Machine used mostly for Gaming (Low to High-end, anything from AOE2 to Battlefield). Basically all my free time is spent on here either playing games, watching shows / movies, or usually both at the same time. I don't like wearing a headset, however, so it's important to me that the computer be as silent as possible! That's why I stuck with this Noctua cooler (salvaged from old PC), and found this Silent Base 600. Mine is Red/Black which I didn't see on PCPP, so I used the Black/Orange. The motherboard automatically sets the CPU voltage which I found frustrating, but auto-clocked it to 4.4GHz. I went ahead and tuned that up to 4.6GHz (thankfully it does let you adjust speed), and that's where it stands. CPU temps are good - around 30-40 idle, 60 under load, and into the upper 70s (sometimes peaking at around 80) while gaming for a while (hours, at max settings), which I think is perfectly acceptable. Later, I may try to find a way to unlock the auto-voltage adjustment so I can better tune / under-volt the CPU for lower temps.
The 60Hz monitor turned out to have a good deal less curve, but it worked out really well as a secondary monitor / TV screen. I'm already so immersed by the Primary (144Hz) which, by the way, I DID end up tuning out of the box. I also had a strange glitch where it seemed like the power cable had a short (the power would flicker on and off) when I first unboxed the monitor... My heart sank, but after replacing the power cable and leaving it for a while, the problem seems to have been fixed.
In the end: It's almost inaudible (dead silent), it rips through any game at max settings - It's perfect for me =)
Edit/Update: The motherboard will let you manually set voltage (I was being a dunce) just fine; but honestly I wasn't able to get much better temps than the auto settings without failing a core or 2 under stress... I think it's best to just let the auto voltage adjuster do its thing here.
The CPU Fan works well, but under stress for a long time temperatures start to crawl above 80C. This is okay, but cutting it close to dangerous. If you plan to overclock past 4.5GHz I recommend going with a higher CFM cooler or liquid cooled system. If not, this thing runs like a champ and is DEAD quiet and u wont find that anywhere else ;) I think it's totally worth it.
Extremely fast - still top-notch for High-End Gaming PCs. Cannot complain whatsoever.
Edit - A complaint!? Had to go to 4-star because this is an "unlocked" cpu is "made to overclock," but it seems as soon as you get past 4.5GHz clock, temps start to get INSANE under load... It's the IHS - you NEED to delid and apply a liquid metal compound to the die (replacing the crap compound intel used, as a joke? I'm not laughing). This is a dangerous process and voids the warranty on the chip, but if you want to get more than 4.5GHz overclock or simply decrease the high temps by upwards of 20C, it absolutely must be done. I recommend getting a delid kit, and not doing something sketchy that could easily break the chip.
This Cooler is FANTASTIC! It fits AMD and Intel chipsets and has 3 different cable settings for speed/sound purposes. I have one front fan on silent speed (medium setting) and the back on dead quiet (slowest) - and it still sucks all the heat out of my OC 4.6GHz 7700K! Why bother with overpriced, noisy liquid cooling!?
It's a great motherboard. The BIOS is layed out well / easy to navigate. It also does a decent job with the automatic CPU overclock / voltage management. If you want to bump up the overclock manually, you can also easily do that with the '+' and '-' keys.
Best RAM I could find. RAM is RAM - what can I say? Any performance increase is minor, but for a high-end build - Why not get the good stuff!?
I really think the hard-drive is one of the most under-rated parts of a custom build... It's easily the slowest part of any PC (the weakest link), so why not BEEF IT UP!? It not only affects boot times, but everything stored on your hard-drive!! This means loading games and maps, which I do A LOT. And this thing does it about 2-3X faster than your standard 2.5" SSD. It just makes things run smoother - absolutely incredible. Would recommend to anyone with the money to spend on it.
The best 1080 Ti I could find. Really, how can someone complain about this thing's performance? Max everything out, run it on 1440p, and still getting 100+ frames per second. It's quiet, fast, and has neat LEDs!
EXCELLENT QUALITY CASE! I found cable management to be a breeze in this case. With my giant Zotac 1080ti, PCPP warned me some drive bays may not be useable. In the 800 series case, this may be true, but since the 600 only has 3 bays, none of them are blocked. Dampens sound VERY well - my PC is virtually silent... I was hoping it would be a bit smaller, it's still a fairly large case, but worth every penny!
"Quality always pays for itself." - Every Engineer I've ever known.
Great quality monitor.. A bit dated but still top-notch!
Astounding picture quality out of the box. I adjusted the sharpness, contrast and color just a little bit to better suit my needs. Tested the difference between 1ms and 4ms response time between this and my secondary monitor - it actually surprised me how important that was towards response / gaming - especially for First-Person Shooters! Overall, I think this monitor is worth every penny.
It's quiet, it's mechanical...What more could you ask for? The LED has 4 settings (Off, low, medium, high) and only shines a red color, which is great for me because my PC and mouse are also black/red.
A great mouse - has been for a long long time. Would recommend to anyone!
Don't risk your expensive parts on something that protects well and can be easily replaced!!! This thing works brilliantly, and the screen displays all settings including a current wattage usage I found myself actually enjoying my UPS which I never thought would happen.
Simple but effective at preventing GPU sag!