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I'm using it right now for gaming, school, and desktop work and I plan to use it for a few other things. Excellent sub-$2k value for the money. My only major complaint is that I cheaped out on the cooler, and I've found that it does not properly fit on the board, as the pieces that are raised from the board block access to the nuts to tighten the cooler down, thus creating poor cooling conditions. When I'm gaming, my 9700k is running over 90 degrees Celsius and I think it is due to this cooler not being tightened down because it is literally impossible to do so. The clearances with this cooler are too slim with this board. Also, because the cooler is so low profile, it hovers over the RAM slots which is a major problem if you have taller RAM and I found this out the hard way. Also, for what it's worth, the RGB functions well with Mystic Light and it would be a good cheap little fan on a board that can fit it better. As for the other parts, the RX 5700 XT runs very hot when I play games, it hovers between 90 and 100 degrees Celsius at 100% usage. The Corsair case has a very tight space in the back and little play for cable management, but the PSU shroud is nice and the RGB in the case fans and light strip work flawlessly with iCUE. I did have a slight problem with my PSU where the screw holes did not align with those in the case, so I only screwed in two holes. In addition to that, when I first got the case, I had problems with the strip not lighting up. I took the front panel off and noticed that it wasn't all one long strip on the front of the case, but wired together kinda cheaply in the corner. All I had to do was loosen a screw and the lights started shining again, so we will see how long that lasts... I'm really happy with the monitor. For the price that it costs it is a steal, although the speakers inside are garbage. If you have a headset or auxillary speakers then forget about it. The motherboard has a few excellent programs and features that allow you to tune audio to get it just the way you want it, is wifi and bluetooth enabled, and an easy BIOS to use. It needed an update and I was able to flash it with a USB stick easily. The keyboard and mouse both work flawlessly and RGB control is easy to use. As for Memory and Storage, you pretty much get what you pay for. I like the OLOy WarHawk RAM sticks and the look fantastic right out of the box and syncs to Mystic Light easily.

To sum it up, if you're going to get a build like mine I would recommend a few things:

Do not buy this cooler. Opt for preferably something you can screw in from the top that does not force you to screw it in on the side of the board. With this board, there are things in the way and it is impossible to put in RAM after the cooler is in. I wouldn't recommend this cooler to anyone because it is such a pain in the *** to use.

For how expensive the case is, you could be getting a better value with that money on a different case. I'd either save up a bit more to get something nicer or go cheaper and skip the RGB.

Also, if you care about RGB, try to keep your RGB components consistent with the brand, otherwise you will have to download third party software to get it to sync together, which I did not know when I bought the parts.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU runs fairly hot but with a good cooler you can keep temperatures down. Has good overclocking capability and is a great bang for buck. Works pretty much exactly as advertised and haven't had any real problems with it.

CPU Cooler

The only reason I'm giving this cooler 2 stars is because of its lighting capability that works well with Mystic Light and compatibility with many different sockets. Other than that, I would have to give it 1, because the installation of this thing on my board was virtually impossible. The nuts to tighten are buried far underneath the cooler on the LGA 1151 socket, and the other components on my board block access with the cheap little tool that they send with the cooler. Also, I had to move both my RAM over a slot because the fan is so wide that it covers the slots where they are supposed to go making it impossible to remove RAM without removing the fan which is a terrible design flaw mixed with this board. Because of this problem, I'm not able to properly tighten the cooler to the CPU which creates high temperatures during stress testing, easily pushing over 90 degrees. I even tried to reapply thermal paste to see if I made a mistake the first time. The only way to get the nuts somewhat tightened requires taking the entire board out of the case, which requires re-cable managing everything. Took me over an hour to reinstall the fan alone to get it tightened maybe a quarter or half turn after finger tight. I wouldn't recommend this fan to ANYONE because after all that trouble my CPU is still overheating. Absolutely awful design mixed with the tight spaces on my Z390M Gaming Edge AC board near the socket make this cooler useless for me. I hate it, but have to respect that it works properly when plugged in and has a clean look. If you don't have clearance for this on your board then this thing is a $40 paper weight.

Motherboard

This board is a bit expensive in my opinion for what you get. Has plenty of excellent audio capability but I was somewhat disappointed with Mystic Light's functionality. Near the CPU socket, there are a few components that are raised somewhat high off the board near the IO and I've had trouble with my low profile CPU cooler installation, but I would attribute that more to the fan than the board. Other than that, this board is really nice and I would be happy to recommend it.

Memory

Works exactly as advertised and is cheaper than the competition. I also really like the way these look in my case. Easy install and syncs with Mystic Light simply.

Storage

Not the fastest SSD in the world, but for $100 and 1 TB of storage my games and OS boot up fairly quickly.

Video Card

If you want to save $100 on a GPU when comparing it to an RTX, then this is your best bet. The issue I've run into with it, though, is that it runs very hot at 100% usage, playing games at over 90 degrees. All in all, one of the best GPUs available for the $400 price tag, hands down.

Case

This case, for what it is worth, is okay. It is fairly pricey for what is offered, considering there is so little room in the back of the case for cable management. The PSU shroud is a nice touch and has lots of room for external storage. When I got this case out of the box and got it plugged in, I noticed the RGB light strip on the outside of the case only lit up the bottom angled portion. I took the front panel off to inspect the strip, and when I got all the screws out of the strip's mount, I noticed it wasn't all one strip but at the angled corner were two strips cheaply soldered together. I noticed that if the mounting screw was too tight, the other part of the strip would not light at all, so I loosened it and put it back together and it's worked fine since. For Everything else, this case has a really sleek design and has enough room inside the glass panel for future upgrades. I like the way it looks, but its functionality is somewhat limited and I had issues with the light strip.

Power Supply

For how cheap this 80+ Gold 750 W power supply is, this is a steal for quality. I have yet to have problems with this PSU, and it isn't too bulky. The only issue I've had is the screw holes do not align very well with the ones in the case, so I was only able to put in 2 screws.

Monitor

I love the value per dollar from this monitor and it even has a Video Port! 165 Hz for $165 is well worth the money with the clean edgeless display and the mount looks really nice, too. Settings are somewhat simple and compatibiltiy with my GPU is easy with FreeSync. My only complaint is that the built in speakers are worse than the one in my iPhone 6. If you don't have a headset or external speakers then consider spending the money you'd save with this monitor to get better audio options.

Keyboard

I really like the back lighting on this keyboard and the Brown keys are a great balance of noise and feel. The Engine Suite from Rosewill gives unique characteristic options with each key and plenty of detailed setting to change them to do whatever you want. My only complaint is that the lights on the side of the board, as far as I can tell, cannot be controlled. Maybe I just haven't figured it out yet. For $60 this is a great keyboard.

Mouse

For the price, this is a good mouse. Syncs with G HUB well and has many options to change DPI settings. It is a little small and not super ergonomic, but is not uncomfortable to use. The cord is long enough to reach to the back of my setup and have plenty of room to move it around.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You should replace that cooler with a Corsair water cooler, it'll help a lot and work with the fan in the back.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The problem that I see with Corsair's water cooling is that they seem more expensive for similar performance to Noktua's air cooling. I'm worried about water cooling malfunctions because of the moving parts like pumps and potential line leakage. Additionally, I'm surprised Corsair's new line of coolers don't have RGB fans. On the other hand, I know that in a lot of cases they are consistent in their performance. They are sleek and look good in a case and easy to set up. I am, however, looking for a new cooler but I have no idea if Corsair is still a good choice in general. A lot of people have mixed opinions about them. Do you have any other suggestions?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I shared your fears once, especially the leakage. I know that ARCTIC makes some water coolers, but if you want to avoid water cooling, then Noctua's beefier coolers should do it. I would also replace that video card with a better one from ASUS, XFX cards seem to have a heat problem.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, my graphics card runs hotter than most, but I don't think it is necessary to replace it. AMD said that their cards running that hot is fairly normal so I'm not sure I should be that worried about it. Also, my Storage seems to be struggling to multitask, almost as if it is too slow to keep up. Would you recommend another M.2?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

If your mobo supports it, I'd grab an NVMe M.2 from Samsung. I'd stick with M.2s since 2.5"/3.5" drives are a pain to install. A 250GB 970 EVO should do it. If the price is too high, HP has a 250GB NVMe for a little less (Samsung is about $65, HP is about $40).

I know that AMD cards usually run hotter, but even then, it shouldn't be hitting 90C. I'd still suggest replacing it. However, if it works, then keep it. You already dropped the gold on it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure that I want to bother with trying to resell a graphics card I just bought. Despite it running hot it still performs. For the rest, though, I appreciate your help :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the Sceptre monitor come with any display cables in the box?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it came with a Display cable. I don't recall if it included HDMI because I don't use it, but those are fairly easy to come by. It came with a stand and a small screwdriver. There is a review on YouTube of the monitor as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Of6WQ3f2Xs