually more expensive than a 1TB blue that would still have more storage than my dad would ever need. Mistake Three, He used AMD CPU"S!!! Now i'm no Intel fanboy but benchmarks show that an i3 6100 can beat most amd cpu's and considering that there wasn't a massive performance jump from Broadwell (which existed at the time) to Skylake (which did not exist at the time), he could have, and should have used intel cpu's. Mistake Three, he used low end gpus, i'm talking the $40 ones, the ones that get shat on by even integrated graphics. Minor Mistakes, He used micro atx instead of atx when atx wouldn't have cost much more and would fit in both our cases, and he used cheapo power supplies which almost ended up frying a new graphics card I bought for my system.
Prolouge : In the time between 2014 and 2016 I got extremely into PC building and discovered the flaws of the systems my uncle had built for us. My dad, being disappointed by the flaws I discovered, decided to upgrade. Most of the upgrade was aesthetic, however some of it was performance oriented.
Parts : I will only be explaining the parts that we got during the upgrade and none of the old parts from his previous build.
Graphics Card : We went with the R9 390 due to the fact that it was impossible to get your hands on any of the new cards. The reason we went R9 390 instead of GTX 970 was due to it's prices dropping lower, it's 8GB of Vram which would aid in driving my dad's higher resolution monitor, and the fact that last gen AMD had better DX12 performance than Nvidia.
CPU Cooler : My dad and I made a random trip to fry's and found the Cooler on a good deal, we had never tried water cooling before so we thought, why the heck not.
Case : I showed this case to my dad and he fell in love with it, he loves it so much, that he plans to keep it and reuse it for every single build he will ever do.
PSU : I had this spare, so I gave it to my dad for a good price.
Speakers : My dad likes audio, these existed, so he bought them.
Fan's : I had two spare Corsair red led af 120 fans so I gave them to my dad.
LED's : Same story as the fans.
Build : The build was easy enough, I just transferred the motherboard and it's attached components to the new case. The biggest pain in the butt was cable management, this case is HORRIBLE for cable management, it has a thin back cavity meaning you gotta keep the cables from overlapping and it has no hidey holes. If you're going to build in this case I would suggest getting a corsair PSU due to their flat cables, or get custom cables. The fans were easy enough, and the cpu cooler was a lengthy install but wasn't hard. One thing that did end up going wrong, was the fact that the case didn't work with the magnetic leds. My dad and I ended up running down to lowes and buying some double sided Velcro to hold up the LED's.
Testing : All testing was done at 1920x1080. I used the demo version of 3DMark to benchmark my dad's new PC, yielding scores of 7,270 on firestrike (DX11) and 3,233 in Time Spy (DX12), I also took those opportunities to log load temperatures as it put both CPU and GPU under %100 at least once. Please note the this graphics card model uses passive cooling when temperatures will allow it, meaning the idle will be somewhat high on GPU.
Epilouge : If you have any questions or comments feel free to comment. Also I will be updating the pictures once we get moved into our new house.
Decent CPU, will serve most people fine in their gaming ventures, however it get's pretty warm even with a 120 AIO, and it does bottleneck high-end GPU's pretty bad.
Good cooler, great price for an AIO, though if you're on a strict budget air cooling will be cheaper. It keeps my dad's AMD A10-6800k CPU at 59 idle and peaked only once at 92 under %100 load. It's also very quiet, at least compared to stock. It's tubing is very rigid, and may not fit great where a tight turn is present. It does however, look great!
Good motherboard for the price, best chipset you can get for this socket. Overclocks pretty well, although it couldn't handle my RAM's XMP, although that may have been the RAM's fault. Look's ok as long as you don't mind the color scheme. It's always nice to have USB 3.0.
Not the same color as I got, I had a red 4x4 kit of viper 3. Pretty pricey, but hey it's ram.
Works great! It's very fast, and hasn't failed in over a year of use. Looks great too!
Pretty slow, although it has a massive capacity for it's price. I'd honestly just go for a 1TB Blue as they're about $40 less, but if you need lots of storage, and are on a budget, this is great!
I love this card! It looks great, is silent when not under heavy load, and performs INSANELY well. The 8GB VRam will help to drive my dad's 2560x1080 monitor, and it has better DX12 performance than a GTX 970. Also, i'm very happy that it includes a backplate as that is a deal breaker to not have one for me.
BEAUTIFUL! This case is INSANELY BEAUTIFUL! It has USB 3.0 type A and C, as well as two USB 2.0 type A ports. It also sports great lighting, tinted and tempered glass side panels, and looks great if you throw led's inside. The only downside is cable management is REALLY hard in this thing, but the looks make up for it. If you're going to get this i'd suggest getting a Corsair PSU on account of their flat cables, or get custom cables that have a low profile. Also, a modular power supply is a must, if you don't want this case to get messy.
Great PSU on a great price! I love EVGA as they make quality products for cheap! This have an eco mode, is fully modular, has black cables, and is 80+ Gold! Imho this is one of the best PSU's out there.
It's windows, it looks great, has good features, performs great, has DX12, and is generally just great!
Good monitor, looks awesome! Has a good resolution, although the response time and refresh rate are a little high. Also, it is VERY pricey, although it's color reproduction is great on account of it being IPS.
These sound great! They look great, and are the best PC speakers I've ever heard!