My Wife is a SMITE addict/prodigy. I taught here how to play, now I'm the student...I digress.

PCPARTPICKER doesn't link prices to MicroCenter (last of the great Brick & mortar PC Stores). This build was actually $150.00 cheaper at MicroCenter.... They price match against Amazon and Newegg and you can return without a receipt.

  • G.Skill memory worked flawlessly @ 3200 after a BIOS update.
  • The Cooler Master Master Box Pro 5 is an awesome case. Comes with a thick Tempered glass side, all the RGB connectors and has plenty of room to hide cables. $79.00!
    • Comes with 3 RGB Cooler Master fans
  • The ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard is an exceptional value at $159.00
    • BIOS is easy to work with and application layout is intuitive
      • I got lucky with the 1700 overclock to 3800 (3.8) at 1.30 volt stock cooler
    • Has two RGB controllers
    • Realtek ALC1220 audio sounds just as good as a Sound Blaster card
    • Built-in WiFi
  • Bought a used EVGA GTX 960 on eBay for $85.00 (passed the stress test)

  • Benchmark PassMark Score 4723.7 (89 Percentile)

    • CPU 14422.8
    • 2D 805.8
    • 3D 5885.5
    • Memory 2151.6
    • Disk 3732.3

Part Reviews


Still an amazing CPU...Hard to find at a decent price....Very over clockable on the ASRock X370 Taichi (which is also extremely overpriced).


Rock Solid Motherboard, intuitive BIOS great RGB accents and software. Outstanding memory support. Locked in G skill memory at 3200Mhz with NO issues... Rocket fast with Sabernet 512 NVME.


Best memory on the market today...


Awesome...solid and reliable

Video Card

Actually upgraded to a 1660 GTX Super


A Work of art, cable management well thought out. Absolutely NO issues. Runs cool and quiet.

Power Supply

Solid PS with no issues

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  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I removed it

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

I know how you feel, I taught my girlfriend how to play heroes of the storm and now she's in diamond on her way to master and I'm still in silver! Nice build, also are you using the case fans or did you swap to others?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The rear fan in the case is a 120mm black fan. I don't know why, I mean they are already giving you 3 RGB's. So, I bought a Aigo, Halo. You get 2 for $17.99 on Amazon. Extremely quiet and bright. Love these fans. Used these in 3 previous builds, no issues at all.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Micro center has some pretty good deals, it just sucks that the closest one to me is over and hour and a half away so the trip isn’t worth it

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Closest one to me is in Houston (4 hour plane ride). I fly to Houston twice a year to see family and I take my list of components. I test all components at my brother-in-law's lab before I bring them home. -_-

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, closest to me is NYC but I don’t go down into the city at all really

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Seriously, I can only speak about the MicroCenter in Houston. I will spend 6 to 8 hours there. The Sales techs are total hardware geeks who are very talented & knowledgeable. They will do test bench builds with any motherboard/memory/chip combination so you can see if your build theory works. The Pollo Loco restaurant is in the MC parking lot... It's a GEEK WONDERLAND! People in Houston are just genuinely helpful, respectful and friendly. People in New York are....different.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I can definitely agree with that last part XD, they’re a different kind of person than anywhere else