Description

This PC is a gaming-focused machine built to be aesthetically pleasing and powerful. I'm hoping to purchase a HTC Vive and run it from this machine in the future, after I finish paying for the 1070 I put in it. Because I like Razer I paid a little extra to get the logo on the front of the case, as well as the green underlighting.

Thoughts so far:

CPU: I knew I wanted to go with AMD for a processor, mostly because I thought that Intel processors were far to expensive for similar performance, and I knew I didn't need integrated graphics. I did swap out the stock cooler for a different one (see parts list), and I'll update with temps.

RAM: It's RAM. Was a bit tough to get it into the motherboard, though I'm not sure if that's because of the motherboard's slots or the RAM itself. Edge of the RAM is designed to look sharp and is, making it unpleasant to press into place, but you only have to do it once, so no real worries. Looks nice though. So far I haven't been able to get it to the advertised 3200MHz though

Motherboard: looks awesome. Plenty of USB ports. Indicator lights are nice, comes with nice accessories for cable management and such.

Case: Also awesome. Plenty of cable management points, though it could use a little bit of space behind the dividing wall. Since I've got a SSD, I really really like the SSD mounts. I find the lack of external drive bays slightly annoying (can't mount a fan controller or anything in the case), but that's a small issue. Bought some generic cheap 120mm fans that ended up not fitting in the front of the case, but they stayed surprisingly well when I zip-tied them in place using the screw slots intended for fans. Additionally, the graphics card didn't fit properly into the slots, so it's not as secure as I'd like it to be. All in all, case could be better, but it also has some good points.

PSU: I wouldn't normally mention this, since all it does is deliver power to components, and if it does that, great. But this particular one had really nice braided cables which were awesome for cable management and feel great.

SSD/HDD - No real notes. They store things. No complaints.

GPU: I wish it wasn't so expensive. I was originally going to buy a 1060, but after calculating bottleneck, I decided it was well worth the extra money to avoid that and buy a more powerful GPU that could keep pace with my CPU. Also - this thing is massive. It's heavy and might have trouble being seated properly in the motherboard slot. Worth it for the graphic quality though.

Monitor: Slightly weird color/brightness, but that might be because I'm used to gaming on a laptop. Easily adjusted for preferences, looks nice and feels sturdy.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Quiet as all hell, and I've got perfectly reasonable core temps.

Case

Looks great, feels sturdy. Bit of a pain to cable manage in, but the dividing wall makes it not too worrisome. I love the SSD mounts and LED underlight. The biggest problem that lost it stars is the expansion slots. They're not quite designed to accommodate things like the massive 1070 I bought, and I couldn't actually fit the 1070 fully into the expansion slot.

Power Supply

Awesome cables and easy install. nice to have ECO control on the unit itself, as well as a power switch to use during build.

Monitor

Color/brightness is rather strange, but it's large, feels sturdy, and looks nice. Comes with useful cables!

Keyboard

Bit loud, not that I really care. Nice lights and awesome macro abilities. The Windows key disable button is doubly awesome.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this build! That CPU cooler is nice, but since you're planning on doing VR, why not go with a water cooler for the CPU?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I wanted to, and will likely upgrade to that! This cooler was cheap so I went with it with the intent to upgrade.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

You seriously got a 1080p 60hz monitor for a 1070? A 1050ti would’ve been enough for that.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm eventually going to VR with this computer, that's why I went with the 1070

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

But still, you’re missing out on a LOT of performance with a 60Hz monitor, as the monitor caps you gameplay at 60fps.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm aware. I intend to upgrade in the future, but it's still a major upgrade from my laptop, and the PC is VR capable, which was one of the end goals

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

hey , is that cooler better than the stock one, cuz its a chance no and i wanna know cuz i heard ryzen coolers are very good

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It's slightly quieter, in my opinion, but that's the only change I've observed. My roommate has the stock in a PC I built for him, and it operates just fine.