Description

EDIT: Excuse the messy setup, I need a better monitor and time for cable management.

For starters: this build was an accident. I went from having little intention of building a PC to completing in a mater of weeks.

When I was visiting family, my aunt decided to buy me a CPU and motherboard of choice, kickstarting the whole project.

Other than that, every dollar spent on this system was my own. I'm 15 years old and only make money by helping the older generation learn computers.

Some of the accessories - such as the headset - I got from Dreamhack Austin at an extreme discount. The remaining necessary components I picked up from a run to Fry's.

Shortly after building, I picked up a lightly used HTC Vive off craigslist to enjoy my new PC in its full glory. I didn't include the cost of it in the breakdown because I feel it's not part of the PC itself, rather the setup.

Part Reviews

CPU

Nothing but great things to say about it.

CPU Cooler

Was slightly confusing to mount, having only mounted 1 radiator before, but it ended up looking really good. Only complaint is that I couldn't get the fans to spin fast enough to move air throughout the case, because I replaced the Kraken's fans with the case fans. Probably just an issue with the CAM software itself, and this specific case.

It all ended up being fine though, as I installed Afterburner to adjust the GPU's fan, ending the throttling issues.

Motherboard

Great board, but you need to know that the lights on it do not turn off even when the system is powered off. The only way to turn them off is manually switching off the PSU or shutting them off in AURA software.

Memory

It's really bling, but it wasn't too expensive and looks super good.

Video Card

Purchased from Bestbuy. It looks performs really well, and looks to match.

Case

After 10+ hours of building in this case, I have a result I'm proud of. But there isn't much room in the back for cables. The hole intended for routing GPU/PCI-E from the PSU is way to far left for full length cards such as mine. Love the tempered glass. Can't figure out how to get the LEDs to breathe different colors without flashing.

Power Supply

The cheapest fully-modular Corsair CPU at fries was the RM650x. But I decided to go for this because it was only $10 more and provided future-proofing if I ever do SLI.

Headphones

Got these at the HyperX booth during Dreamhack Austin, along with one of their mousepads. For $25 I couldn't go wrong with these.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Fancy!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

i like it! looks nice! 1+!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Purty lightsss

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! +1

Just a side note, you can disable the motherboard lights when you turn off your PC by going into the Aura software, going to the "Independent" tab, and switching it off, or just choosing black or some dark color. Hope that helps!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I’ll check it out

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks pretty cool and I love those LEDs

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