Description

I use my computer for a lot of things, with Battlefield and Photoshop being the most resource intensive. My last desktop (Titan) crashed unexpectedly and I was suddenly faced with the task of quickly researching and building a new machine. My goal was to not break the bank (was hoping to stay sub-$1300 but only went slightly over), and I only planned on reusing peripherals and hard drives. I'm extremely pleased with the build and spent a little extra money to get white accents on the RAM and GPU to match the case.

I'm running Windows 10 on the 250GB M.2 SSD, games and scratch files on my 500GB SSD, and RAID 1 on the two 4TB drives for all of my files.

Check out the keyboard animation here: http://imgur.com/7htu1hx

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This things is HUGE! I suppose I could have looked at the dimensions prior to purchasing. I'm pleased with the purchase. The brushed black metal finish looks awesome and (luckily) it fits nicely inside the case. It is certainly very quiet.

Motherboard

I didn't necessarily need this high-end of a motherboard since my CPU isn't the k-model, but I got it for a good price and I like the look of these boards.

Memory

I'll admit, I bought these mostly due to aesthetics. I wanted white accents to match my case and these look awesome. The metal fins are very cool; I think they look even nicer in person than the photos. They also perform excellently.

Storage

Wicked fast! Windows didn't install in 3 minutes (as someone else reported), but still ages ahead of my 950 SATA SSD.

Storage

Perfect for storing programs/games/scratch disks. Basically anything I want to be able to retrieve or write quickly.

Case

There are very few things I would change about this case. It didn't come with very good documentation, and it's worth noting you'll require an extra cable to have an MSI mystic-enabled motherboard control the lights. Overall, it looks stellar with the tempered glass side and a very professional, yet sleek, front end.

Monitor

I've had these monitors for four years now for photo editing. I love them, though they are a bit slow (latency) for gaming and only support 60Hz.

Keyboard

I got this keyboard over the G910 because it looks more professional. Logitech's gaming software is excellent, offering lots of control over settings and RGB lights for my various devices.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely Glorious!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I was checking out the reviews for this case and saw yours. I'm getting this case with an MSI - Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon ATX LGA1151 Motherboard, which has Mystic Light RGB Covers with Carbon. What is the extra cable you mention needing? I'm new to PC building and I just want to clarify so I can order everything together.

  • 29 months ago
  • 0 points

all this, doesn't get a 7700K or 1080

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I understand that they should have got a 7700k but why 1080?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

just better than a 1070. also with that budget and PSU they could have done SLI 1080

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought about the 7700K for a while but I was already maxing out my budget. The 1080 is beyond what I need and was far more expensive.