It's been years since I built a PC and years since I left PC gaming for console gaming. I wanted to get back into the game with a couple things in mind:
(1) Space saving is key - I have a small apartment and can't afford to donate massive square footage to a big, ugly tower.
(2) Cost-effectiveness - I wanted to keep the price within reason so long as it delivered a solid gaming experience
(3) Upgradability - I needed to leave loads of room for the future. I knew I might get a year in and decide to really plunk down for that big video board, or faster M2 storage and I needed the bones: PSU, CPU, Motherboard to be able to support whatever was coming down the road once I got started.
Solid performance at a reasonable price. If you're new or only recently getting back into things, make sure you remember to add a cooling tower to this overclockable powerhouse.
Pretty quiet, not incredibly hard to install, and looks pretty cool.
Awesome, awesome, awesome motherboard. This was an area I dramatically increased my anticipated spend - as I got a Micro Center deal that knocked $30 off the price, so I decided to splurge on the motherboard. I'm not disappointed. The RGB lighting makes my build look amazing, and the exceptional quality, look, and upgradeability here are now a critical center of my build.
It's memory. It's 16GB of memory. I'm happy.
Didn't go all big-spender on storage. I expect this 480GB of SSD will do quite nicely, and I got a great sale price on it.
Runs my primary games at 70fps (Overwatch), handles Civ6 and others like a boss as well. Obviously this is not 4k ultra-mode level gaming, but if you need a capable card and don't want your price to get inflated by the video board, this is awesome value. The overclocking features 'seem' handy (they even run from an Android/Apple app) - but they also scare me and there is not 'easy mode' performance boosting settings, so I've left that alone so far.
Looks great, is super small and compact, and the price is excellent. I couldn't believe all this stuff would not only fit in this case so well, display so nicely, have excellent cable management, and just look good sitting on display in the living room. Wow.
Has power to spare, runs pretty quite, cables look nice.
I'm a believer in Pro for the encryption - you can save money by buying an OEM license second hand on ebay.
Just okay so far. Feels like a mechanical keyboard, but I haven't quite gotten fully comfortable on it yet. That may come in time, but right now it's middle of the pack - but at a value price.
Feels comfortable in my hand, although it could have a higher overall rise. I like the DPI switching, the RGB indicators for changes/situations, the extra couple buttons on the side are nice. This is an area I elected to save a few bucks until I get more serious.