Description

A few months ago I decided I wanted to learn how to build a PC. After many weeks of watching and reading build guides (and any video or article related to pc's) I felt confident in my abilities to build one myself.

Then I realized that I had no idea how to come up with a part list that would fit my gaming needs, and stay under budget. After googling it I stumbled across Pc Part Picker and was amazed by the handiness of this website. I am now proud to present my red and black gaming beast.

Building it was a breeze and cable management in the NZXT S340 Elite was as simple as it should be. The hardest part was plugging in the USB 3.0 cable, dang thing wouldn't go in! Other than that everything went as planned, and it booted into the BIOS first try.

There were two things that ticked me off while setting up this pc. Windows kept acting like it had never installed, after running the setup many times over. When I finally got it to work i ended up with 5 copies of windows installed, had to delete them from the file manager. After the windows fiasco I installed the Unigine Heaven benchmark. The first benchmark came up with a 17 FPS average, WAY below where my 980 should be at. After many continually disappointing tests, I finally figured out that for some reason 'prefer power savings' was turned on in the Nvidia control panel. After changing it to 'prefer performance' I got a much better 115 fps average.

All in all this was fun to build and even more fun to play on. It is my first experience playing anything at over 10 fps (came from a low end 2010 dell inspiron laptop) and it has been awesome so far.

UPDATE After a few months with the 980, I began to realize that the aging card didn't have enough vram for the games i was playing. (fh3, fh4, star citizen) so I went and got a 1080 for $350 from someone who had had it for a month before upgrading to the 2080 ti, not a speck of dust on it!

Part Reviews

CPU

Breezes through anything and everything. I got a cinebench score of 1534 with MSI game boost enabled.

Motherboard

A very wholesome board, has everything you need and more. Love the red led backlighting and accents. The audio is crisp and sounds like heaven. Wouldn't change a thing!

Storage

Boots windows in seconds and is great for games! I just wish that the sticker wasn't so ugly. Get a heat shroud to cover this up.

Case

It was a breeze to build in and looks amazing! Great cable management options and lots of room for ssds and such. I got 2- 240mm re led fans for the front and it makes it look even better.

Power Supply

Very professional look and is extremely quiet.

Monitor

For the cheapest 1440p monitor on the market, it blew me away! Looks good, and arrived with no dead pixels. Still, the colors are pretty off and the viewing angle is crap. It also feels pretty cheap.

Keyboard

I'm not a keyboard-phile so at the computer store I honestly couldn't tell the difference between this one and a $150 cherry mx one. the only bad thing is it is a bit loud, not a problem though. The mouse is great and the 2 programmable thumb buttons come in handy alot. Definitely feels $30 though...

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

nice build!

Should run loads of games smoothly now!

+1

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

it does! im mostly playing Beamng Drive right and it looks smooth as butter in 1440p

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice computer :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

thx, I like it to!

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm going to build this computer but change a few things.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! what are you going to change?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

GTX 1060 6GB and a one TB hard drive

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

If you can find it on sale, I would advise getting the 980, it has 10-15% better performance and is usually cheaper. Evga's b-stock website has them, for good prices, i got mine with absolutely no cosmetic damage.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Can it handle VR?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh definitely! I ran unigine superposition in vr mode (a special test for vr) and it scored 'excellent' in normal and 'compatible' on ultra.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

how is the power supply? i want to get the same one but i am afraid of it being too cheap.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

It came in a very professional packaging, doesn't look cheap, feel cheap, and is completely silent. I would trust it until about 95% load, just b/c it is a cheaper model, but im never getting close to that so it does fine. If you are going to be pushing 730-50 watts, don't get it. but if pcpartpicker says only 400-500 peak watt usage, get it!

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

I have a GTX 1070ti and Ryzen 7 2700x - will that be ok?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

seeing as the combined tdp of the card and cpu is 280 watts peak. (under torture tests, you'll probably never get this high) I'd say that it would be sufficient.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice pc the only criticising I have for it is the peripherals and the monitor

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah i ran out of money when it came to that, my upgrade to a better 4k monitor in the future 'cause a 1080 is a little overkill for most 1440p.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

you could have gotten a 144hz monitor instead it would have gamed a lot better until you upgrade instead of the 60hz monitor

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

lol i probably should have, but coming from a 10 fps experience on an 8 year old laptop that wasn't even good when it came out was quite an upgrade for me. Using DP the monitor can push 80hz for some reason, so i guess that's kinda makes up for it being LCD and all.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you take a look at the build I am saving up for it is under the label full build I really just want to see what other pc people think if it thx

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks great! the only thing I would change is spending $30 more on a 1070. you can get a quantity 1070 from evga for $329 here

I know B-stock might sound a little scary, but when i got my 980 there, it had literally nothing wrong with it except for a bent cooling fin on the back, took me 1 sec to bend back.

I think b-stock means that it failed physical inspection, so a bent fin would place it in b-stock. Nothing to do with bad clock speed or damaged cuda cores. They also have a 1 year warranty for if it is underperforming or breaks, etc...

Another thing: The biggest regret i have about my build was doing it in black and red. now don't get me wrong, i love black and red, but after awhile it gets a little dark and menacing, lol. Also everyone does black and red. I know budget may be an issue with buying RGB stuff, (it was for me) but it might have paid off in the long run. sometimes i'm just in the mood for something more bright and cheerful. that's just my opinion, so really do whatever, it's your chance to be creative!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm seeing a lot of reviews talking about ghosting on this monitor. Have you experienced any of that, and is it that bothersome? Also how well do you like it overall for casual gaming?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

yes it does ghost a bit but i hardly ever notice it when im playing a game. I would say that the afterglow is the bigger problem, but all lcd's are like this. It dosen't do blacks well, just deep gray lol.

i enjoy it b/c of the price and that you rarely notice stuff like that when playing games...

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! I was hoping to find feedback from a recent, not-too-picky user.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

glad i could help. :)

alot of people have heart attacks over afterglow and ghosting, but at least for me i only notice it in loading screens or if im purposely looking for it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya sometimes it's better to get personal experiences with it instead of a monitor enthusiast critiquing every little thing.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

that's true, tons of reviewers who have had the opportunity to use multi thousand dollar monitors get spoiled on them and treat everything else like peasant trash, weather they mean to or not.