I first decided I wanted to try my hand at PC building back in December. I stumbled upon this website and a few tech tubers and started getting to know the new Z370 chipset. I ordered everything and when it all arrived put it together and did an external test boot. Everything worked! I was really happy nothing went wrong, I've read some stories about the X Hero board and was nervous. I first updated the bios then OC'd the ram and finally installed Windows 10. After everything was up and running I safely stored the components in the closet while I waited for my case.
Hardest part was deciding on the case. I had finally landed on the Define R6 in gunmetal but the release date keeps getting pushed further back. On March 7th I received an email from NewEgg stating they would not be fulfilling my pre-order. I decided it was time to move on, my PC had been sitting in the closet for a month now waiting for a case.
I went to MicroCenter and found the Meshify C. A nice case to build in and quite compact. I just finished installing everything in the case last night. I spent a little time overclocking the CPU, I believe I have a stable OC at 5.0GHz. I ran Prime95 for 3hrs and saw max core temps of 81'C. I've also run CinebenchR15 and 3DMark.
If anyone has any other suggestions or tips for OC stability I'd love to hear them. Without further ado here is the finished product. Enjoy!
I have since moved everything over to the new Define R6 in gunmetal. Check it out here
This ol' boy is great. 12 threads and 6 core of awesome sauce. I was able to overclock this to 5.0Ghz @ 1.38v
It definitely needs some good cooling.
The cooler is great. The fan cables could be a bit longer. I wanted to run this in a 'push' configuration and had trouble getting the cables to reach the fan controller on the radiator. I ended up switching to a 'pull' config and the cables worked out fine in that situation. I love that it has a dedicated fan hub build in, really helps keep things clean. I wish the cable coming from the pump was on top of the pump and not the bottom, it would have made it easier to hide when doing cable management.
Works as advertised. For now I have only used it on my Celsius S36 and temps have been great.
This is a great motherboard. The bios is easy to navigate and it's loaded with features. The XMP profile worked great for my Trident Z DDR4-3200.
The BIOS option to display CPU temp on debug led on-board after successful boot is a really cool option. I like being able to glance over and see my CPU temps.
Trident Z RGB delivers! This stuff is great. XMP 2 profile worked great. No issues hitting 3200 speed. 32GB of ram is fantastic. The color sync with ASUS aura works really well. It's nice to have everything work off a single program.
My first SSD and it's a world of difference coming from standard 7200RPM HDD. I went with this one as it seemed to offer the best value for the storage.
It's a bit loud but works great for extra storage, the high cache rate is fantastic. It was actually cheaper than it's WD Black counterpart, a steal for gold status. The 5 year warranty is also great peace of mind.
I was lucky enough to grab this last December before they all disappeared. This card is great. The GPU Tweak II works well for overclocking and creating custom clock profiles. It's handled everything I've thrown at it so far. I am able to run 1440p 144hz high graphics for all the games I play currently (PUBG, Hitman, COD WWII, Destiny 2, Fortnite, etc.)
Nice tower for a compact build. The tinted glass is almost too much, when building in a TG case you want to show off your handy work and I feel the tint mutes too much of the inside. Building in the case was enjoyable and the front mount 360mm rad position was great. PSU shroud with removable HD bay is great. Tie down points make cable management really easy.
Great power supply. The built quality is excellent and the 80+ Gold cert is nice.
Windows 10 seems to come with a lot of bloatware. I don't play XBox and there were a lot of XBox related items as well as some kids games that came installed. I few minutes deleting all of that and it's nice. Will take some getting use to coming from Windows 7.
I removed yet another star because there are so many system setting tweaks you need to do before the OS is stable. Very disappointing.
Nice fan. Moves a lot of air. Relatively quiet. Only downside is they're not PWM fans.
I love this thing! 1440p at 144Hz is amazing. The colors on this monitor are fantastic. It did take some tweaking in NVidia control panel to get them just right but it's a world of difference coming from 1080p at 60Hz. This was favorite purchase for the build hands down.
It's running great. Nice to have an UPS incase the power goes out. CyberPower makes great UPSs and the software is nice to monitor and tweak the settings.
This little guy is working out great keeping my VRM temps down. An absolute must if you go with water cooling, without a HSF to help cool the rest of the board the VRM can heat up quickly. For $5 it's the best insurance around. The ASUS z370 line includes a 40/50mm fan bracket mount for this area.