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So, this is my first build. I wanted it to be future proof, but also real good like. I probably would have bought the Nvidia Super 2080 whatever, but I bought the parts like a month ago and just now got around to building it. I do not really regret it. New stuff comes out all the time. I just wanted to get parts that I was happy with.

As it turns out I should have done I little more research. I am happy with the motherboard and graphics card, and fans, but the software that comes with it to control all the aorus RGB and led controller is trash. If I knew I would have to fiddle with things for days on end, I would have just gone with other parts.

That being said, looks pretty dope as hell though.

I wanted a to try a bunch of new things. Installing an M.2 drive was interesting, and so was the ssd, no problems. At first, the two drives that did not have Windows installed on them did not show up, but after some internet searching I discovered how to create the recognizable storage space that Windows could recognize. I named each of the drives off of the first three books of the old testament. Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus. There was no particular reason for it other than the names sounding cool.

The monitor, a Alienware 34 inch monitor is pretty sexy, fun to put together, immediately has that light bleed problem i was hoping to avoid. I do not really mind it, but i was hoping to get lucky with this monitor. Ah well, i just wont buy dell ever again because now im forever biased against them.

Soundcard works as expected, no noise. I put the sound card in the bottom PCI 16 slot, because why in the world would you ever want to put it anywhere close to a graphics card. I heard internal sound cards would sound inferior to a dac, but i have heard no electrical buzz that i was honestly expecting. But this card surprised me with really intuitive software and a expansion card that actually works as intended.

The biggest issue i have with the build is the leds. thermaltake might make great stuff, but these rgb fans. I had to buy this premium TT controller thing cause the ones that came with the fans were litteral trash garbage. Dont come near these fans. Go with some that are more hassle free. Ive taken the panels off this case way too many times.

Speakers are cool. Probably has less features and dont intergrate well in a bigger setup, but they work for me. Also those speakers in the part list are not the same as the ones i have. I have the Edifier 21280 speakers. They are eighty bucks.

Overall, i had fun with this being my first time. I am glad the biggest issue i had building the thing was cable management which remains to be not very good.

Oh yeah, price. So $5700 is a safe bet on how much i probably spent overall. I was buying parts over the past month as to get good deals on most of them. I probably spent 5000 on the parts, 500 on handling and shipping, and another 200 in replacement parts and fixes. (i bought some sick blue and white cables to replace the black ones)

The next step probably will be to replace the graphics cards and custuom watercool everything, but i'll that in a couple years time. For now, im just getting my mind and body ready for Cyberpunk 2077

Part Reviews

Case

I like the case, and I like how big and awesome the glass panels are, and I especially like how much it sucks to carry around with all the parts inside it. That aside, my one complaint is the back has just about zero space for cable management. I will live forever in fear of taking this back panel off because I do not know if i'll ever get it back one.

Still, I like the case, a little more hassle than I was expecting. I would not suggest this to a first timer, however for someone who would want to do a custom watercooling rig, this case would probably be really ideal.

Also, get the base version, you're gonna replace those stock fans and stuff anyway.

Mouse

Honestly this mouse blows my mind with how many actual buttons there are on it. There's a horizontal scroll, a vertical scroll, a scroll click, a middle click, left and right, and thumb click, a forward click and a back click. I feel like I can finally play an fps without feeling like a dumb idiot fumbling for my melee key. Lots of options, the software makes the buttons re-assignable. worth the price.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

I mean this build will play Cyberpunk 2077 for sure haha. I would say if you ever build a PC again, next time maybe do some more research on parts. 128gb of RAM is way too much for gaming and almost anything else so you could have saved a lot of money. Also, for gaming, Threadripper isn't the best since the performance per core is lower than a standard 6 or 8 core CPU from AMD or Intel. Also, I would recommend a new gaming mouse. The MX mouse is great for productivity and general use but if you are going to be doing any FPS you might want to look into a lighter mouse.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! I did not realize any of those things about the CPU. As for the RAM, I do understand that 128 is overkill. I mean, 32 is overkill, i just had the slots and i wanted to get 16 gb cards. I'll probably distribute them to friends or family that will make builds in the future. It was just too much fun to slap 128 gigabytes of RAM into the motherboard just to see in the system overview that i was only using 3% of the available RAM.

I was thinking about the mouse too. I do not like the look of "gaming mice". Is there one you suggest that isnt too edgy and has the same amount of clicks? Thanks for tip though. I dont really play any FPS's if you couldnt tell already, but my brother does. He has said similar things about mice. Lightweight, high dpi, that sort of thing. Kind of goes over my head.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Have a look at the Logitech G Pro Wireless.

It's the best wireless mice I've used so far and it's not toooo much gamer. You can also disable the led in the Logitech SW

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang the man just installed 128GB of RAM for a gaming build!

+1 upvote for this build.

As for your PC you obviously picked out high quality components no doubt about it. This Anidees case I have just finished building with it and it is an awesome case no doubt. You definitely want to custom liquid cool here but there is no rush to do that - if it aint broke.... A word of advise since you are a first time builder: The cables where the motherboard has an inconvenient place for the pins, you can route under the motherboard and loop over the other side or run as much length around the back and use a cable extender to up and over on the left hand side. This will help you avoid having to run cables across the motherboard in your line of sight.

Great job though, well done on your first build. This qualifies as a premium top of the line first build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much. That means so much to me. Honestly. Two months ago, i did not know what a PCI slot, and now i can get an OS to boot off a computer that i made myself.

I never really thought of under the motherboard. I saw the holes there, but the back is so cramped, i did not know if i'd have space. Now that i think about it, that huge 24 pin motherboard to PSU cable fits back there. I can definitely feed more cables in better places. Thanks for the advice! It's cool that you also used the same case. I imagine an experienced builder could make this case really shine.

I knew that what i made was expensive, but i didn't realize it was "top of the line" as you say. That's pretty cool! I'll definitely work on the cables over the next couple days. Thanks for the comment.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I would save cable management until your next iteration when you dabble with diy liquid cooling. If it works leave it be ;)

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The member that built this rig had the disposible income to do so. Not a question of wisdom unless he is going hungry to fund his hobbies. Why should you care what he does with his money anyway? He can blow it on Massage Parlors, Hard Drugs, Wagyu Beef, Hermes belts, Kiton Suits. Lots of money can be spent on just about any hobby or accessory or vice. Not my problem how he chooses to spend the money he has earned.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you dude. And feel free to downvote my build. You just need to tell me which parts of the build i could have done better on. I made my purchases based on a budget i set for myself and the reviews for the parts i found on newegg and on here. I went with the AMD cpu cause I've only ever had laptops and they used intels so i wanted to try it out. And i got the ram just cause i could.

Tarowe44, i get that i did dumb things, that's why i posted this here in the first place. there are plenty of cooler, better builds. If you want to give me your advice or ask a question, id gladly take it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

"Simple Gaming Build" throws together $6k rig I like the way you think.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha! Im glad you appreciated the joke. I did not realize so many people would be looking at my build. I wanted to make the viewing and reading experience fun.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This very much looks like a build for someone who has more money than sense. A 2nd Gen threadripper right after the release of 3rd gen ryzen makes absolutely no sense! 128gb of ram for gaming? those cables? this is painful

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, obviously this computer isn't meant to exemplify the optimal usage of money or time. I made this build because it seemed like a fun and arduous challenge. And you're right, i just started getting into this a couple months ago, and i had no idea that new hardware was coming out. They're mistakes that I'll be working on to improve.

But honestly, I just dont care that it pains you that made some dumb choices. Thanks for the comment though!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Good for you. Glad you recognize you are a beginner and can learn from mistakes. Glad you also have perspective that this is just a hobby. Glad you see that the end of the world is not nigh because some choices appear curious to a seasoned builder. Glad to see you recognize that you can build whatever you please as well.

My only advise for you, when you plan to take on the next phase of this project (liquid cooling and so on), post some questions or search threads here. Look at completed builds to get a visual perspective. You will narrow down choices, streamline components, and build to accommodate necessity and function. The largest beginner error you made in this build was the 128GB of RAM. You probably assumed that all RAM slots needed to be filled. This, of course, is not the case but build guides you find online fail to mention this. Pssst, I made this very mistake and have a 64GB Ram build sitting here because of that...

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind! and hey, just think about how many chrome tabs you can keep open with 64gb of ram. that's at least 4.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, it stressed me out aight. Everything comes in big boxes. Things feel heavy and expensive. i just dont wanna mess it up. And for the most part, the actual building part of the pc was actually pretty easy.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Grats on your first build, but yeah a little more research might have been for the best (I've made the same mistake before). Your cpu/motherboard for example, while useable for gaming, are best utilized for workstation apps.

Ultimately we spend what we like, how we like it. But if futureproofing and gaming is your goal, then you could have made a more powerful system for what you spent, plus a new desk, fancy chair, foot hammock, a 24-pack of Dew...

Also curious what your temps look like.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha! Ive been looking at those dumb gaming chairs. Maybe i'll actually get one. And the 24-pack of Dew is for watercooling right? Sorry I'm new here.

I am at work at the moment, but the system sits at around 34 C. Ive seen the graphics card go up to 50ish during gaming. I do not know how to overclock so I don't think im getting the most out of my system. Im not really sure if those temps are ridiculous though. Im pretty sure 34 is normal.

I have a question for you though. By usuable for gaming, are you saying that they aren't that good or that the components are just not suited for it? For the cpu i just went for cores and clock speed, although tbh i dont really know how good 3.5 GHz really is in the first place.

Either way, thanks for the comment!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. I was kidding w/ the dew, its just to drink but I'm sure you could overclock your RGB w/ it.

By usable for gaming I just mean that it works, but isn't ideal. Most popular games still use between 4 and 6 cores. So if it's just for gaming you could save money and get better clock speeds with a lower core count, from say a Ryzen 5 3600x or Ryzen 7 3700x. Heavily threaded applications benefit from chips w/ more cores, like the ones used for video editing/rendering. Threadripper is basically a consumer workstation chip that can do a little bit of everything, but shines with content creation. Having one in a gaming PC used just for gaming is pointless since it won't make any games run better.

Same applies to RAM. Nowadays the recommended amount is 16gb if you just play games. If you stream and game then 16-32gb, and if you're serious about content creation then 32gb to 64 depending on need/budget. 128gb is not even future proofing if you're just gaming, that's so much that by the time games catch up we'll probably be using a whole different DDR standard. For reference, most are still using max 8gb ram w/ some exceptions.

So yeah, you went overkill but I'm glad you enjoy the system. Making mistakes is a part of life but around these build sites, people like myself will just pick apart your build and point out where we think you could have done better lol. Don't take it personally though, at least you're prepared if you DO decide to get into creating stuff.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

How do those speakers sound? I am looking to get the set but haven’t found any reviews

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

theyre great. sorry about the long wait. I would not say im an expert on sound, but these speakers work for me. The sound card I have does most of the work, but no joke, these are very good sounding speakers. They can handle very high volumes and speak so clearly I can hear them from my kitchen, which is like 50 feet away? 30 meters? I had them plugged into my record player for awhile while some friends were over and even in that situation I was pretty impressed with them. If you're looking at other speakers at this price point, get these. They also look pretty classy and not at all gamer-ish at all. Im not a fan of the plastic roundish techy style.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem about the wait. Thanks for you imput!

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  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

minesweeper, and the occasional pinball

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Hell yeah, Space Cadet all the way baby.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoot, I'd just use it as a 6k facebook and youtube machine. 4k facebook videos? Please! Oh, also, paint is in there, too..