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My Starcraft 2 Rig

by amop

Description

This is the first Windows PC I have built or owned in over 15 years (I converted to Mac years ago) but wanted to play SC2 with all the effects cranked up at decent resolution and FPS. This rig more than covers that. It’s also pretty good at Apex Legends at high settings at 4K.

Just want to say quickly how advanced the tech is these days compared to 15-20 years ago. Building and over-clocking a good gaming rig in the early days of Intel Pentium was not very fun. Usually it took many reconfigurations to get the first boot up, and components were not nearly as stable.

Anyway, this build worked on first boot, like a charm.

I really like the aesthetics of the pieces, in addition to their performance. RGB might seem a little silly, but I like it.

Presently I display this on my Panasonic 4K home TV and looks great, but interested in getting an Acer Predator.

Part Reviews

CPU

Have been able to OC to 5.1 GHz using the Gigabyte software that came with my mobo. Very stable and runs cool. Adds a lot to the FPS of SC2.

CPU Cooler

Works great, and very quiet. The RGB software is not so intuitive but it works. The pump is so silent I can’t hardly tell it’s running.

Motherboard

Great mobo. Good layout and construction. I just wish the manuals were clear on some of the accessories.

Memory

Overclocked nicely and nice lights!

The iCue software is probably the best RGB software available

Storage

These NVMe drives are amazing. I’ve never had games (or Windows) boot up so fast.

Video Card

This was a good price compromise. I wanted a little future-proofing and high-end performance without going nuts. Sometimes I wish I went 2080 but then I look at the price difference and glad I made this purchase. Comes pre-overclocked.

Case

Excellent case... very happy with the aesthetics and modularity. Couple complaints: side panel screws feel a bit cheap, and top mesh a bit odd with the glued-on magnets. Otherwise, best case I’ve ever owned. Smoked glass is nice on moderating the RGB.

Power Supply

Modularity is awesome. Build quality is really impressive. Comes with soft cases for the PSU and cables, of which there are many.

Operating System

First decent release since I used Windows XP back in the day.

Keyboard

Nice mechanical feel, but could do without some of the extra keys, and miss having backlighted keys. Might change later for Redragon but I wanted a good mechanical wireless keyboard.

Mouse

Works as advertised. Might get the charging mouse pad soon too.

Comments Sorted by:

videotechdude 2 points 1 month ago

Looks really good!

amop submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks!

JimmyJimmy 2 points 1 month ago

An RTX 2060? I would've spent less $$$ on the motherboard and RAM and spend the extra $$$ on an RTX 2070. I would've also gone with a cheaper, 650w or 750w power supply. But nice build nonetheless, I love the Meshify C :)

amop submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks for your comments!

My priority was playing Starcraft 2 which I learned is much more CPU dependent than on the GPU. So I put more money in the CPU and less in the GPU. This particular 2060 model is overclocked at the factory and I’m pretty happy with it.

Yeah I overdid it on power, but only like a $15 difference. I always like a lot of power headroom.

Overall my biggest regret is the keyboard, only because it isn’t backlit. Didn’t think that would bother me but it does a bit.

Yeah Meshify C is awesome. Looks great and nice airflow.

LeKrang 1 Build 2 points 20 days ago

Hi,

I have been looking at the Gigabyte Aorus z390 ultimate for my build also. I contacted Gigabyte support as the Corsair Vengence Pro RGB arent listed in QVL as supported. Same goes for Corsair's website... when I select that board the Vengence RGB pro's don't show up. So you had no problem enabling xmp and having them be recognized as 3200? I don't want to drop 350$ on 32 gb of ram and have them not work with this board at full speed.

Thanks!

amop submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 days ago

Hi LeKrang /

I had no problem at all. I enabled it in the bios as Profile 1 and it worked at 3200 right away, no tweaks. And no stability issues. (I also run my I7 @ 5100 using the Gigabyte tuning software).

This is the exact model I got:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D1XCKWW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

My life...for Aiur.

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I would get a GPU backplate.

amop submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Ah ok. Will look into that. Thank you.