Description

AMD avec AMG.

Four years I've spent on PCPP, engaging in thoughtful discussion, inspecting parts lists and diagnosing issues - I have finally built myself a computer. The culmination of over a thousand hours wasted spent browsing components resulting in: A plain black PC

TL;DR computer want car like make computer car.

Design Philosophy

I find that flat color schemes [this gets very emotional] bring the most beauty out of computer systems as the raw power is not mistaken for a couple RGB fans nor green sleeved cables but instead proven in performance. I've always held a function>form belief but this build challenged it, with so many components today having looks very centric to their design it'd be a waste not to challenge myself and use those elements. I went for an AMG stylized build after eyeing the design both inside and outside the GLC Coupe and believing it would suit a PC. Aufrecht, Melcher, and Großaspach is the division of Mercedes-Benz that produces performance vehicles. AMG is known for the stylised aerodynamic look, black accents and carbon fibre which are all encapsulated in this build.
With Carbon fibre, a partially exposed metal heatsink and lighting that exactly matches that of the Benz’ lights, the motherboard is an obvious choice for this build. The graphics card has a brushed silver backplate and so complements the motherboard perfectly. The RAM creates lighting similar to AMG interior dashboard lighting. The CPU cooler has a ring style logo imprinted that mimics that of Mercedes. The case holds all these components vital to the AMG look and contributes to such itself with its matte black color scheme and sharp lines.

Usage

This build hovers around a decent budget and will be used for a range of tasks including:

  • Gaming in 1440p with competitive settings

  • Editing expansive timelines that are animation heavy

  • Light photo editing

Part Reviews

CPU

Economic, efficient and reviewed
This CPU has been reviewed by many reliable sources who go further in depth than I ever could but all I can say is that this CPU can tackle gaming, editing and rendering all at good temperatures.

CPU Cooler

Silent, Stiff and cheap
An amazing AIO that works silently and looks amazing for an incredible price. The fans are quiet and the lighting is bright and syncs to my motherboard perfectly. Reccomend this to anyone, no complaints.

Thermal Compound

Effective, easy and economic.
Cheap and results in such a performance boost, I highly recommend investing in Kyronaught or Arctic 5 as both have proved to be far better than most stock thermal pastes that aren't pre applied.
I found that this thermal paste reduced my laptop temps by 10 degrees celsius (yes i repasted my laptop) and I assume had I gone with stock Deepcool paste in this build I'd of had worse temps. May as well buy, only about 10 bucks more for a decent performance boost.

Motherboard

Expansive, Cool and Clean
Easy to install and set up and the manual showed me everything I needed to do. The software works amazing and syncs to all my devices. Looks great on my build.

Memory

Quick, Bright and Solid
This sticks of RAM look incredible and perform so as well. The lighting is bright and syncs to my motherboard. They are quick and have tight timings. If you're looking for a good kit, get these.

Storage

Cheap, Quick and Easy
This SSD is low storage but it's quick, good to fill up any extra M.2 slots for the hell of it. Get a bigger size if you're using it as your main ssd.

Storage

Huge, Quick and Economic
This SSD was fairly cheap and it performs amazing. Speeds are good and It makes editing a breeze. Reccomend this to anyone.

Storage

Storage, Storage and Storage
I got three of these out of an old NAS server and chucked them in this build for the hell of it. They perform good and were for me a better choice than buying new HDDs. Not really reccomended as there is new tech and SSDs are insanely better.

Video Card

Clean, Cool and Quiet
This card has near silent operation and has from my little testing performed amazingly. Reccomend this to anyone.

Case

Compact, clean and matte
Good case that doesn't waste space and has very good inbuilt cable management options. Amazing glass too, provides a great look into your build and it is easily removable. I reccomend this to anyone.

I bought this case two years ago in anticipation for this build but at the time I suddenly needed a laptop so that's the route I went down. No regrets buying this case and chances are I would've bought it today anyway. Check clearances with this case because you may run into some issues, front mounted radiator is annoying to set up. I recommend this to anyone who finds the style attractive.

Power Supply

Efficient, Powerful and cheap
It's an RGB PSU lmao. Works well. Good stock cables.

Operating System

Its not like I was going to get anything else...

Case Fan

Loud, effective and clean
Good looking jet engine fan that really cools down my PC. The colored rings look amazing.

Monitor

Crisp, accurate and sizeable.
Being a 27" monitor with a WQHD resolution and highly accurate colour reproduction I can recommend this to both gamers and creators. My only gripe with this display is the default stand, it's enormous - insanely - you must buy a vesa stand if you plan to use this on a fairly short desk or one with an overhanging bookshelf. I have a very nice free standing vesa mounted stand that makes it fit perfectly and so eliminates the stand problem.
Another potential issue is the lack of speakers but the monitor has two USB 3.0 ports and audio output so you can set your windows audio output to HDMI/DisplayPort and have it played through speakers powered by the monitor and delivered through the 3.5mm jack (my setup).
The included monitor firmware is very good and allows you to adjust a range of settings and also use an inbuilt color tool to reach 100 Adobe sRGB, far greater depth here.
This monitor was a leap from my 60hz 14” Laptop display as not only the resolution essentially doubled so was the screen size. I have found this display perfect for video editing, gaming and also for photoshop. For many this will be far out of budget but if you do find a decent saving, buy it.

Keyboard

Fast, quiet and bright
Good RGB and good linear switches.

Keyboard

Smart, quick and comfortable
A tenkeyless keyboard with an amazing wrist rest. This review is based on the yellow switches.

This keyboard is fast, insanely so, never before owning this keyboard did I have a keyboard with such quick actuation. It's awesome how much many more APM you can have. Recommended to anyone, particularly streamers that need quiet.

Keyboard

Solid, bright and big
Nearly all metal, has keys that don't move around much. Very solid design.

I love the purple switches, little wobble and an amazing click. Normally I use a TKL keyboard but when I'm typing essays or anything lengthy I like to use the Huntsman for its clicky crisp keys. I recommend this to most people but maybe not streamers who need quiet, top keyboard.

Mouse

Big mouse, weight and sensor.
Sporting two sensors and a design that mimics the G502 with less aggressive curves, this mouse suits an office environment better than it does my setup. The first sensor is a depth sensor which ensures a tiny lift off distance and is very good for low DPI/sensitivity players and the second sensor is a highly accurate sensor that I couldn't make spin out. The weight is heavy, 130g heavy. While twoish years ago that weight would of been the norm it is now double most other mice. The clicks are crisp and the best I've ever felt, no wobble and little travel before or after. The wireless receiver never dropped out on me and the battery charges exceptionally fast.
Although I played fine with it, I have since moved to a 60g mouse and I notice myself playing more consistently due to the halved weight (placebo probably). I recommend this mouse to anyone who prefers heavier mice or needs an amazing general pointer.

Mouse

Light, smooth and simple A very lightweight mouse with the best stock cable I have felt, good software and sensor. The Hati was my first ultralight mouse and ever since I don't see any reason to not be using one. Coming from wireless mice I expected to be very annoyed by the presence of a cable but the paracord featured on this mouse is incredible, I questioned even using a bungee. The clicks are decent with little wobble and travel. I recommend this mouse to anyone looking for a ambi-style pointer (it isn't btw) that is best in class.

Mouse

Ergo, economic and elegant A top mouse that gets nearly everything right; sensor, shape, cord but unfortunately not software.

The G502 was my first mouse and ever since selling it I've missed it's ergonomic shape. The XTRFY m4 recreates that shape in a lightweight design that makes me nostalgic.

The lack of software for 'ultimate plug and play' is a lame excuse for lazy devs. It's difficult to change RGB to the color you'd like and worst of all you can't make hotkeys or remap the side buttons. I know you can use programs such as AHK but I'm not risking a ban in siege for the lack of a very standard feature.

I recommend this mouse to anyone as looking at other reviews I'm apparently the only person cut about missing software.

Headphones

Wireless, reliable and clear.
A high quality headset with a decent microphone and great wireless range. I edit videos and audio to go along with them and so far this headset has allowed me to comfortably complete both tasks with soft, cool ear pads and a perfect headband. The wireless range is very good, I am able to use the headset through two brick walls with 4 metres space between them.
I ran into some issues with electronic interference on my laptop which was caused by presumably the unshielded (I'm not a sparkie I don't know much) receiver being used with some USB ports but that was just on my laptop.
Being a gAmInG headset it is easy to assume it’s going to let you down in its lows and highs but in its lifetime it has yet to prove that stereotype to me and I’ll happily recommend this to any gamer.

External Storage

Good for its purpose. Light.

Laptop

Small, quick and convinient.
Great laptop that has been my daily driver for about 3 years.

Custom

Expensive, alright and finicky
Too much for the price, theres better options. It can distort audio at random. I'm not sure why everyone likes it.

Custom

Springy, wobbly yet solid.
A solid bungee that gives way (bends itself to the sides) when you need it, doesn't intrude on your gameplay. Even if you have a paracorded mouse you should opt for a bungee, I came from using wireless mice to wired (wrong way ‘round I know) and I found that by using a bungee, specifically this one, It felt wireless. If you’re rodent has a tail you need a bungee.

Custom

Loud, clear and convenient.
These speakers provided my speaker-less monitor with amazing sound at great volumes. These sound great. Tiny form factor, none of you ITX specialists could ever get a PC in here (check the featured built in 20 years). When I got these out of my cupboard I was really doing it for the sake of aesthetics, never realising that each time I sat down the AUX would be going straight into my phone. Keep it lit Hewlett Packard.

Custom

Softness, speediness and controliness(?)
is what makes this mousepad perfect for me. I play Rainbow Six Siege and it’s a game in which you must be able to flick in certain situations but also play smooth and steady in others, this mousepad has allowed me to excel in both those situations. I've never come across a pad with better weaving or durability, even after 2 years and many others tried. I have the largest version available and it fills my desk nicely and allows for massive arm movements. I recommend this.

Custom

Slow
This thing can really only handle chrome with two tabs open.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

weird flex

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

I think I accidentally clicked over to Better Homes & Gardens

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great presentation! +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This is just an attempt to subtly flex your assets like you house, cars, and your entire setup. You use the color scheme as a ****** excuse to flex your two Mercedes.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

i build pcs for the dealer usually but this one is mine, kinda used to the design brief. cars aren't mine. sorry for putting effort in and triggering you brutha

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeh sorry I wasn’t having a great day. Sorry to bother you. It did seem like a subtle flex tho._.

Nice build anyways. I’ll be honest in saying that I don’t love the “car inspired” color scheme, as it doesn’t have much traction, but it’s a clean build nonetheless.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

My ninjas I am truly sorry I dont get to stop by and post as often anymore. The cons,comics,cyber store sucking a lot of time from my day.But hey we all move in cycles. IMO your presentation is great on the one hand because you took so much time and effort for everyone here on the forum. My belief has always been if it does not connect to the PC , It is not a part of the build. You noticed that I didn't include the rave lighting and strobes on my build cost. It just helped with the immersive feel . I couldn't include my laptop...while they can connect... it isnt part of the build. Having said all that little brother, good build, you spent time detailing ... wonderful job over all. OH and what is that when I cut my eyes to the right,,,under guidelines it says "Be respectful to others" What a nice reminder !!!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

for me, the build seems ok, thats it, not too excellent. and i cant connect the pc theme with benz even the color scheme. benz is completely white and ur pc looks opposite. all ur design philosophy is convincing only after reading all your points. otherwise no one can relate ur pc to benz!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

me wracking my brain trying to figure out why its so expensive - Oh its in AUD, still.... Oh theres a friggin razor laptop in the parts list lmfao Good job mate, happy for you

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Ngl not the best build I would go with I could prob cut off maybe 500-1000$ off the build but if your rich then why not lmao

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit

Its not like I was going to get anything else...

A better alternative does exist, if I may remind you ;)

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Ah yes MacO- no seriously what is it?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Windows XP. Duh

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

It is nothing but Linux, of course! Sorry for the super late reply, by the way.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Linux is not worth it rn. Especially as he wants good gaming performance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I got the same graphics card, but the GPU runs at ~77-80°C and the memory at ~78-88°C in demanding games (VRM at 61°C, which seems normal). I have the core OCed to 2130MHz (memory, power limit and voltage at stock); same temps at stock. I can't adjust the fan curve, so I'm using the stock one, but fan speeds average 1300-1500RPM (50-55%). I also got a 280mm aio as intake, but my 3600X doesn't go above 60°C. What do your temps look like?

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Mine ran at about 60°-70°. I ended up having to RMA the card because it was stuttering. RIP.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Why are y'all so annoyed about his cars and his house? It's his and you shouldn't get annoyed about his success.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build! Nice to see something for car guys on here. Your photography is good as well. Don't worry about the haters. They just don't realise the point of your photographs. Great Job!

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  • 2 months ago
  • 7 points

lol is he presenting his cars? his house? or the computer? everything else is getting a better presentation than the computer, but I still think the cat is the best. Bet you can overclock that cat reeeeaaaal well.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

...is he presenting his cars? his house? or the computer? everything else is getting a better presentation than the computer, but I still think the cat is the best.

I noticed this too. However its happened before many times (well I don't recall a cat last time years ago that I am thinking of from another build who included their custom-separate small building as a computer/gaming room, even their game consoles were included plus additional custom PCs).

Bet you can overclock that cat reeeeaaaal well.

Like over 5GHz. Probably higher than this.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I just included everything in my setup that was made available for me to do so. The laptop is a section of this site so I just added it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, nothing wrong with it and yes. Laptops were briefly around some time ago then Philip took it down. Now it's back since around November 2019. I'm sure its a nice additional list too.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Who is philip

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  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Come on the computer doesn't look that bad :(

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  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

To be honest the ~$100 that could've been saved is marginal in the scheme of things so I didn't bother. I feel like the motherboard had to have a little bit more spent on it when it has all DIMM slots filled (good memory controller) and three HDDs in raid (controller again).

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