Description

I finally decided to upgrade from the gaming laptop I have been using for the past 2 years. I have been slowly collecting and pricing out parts for the past 3 months. I got quite a few good deals over black Friday if you are questioning prices in the part list. This is my first build. I have worked with/taken apart many computers, but never a full build from scratch. There were multiple things that I learned it and was absolutely a blast putting it all together. The photos are all from my phone so I hope they don't look too terrible...

The inspiration for the theme is from Game of Thrones. However, I originally choose the color scheme because I love the clean white builds. Then I decided to add orange becuase it was my wife's favorite color and I needed a way to pay her back for not killing me spending this much on the build (love you honey) lol. With those two colors I decided to go for a orange fire and white ice clash inside the case. In the end, I think it came together really nicely. I would have loved to add some more GoT tribute with a custom GPU backplate, but that might come later.

Build Process Overall the build wasn't too hard to put everything together. The build posted on first attempt so that was very nice. The case made the build pretty easy and was nice to work with. Additionally, I had a terrible time planning out the rgb connections, I will talk about that more on the part specific area. The last thing that gave me a bunch of trouble was installing the fans, of all things...

CPU I decided to go AMD on this build. The processor is cheaper then Intel and I was really trying to keep the price as low as I could, minor performance increases weren't that important. I wasn't planning to do much besides game on the build, so I decided to go with the 5 over the 7.

Cooler Let's be honest, I just choose the cooler to make the build look nicer over the bulky air coolers. I would have liked to go one step up for a better cooler, but I couldn't justify the jump in price. Looking at the pictures, I wish I had because the white is blinding compared to the soft blue I went with throughout the rest of the case. Additionally, the temps are pretty high on my cpu because my house is usually about 79 degrees being in florida.

Mobo I have always been a fan of Asus products and the color fit in with the build so it made this mobo an easy choice. I do wish the rgb headers weren't the 4 pin headers, but in the end it worked out since I went solid colors. The BIOS is so easy to work with which was a plus. The only issue I had was I put the ram in A1/B1 slots. Turns out it needed to be A2/B2. So I had a lot of trouble getting the ram to run at 3200mhz until I made that change.

Memory Good price, nice rgb, works great. These ended up dropping price to $135 after I purchased, but oh well, can't win them all.

Storage I had a 158gb ssd in my laptop and it was amazing so I knew I needed one for this build. I was going to go 256gb, but for $20 more the 500gb was definetly worth it. The m.2 install was super easy on the mobo as well.

GPU Whew, I went back and forth on this choice for so long. I really debated getting a 1070ti for a long time as it was such a good price and powerful and since most Vega's where out of stock. I waited a long time for the Sapphire Nitro+ Vega 64 to come back in stock, but it never did and I found a good price for the Asus Strix so I went with that. I definetly love this GPU and it looks amazing. The freesync pairs with my monitor as well which is great.

Case I love this case. The tempered glass looks amazing. There was plenty of room to work and great places to tuck in cables. The included fans and rgb were already installed and look amazing. The mobo risers were already installed which was nice as I was terrified to fry my whole build lol.

Power Supply I really hope the 750 will be enough to power this build on any upgrades in the future, but for now it seems like a great psu.

Monitor This monitor was such a great deal over Black Friday. The curve is amazing and looks so good. Also 32 inches?!? I was running a 21inch laptop and thought that screen was big.... haha. As of now I can't tell if the freesync really makes much of a difference, but I need to test more. The 144hz refresh rate and 1440p look great.

Accesories I think the rgb was the hardest part to combine. The connections from the rgb fan covers to the led strips daisy chain really nicely, but I needed to buy an extra extension cable to connect to the headers on the mobo. Additionally, the instruction for daisy chaining make it seem like you have to do it a specific way but I really just slapped it all together. I thought the case came with an rgb controller, but it is just an optional upgrade, so don't get fooled by that. As for the fans themselves, they are nice and quiet and controlable so that worked out well.

Final Thoughts I definitely struggled with fan placement in the case. The two fans in the front were already setup for intake which made sense. But with the aio I wanted it to be an intake as well to get positive pressure (I have cats, cats have hair...) and keep my cpu cooler, but in the end I decided to make it an out as I couldn't justify putting it inline with the two fans in the front and having an intake and an out at the top didn't make much sense.

Thanks for looking and reading if you made it this far haha. Have a good day!

Part Reviews

CPU

I love this cpu, great price, good speeds and the temps really don't fluctuate too high during load, which is nice. The stock cooler looks good, i didnt use it though, so cant comment on that.

CPU Cooler

This is a good liquid cooler on a budget. The fan is definetly louder then my Phanteks fans, but it is also doing more work typically. Installation was a breeze and the supplied instruction were very helpful. I do wish the white led was a little less blindingly bright, but that's such a minor complaint.

Thermal Compound

Easy to use, seems to be doing a good job. It came highly recommended and I would have to agree.

Motherboard

I was very nervous going with this mobo based on the reviews, but I am pleasantly surprised with how great it is. BIOS is easy to use and extremely informative, headers and cable placement is good, the rgb looks great and is customizable and the ram and m.2 installation was easy. The only problem I had was installing the ram in the wrong slot, but that's my fault.

Memory

Looks amazing, works great. Someone mentioned there is Ryzen specific compatible ram, but this worked fine with my ryzen build.

Storage

Much fast, very ssd. Samsung makes amazing storage and this ssd is still great, compared to the new 960, but for a great price.

Storage

Unfortunately I had to RMA this hdd. I wouldn't blame the product so much as purchasing from Outlet PC. Came in just an anti static bag thrown in a box. I will update this when the RMA is complete

Video Card

This GPU is amazing, handles everything I throw at it in 1440p likes it's nothing. Everything I have is running on Ultra and it stays cool and quiet the whole time. The rgb also looks great! It is definitely a beast. There is some gpu sag , which worries me, but not enough to be a problem I'm sure.

Case

Hands down the best case I have seen. Easy to work with, cable management is already provided, and the installed fans look great and stay quiet. I was a little confused if this included an rgb controller, which it does NOT. But that is okay, I ended up with a $2 add on cord to daisy chain the rest of my rgb together. Also, the white looks so good and the tempered glass is sturdy and just plain sexy.

Power Supply

Works great, modular cables helped a bunch and it powers everything well.

Case Fan

These are great fans. They stay nice and quiet, variable speed is perfect and they pair well with the rgb covers. My only complaint was they come with screws, but no washer/nuts. I ended up using the white pegs, but those are hard to remove and change if you need to move a fan. You couldn't include like 1 or 2 washers?

Monitor

This monitor is good. The picture quality is is great, 1440p and 144hz is a killer combo. For the price, it was pretty unbeatable. I'm not sure I would have picked this up at the $400 I have seen though, I got it for $300 over black Friday.

Pros

  • Colors look good right out of box
  • Stand is sturdy and sticks to the ground a little so it doesn't wobble around easily.
  • 31.5 inches, curved, 1440p and 144hz is such an awesome combo for $300
  • The switch in the back to change monitor settings is easy to use and hidden nicely
  • Came with a good display port cable

Cons

  • Speakers (maybe, see bottom)
  • The power cord is really short, so keep that in mind if you need to run it far.

The speakers don't work on my monitor. It's not worth returning to me as that's so minor. But I guess it can happen.

Edit: It seems my monitor is actually Acer ED323QURA from Newegg. It appears identical to this monitor, but I am not sure if it actually comes with speakers... So take this knowledge with a grain of salt.

Keyboard

Razer makes great products and this keyboard is no exception. Feels great, keys are quiet and the rgb looks awesome. I do wish there was a tiny bit more spacing on the keys, but i think i just need to get used to it.

Custom

Love the ease of daisy chaining Phanteks rgb, colors look good and the mag strip makes installation a breeze.

Custom

These cables look so good! Really help bring the build theme together. I got them for a great price at $25. Over $30 starts to get a little high in my opinion.

Custom

Comfy chair, easy to put together, great price. I think the "leather" may be a bit cheap, but what can you expect for the price.

Custom

Easy to add to the fan, daisy chains with other Phanteks rgb, such a cheap price. This is the 4 pin specific rgb, so just be careful which one you buy as Phanteks has the 3 pin for a higher price which Amazon says is the "newer" version.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 7 points

+1 for wallpaper, +1 for the cat's approval. Looks great.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thanks, my cat always has to be the center of attention.

  • 9 months ago
  • 7 points
  1. That's a lotta images. Well placed cabling too.

  2. I was amused by the peeping cat face.

  3. I can only imagine you are well aware of that GPU placement, and probably also placed it there for aesthetics, but it still concerns me a bit. I'm unsure if that motherboard has multiple x16 slots, And also possibly having more limiting airflow with it where it was placed.

  4. Are we all sure it's okay for that PC to be inhaling colorful flowing flames like that?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I am aware of the gpu placement and you are correct it is for the aesthetics. The second slot is also x16, but it still might suffer some loss in performance in that slot. I couldn't find a definitive answer for how much though. I may contact Asus and see if they have an answer.

Hmm, I hadn't considered the airflow. The intakes are at the bottom, so that could be a problem. I will have to do some monitoring of temps.

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Both the top and the 2nd slots are physical x16, however only the top slot is capable of using all 16 PCIE lanes. The 2nd slot runs at x8. You're probably losing 2-4% max FPS by not using the x16 slot, but the cooling lose from running it there may be your biggest problem. That cooler is one of the best made, but the fans will have to run faster to provide the same performance as the top slot that's in a better position to collect air.

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

Dude that cat is freaking amazing lmao

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Excuse me Sir, I would like to inform you that the gpu placement is a tad off, see it should be in the top pcie slot because there is will get the best performance. Have a nice day

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I was just gonna say something about that, but also I believe that the cooling is not as good if the GPU is right up against the power supply shroud like that.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

According to the motherboard manual, that slot is a PCIE 3.0 x16 slot, so I'm pretty sure it will be fine.

But even if it's only running at x8 bandwidth, testing shows that there's only about a 1% difference between running on an x16 slot and an x8 spot for a GTX 1080. Margin of error stuff. The Vega 64 performs roughly equivalently, so my guess would be that it would require similar bandwidth. Not a big deal.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

That slot is electrically x8, but physically x16. The concern is more for airflow though.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I debated on the placement for awhile. They are both x16 slots, so should be the same performance. But I saw some mentioning of the top slot perhaps getting better performance still. Might contact Asus unless someone here knows for sure.

If I move it up I lose the rgb on the mobo and it shows some cords connected at the bottom. So it's really not a big deal. Thanks for the feedback!

Edit: For some reason I missed the other replies. Yeah, I hadn't considered it suffering from decreased airflow. I will do some temp monitoring and see how its doing.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

you scared me, I thought fire was coming out of the pc. +1 btw

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha looking at it from the thumbnail it actually kind of does look like that. Glad everyone likes my background choice.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Good gracious. Aesthetically fantastic. Your choice of wallpaper is spot on. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yeah I was really happy to find such a complementing wallpaper.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This is fricking awesome! I never thought about it, but I never see this color theme despite "fire and ice" being a common color theme everywhere else. I love it!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I was very surprised as well. I couldn't find much orange and white or even red and white at all. I suppose if you go white, you go for the clean look though. Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Very creative and pretty! Great cable management.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management, i'm also putting a ryzen build together but i have a question about your ram. The G.skill trident Z RGB they look beautiful and you can get them for a good price now. Did you bought the compatible ryzen edition or just a normal one cuz i saw there are ryzen compatible ram but i only can get the 2444 ones where i live and i want the 3200 kit. if you have the normal ones do they work great and are there any issues ?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmm, that is interesting. I had no idea they had ryzen compatible version of the ram... They seem to work great, however... the bios shows the combined ram as 16gb at 3200mhz. But individually listed in the slots is 8gb 2133mhz. I am not sure if it is running at the 3200 positively. It seems like it is since that is what I have it set to in the bios (and originally had trouble with because I put then in the wrong slot oops).

If anyone knows of another way I can confirm they are running at 3200mhz, I will happily test it out. Otherwise they are running great! I did a mem check with Windows too and that cleared just fine.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU-Z is free and can tell you exactly what it’s running. Give it a try.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah that is perfect! Thanks a lot. I am indeed getting 3200mhz. Although it looks like I may need to adjust my clocks.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s the column on the far right on one of the memory tabs. It says XMP I believe. Not exactly sure and my rig is torn down. Adding water cooling. Google it to be sure.

You’re welcome!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks for the reply and that's weird but they at least work soo and you're not the only one that didn't use ryzen compatible ram it's also a bit confusing

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

With a build like this the wife is now optional. JK great build though. LOL

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha nice! Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I laughed my face off when I saw that cat.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah I got a kick out of it when she started doing it. She is dopey cat, but you gotta love em.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Same thing with my cat.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Case shoot rainbow fire and cat lives in a small hole in the desk! I love it

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

On the monitor review, you state, "Additionally, it seems the speakers don't work on my monitor." But the product page says this monitor does not have built in speakers. So, do you mean your external speakers are not compatible with the monitor? But you would be running those through your MOBO, right?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, so this is interesting. After a bit of researching, it seems the model Newegg sells is ed323qura, as opposed to ed323qur on Amazon and other sellers. However, it doesn't specifiy if it comes with speakers on Newegg site, 1 review says the speakers are really quiet, another reviews says it doesn't have speakers and a third says the speakers don't work.

I'm not really sure what to make of all that, but I have external speakers that do work so I don't have too many concerns about it. Also, the monitor does have volume control in the settings, which would imply to me it has speakers... but maybe that's for input directly to the monitor.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Aww, man. You got to that Graphics Card before I could scrounge up enough money for it.

It's alright, your build is looking really good. My Leather Chair is supposedly real leather, but it doesn't feel like it either, maybe it's something to do with how chairs are made.

As for RAM compatibility, it's seems like luck to have Intel RAM work at full capacity in a Ryzen machine. Although, there is a listing for what RAM is compatible with Ryzen at what configurations on the Ryzen Motherboard I was looking at's website. I just scrolled all the way to the bottom to see what the best speed was, and it gave me the alternate model that you picked with a Z at the end of the model number(I think). Of course, I'm trying to waste my money on the highest end motherboard, the Crosshair VII, so I actually aim to go above and beyond approved values.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I am loving that gpu, and it usually runs at such a high price I had to get it when it came down.

Yeah, chairs are harder then pc parts I think haha.

I'm glad it working, I had no idea it might not when I got it. Yeah, if you are going above, I would for sure get the AMD specific. No reason to cheap out at that point.

Good luck on your build and thanks for the compliments!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome cable management. Wish I would have gotten full sleeve PSU cables instead of extensions. I've spent a while trying to clean up my Enthoo Pro SE but there is just wayy to much going on behind my rear panel.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I did end up using cable extensions instead of full sleeves, there is just a LOT crammed in next to the psu where the dark cables hide out of the light lol. I do imagine a lot of people have more trouble with more components, extra hdd, rgb controller, etc.. Those definitely make it much harder to manage.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome cable management