The Third Time's a Charm!
With this being my third personal build so far this year, I’m starting to run out of excuses to continue upgrading - especially at this rate. I just sold my ‘V2’ build in order to fund this project so hopefully I’m content and satisfied with this for at least a year or two. However, I’ve said that in the past.. oh well!
I really had one goal in mind when building this list; simplicity. In the process of 'V2', I really overspent on things that weren't important. High end motherboards, RGB fans, RGB strips, Corsair and Asus hardware, etc. So, I decided to make, what I think, is very a well-rounded functional build. My uses for this build are mostly gaming but also editing, rendering, 3D work and sometimes streaming.
Anyways, enjoy. This is Charm.
A few months into building this system, I started having several issues regarding my CPU temperature. Only a few minutes into a gaming session, the 2700X quickly rose to 90-93c and would actually begin to thermal throttle itself after about an hour. I spent a lot of time trying to figure this out. I restored the PC to factory settings, I applied fresh MX4 thermal paste several times, I moved all of my fans to different locations, I even tried to undervolt the CPU but all without luck. By the way, that temperature was without an OC and didn't even have XFR/PB2 enabled. On my Aorus board, XFR is disabled by default.
I ended up changing a few things in order to correct this issue. I purchased a Kraken X52 AIO and I also got the Fractal Designs Meshify C case and sold the PC-O11. I loved the PC-O11 very much but it simply wasn't meant for an air cooled system and that's probably something I should have realized when building the part list. Oh well. Now that I've been using the Meshify C and AIO, my 2700X doesn't go past 68c even with XFR enabled and even at very long periods of time.
On a side note, I also added two Cooler Master RGB strips and a set of cable combs.
Shreds through everything you ask of it! I have a Kraken X52 cooling this and it stays around 65-68c and 4.1GHz while gaming in 1440p. Also powers through Photoshop, Lightroom and Adobe Premier with ease.
So, basically, CAM is garbage but I bought this for its cooling properties and it keeps my R7 2700X at no more than 68c under load so overall, I'm happy with its performance but the software sucks.
BIOS is a bit weird, however, the build quality and features of this board is top notch. It provides me with everything that I could possibly need.
Great RAM. Set XMP at 3466mhz with no trouble.
Pretty much on par with the Samsung 970 EVO at a much lower cost! Can't go wrong with that! Also includes a heat sink if your motherboard doesn't provide one.
The SU800 is an awesome SSD. Probably the best budget SSD out there. Affordable, reliable and fast.
I purchased this card to use with my PC consisting of a 2700X and 16GB of RAM. My primary goal was to achieve 1440p144 and well, it gets really close! I typically play at a mixture of high/medium settings and this GPU easily provides you with 110-120 FPS in demanding titles. I usually have thing such as textures on high, draw distance on max and things such as shadows set to medium. On a side note, it's also quiet considering its performance.
Most games do achieve a full 144 FPS if not more but even on the most demanding AAA titles, this card will give you well over 100 FPS at 1440p.
One of the best cases for airflow. Lots of compatibility, great price and excellent build quality to top it off.
Great PSU. Reliable and quiet. Cables can be rather stiff when new but eventually, they will start to loosen up.
Fantastic fans! They are literally inaudible when ramped up. Completely rubber housing, clean cable sleeves and they have a great push-pin mounting solution. Had six fans installed within just a couple minutes.
Best display I've owned so far. I wish I could've been able to afford the 27" model but seriously, this thing is great. G-Sync, high refresh rate, sharp text, great colors, etc. It really makes for a great experience while.. well.. doing anything.
Love this keyboard! Came from a Corsair STRAFE and I won't be going back. Keys definitely feel a bit mushier than the Corsair, however, my WPM has gone way up and it's a lot quieter to type on. Great for gaming, great for typing!
I love this mouse but I have two issues with it. The DPI switches are not backlit and because of their placement, I often press them accidentally which often causes me to get killed in games. Otherwise this mouse is very solid and well worth the cost. Even Logitech's software is a pleasure to use when comparing to something like NZXT CAM, Asus Aura, etc.
Incredible headset. Comfortable, lightweight, great sound quality for the price, wide sound stage, fantastic microphone. Sennheiser - job well done!
Magnets suck and I wish they were a couple of inches longer even if I had to pay for a longer version of these. I do, however, love the diffused light that these give off. It's very 'even' and the colors are fantastic.
Works like it's supposed to. Running 6 be quiet! SilentWings 3 120mm PWM. I do wish manufactures could make these smaller (at least thinner) due to limitations of certain cases. I doubt anyone is actually able to mount it to the back of the case without the back panel hitting it. Mine is stuffed behind the PSU shroud as it did not work when properly mounted in the back of my Lian-Li PC-O11 and Fractal Designs Meshify C.