Description

After going through random HP/Dell/Acer and other laptops/desktops of the like...every year or 2... I decided to build my own computer that would be great for gaming, speed, looks, and expanding in the future. I will never buy another prebuilt desktop again, you get so much more for your money building it yourself! A few weeks ago I didn't even know what a stick of RAM was...but after countless hours/days of youtube tutorials and reviews, I feel like I have some sort of computer degree. Definitely a fun process and I can see how it could become addicting with all the extra leds and customization on the market....but a very expensive hobby. I'm now trying to think of reasons to build my wife her own PC... even though she probably doesn't know how to turn one on. Anyways, Hope it last me a long time.

my temperatures and numbers I listed were obtained during the Heaven Benchmark at extreme settings. I still have a lot of learning to do when it comes to overclocking so I keep everything at what I consider "safe"...for now.

I'm just happy the thing turned on haha.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

zero complaints - RGB is adjustable any way you can imagine, fans are quiet, pump and fan curves can be adjusted easily in the app. I'd buy again for sure (as of now).

Memory

look cool... there's many different rgb options like flashing, comet, rainbow, etc... but I just leave them static.

Video Card

As some others mentioned either on here or some other reviews I read.... the fan will rub against a wire when it first starts up. I checked this prior to installing by just spinning it with my finger and it did it on mine as well. I tightened all the screws and just barely moved the wire as much as I could (0.0010 mm?) and that's all it took. No longer makes contact.

Case

Case is great and built with expandability in mind. I had all my parts ready to go in before I realized that I'd have to purchase a second ssd tray. If you have a 360mm radiator as an intake, the hdd sleds are to be tossed in the trash and you need to purchase a separate tray to put your hdd in also. That set me back a few days and extra $$...should have just been included.

Mouse

cant beat this for the price. I basically just bought it for photoshop...where I can be clicking a mouse 50-100xs a minute and don't want to annoy my wife in the next room. It is extremely quiet...even the mouse wheel doesn't make a "clicking" noise when scrolling.

Headphones

I had the A40s to begin with and I loved them. Upgraded to the A50 for obvious wireless reasons and I still love them.... they do seem a little heavier or built different... the top of my head will start to hurt after about an hour of use, not sure why. I have this issue with both the cloth and pleather pads. Also extremely convenient with a ps4 and pc. Plug the usb into your pc and the optical cable into the ps4, easily change between the two with the flip of a switch on the base station. I'll never go back to wired even with the slight discomfort.

Speakers

fing amazing bass. extremely loud. BUY THESE!

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, you did a great job for your first build. Looks super clean.

Why did you decide to go with the 8086K over the 9700K? More threads?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I have the 8700k (corrected that on the list)...why did I go with that instead? The best answer I can think of is "I have no idea". haha I still don't know much about processors and whats on the market, but I do know that it's better than what I had and some people say "you're just fine" with I5s still. I also remember seeing something about my mother board supporting 8th gen processors.... not knowing if that means "only" or "also".

Think it would be worth exchanging before my 30 days run out?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

8700K is still a good shout, but can't hurt in exchanging for the new shiny on the block while you're still in your return window.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like the 9700k isn't compatible with my Z370 motherboard... according to this website. If that's true... I'll pass on replacing both. Next time though! haha

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Well played!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

crisp and clean

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything looks really good here. Although...I have to wonder. How on earth are you getting those temps on the 87ook oc'd at 4.9GHz? What's your core voltage set at? I'm using a Kraken X62 & an 8700k and i know you have a little bit more cooling power with the X72, but under what kind of load are you getting 38c??? Other than that, nice looking rig! Made some great choices IMO.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

So for starts, I overclocked it to 4.9GHz by using the auto settings in the BIOS. I don't know how effective that is versus doing it manually....if I'm getting full potential or not? I can also select 5.0GHz and try that. I've never overclocked anything before so I have some learning to do.... But all my numbers came from using the heaven benchmark at extreme settings. I'd like to get full potential out of this computer so if you think I'm doing something wrong (referring to the numbers) then please let me know.

CPU Vcore- Auto > 1.335v CPU VCCIO- Auto>0.95v CPU System Agent Voltage- Auto>1.05v

edit: I noticed that during the heaven benchmark my cpu load was only 11% so that explains the low temps. I downloaded and ran the Cinebench, the CPU test put it at 100% / 4896MHz / 67C / score - 1520cb ...so significantly more in the temp zones. Thanks for pointing that out. The GPU during the heaven benchmark (extreme) was at 100% / 2040MHz / 68C / 186fps

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m building a similar build. Do you have fans installed in front of your aio? Or just have fans that are attached to the radiator?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have fans in front of the aio? Or just the ones that came with the radiator?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

just the ones that came with it, they are mounted on the front.... zero issues.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great. Thank you

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m building with the same case and a NZXT kraken x62 which is 280mm as opposed to your 360mm. I’d like to do a push/pull fan configuration on the radiator on the front of my case, making it so I will need to toss the hdd trays as you did. Will I need to purchase a 3.5” HDD bracket in order to install the HDD somewhere else in the case? Or can I install the HDD directly onto the case without it?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you look at the picture I have of the back view you can see it on the bottom behind the wires. I'm 99% sure the HDD tray mounts down there after you remove it from the shelf (there's raised screws you line up the holes with and slide it forward). You will have plenty of room.

Only thing I remember ordering separate was an sdd tray because it only came with one.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Also try youtubing the case for instructional videos to give you a better idea.. I remember seeing some when I was shopping.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I’ve been searching all over YouTube and other websites for info on this particular case. Unfortunately I couldn’t find an answer for whether the 3.5” HDD bracket was required to be ordered separately.

I took a good look at the picture you mentioned of the back of your build prior to making the previous post. I couldn’t tell whether that was the bracket you had to order separately or not.

Thank you for clarifying. I can go ahead and cancel my order for the bracket with a peace of mind.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, hope everything goes smoothly for you.