Description

About 1 year ago I dipped my toe into PC building for the first time. I ended up with a Ryzen 5 system with a GTX 1060 6 GB. That build served me well for 1080p 60 hz gaming. While I was very happy with my first build I was doing it on a budget. After switching jobs and going up in income considerably I decided I'll upgrade my complete setup and go for the best parts I could afford. So after a couple of months of saving up I was finally able to complete it this week.

This rig's purpose is mainly to game on with some light video editing on the side.

Update februari 2019: succesful delid on my 8700k lead to 20 or so degrees reduction in temps at 4.8 GHz @ 1.2V and now can reach 5.1 GHz at 1.375V with max temps of 83 degrees.

Update april 2019: Desk upgrade to a wood tabletop + ikea drawers. For this upgrade I bought an Alex drawer unit and a Karlby countertop. I already had the Alex storage unit on the right. The Karlby is the 186 cm version. I was initially going to just place it on top of the Alex units and leave it at that. However during the assembly I tried to move the desk and almost had the countertop fall off so I decided I was going to attach it to the Alex units. For this I went out and bought L shaped metal brackets with 2 screws each, I got 4 of them and used them to hold the back side of the Karlby to the units. To attach the front I wanted it to be invisible so I ended up drilling through the Alex units and used 2 screws through into the countertop. The result was a very secure desk which I could move by just pulling or pushing on the top. I then realized that the whole thing weighs a ton and it wasn't as easy to move but that's alright as I can now grab the desk to adjust my chair. Pretty happy with how the desk turned out. Cable management was much easier than I expected. All I used was a couple of cable clips on the bottom of the desk and a few velcro straps to keep wires together. All my power strips are inside the right Alex unit which also has a cable cutout on the back of it to make it all very easy. Inside I haven't even tied cables together since they're not visible anyway and that way it's easy to pull out or add new things to the desk.

Part Reviews

CPU

Picked this up dirt cheap through some kind of financing with my employer. Excellent performance and it stays quite cool when not overclocked. Overclocking of course kind of ruins that part but on my chip it's not too bad. Got up to 4.8 GHz with 1.2 V and decided to keep it at that to keep the temps and noise down. My chip reaches 5 GHz at 1.32 V but my cooler gets pretty loud under load and that's not something I want in my otherwise silent build. I recently delidded my CPU and temps dropped by ~20 degrees. At my current OC at 4.8 ghz the chip reaches 61 C max under load. Idle and light use temps seem to go under 30 degrees more often as well.

CPU Cooler

Brought this over from my old build. I liked the simplicity of CoolerMaster's AIO, no extra USB headers, just 1 rgb splitter to plug into the motherboard, 1 AIO pump 3 pin cable and the fan cables. The RGB looks great imo but the stock fans are very loud to my ears. I resorted to keeping the fan curve low and dialing down from 5 GHz to 4.8 to keep my build silent. I eventually replaced the fans with Noctua Chromax fans to match the rest of the black build.

Motherboard

Picked up the highest end board that made sense for my build. I fell in love with the aesthetics of Asus Maximus XI boards and I went with this model because I'm not a fan of the mirror finish on the Formula boards.

Memory

Pretty, fast and overkill most of the time but I figured why not? Got the kit to run at 3600 MHz without touching the default timings which was a free boost in performance.

Storage

Brought this over from my old build. It's an SSD, it's big and it's hassle free, no cables. It's not the fastest SSD out there and I've had some hit or miss performance especially as the drive filled up. It's probably not something that a casual user would notice but I did notice it sometimes hangs during file transfers in a way my other drives don't. The software that comes with it however is very disappointing. It's slow and unresponsive and that shouldn't be the case when you're talking about one of the more popular SSD lines out there.

Storage

Pulled this out of an old pre-built PC from 2009. It's definitely due for an upgrade though, probably soon!

Video Card

Wanted the best there was for 1440p 144 Hz gaming. Card's thick and heavy, definitely feels substantial and worth the money. Cooler performs very well and stays silent under load. For the games I play it runs them at 165 fps a lot of the time so that made me very happy. I play mostly World of Warctaft, PUBG, GTA V, CSGO and BF4.

Case

Liked Fractal's aesthetic, front I/O and the side panels mechanics. Case comes with loads of sound dampening foam inside and sleeved front I/O cables which was a nice surprise. The 3.5" hard drive bays on the back are very useful to pass cables in between. Too bad it doesn't come with a front door like the R6 but I don't really mind the new and improved approach.

Power Supply

Upgraded my CX650M unit to the RMx series because I wanted to swap the stock cables for custom sleeved cables. Didn't want to go with extensions as I plan to add a tempered glass side panel to the back side of the case as well. Went with 850W because I wanted the psu to feel like a substantial upgrade and it was only 10 bucks less for the 750 and 5 less for the 650W versions so I figured why not. PSU fan doesn't even kick in unless I'm playing demanding games.

Monitor

Huge upgrade from my old 1080p 60 Hz TN panel. This screen is crisp, bright and smoother than I could've imagined. I'm not a fan of the bright red light in the base so I turned it off. Other than that it's an amazing monitor! Overclocks to 165 hz without an issue and that's what I'm currently running. Paired with a 1080 ti it runs things like a dream.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

(I followed the shameless plug) This is gorgeous! Love the purple and black. Especially love the cabling, very well done.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha that's awesome! Thanks very much for checking this one out :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean looking build! Love the aesthetics of the build with the purple lighting and pretty much matte black when turned off! +1 from me

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a lot for just couple months saving lol, nice!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Define S2, clean build, have my S2 ready at home, just waiting on the other parts and I'll start my build as well :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words. Interested to see how your build turns out! :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Just posted my completed build with the Define S2 in case you're curious :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yo noice build!

Just wondering how the Karlby benchtop is holding up?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

So far it seems great! I haven't had to do any special cleaning on it so far. I do dust once a week or so because I like the room clean. In terms of rigidity, at first I was hesitant to put more than the weight of my arms on it but that has kind of disappeared and now I'm less careful with that and just use it as any regular desk. It has shown no signs of bowing or warping, I tested that with one of those level bars last week just out of curiosity. So yeah, pretty happy with it and all my initial concerns of bowing seem to have disappeared. I do however keep a spare leg for the middle, just in case it does start to bow down the line.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the sagging was my biggest worry haha, thanks for getting back to me.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not just that. I'm not a fan of the Crucial Storage Executive software, it's slow and unresponsive and I think that shouldn't be the case for one of the more popular SSD lines out there. Furthermore performance is sometimes very hit or miss. In my opinion a good product is only as good as the complete package. For me, it didn't live up to my expectations. While it's good SSD overal, it's not perfect and I believe that people should know the full picture of using a product and not just the first impressions. Now that I'm typing this I realize some of my points aren't in my SSD review so I'll update that.