- This is an update to my personal gaming PC that I originally built in November 2017. After about a year of use I decided that I wasn't using as many multi-threaded applications as I originally intended. I wanted get into 240Hz 1080p gaming so I figured that a higher frequency and lower core/thread count CPU would be a step in the right direction. I decided to sell my 1700 and instead bought a 2600X for roughly the same price I sold it for. Overall, I am pleased with the results at 1080p. This has been a steady work in progress and I think I am finally done upgrading for now until I take a look into Zen 2 (3000 series) CPU's.
- I purchased a second monitor on sale, the Alienware AW2158H 240Hz G-Sync monitor, and a North Bayou dual monitor gas-spring mount. Given that I mainly play e-sports titles likes Overwatch the 240Hz G-Sync is buttery smooth with virtually no input lag. So far I am loving it. It's nice to have the 2K BenQ for when I want to unwind and play modded TES:Skyrim, The Witcher 3, and Kingdom Come.
- In addition, I wanted to improve the aesthetics of my build as things were getting a little stale. I picked-up eight InWin Polaris RGB fans ($200 total) and an AMD Wraith Prism CPU cooler locally ($50). I think they are a nice touch, especially the mirage effect that you can customize with the Wraith Prism software. The InWin fans are whisper quiet and move enough air to keep temps nice and low.
- I switched my 650W G3 Power Supply with a Focus+ 850W because the 650W was causing my GPU to have weird power spikes/drops when gaming and benchmarking. The problem was fixed with the new PSU. I also plan on doing some water-cooling down the road and the extra wattage will be useful.
- I updated my peripherals. I really wanted a wireless headset and I recommend it to everyone. It is much nicer not having cables all over the place. I intend to get the Logitech G Pro wireless if and when it comes down a bit in price. I have yet to find a wireless TKL keyboard but I really like the Magicforce with Gateron Brown switches. I am in love with the switches, they are much better than Cherry-MX in my opinion.
- Overclocks are still nice and stable. I have not had to replace the thermal compound on my GPU after 18 months as it is still running cool and quiet. 2600X @ 4.2GHz 1.36V LLC1; 2x8GB DDR4 @ 3.2GHz 1.35V SOC 1.13V; 1080 Ti @ 2.12GHz max boost with max power limit enabled.
Let me know what you think! Thanks for looking.
Honestly, I used to love tinkering with overclocks on my parts but the extra 5-10 FPS that I get from doing an all core 4.2GHz overclock is not worth it. The precision boost algorithm that AMD uses on their 'X' series works very well has way better operating temperatures and power draw. Great processor for gaming and basic productivity work.
One of the only 240Hz monitors on the market. With very little adjustment it has good colors and contrast. Highly recommend for fast paced FPS gaming. Good price from Dell on sale.
Best mouse I have ever used. I have pretty small hands.
Wireless. Good sound, nothing extravagant but way better than my HyperX Cloud Core. I am using the optional leather ear pads for more of a closed back sound. The mic is okay, nothing spectacular. Very good battery life. Very comfortable.