Description

My gaming laptop died yesterday, so with the help of my friends and girlfriend, we put together my first ever build. I decided to go with AMD as I figured I wouldn't be gaming as intensively as some of my other friends, but at the same time, going with the top end AMD chip would give me that multitasking capability as well as gaming (OW, R6, etc) would be pretty good.

We worked into the morning building it, especially since the AIO was confusing, even for my friend who has built a lot of rigs in the past (3-pin connectors, and a lot of RGB wiring made it challenging), but I could not be happier with it.

Pics to come!

Part Reviews

CPU

I went with this because I felt the value made the most sense, especially with the types of games I throw at it. I've only had this for a day, but it's been playing my games without issue at all.

CPU Cooler

My original build was going for the 280, but I could not be happier with the 240. Quiet, pretty, and so unnecessary, but it adds a lot of pizzazz to the tower; confusing when trying to attach the pins on the motherboard, but aside from that, installation was fairly easy, and I like the fact that it doesn't have pre-applied thermal paste, but rather, Deepcool gives you some on the side when applying it to your heat sink. Definitely recommend this if you like pretty things.

Motherboard

For a board of this price range, I have to say you get everything: pre-installed IO shield, lots of space to work with, tasteful spots for RGB, and for me, having that WiFi capability was my biggest necessity as we do not have a wired setup. All in all, I really like it; as a first-timer building, I was very surprised to see how huge it is!

Memory

Very good for the price, but I will be returning these to get the black ones because my OCD needs it for the build.

Video Card

Warning to those looking for a 2070: lots of complaints from users that the card crashes after 10 minutes or so of use. I didn’t realize this until after I had it for about a week and a bit. Save yourselves the frustration and get a better card.

Case

This. Is. HUGE. And heavy.... However, it has so much space to work with, and it's also very modular. We cleared out a lot of it since (mostly the HD trays since I'm running an SSD and an M.2), and the cable management for the tower is impeccable. Just be wary of the size of it, especially the box it comes in. Shoutout to Liam at Canada Computers for helping us move this to our car, and helping with my part picking overall!

Monitor

Does its job, and it's at a fantastic price point for what it offers: 144 Hz, curved, etc. I may upgrade from this in the future, but for now, it's doing its job and I couldn't be happier.

Keyboard

I love the feeling of this keyboard. Speed silvers are the way to go; the response is great, and the accuracy is also amazing.

Headphones

Dead mic, and I was apparently inaudible when playing with friends and the girlfriend. Avoid these if you’re thinking about them, and get a pair of Cloud IIs by Kingston, which are amazing by comparison.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on your first build and it honestly looks amazing thanks for explaining every part on why you decided to buy

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

What case fans are those??

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

140mm Riing RGB fans from Thermaltake :) comes with two installed for intake, and one for exhaust

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

so hows the card now?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Truthfully, get one of the Supers; my 2080 from MSi is great though

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the freesync on the monitor work with your GPU? Just wondering as I was interested in buying it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

my card has been strong for a year since purchasing. Kind of seems weird to review something poorly based on a problem you haven't had yet.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The 2070? It was pretty problematic for the week I had it. When the 2070 crashed on me several times on OW, and I'm running 32GB of RAM. In any case, good for you if it works, but upgrading to my 2080 yields no problems for me.