Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

Storage

Old ssd from his previous still works excellent.

Storage

This is his drive from his previous build we just added it in for more storage. Still works fine.

Storage

Got this free with the purchase of the WD SN750 500GB M.2. Works as it should.

Video Card

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. :)

Case

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:)

Power Supply

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.

Case Fan

I used these as front intake case fans and they move plenty of fresh air and are very quiet.

Monitor

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. :)

Custom

Cable for one of his other tv's . Works fine so far.

Custom

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.

Custom

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:)

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 9 points

Can u adopt me pls

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice 1080p build; he is one lucky kid. Great choices on the hardware, especially with the M.2 WD Black. Hopefully, he'll venture out into the newer, more demanding titles so he can enjoy the true power of the system.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

How is the WD M.2 drive performance/reliability so far? is it recommended?

Thanks,

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What are gpu temps like? And are you planing to oc? Surely with a 2700x you be overclocking...

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

HWINFO64 reports a high temp of 67c. Haven't really done any other extensive testing nor has he had any issues. No plans on manually overclocking the 2700x as auto boost does a fantastic job.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

ok, thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything is great except THE COLORS AREN'T SYNCED AAAAAAAAAAAA

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

the nvme was kind of a waste, as in extra money spent that was un needed. cpu a little overkill for light gaming but fine. other than that really nice build.