I've not custom built a box for about 20 years at home. I was looking for a black Friday deal for around $1500. When I saw what was out there, it wasn't exactly what I wanted. Additionally, I could show my teenage kids that it's not difficult as well. I already have a 100 MHz ultra wide screen, and don't see the need to game at 4K yet.

I did about 4-5 hours of research and decided on the following parts (as I had some discounts to use) which kept the build in the low $1600's. I also knew once I got it, I'd do some overclocking so I opt'd for a little better parts. Could I have researched more and saved a few buck here or there? Probably, but I know something will be better in month. The 850W power supply happened to be the same price as the 650W, so I grabbed it as it would allow for future upgrades.

The biggest problem I had was with a stuck screw on the heat spreader on the MB which a quick search got me around, but I decided to use the other M.2 slot instead as it wouldn't be under the graphics card.

Overclocking is pretty easy these days, and it has been stable during stress tests and benchmarks.

As the box sits in my living room with my couch a few feet away, I cannot hear it.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Instructions and videos were helpful in installing. Overall a very quiet air cooler, which still allows some overclocking.


This board made for some easy overclocking of the GPU and CPU. It has plenty of ports and connectors. I've so far had a stable system in benchmarks as well as actual use.

The biggest difficulty was the back piece took some tries not to bend the metal pieces and one of the M2 screws on the heat spreader was very tight. A quick search on the internet has some solutions.


Works flawlessly at the advertised speed.


Fast read/write and enough space for the OS and important applications.


This is a nice looking case, and it was easy to work with. Plenty of ways to route cables, and room to fit large GPU cards and enough fans. My only minor gripe was that I had to do some cable management on the back side so the door would shut.


Made the case work the the ASUS Aura.

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  • 18 months ago
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more pics of the pc?

  • 17 months ago
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85 degrees on the CPU is a bit worrisome, have you thought about trying an AIO? or could think about getting a delidding tool

  • 16 months ago
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Delidding could get a bit tricky if you think about the soldered IHS on the 9th gen processors

  • 17 months ago
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Can you measure the clearance between the CPU cooler and GPU backplate? I'm wondering if there's enough space to get the D12S.

  • 14 months ago
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hey does the motherboard ur using have any 2.0 slots im just wondering cuz i need one to use vr