This is my first PC build and I hope you like it :) I am a long time classic console gamer & collector (from NES, Genesis, SNES, etc). Also a long time Laptop user and currently using a 2010 MacBook Pro (also owned Dell Inspiron, Gateway, and Sony Vaio). Never had a desktop computer and I’ve always been intrigued by the thought of building my very own PC in 2015. Specifically for gaming :) After extensive research and configuring parts I decided to purchase all the PC parts on May 2017, and join my friends in online PC gaming. Plus, Steam was starting to pique my interest ;)
On with the build! This is Silver Sylvalum. The name Sylvalum comes from the name of the majestic continent far North of Primordia in Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Nintendo Wii-U.
This is an absolute complete desktop makeover. All parts for the build, the monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. will be listed. All PC components were purchased and assembled on May 2017. RGB accessories were purchased and included on October 2017. The total cost for just the PC came out to $2000.84
I’ve been following the news about AMD shaking up the CPU comeback with Ryzen, and decided to go with the Ryzen 5 1600X (no Wraith cooler so I can add a 280mm Rad).
A subtle yet simple aesthetic to this AIO cooler. Runs quiet and keeps CPU temps low. Corsair LED color can be changed with Corsair LINK software. If you're buying this for AMD Ryzen CPU, make sure you also buy the AMD retention bracket kit, for this does not come included with the box.
Great motherboard! The MSi Tomahawk Arctic has the perfect snowy look for my build. The location of a fan headers, and other connections are nicely positioned to cable manage neatly. This B350 motherboard has operated very well with my Ryzen 1600X.
What can I say, gotta love that performance (and look) from the Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4. The only bad thing about it, is the LED light does not turn off during sleep mode.
Solid State Drives are the way to go for faster boot times. Great SSD!
This is where all the Steam games go.
Great performance in all my games! Love the Sapphire LED with exposed heat pipes. Back plate design goes well with the look of my build. Sapphire gives you 2 more clear fans to light up the "green" LEDs. Only downside is that you cannot change the color of the fan LEDs. I bought this GPU just 2 weeks before all the graphics cards got bought out by cryptocurrency miners.
The build quality on this case is absolutely superb! You are getting your money's worth with the attention to detail in the Enthoo Evolv. I love the futuristic metal exterior with tempered glass side panels. The thick rubber grommets for the cable routing fits tight and not flimsy/loose unlike in other cases. No thin bendable metal, no sharp edges, and no burrs in any section of the cutouts. Plus the added small plastic screw bin is a nice touch. Highly recommend this case. Only downside is the case has a problem with airflow. Components were running a little warmer than expected. After renting a smoke/fog machine, I found the problem was poor intake air flow (negative pressure). The air was intaking from the rear cutout vents by the GPU, and exhausting from the exhaust fan. Added 2 Cooler master 80mm fans to fix it. Also put the stock fans in front for a push-pull on the Radiator and helped out with better intake of air. The top cover barely exhausts air and it circulates it within the case so I tuned down that fan for the air to flow horizontally. My added fans configuration for positive pressure dropped the temps by 12° Celsius.
Bought this at Best Buy. It's absolutely overpriced. It was months later I learned of cheaper ways to get Windows 10 online for like $12.00. You learn from experience :/ Don't buy this from Best Buy. Other than that, installation was fine.
Great set of fans to aid in my negative pressure in the Phanteks case. Very quiet and nicely built. Just 2 of these really make a difference for exhaust flow. Only downside is the ketchup and mustard wires. These Cooler Master 80mm fans fit very snug by those expansion slots in the Phanteks case (vents by the GPU thumb screws). No worries about them falling. But I did drill 2ea screw holes for each fan just in case.
I wanted a Keyboard with a volume toggle and USB 3.0 pass though. I can do without the RGB lights. Love typing on the Cherry Brown switches.
Magnets. Love 'em!
I was surprised when this GPU brace measured exactly to the RX-580's length. It was meant to be.
Cheap mouse and it's alright. Braided cable, comfortable grip, and fits my hand just right. It's actually better than I expected.
There are 2 front speakers aiming at you and sometimes the audio would cut in and out on the right side. Raising the volume seems to fix it. Lowering the volume to turn it off tends to make the whole unit tilt towards you. It's not the best speaker system or sound bar, but it's good enough for my current setup.
Absolute clarity, thin bezels, and no gamery colors, jagged plastic or light bleed. The stand is horrendous, but it has grown on me. Unfortunately no Freesync. For the price of what you get, it's fantastic.
Thick glass with nice aluminum stand posts. This is basically a riser for the AOC monitor since the monitor screen does not raise up and down (it only tilts forward and back).
I prefer the wooden wrist rest over the gel ones.
If you got white colored fans in your build... get these halos! Absolutely worth it :D
This is the main hub that connects all the other Halos. You MUST buy the Halos Lux first, and then daisy-chain the other Halos to it. Make sure your motherboard has the 4 pin JLED1 connector.
This wrap was used to cover up the "ketchup & mustard" wires on the 80mm Cooler Master fans.