Description

Soooooooo I began my pc journey with a pre built alien ware pc in a small form factor case and it served me well in highschool/college. But now that I've been working for a while and being an adult with a big boy job we decided to upgrade to a big boy system. I upgraded that build a bit but idk if i ever considered it "my build". This, however, is a completely different system and contains all new parts and its something that i put together allllll by myself.

Alot of money in this but even more pride. I'm so in love with it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Despite my 3700x only boosting to 4.2-4.295 (however this is all core which is actually even more impressive) this thing is speedy. I dabble in music production and I'm a pretty avid gamer and I love how easy this makes it all seem. It's incredible really. I highly suggest it if you're looking for an affordable (comparatively speaking) middle ground between single threaded speed and multi-threaded workloads. The 3900x and above are a bit overkill for someone like me and the 3600x/2nd gen make a little less sense in the future department. The 3600/3600x are killer cpus tho. In short, I love it. It's the best cpu I have ever owned hands down and it will be around for a long time.

CPU Cooler

Bro just ******* get it. No but really, if you're looking for something less complex and maintenance needy like water, this hands down is the best alternative by a country mile. I can't recommend it enough and after about a month or two of ownership I've never seen my cpu hit anything higher than 75C and rarely does it crack 70C at all. Like seriously. I'm fan boying a bit here but my temps legit average around 55C-60C. ******* mint.

Motherboard

I have literally nothing bad to say about this thing. For the price point its extremely hard to complain. Aura sucks but that's software. This piece of hardware works and works well. I like functionality over looks when it comes to my hardware. Looks are subjective and from a purely functional standpoint it's very good.

Memory

I somehow managed to clock both this 32GB kit and the 16GB kit to 3200MHz despite how nitpicky RAM can be. Haven't touched the timings but cheers to Corsair for making it work well. Also sidenote the RGB is kind of tacky to me after owning it for a little while and I just have it turned off.

Storage

Speed. Demon. This thing has crazy read/writes and it blows me away how fast I can transfer data, how fast my computer boots, and how fast games boot and load.

Video Card

You know, it was expensive but I honestly think it was worth it. It edges out the 1080ti in performance and is second in the consumer space to only the 2080ti. It is really good for what it is. Comparatively, to the 2080, not so much. My take away from this is that I will have excellent performance in games for a long time and that to me is what matters. It's not the 2080ti and that card is like $400 more after taxes and the lot. So I'm happy with it. It eats up 1440p and with the right settings, you'll get 120hz -144hz in most games, which is more than I need considering I'm not a professional gamer. Buy a gpu you'll be happy with. I'm happy with mine. Oh and at 1440p hitting 120+fps it has never broke 70C. Like deadass.

Case

I realize now that there are probably cheaper alternatives, few better. However, I am genuinely in love with this case. It is extremely build and cable management friendly. The airflow isn't the greatest I'm sure, but it is better than alot of cases out there and I feel like this case is the reason I have such good cpu and gpu temperatures. My fans help sure, but it's the fact i can have so many. It has a good negative/positive pressure median environment (basically it's good a promoting airflow). It may not be the best case but it's very good. And looks are subjective, but a big reason i went with this case is because of its aesthetic. I love the way it looks and the way it shows off my components. I think it's expensive but, justifiably so.

Operating System

Too much money

Monitor

Alright so, this is a hard one because I really really really like this monitor. It's fantastic. It's an IPS so it looks absolutely fantastic, even more so considering it's 1440p. It's a 144hz, freesync monitor, gotta love that.. But if you go on Newegg or other places there are reviews that say it flickers.. and it does indeed flicker. Not alot, but it happens and those reviews all say that it happens gradually where it flickers a little and then it becomes unusable. So for what it is, besides the flickering, 10/10. But we have yet to see what may become of it. Hopefully, and I'm crossing my fingers here.. it doesn't become so bad that it's deemed unusable. We'll just have to wait and see.

Update** Jan.16.2020 A few months later and were still experiencing flickering but it has yet to become so bad it's deemed unusable. It flickers every so often but its only for a split second and it happens in like 20-40 minute intervals so I'm not that bothered. Other than that it's an exceptional monitor and its stunning to look at. I got this for practically nothing so i'm not that mad. THIS IS TO DISSUADE YOU. Unless you're into taking risks.

Monitor

For a VA this thing is a real beaut. Really exceeded my expectations. For $260 (time writing this review) its amazing. Beautiful display, good colors, high resolution, and 144hz? What's not to like here (if youre nitpicky the 4ms response time but ya know).

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Very pretty.

A word of caution on the voltage, though; I wouldn't push much over 1.35v (continuous, not short period) or you're likely to shorten the life of the CPU. Maybe 1.38 with good cooling which you have. At 1.45v the useful life might be closer to a few months than years. Every sample is different, so it's up to you to gamble.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah lol I've done some research on it and i know that 1.45 is super high, let alone for air cooling. Im not too worried about it however, considering that im upgrading my cpu/mobo combo very soon because of my defective mobo. Thanks for the cautionary advice tho. Much appreciated.

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

Hey I love your build! I'm new to building pc's and I have a newbie question! I don't see your PSU in the case, am I just not seeing it or is mounting a PSU outside the tower a viable option?

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey man thanks, I really appreciate that.

In Short: It's in the back.

But if you look up my case, the 680x, it has what is called a dual chamber layout. Meaning there is a front and a back compartment and those two compartments are separate. The front, which is everything you see, has the motherboard/cpu, the gpu and what not. The back houses the PSU and the cables and it also has ample storage for HDD and SSD drives.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the monitor work for you? Any ghosting, missing pixels, etc?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope not at all, it works really well for me. Love it and it's a beautiful VA panel honestly. Really happy with it. Stand just sucks but it has VESA mount capabilities.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What's with the 16 gb kit and 32 gb kit? You got 48 gb of tam?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah so before i bought the motherboard i have now, i had a faulty one and only two of the ram slots worked. Meant i only had 8 gigs of ram at any given point because of the way mobo dimms work and dual channel memory and etc. Also i wasnt sure if it was just my mobo or cpu or both, so i opted for the cheaper option at the time and bought a 32gb kit. But yes now that i have a new mobo that works perfectly well i have 48gigs of ram lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow xD

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

IS your CPU cooling fans around the heatsink even?

any problems adjusting to same height due to RAM?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

In short, no they are not even and no i have had no problems with height adjustments due to RAM

I had both fans height adjusted evenly before. The way you install the noctua fans makes it really easy to adjust their height based on your RAM. The higher the fan however the less performance considering there is less of the fan behind the heatsink pushing air. So thats why the one in the middle is "deeper" than the other. The other is higher because of my RAM clearance. Hope that all makes sense.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any issues with this RAM height and the Noctua cooler?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope not at all. You have alot of freedom with how you position the fans to fit almost any kind of RAM height

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

how much room does the case you are using have for cable management?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

There is quite alot considering this is a dual chamber case and the back half is dedicated to psu/drive storage and cable management. Tons of room

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thanx!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thanks, this will help a lot