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The Third Time's a Charm!

With this being my third personal build so far this year, I’m starting to run out of excuses to continue upgrading - especially at this rate. I just sold my ‘V2’ build in order to fund this project so hopefully I’m content and satisfied with this for at least a year or two. However, I’ve said that in the past.. oh well!

I really had one goal in mind when building this list; simplicity. In the process of 'V2', I really overspent on things that weren't important. High end motherboards, RGB fans, RGB strips, Corsair and Asus hardware, etc. So, I decided to make, what I think, is very a well-rounded functional build. My uses for this build are mostly gaming but also editing, rendering, 3D work and sometimes streaming.

Anyways, enjoy. This is Charm.


08/22/19 Update

A few months into building this system, I started having several issues regarding my CPU temperature. Only a few minutes into a gaming session, the 2700X quickly rose to 90-93c and would actually begin to thermal throttle itself after about an hour. I spent a lot of time trying to figure this out. I restored the PC to factory settings, I applied fresh MX4 thermal paste several times, I moved all of my fans to different locations, I even tried to undervolt the CPU but all without luck. By the way, that temperature was without an OC and didn't even have XFR/PB2 enabled. On my Aorus board, XFR is disabled by default.

I ended up changing a few things in order to correct this issue. I purchased a Kraken X52 AIO and I also got the Fractal Designs Meshify C case and sold the PC-O11. I loved the PC-O11 very much but it simply wasn't meant for an air cooled system and that's probably something I should have realized when building the part list. Oh well. Now that I've been using the Meshify C and AIO, my 2700X doesn't go past 68c even with XFR enabled and even at very long periods of time.

On a side note, I also added two Cooler Master RGB strips and a set of cable combs.

Part Reviews

CPU

Shreds through everything you ask of it! I have a Kraken X52 cooling this and it stays around 65-68c and 4.1GHz while gaming in 1440p. Also powers through Photoshop, Lightroom and Adobe Premier with ease.

CPU Cooler

So, basically, CAM is garbage but I bought this for its cooling properties and it keeps my R7 2700X at no more than 68c under load so overall, I'm happy with its performance but the software sucks.

Motherboard

BIOS is a bit weird, however, the build quality and features of this board is top notch. It provides me with everything that I could possibly need.

Memory

Great RAM. Set XMP at 3466mhz with no trouble.

Storage

Pretty much on par with the Samsung 970 EVO at a much lower cost! Can't go wrong with that! Also includes a heat sink if your motherboard doesn't provide one.

Storage

The SU800 is an awesome SSD. Probably the best budget SSD out there. Affordable, reliable and fast.

Video Card

I purchased this card to use with my PC consisting of a 2700X and 16GB of RAM. My primary goal was to achieve 1440p144 and well, it gets really close! I typically play at a mixture of high/medium settings and this GPU easily provides you with 110-120 FPS in demanding titles. I usually have thing such as textures on high, draw distance on max and things such as shadows set to medium. On a side note, it's also quiet considering its performance.

Most games do achieve a full 144 FPS if not more but even on the most demanding AAA titles, this card will give you well over 100 FPS at 1440p.

Case

One of the best cases for airflow. Lots of compatibility, great price and excellent build quality to top it off.

Power Supply

Great PSU. Reliable and quiet. Cables can be rather stiff when new but eventually, they will start to loosen up.

Case Fan

Fantastic fans! They are literally inaudible when ramped up. Completely rubber housing, clean cable sleeves and they have a great push-pin mounting solution. Had six fans installed within just a couple minutes.

Monitor

Best display I've owned so far. I wish I could've been able to afford the 27" model but seriously, this thing is great. G-Sync, high refresh rate, sharp text, great colors, etc. It really makes for a great experience while.. well.. doing anything.

Keyboard

Love this keyboard! Came from a Corsair STRAFE and I won't be going back. Keys definitely feel a bit mushier than the Corsair, however, my WPM has gone way up and it's a lot quieter to type on. Great for gaming, great for typing!

Mouse

I love this mouse but I have two issues with it. The DPI switches are not backlit and because of their placement, I often press them accidentally which often causes me to get killed in games. Otherwise this mouse is very solid and well worth the cost. Even Logitech's software is a pleasure to use when comparing to something like NZXT CAM, Asus Aura, etc.

Headphones

Incredible headset. Comfortable, lightweight, great sound quality for the price, wide sound stage, fantastic microphone. Sennheiser - job well done!

Custom

Magnets suck and I wish they were a couple of inches longer even if I had to pay for a longer version of these. I do, however, love the diffused light that these give off. It's very 'even' and the colors are fantastic.

Custom

Works like it's supposed to. Running 6 be quiet! SilentWings 3 120mm PWM. I do wish manufactures could make these smaller (at least thinner) due to limitations of certain cases. I doubt anyone is actually able to mount it to the back of the case without the back panel hitting it. Mine is stuffed behind the PSU shroud as it did not work when properly mounted in the back of my Lian-Li PC-O11 and Fractal Designs Meshify C.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

All of your builds look awesome. Great job

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

damn that 2070 is humongous!!! very nice build man!!! how you liking that 2700x?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

2.75 slot card haha. It's huge but it cools extremely well so I don't mind the size. I love the 2700X! For value, the 1700 is obviously far better but it's a fantastic CPU. It SHREDS through everything. I'll be updating this post with some benchmarks for both the CPU and GPU.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

that person giving you ram was amazing of him, also i think you should see about replacing that case as its not your fault that the pcie slots and the rear io doesnt line up properly.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, tell me about it. I thanked him very much and hopefully I can return his ram as soon as possible. Mine isn't scheduled to get here until the 23rd and I've already been waiting a week for it. Not sure what's going on with either NewEgg or FedEx. There's no updates whatsoever on the tracking information.

I thought about it but at this point, I might just deal with it how it is. I'm not sure what Lian-Li's return or exchange policy is but I'm going to send them an email just to see what they say.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

worth giving them a shout, and do send pictures to prove it, anyway good luck with that, hopefully they dont see you messed with it and deem it untouchable, which would be scum as it needed to be messed with just to get it to line up.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Sent them an email. We'll see what they come back with.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I really like your build, I'm planning on getting this case as well, its how I found your build, planning on getting a 2080ti with it but now I'm worried about it not lining up, did Lian-Li ever get back to you?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! No. To this day, they haven't responded to any of the three emails and support tickets I created. Not sure what's going on but in the end, I'm not too upset about the GPU. I ended up removing the bracket from the GPU and taking a dremel to it in order to widen the mounting holes. Now it fits okay.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

ugh, another upgrade - in less than a year. I need some too, lol. nice build man. Have you become a Ryzen fanboy now?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha no. I'm pretty neutral about Intel and Ryzen. I've used both, I like both, they're just for different purposes and budgets if you ask me.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man have you applied the heatsink on your ADATA SX8200? doesn't the logo end up being upside down?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I never actually applied the ADATA heatsink since my motherboard supplied a much beefier one. Picture 6 page 5 for reference. I can take a look at it later after work!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I want that case so bad, I am going to get it next year when I go with liquid cooling.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It's probably my favorite case now! Definitely get it - it's meant for liquid cooling.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

i think you should have a set of the fans facing in because you have the pressure from six 120mm fans all pulling air from unfiltered holes bringing in dust and debris with it

p.s. the photos look great what camera do you have

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I currently have it as the bottom intaking and top exhausting for now. You're absolutely right, it basically blows dust and everything straight through the case and GPU so that's something that needs to be changed. Next month, I'll be adding the 360mm AIO so once I have that, I'll change the fans around.

There's no front intake which just through me off so I figured bottom as intake and top as exhaust made the most sense? Photos were taken with my Pixel 2 XL!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

yes i'd put the bottom fans to intake. you might also want to put the aio, when you get it, to top exhaust so you don't blow hot air on your graphics card. I've heard the pixel had a good camera but those pictures look almost professional quality

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

UPDATED: 12/03/19

dd/mm/yy? But ... but ... your builds are listed in US dollars. (head explodes)

This is why I prefer 12-Mar-2019 as long as we're in a writing system that uses Latin characters. And 2019_03_12 otherwise.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, sorry to confuse. That's month/day/year. Just the norm for me.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe 12/03/18, then? since we haven't reached December 3, 2019 yet, and 1919 seems unlikely.

Obviously it's of no moment, just caught my eye since I work with a globally distributed group and m/d/y vs d/m/y is a common trip-up.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I just noticed that... I meant 12/03/18. Woops!

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha you're welcome. I thought that would be a welcome addition.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! More to come!