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My buddy finally convinced me to take the plunge in to PC gaming. He created a monster. I had a lot of fun building this, researching and adding parts over the past few months. I literally had no idea what to do but after watching tons of youtube videos and my buddy patiently answering my questions on the phone, I have a flipping awesome gaming rig.

I'm not joking when I say I had no idea what to do. When I started I didn't even know what the names of parts were. Google, Reddit and this website were also my friends.

I was putting my list together one piece at a time. Ingesting all the information and reviews I could. I did get lucky picking my case. I randomly selected one from the list and the first one I picked was the Fractal Design Meshify C Dark TG. I freaking love this case and it turned out to be a really popular one!

I also got lucky because so far everything has worked on the first go! No RMA yet!

I know this PC is way more than I need as my first build but I knew that if I skimped out I would soon regret it. I wanted this to be pretty future proof for at least a little while.

If you see something I did wrong or could have done better, please let me know. I'm very open to constructive feedback.

Thanks-

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 7 points

The pixels that are produced to make the image that set off a chemical reaction in my optical sensors to pleasure neural control center.

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This is a divine build.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks, Squidward! How's bikini bottom?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

What a nice build. Don't listen to the people who are saying, you should just sell your CPU and get a new one and that stuff, overclocking isn't that huge of a preformence boost in most games to be 100% honest. I love the look and that thing should run cooooooooooool with that AIO. Great job on your build!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU doesn’t need that big of an AIO, a new CPU should definitely be a down the road upgrade, but the one OP has in there now is still no slouch

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Grats on successful first build! I reckon you pulled it off well :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

More expensive board than you need, could've spent that extra $ on an M.2 SSD. Beautiful machine though. You can also get a 2TB HDD for half of what you payed, although a much uglier one.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

thats a great price for 2Tb of 7200RPM hard drive storage, WD BLACK is top of the industry in reliability and warranty. That HDD is worth every penny

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Actually got it on sale for $99 as well!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Even better! I would go into the parts list for this build and manually enter the prices you bought the parts at, it would give people a better understanding of the overall price of the build. When you leave it up to "lowest price setting" like you have it on now, sometimes the price can skyrocket (like it did for GPUs) and it can totally skew the overall price of the build.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the biggest difference b/w the M.2 ssd and the 2.5" ssd that I bought? Is the speed really that noticeable for the price difference?

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

It's a huge difference. Something I want to make clear though, you made excellent choices for your parts, don't let the following data make you regret your buys, at all. But your 2.5" SSD has this speed Max Sequential ReadUp to 550 MBpsMax Sequential WriteUp to 520 MBps4KB Random ReadRandom (QD1): Up to 10,000 IOPS Random (QD32): Up to 98,000 IOPS4KB Random WriteRandom (QD1): Up to 42,000 IOPS Random (QD32): Up to 90,000 IOPS and for example the new best cost/performance 500Gb M.2 drive out right now, the WD BLACK PCIe has this speed Max Sequential ReadUp to 3400 MBpsMax Sequential WriteUp to 2500 MBps4KB Random ReadUp to 410,000 IOPS4KB Random WriteUp to 330,000 IOPS Now it is more expensive for the same amount of storage, but it is arguably four times faster. The money question is, will you notice the difference? Hmm yeah probably a slight different, files would load faster, games would run quicker, but like barely .

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hot dang. Definitely will look in that more if the time comes to add/upgrade. Appreciate the info and advice!

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

SirHalpin is right. The difference between an NVME and a SATA drive, although there, barely. Yea, they do have way different reads and writes, but that's just what the drive can do. Right now, the only real reason is with video files. And unless that's your job, a SATA (2.5/M+B) will do the job just fine.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

very pretty compooter gj building man

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

first build with AIO you did get lucky

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

By far the most frustrating part of the build. The instructions were trash. Youtube helped a lot.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

When I Build Mine the motherboard screw strip :(

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice PC dude welcome to the real side of life.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build man! Great balance of components and my personal favorite case :). Also, kudos on the photography - stellar!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I couldn't be happier with the case. I was surprised that it doesn't cost more!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

The comments are kinda silly. If you want a CPU upgrade, get an i7-8700k. It's $340 and is currently the king of gaming for LGA1151. if you want a GPU upgrade, get a 1080ti; theyre finally back at MSRP, and the 11 series won't come out for a while. Or wait for the 11 series, although for the price of a 1080ti youll probably get a more powerful 11 series card, its all a matter of when they come out. Great build!

+1

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the feedback!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Man this build is very balanced from what you said it doesn't seem like you got lucky it seems like your are good

Good Job

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I definitely got lucky with all the parts actually working because according to a lot of comments and reviews, that's pretty rare lol.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

love your pc looks sexy as hell

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

what

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Clean and shown off with brilliant photography. +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

beats a ps4 and all macbooks

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I love the b/w picture of the case, nice shot! +1

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the 8400 perform with the GTX 1080? I am thinking of the 8400 in my 1440p build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Works great so far. I don't really do much multitasking so I'm not the best person to ask for a review. I want a 1440 144hz really bad. Just waiting on a good sale for now.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

great shots.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing looking build mate. I love the minimalistic and clean look. I've just ordered this case and the same AIO. I was going to order RGB fans and LED strips but after seeing yours it looks way better without so I wont bother lol.

  • 18 months ago
  • 0 points

First off, that's a very powerful and gorgeous PC! Congratulations.

But.

With the amount of money you put into it, you probably should have gotten an unlocked processor, so you can overclock. You bought a watercooler system and a dope-*** motherboard but your CPU is not capable of being overclocked. A core i5-7600K for example would probably fit better in that powerful system. Note the K at the end of the cpu model. It means you can overclock that chip - Intel CPUs without a K at the end can't be overclocked at all.

It's not a big deal, you're not really losing out on THAT much performance, but with the money you spent on a system that can handle it, I'm wondering if you made a deliberate choice not to overclock because you're a bit new to this or if it was an oversight. I believe that motherboard has some auto-overclocking features that would make it really easy for anyone to do it, too.

What you playing on that thing?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the compliments and the advice! It was definitely an oversight brought on from ignorance. When I first started my build I set out to only build a light gaming PC since i've only played consoles my whole life. I purchased all these parts spread out over several months and the CPU/PSU were the first things I bought lol. I changed my thought process on what I wanted out of this build about halfway thgough. It's all good though. This CPU is handling everything beautifully right now.

I pretty much play BF1 mostly. Got a 10 month old daughter so haven't had much time to try out anything else on PC. Any recommendations?

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

I've been playing Vermintide 2, Cities Skylines, Overwatch and some CS:GO once in a while but I've been playing CS for at least 15 years now on and off. I wouldn't recommend anyone just start playing CS in 2018 lol

Honestly don't worry about the CPU unless you randomly see a really, really good deal on a K chip and feel like diving into overclocking, and don't mind the hassle of offloading/doing something with the 8400 at that point. Your PC will crush most games for years to come.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

that's unfortunate! I was looking for a CS:GO PC build but haven't found one yet for my price range (€500) is what I'm looking for, Any tips for me?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

where are you?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

The Netherlands.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you main in OW? Just asking ;)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

mercy ;)

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Honestly you should only upgrade if you even see the CPU hit 100% load while gaming. And I doubt you'll see that with an 8400

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I would like to see how fortnite preforms on this machine, im building a similar build with an i78700 and gtx 1060 and was wondering what the specs were on this cool looking rig

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Benchmarks, my mistake

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll upload the benchmarks tomorrow. Gaming got UFO.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't get the 8700 if I where you. I would much rather buy a 8600k or a 8400 and get your self a better GPU like a 1070 or 1070ti. But, if you've not bough all the parts yet and can wait for a few months, I think that the new GTX 11 series of cards is coming out in aug. But, do what ever you want, spend it how you want to spend it, no one else can make you do anything you don't want!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

This, 8600k>8700

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

When asked when the next-gen GeForce would arrive, Jensen quipped, "It will be a long time from now. I'll invite you, and there will be lunch. " per https://www.pcgamer.com/nvidia-ceo-says-it-will-be-a-long-time-before-next-gen-geforce-gpus/

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

LOLOL play Minecraft at 1000 FPSs and bleed your eyes out ;)

Seriously though, element4l is a really great game.

Overwatch is great too.

Oh, I know! Play diep.io ;)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

R6 seigs is a gr8 game and some of the singl players can be fun like AC, FarCry and Ghost Recon

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to really love the AC franchise. I have Origins on PS4 but haven't put much time in to it. I'll check out the others. Thanks

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait what? i5 7600k?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, or if money really wasn't an object then get an i7.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

A 7600K can't be used on that motherboard...

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

My bad. 8600k with that board.

  • 18 months ago
  • -1 points

Why such a fancy board and cooler? You could have gotten an 8600K and a CryoRig H7 instead.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly? I guess a mixture of aesthetics and ignorance. I really like my i5 8400. She's smart and quick.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I think the 8400 and x62 was a fine choice. Nice build man

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

RGB makes everything better

  • 18 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah. Personally I'd sell it and take the $50 hit so you can overclock but that's just my two cents

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. But if OP is happy with it, who cares. It could've just been an oversight, and it happens.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess so, just a bit of a waste of money, no?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. He could definitely just have gotten a cheaper cooler, but it can be reused for a future upgrade - same goes for motherboard.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Near perfect, that motherboard is pretty overpriced for what it offers. The ACX 3.0 is the worst cooler of a custom 1080. EVGA replaces this graphics card with the new 1080 iCX for 100$

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh really? Thanks for the info and I'll look in to that. The GPU is only 2 weeks old.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Hah! It would be in a much fatter case if that were true :)

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