Wireless Network Adapter
Project DiggleCOMP was meant to be a modest first build...
I was originally going to get an RX 580 with a 1080p 75Hz freesync IPS monitor and call it a day, but things escalated quickly.
It all began when my friend told me about his new 144Hz monitor and how everything from opening and closing windows to gaming was buttery smooth. He helped me find a second-hand and barely used BenQ XL2730Z monitor at an amazing price.
And that's how it started.
I did some research on 1440p benchmarks and was quick to realize that even though the RX 580 is an excellent card it won't cut it for my
needs wants as a 1440p, high FPS card. I got the RX Vega 64 Limited Edition card because the card looks clean AF and it would make for a good centerpiece in the setup. It was also convenient that the red accents on the Vega 64 matched the red accents on the monitor and the headset. The reason I didn’t go for the liquid cooled version of the card is because at the time of purchase the LC card was $200 CAD more expensive. I’ll eventually undervolt the Vega 64 to drop the temps after I’ve done some more research.
I snagged the Ryzen 7 1700 processor and I have to say it is amazing for multi-threaded tasks. The included RGB cooler works like a treat and made color matching the system possible, also the CPU is overclockable out of the box which is another plus. I was able to OC to 3.7GHz at 1.25V on all cores on the included cooler which is sufficient for my needs for the time being. The ram was overclocked to 2933MHz in just a few clicks. The reason I chose RGB ram was so I could colour match the entire build which is a pretty big deal to me. For storage I have the 250GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD as my main boot drive and a 3TB Seagate hard drive for mass storage. I had never experienced the speed of an SSD before this build and all I can say is that they’re so damn fast: would highly recommend.
The Fractal Design Define Mini C TG suited my needs; the original Mini/ Mini C had amazing reviews and was widely regarded as one of the best all around computer cases so when Fractal released the tempered glass version of the case it was a no brainer. I liked the look of the two included fans so I jumped on newegg and bought a third fan to match. I live on campus for most of the year and the rooms don’t have ethernet ports so I went with the TP Link Archer T6E for my wireless adapter and it works as advertised.
So I had the graphics card, CPU, ram, PSU, and storage, I must be good to go, right? WRONG! I thought the build would look aesthetic if I ordered custom sleeved cables that incorporated all of the main colours in the rig. I am so happy I discovered the CableMod ModMesh cables because in my opinion they complete the look of the entire build.
Now that everything is up and running, I’m going to go lock myself in my room and game until my heart’s content. Hmmmm what should I play? GTA 5? Witcher 3? ROTTR? BF1? Overwatch? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
If anyone has any questions about the build process or any of the components then feel free to post a comment down below!
Thanks for reading and I hope you liked my first build! :)