Description

I've been wanting to build a computer for ages now and after years of procrastination and 6 months of selecting parts I finally built one.

I mostly use this PC to code software and game but I am looking to do some adobe photoshop in the future.

Putting together the PC was fairly straight forward especially for a first timer. The only downside or struggle that I had was trying to cable manage in such a small case with cable extensions. In the end, I ended up just taking out a hard drive tray and shoving the excess into the spare space.

Overall I am very pleased with this build however the only regret that I have is that I should've gone for a K-SKU processor. I feel as if I came away with a bad CPU because it is locked on 4.3Ghz which is 300Mhz under its max turbo and also I would've liked the experience to overclock. However I have enabled all of the turbo features and things that sound like it could boost the CPU in the bios.

Also with the monitor, it only has 75Hz refresh rate which is personally fine for me as I come from console gaming and can't really notice the difference because for me, if it plays its fine, however I would like to be able to see the full extent of what the hardware can do. I only ended up getting the monitor because it was one of 6 left in a flash sale.

And with my experience building during the GPU crisis, I'd have to say I don't really have a view because this is my first ever PC build and I only really started looking into parts 6 months ago so for me these prices are normal because I haven't experienced any cheaper prices. However it does kind of hurt knowing what I could've got for my money a year ago.

I will upload some photos in a day or two.

Part Reviews

CPU

Not sure what to say. This is the first CPU i've owned. Mine runs at 4.3ghz on all cores under load.

CPU Cooler

This AIO is really quiet. It keeps my 8700 in the low 60s under load! It comes with two fans if you want to go for a push/pull. The radiator is really thick so be careful because it could block the view of the components if your case has a window.

Motherboard

This is a great board. It is packed of features, including dual NVMe slots, 2 fan headers and AC wifi. It is a very good board for its size.

Memory

Great RAM. Really fast and very aesthetically pleasing. Can be easily configured with the RGB fusion software and illuminates the whole case.

Storage

This is a fast SSD. Provides boot times of under 10 seconds. Is great for holding your frequently used applications with enough space for some games too.

Storage

This is a blazing fast hard drive. It loads games very quickly and has fast transfer speeds. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fast hard drive with reasonable storage needs

Video Card

Pretty pleasant GPU. It runs everything at 1080p at Ultra settings. My monitor is only 75hz so I can only ever see 75fps but I rarely see it under 60fps. However its pretty weird, in GTA V online whenever I fly over the hills in an air vehicle going towards sandy shores coming from the city, I drop to like 30fps, but that is the only time I see it.

Case

This is a really good case. The extra cable management room at the front makes it a breeze. However I did struggle with cable management because I was using sleeved extensions. All the rest is great and makes build the PC a breeze.

Power Supply

Nothing really to say here. Powers my components as required. Is really quiet too.

Monitor

The monitor is great value. Got it during a flash sale. However I would recommend getting a higher refresh rate monitor if your looking to get FPS's above 60. However because I have come from console it doesn't really bother me.

Keyboard

This keyboard is hectic. It is packed full of all of the features you will need. I love the software free ability to change to lighting modes however you are able to use software if required. The MX Blue switches are satisfying to touch and can be used as a motivation to keep doing work.

Mouse

Great mouse. I didn't want to get something too gamery looking. This mouse is sleek and minimalistic and has great RGB accenting. However I cannot get the ROG Armoury software to recognise the mouse so I can't configure the RGB's.

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any trouble fitting that psu in meshify c?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

No, it fits like a charm, however if you are using lots of cables or a power supply bigger than 160mm I would recommend removing the hard drive tray or at least 1 sled to place any excess cables. That is what I had to do since I had sleeved extensions

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok that’s great, thanks for replying.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

How is the Cooler Master keyboard performance/durability so far ?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, can you possibly tell me the total dimension of the h80i radiator with both fans installed and also the thickness and size of the cpu water block please? Thickness as accurate as you can get from back of cpu heat spreader to the water block. Thank you!! Hoping if I install the cooler at rear that it won't hit it's own cpu block

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I only installed only 1 fan but I'm pretty sure there will be no clearance issue if I installed 2 fans and it overlapped the water block. However, the tubing may become difficult to keep in place initially, I had some trouble with that

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you running a push or pull or push/pull configuration with the radiator?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No I'm not, I am only using 1 fan that is pushing air out the case. I find that I keeps my CPU pretty cool at the low 60˚C's under load.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn those Canadian prices! Guess it's a trade off for all of the benefits you all receive?

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Not Really, I just felt as if it has most features for a good price

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