Description

Hello all, this was my first ever build, and after almost a year of saving, waiting for new generations and planning, I put this together. Coming from a 19 inch laptop, the idea was to build a 1440p gaming-focused system with WiFi support. This build was the inspiration for the visual aspect and played a very large role in influencing the aesthetics. The specs ended up being similar as well.

I have no words to express how satisfied I am with the end product, the whole experience was a blast and I've moved onto helping my brother with his new build.

A few of the roadblocks I hit on the way: the original motherboard I received had a dead HDMI and Display Port, which threw a wench in mt original troubleshoooting. I ended up borrowing a friend's DVI cord and booting/ installing drivers with that. Got a repaired one swapped soon after.

As for the individual part impressions, I will only be listing the ones that I believe I can give meaningful information towards.

Regarding the PSU, yes. 750W is way way overkill for this build. However, for the price I found this one, it was cheaper than the 650W equivalent and not too much more than the 550. I decided for the purpose of future upgrade potential, I would spend a little extra.

P.S. I apologize in advance for all of the terrible pictures, it was late at night and I was more preoccupied with not zapping $1600 away :)

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I'll be honest, I was expecting better. Maybe I just got a dud somehow, but with temps into the high 70's and peaking in the low 80's consistently while gaming, I was expecting a little better. Don't get me wrong it gets the job done, and for the price maybe I shouldn't be complaining. Also comes with a screwdriver for installation that is simply amazing for all aspects of the build.

Case

Where do I begin with this case? It's beautiful, It was a joy to build in for someone as inexperienced as me, you name it. I suppose if you were planing on liquid cooling it could stand more support, but for my purposes I am nothing but satisfied with this case.

Power Supply

As a new builder, a fully modular PSU is something I'm glad I invested in. Works fine.

Case Fan

Is it trivial to critique case fans? Maybe. I don't have an issue with the noise or air flow, but the installation was a pain. The screw holes are predrilled, but too small in order to hold tight. Unfortunately, this means you risk stripping the screws when you're forced to muscle them in.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Those white LPX sticks look great! Wish I'd gone for them too but I chickened out! Sweet rig, how are you finding the cooling?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Like I said, the cooling was not as effective as my research led to believe, but still adequate. I even reseated the cooler and reapplied paste just to make sure that wasn't it. Overall, mid 70's while gaming and low 80s peaks, so a little hot, but still just within safe operation.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty similar to my one of my recent builds. The 7600k and 1070 is a great combo. I was also going to go with a white build but instead just use a white case. It looks good man, hope it runs well for you.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you configure the rgb settings of your rgb strips?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I use ASUS Aura. The motherboard has two RGB headers, but I think Aura only allows one RGB strip to be controlled. I was only able to get the colors I wanted through a lot of trial and error. I don't know why they don't allow for both strips to be controlled independently if they give two headers...

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build +1 how easy was the v1 backplate to install?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The backplate was a breeze. They include small magnets with adhesive on one side. Stick the magnet to your screws, sticky side up, then press on the plate. Done. They recommend you do it outside the case, which I'm not sure is necessary, but I did it nonetheless.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this computer, it looks fantastic!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the H5 hang over the DIMM1 slot on the ASUS?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, that cooler is designed to avoid clearance issues. It does not overhang.

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