Description

This is my first PC build and I have been avidly researching appropriate parts for my needs for almost six months. I am an enthusiast who generally games on consoles but have been increasingly disappointed in offerings recently. My main purposes for the new rig will be gaming and graphic design but I will be using this for my every day needs as well.

Luckily I had no issues during the build. I am planning to clean up some of the wiring and get in a couple of Noctua NF-A14 Industrial fans to improve airflow from the bottom and the exhaust.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a wonderful processor and it has been running fine in early stress tests. I have not yet bothered to OC it but once I have a suitable setup elsewhere in my build, I will be sure to push it to its limits. Probably did not need this for my needs but was considerably cheaper than listed here as an OEM buy and will future-proof my build.

CPU Cooler

This is the first time I have built with an AIO and I was considering a 280mm radiator but was dissuaded by other member posts on here who had to resort to modding. I have replaced the fans Corsair provided with the two Fractal fans to minimise noise and so far, idle temperatures hovering at around 30 degrees Celsius. Went up to 78 on stress testing but I have a feeling this is down to other airflow issues.

Motherboard

This is the updated RGB version of the board and it is a fabulous board for the feature set and price. I would have liked an included shroud instead of having to 3D print one but other than this and my inability to turn off the RGBs when the PC is off, no complaints. Has a fantastic BIOS interface as well.

Video Card

What a card. ASUS have nailed the OC and the cooling. Won't go above 62 degrees Celsius so far on FurMark stress tests with a score touching 6900 after further overclocking via GPUTweakII: I will be tinkering with this further. I love how the RGB can be connected with the motherboard and whilst not aesthetically the best card, I really do like the shroud design.

Case

It's been almost 5 years since I last ripped open a PC to make changes and this was just a breeze to work with. Ample space and incredibly easy to manage cables (although I have done a shoddy job of this at present). As others have noted, it might be a tight fit to get a 280mm radiator up top and the lack of a filter where the ModuVent system is does let the case down a little, but overall well recommended.

Monitor

I've moved from a 22 inch IPS to this and it's been quite amazing. As with all TN panels, colours are slightly washed out and viewing angles are inferior to IPS displays but you will not find a better TN panel at this price (note I got it for considerably less than listed here) with these features.

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build considering its your first time! Way to find a bunch of mail-in rebates with these parts! Gotta save the bucks where you can!

I enjoy the white case but I suggest a cheaper keyboard, the price on Corsair K70 RGB is almost 2 times as much as the Razer BlackWidow Chroma (also RGB) which is half the price with more vibrant LEDS and easier software to make macros and program lighting options. That's the only thing I have to say about that.

The monitor is a bit pricey in my opinion, considering some decent 24" monitors are 1/4 or 1/3 of the price with really no difference.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yep every little counts.

Agree with your points about the keyboard but having used the Chroma, the typing experience just isn't the same for me. Again, got the keyboard in a sale when the redesigned v2 (with updated logo but nil else) came out and ended up being cheaper than the Chroma (in the UK).

I was really considering a good 24 inch IPS but went for the extra real estate for work. Was hoping a good OLED would be out in the time I was researching parts but wasn't quite to be.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, if you have a side panel fan, will it fit? ASUS graphics cards tends to be very wide than normal. But as long as the graphics card is not surpassing the width of the PSU then a fan should be able to fit.

I made a diagram of my Define R5 with the position of my side fan to show you what I mean: https://linustechtips.com/main/uploads/monthly_2016_10/question1.png.d67e0aefc410afea0874d88b7fa18f33.png

Your build also looks great btw.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

This is 4 months late but may be useful to others:

Yes, it will fit. There is plenty of room in there for a side fan!