Description

I built a new rig about a week and a half ago, and this is an update to that build. Reason for this is due to a few things:

My Gigabyte RTX 2070 WINDFORCE and my Corsair VOID PRO headset in the first build were both dead. I want to re-evaluate my review of the 2070 to one star because it would constantly crash after 10 minutes of playing Overwatch, which isn't demanding at all given the specs. The headset had a dead mic, so I had to return for my Cloud II headset, which is amazing.

Pics to come as always!

Part Reviews

CPU

An amazing CPU for the price. My initial build had an i9, but I'm glad I went with this because the entire build saved me essentially $1K. As I only play a few things at the moment (OW, R6, and Apex), this CPU eats these games with ease. I know Intels are known for better gaming performance in general, but if you want more bang for your buck, the Ryzen 7 is the way to go.

CPU Cooler

An incredibly beautiful AIO, that's also quiet. Although wiring it was a little tricky on the motherboard, it turned out quite amazing, and it's super easy to change the colours. The pump has a cool effect as well; it's mirrored when off, but as soon as you turn it on, you can see the logo and the colours. Need more AIOs to look like this!

Motherboard

A beast of a MB (it's huge!), with lots of room to work on. Went with the Wi-Fi model as we don't have a wired connection at our place. Adequate RAM slots, easy-to-find ports, and an understandable BIOS, this was a great board for a beginner like myself. And the RGB is tasteful and not over-the-top, which is great.

Memory

I went with these as they did not have the G-Skills, but this was an excellent RAM choice. They look pretty, and perform well; all my friends are saying that 32 GB is overkill, but I call it "future-proofing". The only thing I wish was that the heatsinks were black instead of white, but if it works, don't fix it. My OCD might eventually change these up lol

Video Card

This is exactly what I needed. A GPU that's a monster, a brand that is extremely reputable, and that it does not crash. I bought this GPU as my Gigabyte RTX 2070 WINDFORCE would crash OW after 10 minutes of gaming, and I just could not take it any longer with this, and I've had it for less than two weeks!

The 2080 is an absolute BEAST, and if you can afford it, pick one up. My buddy wanted me to go for the Strix by Asus, but given the caliber of MSi, and because dragons, I went with the DUKE, and I do not regret this decision.

Also, please please please avoid 2070s if you can. Apparently they all have known issues for crashing and artifacting, and I want new builders like myself to have caution when they're selecting parts.

Case

The beast needs a beastly case. This one was huge; I didn't think that a full ATX tower was going to be that big, but you know it'll be crazy when the staff pulls out the box on a dolly. This is a fantastic case, and I would definitely recommend it if you want to go big. Lots of room to work on, and very easy cable management.

Keep in mind that without parts, this case is 22 kg., and it only gets heavier when it's done.

Monitor

Great price/performance ratio, and the 144 Hz is buttery smooth. Got this monitor as a starter, but I think I may upgrade in a few months to something a bit bigger. But by all means, a great monitor for the price.

Keyboard

Loving this keyboard and how the keys feel. iCUE makes this super easy to customize and have great effects, and the speed silvers are amazing. Definitely go with Corsair keyboards if you can.

Mouse

The only remnant of my previous gaming laptop that died. I only wish it had RGB settings, so eventually I may upgrade. For the time though, the mouse works, and that's really all I need. Logitech's G Software makes it easy to customize your DPI settings, and configure the button macros, as well as the LED settings.

Go for the Spectrum though.

Headphones

After my Corsair VOID PRO died, this was recommended to me by so many friends that have built/game on PC for a long time. Excellent sound quality, and the mic is great according to my girlfriend. Super clear and crisp; I would recommend this to anyone, and avoid the Corsair headsets if you can.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Splendid build. Would you recommend that monitor?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No complaints so far tbh. I think it’s pretty buttery smooth and the price/performance cost is pretty decent. I’m more okay with saving a bit on the monitor and spending a bit more on the internals of the tower, but overall, I’d recommend it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thanks :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Most welcome :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, You said to avoid the RTX 2070s are you referring to in general or from MSI specfically ?

Thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry for the late reply! Some users on Reddit reported 2070s regardless of make were not good. Recommending the Super cards at this point, or even the 2080 which I currently run

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

Appreciate your reply, some people are saying that they prefer the graphic cards that have Samsung Chip memory than Micron due to the artifacts. What's your opinion on that and how will we know the type of memory the cards are using when it comes to choosing ?

Thanks,