Description

I mainly use my system for gaming, voice chatting, watching videos and movies, and coding. Everything seems to be working great and the temperatures are amazing. No complaints with any hardware. First build so it was a little difficult, but I managed to figure it all out with a little help from instructions. READ: I will be adding more pictures of my completed setup with speakers, sub and much more.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU. Managed to OC to 5GHz on all cores with the bequiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 with temps not exceeding 71 degrees C.

CPU Cooler

Wonderful beefy air cooler. Was a pain to install but works like a charm.

Thermal Compound

Great paste, not much more to say. The amount isn't worth $10 though.

Motherboard

Great board.. stable OC for my i5-8600K at 5GHz with no temps above 71C. Poor lighting though.

Memory

Achieved 3000MHz as advertised.

Storage

Quick storage for my boot drive and all programs. No complaints.

Storage

Great drive for all my games. 1TB is more than enough for me.

Video Card

Absolute beast. OC a little. Wish I could change white MSI logo to red.

Case

Great case, great cable management, great airflow, top radiator mounting tray was a pain to pull out and put back in.

Operating System

Windows..

Case Fan

These have amazing airflow, LEDs are a little dim for me but overall, great build quality and looks.

Monitor

Achieved a 180Hz OC with no line or whatever other people say they see. Stable and I love the gaming mode for displaying my refresh rate.

Keyboard

Very good build quality.. doesn't feel cheap at all even though it's on the lower end.

Mouse

Great mouse. Love the weights idea but the mouse was already the perfect weight. No weighted needed for me. The buttons are a great feature and the DPI is insane although I never go over 2500.

Headphones

Great build quality and the 7.1 Surround sound sounds great in FPS games such as CS:GO.

Custom

Just a boring ol' mouse pad but works great

Custom

Very hard to bend and the cable actually popped out of my motherboard connection so I had to loosen up the tension, but they look great.

Custom

Good fan hub even though I only used 5 fans. Small and compact, saved my life because I don't have 5 fan connections on motherboard.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the monitor I was thinking about getting that one. Just curious if it has any problems with you

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I have had no problems so far and managed to OC to 180Hz with no gray line that many complain of. Overall, great monitor for my uses. Can be bright so I use the gaming mode to reduce stress on my eyes.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you decide on a cooler? I'm planning a similar build but can't decide between air/AIO. Nice build btw.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

8600K.. relatively cool CPU - air cooler. 8700K.. relatively hot CPU - AIO. Also, the air cooler was cheaper and I liked the look of that bulky monster. Air cooler is easier to clean in my opinion as well, but much harder to install compared to AIO. What's your specs?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm starting from ground zero, coming from console switching to PC so I need everything. So far, i've only bought the PSU. I'm spreading the build out over several months so the budget is pretty flexible. I guess the original comment was regarding the cooler, but i'll take advice/tips for the rest of the build too! Thanks much

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($259.89 @ B&H) CPU Cooler: NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($155.89 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon) Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($125.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Samsung) Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.89 @ OutletPC) Video Card: MSI - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card ($509.00 @ B&H) Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.88 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.89 @ OutletPC) Case Fan: Corsair - LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.25 CFM 120mm Fans ($99.78 @ OutletPC) Monitor: Acer - Predator XB1 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor ($450.00 @ Amazon)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

You will need to update BIOS in order to use Z390 chipset. For example, i5-8600K goes with Z370, while i5-9600K goes with Z390. If I am correct.. that means if you want the i5-8600K, you will also need a i5-9600K just to update the BIOS and make your motherboard able to support the i5-8600K. Unless you're going to be doing big file transfers, I would get an SSD 2.5, not a M.2. Save money and loading speeds are very similar. Also, what is your use with this computer? Gaming, Video editing, etc. ??

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh really? I guess I was under the impression that Z390 were backwards compatible out of the box. I’ll have to do some more research there. I agree with you on the m.2, it wasn’t a necessity but thought if I could swing it in the build I would. As far as use, I want it to shine as a 1440p gaming build. I’m a software developer so I will use it as a workstation as well, but I don’t do anything too computationally insane in my work.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Again, I am not sure. I'm just saying to make sure you do your research on the motherboard and chip compatibility. Also, I really recommend the 2.5 SSD over the M.2 so you're able to get a better GPU and be able to run more frames especially since you want to game at 1440p. Obviously, the CPU plays a factor in this as well but GPU is very important as well. I only play at 1080p so I'm able to run most games like COD: WWII at 100fps on highest settings.

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