My computer from 2012 is getting outdated and I felt the need to upgrade from the i7-2600, GTX 970. Instead of upgrading just the video card I decided to create a new machine to utilize DDR4 RAM and PCI Express x16 capabilities.
Some items were taken from my old build to furnish the new one: 2 Noctua case fans, the Asus VG248QE, the Sennheiser headphones and Logitech Z623. I still have old peripherals that I will furnish for the old build to have two working machines: Logitech G Pro, Logitech X-530, a 22" Samsung 1920x1080, and a Das Keyboard 4.
With the limited storage space, I decided on getting a Synology DS918+ to handle my backups and media needs. I was getting tired of using all the external HDDs and setting up sharing through Windows. I decided to go with a pre-built NAS for Synology’s simple, yet highly customizable interface, and for its low power consumption.
I chose this over the AMD Ryzen 1800X after seeing benchmarks from YouTube and online reviews.
I originally had a Noctua NH-L9I, but a user on pcpartpicker pointed out it's only designed to handle 65TDP. I've always had the Fractal Design Node 202 oriented vertically, with the GPU on the left side and towards the top. I've noticed the CPU will only get to 70° with it towards the top and having the Cryorig C7 at full. Even with it at full speed it's not very loud.
The motherboard featured the most USB 3.0 slots, a USB type-c slot, and most importantly has 2x m.2 bays. The top m.2 bay does not support NVMe SSDs. The bluetooth and Wi-Fi do not work very well if the the antennas are not attached.
I would've bought the 32GB pack if prices were a little lower. Corsair Link must be installed to adjust the RGB.
I’m not running a 4k monitor, but still wanted something that allowed for a little future proofing and that will provide the frames per second to take advantage of the 144Hz refresh rate. I opted to go with the blower style fan considering the small form factor case.
The small form factor was chosen for a smaller footprint on the desk and its travel appeal. I saw no need to have a mid-tower case for 3.5" HDD bays or optical bays. The drawback of the smaller form factor is the air flow restriction and higher temperatures, thus the decision to go with a blower-style fan for the graphics card.
Selected for its power output, form factor, efficiency and modular cables. The cables are a little stiff and were a little hard getting in the power supply.
For a closed panel system the color scheme of the beige and brown doesn't bother me. The NF-F12 is quiet compared to the original case fans of the Corsair 300R. The original fan for the Cooler Master Hyper Evo 212 broke and I replaced it with one of my Noctua NF-F12. I noticed a three degree decrease on CPU load temperatures when replacing the fan.
This fan is unnoticeable. There's just enough room to mount it on top of the Cryorig C7 in the Fractal Design Node 202. I feel that it helps bring in fresh air into the small form factor case.
The GTX 970 on my old machine cannot produce 144 frames per second while playing certain games to take advantage of the 144Hz refresh rate this monitor provides. The viewing angles aren't too bad on this TN panel and the color reproduction for my uses is negligible.
I have a Corsair K70 with cherry mx red switches. I wanted something with a smaller footprint on the desk and selected the Logitech G Pro for its ten keyless design.
I have an affinity towards gaming mice and have quite a few: Logitech MX518, Logitech G500s, Razer Deathadder Chroma, Logitech G9, Logitech G302, Logitech G Pro, and a Logitech G502. I’m still in search for the perfect gaming mouse and use the Logitech G Pro for games and the Logitech G502 as my daily driver. I’ve been testing the Logitech G403 and I like it because I’m able to palm grip it better that the Logitech G Pro.
These are the most comfortable headphones I have ever owned. The microphone is the best I have used for combination headset. It doesn't pick up audible sounds from my mechanical keyboard or mouse clicks when I use an open microphone in audio programs.
I upgraded or downgraded, however you want to look at it, from a 5.1 surround setup. The previous speaker system was 5.1 but did not have the power that the Logitech Z623 provides. I wish the monitors were a little heavier so that when I adjust the volume on it they speakers wouldn't move. The audio quality is decent.