This is my first time build and i am super excited to share it! I want to thank all of the other people on here who have shared their lists and typed up very good reviews and overall helpful write-ups. So here goes i will edit this a few times no doubt but i am excited to share with you!
So i have been gaming on a Samsung Chronos Series 7 laptop for 5 years now! Mostly just Starcraft 2. https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-NP700Z5A-S0AUS-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Silver/dp/B006R103MQ
Thats her. She has served me well with very low end gaming. However there is a game that i started playing months back that she just couldn't really handle. Subnautica! If any of you have not played it go check it out on steam! https://steamcommunity.com/app/264710
So the purpose of this machine is to game mostly. However as my name suggests i am a prototype CNC Machinist and i plan on buying my own machine/s somewhat soon so i would love to program (CAD/CAM programming not normal computer programming) on this bad boy here. (after a graphics card upgrade most likely) I wanted something that could handle most games out now on a 1920x1080 144mhz screen at higher settings (starcraft is amazing by the way everything is maxed out when before it was all as low as possible). I can always buy a new graphics card if i want to step into 1440p and beyond. So as to quell you nay sayers right now. THIS IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME NOW SO I DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR COMMENTS PERTAINING TO GPU BOTTLENECKING!!!!!!
I wanted the newest i7 processor to future proof the machine for as long as possible. I also wanted to use an m2 ssd for my main boot drive and storage. I will probably add another one soon in RAID 0 or even just a SATA ssd for storage. I didn't want any moving parts for storage. That's outdated! hahaha. I also liked this case a lot as there was a display build at microcenter. I went in there two days ago thinking i would only get the parts that were listed as lower prices on there website. With price matching i was able to buy everything all at once!
So the only issue/s that i have had so far were very minuscule considering this is my first build.
1) i thought i was going to have to remove the rear fan to install the mobo as it seemed super tight with the shrouds by the I/O. So i removed the fan and set it behind the case. Then i stupidly installed the mobo and after i tightened the last screw i realized that i wouldn't be able to get the fan back inside the case. So i had to uninstall the MOBO and put the rear fan back in noob mistake hahahahaha.
2)In order to get the BIOS to boot properly i needed to only have one RAM installed as it throttles them back to "normal" frequencies. I read that this is to accommodate the most amount of different RAM's that can be installed. I freaked out when I couldn't see the BIOS screen upon first boot up! "o no I installed the CPU wrong, **** i think i did bend those pins on the MOBO, **** im screwed im going to have to get a new mobo and CPU." Then the logical side of my brain took over. I looked a few things up and realized that using only 1 RAM might help. Now i guess it helps that my friend owns his own business doing IT stuff. haha. Boom she booted right into BIOS once removing the second RAM Stick! YAY i was so happy at this point. Then i just had to get the XMP setup and viola! the second RAM was working too! whew. At this point i was happy to see my cooler fan speed, processor, ssd, keyboard and mouse. I knew i wouldn't see the case fan speeds as they arent attached to the MOBO. Or maybe there is a way without plugging them directly into MOBO?
3) once i got everything setup I booted my free copy of Windows 10 up. I started using it and was very pleased at how fast things installed, downloaded, and just overall smooth experience! It is the fastest computer i have ever used! I wanted to make sure that the SSD was making use of the X4 bandwidth of the PCIe lanes. So i went back into BIOS after playing games for hours and everything was working fine. Then i changed the settings for the M2_2 lanes to x4 (even though i knew i was in the M2_1 slot, as a side note.... it doesnt have a setting for X2 or X4 on the M2_1 slot so i was confused and too lazy to double check that it was the M2_1 slot I assume this is because it has to be set to that idk) and a few other things and it took me about an hour to finally get the damn machine back to bootable into windows 10. The dumb thing is the auto settings allowed the SSD to run at full speed as confirmed by my test using Magician. It looks like it is around 95% the max sequential read speeds, 99% the max sequential write speeds, 120% of the IOPS for random read, and 85% of the random write IOPS. WOW actually faster than the upto speeds listed!!! whoo wee thats fast! So lesson learned if it isn't broke dont fix. I just wanted to make sure.
i guess now it is the headache of making sure every driver is up to date. As well as making sure to keep this computer more organized than the last going from windows 7-10 is kinda funky.
Feel free to compliment, or if you really want complain that i have the best everything else other than graphics card! hahaha
in the coming days i will post more pics of the full build once i install the last two fans up front and put the case back together. If you want to see a pic with this as a certain color let me know!
Super fast! Amazing performance. Havent overclocked yet but once i do i can talk about that. Havent even begun to take advantage of full clock speed
Seems to keep cpu cool i have my cpu fan profile set to "turbo" it hasnt really gone full blast yet. Then again its so quiet i am pretty sure i wouldnt notice while gaming. Will add more after bench marks! Cheap and works.
1st time building have nothing to compair to. However i found it very easy to install, very easy to wire everything up, and it seems designed very well. Plus its got lights! BIOS settings will be fun to mess with :)
Pretty and fast! Its RAM hahahaha
Holy ****! If i didnt have my BIOS add 3 seconds to boot i would say its full power off to fully booted in less than 15 seconds! WTF crazy fast
Works very well for me on a 1920x1080 144mhz screen. Smooth textures and i still need to tweak a few things like anti aliasing and whatnot but i have played Starcraft 2 on Ultra with no problems at all. If i had to guess since im not monitoring it its probably way above 100FPS even at those settings. It plays Subnautica on ultra everything at as high as 130FPS as low as 60 Super smooth and super responsive everything looks sexy! I have played Overwatch on ultra(i know this game isnt that gpu intensive) looks and responds great! I played the free Rocket League game i got with this and looks great!
It looks like it sags a bit but o well i can take care of that. Good job EVGA
Sexy case and as a first time builder i must say it just seems like everything is where it should be and i have plenty of room for future upgrades. Looks pretty and super sturdy case would definitely buy again.
Supplies power. Works. quiet fan.
Eh not my favorite but it was free. It is very responsive i will say that.
This isnt actually the monitor i got but its close to it. Everything looks amazing and it detects input instantly.
Its so pretty and very heavy duty i am sure i will have this thing forever. I really like the software. The windows lock key is so welcome coming from a laptop that didnt have that and losing so many matches on SC2 just by hitting windows. I LOVE the volume control wheel too. Easy to use and has a ton of cool customization options. I see what everyone is talking about pertaining to mechanical and these switches. Amazing. I used it for a few hours then typed on my laptop for a bit. I literally was creeped out by the feeling of my laptop keys after using this! hahahahaa
Same as with the K70 LUX which uses the same software. Easy to customize and i really like the one click mode change. I like the default green setting for desktop and gaming. Amazing mouse i might buy one for work.
It emits sound. Sounds good to me and very cheap!