Description

Hello fellow PC Gamers, Builders and Enthusiasts! Kyle Katarn here,

Some background story first !

I have been a PC gamer and enthusiast since the i386 / i486 era (1994). Since then have built several systems ranging from i486, Pentium 90MHz, Pentium 4's (1.5GHz and 2.8GHz) and Core 2 Quad 2.83GHz.

My 1st personal gaming build and the PC that introduced me to the PC world has been a Pentium 90MHz in 1996 (Star Wars Dark Forces being my 1st PC CD game).

Since the Core 2 era and due to extensive travel due to work have used mostly laptops for productivity and gaming (Core i7's 2nd and 7th Gen).

Decided in 2018 to build this system, to be used for productivity, entertainment and gaming at 1920x1080. Main entertainment tasks will be some light video editing, streaming, surfing, YouTube, watch movies, play music etc. Regarding PC gaming it will be MMO's, FPS, Battle Royal Games and RPG's. (for other games categories use mostly consoles but will put this PC in good use!)

Why RGB?

For the last 2 years have been following the trend of RGB PC Parts (owned only an RGB mechanical keyboard - ROG Claymore) and wanted to try and build a full RBG PC myself. Decided to go with Asus Aura, which turned out to be success - very happy of the result). The PC has 12 RGB zones (4 case fans/ 2 CPU cooler fans, 2 x RAM, Motherboard, GPU, Keyboard and Mouse. Everything is connected to the Motherboard via RGB Splitter Cables and synced.

A detailed Parts Review follows,

Very interest to know your comments on the specific build and in general,

Best Regards, Kyle Katarn

Part Reviews

CPU

Very fast CPU - excellent for gaming and multitasking. Intel 8th generation CPUs give a big performance boost compared to pervious Intel generations.

CPU Cooler

Looks amazing, has 2x Cooler Master, Master Fan Pro 120 Fans and also 4x RGB strips and the Cooler Master logo on top. Noticed that when auto-synced doesn't have the exact same colour as the rest of the Master Fan Pro 120 case fans. (but since RGB can be adjusted by area this can be easily fixed. Good Performance also - with no overclocking the i7 8700k reaches a maximum of 70 Celsius during stress testing.

Motherboard

Very satisfied with this motherboard, lots of options and clever spots of connectors for cable management. RGB lights are also great.

Memory

Excellent RAM - still very price. RGB is amazing, motherboard picked the 3000 clock frequency without an issue. Went with the white sticks instead of the black ones to match the silver heat sinks of the motherboard (ASUS ROG Z370-E).

Storage

Good Basic SSD. 500GB are needed nowadays for OS plus some programs. Western Digital disk drives have proven to be very durable. Went with the 2.5" SSD instead of M.2 in order to be easier to swap between systems when required.

Storage

Its slow, its big and cheap for its size, the definition of a good HDD. Used mostly for bulk storage of data. Also very silent.

Storage

I use this drive for programs that do not fit in the SSD and games. At 7,200 RPM its noticeably faster than the WD Blue, but also more noisy. Its also built like a tank.

Video Card

Excellent GPU for 1080p gaming. Very good build quality and nice RGB effects. Went with the ASUS ROG variant to match the ASUS ROG Motherboard. Very high FPS in all modern games at high / ultra at 1080p.

Case

For an RGB build this Case looks AMAZING ! (personal preference). Easy to build, good for cable management and reasonable price. Comes with 3x cooler master, master fan pro 120 RGB fans in front preinstalled and 1 x 120mm exhaust fan (black which was replaced). Thermals are also good (has no top fan mounts though). Tempered Glass window is of good quality and looking great.

Power Supply

Overkill at 850W for this build, but when it comes to the PSU, good brand and lots of wattage is a must (better safe than sorry). Fully modular , 80 plus gold certified and comes from Corsair, think that's all we need. Easy cable management and lots of spare cables.

Case Fan

Look great and match the rest of the build. Set of 3x come with an RGB controller from Cooler Master (was not used for this build).

Keyboard

AMAZING keyboard, though VERY pricy. Went for the one with the detachable keypad and Cherry MX Blue Switches. Excellent build quality (has metal body), very sturdy, great RBG effects. Detachable keypad can be fit left or right in seconds (its plug and play). Use this mostly for productivity due to the Cherry MX Blue Switches being loud but great for typing.

Keyboard

My new Keyboard toy - this was purchased together with the build. Was a bundle with the ROG PUGIO gaming mouse and the ROG SHEATH mousepad. More traditional looks than the ROG Calymore, has full set of separate multimedia keys and better, more vibrant RGB effect. Went for the Cherry MX Red Switches for gaming. Less loud than the Blues, far more silent with no click and faster. Personal preference the Cherry MX Reds for gaming and the Blues for typing.

Mouse

Good gaming mouse, solid build and reasonably heavy. Did not like the 4 side buttons but they can be disabled and covered (covers comes with the box). RGB zones and effect are amazing.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Hi guys, thanks for your comments! Regarding cooling, this case is indeed not optimal for high performance, but better for the looks. Keep in mind that the front cover has square holes all around the frame – not fully visible at the pictures - and the fans ensure enough airflow in the case. At stress testing (no O/C) and full load CPU/GPU/RAM, CPU reached almost 70 Celsius and GPU less than 65 Celsius (the 1060 ROG comes with 3x build in fans) – (HDDs at around 30 C), results which I consider to be very acceptable. For extreme performance and O/C better go with a Master Case (instead of Master Box) series if Cooler Master or one of the new Corsair RGB cases (but for double the price) – Crystal or Carbide, amongst other excellent choises form other brands.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

why 8700 instead of 8700k?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

its the 8700k, thanks for pointing out!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

great build but is it 16 or 32 gb ram

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Its 16GB, has 2x 8GB memory sticks

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Star Wars Dark Forces = best FPS of all time 10/10

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Airflow doesn’t look the best on the case. Otherwise glad to see someone who’s in this community for a long time! Nice build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

this is a nice build i love it but isn't 1080p gaming a little bit blurry when u step from a 24inch too a 27 inch monitor? ........

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed it is, noticed at WoW (and other RPG games), even with everything maxed out on ultra, gets a bit blurry at 27 inch. Fortine looks great with vsync on - still at 60fps cap.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build! Would recommend hiding the power strip though. Other than that the build looks really good and cable management is great.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about getting this case however i heard it had 0 airflow besides the back

is your pc handling well and not overheating?

also nice setup and the pc looks amazing

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Many Thanks!

As posted above, for this build with 3x intake 120 fans + 2 cpu fans pushing back and 1x exhaust the circulation is ok (CPU is not O/C for now - the case has filter down for PSU, thus PSU has no effect in air flow - heat). Note that all 6 fans are C/M masterfan PRO air balance. Indeed the front has fairly limited inflow and has no exhaust at the top. But thermals at stress test (CPU+GPU+RAM) look great - see above. Time will tell :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Update in parts review above

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the keyboard in the pictures really the ASUS ROG STRIX FLARE? It looks so different on the box compared to the one on Your desk. Also on their official website it looks nothing like the keyboard on Your desk. Can You please elaborate? :) I am working on a build myself: https://de.pcpartpicker.com/user/bodybeton/saved/9fkGf7

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Its "Asus - ROG Strix Flare (Cherry MX Red) Wired Gaming Keyboard ", the box is from the ROG Claymore

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fans are you able to have up top? Trying to figure out how many fans my friend would need for it to look nice and have pretty good airflow. Thanks man

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately this case supports no fans / rad on top - only front / back fan mounts. Its fine for air cooling, but if water cooling / AIO, go for a better air flow case.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

MMm yes i like the sexy time especially if it is With pc that look as Good as as This ;;

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Many Thanks !

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you adjust the color on the fans?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

All fans are connected to the RGB headers in the motherboard and controlled by ASUS Aura software. RAM, GPU, keyboard and mouse are also automatically recognised and controlled by the software.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

So just get the program

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Are there spots for case fans on the top of this case?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Are there spots for fans on the top? Cannot tell from the pictures.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No, has none on top

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

did yo u need the rgb spliter

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Not needed, you control all RGB via the ASUS Strix Motherboard

  • 17 months ago
  • 0 points

Front panel design like nope no air for you.

  • 11 months ago
  • 0 points

Why pair a 1060 with a i7 8700 on a expensive mother board that u can’t use none the less very good craftsmanship

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

For the games I play (@ 1080) a gtx1060 is more than sufficient for now. Still as you correctly state a good motherboard/CPU combo leaves room for future upgrades :)

[comment deleted by staff]