I finally decided to upgrade from the gaming laptop I have been using for the past 2 years. I have been slowly collecting and pricing out parts for the past 3 months. I got quite a few good deals over black Friday if you are questioning prices in the part list. This is my first build. I have worked with/taken apart many computers, but never a full build from scratch. There were multiple things that I learned it and was absolutely a blast putting it all together. The photos are all from my phone so I hope they don't look too terrible...
The inspiration for the theme is from Game of Thrones. However, I originally choose the color scheme because I love the clean white builds. Then I decided to add orange becuase it was my wife's favorite color and I needed a way to pay her back for not killing me spending this much on the build (love you honey) lol. With those two colors I decided to go for a orange fire and white ice clash inside the case. In the end, I think it came together really nicely. I would have loved to add some more GoT tribute with a custom GPU backplate, but that might come later.
Build Process Overall the build wasn't too hard to put everything together. The build posted on first attempt so that was very nice. The case made the build pretty easy and was nice to work with. Additionally, I had a terrible time planning out the rgb connections, I will talk about that more on the part specific area. The last thing that gave me a bunch of trouble was installing the fans, of all things...
CPU I decided to go AMD on this build. The processor is cheaper then Intel and I was really trying to keep the price as low as I could, minor performance increases weren't that important. I wasn't planning to do much besides game on the build, so I decided to go with the 5 over the 7.
Cooler Let's be honest, I just choose the cooler to make the build look nicer over the bulky air coolers. I would have liked to go one step up for a better cooler, but I couldn't justify the jump in price. Looking at the pictures, I wish I had because the white is blinding compared to the soft blue I went with throughout the rest of the case. Additionally, the temps are pretty high on my cpu because my house is usually about 79 degrees being in florida.
Mobo I have always been a fan of Asus products and the color fit in with the build so it made this mobo an easy choice. I do wish the rgb headers weren't the 4 pin headers, but in the end it worked out since I went solid colors. The BIOS is so easy to work with which was a plus. The only issue I had was I put the ram in A1/B1 slots. Turns out it needed to be A2/B2. So I had a lot of trouble getting the ram to run at 3200mhz until I made that change.
Memory Good price, nice rgb, works great. These ended up dropping price to $135 after I purchased, but oh well, can't win them all.
Storage I had a 158gb ssd in my laptop and it was amazing so I knew I needed one for this build. I was going to go 256gb, but for $20 more the 500gb was definetly worth it. The m.2 install was super easy on the mobo as well.
GPU Whew, I went back and forth on this choice for so long. I really debated getting a 1070ti for a long time as it was such a good price and powerful and since most Vega's where out of stock. I waited a long time for the Sapphire Nitro+ Vega 64 to come back in stock, but it never did and I found a good price for the Asus Strix so I went with that. I definetly love this GPU and it looks amazing. The freesync pairs with my monitor as well which is great.
Case I love this case. The tempered glass looks amazing. There was plenty of room to work and great places to tuck in cables. The included fans and rgb were already installed and look amazing. The mobo risers were already installed which was nice as I was terrified to fry my whole build lol.
Power Supply I really hope the 750 will be enough to power this build on any upgrades in the future, but for now it seems like a great psu.
Monitor This monitor was such a great deal over Black Friday. The curve is amazing and looks so good. Also 32 inches?!? I was running a 21inch laptop and thought that screen was big.... haha. As of now I can't tell if the freesync really makes much of a difference, but I need to test more. The 144hz refresh rate and 1440p look great.
Accesories I think the rgb was the hardest part to combine. The connections from the rgb fan covers to the led strips daisy chain really nicely, but I needed to buy an extra extension cable to connect to the headers on the mobo. Additionally, the instruction for daisy chaining make it seem like you have to do it a specific way but I really just slapped it all together. I thought the case came with an rgb controller, but it is just an optional upgrade, so don't get fooled by that. As for the fans themselves, they are nice and quiet and controlable so that worked out well.
Final Thoughts I definitely struggled with fan placement in the case. The two fans in the front were already setup for intake which made sense. But with the aio I wanted it to be an intake as well to get positive pressure (I have cats, cats have hair...) and keep my cpu cooler, but in the end I decided to make it an out as I couldn't justify putting it inline with the two fans in the front and having an intake and an out at the top didn't make much sense.
Thanks for looking and reading if you made it this far haha. Have a good day!
I love this cpu, great price, good speeds and the temps really don't fluctuate too high during load, which is nice. The stock cooler looks good, i didnt use it though, so cant comment on that.
This is a good liquid cooler on a budget. The fan is definetly louder then my Phanteks fans, but it is also doing more work typically. Installation was a breeze and the supplied instruction were very helpful. I do wish the white led was a little less blindingly bright, but that's such a minor complaint.
Easy to use, seems to be doing a good job. It came highly recommended and I would have to agree.
I was very nervous going with this mobo based on the reviews, but I am pleasantly surprised with how great it is. BIOS is easy to use and extremely informative, headers and cable placement is good, the rgb looks great and is customizable and the ram and m.2 installation was easy. The only problem I had was installing the ram in the wrong slot, but that's my fault.
Looks amazing, works great. Someone mentioned there is Ryzen specific compatible ram, but this worked fine with my ryzen build.
Much fast, very ssd. Samsung makes amazing storage and this ssd is still great, compared to the new 960, but for a great price.
Unfortunately I had to RMA this hdd. I wouldn't blame the product so much as purchasing from Outlet PC. Came in just an anti static bag thrown in a box. I will update this when the RMA is complete
This GPU is amazing, handles everything I throw at it in 1440p likes it's nothing. Everything I have is running on Ultra and it stays cool and quiet the whole time. The rgb also looks great! It is definitely a beast. There is some gpu sag , which worries me, but not enough to be a problem I'm sure.
Hands down the best case I have seen. Easy to work with, cable management is already provided, and the installed fans look great and stay quiet. I was a little confused if this included an rgb controller, which it does NOT. But that is okay, I ended up with a $2 add on cord to daisy chain the rest of my rgb together. Also, the white looks so good and the tempered glass is sturdy and just plain sexy.
Works great, modular cables helped a bunch and it powers everything well.
These are great fans. They stay nice and quiet, variable speed is perfect and they pair well with the rgb covers. My only complaint was they come with screws, but no washer/nuts. I ended up using the white pegs, but those are hard to remove and change if you need to move a fan. You couldn't include like 1 or 2 washers?
This monitor is good. The picture quality is is great, 1440p and 144hz is a killer combo. For the price, it was pretty unbeatable. I'm not sure I would have picked this up at the $400 I have seen though, I got it for $300 over black Friday.
- Colors look good right out of box
- Stand is sturdy and sticks to the ground a little so it doesn't wobble around easily.
- 31.5 inches, curved, 1440p and 144hz is such an awesome combo for $300
- The switch in the back to change monitor settings is easy to use and hidden nicely
- Came with a good display port cable
- Speakers (maybe, see bottom)
- The power cord is really short, so keep that in mind if you need to run it far.
The speakers don't work on my monitor. It's not worth returning to me as that's so minor. But I guess it can happen.
Edit: It seems my monitor is actually Acer ED323QURA from Newegg. It appears identical to this monitor, but I am not sure if it actually comes with speakers... So take this knowledge with a grain of salt.
Razer makes great products and this keyboard is no exception. Feels great, keys are quiet and the rgb looks awesome. I do wish there was a tiny bit more spacing on the keys, but i think i just need to get used to it.
Love the ease of daisy chaining Phanteks rgb, colors look good and the mag strip makes installation a breeze.
These cables look so good! Really help bring the build theme together. I got them for a great price at $25. Over $30 starts to get a little high in my opinion.
Comfy chair, easy to put together, great price. I think the "leather" may be a bit cheap, but what can you expect for the price.
Easy to add to the fan, daisy chains with other Phanteks rgb, such a cheap price. This is the 4 pin specific rgb, so just be careful which one you buy as Phanteks has the 3 pin for a higher price which Amazon says is the "newer" version.