Built this to play FPS games where a higher frame rate, better quality sound and sharper monitor would hopefully improve my playing.
This is my first build in many years. I was a bit nervous but I took my time (about 6 hours from start to finish with quite a few breaks in between to clear my head).
Had some issues with the parts I ordered: 1. The Corsair 750D case already had three 240mm case fans. I ordered 4 extra. I also ordered a liquid cooler for the CPU. The case will accept 3 more 240mm case fans at the top but not if you use a radiator. It will also take two 120mm case fans that can be mounted under the hard drive bays. I missed that during the research. Now I have 2 case fans I can't use (I replaced one from the case with a new one for the lighting and I think I can get one more on the top inside of the case).
The motherboard I used has a 7.1 audio card built in but I wanted to have a connection on my desk for my headset and I wanted to make sure I got the best sound possible so I ordered the audio card. I failed to remember when I ordered the headset that it's USB so it won't work with the desktop piece from the audio card.
The thermal paste came in handy because the instructions for installing the CPU cooler pump assembly were incorrect as to which mounting posts to use. I installed the ones specified for Intel LGA1151 but they were too short - I couldn't even start the thumbscrew caps. Because of this I had to clean off the thermal compound that was pre-applied to the pump and what got onto the CPU then apply new paste after I had changed the posts.
The motherboard instructions for installing the CPU were clear except it doesn't mention leaving or removing the CPU installation tool. My concern was it overheating the tool and melting or causing other issues. After some further research I found that it's designed to leave in place and that I could have installed the CPU without the tool, if I kept it straight and did it carefully.
The M.2 SSD had no instruction for installation and the motherboard instructions for it were very vague. I had to guess as to which way to install it, and it may work either way but there should be some instructions there.
I was unable to locate an audio connection on the video card so if I were to use the HDMI connection to a monitor with speakers, sound would work. I'm assuming the motherboard's built-in sound card would drive that since there appears to be no external connection to the GPU - not how I would want it.
The instructions for the H100i state that they recommend setting the fans up to suck air in but when I watched a Corsair installation video for the exact model they installed them blowing out, or up as it were. I installed them as per the video but now that I have had time to think about it, in would likely be best for cooling the liquid but the issue then is too much inflow and not enough outflow to the case. This is still up in the air for me.
When removing the monitor from its packaging, especially the foam that's against the unit, make sure you are grounded. I got shocked 4 times just unpacking and removing the protective film from it. Ouch.
The monitor is great but I'm still trying to find the right resolution at 144hz that works for me. It's a bit fuzzy right now but I think it's the current resolution I have it on. A few weeks of playing around with settings should fix this.
The motherboard is built for overclocking which I don't plan on ever doing. I'm assuming that because it's designed differently than boards I've used in the past when the PSU is turned on, nothing happens until you press the Start button on the motherboard. Then it may freak you out because it turns off then on again a few times before it actually sends a signal to the monitor and allows you to enter the BIOS.
I didn't buy a DVD/CD unit but I will add one soon. It may have helped with the installation of drivers more than I had anticipated.
The motherboard's Ethernet port did not work until I went to another computer, found the driver, downloaded it to a flash drive and installed it onto the new PC. Once I had internet, updates were quite simple.
I have yet to really use the computer for it's intended purpose, I've only had time to put everything together and load the OS, drivers and some software.
Super fast, stays cool with the H100i liquid cooler (19-25 degrees). Easy to install. Works wonderfully.
The installation instructions were not very clear or correct. I had to use different stand offs than the manual showed which means I had to clean and apply new thermal compound. The instructions also show to set the fans to intake yet the Corsair online video tutorial showed exhaust. Either way it keeps my CPU very cool. Fans and pump are very quiet. Minus 1 star for inaccurate instructions.
Not using OC but it does have some nice features if you install the software. Plenty of space for a large graphics card. Power input connections are in a tough spot to get the connectors into. Software shows no CPU fan even though my liquid cooler is plugged into the water pump spot where it should be. Two of the MB mounting locations are difficult to reach with small screws. Built-in audio is very clean. Easy to use BIOS. Nice MB for OC or not.
I love my RAM! Huge improvement over my 8GB DDR3 that my other PC has. No lags, no choking.
Limited instructions included and the MB instructions weren't clear. Once I figured it out though, it installed easily. Unbelievable that it holds 500GB on such a tiny card. Very fast. My OS is installed on this and my power off to OS log in is 30 seconds. Shut down is 30 seconds or less. Fast data access. Completely quiet.
Never had issues with WD drives, still don't. Nice drive. Should have got 3 more.
Huge card. Fits into my ATX full tower case with room to spare. Worth the extra $$. No more video lag or spikes. Not sure if it's the card or my monitor but I do get this halo effect sometimes while gaming.
Need room? This has tons. Fans? Holds enough that you may be able to use this as a secondary AC unit in your game room (not really but with many fans possible, nothing should be hot in here. Plenty of tie downs and grommets. I would not use this on a carpeted surface as the case is very close to the floor (short feet).
Lightweight, powerful, quiet fan, modular.
Was not able to use on my recent build due to MB audio conflicts but it did work and work very well. Saving for another build.
Fairly quiet. Keeps everything cool
Not sure if it's my monitor or GPU but I get this halo effect sometimes in games. The 144Hz is a nice improvement from my last ones. Cheaper and I would have purchased 2. Watch out for static when you unpack it. No dead pixels. Vibrant colors. Perfect for FPS gaming.
Not used a clicky keyboard in years (not since Commodore I think). Takes some getting used to but the feedback is nice. I love the color options so I can set up the keys for specific lights on specific buttons to group the important ones together. Have yet to use the macros.
This is my second one. Loved the first one (using on another PC) so much I had to get one for my new build. Weighted option makes gaming so much more precise and so does the DPI switch. Just enough buttons.
Took some time to get this to work due to MB audio issues and the USB plug but once I got it to work, wow! Very comfortable, can wear for hours with no soreness on or around my ears. Mic is sensitive enough to pick up even whispers (can be adjusted). Added mic mute button is a nice feature but I don't use it. Sounds are crisp. Volume adjustment knob could be more of a sliding potentiometer instead of whatever this has. A bit more volume would also be nice. Cord should be much longer (another 3 feet would be nice). Windows has issues sometimes if I have it plugged in during boot up so I have to unplug, count to 10 and plug it back in before it will work.