Description

This was my first build, and I came into this knowing nearly nothing about computers. Thanks to the advice of a friend who works in the computer industry and a few months of personal research, I was able to choose a set of parts that worked well for me. I'm mostly intending to use the computer for gaming, and so far it's exceeded anything I've ever had on a console!

As a side note, I chose the parts for this with function prioritized over looks, so if I could save money by not including RGB, then I did. The motherboard and GPU both have a little RGB on them, but that's fine because the actual quality of the parts justify the price with or without lights.

Part Reviews

CPU

It's very fast, very powerful, and a whole lot cheaper than the Intel equivalent.

CPU Cooler

This thing is HUGE; I wasn't sure the second fan would fit in my case! Seeing photos online in other people's builds do not do this justice. That being said, it is fantastic at cooling while remaining incredibly quiet.

Motherboard

The board has a great layout that's easy to navigate, and it feels well constructed. I got it for the great VRMs and WiFi (just because I don't always have ethernet access) and both have performed well.

Memory

They're super low-profile, which helps when the NH-D15 is looming over them, and there haven't been any performance issues with them. I got the red variant because they were somehow $15 cheaper than the black ones.

Storage

It may be because I set it up improperly, but my system is telling me the SSD has a write speed of ~500mbps instead of the advertised 1800mbps. Even so, that is still leagues faster than my previous HDD, so I don't mind too much.

Video Card

With this card, I am able to play previous-gen games at 1440p with max settings and stay at 144Hz almost the entire time. I haven't tried any new games yet to really test its power. The 3-fan design makes it a bit longer, but it stays relatively cool and quiet.

Case

This is just a beautiful low-profile tower that's compact but well-designed. Everything fits like a glove, and the cable management is a breeze with this case.

Power Supply

The all-black cables are a great touch, but more importantly I can't even hear this PSU while running the computer, and there have been zero issues with its performance. If you are looking to overclock a lot, however, another PSU may suit you better because this does not have an extra 4-pin connector for CPU power. I didn't need that for my PC, so this was perfect.

Case Fan

The fans are great and fairly quiet, but one fan sounds like something is lightly brushing on the inside of the fan. Other than that one caveat, they are great.

Monitor

This is hands-down the best monitor I have ever had the pleasure of using. It's beautifully simple in design, works like a dream, and the 144Hz refresh rate is truly a mind-blowing experience, AND it's significantly more affordable than nearly any other monitor with the same specs.

Keyboard

The key lights are only red, but that's fine by me. The Romer G-Tactile keys feel great to use, and they aren't wobbly like some keyboards. Also, the optional keys included with the keyboard make it easy for me to find my place and return to the WASD keys without having to look down. They include extra keys for 1-5, QWERTY, and ASD, but I only used them on WASD.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!

Quick question - have you noticed any coil whine noise?

Thank you!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The only sound I hear coming from the pc is the light breeze from the case fans which is more than tolerable.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

nice, i like the logitech g413

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

nice and neat build :) it could be that your Intel 660p is nearly full - it slows down considerably then according to reviews etc

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I actually found that the issue was simply the network speed could not support the max write speed of the drive, so it ran slower. Using Crystal Disk Mark, I got the full, advertised speed on the drive.