Description

I've built this desktop to replace my previous generic desktop as a dedicated gaming PC. I'm fairly satisfied with it, but I'm not going to buy another ASUS motherboard so soon. Their drivers cause BSOD on startup from time to time, and no matter what I do, I can never get it to save my power level settings. It used non-fixed power levels for the AOI, which causes issues with Corsair's water cooling.

On the the external bay I've put an ASUS ROG Front Base, It's just for looks, though it is functional. The optical drive was used only for initial installation, and I now use an external one when I need. It doesn't look like I can change the part list, so I can't "fix" these issues with it.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Easy to install, trouble-free and fairly silent. And, at this price, I'm never going back to fan coolers again. Don't be intimidated! This is no harder to install and use than any CPU Fan Cooler.

Motherboard

The motherboard itself is fairly decent, though the orientation of the connectors for things like USB make it really hard to connect things with the board mounted inside the case. I lost use of its USB 3.0 internal connector because of it.

That said, it has 3 stars because ASUS driver and software is awful and buggy.

Memory

Not worth it. It's the noisiest part of my computer, and doesn't really add much performance. I'd definitely go with a slower memory that doesn't require active cooling in the future.

Storage

This is a dream. Everything on it is so seamless, that whenever I have to use the pretty decent hard drives I have as backup storage, it is incredibly jarring.

Case

It's a decent and good looking case, though I prefer the features on my older Corsair case. The fan support on top is really good for water cooling solutions, though, and the handle makes it easy to move this big case around.

I can't keep the acrylic cover on the side clean or clear, though. I'm happy enough that I'd buy Cooler Master again, though not this case, but I'd pay close attention to the competition, and I'd see if there's something with a material other than acrylic.

Power Supply

It's nice for the cables to be optionally attached -- don't buy a PSU without that feature! This is silent, and I have to pay it the ultimate compliment; I can easily forget it even exists.

Monitor

Great monitor. The only two downsides: they dropped the NVidia 3D support, and there's no easy way of switching input.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice build but WHAT THE HELL is in your drive bay? looks really sick.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

2tb m.2 damn...

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Love how 5 people asked what was in the drive bay.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

right, like do yall read?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you put the Optical drive?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I use an external optical drive. Do I have an internal one in the parts? I'll double check.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I also want to know what ROG item in your drive bay is!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats in your drive bay?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build also wondering what in your're bay drive because i have the same case XD

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my god this thing is SO OVERKILL. In every way. 2TB SSD, 6TB HDD, 64GB of RAM... geezus.

I love it. Enjoy!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The thing in the drive bay is, indeed, the ASUS ROG Front Base, which was hell to find, and seems not to be supported anymore. Also, the case does not allow it to be screwed properly -- I've used duct tape from inside to keep it in place. I also had to add an card just to connect its USB ports. And though it is fully functional, and I do look at it sometimes to see how's the temperatures, I don't really use it for anything. It's there for the looks, just like the led strips.

Funny thing, that component was in the "others" section of the part list. None of that seems to be transferred to the completed build parts list.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you get 1k dollar ram you can get way better ram for under 500 dollars

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It looked good. What better RAM under $500 are you talking about, specifically?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I have half of this ram kit in a node 202 mini itx system, it doesn't need separate cooling, that's a gimmick. Throw the coolers away and you'll be fine. Love the build.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting, I'll try it out. It's noisy as hell.