First PC build for quite a few years. Decided to go a mITX build with gaming capabilities.
This has turned out to be quite the sleeper as coincidentally, most of the parts I ordered turned out to be black. I'm loving the ease of cable management within the main window area, Thermaltake have done a great job with this case.
The Corsair H80I v2 was a tight fit in front of the motherboard but not too much of a challenge. The GPU JUST fit, the power port is in a bit of a tricky spot, required a fair bit of manoeuvring to get the cable slotted in. It also bumps up against the radiator, which wasn’t factored in, so I’m lucky it fit!
I can’t say much about it, haven’t attempted Overclocking yet, the system is blazing fast, but all of the parts are brand new, so I don’t know what to attribute that to
My first water cooled system, although it’s a bit of a starter over a custom design, it was extremely easy to install
Very happy with the board, has the 2 NVMe ports to utilise, ports are in all the right places for the case to make it look neat. The m2 ports are in positions that I’m a little concerned about heat, but with a mITX board there aren’t many options for placement
Excellent set. Running at 3200MHz using the XMP profile within the BIOS. RGB lighting is very bright.
I'm having issues with getting it all setup correctly as RGB Fusion wants to take over and control them, the limited options within RGB Fusion for lighting options is a little disappointing. The best option is to set it all to colour shift, but the RGB ram is off sync slightly with the motherboard and GPU. Not the RAM's fault, but something to consider. It also glitches every now and then and one of the sticks changes to a different colour, then re-syncs again.
Controlling the RGB via the Corsair LINK program is much more reliable and you get much more choice for lighting.
My first m2 and first NVMe. Blazing fast but a little concerned about heat, currently idling at 50c which appears about norm, I’ve just never had to factor in HDD heat before
Excellent value, a bit slower than the 970 Evo Plus, but as for a static data drive it's still significantly faster than standard SSD or mech HDD.
Absolute beast, only setup last night so I can’t wait to get stuck into some gaming. I’ve made another build for someone with a 2060 so I know what I’m in for. I only have a 1080p screen so anything better would really be a waste
Possibly my favourite case ever. My last gaming PC was housed in an Antec Nine Hundred, I loved it. I had the requirement of a small build for a shelf, this has ticked all of the boxes. The amount of hardware that you can cram into this little box is phenomenal
Went with a semi modular as I had no other components that needed PSU cables other than the motherboard, CPU and GPU. It’s made the cable management aspect much easier
Budget 144hz monitor, no complaints. Given the GPU in the build I didn't see any point in splashing out on a 1440p or 4k screen that I wouldn't be able to utilise properly.
Great keyboard. My first mechanical keyboard. Even though they talk about the Romer-G switches being quieter than Cherries, I still find the noise to be significant over a membrane keyboard. So don't expect it to be silent, or even close to a standard keyboard in terms of typing noise.
Excellent mouse, very snappy and responsive. I'm not using the RGB lighting so I save a bit of battery there.
The battery life is reasonable for the performance you get. 4-6 hours over a couple of days resulted in about 25% of the battery being used.
Great headphones, the audio is quite punchy and reasonable bass, without being overbearing. Excellent connectivity, haven't had an issue yet.
Given I went with all of the Logitech peripherals, the settings and configuration sit within Logitech G Hub which has made maintenance easy. All RGB lighting has been turned off to save on battery (you won't see the RGB on the headset anyway???).
The mic is pretty good, the ability to push it up out of the way and it mutes (you get an audible tone to notify when the mic has been muted or unmuted too).
Great speaker, picked up on a sale significantly under their standard price. Speakers are very loud and bassy.
Lights are great and I love the video sampling feature, setting boxes within your screen to project ambient lighting depending on what colours are on your screen.