Hello fellow PC Gamers, Builders and Enthusiasts! Kyle Katarn here,
Some background story first !
I have been a PC gamer and enthusiast since the i386 / i486 era (1994). Since then have built several systems ranging from i486, Pentium 90MHz, Pentium 4's (1.5GHz and 2.8GHz) and Core 2 Quad 2.83GHz.
My 1st personal gaming build and the PC that introduced me to the PC world has been a Pentium 90MHz in 1996 (Star Wars Dark Forces being my 1st PC CD game).
Since the Core 2 era and due to extensive travel due to work have used mostly laptops for productivity and gaming (Core i7's 2nd and 7th Gen).
Decided in 2018 to build this system, to be used for productivity, entertainment and gaming at 1920x1080. Main entertainment tasks will be some light video editing, streaming, surfing, YouTube, watch movies, play music etc. Regarding PC gaming it will be MMO's, FPS, Battle Royal Games and RPG's. (for other games categories use mostly consoles but will put this PC in good use!)
For the last 2 years have been following the trend of RGB PC Parts (owned only an RGB mechanical keyboard - ROG Claymore) and wanted to try and build a full RBG PC myself. Decided to go with Asus Aura, which turned out to be success - very happy of the result). The PC has 12 RGB zones (4 case fans/ 2 CPU cooler fans, 2 x RAM, Motherboard, GPU, Keyboard and Mouse. Everything is connected to the Motherboard via RGB Splitter Cables and synced.
A detailed Parts Review follows,
Very interest to know your comments on the specific build and in general,
Best Regards, Kyle Katarn
Very fast CPU - excellent for gaming and multitasking. Intel 8th generation CPUs give a big performance boost compared to pervious Intel generations.
Looks amazing, has 2x Cooler Master, Master Fan Pro 120 Fans and also 4x RGB strips and the Cooler Master logo on top. Noticed that when auto-synced doesn't have the exact same colour as the rest of the Master Fan Pro 120 case fans. (but since RGB can be adjusted by area this can be easily fixed. Good Performance also - with no overclocking the i7 8700k reaches a maximum of 70 Celsius during stress testing.
Very satisfied with this motherboard, lots of options and clever spots of connectors for cable management. RGB lights are also great.
Excellent RAM - still very price. RGB is amazing, motherboard picked the 3000 clock frequency without an issue. Went with the white sticks instead of the black ones to match the silver heat sinks of the motherboard (ASUS ROG Z370-E).
Good Basic SSD. 500GB are needed nowadays for OS plus some programs. Western Digital disk drives have proven to be very durable. Went with the 2.5" SSD instead of M.2 in order to be easier to swap between systems when required.
Its slow, its big and cheap for its size, the definition of a good HDD. Used mostly for bulk storage of data. Also very silent.
I use this drive for programs that do not fit in the SSD and games. At 7,200 RPM its noticeably faster than the WD Blue, but also more noisy. Its also built like a tank.
Excellent GPU for 1080p gaming. Very good build quality and nice RGB effects. Went with the ASUS ROG variant to match the ASUS ROG Motherboard. Very high FPS in all modern games at high / ultra at 1080p.
For an RGB build this Case looks AMAZING ! (personal preference). Easy to build, good for cable management and reasonable price. Comes with 3x cooler master, master fan pro 120 RGB fans in front preinstalled and 1 x 120mm exhaust fan (black which was replaced). Thermals are also good (has no top fan mounts though). Tempered Glass window is of good quality and looking great.
Overkill at 850W for this build, but when it comes to the PSU, good brand and lots of wattage is a must (better safe than sorry). Fully modular , 80 plus gold certified and comes from Corsair, think that's all we need. Easy cable management and lots of spare cables.
Look great and match the rest of the build. Set of 3x come with an RGB controller from Cooler Master (was not used for this build).
AMAZING keyboard, though VERY pricy. Went for the one with the detachable keypad and Cherry MX Blue Switches. Excellent build quality (has metal body), very sturdy, great RBG effects. Detachable keypad can be fit left or right in seconds (its plug and play). Use this mostly for productivity due to the Cherry MX Blue Switches being loud but great for typing.
My new Keyboard toy - this was purchased together with the build. Was a bundle with the ROG PUGIO gaming mouse and the ROG SHEATH mousepad. More traditional looks than the ROG Calymore, has full set of separate multimedia keys and better, more vibrant RGB effect. Went for the Cherry MX Red Switches for gaming. Less loud than the Blues, far more silent with no click and faster. Personal preference the Cherry MX Reds for gaming and the Blues for typing.
Good gaming mouse, solid build and reasonably heavy. Did not like the 4 side buttons but they can be disabled and covered (covers comes with the box). RGB zones and effect are amazing.