So, this is my first ever PC build! I've been part of the master race for quite some time, having owned 2 previous gaming PCs, both with a GTX 1050 and Intel i5 CPU. This, was a huge upgrade! FPS went from 60 on low to 144 on ultra! Also got pretty lucky with my pricing, as everything (excluding the monitor, keyboard and mouse, which I already had) came to a round £1,100!
Amazing performance for the price! Out-performs an i7 in creative and encoding tasks, which makes it great for streaming! Also came with a cooler which is added value and was super easy to install.
Damn was this a cool part! Kept my OC CPU under or around 40 while idle and a maximum observed temp of 74 while on a synthetic 100% load! Be advised this is a large cooler and as you can see in the last photo, the gap between this and the ram is minuscule! I was lucky that it just barely fit. Other than fan clearance, amazing!
It's kryonaut. It's amazing. It keeps the CPU cool. Nuff' said.
Holy moly is this good! A B450 board that can let you overclock to 4.1GHz?! Some X470 boards can't reach that! Great additional features such as shielded PCI-E, WiFi and bluetooth which really sweetened the deal! Worth paying the extra few to get a motherboard that is reliable and won't have silly problems such as standoff holes that are slightly off. Oh, and RGB!
Low profile RAM that's dual channel and 3000 out of the box, was able to get it to a stable 3333MHz with the timings also lowered. The low profile nature of this RAM is great for large CPU coolers, and the non-hassle packaging is also a bonus!
An SSD! Amazing upgrade from my HDD, so good in fact I got annoyed at how fast it loaded Skyrim with mods as I couldn't read the loading screen tips haha! It does get hot when rendering and saving video but that's expected!
The main event! This thing is a beast, and white! Has a really good fan and thermal design as I haven't seen this baby go over 70 while gaming + streaming! I can hit 144hz on GTA V ultra! Also, ray tracing! I've installed ray tracing mods for practically every game I own as it doesn't decrease performance that much, though games with ray tracing as a feature (such as BFV) do, weirdly. OC'd pretty high and has yet to let me down!
I guess you can call me basic now? H500 was a clear choice as every build video practically used it and this made installing everything go like butter, though I must say the fans pre-installed are a pain, had to remove them both just to install the mobo and once again to rotate them as the cables weren't long enough the way they were pre-installed. Other than that, an amazing case! Also helped that it was white and so was my RAM and GPU!
Er, it's.... a power supply? Everyone tells you to not cheap out on one and I didn't 80+ Gold is gonna save some quid in the electric bill I suppose! Also fully modular = cable management is super easy!
Wireless Network Adapter
Absolute let-down. Bought this thinking it was going to give me the max speed on my internet, but to my surprise, it can barely get a signal from the 2.4 band, let alone 5. I ended up using the Intel 9260 adapter that came with the mobo. That worked amazing and gave me my max with full bars on the 5GHz band. This Asus adaptor is now sitting collecting dust in my parts box.
A pretty good monitor, 144hz at 1080 is more than what I needed, and a selling point for me was height adjustment, and rotation, good for ergonomics! Only complaint was that it wasn't colour calibrated well, but that's expected of a £300 monitor anyways. After a calibration I was set!