Description

So, to be honest I had only been searching and selecting parts for a good 3 months. But for my needs I think I am well covered. The aim: 1440p gaming for recent titles plus (hopefully xD) the ones that come out in the 3 (-4ish?) years to come.

I have to give a big shout out to three good friends of mine who, even during our uni exams and part-time jobs, found the time to advise me when I had questions on parts, performance etc. One of those was present during the build. At first I was hoping he would be of more help, but he abstained, saying that it is my PC and therefore best for me to learn on my own from what I had gathered over those 3 months of searching and watching videos. I now am grateful and bow down before his wisdom. (To be fair, he was very relaxed. Everytime I asked if this or that would be better he just laughed and said Yolo... it was a bit annoying and resulted in a lot of facepalms, but I learned not to be too afraid of what might go wrong and just trust and feel xD

And so it was built. I have no idea what normal temperature ranges are for each part so I just posted some values after using CAM to monitor them. Couldn't find the ASUS software for that or i may have misplaced it :P

Well, that's it folks. Thought i should write my build, seeing as so many other people who made theirs were very helpful in my choice-making and attitude to have toward building my own PC.

Glad to hear anything you have to say, keep in mind, I am awestruck like a child in wonder at the pc because it has exceeded my humble peasant expectations so know that I am still a noob as far as building PCs are ; )

EDIT: I have moved the top turtle a bit more to the left so as not to impeed the airflow being sucked from the front of the case. Oh, and did I mention 4/5 of those cute tiny turtles have bobble-heads?! XD

Part Reviews

CPU

Have to say I'm quite pleased so far. After a few hours of running GTA V i noticed a max CPU temp of 71. Dunno if that is too high or not. I have set the Q-Fan for the CPU and case fans on Turbo. The silent/standard options seemed to conservative to my protective mama feelings over my new baby.

Motherboard

Has more than what i need for my daily purposes and a bit of RGB on the top left side of the mobo. Aura works well on it, though I haven't connected any LEDs yet.

Memory

I think for my purposes (gaming, watching videos, torrenting and the odd CAD design assignment) it is more than enough. Hasn't let me down and I don't think it will for a long time.

Storage

I chose this SSD for the appealing price for the storage capacity. Wanted to keep quite a few of the more demanding games on it (watch dogs 2, gta V, AC Syndicate)

Storage

The WD Blue 1TB doesn't need any explaining I think. 2TB was too much for me on a HDD. Wouldn't mind that on a SSD though XD

Case

I got to say, I love the case. Didn't have any issues with cable management, I may have used one to many zipties and velcro straps but the back case slid in place effortlessly. The window is what made me buy it and the fact that it wasn't as big as the 600C means it can sit on my desk without being too much of an eyesore.

Power Supply

Pretty standard PSU, smaller wattage than others, but well enough for my uses/needs. Can't really go wrong with a PSU if it's 80+ atleast. They are also from be quiet! so the quality guarantee is there.

Keyboard

The keyboard was on sale, a great plus for me since i never had a mechanical keyboard up till now. I was using laptops only capable of games like LoL and the like... So for me this is a huge difference. The huge actuation distance I still find I need to get used to. Oddly I mistype only when not blindtyping, which is really annoying because I usually don't blindtype for fear of mistyping xD I had also bought some cheap typewriter keycaps compatible with cherry switches. They all fit nicely except the right alt button which I will probably sub with an extra from the set.

Speakers

I used to have **** speakers. Usually hand me downs from my mother's office whenever they moved buildings xD I have to say these were a breath of fresh air, while at the same time capable of Fus-ro-Dah -ing me to oblivion. For gaming and listening of my fave tracks and sets in the deep house/tech house/minimal/tribal areas, these have proven to be great.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a lot of typing :P, but all around great build +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

that cpu cooler it hurts me

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, pick up the Cryorig M9i, one of the best for the price hands down.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/LPVBD3/cryorig-cpu-cooler-m9i

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hurts me too, but it serves my purposes for now :/ Will probably add one within the year or at most next year.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It's $20. I will give you that $20. Trust me, spend $20...

  • 33 months ago
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lol, why the rush?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Your pc is like a 12/10, that cooler... -8.6/10.

I wanna help out lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Im still gonna wait a bit before deciding. Don't know whether to get one that has the fan facing the side panel (like the stock) or a normal tower-y type like the 212. Personally I would prefer having the fan facing and being visible like the stock cooler isn but the equivalent noctuas are a ghastly poop colour. I have to look into whether there are other nicer looking ones but still simple. My budget will be 50 euro which is should be enough, even though things we see for 20 dollars are like 38 euro here xD It's mostly to satisfy my protectiveness OCD. Dont like seeing any temps above 65. Gives me mini heart attacks even though I know that it's not really a problem

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

71C is a bit hot for that i5. I'd say a comfortable temperature under load would be around 45C - 60C.

I would take a look at some better coolers. Any decent air cooler will work better than that Intel stock cooler.

Otherwise, nice build!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I assume it was just in one instance. It normally is between 40C - 65C. The 71C instance was during gta V for something like 3 seconds. Will probably invest in a better cooling within the year.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

This post made me happy, the way you typed everything so properly. Well done on the build and keep working in school man. Hope to see you in later builds! +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Typed properly? Thanks! I thought I had let my excitement get the better of me and that I would be droning on and on. I should clarify that i'm a student at university getting my second bachelors and I work as a cook almost full time. It always rubbed me the wrong way when people called it "school". Glad you appreciate it man :)

  • 33 months ago
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Listen, I'm in college and after writing at least 20 papers in the last year, seeing a combination of a beautiful pc and a beautiful build. It just felt so good.

  • 33 months ago
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Is this build turtley enough for the Turtle Club?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! I like turtles

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

lol i found the exact same turtles during my trip in madagascar :D Nice build btw

  • 33 months ago
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Almoat similar to what im building this weekend. Nice setup. But never trust stock coolers. Haha

  • 33 months ago
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Nice build! Why dont you try uninstalling the Aura software, the go to your motherboard's specific website (just google the model name of your mobo), then go to support and reinstall the latest Aura software under the utilities tab

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That is the only way i know of. I cannot imagine installing the software and drivers from anywhere else. I had done this several times and uninstalling and reinstalling with no luck, as explained further above. After weeks of scouring the online forums, everything synced up nice and worked properly once i had shut down the pc, turned off and unplugged it for a few seconds. Recconected the pc and switched the PSU on, reinstalled Aura and all is good now. No more synching issues and the software is no longer taking up 30% of the CPU load.

  • 31 months ago
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Have you noticed the Asus Strix B250F Motherboard Boot_Device_LED stays lit after waking up from sleep mode? Wondering if anyone else having the same issue.

  • 30 months ago
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Yeah same here.

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  • 33 months ago
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Huh, i might try that also. What I meant though was that it was using up to 23% of the CPU xD