The build was a good experience with finding and building in another country as I was building a starter PC for my nephew. I allowed him to choose the case, keyboard + mouse, and headset. Ultimately, the price came down to time/versus cost for me, so I ended up paying ridiculous prices, because I chose to purchase from one store versus bargain shopping like I normally would when I have a lot more time to spend. But the store I got it from took 7-8hrs to gather the parts, after first they said to come back in 45mins to an hour, and even started to assemble the PC when I told them that we would be assembling it ourselves, smh, terrible store. If I would have paid cash, then I would have just asked for a refund and left this store to go elsewhere, but unfortunately I ended up purchasing everything at once on my cc. After telling them again that I didn't want the PC built by them, they disassembled everything and put it all back into the boxes as I watched. So now, I get to teach my nephew how to properly clean off used thermal paste and reapply new thermal paste the proper way. I was very surprised at the cost of the video cards still priced fairly high since the mining craze. The 1050Ti was $175.34, and the 1060 was little over double the price at $356 [face palm].
Once we got everything back home, I was able to teach him how to assemble the PC so that he could get some good experience and really appreciate the entire aspect that comes with joining in the MPCR. There were some things that he was a little nervous with that he didn't want to do by himself, like applying the thermal paste to the CPU and applying the Spire CPU cooler the proper ways, but I did have him put in some elbow grease in cleaning the stock thermal paste off of the spire cooler that had been used by the tech at the store.
The case looks nice; however, I don't like that InWin has restricted the airflow with this design. On the front there are room for 2 each 120mm intake fans with a 2” cut out on the bottom front of the case for air to flow in. To make matters worse, they have placed the HDD bays directly in front of these fans, making it even more difficult for the mobo to have any form of decent airflow across the capacitors and VRMs. The top of the case has no vents and therefore no place to put any additional fans or rads if utilizing AIO or custom water loop. Then the bottom has two 120 mm air vents with filters mounted to the bottom of the case that slide out; however, the PSU takes up one of the slots for the fan, which is acceptable as I have it facing down to blow air out of the case. The positive thing about this case is that it does have room to place a 120 mm fan at the back for an exhaust, which is nice, rather than having the traditional 80 mm exhaust fan. Also, there is one side window, that protrudes out slightly, which brings me to the back panel that also has the same protrusion that is a nice feature, so that you don't have to fight with putting the back panel back on after doing cable management, since it is such a shallow space to work with. Overall, cable management was decent.
After a few hours later of assembling the PC, we had finally finished, I did majority of the cable management and had him to assist me. Now it was time to see if we won the silicon lottery!
Currently, I have set mild OC'ing on the CPU, GPU, and GPU Memory and have ensure that it's stable, since I will have to go back to work and will not be readily available if these settings required adjustment. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a stable OC settings for the RAM as it would just go through the RAM retry boot loop when trying to OC past the factory 2400 MHz, before it would set to default and then boot back into the UEFI. Another problem that I had seen is that the DRAM voltage would adjust to a different voltage than what I had manually set, so I just placed it back on auto. However, once I recalled that I forgot to default the UEFI before initially making my changes, I tried OC'ing the RAM once more and was able to get a stable 2666MHz with 1.380V and would run Heaven and games without any issues. But for some reason, I found out that once the PC has been shut down and cold booted, the system would seem like there isn't enough power to sustain the OC'ed RAM, I tried several different settings and variations, but to no avail. For now I have set it back to 2400MHz with static clock settings and voltage at 1.2870V.
I utilized Heaven Benchmarking program ran it on high settings for 10 – 15 mins before starting the benchmarking test, and got a decent score of: 1947 and FPS: 77.3, I then, I turned up the settings and got a score of: 1551 with 61.6 FPS. I was able to play Fallout 4 for several hours with a consistent 60 FPS without any issues of tearing or stuttering, which to my surprise was a rather smooth gaming experience, with the Free Sync monitor set to Ultimate Engine.
Overall, the system is good has no issues with gaming or anything else so far, even though I'm not able to OC the RAM and the CPU at the same time, which it might be the mobo, PSU, or it could just be the simple fact that I didn't win the silicon lottery on this build. My nephew, really enjoys his new PC and goes back and forth from gaming on titles such as Fallout 4, DOTA 2, and streaming.