This is an update to my build I uploaded a couple of months ago. I mainly focused on peripherals and not a whole lot on the actual hardware of the computer.
For those of you who want to learn a little bit more about me: I am a sophomore in college studying biology so I can become a nurse. I love anything science or technology related and I can be a pretty big nerd. My roommates were the ones who convinced me to build a computer because they kept making fun of me playing on console. I built this computer in January after a couple months of researching parts. My original budget for the computer was $800 and I actually kept it in that range pretty well, only going like $50 over. Since I built the computer I have fallen in love with it and everything is working perfectly. I got a job as an IT assistant at my university so I work with computers almost everyday and building this computer definitely has helped with my job. The money I earned while working helped me buy these upgrades, but yeah lets stop talking about me and get to the computer.
Upgrades to the computer: I didn't upgrade a whole lot inside the actual computer. The biggest items being the h100i pro aio and the trident z royal memory. The h100i pro was pretty easy to install but I did have one mistake that could of been really expensive. When I removed the AMD stock cooler that came with the r5 2600 I did it when it was cool so the thermal paste was really stuck onto the CPU. I accidentally pulled a little too hard and ripped the CPU out of the socket and it was still stuck to the heat sink. I used a hair dyer to remove the CPU and thankfully none of the pins were bent. The CPU seems to work completely fine and I haven't noticed anything abnormal since then, so I got pretty lucky. The aio works well and I was able to overclock my CPU to 4Ghz at 1.325v and it doesn't every go above 45C. The memory also had a weird problem that I've never seem before, when I installed the memory both sticks lit up and seemed to be working. However, when I checked task manager it only showed 7.9GB of memory were available and 8.1GB of memory where reserved. So I removed the memory sticks and put them back in and now everything looks how it should be with 15.9GB of memory available. I'm not entirely sure what was wrong, maybe one of the sticks was slightly loose, I don't know. All the other upgrades went completely smooth, except for the fact I realized I hate removing and installing case fans, especially in the h200. The top fan has a filter but you have to put it between the case and the fan so it just becomes a pain, I don't know why they couldn't just make it magnetic and put it on the outside (like the h400). All in all the computer looks great and i am extremely happy with how it turned out!
Upgrades to the peripherals: I was originally gaming on a $99 dollar 19 inch 1360x768 insignia television i got 6 years ago. So one of the first things I got was the ASUS mg24qr 144hz 1080p monitor, and it is incredible. I wasn't sure what I would expect with 144hz because some people say you cant really see the difference, but let me tell you they are wrong! 144hz looks so smooth and when I went to play a game on my ps4 I really noticed the difference between 60hz and 144hz. The monitor has free sync but I disabled it because in game like Dota 2 and GTA V it was causing weird stuttering issues that weren't there when I turned it off. I don't know why it was stuttering so if anyone has any insight about it I would love to hear about it in the comments. Next I got the Glorious GMMK compact mechanical keyboard, and this keyboard is amazing. What you get for the price is unheard of, and one of the coolest features is the hot swap switches. For someone who is new to mechanical keyboards I want to test out switches to see which ones I like the best, so far I have Gateron brown and they are pretty nice but quite what I want. I would like to try out a heavier tactile switch so if any of you know of a good one just leave it down in the comments. After the keyboard I got 2 mouses, the Logitech g403 and the Glorious model O. The Logitech g403 was the first mouse that I got, because the model O just came out. The g403 is a really nice mouse but i really liked the idea of a light mouse and the only super light mouse at the time was the finalmouse air 58 ninja, but that mouse goes for $200 on ebay. When I heard of the model O I immediately bought it and I have no regrets, the weight feels really good and I don't think that I will be going back to the g403. One thing to note is the model O is a lot shallower than the g403, so if you have a g403 and love the hump on the back of the mouse you probably won't like the model O. To add onto the the mouse I got the Glorious 3XL mouse mat and the Glorious mouse bungee. I know that I bought a lot of Glorious products, but I believe that they are putting out some of the best products right now, and I have zero issues with anything I've gotten from them. The 3XL mouse mat is incredible and allows me to move my mouse anywhere on my desk. The mouse bungee makes the model O feel like its wireless, which is amazing because the cable on the model O is already really light.
Anyways this description went on a little longer than I intended, so I will stop rambling. I am really happy with how this computer had turned out. This is probably the last time I will upgrade this computer until i get a new CPU or GPU which will take several years. If you have any questions about the computer or anything else, doesn't even need to be computer related, then leave them down in the comments and I will respond to them. :)
This cooler works perfectly and lowered my temps by about 20 degrees Celsius. My r5 2600 doesn't go above 45C at 4Ghz 1.325v.
It works really well with the Corsair h100i pro aio and I couldn't be happier.
These memory sticks are beatiful and definitely worth it if you want the best looking ram. They matched my build perfectly and I couldn't be happier!
I wasn't super impressed with these fans. They do look amazing and they move quite a bit of air. However, they are pretty noisy once you start getting passed the 35-40% area.
This monitor is definitely one of my favorite parts about my build. The 144hz display is incredible and really smooth. I did have some stuttering issues with freesync on a couple of games, not sure what the problem is. The picture quality was pretty bad out of the box so I definitely recommend spending some time to calibrate it.
This keyboard is amazing and is super fun to type on. I have the compact version and I am loving it. The hot swap feature is really nice if your like me and want to test out new switches. The board is really solid and weight a decent amount. The only thing I would change about the board would be a better way to add macros, but besides that this keyboard is perfect.
I really love the weight of this mouse. There are only a couple of mice in this weight category and I feel that this one is the best. It is essentially a better finalmouse air58 ninja that you can find for $50 and not $200 on Ebay.
They are cheap LED strips and they work perfectly fine, nothing else to really talk about.
It does what it says it does :)