Description

I built this PC primarily as a gaming system to replace my aged PC from 2008. The secondary goal was to use this for my home office (basic MS Office type stuff). Several peripherals and a SATA drive were reused from my old build. The monitor was a huge upgrade in terms of screen real estate compared to my old 24 inch Samsung.

The biggest concerns revolved around fitting the CPU cooler and large GPU. The Cryorig H7 cpu cooler provides great RAM clearance but can be close to the 1st PCI slot. The MSI video card claims a length of 312 mm, while the Fractal case claims 315 mm of room for a card. In the end both components fit fine, but the GPU definitely has less than 3 mm of clearance from the fans.

My goal was to have a quiet gaming PC that does not feature a bunch of bright lights or colorful components. The end result is very quiet - basically silent when idle or web browsing.

Overall I am quite happy with the outcome.

Part Reviews

CPU

It works, it goes fast. Easily overclocked to 4.6 GHz and I plan to take it somewhat higher later.

CPU Cooler

This is a large cooler with great RAM clearance. Be careful with clearance issues for the first PCI slot. It seems to be keeping things very cool. The only complaint is that the fan has an annoying clicking noise - it actually sounds like an old HDD writing. The noise not super loud, but it is quite annoying and easily the loudest thing in my case.

I plan to ask for a new fan from Cryorig. If that does not work I will have to find another fan to toss on this.

Motherboard

Appears to be a solid performer. The BIOS shipped was several months old but was easy to flash up to version 2.0. The BIOS was incredibly easy to use in comparison to my last build back in 2008. Included software (A Tuning) is quite easy to use.

So far I have just used the EasyOC options to get my processor from 4.2 to 4.6 GHz.

Memory

So far so good. Low profile and not garish looking.

Storage

The came over from my old build. Stability had degraded somewhat over the years but it should be fine as a secondary drive.

Storage

I chose this based upon the excellent warranty and performance review that I saw on Toms Hardware. So far so good. It may not be a world beater with top of the line performance but it is reasonably priced.

Video Card

I chose thing thing mainly based upon low price and good reviews. At the time of purchase it has 5 stars on Newegg and was under $500. Actually due to a sale at the time it was the cheapest 1080 available.

As all the reviews point out - this thing is HUGE. It measures 312 mm long, has 3 fans, and giant built in cooling. Triple check it will fit in your case. It does fit in a Fractal Define Mini C, with fans, but just barely.

Case

Good looking case that was super easy to build in. Has plenty of room for components. Overall quiet.

This was also the only case I could find that had all easy access (front access) dust panels for all air entry points. The front filters are just over the front cover, while the bottom filter slides out very easy from the front. I have not removed the top moduvent so I am not using those filters.

Operating System

A necessary evil. I splurged a bit on the full version to to avoid any transfer issues down the road.

Case Fan

Very quite case fan from Noctua, without the brown color scheme. This version tops out at 1200 RPM and is near silent at under 50%.

Custom

It is big, it does 100hz native (no need to OC), and come with G-Sync. It is also hundreds less than the Asus and Acer options in the same size/spec category. The menu options are a bit funky but one does not have to mess with them often.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Will it fit

"Will this fit on my Honda?"

+1, and why not? It's clean.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Will it fit?

Did it fit?

I think it fit?

It fit!!!!!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a hot box with those temps

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The problem was poor fan settings. I just was not pushing enough air at first. Things now top out at about 74c under full load. This is 10 degrees less than before.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks super clean and classy man well done! btw what made you pick up windows 10 . im considering purchasing me a retail windows 10 , but im not sure if i should get home or pro, where im from its like an extra 100 dollars

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I picked Windows 10 in general because it is sort of the only option. I chose Home vs Pro because there is nothing I need in Pro.

The big choice was an OEM license vs a standard retail license. As best I can tell from the interwebs - an OEM license is basically tied to the motherboard it is installed on (MS can apparently be nice about a MB swap if they feel like it). However a full retail copy can be pulled from any system and installed on another (just one PC at a time of course). In the US, the price difference is about $20, so it seemed like an OK spend for potential future convenience.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

What can you say about the motherboad? I am planning on getting the same one.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been quite happy with the motherboard. At the time of purchase it was the best rated mATX board with the 270 chipset on Newegg (80+ reviews at 5 stars average). It is not flashy with LEDs and neon colors, which was a plus for me.

It has plenty of ports/slots for me. A pair of M2 slots, 6 SATA ports, two case PWM fan connectors, four memory slots, and enough USB for my uses.

Space between the first PCI slot and the CPU mount are far enough apart to house the sizable H5 Universal CPU cooler that I chose. Reportedly spacing can be an issue with this cooler and some motherboards. No issues here.

Once updated to version 2.0 the BIOS is stable and easy to work with. Perhaps not bleeding edge OC options, but enough for most.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot. I'm the type who is "if there is nothing wrong with it then dont update it". Therefore, do I need to update the BIOS? Also, I saw that this motherboard is set on 2133Hz for RAM by default. Will I be able to change that so i can run my RAM on 3000Hz? I can see that yours is DDR4-3200. Are you able to make use of that 3200Hz? Thanks again :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I would update the BIOS if you have a board with version 1 or similar. Those initial BIOS versions were basically used to rush the motherboard out the door. It is super simple to update.

Yes the ram runs at 3200 speeds. You just have to turn on XMP in the BIOS.

Owners manual has info for both questions http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z270M%20Pro4/#Manual

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

When You say load, do you mean gaming or do you mean special software that really stresses the hardware like furmark?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I ask since I just wanna know gaming temps.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

how are the leds on the gpu? i heard their pretty bland on that gpu.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

At this point the graphics card has its own system. Literally separated from the rest of the computer... It is an absolute unit

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

And not... I should stop here.

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