So, this is my first build. I wanted it to be future proof, but also real good like. I probably would have bought the Nvidia Super 2080 whatever, but I bought the parts like a month ago and just now got around to building it. I do not really regret it. New stuff comes out all the time. I just wanted to get parts that I was happy with.
As it turns out I should have done I little more research. I am happy with the motherboard and graphics card, and fans, but the software that comes with it to control all the aorus RGB and led controller is trash. If I knew I would have to fiddle with things for days on end, I would have just gone with other parts.
That being said, looks pretty dope as hell though.
I wanted a to try a bunch of new things. Installing an M.2 drive was interesting, and so was the ssd, no problems. At first, the two drives that did not have Windows installed on them did not show up, but after some internet searching I discovered how to create the recognizable storage space that Windows could recognize. I named each of the drives off of the first three books of the old testament. Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus. There was no particular reason for it other than the names sounding cool.
The monitor, a Alienware 34 inch monitor is pretty sexy, fun to put together, immediately has that light bleed problem i was hoping to avoid. I do not really mind it, but i was hoping to get lucky with this monitor. Ah well, i just wont buy dell ever again because now im forever biased against them.
Soundcard works as expected, no noise. I put the sound card in the bottom PCI 16 slot, because why in the world would you ever want to put it anywhere close to a graphics card. I heard internal sound cards would sound inferior to a dac, but i have heard no electrical buzz that i was honestly expecting. But this card surprised me with really intuitive software and a expansion card that actually works as intended.
The biggest issue i have with the build is the leds. thermaltake might make great stuff, but these rgb fans. I had to buy this premium TT controller thing cause the ones that came with the fans were litteral trash garbage. Dont come near these fans. Go with some that are more hassle free. Ive taken the panels off this case way too many times.
Speakers are cool. Probably has less features and dont intergrate well in a bigger setup, but they work for me. Also those speakers in the part list are not the same as the ones i have. I have the Edifier 21280 speakers. They are eighty bucks.
Overall, i had fun with this being my first time. I am glad the biggest issue i had building the thing was cable management which remains to be not very good.
Oh yeah, price. So $5700 is a safe bet on how much i probably spent overall. I was buying parts over the past month as to get good deals on most of them. I probably spent 5000 on the parts, 500 on handling and shipping, and another 200 in replacement parts and fixes. (i bought some sick blue and white cables to replace the black ones)
The next step probably will be to replace the graphics cards and custuom watercool everything, but i'll that in a couple years time. For now, im just getting my mind and body ready for Cyberpunk 2077
I like the case, and I like how big and awesome the glass panels are, and I especially like how much it sucks to carry around with all the parts inside it. That aside, my one complaint is the back has just about zero space for cable management. I will live forever in fear of taking this back panel off because I do not know if i'll ever get it back one.
Still, I like the case, a little more hassle than I was expecting. I would not suggest this to a first timer, however for someone who would want to do a custom watercooling rig, this case would probably be really ideal.
Also, get the base version, you're gonna replace those stock fans and stuff anyway.
Honestly this mouse blows my mind with how many actual buttons there are on it. There's a horizontal scroll, a vertical scroll, a scroll click, a middle click, left and right, and thumb click, a forward click and a back click. I feel like I can finally play an fps without feeling like a dumb idiot fumbling for my melee key. Lots of options, the software makes the buttons re-assignable. worth the price.