I've had a decently powerful machine for a while now. Figured it was time to make it look pretty.
- Case: The NR400 is basically the N200 but better. Not only did it have all the features I wanted (PSU shroud, tempered glass, good cable management, and a modern look), but it was also the cheapest one. And, of course, it happens to be the sequel to my old case.
- PSU: I wanted a good, modular power supply that was inexpensive. This one fit the bill.
- Fans: Yes, I got them because of Kyle's video. They were relatively easy to hook up, and look pretty damn good!
This was definitely a challenge for me, but in the end I got everything working. I think I can safely say that I now have the computer I could only have dreamed of a few years ago.
Solid chip. Had no issues bumping it up to 3.7 Ghz, and it runs cool and quiet with the included stock cooler. Paired it with a 1070- at 1080p, it's taken everything I've thrown at it. While it might not be the price-to-performance king it once was, it's still a great performer if you can find it used.
It is a motherboard. That is all.
Ordinary kit of RAM, but you shouldn't have any problems with it. Make sure to set up the speed manually to 3000 Mhz in the BIOS for best performance!
There is absolutely nothing interesting about this SSD, but it's fairly snappy and has worked great for 4+ years.
Came with a laptop I bought (and immediately replaced with an SSD). I use it to store games and other nonessential stuff. I personally wouldn't buy it otherwise, but it does the job. If you're going to get a hard drive, get a 7200 rpm one at the very least.
FE cards may not be the best performers, but I love their design. Looks great, runs well, and kills anything at 1080p. Picked mine up used for $250 back in 2018- at the time, the only other comparable options were OEM cards and mini versions.
It does get a little noisy under load, but it's a tolerable whoosh instead of an annoying drone sound like my old 460 had. Temperatures have been good, being no greater then 75 C under heavy artificial load (FurMark).
For the price, you're getting a pretty solid mATX case. I was looking for something of its size with a tempered glass side panel, plenty of ventilation, room for cable management, and a PSU shroud- all of which this has. Build quality is pretty good, and it's easy to disassemble. There's a good amount of room under the shroud and behind the motherboard tray for cable management (more if you remove the hard drive tray). Overall a great case for what you're paying.
Also, for anyone planning on using this case: PCPP claims most power supplies are too big for the case, when they actually aren't. The hard drive cage is adjustable and can be moved.
Solid unit at a good price. Modularity is a nice feature... even if I did use nearly all of the cables anyhow.
Bought on Kyle/Bitwit's recommendation. They're pretty good! Decently quiet, look pretty (I was going for the "RGB ring around a regular fan" look), and don't cost a ridiculous amount of money. In terms of customization, you've got a good selection of colors and modes (one color, slowly shift through all of them, rgb swirly goodness, etc), in addition to being able to adjust the speed. The fans also have separate connectors for the RGB and the fan, which is a standard PWM connector.
The only thing I don't like about these fans is the controller- it's not wireless, and uses a molex connector. Otherwise, they're great for the price. I set mine to cycle through colors as slowly as possible, and it looks fantastic.