Date of Build: June 2017
Name: Miku V2 is an evolution of my first build: faster, prettier, and more capable than ever.
Purpose: Game recording/streaming, Video editing, Vocaloid production, Overclocking ;)
Special Notes: All parts with a cost of $0 were hand-me-downs or gifts. The OS, PSU, HDD's, WiFi Card, CPU Cooler, and GPU, Monitors, and Mouse are being carried over from my previous build.
The Story Behind it: My original Miku build didn't have a color theme, couldn't overclock, and wasn't good enough for game streaming or serious video editing. In other words: Soulless and mediocre. This upgrade is designed to fix those shortcomings.
Other Part Reviews:
- Corsair Spec Alpha ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case (White/Teal)
This case is a Fry's Electronics exclusive and I think it fits the Miku theme very well. It's a lighter turquoise/teal so it better matches Miku V3 or V4X as opposed to her official V2 artwork. It has enough room for a 180mm+ power supply without compromising the drive cages which is a huge plus for me. Overall build quality is good, but I wish Corsair had made it a couple inches taller because there is no way to route cables behind the motherboard. It may look like there is a hole on the top left of the motherboard tray but that gets covered up completely when you install your system. The three fans it comes with provide plenty of airflow and are acceptably quiet. The manual makes a couple mistakes when referring to specifications. Up to three 120mm fans can fit on the front panel (not just two,) and 160mm coolers are not too tall to put the side panel on (156mm is the stated max height.)
- Glorious Modular RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Barebones) v2
Absolutely LOVE this keyboard! You can get this shipped from PC Gaming Race with your choice of Gateron switches and a set of keycaps for under 120USD. Hot-swappable switches, a standard layout, lack of annoying logos, and a very easy to use RGB software make this keyboard a must-buy for enthusiasts. There is some slight variation in color consistency, but other than that this keyboard is perfect.
Excellent price to performance. Stock cooler is quiet, but not adequate for anything more than mild overclocking. I have mine stable (Prime 95 stable, not just "it boots" stable) at 3.8GHz @1.35v. Cannot get it to 3.9GHz or more even at 1.4v.
This cooler is designed for boards with large RAM modules where other tower coolers won't fit. Good for Ryzen 7 overclocking as long as the you set the voltage no higher than 1.4v. I received a free AM4 bracket from Phanteks about a week after submitting my proof of purchase. Even though the Corsair Spec Alpha states coolers larger than 156mm won't fit, this one does, with a couple millimeters to spare.
Early stability issues required the use of the dual-BIOS since it froze up during an update. Includes on-board buttons for: Power, Reset, CMOS clear, and OC (I am now convinced that the OC button does absolutely NOTHING.) Has tons of fan/pump headers and a tasteful board design. The biggest complaint I have is that the Motherboard LED sectors are not individually addressable, many colors do not work well, and there are large color inconsistencies between individual sectors that can only be remedied by keeping to either solid Red, Green, or Blue.
It's RAM. Nice heatsink with decent timings. Can't get it to 3200MHz on my Gigabyte AX370 Gaming 5 yet.
Admirable performance for an antique. SSD's are more expensive now than two years ago, so I just use these and keep my computer running 24/7 :P
When you first buy a reference card, you'll hear the fan noise and wish you had gotten an aftermarket solution. Then as the months go by, you start to become oddly attached to your card and stop minding the noise and high temperatures. This is a solid card. Too bad the miners have ruined the market for them.
Excellent value and warranty. Gives you the option to turn off the fan during low loads.
Recent changes to the update system has made this OS much more tolerable.
Wireless Network Adapter
Dual-Band WiFi and Bluetooth all in one card. Works out of the box in Windows and Linux. Unless you are part of the 0.01% who need Gigabit wireless speeds, there is no better option.
Cheap VA panel. Good colors. VGA and DVI only.
Decent IPS. No idea why it costs so much.
Software has a learning curve. Mouse feels comfortable and performs well. Also, RGB.
Stand is a bit weak, but it works. Microphone is better than most headset/clip-on mics, but I'd look elsewhere for a dedicated podcast/streaming mic.
Underrated. Excellent option for budget audiophiles who need isolation and something that is semi-portable.
Works fine with Studio One. I don't play piano but I do use it for instrument sampling.
It was cheap, did not require a power adapter, and matched my color scheme. No problems so far.
Has everything I need for recording/guitar practice and none of the features I don't. Love the special-edition Miku theme!
Tasteful pink LED fan. Decently quiet, but only comes in a 3pin/molex option.