Description

What a ride this has been! I've learned so much about computers over the past year and a half. I started planning this build knowing nothing about computers and planning to have a gaming build with a Ryzen 3 and a GTX 660. But over the year, I learned all about clock speeds, part specs, and building PCs. Later, I planned an i9-7980XE build with dual 1080 Tis, then realized that it was waaaaay too expensive. With a lot of help from family and friends, this build finally came together and carried on without a hitch. It runs about 100 FPS on Fortnite at maxed out settings. This has truly been an amazing adventure, and I couldn't have done it without PCPP. Thank you guys so much. The build is shark-themed since the ASUS Wi-Fi antenna looks like a shark fin. I bought this for $2600 CAD on Black Friday.

Part Reviews

CPU

An absolute beast, with a price to match. Surprisingly, it doesn't run too hot with a 240mm AIO. OC'd to 5Ghz.

CPU Cooler

It does a reasonable job of keeping my CPU nice and cool. However, the RGB software is super painful to use, and I ended up having to open up the case and use the controller, and even then, the controller is super confusing.

Motherboard

Super easy to build in, with a very helpful manual. The BIOS is quite easy to use and makes overclocking easy. It also comes with ASUS Sonic Radar, which is very helpful in-game.

Memory

32 GB of RAM seems kinda overkill, but I was assured that I would need it, and it's great for multitasking and gaming. Now, the obligatory "It's RAM, it's fast".

Storage

Easy to plug in and set up. I figured that I liked 2.5" SSD's instead of M.2 drives, and was not disappointed with my choice.

Video Card

An absolute monster. Destroys any game I throw at it. Plus, it came with the new Battlefield V, although there were some problems with Newegg's code.

Case

When I first saw the RGB fans on the front, I thought it would look really ugly. I was so wrong. They're perfect for themed builds, and the massive 200mm size is a big plus. The edges look a lot better in person. Although, you should keep in mind that it's way bigger than it looks.

Power Supply

I don't really know what to say. The cables were clearly marked so there was no confusion, so that's a plus. I haven't had any problems with it, and the voltage is nice and stable.

Monitor

Coming from a 1600x900 60 Hz laptop, this blew me away. 1440p is so crisp, and the colors are fantastic. It was super easy to configure everything in their settings. 10/10 would buy a Samsung monitor again.

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Very similar to the one I'm going to build in the next week! Also was on same boat as you and it was a fun ride learning all that stuff. Now I'm excited to make use of the pile of parts I have laying around. +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing your build. GLHF!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice ! Actually helps me seeing this, was hesitating with this case since I wasn't sure NZXT Kraken X52-62 on top would fit with an ATX mobo

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Just clarifying, I don't have the X52-X62. If you meant the measurements, then cool! There weren't any problems installing it, I only put it on top because I wasn't sure if having it on the front would be a good idea because of the 200mm fans

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

How straight forward was getting the CPU radiator mounted? Looks like an air cooled GPU? Nice build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It was pretty easy, we just had some trouble with the fans.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU fans or radiator fans? thanks for the details! :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

radiator

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  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't spam.