Description

It was time to get a new PC and this time I wasn't going for a laptop like 5yrs ago and 5yrs before that (I'm now stuck with a fast machine with slow gaming graphics) so this time I decided to once again build another PC from scratch. Last one I built was in 2004-05 maybe, an AMD Athlon XP 3000 with 256mb of RAM an A7N8X board and a Geforce 2 Ti 400-64mb reused from an older system.

Though last year a buddy of mine was getting rid of his old system and passed it down to me, I did put some stuff together with it but I don't consider it a build... it was a P7H55M-Pro, i7 860 and 4gb of Ram. I added an R9 285 (which was quickly replaced by a GTX 1060), 8gb of DDR3 Ram, an old HD and a 600watt EVGA PS. But this PC was quickly showing it's age, which brings me to the current build.

The Build took about a day, it Fired up at first try, but I couldn't get to the bios until a couple of tries and got into the bios to configure it up. Windows 10 was then added and configured so I think I spent about an hour in total doing that... a lot less time than back in the day when installing Win XP was like working a full 8hr shift, lol

Once in the bios though it was pretty straight forward, the Gigabyte Gaming 7 is fairly easy to configure, took me a couple of tries to configure the XMP settings and get the Corsair RGB Ram to run at full 3000mhz speed, and it recognized my 850 Evo SSD no problem. The board came with the F4 bios so I think that's why I didn't have many compatibility issues as some people with the first boards and F2 Bios had, it's running Stable and the i5 8600k runs at 4.5ghz stable, so I don't think I'll update the Bios until I'm ready to upgrade an 8700k or whatever is higher and compatible with the board by then (9th gen hopefully).

The RGB's are insane! I'm not installing any Gigabyte Apps yet, just running the board basic with Fusion RGB from the Bios only, so far it's great, lots of eye candy.

The Fractal Meshify c with the Dark tint does a great job at minimizing glare from the inside, but still fully displaying the RGB inside. The cable management is perfect, and the case has great ventilation and space usage. Only thing I wish was that there was enough space to put the fans outside the front frame instead of inside the case; as this requires removal of the Hard drive cage if you run a third fan.

June 18/18 Update: Pulled the GTX 1060 6GB, great card but it wasn't giving me the FPS I wanted... in goes a Monster, Asus Matrix 980Ti, what a card so far, it's doubled my FPS in QC, it runs hotter than the 1060 but so worth it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU so far, runs cool always, currently running on the 4.5ghz profile without issues... I haven't tried to OC further yet but I will once I get a bigger air cooler, and aim for that 5ghz+

CPU Cooler

Love the Gammax GT, Cooler and RGB looks great and it's decent for the price ($54 usually, not $119.99) keeps the 8600k cool, and will probably work with a mild OC without issues... I like that it works with Gigabyte Fusion and syncs with the motherboard lighting.

Motherboard

I'm very impressed with this board, installed without issues and so far my setup is running stable since install. Just had to mess with the bios XMP settings to run full speed on the Ram. The Bios seems user friendly enough, but definitely more advanced for the usual new builder. My Board came with F4 Bios so I had none of the compatibility issues some of the early adopters with F2 Bios had, it recognized everything on my build right away (aside from having to assign a drive letter to the HD in windows).

Only thing I'm mad about is they've now come up with a new bundle of this board and 32gb Optane Memory... probably would have waited to get that, but you I guess you win some and lose some.

Memory

Great looking Ram, and running at 3000mhz stable so far, just needed minor tweaking for the XMP to run it. First time I set XMP at 3000 and tried booting and no go, Second time I think I set the XMP at 3000, then changed the option to Run For Stability rather than Performance, and it booted right up... has been running since then without issues.

Just wish the in-bios RGB Fusion would recognize it and it could match the RGB setup for the rest of the board.

Storage

It's fast, it's running great, it's fast, windows boots in like 10 seconds, games run great.

Storage

Typical WD Drive, no complaints and I haven't noticed any noise over the fans in my system. We'll see how reliable it becomes long term.

Video Card

This card is a beast, and as so it heats up the same... Handles our games without issues, just generates more heat on Fortnite than it does on Quake Champions. Runs at 63-67 on QC but on Fortnite my son manages to get it to 70-72C.

Make sure you have good case cooling and a good power supply, and also it helps to modify your fan Curve, I have modified mine to kick in at 40C and up to 70% speed at 60C, The stock fan curve has the fans OFF until 60C which was causing it to hit almost 80C all the time at full load. Once you're past that, Highly recommended card.

Case

Love the Meshify C with Dark tint, I wanted the white version originally, but once I saw this one, I couldn't resist, the front panel design is pretty cool. Ventilation is great so far, keeps everything much cooler than my old Node 804. Only thing I wish I could do is fit the fans on the outside of the frame rather than on the inside; as this would not require me to take the HD Cage out to run a third fan... I rather not have that big hole in there. and the front panel won't clip in if you run the fans outside.

Power Supply

After running a non modular 600w EVGA on my old handed down system, I decided to make a new system, this time I went semi modular and not regretting it... this one does the job great so far and no complaints.

Wireless Network Adapter

Have had it for over a year, no issues so far. Great reception both Wifi and BT4.2... my old system worked with it no problem, and my new system is working with it just the same.

Keyboard

Awesome Keyboard... We've had it for about 4 months and no complaints other than the click can be loud.

Mouse

Love the G502 even more than my G700S, I may have to buy the Proteus Spectrum for my second system and put away the G700S. I bought this after reading several reviews on it and it did not disappoint.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

this is a beautiful build man nice i love it .......what games are u going to be playing ?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I play Quake Champions myself, Quake Live once a while, My kids play Fortnite.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now, im in the same path as you...

My first build was about 2002 with the GeForce Ti hahaha and i dont remember exactly the other specs.. but i remember that videocard because was after the "voodoos cards" hahaha.

My last computer was about in 2006 and from there, only laptops and gaming laptops...

Right now im using a Gaming Laptop, MSI GP 72 6qf Leopard Pro connected in to a 2 34inch monitors and a lot of other stuff... (i had to buy a USB 3.0 HUB).

And since few days ago, that "THING", that "EMOTION" for build a new computer has appear... and now im looking for some help to decide what kind of stuff to buy.

Im from Mexico, but i have a "Central Post" in San Diego. So im thinking to buy the stuff and ship in to the central post.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a 2013 MSI GE60 with the 765m, i7 4700HQ and 16gb of Ram, she did great for the first 3-4years, after Quake Champions came out last year, I noticed how bad it was with newer games. :(

I'm planning to try an E-GPU-PCI-E dock setup with it, since we got screwed on Thunderbolt as well, lol.

Good luck with your build... Buena suerte!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

You don’t need a BIOS update to upgrade to an i7-8700K

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I knew that much... I was more hoping a Bios update would make it compatible with 9th gen CPU's but it sounds like Intel might be screwing the Z370 crowd on that one. :(

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh great, so you need yet ANOTHER motherboard swap

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel has officially gone downhill

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what happens when the Tick Tock strategy gets thrown to the wayside

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm thinking we're going to need a new board... Was reading an article on 9th gen CPUs that was published a few days back, and they mentioned H370, B360and H360 supporting 9th gen, but no mention of Z370.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I've read a number of problems about the Aorus Gaming 5 & 7, how is it, any major/minor problems?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I went with this over the Z370-E because of the VRM's being better on this board, so far it's been stable for the last 2 weeks since I finished it. No major issues yet, the quality looks top notch, and it was easy to install and connect.... my son has been on it constantly playing Fortnite and I play Quake champions on it. Air flow on the case is great so no overheating at all.

I think most issues I read on Reddit and other sites were down to older Bios being on the original boards, I noticed a lot of the boards with the F2 Bios had a few compatibility issues, this one came with F4 so for me was pretty straight forward for it to recognize everything I had.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. Nice build! How is the cooler performing with the 8600k? Have you overclocked?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Also want to know.. trying to find a good cooler for OC'ing the 8600k

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

No haven't overclocked yet... I'm usually limited to playing with it on weekends, my son mostly beats on it during the week playing Fortnite... it does get a lot of use, and I've noticed the cooler is performing well so far, seems like the 8600k spends a lot of time on Turbo.

I'll have to try it soon, lol. :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. That is fantastic! I would love to know about the temps :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't realize it was running a 4.3ghz profile from factory... I'm trying the 4.5ghz profile tonight to see how it runs.

the 4.3ghz profile has been good so far, not much heat and I don't hear the fans ramp up at all.