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First build, horrible cable management, I'm sorry...

Anyways, I gave myself a 1600$ budget for the PC itself, and this is what I scrapped up. I did buy a 1080ti used, but since it didn't work, I didn't want to try my luck again, and just got a 2070 new.

Works pretty well so far, had a issue with the board (Reset cmos fixed it). Probably normal but the hard drive took about 4 hours to format. The case and my case fans did not like each other... Had to do some creative maneuvering to get the fans in an acceptable position. The 2 fans on the front (Arctic p14) I could place in 2 screws, but the other screws don't line up, so they are secured by zip tie and 2 screws. The bottom fan had the same issue (Arctic p14). The prolimatech fans... Really had to be messed with to get in. I poked small screw-sized holes through the dust filter (sorry) to get the fans mounted. That was made harder because those fans arrived late, and I had to squeeze them in behind the huge NH-D15 CPU cooler (Which works pretty well). Rear Noctua fan was placed in fine. Trying to put on the front fans was a bit scary... The front of the case come off, you just have to pull it out, I thought there was screws, and spent a while looking for the screws. The LED on top of the case is quite bright, but placing something on top fixes it.

Benchmark on UserBenchmark CPUZ Screenshot Cinebench (Screenshot did not want to work, but here is the score) : 4261 Will get more benchmarks in later.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU, was able to OC it to have basically the same performance of a 2700x.

Motherboard

Had an issue, but reset CMOS fixed it. 4 stars because I didn't realize some of the SATA 6GB/S share bandwidth with M.2 or PCIE shots. Not an issue in the end when I realized I placed my SSD in M.2_2 instead of M.2_1

Memory

Cheap, works at advertised speeds, good enough for me.

Storage

Cheap, works, works well.

Storage

It's a hard drive, not expecting blazing fast speeds, but it's still pretty good storage.

Video Card

I would give it a 4.5, it works well as a graphics card, good as an rtx 2070, but the only issue is that it is the loudest thing in my build at full load... But everything in my build is quite quiet, including this graphics card.

Case

Well, I had issues placing my fans in, not too much spacing but it works. It's doing what it's supposed to be as an case.

Power Supply

It works, no issues so far, it was overkill but hey, overkill on PSU isn't bad.

Case Fan

The screw mounting positions did not really work for my case, everything else is good.

Case Fan

Mounting issues with case, works well otherwise.

Keyboard

Cheap, works well, cool red LED (Could be turned off).

Mouse

It's a nice mouse, works for me, on the fly dpi change is good for checking what works for you.

Headphones

It works, except I didn't see the mute mic button, and spent a while trying to figure out why the mic wasn't working...

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

In most cases there are holes in the back that you can thread most of the cables through. I would suggest unplugging all the cables and rerouting them in a way that look more appealing. Other than that the parts seem trustworthy except for maybe the RAM. Decent first build though.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty strong parts you got there, be sure to let me know how that ram works out. I was skeptical of the cheap name brand. cable management on the other hand... I spent about 6 hours and a pack of 50 small zip ties routing all my cables one at a time, had to remove a few parts a couple times to get everything where I wanted. Result was next to no cables visible.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram is working quite well, there was a profile for 3200mhz in the BIOS that I was able to switch to no problem, and as seen in the userbenchmarks benchmark, it works pretty fine. Cable management is definally still a WIP.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Update : My review on the ram is... Questionable now... after 2 months of use, here are the problems I faced and my fixes : The Division 2 crashing with BSOD, Fix : Lowered ram settings down to around 2966mhz. Rust launching and immediately crashing into nothing, Fix : Lowered ram settings down to 2600mhz. One day, I started up the computer, felt it was running slower than usual, checked task manager, apparently 8GB went to system reserved? (Still don't know what happened), Fix : I reseated the ram just in case, and restarted the PC.

Conclusion : Well, reliability is okay, since it hasn't died yet, but stability at advertised speeds are... Well extremely iffy. Will not buy again, planning on getting a new set of 16GB ram in my next big upgrade, but with more name brands like G.skill, corsair, kingston, etc.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Man. That’s super disappointing hearing about that ram issue. I wonder if they’re gonna give out. GSkill is a great brand IMO. I rock the V series. Got them for 149$ on release. You can pick them up now for about 90$ try out the 3600mhz tridents. Won’t be disappointed.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Well, I was thinking of Corsair Vengeance LPX c18 3600mhz ram for an upgrade, but G.Skill Trident Z RGB is c18 3600mhz at about the same price actually. I couldn't find any direct benchmark comparisons between the two 3600mhz ram, I'll link the corsair one just so you know which one. What are your thoughts on this choice? If you think GSkill is just better, I'll still trust the word of mouth better than other means. (compressed because newegg likes long links aparently, if you worry I'm giving you a virus, just search up "CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600") [STAFF REMOVED]

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Here is the (normal) Link : Link to Ram Thanks for the information!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I have a buddy running the LPX on the same chipset as you. I think you would be making a very good choice with them! I was only suggesting g.Skill cause that’s what I’m currently running and it’s working great for me. Regardless, you should have no issue with the lpx

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

OW. My eyes. You've got fine parts. What you need to do is route the cables through the holes at the bottom and up the back, tie stuff down with zipties, and then route the cables through the routing holes in the case. I'd suggest a case with a psu basement for optimal cable management, but I think you can make do.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a small hole and opening inside the case, but it is really small, and only reaches from the bottom to the top of the build. I might just try to ziptie all the wires going in the same directions to make it at least a bit more neat.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't really think of any way to fix up the power cable reaching all the way across my build, as I can't really push it behind the CPU cooler as it is too short, does anyone know if there is any kind of 8 pin power cable extenders I can use?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot that the back plate can be taken off lol