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This is my new build after being on 7-year-old hardware, which means that everything is new!

The build was done about two weeks ago, but I didn't want to post anything until I got the cables sorted out nicely. Cable management is a time sink, but worth it in the end.

I decided to go "all-in" on everything but the GPU, as I'm waiting for Vega to launch before I upgrade further. I didn't want to invest too much money for a GPU at this point, so when the RX 480 launched, I decided to purchase all the parts.

The CPU Cooler was a pain to install, and since it's so big it's covering up a lot of the motherboard, so it's difficult to adjust stuff where needed. It's a beauty, though! My other choice was the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, but I liked the design of the be quiet! one better.

Motherboard: It has what I need, and more. I'm not too fond of the BIOS, however.

Memory: 32 GB might be overkill, as I'm not doing any rendering etc. as of this day, but it wasn't much of a price difference, so I just rolled with it.

Storage: This one is interesting. I've always had more storage space when I had 1 TB HDD back in the day, but I was annoyed by its slow speed. That's why I opted for the best of the best consumer SSD. At a later point, I'll install a 1TB SSD or HDD, but I'm waiting for a sale.

Case: There was a lot of back-and-forth on this one. First I wanted the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe, then I got hyped about another case (which I don't remember). Just in time, however, the Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass edition released, and my god what a beauty. It had to be that one! I also opted for the Galaxy Silver color, because a pure black case seems a little boring to me.

Wireless Network Adapter: I have an Ethernet cable plugged into my machine, but I wanted the option to go wireless as well (and it has Bluetooth, which is useful in some scenarios). This makes it easier if I decide to go to a LAN party.

Monitor: Originally I was focused and ready for a 34" ultrawide monitor, but decided against it when I decided to go for the RX 480. The great thing about the MG279Q, however, is that it is IPS and can go in portrait mode, which fits perfect with an ultrawide when I decide to buy that in the coming years.

Update: June, 2017: It's close to a year since I bought and built the system, so here are my thoughts on it so far.

The monitor is amazing; There's no backlight bleed or dead pixels. The fans are relatively quiet at their lowest RPM (when the system is idle, i.e. no gaming and no rendering/compiling). I believe there are quieter systems out there, though.

My only gripe with the system so far is the motherboard. On the software aspect, there are so many applications, and most of them are very unstable and prone to crashing. At this point I'm only using an application called SIV (which controls the fan speeds), but in order to use this application, I had to download another application in order to launch it (really, Gigabyte?).

I would advise you to see how reliable the motherboard manufacturers' software and drivers are before you buy one. The software provided is an important factor to consider, and is not something to overlook.

It turns out that 512GB of storage wasn't quite enough since I started some video projects (and some games are 60GB+), so I bought a 3TB HDD for those cases.

All in all: I'm very happy with the build!

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I like your part choices. Have fun!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's been a blast so far!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is beautiful!

The only question I have is why did you go with a giant air cooler for your CPU instead of getting a AIO liquid cooler if the price would be the same?

With that case you could have mounted a radiator with no issues.

Overall this PC is amazing, and if you do not like liquid cool, then that is completely understandable.

I am just thinking about saving on space here ; )

All in all this is a 10/10 build!

P.S. Great idea on waiting for Vega =)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I was planning to go liquid cooling, as it would've saved me from buying two additional fans and as you said, save space. It's also very easy to glance through the glass to see that everything's okay.

What bothers me with liquid cooling, however, is the chance of it leaking. It's not very likely, but something I'm not quite comfortable with yet. If the performance of air vs liquid cooling is equal, then I'll stick with the safer choice. There's also the noise level, where big air coolers tend to be quieter.

Thank you for the kind words, though! I'm very excited to see what Vega brings! :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey @AdrianR thought I might drop you a comment on here as I really benefited from your build page as inspiration for my own PC build (I'll post a completed build once I get the motivation to stop playing with it and finish taking the pictures LOL). It was really helpful having pictures of a completed build [that looks as good as yours!] to help me visualize how I wanted mine to look like and I ended up getting a similar monitor because of it (Asus MG248Q). So thank you loads!!!

Also how do you like your keyboard? I'm looking to get a mechanical one, but have never had one before, so I don't have much to go off of other than I know that I want a tenkeyless. Do you have any advice for choosing which type of switches to get? Do you lament the absence of a wrist rest?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome! I'm glad to hear that! :)

I absolutely love the keyboard! I was hesitant to get a TKL one, but I never used the numpad anyway, so I decided to just go for it, and I'm standing by my decision. The extra space is great, and it's a little more comfortable to use since your arms aren't spread apart that much.

This is my first mechanical keyboard, but I knew from the get-go that I didn't want switches that were too loud, but I also wanted some resistance, so the MX Brown seemed like a good match. It's hard to say if I made the right decision there, considering I haven't tried any other variant, but I like them a lot so far! :)

I used to have a wrist rest with my other keyboard - a Logitech G15 V2. For some reason, I've never tried to use it without the wrist rest that came with it, but when I finally did remove it from the G15, it felt a lot better. The new keyboard is comfortable to use, so I don't regret it at all.

Please keep me posted when you post your build - I would love to see it! :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome part choices, and awesome cable managment. Also good thinking on waiting for vega. An RX480 shoud suffice just fine, then you can upgrade to that HBM2 when Vega is released.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

970 OC > 480 OC

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I would kill for that monitor

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

same...

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You ocd much? Asking myself while looking at your cable mgmt. ; )

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Just slightly .. :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

g

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that desk the Ikea Bekant?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That's right! IKEA's not selling this exact type anymore, but the newer models are nicer in my opinion.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Wallpaper? <3_<3 +1 on epic build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Top kek build! Deserves more than 1+! :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

hey my cousin has a similar mic. How did u get it to stand on the desk like that? DIY?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for a late reply!

The microphone came with a stand, so you just place it in its holder. Here's a picture of how it looks.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice build! :)

Did you got any troubles fitting those RAM modules with the BeQuiet! cooler? I'm planning the same combo for cooler and RAM and i'm not sure about the ram clearance :_

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The clearance is fine. The only thing you should keep in mind is that once the CPU cooler is mounted, you can only reach the two RAM modules on the far right of the motherboard (so use those slots first in case they haven't been connected properly, so you can push them down without having to remove the CPU cooler).

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, +1. How well does the RX 480 power that monitor?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

this is a build of pure beauty and is sooooooo clean. hows the rx 480 performing with your monitor, im looking to either wait for vega or to get a 480 on the cheap. Again amazed at how clean your PC is and your entire desk set up

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The RX 480 does well on 1440p in my opinion. I'm hovering around 50-60 fps on high settings in most types of games, and the FreeSync really helps at those levels, so I'm glad I went with a monitor which supports it.

The prices for the RX-series have increased a lot lately due to miners, and Vega is supposedly just around the corner (end of July for consumers, perhaps?). At this point (unless you really need a new graphics card), I'd wait and see what Vega brings, but I guess you've already decided since this reply is 3 months late (sorry about that!).

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the reply, sadly i havnt had the time and or money to upgrade yep, luckily as my PC decided to give up the will to live along with my laptop and 360 in the same week. so will be waiting for the 580 or 570 prices to drop and rebuild my system with a r5 1500x and enjoy the overkill imo. thanks for the reply again :)