Description

I use this build for gaming, browsing, and occasional content creation. Purchasing parts had some hiccups but assembly went smoothly.

CPU For a CPU, I chose the Ryzen 7 3700X. It is an excellent 8c/16t processor which I would recommend to anyone.

CPU Cooler I was debating whether to get a liquid cooler or air cooler, and decided to get air in the end. It is more reliable, cheaper, and suits my needs better. A friend recommended the Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi, so I purchased it. I had to get it for 68 dollars on amazon, and it shipped from Italy to America. Some of the clips for the top of the tower were broken, so I secured the top with zip ties. It is an excellent cooler in terms of performance and looks, but it certainly is not worth 100-120 dollars as it is listed on many sites.

Motherboard For the motherboard, I decided to spend just a bit more to get a X570 board and avoid the bios update required for X470 and B450 boards. The Gigabyte Aorus Elite is a good balance of looks, performance, and price. I did run out of USB 2.0 headers though, so I will have to connect a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter to it for my front panel headers.

Memory For RAM, I chose the G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3200 16 GB kit. It looks great and works great.

Storage I moved my SSD and HDD from a previous pc to this one, keeping software and OS.

Video Card I chose the EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming for its high boost clock and lighting. EVGA is a very trustworthy brand and the card performs well, looks good, and has a good price. EVGA's Precision X1 software is a bit hard to use at first, but it works.

Case For a case, I chose the NZXT S340 Elite. I bought the case a year ago when it was last in stock at newegg and amazon. It is a great case which allows you to show off your hardware, especially your SSD and provides a lot of points and clips for cable management. It's a shame NZXT seems to no longer produce it.

Power Supply The EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W was the perfect power supply for this build. It has a fully modular design for easier cable management and sufficient wattage.

Case Fan I swapped out the case fans that came with the S340 Elite with Aer RGB 2 120mm fans for lighting. I have ordered two more 140mm fans by Noctua for the front of the case, and I will install them when they arrive. Because the motherboard only has two system fan headers, I will use two splitter cables.

Monitor The Acer XF270HU is a great 1440p 144Hz IPS monitor for a good price, which I picked up at Micro Center for 370 dollars. The panel came with no dead pixels, and colors were good out of the box.

Keyboard As an upgrade from my old gel keyboard, I bought Corsair's K68 RGB Gaming mechanical keyboard when it was on sale on Prime Day for 70 dollars. The Cherry MX Red switches feel and sound better, and lighting makes the whole thing better.

Headphones I bought the Steelseries Arctis 3 renewed on amazon as a relatively cheap upgrade for my old Stereo headset. It has excellent sound quality and is very comfortable, even for a Ray-Ban style glasses wearer.

Lighting Controller I bought NZXT's HUE 2 for all my RGB needs. It works perfectly.

I will update this once the front panel headers and front fans are installed.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent 8c/16t processor with a lower price than Intel alternatives. For budget performance though, I would recommend a Ryzen 5 3600.

CPU Cooler

Great looking and well performing cooler. I would like it if the top was held on more securely, because mine had broken clips due to shipping. It's a shame Cryorig seemingly stopped producing them.

Motherboard

It's a good board, but I shouldn't have gotten it.

I bumped my review down to 3 stars because in the weeks after I purchased it, I began to regret it. This motherboard is basically an expensive mid tier board. If you don't plan on overclocking, just saved 100 dollars or so and get a B450 board and BIOS flash it. If you plan on overclocking spend 70 dollars more and get a better board, such as the X570 Aorus Pro. The elite has 4 fan headers, which will need a splitter if you plan on doing anything more than what I did. The Pro has more. It also has USB C on the rear, an extra m.2 heatsink, an extra 4 pin power for overclock, wifi 6 (if you get the wifi board), better VRM cooling, a 6 layer pcb (instead of the Elite's 4 layer), which means one more CPU pcie x16 lane, and debug LEDs.

Memory

Looks great, performs well, and not overpriced.

Storage

Really nice solid state drive with a high enough capacity for everything I need. Fast boot speeds. Low cost.

Storage

Came with a prebuilt I purchased a while ago. It acts like a normal 3 TB drive but gets a bit loud under load.

Video Card

A good graphics card from evga with good value and performance. Also looks great. Excellent card for 1440p.

Case

A great case which allows you to show off your hardware, especially your SSD. Takes a lot of the pain out of cable management with clips and tie down points. Comes with zip ties, a sata power extension cable for the front SSD, and a cable management puck too. It's a shame they are so hard to find now.

Only downside is the bad airflow, as the intakes are on the top and bottom of the front panel. As Gamers Nexus pointed out, you shouldn't do a dual GPU setup in this case if you want good thermals. Also, intake fans are really recommended.

Power Supply

Bumping down review because of bad OPP and OTP, which could melt capacitors if you aren't careful.

Really should have gotten an RMx unit for similar or just a bit higher price, which would be much more reliable

Case Fan

Good looking RGB fan which isn't too bright. The connector cables it comes with can be a bit short though.

Monitor

Great value for a 1440p144 IPS Monitor. Got it from Micro Center for 330 dollars and it has no dead pixels or anything. Speakers are bad, but I really don't use them.

IPS panel looks amazing, and I enabled Freesync on an RTX 2070 with no issues. The 4ms response time does cause ghosting when (for example) a black plane flies through white clouds. Setting overdrive to normal in OSD (which it is set to by default) helps a bit, but a ripple effect is still noticable.

Again, it's a great value for such a monitor and I would highly recommend it.

Keyboard

A good Cherry MX Red keyboard with nice lighting. Also has some features like volume and video control, along with a windows key lock, which can be handy sometimes.

The switches seem to be worse than something like a K70, and the wrist rest is pretty low for my taste.

Overall, a good value, as I got it for 60 dollars on amazon prime day.

Headphones

Good audio and build quality for a slightly high price.

Custom

A great lighting controller with LED strips that are a bit bright in my opinion. CAM isn't too much of a downside anymore now that its been replaced with NZXT CAM (thanks for the confusing names, NZXT), and it's clear that NZXT is actively updating their software. You can also opt out of information being sent to NZXT, but I still keep it blocked just in case.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. As you said its a shame Cryorig stopped producing this cooler, its my favorite and in my opinion, its the best looking air cooler out there, also it performs very well. Some custom sleeve cables for your build maybe white will take it to another level. just my opinion :-D

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I will definitely consider adding custom sleeves, but I think I will hold off on it for now.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Just gpt myself some custom sleeved cables. You were right; they do look much better.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks much better now. :-D enjoy

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

In the future would you consider upgrading to a gen4 SSD?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

For now, I won't, as the prices are high and there are few options. I dont need too much transfer speed anyways. If by the time I have to change my sata ssd they become less expensive and more viable, sure I would buy one.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

hey may i check which software do u use to control the rgb on the gskill ram?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Trident Z lighting controller. Just google it and you should find it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How did you connect the NZXT Hue 2 to power, did you use an adapter?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The Hue 2 uses molex power, and my power supply comes with a molex cable. I plugged it in.

Sure, using a sata to molex adapter would look neater and save a cable, but it would actually be unsafe. Molex is rated for up to 11 amps on 12 volt pin and 11 amps on the 5 volt pins (combined 187W). Meanwhile, sata is only rated for up to 4.5 amps at 12 volts, which is 54W total. This means devices drawing 11 amps will be drawing power off a cable which supports 4.5 amps. This would cause issues. (Tl;Dr: don't use sata to molex adapters or anything because it would be too much current for the sata cable.)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh, ok thanks.