I've been a console gamer my whole life, but with VR being something I wanted to get into, and also because all my friends play Overwatch only on PC, I decided it was finally time to build a PC. Luckily it was like the week before Thanksgiving when I had this revelation, so it was the perfect time to teach myself about PC components for the first time and save a lot of money on parts.
Initially I had planned for a 1080p 60fps budget build for $800, but as I got more and more into PC parts, I shifted from trying to cut every corner to obsessing over the looks and colors of each piece, especially LEDs. I got a lot of build and setup inspiration from this site, as well as YouTube tech channels, and decided to go with a minimalist look based around the NZXT S340 and a color scheme of white/blue/pink/purple, influenced by the neon palettes of vaporwave and synthwave and stuff.
Since I bought everything over Black Friday/Cyber weekend I saved close to $300, and the end result is what I consider a very good looking build that also provides just about the highest possible performance for 1080p gaming. Handles Vive games excellently as well. Every component has been holding up so far, real happy with how it turned out!
If you're shopping for a new CPU and happen to be near a Micro Center, get one of these! Unbeatable price that puts it at the same price as most i5 6600ks (other than Micro Center's own).
Mine is overclocked to an extremely stable 4.6GHz, and with adaptive voltage my VCore stays between 0.720v and 1.328v. Temperatures are very healthy as well (~28C idle, 70C load), meaning I could go up a few more MHz if I wanted. Really powerful yet stable CPU.
Has no problem keeping my overclocked i7 6700k (4.6GHz) at high-20s C during idle and under 70C during gaming. Can't quite keep up with Intel Burn Test-ing, where CPU temp reaches 90 degrees, but in actual real-life usage CPU has never gotten hotter than 71.
It's also really quiet and looks perfect for black/white modern or minimalistic looking builds. Absolutely no cons I can think of, especially for its price.
As a first-time PC builder, installing all the components and mounting it was hassle free. Everything worked out of the box. Moderate price for a Z170 mobo, but one of the only ones with onboard LEDs if that's your fancy. I think the Aura lighting is a really cool touch that will help make your PC your own, and the software for controlling the LEDs is simple but does its job. Do note that you cannot (as far as I know) configure the LEDs to turn off when the computer shuts down; you can designate a separate lighting configuration for when powered off, but you'll have to decide on LEDs either always on or always off.
I'd rate it 5 stars, but mine has one issue where one of my header LEDs is stuck on blue all the time, so even if I pick a different color, one of the lights in that segment will stay blue. It works out though because I usually have them blue most of the time. Also the Supreme FX lights in the opposite corner from the Aura LEDs are only red, which slightly messes with the cool white/blue futuristic vibe I have going on. Overall still looks cool though, and if you like red then it'll be perfect for you.
Installed with no problems, nothing really to say about performance other than they work at their advertised speeds. I chose these mainly because they were the cheapest DDR4 sticks on Newegg, and the blue lights were a nice bonus that happened to fit my build's aesthetic. Combined with the LEDs on my Asus Pro Gaming Aura motherboard, the inside of my PC is always a mini light-show that I enjoy seeing next to my monitor.
The lights are non-configurable in terms of color or timing, and there is no synchronization either so the two are always blinking at separate intervals, but they do turn off when the PC shuts down.
Copped a couple 750GBs when they went on sale for $100 on Black Friday, a complete steal in $-per-GB. They're as fast as you'd expect any SSD to be, and the blue label looks good in my case.
Really good deal when you consider it's only like $10 more than all the other 1060 6GBs, but comes with a factory overclock and a free game if bought from Newegg. Also looks really nice in white, matching my white S340.
Out of box it ran current AAA games like Battlefield 1, Battlefront, Infinite Warfare, Doom, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst at 70-120 FPS on Ultra 1080p, and I believe can maintain 50-70 FPS at 1440p. I overclocked mine just a tad to hit 2000MHz, no increase in voltage necessary. No noteworthy noise or heat under load either, staying under 70 at all times. Perfect GPU for 1080p gaming.
Sexy af. NZXT is doing the lord's work making such pretty cases and parts that are clean and not explicitly "GAMER!!!!" branded. I've had my build completed for a week as of writing this but not a day has gone by that I'm not happy with the sight of my setup. Opening side panels with the thumb screws was easy, all my parts fit without a hitch, and cable management was a breeze even with a non-modular PSU, with plenty of room to route cables out of sight through the back panel.
Dirt cheap, especially after rebate, but so far has been completely reliable. No noise or heat, and has had no trouble powering my system which includes onboard LEDs and overclocks. Comes with a tester inside the box so you can make sure the thing works before even having to install it.
Wireless Network Adapter
I did have a scare during installation where my Windows wasn't recognizing the device, giving an error code that "Device does not exist," but found that in addition to the specific driver that the software/Device Manager will install for this device, you also need Intel's wireless adapter driver, which was never automatically detected or recommended! Just in case anyone thinks theirs is broken. Otherwise, works just fine. Can't compare speed to other devices, but I get identical speedtest results as my iMac. Not the cheapest adapter around, but this one's got a good design with the external antenna, in which you can either lay it flat on the desk or use the included adhesive peg to hang it off the wall, rather than be stuck with antenna on the back of your tower.
I already had LEDs on my motherboard and RAM, so initially I wasn't sure if I wanted to add case LEDs. Well I gave in, and it was totally worth it! Seeing your PC illuminated in your favorite colors is nothing short of magical, and NZXT's CAM software has a lot of cool features that I'm not sure if you would find in other lighting kits. Was super easy to install, literally just plop it in, connect the cables, and run the LED strips (which are magnetic) around the border of the case.
If you have a clear side panel on your case and you're going for any sort of color scheme or visual theme to your build at all and , I'd call this an absolute a must-buy! It's one of those things where you don't really realize how much you needed it until you get one yourself.
Reigning champion of gaming monitors, just about the cheapest and most reliable you can get for 24" 1080p, 1 ms, 144 hz, and went on hella sale from Best Buy on Black Friday. Did a little tweaking in OSD settings, but otherwise looks perfect to me without ICC profiles or calibration. TN panel viewing angle issues are nonexistent as long as you're aligned head on with the screen, which you can adjust easily.
-1 star because my first one had a dead pixel. Apparently Asus' return policy is that it's only defective after 5(!) dead pixels, but fortunately since I bought mine from Best Buy they allowed me to replace it for no extra charge even after their sale price was gone. I'd recommend buying yours anywhere BUT from Asus themselves just in case yours has any issues.
I wanted Cherry MX Brown switches, and this was on sale from Amazon, that's about it. I actually like how there's only red and blue LED backlighting; they make this keyboard unique and give it more character than every other RGB one. And as a connoisseur of vaporwave and AESTHETIC I'm totally cool with only having hues of pink/purple/blue backlight. Build quality is really sturdy and heavy-duty, and it's plug and play meaning all your color configurations are stored on onboard memory.
Super lightweight and really ergonomic, especially given its traditional mouse shape. RGB lighting and DPI can be configured quickly and easily through Logitech's gaming software.
IMO has the perfect size and shape, at least for my bigass yaoi hands using fingertip/claw grip with a wrist rest. "Upgraded" to a Corsair M65 but went back to this mouse by the end of the day! The M65 looks awesome and has higher DPI range, but for me it was just too heavy, too clunky and awkwardly shaped compared to the G Pro. I thought buying a more expensive mouse would be better, but despite this mouse's cheap price I think I'm gonna stick with it long term.