Description

My first build in 10-15 years, but everything went pretty well. My son is doing 3D animation and some gaming, so he chose the parts and I built it for him.

Kind of jealous, now I have to build me a new rig.

Part Reviews

CPU

Haven't overclocked it yet, but runs pretty fast as is. Nice CPU

CPU Cooler

This thing is HUGE!! With the 2nd fan installed you couldn't even really see the RAM much. Shouldn't have any trouble cooling the system and never let the CPU get over 60C during all the tests. Super quiet fans. Never heard them running sitting right beside the case with the cover off.

Motherboard

Red & Black and had everything my son needed. No trouble getting to anything to install it. BIOS Menu is nice and easy

Memory

Matched the Red & Black Theme and all 4 sticks produced 0 errors in an overnight MeTest86+ Run

Storage

FAST! This thing is nice. M.2 takes a small amount of space on the MB, freeing up 2.5" rack slides to be removed if necessary for extra air flow. Installed as boot drive and Win10 boots within seconds.

Storage

2TB lots of storage. Had to use disk management to Initialize it and create a simple volume. So far so good.

Video Card

Crazy Video card and HUGE! Nice Red & Black to match the Theme. This was my biggest issue on the build. I had to use the DVI port on the GPU to install the drivers, before I could use the HDMI Port. Very nice card and things look amazing on it, even on my POS monitor. lol

Case

Not a bad case at all for the money. Things get a little tight with the Noctua installed but otherwise not bad. Cable management was pretty good and I removed all the excess drive slides for a little extra air flow. Fans work great and the LEDs aren't too bright The only thing I really didn't like about the case is the port covers on the back are permanent. Once removed they are gone, so if you ever have to swap slots and remove a cover, it's off for good, leaving a hole. Not a big deal, I just don't like it.

Power Supply

Great PSU. Fully modular, my first one to work with, and I won't use anything else now. Too easy and no stray cords to tuck in and under stuff. Rock solid.

Operating System

It's Windows. It's an Operating System. It's better than Windows 8/8.1

Keyboard

With the backlight on I liked the keyboard, but when it was off it sure was hard for me to see the letters/numbers etc. Mouse is good and they both match the Red/Black Theme

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 5 points

... can i be your son

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

Lol. He paid for the parts himself.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Why 850 power supply if your build is 427w? Im new to pc building.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

TDP and actual power used are 2 different measures but its a close basic estimate before you start to OC your parts and in peaks, it will use a bit more too.

Nothing wrong with having a bit more power for some headroom and sometimes, the bigger PSUs are on sale making them a better -purchase than a 550w for example.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Headroom for a second GPU and additional drives perhaps. Besides, you really do not want to drive a PSU at the very limit.

Higher capacity PSUs also have a higher idle fan threshold, hence tend to be quieter overall.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. Headroom for upgrades and overclocking. It's still a little overkill but I'll err on the side of caution every time. Lol

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m not sure if he/she did this for the sake of over kill or this , but it just happens to be that PSU efficiency is best when the PSU is at around half full load. Hope this helps!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Why didn't your son build it himself. You could've helped at some points at it would have been a good opportunity to learn some stuff

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Our schedules didn't coincide. Would have loved the opportunity, and I'm sure he would have too.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Jesus Christ! You have enough RAM?

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

Always question when people have high-end parts but use a cheaper keyboard/mouse such as that.

  • 39 months ago
  • 5 points

im no expert but I think if I'm going to skimp on parts it would be the keyboard and mouse. They are functional and not bad units at all. Am i missing something? What would be the benefit of a high end keyboard and mouse over something like the CM Devastator? Is it purely for gaming or is there some other functions that he would need that don't come on these units?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I realize im a bit late on the draw on this, but higher end (mechanical, dont pay like 50+ for a membrane) keyboards generally last longer, feel better to type on, and have less latency from keypress to activation. I can't really see a justifiable point for higher end mice though, other than more programmable buttons, higher dpi, and higher quality feel. Just my two cents though, I'll never go back to a membrane after getting my mechanical. Wonderful build, nonetheless.

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