Description

It's taken me almost a year to finish this build, mostly due to thinking I was finished and then deciding to add something new. However I'm finally at the point where I've decided I truly am done, for now. I use this primarily for gaming but I also stream and edit videos on here, before getting a laptop this was also used for web development.

Parts of this have been changed since it was first built, it began life in an NZXT Phantom 630, but I found it took up too much room, I grew to hate the way it looked and it was honestly a poor quality case, especially for the price. I also originally had a Logitech G910 keyboard, which I do still have, but the Pok3r has become my daily driver.

Going with a Cryorig cooler on this build was a mistake, and was the only real problem I had with it. I recieved one that didn't include the new AM4 bracket in the box and had to request one from Cryorig, however their request form is horribly broken and seems designed that way intentionally. This wouldn't be an issue if Cryorig had a customer service department to talk to, and they do, but it seems they have nobody working there. This left me with having to buy the bracket myself after waiting over a week trying to deal with Cryorig.

Part Reviews

CPU

This lived up to all of my expectations, AMD did an absolutely fantastic job with Ryzen and I'll very likely be keeping it even after Zen+ releases.

CPU Cooler

This is a good cooler performance wise but Cryorig are an awful company to deal with. This meant it sat in it's box for over a week while I waited for them to even reply to me over an AM4 bracket that I eventually had to buy anyway. If you're on anything but AM4 this is an excellent choice.

Motherboard

This has been fine but I do wish I'd gone for the version with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in just to have them.

Storage

I had a 5200RPM HDD before this. I wasn't quite prepared for just how fast this drive would be. 500GB is plenty for an SSD with current prices.

Storage

It's decently fast enough but holy hell is this thing loud. It's not exactly that the drive itself is super loud either but if there's absolutely anything loose on your case this thing will cause it to vibrate and rattle in the most annoying way.

Video Card

It's ran absolutely everything I've thrown at it flawlessly, barely reaches 70C even when I'm really pushing it. I did get it before the current pricing issues, but even at the current price I'd still feel it's mostly worth it.

Case

I upgraded from a more expensive NZXT Phantom 620 simply because I wanted to downsize my case. This thing is premium. It's absolutely fantastic. though somewhat annoyingly shortly after buying it the non-tinted glass was made available, which I would have preferred. It looks great either way.

One thing to note is that high static pressure fans on the front intake are absolutely required, I have SilentWings on there now and their poor static pressure means they struggle to pull much air through the front foam even at max speed.

Power Supply

It hasn't blown up, that's a good sign.

Also getting at least one 8+6 pin instead of an 8+6+2 pin would be nice so I don't have the little tangle of spare cable on an 8+6 pin GPU.

Operating System

It's okay but Microsofts insistence on telemetry is irritating. Their determination to force microtransaction games onto my computer without my permission is infuriating. The store is awful and I don't want Cortana. Also updates sometimes horribly break everything and you have no idea why.

Unfortunately it's a strong case of stockholm syndrome and a requirement for game compatibility. Hopefully Linux gets more game support soon.

Case Fan

They're whisper silent all the way up to 80% PWM, even then they're not irritatingly loud. Acoustically these are very impressive. However, I have them on a very restrictive front intake and their static pressure leaves a lot to be desired, they struggle to pull enough air through to match a single 120mm at 40% PWM on exhaust.

Monitor

This is beautiful, I have it wall mounted because the feet on the stand were huge and an ugly red "gamer" colour. G-sync is nice but the Nvidia tax is silly.

I consider this to be the best monitor currently available for general all rounded use.

Keyboard

Cherry MX Browns are pleasant to type on and the aesthetics of this keyboard are fantastic, the build quality is even better, with one exception. The stabilizers on this board are horrendous, every single one of them squeaked and the poor spacing on the long right shift key meant it would get stuck in a pressed down position. Though all of this was solved with some oil on the spacers.

Mouse

Among one of the best gaming mice money can buy. Aside from looking a bit gamery and being hard to clean due to the aggressive angles on parts I've got absolutely nothing but good things to say about this.

Headphones

I came from a pair of HD598s to these, wanting something better for listening to music with while retaining the 598s for gaming. These really do live up to the hype surrounding them. Just make sure you have a dedicated amp to drive them properly.

I should note that I bought mine heavily used and they're so well built that you could have told me they were new and I'd have believed it.

Headphones

I regrettably overpaid quite a bit for these as they were "discontinued" only to be replaced by a version with improved build quality, which these are lacking a little. For gaming there aren't many headphones that can even compete and even fewer that outshine these, especially for the money. For music they're fine, they ruined all cheaper headphones for me but they still don't compare to enthusiast options.

Speakers

I really only bought these because I wanted to have speakers for when I didn't want to have headphones and they matched my colour theme and desk space. They have a constant background hiss from the poor quality amp in them, they do however still sound pretty good when playing music. More bassy stuff would make my entire desk vibrate quite a lot before I bought their quite overpriced stands.

Custom

In my opinion this is the best controller you can get for PC. It's not for everyone and takes some adjustment but going back to a regular Xbox controller doesn't feel right.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! +1

how'd you beautify your desktop kthxbye

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

I don't remember where I found the wallpaper, sorry.

The rest of it is Rainmeter, using the Honeycomb plugin. A lot of those icons are ones I've made, and not quite as good as the ones that come with Honeycomb, but I'd be happy to share them.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you direct a honeycomb icon the a page? I've put the target under the leftmouseup action but for some reason it doesn't work. Any suggestions?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

To open a webpage?

I have LeftMouseUpAction=["http://www.twitch.tv"] to open twitch for example, perhaps you're forgetting the " on either side.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It was that the default thread was not pulling from my files so I just had to replace it with the target path and got it working.... until all of rainmeter crashed. So close. ill probably just have to do a fresh install and check for a bad file.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

very interesting build and nice parts reviews :) +1

and yes, cryorig have very bad customer support. I sell my C1 and bought be quiet cooler for my next build.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I had originally bought a BeQuiet! but I didn't like the way their mounting system worked with AM4, the cooler would pull hot air from above the GPU, so I returned it and bought the R1 Universal instead. I should have kept the BeQuiet! and just dealt with the cooler facing the "wrong way".

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

"You can't do productivity setups with only one monitor!"

SiegeLion: "Watch me"

I love this build, not much to say. +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice built, I also put a DP on mine.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

My 1080Ti was starting to bend and it turns out he's just the perfect height to hold it up.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I was worry about that also so I bought a upHere Graphics Card GPU Brace Support Video Card Sag Holder for $9.99. Still waiting to get it deliver lol!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice use of Deadpool as your GPU anti-sag. I use Rick from Rick and Morty for my GPU anti-sag.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that ram working for you? Are you able to get 3200 across the board?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been great, I'm currently at 2933 Mhz but that's without the latest BIOS, which supposedly would let me get it slightly higher, I just haven't wanted to mess around with it when it's already working just fine.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, I am actually considering buying this case or the mini but I have heard that with a big power supply (180mm) you have to remove the hdd cage, which I need. Did you remove it or did the power supply fit? Thanks and once again lovely build.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It fit but you absolutely have to have all of the cables installed first because they do push up against the cage which bends them quite a lot. It does sort of look like it won't fit at first and PCPP will tell you that it's not compatible but it does work.

If you're nervous about bending the cables that much I'd suggest a smaller PSU or larger case.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have issues installing the am4 bracket..mine was loose and had to find some washers. If im correct i should have used the default back-plate right?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you were supposed to use the default backplate which according to Cryorig is supposed to be a little bit loose, otherwise it could break your motherboard due to the weight of the cooler not being distributed correctly.

The cooler itself should screw down just fine even with the backplate being a bit wobbly because that's exactly how mine is and I've had zero issues with it.

Edit: I took a look at your build and it is absolutely beautiful

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

also thank you your build is beautiful as well

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

should i just take off the washers i currently have on there?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It's probably fine, if it hasn't broken anything yet then it shouldn't

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I broke my last mobo Ethernet stopped working

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi mate, I have a question for you. I notice that you have your pair of 650's hooked up to a Schiit Stack. I am thinking of buying a pair of 650's to help upgrade my audio setup, and I was curious to know if the Schiit Stack is a good accompaniment to the 650's? I already own a Magni and Modi 2, so I would love to know if the 650 + Schiit Stack is a good combination, thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

The Schiit Stack pairs extremely well with the 650s, I'd highly recommend it.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. Now I am 100% sold on getting a pair of 650's!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're in the US then I'd reccomend the HD6XX from Massdrop over the regular HD650, they're identical in every way except for the colour and lower price.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you happen to know how where I could get a pair of 6XX's, since IIRC Massdrop items are made available in a bit of a different way.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

You'd either have to buy them from someone who already owns a pair or wait for Massdrop to have a "drop" for them, they aren't available any other way since Sennheiser only produces the HD6XX exclusively for Massdrop.

HD6XX drops are reasonably frequent though because they're very popular.