I built this computer for my son for his 16th birthday. He primarily plays Fallout(entire series), Skyrim and Minecraft as well as many other games. This is an upgrade from a previous build I did 3 years ago. We decided to go with a smaller form factor. He does not overclock as of now so air cooling is more than adequate. He wanted some additional RGB so I added some low budget rgb fans.
Zero problems with this cpu and stock fan is rgb and keeps temps within normal limits with gaming. Kept the cool and quiet settings in the bios. Auto boost when it is needed. My plan is to upgrade this cpu when the next generation Ryzen is released and I will use this in my desktop computer.
So far I am very impressed with this motherboard with the exception of their rgb software which needs some work. The motherboard has plenty of fan headers, rgb headers and two M.2 slots. I payed a little more than I wanted because this was a timed build.
Pretty standard ram with of course rgb. Has zero problems running at rated speed with xmp enable in bios. iCUE software is easy to use and works very well.
Had to wait 4 weeks to receive this gem but it was well worth it. Easy to install and is very fast. Our run in Crystal disk gave us 3473 MB/s read and 2576 MB/s write. I was able to get his rig up and running without it but once it arrived I just cloned his os to this and had him add a few of his favorite games to it. EK heat sink looks great and seems to give it some cooling.
Old ssd from his previous still works excellent.
This is his drive from his previous build we just added it in for more storage. Still works fine.
Got this free with the purchase of the WD SN750 500GB M.2. Works as it should.
This card was an upgrade from a 750ti. My son has no complaints and it runs 3 monitors, games , you tube, discord ect. without any issues. He tested ARK survival on ultra settings @ 1080p and it worked excellent(It would crash on his previous build. I know I could have gone with a 2060 or 2070 but I plan on using this card and upgrading his to a 2070 around the black friday sales time when I upgrade my pc. He never plays games without some you tube video playing so the sound of the card is not noticeable. Plus it has RGB. :)
Excellent case, easy to build in and manage the cable mess. Not a big fan of the magnetic dust filters but they work. Getting the front panel/dust filter off is somewhat difficult but once you remove the bottom dust filter it's pretty easy. Love the dark tinted glass as it reduces the wonderful RGB glare:)
Opted for this power supply after a price change on the previous choice. It was a bit longer but still fit with room to tuck cable. Liked the black cables. I tried some aftermarket sleeved cable extensions however they didn't clip securely into the MB or the graphics card and I did not want to take a chance on questionable power delivery for new components so I kept it stock. The center emblem on the power supply snagged a little when I inserted into the case but I was able get it inserted.
Wireless Network Adapter
This is from his previous build and it has worked fine with no issues and has great range. He uses this primarily for bluetooth connection as he is hard wired for gaming.
I used these as front intake case fans and they move plenty of fresh air and are very quiet.
No frills 1080p/144hz gaming monitor I picked up on a flash sale. It's quite bright so we turned down some of the settings a bit, turned on freesync and set the hz in windows and it works excellent. Viewing angle isn't great but that is no issue for him. This is now his primary gaming monitor. Speakers aren't great but he primarily plays sound through his headset or one of his other tv's plus I put an RGB strip on the back because why not. :)
Cable for one of his other tv's . Works fine so far.
Nice looking well built display port cable. Works as it should.
Cheap RGB fans with fan controller. Plenty of colors to choose from. It has a switching button which I ran the cable to the back of the case and super glued it. Fans work as they should, appear well built, aren't loud and much cheaper than other name brands.
Excellent well built pad.
Got these as a "refurbished" they basically looked like they were re-boxed and never used . He says they work excellent and sound is great, mic. works pretty good plus they have RGB:)