Description

Build is used for gaming and productivity to include: video/photo editing--music production.

PROS: Initially CPU was idling @25-28C due to bios not being able to max throttle the 115i. However, with the "Corsair Link" technology, I was able to download the program from their website, allowing for complete control of fans,lighting,etc.. Now idling @ 20C. GPU is also a great buy. Don't have a 4k monitor but on my 2k (2156x1440) I'm running all games ultra with 80+ FPS. Case is phenomenal. Cable management is a breeze given all the Velcro straps both pre-installed and extra that come with the case. PSU being fully modular also helped. So much space to add to the build that it only creates future endeavors. Case also comes pre-installed with x5 140mm fans with white rgb lighting and white rgb lighting along the right perimeter of the case. There are more features to this case but SPACE is definitely what I'm emphasizing. Using Win10 installed on 850 Evo. From off to Win log in = 10 sec. WHOLE LOT OF USBs. This comp is fast in relevance to rendering, load times, boot.

Cinebench R15 - CPU=914
- GPU=158.5

Fire Strike- High Performance Test =15825

Cons: One issue I have with this build was the mobo. I ran into a lot of errors early and when referenced in the manual, the issue arose from the installed memory. When looking online you can see a lot of people have these issues. Also when initiating the BiOS XMP profile, i was also met with more errors and an unresponsive screen. Hitting the MemOK always seemed to clear the issue, however these problems have made OC a bit difficult. So i recommend using the preferred Memory list (for the z170 deluxe mobo, found on ASUS's website) when choosing ram. Due to these issues i have been running at stock (no OC)

In all, really happy with this build (my first build). Other then issues mentioned, this PC has been working like a charm. Even with no OC, PC still benches pretty high. Will OC later, but at this moment (although people will argue, haha) no need.

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Part Reviews

CPU

No issues. Great CPU. Out the box it came with slight OC @4.2GHz

CPU Cooler

CPU @ idle =20C. Custom RGB lighting. Dedicated program. Awesome product!

*Definitely makes noise while at max throttle

Motherboard

Still figuring this mobo out. Issues with RAM and XMP profile even after updating BiOS. Otherwise, Solid board with everything you want to include mass USB and built in WiFi/Bluetooth. Would recommend.

Storage

Solid product! (no pun intended) Use for OS, games,and few programs. Quick boot and awesome load times. Would recommend.

Video Card

Handles everything I throw at it!! Running 2k @80+ fps. Custom lighting. Stock OC. Great GPU, worth every dollar.

Case

Space! Cable management! Great for any build. Would recommend.

Power Supply

Everything you need from a PSU! Definitely recommend.

Case Fan

Great airflow. Got an exhaust > intake setup. Temp readings inside the case with max throttle on fans @idle =23C. Under load, got max of 31C. RGB is not the whitest of white. Slight blue tint. But I like it. Fans are definitely quiet. Thumbs up.

Fan Controller

Does what it advertises. No issues. Would recommend

Monitor

Honestly I've had issues with the monitor blacking out when running some games and programs. Also when minimizing full screen games (alt+esc) monitor will blackout. Even did it during a Benchmark. I've researched the issue, which led to a list of possibilities. Faulty cable, faulty video card, faulty monitor, etc... However the solution to when it blacks out is simply turning the monitor of and on (5 sec for monitor to turn on). This issue occurs usually once per game/program. Besides this, resolution is great. Comes with DP cable. Stand could be better. Overall ok monitor.

Keyboard

Feels great. Looks great. No million color spectrum, but nice backlit keys. Great macro keys. Comes with USB port

*Update* Just ran into an issue. Upon turning my PC on, (after initial setup and use of keyboard) my keyboard was unresponsive-not even powered. Upon researching this issue, the culprit appeared to be the driver (8.45-most up to date). So after uninstalling current driver, I installed downgraded driver (8.40). Restarted my system and for now, no problems.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Dear god... I want that case so bad. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely one of the huge + of this build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

How big is that case? Like I currently have a 400C from Corsair and I'd like to say, that case is gigantic but really clean looking. It's just weird to see no shroud on the bottom and it's just... so huge.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Sammy, so the case is definitely huge. Im 5'10" and it reaches mid thigh with me standing up. Also it is tough moving around (although im sure you'd rarely be moving it). But perks definitely include having enough space for beautiful cable managment and future endeavors on your build. But if your concern is size, this is a big tower.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

huh funny being I'm 5'11 and sure this wouldn't fit under my desk, thanks for replying, you have a really really nice build and I had to do a double take because... well its stunning.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Carpet D:

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Apt living unfortunately.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

How you get 23c on idle and 31c load? I have same cooler and I get 30C idle and 65C load :o

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Well initially i was idling at 28C but after changing some throttling settings i was able to maximize performance, getting that low idle temp. Also i looked at your build and saw its in a much smaller case than my own. Even if by just a few degrees, a nice size case can utilize much more airflow. So that may be another contributing factor. But in your case, i'd definitely just make sure you have the latest drivers of "Corsair Link" installed and play around with it. You should be able to get much lower than 30C idle. As for my 31C load temp, that was initial testing and benchmarks, however those temps are matching yours now haha.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You!

-Honestly I've had issues with the monitor blacking out when running some games and programs. Also when minimizing full screen games (alt+esc) monitor will blackout. Even did it during a Benchmark. I've researched the issue, which led to a list of possibilities. Faulty cable, faulty video card, faulty monitor, etc... However the solution to when it blacks out is simply turning the monitor of and on (5 sec for monitor to turn on). This issue occurs usually once per game/program. Besides this, resolution is great. Comes with DP cable. Stand could be better. Overall ok monitor.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend, you have committed me to make a review. Thanks for the push, haha