I've always loved my Antec P160 aluminum case since I built in about 15 years ago with an AMD Athlon 64/FX 939 and an eVGA GeForce 680 GT 256MB. After rocking Doom, Half Life 2, Far Cry and a few others I discovered Battlefield 1942 online and my life was changed forever. Oh the long nights of battles, team killers, and jeeps filled with explosives.
When my build started getting old I bought an ASUS ROG Gaming laptop thinking I'd game wherever I wanted to, but it was a huge disappointment. The proprietary graphics drivers seemed to make running any Battlefield games after BF2 problematic. So after 5 or so years playing BF42 on the ASUS I heard the rumor of Battlefield 1 and decided to see if I could bring my beloved blue/green Antec case back to life.
My main concern was noise. My old eVGA GeForce sounded like an airplane taking off. I was intrigued by the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X with the TORX fans that only come on when needed. Once I found that my build was on.
Newegg: Motherboard, graphics card, PSU, CPU Cooler, RAM.
Amazon: The rest.
Newegg had a trial subscription call PRIME that offered expedited shipping and returns. I signed up and they were kind enough to remind me that I had 3 days to cancel it before I had to pay $50. Sorry I didn't need it anymore so I cancelled, but they were really great with their shipping and return of the bad ram.
Amazon also super. How cool is it to order a new part and get it the next day. Even better get a ****** monitor from Asus and be able to return it for free. No hassles.
First of all - a magnetic screw driver is a life saver. I can't imagine how many screws I would've dropped into my case without it. Having a big piece of cardboard to slide the case around worked great.
I love my Enermax fan controller. The front and back case fan are hooked up to it, and when I step away for a break I crank them up. Otherwise the fans are very low and the temps are as well. The extra blue/green lights are cool.
I replaced the old 3.5" floppy with a 4 port usb drive that is connected to a fast charge connection on the motherboard. Ipad, Iphone charge quickly.
The aluminum Antec case really keeps things cool. After gutting it the removable motherboard tray was nice. The front panel pulls off and has blue led's over the top of the mesh case fan cover. The optical drive cover posed a challenge since it didn't line up with the button on the ASUS drive I originally bought, so I had find a drive with a bigger button. Samsung to the rescue.
My old Creative Labs 7.1 sound system is rocking again. The old creative cables that went from the subwoofer to the then old sound card only had 3 connections on the sound card side - they were mixed in to work with the Creative Soundblaster I had. Luckily a search found that old manual and told me to just get 4 separate 3.5 cables. Amazon'd them and it works again. Woo hoo!
I went all out and bought the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q 27" 2560x1440 IPS 165Hz 4ms G-SYNC Eye Care Gaming Monitor on Amazon. I was super stoked when I turned it on. Then I gamed and was like WTF.... 4 dead pixels right next to my cross hair. Super stupid annoying. The black light bleed was pretty bad with dark scenes as well. Luckily Amazon took it back. I found 27" to be too big for non-gaming use. I was always sizing web browsers and moving the mouse way left and right. Mostly I didn't want to risk another ****** ASUS monitor so after some research on HardOCP I found this:
Dell Gaming S2417DG YNY1D 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor with G-SYNC
Not one dead pixel! Hurray for quality control. It's a beautiful screen after you adjust the colors. Out of the box the colors are really faded, but lucky for me some nice gent on the HardOcp posted the perfect color settings. I really like the 24" size for gaming and non-gaming use. Dell monitor fan for life.
I'm super happy with this build. It's the quietest PC I've ever had and it runs Battlefield 1 maxed out. The Dell monitor with Gsync is just awesome.
Just picked up these: Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Last thing to do - crawl under the desk and organize the cables.
Easy choice. Rock soild and great price.
Super quiet, fits perfectly, and easy to install.
MSI Z170A Gaming M7
After choosing the MSI Graphics card, doing research on HardOCP led me to an MSI Motherboard that sounded legit. I liked the idea of the SSD M2 slot being away from the graphics card slot. The BIOS Screens are good. I replaced my old 3.5 inch floppy drive with a 4 port USB drive and connected it to a Fast charge USB connector on the motherboard that allows devices to be charged faster. It seems to work good.
The Realtek 7.1 sound works great with my Creative labs 7.1 speaker system. The software is great and allows customization.
The Killer NIC lan connection is solid.
All in all a fine board and the red color scheme matches my memory sticks and the graphics card.
After flipping the switch my build wouldn't boot. After a few minutes of grief and a little research I pulled one of the sticks out and thank God it booted up. One bad stick. I traded the sticks in the motherboard slots to test if it was the motherboard but it was the one stick.
Newegg was great in taking it back, and while the 2nd pair booted up just fine, the latency detected by the motherboard was a little higher than advertised. I haven't messed with voltage or anything as it's fine, but still a bit of a headache.
The red color matches perfectly with the rest of the build.
Well originally I chose the Western Digital Cavier and this was another headache... literally. My build was depressingly making a loud humming noise that at first I thought was the graphics card. After some sleuthing, and since I had my OS on the SSD I unplugged the hard drive and thank God again the noise went away.
I bought the Seagate on Amazon and day later it was prrrfect. Doens't make any noise at all.
WONDERFUL. Can't ever hear it. Fans don't kick in unless hard core gaming, so when just surfing the web they're not even on. When they do come on I can't hear them. LOVE IT.
Found this on HardOCP:
Same as the other components - the fan only comes on when it has to, and when it does I can't hear it. Really like it. Came in cool fancy velvet case with a nice looking case badge. Had all the modular cables I needed. Documentation was good and just felt like a solid product.
Bought the ASUS drive originally, but one thing I didn't take into consideration was the front panel that covers the drive - it has a door that flips open and shuts again when the drive opens and shuts. My old LiteOn drive had a button that lined up perfectly with the cases button. The ASUS drive button didn't line up so it was always getting pushed - hence it wouldn't shut.
I did some searching online and noticed this Samsung had a large round button - it lines up perfectly. Whew.
I really like Windows 10.
Works great. Hooked it up to my Enermax fan controller and it works just fine.
AWESOME. Not one bad pixel. Gsync and 165hz is killer. Out of the box the colors are really washed out, but after you adjust them it's a really nice screen. Viewing angles are just fine. No back light issues like the IPS panels. Dell monitor quality is unbeatable.
Meh. It's ok. I liked the idea of not having a key pad. I wish there were more like that. I think it's stupid that so many gaming keyboards have a num pad which forces you to have your mouse further over. I'm not a big fan of the key spacing or keys so I'll probably keep looking. It's a rock solid keyboard thought. I couldn't even break it over my knee like my beloved Saitek. Doh.
Meh. It's ok. The sensor changing doesn't always work and the side buttons aren't super comfortable.