It was time to get a new PC and this time I wasn't going for a laptop like 5yrs ago and 5yrs before that (I'm now stuck with a fast machine with slow gaming graphics) so this time I decided to once again build another PC from scratch. Last one I built was in 2004-05 maybe, an AMD Athlon XP 3000 with 256mb of RAM an A7N8X board and a Geforce 2 Ti 400-64mb reused from an older system.
Though last year a buddy of mine was getting rid of his old system and passed it down to me, I did put some stuff together with it but I don't consider it a build... it was a P7H55M-Pro, i7 860 and 4gb of Ram. I added an R9 285 (which was quickly replaced by a GTX 1060), 8gb of DDR3 Ram, an old HD and a 600watt EVGA PS. But this PC was quickly showing it's age, which brings me to the current build.
The Build took about a day, it Fired up at first try, but I couldn't get to the bios until a couple of tries and got into the bios to configure it up. Windows 10 was then added and configured so I think I spent about an hour in total doing that... a lot less time than back in the day when installing Win XP was like working a full 8hr shift, lol
Once in the bios though it was pretty straight forward, the Gigabyte Gaming 7 is fairly easy to configure, took me a couple of tries to configure the XMP settings and get the Corsair RGB Ram to run at full 3000mhz speed, and it recognized my 850 Evo SSD no problem. The board came with the F4 bios so I think that's why I didn't have many compatibility issues as some people with the first boards and F2 Bios had, it's running Stable and the i5 8600k runs at 4.5ghz stable, so I don't think I'll update the Bios until I'm ready to upgrade an 8700k or whatever is higher and compatible with the board by then (9th gen hopefully).
The RGB's are insane! I'm not installing any Gigabyte Apps yet, just running the board basic with Fusion RGB from the Bios only, so far it's great, lots of eye candy.
The Fractal Meshify c with the Dark tint does a great job at minimizing glare from the inside, but still fully displaying the RGB inside. The cable management is perfect, and the case has great ventilation and space usage. Only thing I wish was that there was enough space to put the fans outside the front frame instead of inside the case; as this requires removal of the Hard drive cage if you run a third fan.
June 18/18 Update: Pulled the GTX 1060 6GB, great card but it wasn't giving me the FPS I wanted... in goes a Monster, Asus Matrix 980Ti, what a card so far, it's doubled my FPS in QC, it runs hotter than the 1060 but so worth it.
Great CPU so far, runs cool always, currently running on the 4.5ghz profile without issues... I haven't tried to OC further yet but I will once I get a bigger air cooler, and aim for that 5ghz+
Love the Gammax GT, Cooler and RGB looks great and it's decent for the price ($54 usually, not $119.99) keeps the 8600k cool, and will probably work with a mild OC without issues... I like that it works with Gigabyte Fusion and syncs with the motherboard lighting.
I'm very impressed with this board, installed without issues and so far my setup is running stable since install. Just had to mess with the bios XMP settings to run full speed on the Ram. The Bios seems user friendly enough, but definitely more advanced for the usual new builder. My Board came with F4 Bios so I had none of the compatibility issues some of the early adopters with F2 Bios had, it recognized everything on my build right away (aside from having to assign a drive letter to the HD in windows).
Only thing I'm mad about is they've now come up with a new bundle of this board and 32gb Optane Memory... probably would have waited to get that, but you I guess you win some and lose some.
Great looking Ram, and running at 3000mhz stable so far, just needed minor tweaking for the XMP to run it. First time I set XMP at 3000 and tried booting and no go, Second time I think I set the XMP at 3000, then changed the option to Run For Stability rather than Performance, and it booted right up... has been running since then without issues.
Just wish the in-bios RGB Fusion would recognize it and it could match the RGB setup for the rest of the board.
It's fast, it's running great, it's fast, windows boots in like 10 seconds, games run great.
Typical WD Drive, no complaints and I haven't noticed any noise over the fans in my system. We'll see how reliable it becomes long term.
This card is a beast, and as so it heats up the same... Handles our games without issues, just generates more heat on Fortnite than it does on Quake Champions. Runs at 63-67 on QC but on Fortnite my son manages to get it to 70-72C.
Make sure you have good case cooling and a good power supply, and also it helps to modify your fan Curve, I have modified mine to kick in at 40C and up to 70% speed at 60C, The stock fan curve has the fans OFF until 60C which was causing it to hit almost 80C all the time at full load. Once you're past that, Highly recommended card.
Love the Meshify C with Dark tint, I wanted the white version originally, but once I saw this one, I couldn't resist, the front panel design is pretty cool. Ventilation is great so far, keeps everything much cooler than my old Node 804. Only thing I wish I could do is fit the fans on the outside of the frame rather than on the inside; as this would not require me to take the HD Cage out to run a third fan... I rather not have that big hole in there. and the front panel won't clip in if you run the fans outside.
After running a non modular 600w EVGA on my old handed down system, I decided to make a new system, this time I went semi modular and not regretting it... this one does the job great so far and no complaints.
Wireless Network Adapter
Have had it for over a year, no issues so far. Great reception both Wifi and BT4.2... my old system worked with it no problem, and my new system is working with it just the same.
Awesome Keyboard... We've had it for about 4 months and no complaints other than the click can be loud.
Love the G502 even more than my G700S, I may have to buy the Proteus Spectrum for my second system and put away the G700S. I bought this after reading several reviews on it and it did not disappoint.