Description

12/7/2015: This is my first pc build and is mostly for gaming. I bought all the parts on 'Cyber Monday' and had a $1700 budget and think I did well to stay under but close to that budget with good to decent parts. I assembled the pc on the carpet for more room, but I put it on a desk after completion.

The build seemed fairly easy but the cable connections were a little tricky for me. I accidentally switched up the positive and negative at first, but works fine now. The manual was a little hard to follow with pictures only (with only Chinese writing), but online videos helped with that.

I have the Asus PG279Q monitor with little or no noticable backlight bleed and running games in 2560x1440 with 165 fps idle and 70-145fps (monitor and gpu/cpu not overclocked yet) under heavy load (though there are not too many graphic heavy games yet).

8/9/2019 My pc is still working strong with all the original parts and playing the newest games. However, the GPU usage is 99-100% (gpu bottleneck), so I could get a new gpu (and motherboard+cooler+...) or build a new one, or just overclock the gpu, which I didn't initially.

I successfully overclocked the gpu clock from default 1190 MHz (real frequency 1342MHz) to 1340 MHz (real frequency 1492 MHz), 50% fan speed.

Idle without the overclock the gpu was at 33*C.

Under load without the gpu overclock I was getting ~66*C, avg 95% usage, and ~75 FPS.

After the overclock and idle the gpu is at 35*C, 60% fan speed, 9.7%TDP, ~19W.

Under load after the overclock I am getting ~76 FPS (playing Three Kingdoms Total War at 3620x2036 resolution on ultra settings on a 2560x1440 Gsync monitor), ~67*C , and avg 96% gpu usage, 90%TDP. Seems to be the card/motherboard isn't too good at overclocking or I am doing it wrong and I might have to get a new gpu, etc.. Tested using MSI Afterburner and Kombustor and GPU-Z(for only 20 min so might not be too accurate).

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Don't know if it's as good as water cooling or other air coolers but was cheap and does the job. Haven't had any problems but haven't overclocked yet.

Motherboard

Lots of features, most I don't think I need or use. Out of the box requires drivers, i.e Realtek, to be installed. I do not like the onboard audio so I am using a Sabrent USB Audio Stereo Sound Adapter until I can get a nice dac/amp and like it a lot better. Would have gone with Asus but this was cheaper.

Memory

Good looking ram, not having any problems.

Storage

Obviously pretty fast but I should have done more research before getting this product. It is a very good product but only 256GB just holds the OS, programs. I have other storage for the documents, music, games, etc.

Video Card

I don't like red and wish there were more color options available; I also wish there was a backplate. I haven't tried overclocking yet. This was the cheapest 980 available at the time and works fine.

Case Fan

Nice and semi-silent fans. Wish there was more of a glow effect.

Keyboard

Very good value for a membrane keyboard AND a mouse and everything works as it should. Slightly annoying that the keys are mostly not visible in the dark unless the keyboard backlighting is turned on and/or using a lamp.

I don't use a mouse much when gaming, but for everything else its perfect. However, the keys once stopped responding and after taking apart the keyboard, I noticed that the metal bar was screwed on upside down and that the screw was stripped. Replacing the screw helped and the keyboard is working great again.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nass. Only thing I'll say is you got the best consumer cpu and ssd, a $200 mobo and a 980 and then there's the 212 evo which is not bad at all, don't get me wrong but with parts of this caliber I giggled a little when I noticed it in the pics. Totally expected a cheap AIO cooler or dual tower heatsink to say the least LOL +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The hyper 212 evo does a great job cooling and will keep that i7 cooled and overclocked.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

It will, I know and I acknowledged that in my comment. I was focusing on how he went "all out" on virtually all his other components, ya feel.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

(picture 6/7) Did you leave the plastic on that window? ....

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I didn't finish installing everything before I took the photo but when finished will post pic(s) with plastic removed

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any problems with the mobo? I also bought it (didn't build yet) and hear many people have problems POSTing and booting etc.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

i have the Asus, and I have heard many good things about it! Not sure about MSI's though...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I recently got to boot and installed Windows; I haven't messed with bios much yet, but will let you know what happens.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How fast are you able to boot-up using the Samsung 950 Pro?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. I never really timed the boot or found much difference, but there is a chart online that states the Samsung 850 vs 950 boot times using Bootracer. The 950 Pro 512GB has average boot 23.56sec, 850 Pro 512GB 23.78sec, 950 Pro 256 GB 24.87sec, and 850 Pro 256GB 24.47sec. I should have gotten 850 Pro 512GB or more expensive 950 512GB.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks; I like yours, especially the mobo. Also, I don't have enough to invest in a dac now, but I usually only listen with my Audio Technica M40x (want to get M50X) and use a cheap external usb headphone adapter and gets nice, loud sound

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

it is bud

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion; I like the name. Might add a blue led strip in the future.