I've always disliked rgb so when it came time to build my first gaming computer I decided to go with a black theme with grey/silver accents (motherboard, graphics card, and ram) with as few lights as possible. It's only purpose is gaming. In that regard it has surprised me. The 8350k is overclocked to 5ghz and it outperforms my expectations which are admittedly low since I only recently quit being a console peasant. I may stick an I5 8600k and a gtx 1080 in this build one day but for now it's just for 1080p 60hz and VR anyway so this will suffice for now unless games start demanding more cores. I only have GTA 5 and BeamNG.drive on it so far but I look forward to more racing simulation titles since that's what I am most interested in. The Ninja 4 cpu cooler is about the biggest that can physically fit this build. It's a real good fit but I can't recommend this cooler for this board unless you really want the biggest you can get. It clears the ram by just millimeters and it really is overkill. Then again, with anything you build you can overbuild or you can rebuild.
Yes, I blacked out the thermaltake logo on the case and the top of the scythe ninja 4 cooler, they bothered me in their original shiny finish. The thermaltake fan seen in the pictures is now removed in favor of the masterfan pro. So all my fans have a 3 speed selection switch on them to help manually control fan speed.
The little quad core that could. It's a good processor
I paid 156 for it brand new from eBay and have since seen them for as little as 132 dollars (USD)
Wish it came in black but it's a great cooler even if the mounting brackets are finicky and irritating (check pics for how I modified them to allow access to the cpu)
I paid 36 dollars for this from Amazon
Best cooler goop in the business
Paid 6.70ish for this from Amazon
Good board but mine came with bent CPU pins. Amazon sent me a new one but by then I fixed the original one. I have a month to send one back so we'll see which I send back. Kinda don't wanna tear my build back down over a board unless I have to.
Had I known the price/performance of ddr4 ram as it pertains to gaming I likely would have chosen ddr3 for this build but this Ram does just fine so I can't knock it. Plus it fits the theme.
I paid 125 for one set of this ram from discountPC and 141 for the other set from newegg... Watch the price as it fluctuates often.
Good little boot drive. Got it just to see how much better nvme is than a traditional hard drive. Might upgrade to a 960gb version later on but it's not like this build is short on storage. This ended up costing me 78 dollars. Wish I had waited for the current prices, they change often.
These are available on eBay for 70 dollars, can't say much else about them yet
May be overkill for 1080p but I also wanted to enjoy VR and in that regard it's not overkill so it's a good fit for now. I paid 270 for this on eBay. It was a refurbished unit from when they screwed up and forgot the thermal pads. Full warranty still, so why not save the money.
Good case but it had a bad rivet and I wish it came with the front fan standoffs it apparently needs (fans hit at full speed unless spaced back from the front of the case I used clear tubing that fit snug on the fan screws. Now they're appropriately spaced and the screws are captive on the case so they don't disappear if I need to take a fan off for any reason) I got this case for 36 dollars
Wish I had realized how power hungry overclocked processors are, with that in mind I would have chosen a 750+ watt psu just to be on the safe side. Still works just fine for now but it may struggle if I upgrade the gpu or cpu. Time will tell
Far louder than advertised on pcpartpicker, the box has the correct noise level. 20-36db according to Coolermaster themselves.