Description

Thank You Pcpartpicker.com - I wouldn't have been able to complete this build without this website.

I own and coordinate a motorsports coordination company here on the east coast and wanted to build a rig that would allow me to use VR for drifting simulation and that could also multitask other games for my wife and I to play + become my main computer for work. I currently use a 2015 Macbook pro that has treated me well but does have issues running some website creation tools so it was time to upgrade. I will breakdown my uses and individual part reviews and build reviews below.

What do i use this computer for: Assetto Corsa VR drifting (wanted to build a rig that would allow me to drift cars at the venues that I host events at in order to demo new course layouts + get on course seat time during this off-season. Will also be playing other games such as Tomb Raider, Monster Hunters, and some old school games such as Kings Quest, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Monkey Island and some other classics. Lastly, I will be using this computer for work (website building, document storage, content creation, light video editing) etc.

What types of computers have i used in the past: Until about a month ago i had almost 0 knowledge when it came to building computers, gaming on computers etc. Pcpartpicker.com really helped me learn and their comparability part list builder was absolutely key to my comp build. I came from Mac - currently i have a 2015 Macbook pro and a 2009 mac desktop. My last windows computer was in 2007 and was an Asus best buy special that had trouble running StarCraft.

Build process: The build was fun! At first i was nervous about breaking things but as soon as i get the build started it flowed nicely. All in all it took me about 5 hours to put it together and another 5 hours to load windows 10 on it lol. Creating a boot file from a Macbook served to be a very troublesome process. I ended up having a buddy remote into my mac and create the boot file which ended up not working. He eventually created the boot file on his computer - uploaded it to google drive and then we were able to save it on to the USB from there. It was a process. Once we got windows 10 installed everything was easy! Updated all my drives and we were good to go.

Any issues?: Other then windows 10 boot file causing me issues i did have one other problem. Once the comp was built and running well i couldn't control the RGB lights on the fan cooler that came with the 2700x. After doing some reading online i thought that i had the cooler plugged into the wrong slot for RGB fan control so i moved it from the CPU Fan plug to the JRGB2 slot (I'm pretty sure that this is what its labeled. I will confirm later tonight.) that was right above it - once i turned the comp on some smoke came from the cooler and that was it - didn't work anymore. So i rushed out to best buy and bought the corsair liquid cooler. Overall i am happy with the Corsair and i think in the end i was going to need more cooling as VR really takes a lot of computing power. I got the corsair all hooked up in under and hour - powered it back up and everything works great! BTW - when i went to remove the old CPU cooler my CPU was stuck to it! i had to use a hairdryer to loosen the thermal paste to get the CPU off and then had to re-seat it. Very stressful process but ultimately very easy.

Lastly - the desk setup and desk wire management is all temporary. I will be using Ikea Countertops to create a custom L desk in the space that i have. Also, i will be picking up a seat rig from RSeat.net in the next few weeks.

Part Reviews

CPU

Really impressed - Runs super fast (seen upwards of 4.1 from this with no overclocking) - Install was seamless.

CPU Cooler

Easy to install - Looks great - and works great. CPU at idle is typically around 30-35c and under full VR load we are around 60c. Playing Doom with full ultra settings at 144fps temps didn't go over 66c. Great cooler! Highly recommended

Motherboard

Bios is very easy to navigate and use. Driver software is great and RGB lights are perfect. Looks greats - works great - no complaints

Memory

Great ram - was able to get it on sale on black Friday for $134. Had to OC it in BIOS to get it at 3200. Very Fast - Looks awesome ++++

Storage

Extremely fast - very small - very easy to install. A+++

Video Card

Bought this new from NewEgg for $365 as I was able to double it up with discounts with purchasing it trough Ebay. It was on sale for $429 from NewEgg and they posted the sale on Ebay and Ebay was running a %15 off coupon. This card is huge and weighs a ton. Getting a support bracket for it is almost mandatory. I ordered a $15 bracket off of amazon that supports it great. This card pushes VR Asetto Corsa with 0 issues - i have been able to run Doom in Ultra Settigns at 144fps 1080p and there are zero issues. RGB colors looks awesome - it stays super cool - A+++

Case

A little bit smaller then what i had expected but overall the case is great. Limited fan options FYI - It can only fit two fans vertically (see where i mounted my cooler). It does look great though, has great cable management and everything screwed in perfectly.

Power Supply

Works great - no voltage issues - easy to mount

Wireless Network Adapter

My mobo doesn't have WiFi so i purchased this. It was cheap and it works great! No connection issues and it worked instantly.

Case Fan

These fans work great and look great. The color options are endless and they mount extremely easy.

Monitor

This monitor is a really good value. I impulse bought it on Cyber Monday from BHphoto for $396 shipped. I wanted a large curved monitor vs two monitors as i'm not a fan of having a bezel in between my usable screen spaces. The 34inch monitor is super immersive - gaming is excellent - multitasking is excellent. The colors come through very well. My screen does have a little bit of bleeding however its a bit expected on these wide curved monitors. I am happy with my purchase considering the alternative to this monitor is hundreds of dollars more . I would have loved a 1440 but i just couldnt't justify the cost with having already spent so much on my PC build. The 1080 looks great though. My only real negative comment other then the screen bleed is that this monitor has a lot of glare. My setup is in a finished basement with standard basement lighting and i get a ton of glare. It could be my settings but with the 1080 its a bit expected.

Custom

They look good but are very flimsy. Using a comb is almost mandatory. Will probably replace them in the near future.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to let you know, the AIO cooler in the list is different from the build. The one in the build is the Corsair h100i Pro. Other than that, great looking PC!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah your right. Added the wrong one. Thank you

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It won't update on my parts list. When i add the H100i pro it changes it to the h100i 77

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Changing the saved parts list doesn’t Change the build part list. In fact, you can’t change the build part list.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah that makes sense. I tried for a solid 10mins to change it. Ill make a disclaimer in the description

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems pretty clunky, and perhaps there's an easier way, but updating a completed build was very confusing for me. The way I've been able to edit my completed build's parts list is make a new saved parts list with all the original stuff (yes a completely new list with everything re-added), plus the updated things....then save that list as the completed build's part list. I then go and delete the outdated parts list.

  1. create a new saved parts list that reflects all the old parts at the prices you paid with the custom pricing feature. including the updates you wish to make to the completed build.
  2. go to "completed builds"...click the build you want to update...click edit
  3. on the left side you'll see the parts list, click edit
  4. choose the new list you just created in step 1, then click "use this parts list" on the right side of the page near the top.
  5. go delete the outdated list that WAS being used by the completed build.

I've added a second stick of ram and GPU to my completed build with this method. I still can't update the CPU clock speed in the details section to reflect the OC I'm running, I change it, but it just reverts back to stock speeds, w/e I mentioned it in the description.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

whats your favorite car in which game +!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I use the tandobuddies car pack built by my buddy from smilefactory. If you drift check out the smilefactory servers and discord. We shred nightly

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

huh is that asseta corsa

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah its on Asseto - only racing game i'm playing atm . I do anticipate getting project cars soon tho

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

i drift on fh4

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man you gotta check out assetto. Its the best sim out there in my op. If you pair it up with VR its amazing.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Great seeing another simracer on here. Lovely build.

How's using the VR glasses compared to monitors?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

It's night and day. I actually cannot drive via the monitor (I cant link a course) but in VR it's 100x easier as long as you have a good sense of how to drift. It's an awesome experience being able to throw it into a turn and being able to look back and see your bros on your quarter panel. It's funny because a lot of the issues i have with driving in real life i have in the game. (Trouble with extending, being too handsy with the steering wheel, and taking improper lines in tandem follows to name a few) I fully anticipate this helping me work out some of my inconsistencies

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

This is extremely good for the money, but I recommend x470 vs. b450

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Just realized a lot of these parts went up in price a lot

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah they went way up. I bought everything on black friday and cyber monday. My mobo was $109 shipped on BF and if i remember correctly the x470 was a $150 or so. In hindsight i probably would have gotten then x470 considering i had to buy an extra wifi card. Live and ya learn.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ordered a bunch of new aesthetic parts. Will update with new pictures this weekend!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Got some cool DBZ graphics shipping from V1tech.com - Will update this soon.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How many case fans where in there before you bought extra and how many did you for in there?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It came with two case fans. I bought the 3 rgb pack and added the three rgb fans in. Two on the cooler and one on the back. The case has four total fans

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw your case review. Thats the normal place for an AIO mounting.

And you have no intake. All your fans are blowing air out, you have no airflow. Flip the front radiator fans around

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I was trying to figure out if i had them mounted correctly. Thanks for the message - ill flip them today.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! Am wondering why there are different CPU coolers in the pics tho... some pics you have the Ryzen wraith whatever on there and then the other pics you have the h100i PRO. Very, very nice, though. Love the cable management, too!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Mike, Question about the front of the case and the two fans there... it seems like the front of the case is completely solid; am I missing something visually, how does air get intaken? Great build btw.