Description

This PC, to be completely honest, is SUPER OVERKILL. It looks cool (as well as actually being cool)and runs extremely fast on whatever I tried throwing at it.

What I've tried: - Novabench Tests - Cinebench Tests (OpenGL - 128.15 FPS) (CPU - 898 CB)

These results may not be completely accurate due to the fact that I had Wallpaper Engine with a CPU-using background running.

Even though I have gotten all OCable parts, I'm not doing anything yet in terms of OCing. I will only do this when my parts are becoming "The Norm". All of these parts worked amazing, and the only real problem I had was with my case fans. I got SP case fans, and since I have a pretty good open area, I didn't need them. I decided to replace my Radiator's fans with them, as I didn't want to put them to waste. I can still see the LEDs a bit, but it's not a big deal. I would have put them on the outside, but the stupid Reservoir Holder is in the way (If you have any way around this, PLEASE tell me! But for now, there is no way I can put the fans on the inside because the front IO wiring is in the way. (Again, if there is a solution to this one as well, tell me!)

Mods made: Changed Cables to R/B cables (worth the $65 I had to spend)

Potential future mods: I will later attempt to replace the NZXT's nice looking tubing with a transparent one, to give it a cooler look! I don't think anyone's done this but If it works out I'll let everyone know.

Lighting: All the parts have amazing Lighting options, as the Mobo had amazing sync-up options with LEDs and the parts around it. Only problems I have: The MSI logo of the Mobo is being covered by the Graphics Card. The MSI Logo on the Graphics card itself has a sort of tinted color, making all the colors redshifted but the red looks pink. Green looks more like a disgusting mix of Christmas than anything.

Volume: Super quiet, even on Load. My old computer (Which had a GT630 and an I7-3770k, quite the upgrade XD) sounded literally like a jet engine, you would have to speak up to hear anyone talk in the room. (I neglected the dust issue with it for a while, since I only had a Vacuum).

Overall Thoughts: For my first computer build, I think it turned out amazing. My dad even had his doubts, (and he knows his ways around a PC extremely well), and he loved it. I learned a lot from the past 4 months of research that it took me, and also the build I experimented my skills on, and that helped me with the build. My friend, Sean, also came over to really help me out a lot! (Thanks, Sean!)

I hope people can take what I wrote, and put it to good use with their own builds. Thanks, and good luck building!

SPECIAL THANKS TO: My Parents - Thanks for paying for my computer! Sean - My helper builder Jackson - for making sure to yell at me so that I don't make stupid mistakes Jackson and Sean - Helped my research, and, spent a lot of their time helping! My little Brother - He was completely chill with me taking up a lot more desk room! (for the PC)

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazing processor, haven't OC'd yet but only $20 above its predecessor! Get it if you like power!

CPU Cooler

A great Cooler! But there are some downs that come with it. 1. The NZXT S340 Elite doesn't have support for it in the front, so that you have the fans in front of the case, instead of facing the wall of the case. 2. Cam can be buggy but I got it mostly in control, and also they release bug fixes regularly. It requires a sign in though!!

Motherboard

Amazing! Great hands-on BIOS, with amazing capabilities. It looks extremely nice, and I love the effects and the RGB splitter/extension cord it comes with. The only problem is that the GPU blocks the MSI Logo, which is strange.

Memory

Amazing performer, I won't need/want more than this, and reasonably sized aswell. Head's up though: if you have the fade in/out effect on your Ram, make sure that you don't set it too slow or you will get this broken lightbulb/flicker effect, which looks cool (I keep it on) but some may not like!

Storage

Super fast, I keep windows on it, and it only takes 20 seconds every time, counting Sign-In time!

Storage

The pins break easily. Normal speed does the job. got it like 5 years ago.

Video Card

This one's a MONSTER! Incredible speed, and cool heat pipes! I love the design so much, that I wish that I could just flip the graphics card and look at the top of it. The Fans are quiet, but they aren't as good as I'd like them to be, but are still amazing at 68 degrees C! I like how there are Caps on the GPU so it doesn't look ugly if you don't use those parts. Fair warning: the MSI logo's window is slightly tilted, making red look pink.

Case

Amazing to work with! I love the simplistic design, even though I don't like simplism. Be warned: the Kraken x62 will not fit directed against the side of the case, because of the Front IO wiring, so I had to put the case fans against the case instead.

Power Supply

Really good, hasn't blown up yet (Phew!) but I'm not sure if it will be enough for extreme overclocking.

Operating System

Good ol' Windows. Expensive, built in nasty features, but we still for some reason love him.

Case Fan

Made a mistake buying these, thinking they were standard Air-Flow fans, but later put them to good use by using them for rad fans. They look nice. Maybe even a bit too bright. They don't make much noise at all.

Custom

These look extremely nice, and I love how they come with combs!

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Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build. I wouldn't call it overkill, Id call it high end. I have a very similar setup (slightly less RGB), and it only 'feels' like overkill because we aren't pushing for 4k. If this is your first build, I have to tip my hat at your accomplishment.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to mention this, but the only reason I call it overkill is because I use a 1080p 60hz monitor, which will change soon.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh, I mean I use a trio of 1680x1050s, and trust me, its still overkill.

But there is no kill like overkill. Or there is no such thing as overkill, just keep firing and time to reload.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

no such thing as overkill when it comes to PCs!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

also, thanks! it is my first build :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish my parents paid for my pc :'(

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I was super lucky, it was my birthday and my parents gave me a loan. already paid back like 500-600 bucks, and they said the rest is a gift.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish my parents gave me a loan :'(

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Get a job, work somewhere for a month, and you should have enough if you work at a independent location :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

When I bought the Graphics Card, I bought it for $540, around there, that buy price is inaccurate, due to the rising price of graphics cards, because of the eutherium/bitcoin mining craze. I also used a different RGB kit and didn't buy those Hook and Loop cable management stuff.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat build, seems fairly high end, but I don't think it's exactly overkill. One thing I would recommend is getting better storage. A 120 gb ssd will quickly fill up, especially if you're downloading a lot of programs to it, and wd blues aren't the fastest hard drives out there. Investing in something like a western digital black will help reduce those load times.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to mention this, but the only reason I call it overkill is because I use a 1080p 60hz monitor, which will change soon. Thanks for the feedback, I just had that hard drive for like5 years and lots of files are on there so I kept it

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic 1st Build...well done sir!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

do you think you could hit 4k with this build if you wanted to?

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, for sure. maybe not Ultra, but on Ultra settings 1080p i'm getting more than enough frames, and since 4k is 1080*4 (basically), then if you divide avg fps by 4 I'd still be getting 60 frames. I haven't even overclocked yet, I bet after overclocking it will be even better!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd leave the AIO alone, I wouldn't attempt to take it apart or else you'd run the risk of ruining the cooler. They're not meant to be opened up, but there are ways to 'repair' them. If you want clear tubes, I am pretty sure the only direction is a custom loop, and that's pricey.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know. I still want to see if anyone else has done it. I mean it's not that hard to take out a pipe and put it back in, and just glue it. I'd assume that's how it is. Thanks though!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

What resolution do you play at? If it's 1080p at any FPS, the CPU/GPU combo is a bit ridiculous lol. If you're at 1080p, do you plan on upgrading soon?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

YES! I am very soon getting a 1440p 144hz monitor, which is a big upgrade from a 1080p60hz. :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah not overkill just high end, nice name though ;)