Description

I primarily use this machine for gaming and streaming. I decided to build it to replace my 7 year old computer with an i7-920 and a GTX 470. My old PC was extremely loud so I ended up going with a liquid cooling solution for the CPU. I initially had a beQuiet 280mm liquid loop AIO watercooler in this, however after 2-3 months of usage the pump failed, cracked, and leaked. This is why I'd say its version 1.1. Thankfully nothing was damaged with the leak as all the liquid pooled on top of the GPU (the cheapest part of the computer currently). After finding out it would cost $100+ to send back to UK for RMA I said f**k it and bought a Corsair H115i and used the beQuiet fans for the radiator. Building in the case was a bit of a struggle at first due to there being almost too much modularity to the case, but after figuring things out and moving the motherboard tray to fit the liquid cooler it wasn't too bad. I went for the beQuiet case as it was supposed to be extremely quiet, the wireless charger, tempered glass, and sleek design was enough for me to shell out a few extra bucks. I decided to go with the new AMD Ryzen 7 1800X as well as the RX460 as Intel and nVidia's prices have been getting ridiculous as of late. So with the new Ryzen having so many cores for the price I decided to take the risk of preordering. Well worth it in my opinion. The reason I went with the RX460 as a GPU is due to the fact that Vega has not yet come out. The RX460's performance is still a major improvement over the GTX470 that I had previously, so it is good enough until AMD Vega comes out. The current plan is to put in the top end gaming AMD Vega card with liquid cooling once they are released. Most of my friends think I am crazy having 4 SSD in my rig, but there is actually a purpose for everything. The 2 Samsung 850 Evo's are in RAID0 and is where I store all of my games. The m.2 Samsung 850 Evo is for the OS (mistake, should have went pcie instead of SATA). My old SanDisk Ultra II is being used for storage of video files recorded while gaming.

I named the PC "Joker" in respect to my favorite comic book villain, and went with a Green/Purple color scheme.

V2.0 Added the Vega 64 GPU, 27" 1440p Freesync monitor, and an additional 400GB SSD for media.

Any comments/suggestions are greatly appreciated

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is amazing. My more CPU intensive tasks are usually encoding videos with Plays.tv and general gaming. When encoding videos, a 15 minute clip-reel typically takes around 2 seconds to encode. Any software designed to leverage multi-core processing will definitely see the greatest results with this CPU.

CPU Cooler

So far this liquid cooler has been great. The only complaints I have is it is difficult to manage the pump/fan/usb cables needed for everything to work together with CorsairLink software. I was also a little disappointed that the software only detects its own temperature diode instead of the the one reported by the CPU. Otherwise this product works great.

Motherboard

Ignoring the early BIOS issues, this motherboard has worked great for me. My one issue with the motherboard is that when I overclock thru the BIOS, it no longer detects my m.2 SATA drive. I am sure there is a way around this, but I have yet to take the time.

Storage

For being a used device, this was a great $50 pickup. No complaints

Storage

Works as intended, but still wish I would have gone with a pcie m.2 SSD.

Video Card

Outstanding performance all while keeping it around 72C at max load while on stock settings. Can't wait to see how much can improve with overclocking.

Case

Minus 1 star due to complexity of working with the case during build. Case works extremely well and is virtually silent. The tempered glass is a nice touch and the built in wireless charger is an added bonus.

Power Supply

Modular and extremely quiet. Gets stuff done.

Monitor

For the specs and the price, this is an amazing monitor.

Keyboard

I've had this keyboard for 7 years now and I am still afraid of letting it go. The LCD screen works great with AIDA64 as I can monitor my temps right from my fingertips. If Logitech came out with a mechanical version with color screen I would be sold in a heartbeat.

Mouse

I love the feel of this mouse in hand. I picked this up 4 years ago after my previous mouse broke and it was the best $40 mouse I could get. My only issue is with the "Lift" button as I often would bump it and then the mouse would stop working. I was able to disable the lift button by applying a blank macro to it in the provided software, so not a total dealbreaker.

Headphones

I love this headset. Clear audio both from speakers and from the microphone. The microphone is detatchable, and the headset plugs into a usb card, so it makes for a nice pair of headphones since you can use the 3.5mm jack. Only reason I would get a different headset is if this one came in wired/wireless configuration.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

The performance difference between having a R7 1800X and a RX 460 in the same build is amusing.

plz don't crucify me I know the RX 460 is temporary also how do I small text?

Looks pretty solid, though if you're planning a Joker theme I'd argue for more purple over green. I think you'd be best getting a 2K 144Hz monitor, if 4K monitors with high refresh rates come out within the year they'll be ungodly expensive.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

The difference between the R7 1800X and RX460 is hilarious, I agree. It hurts me a bit to bottleneck it so hard, I almost broke during Computex when I found out I'd have to wait another 2 months till Vega is released.

Yeah I was hoping for more purple over green but the LED strip that came with the case is on a switch for only Red, Green, Blue, White, or off. So I went with Green there and Purple for everything else. Will be sleeving the cables purple when I upgrade to Vega.

I agree on the 4K monitor. I'm just trying to be positive and hope it wont be $1000. Odds are, probably going to stick to the 2K 27" 144Hz Freesync2 monitor.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

If it helps, my 2K 27" 144Hz G-sync monitor is probably my favorite purchase of my entire build, more than the GTX 1080 even.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

It does. I'm mainly holding off so that I can hopefully get a deal on the monitor on black friday. My biggest fear is adjusting from 23" to 27", and fitting it all on my desk lol

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

If you can find a deal jump on it. The monitor I bought retails for over $600 most of the time and I found one sold as "like new" on Craigslist for $440. Everything but the box was still in immaculate condition. Local listings can occasionally surprise you!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! I will still probably wait until Black Friday season. Mainly because I want my Vega card first, more options to choose from hopefully, and gives me a little more time to save up for the monitor.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm starting to get things for my first build, i hear many people complain about motherboard stopp working, and i really want to get the RGP g-skills ram sticks which people also say they stop working if you use their software to change the lights as it over-writes the information stored on the Ram sticks. Are they both working fine? are you getting the full amount of speed of the ram? i plan on getting 16 x 2 at 3600 MHz as Ram speed makes a huge difference to the Ryzen

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Mine are working fine, but i regret getting the 2400 mhz RAM. I will end up getting the faster sticks after Vega probably because they will definitely end up being my bottleneck in the long run. The RGB software can be touchy with them sometimes, but if you have an ASUS board it integrates well into the AURA software.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, but you really should fix that GPU sag. A supporting bracket may be needed. You don't want to damage the card.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I never updated the pictures with the new card, these pics are of my RX460 I had prior. Ironically my Vega64 which is much larger has minimal sag.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to hear that. The stronger backplate on the Vega probably helps. Great rig, J!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

talk about moniters holding your system back

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

I've added a 27" 1440p 144Hz Freesync monitor. I don't currently have much more room for monitors, so i am waiting till next year for when I am actually living in my own house rather than my rented townhouse. The next build will be a bit over the top. ~$1500 just for the watercooling parts (going dual loop with dual 480mm radiators)