I built this computer to have a machine that was top-of-the-line and worked extremely well. And that's exactly what I got. I started the parts list back in 2012 and began thinking of a $1000 budget machine. After procrastinating for a few years, I realized I'd saved up quite a bit so I decided, "Screw logic, let's go make a pile of expensive ****!" Yeah. I did that.
First build, so please give me some tips. I haven't finished the build yet, still got a ML140 and 2 old 2TB hard drives on the way. So I'll throw those in soon and update this post.
Run's beautifully. Easily overclocked it to 5.0 GHz in the BIOS and hasn't had a single hiccup.
Easy to install, connects easily to Corsair Link, and keeps my i7-7700K running at below 30 degrees Celsius. All while staying moderately quite.
A simple UEFI BIOS, an elegant design, and RGB's cause a e s t h e t i c. The board come's with ton's of features I'll never use, and built in WiFi. The simple black/gunmetal look matches any build and the RGB's are customizable. And the box looks nice.
I don't think it would be possible to give this anything other than the best rating possible, they are quite literally perfect. 32 GB is overkill, heck, this RAM is built to be overkill, and it overclocks in the BIOS without trouble. It's shiny, and it lights up. Built in Corsair Link functionality is cool too. Packaging is awesome too. (Come's with a Corsair Hat and a microfiber cloth, totally makes the $329.99 worth it)
While some say this drive is a "budget option" and isn't the fastest, I think this is extremely fast, faster than I need. And no, I'm not coming from a HDD and going "These newfangled SSD's sure are quick", I'm coming from another, lesser NVMe M.2 SSD.
Great built in AIO, stays cool no matter what. It's always somewhere from 27-37 degrees and the highest I've seen it is 42 degrees Celsius. Overclocking it in MSI Afterburner is easy, (just don't set the clock speed to max without adding some voltage) and shows results. In GTA V at 1440p maxed settings, it gets a steady 140 fps. This graphics card packs a serious punch.
Good case. It has a nice tempered glass side panel for viewing your components, and a nice matte black finish. But the cable management bar made plugging in a few cables hard, and the matte finish scratches easily. Also, I had to remove one of the cable clasps because it blocked the USB 3 headers. Other than that, no trouble.
Nice open cell foam packaging and sturdy, simple ribbon cables. The motherboard power cable is sleeved too. And it's a 80+ Platinum efficiency. I could do 1070 SLI and this PSU would still run fine.
Works great, no problems. Some of the security and internet things are pretty sketchy, but you can just turn that all off because it's Windows 10 Pro.
1440p and G-Sync. The drivers automatically installed when I updated Windows, and the panel is great. Some people say the color is washed out, but I can't say I agree.
A nice mouse, but a little small for my big hands. That's more of a problem with me though, and I won't take off a star for that. It was pretty affordable, and hey, RGB LED's!
Affordable 7.1 audio and a great microphone. Nothing wrong with it.