Description

Using a few older parts, with new upgraded parts. Have a Death Star theme going with it, as well.

Using Custom Water Loop with EK, Monsoon, and BitsPower parts.

Part Reviews

CPU

So far, I'm pretty happy with this purchase. I got it on sale on Amazon. It was $20 USD more than the 3700X and I figured the extra $20 would have been worth it. So far, I've gotten a stable OC to 4.3GHz. The build is fairly new, so I've been doing more gaming than overclocking, but I am completely satisfied with this CPU. The last time I owned an AMD CPU was back in 2004. I am very pleased with this product. Is the CPU fast? Yes. Works well with gaming AND video/photo editing (I do both part-time).

Thermal Compound

Arctic Silver 5 has always been an amazing Thermal Compound. It's been my go-to for years. I've been a PC Enthusiast for about 18 years now and have used it many times. I cannot compare it to MX-4 or Kryonaut due to never using them before, but using AS5 compared to everything else other than those two, I will choose AS5 always.

Motherboard

I enjoy this MB a great deal; however, I do have a few gripes. The BIOS kind-of sucks. It reminds me of older builds, using the old BIOS look. Which is totally fine, cause I grew up overclocking in 'em, but for those who prefer the new UEFI layouts of modern BIOS, you won't find it on this board. With that said, this board OC's like a champion! I've yet had any problem OC'ing my CPU, Memory, or GPU. VRams are great. Volts are great. Another gripe I'd add is the fact that the RGB stays on even after you shut down your computer. I have to manually turn off my PSU for the RGB to shut off.

Memory

Fast and pretty. Not much more to say. It OC'd decently. Nothing amazing. Great stock timings in the first place. Very good Memory overall.

Storage

This was my first SSD. Never had an issue with it on any of my builds and it's been through two or three builds of mine. Would suggest it if it were new, but due to age, I'd suggest going with more modern of an SSD. Good night, sweet prince.

Storage

This has been with me through multiple builds, as well. A wonderful SSD, but I'd go more modern when suggesting SSD's. Still was a great SSD, though.

Storage

I was skeptical on this. Wasn't sure about Sabrent and their M2 tech, but I'm glad I took the chance. It's cheap and fast. Works well, can use for boot up, and very small. I love it.

Storage

A great HDD. I literally use this for storage for my videos and photos. Nothing else.

Video Card

The last time I used an AMD GPU was back in 2004 - 2006. So returning to an AMD GPU, I was a little hesitant, but the bang for the buck just couldn't compare so I took the risk. I love it. Fast GPU, great overclocking. The only thing I absolutely HATE is AMD's GPU software. It's terrible comparing to nVidia Control Panel and GeForce Experience. Still, I'd prefer dealing with the AMD Software than spending an extra $150 USD for an competitve tiered nVidia card.

Case

I LOVE this case. Absolutely love it. From the looks, to the size, to the amount of fans and radiators you can install. I love that you can wire manage the hell out of it and hide wires in the back of the case (I mount my SSD's, reservoir, and pump in the back). This has been my favorite case in 18 years of PC building.

Power Supply

SeaSonic is my go-to PSU brand. They've done me well forever. To the point, even with constant use, I've used the same two PSU's for YEARS.

Optical Drive

It does what I want it to. Makes media and plays blu-rays. Can't complain about it.

Operating System

Unlike many people, I enjoy using Windows 10. I beta tested it during Windows 8.1 days. Loved it then, love it now.

Case Fan

These are great fans. Quiet, fast, interchangeable color rings to match themes. Only complaint I have is that some times the rubber makes the screw fastener continuously turn and it can shred the rubber which ends up being a pain. So that loses a star from me. I use 7 of these bad boys to cool my radiators.

Monitor

For it's time, it was AMAZING. I love it. Still do. The only issue I have with it is that it's overpriced.

Monitor

So I didn't write a review for this right away because I wanted to spend some time with it. Let me get the only gripe I have about it over with first. So when you first use this monitor from the start (plug and play), it constantly shows the hertz you're running at in the top left corner of the screen. This does not go away. At least it didn't for me. I had to go to the monitors website and actually download the program for it just to shut off the "144hz" displayed in the corner. You can't do it through the monitor itself.

Now with what I liked about this monitor. Pretty much everything. The VA panel has beautiful colors. The curve isn't too much, yet it still feels "immersive". The response time and and refresh rate are great! The freesync really works great with gaming! I'm very happy with this purchase and am truly impressed with MSI monitors now. I wasn't sure how well they were going to be, since the only MSI products I've ever owned were Motherboards and Graphics Cards. I was expecting to experience ghosting, as few VA monitors and many IPS monitors get during gaming, but I've yet experienced any. All in all, this is a terrific monitor!

I'd give this a 4 and a half stars if I could, and the half star deduction would only be due to that annoying 144hz corner display during it's initial set up and not being able to remove it through the monitor itself. Since it's such a great monitor, I'll leave it as a score of 5 stars on here.

EDITED: I recently changed my rating to a 4 star. After a few weeks of ownership, three dead pixels showed up (there were none when first unboxed). Still a great monitor and the dead pixels are BARELY noticeable and absolutely unnoticeable when gaming. Monitor is still worth the money!

Keyboard

Meh. I dislike Razer products. I went with this to replace my messed up Ducky (which replaced my messed up Das keyboard). I will say their Software is really good. Makes doing things easy to do.

Mouse

I normally dislike Razer products. I think a lot of them are over priced and gimmicky. But the DeathAdder is the only product that I ever go to for mice, due to it feeling so comfortable in my hand. I've played YEARS of FPS games, both Professionally and as an Amateur (CS 1.4 and CS:S). After the original Logitech G5 was ceased, the DeathAdder was the only mouse that felt anywhere as close to the G5 and I've stuck with it since.

Headphones

The best headphones I've ever owned. The sound quality is crisp, clear, and beautiful. From music, to games, to movies. These are absolutely stunning headphones.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the case is kinda weird but I absolutely love the black and white aesthetic. Clean, gorgeous, well done!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. I have the same board. Go into the bios and you can turn RGB off. I did.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I noticed the last picture you switched out to a Gigabyte card, something wrong with the Sapphire?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. The Sapphire card is amazing. That Gigabyte card was my previous card. Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, those cards were epic back in the day. I'm seriously considering that same GPU as my next purchase. It's either that or the Zotac RTX 2070 Super Amp Extreme. The only problem is, you can't find it anywhere and Zotac is out of stock. Very nice build BTW, great aesthetics. Don't you just love that case? I just bought the same one, love it. Easiest build experience yet.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! I absolutely love this case. The only reason I've yet changed cases out is because it's done me no wrong yet. So much room for everything. Even to the point you don't bang your hand around the chassis when installing stuff. Best case I've ever owned, tbh.

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