Hi everyone, this is my first PC build and it has been a dream for me to build one and game at max settings at 1080p 60fps without overclocking. I know some of you may think that I could have gotten better parts in terms of price-performance wise and I do agree but I did not do enough research to understand which parts were best for my preference. The parts were purchased separately starting from June this year (price is in AUD). The build took approximately 4 hours to complete, half of the time was spent on reading the manuals and watching installation videos. I'm very cautious when it comes to new things.
Overall, I am very satisfied with my build, everything runs smoothly and the gaming experience is what I expected it to be. Only downside which bothers me is the cable management at the back which I need to fix. Had to give a slight push to actually close the panel as the motherboard cable is so thick, it was struggling to fit inside.
Note: If you have noticed the red protection covers on the front of the GPU, I have already removed them.
Great for gaming without any overclocking but could have gotten the i5-7600k instead for better base clock speed. i5 because I only do gaming, light web browsing and watching videos in 1 monitor so the i7 or Ryzen CPUs were unnecessary.
Pretty good cooler for the price. Installation was a bit annoying as the screws keep coming off but managed to keep it in place in the end. Very quiet as well, after gaming for hours, never exceeded 70 degrees which was my limit. Average temps under load were about 58-67 degrees.
Nothing much to say, had all I needed. Chose this mainly because it has 3 fan headers and matches my GPU. Great for non-overclocking use.
Enough for my needs
This GPU is a BEAST. Has great cooling temps and noise is very minimal. Only able to hear it once it exceeds 70 degrees but still quiet IMO. Did some benchmarking for half an hour, played Unity, Syndicate, Doom and Overwatch. Max temp I saw so far is only 73 (from Overwatch epic settings), other games were about 59-70 degrees.
This case gave me a headache on build day. Was happy when I was assembling my parts together until I realised the front I/O panel was missing. I was like WTF...I panicked and searched everywhere but I couldn't find it. So I had to remove my motherboard and mounting screws from the case and return it to the store to get a new one. Unfortunately, they do not allow trades so I had to wait 2 weeks for a new front I/O. Not only that, the top left mounting hole was not drilled properly as well. I was struggling with inserting the mounting screw into it but it was too small so I had to use a screwdriver to loosen the hole. Aside from the 2 problems, the case was a breeze to build in, I love the PSU shroud as it hides the PSU and makes the build look clean and simple. The velcro straps and provided cable ties were really helpful with cable management (although I did a pretty bad job at it). Case is compact, quiet and good cooling temps which I love.
PSU is amazing. Outstanding build quality and thick cables. Comes with a tester which is really handy. Definitely sufficient enough for my use.
What I need
Based on the reviews I've read about this case fan, it is great for exhaust and I think the rear needs a really good case fan to remove all the heat in the case. Comes with 2 adapters as well, ultra-low-noise (700rpm) and low-noise (900rpm). At default, the speed is at 1200rpm. Currently using low-noise for minimal noise as the weather is cold in where I live. Might have to remove the adapter once summer arrives. Hence, I've placed the stock fan to the front to have 2 intakes for positive airflow.
Best budget 23" IPS monitor for 1080p 60fps gaming. Couldn't have asked for a better one. Was tempted to get a 144hz monitor but with the upcoming AAA title games which I am very interested in (Origins, Anthem, etc.), I don't think it would be worth it. Considered 27" as well for 1440p gaming but felt like the screen was too big for me as my desk is only 80cm wide so the 23" is perfect.