As a college student, I don't have that much spare income, but I have been wanting to upgrade from a 2016 Lenovo y700 for a while. Then I got nailed by some yobo in an Audi, so now I can. When I bought everything, it cost $1,526, but since then everything's skyrocketed. Used mainly for productivity, but I built it with the intention of running 2-year-old AAA titles at 144hz, on a large screen, at low temps.
Framerates are as follows, all on max settings (except for motion blur, which is stupid)
*Dark Souls 3: capped at 60, but never dropped
*Dead by Daylight: same as above, even when playing aggro nurse
*Dishonored 2: Locked at 144, but dropped to 135ish during intense moving
Overall, it's pretty solid for what I had in mind. A more practical builder than I would have gone with an i5+1070ti, and a nicer display, but that's lame.
Aesthetics and performance are pretty good, but the committee who designed the rad aren't that bright. The screws for the fans were too long, and they'd punch holes in the fins, causing problems. They fixed this problem by adding little metal tabs right under the screw holes, making damaging the fins impossible. However, that made all of the screws too long by about 4mm, so they added a metric ******** of washers for you to do the spacing yourself. However, I only got 8. Thanks corsair.
Does what it says on the tin. Gigabyte's bios is ugly as **** though.
It's a 1080 with a decent cooler. The software however, is absolutely horrible. None of the "save profile" buttons work, every time you boot up it forgets your custom curve, and sometimes the fans don't feel like spinning so you have to catch it before the temps get dangerous.
Actually great. Only criticism is that it doesn't come with some Swedish meatballs.
Got it for $50, pretty great. Performance is A1, and everything is of premium quality. + a rad little bag for cables you don't use.
Pretty good, I got it for $219. In hindsight, 27"+ displays should always be 1440p+. 83ppi is mediocre.