Named so because it is replacing a tired G75VW laptop, this is my college graduation present to myself! I have been planning to set up my own rig for years, and not having to haul a computer to class anymore meant it was finally time to get it built.
I didn't really have any performance or price requirements in mind going into this build - the black/blue color scheme sort of shaped itself as I acquired more parts. My goal was to hunt around pcpartpicker and r/buildapcsales to find good prices for everything.
Two snags along the way (see my Case and Memory part reviews), but overall a very satisfying build, and a really fun system to be using every day.
- Waiting on RAM RMA - will post performance benchmarks and clock speeds once it is installed.
- Will update Motherboard section with overclocking process and bios review.
- Will update Case section with cooling performance
Oh my - I had never used a mechanical keyboard before, but now when I go back to typing on my laptop its keys feel cheap in comparison. Absolutely love typing on this thing, the sound and feedback are satisfying, and it is really fun to play with the lighting / keybind customizations for different games.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my new build, and I am looking forward to all of your feedback and thoughts!
Nothing flashy here, I just wanted something without any red LEDs or accents - which is a lot harder to find than one would think. It helps the blue features stand out really nicely, and there is plenty of space for a second card. The bios looks nice - I will update this section when I have a stable OC and have had more time to poke around it.
The second issue of the build - I simply have bad luck buying RAM it seems. One of the two modules came DOA, and I am waiting on a GSkill RMA to get it replaced. On the plus side, the blue sticks look really sharp!
You can't really go wrong with a Samsung EVO - reliable and fast are all I want out of my boot drive. I squeezed in my ~350Gb Steam library with a little room to spare.
This big guy can hold all of my media and backups for years to come.
My original plan was to grab a 1070 FTW, but after researching some comparisons and finding this monster in stock at a good price I knew I had to pull the trigger on this. Going from a laptop to this is absolutely mind boggling. As shown in the Updates section, I will be posting 3DMark, game performance, and clock speeds once I get the second RAM module installed.
Despite two issues, the big aluminum Phanteks case is a pleasure to work in. It looks just as good as I imagined it would sitting up against my black tempered glass desk. Two windows means cable management needs a lot of attention, and the case helps with that through built-in wire straps and a large basement for hiding extra slack. However, with only one obvious cable routing path it would have been much easier to hold everything together if the straps were longer. As everything sits now they just barely stay velcroed together. Additionally, one of the two USB 3.0 ports on the front of the case is dead, which was a tad disappointing to find out after I had everything installed. Fortunately I don't use them often enough for it to be a real issue.
I will add a cooling discussion once I achieve a stable clock speed.
After seeing the quality packaging and products that came out of my GPU, PSU, and cables, I am quite the fan of EVGA. All of the cables were top notch and long enough to route them whichever way I needed to, and they look really nice inside the case.
This is the nicest panel I have ever used, and my first experience with any resolution above 1080p. (Is this what the masterrace feels like?) Small amount of backlight bleed when the screen is dark, but it's to be expected from an IPS panel. I know I'm missing out on the FreeSync by using this monitor with an Nvidia card, but I am very happy with the price I found it for on Newegg.