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This is our first build, a gaming computer for my son. We built it together as a learning exercise and because he's put in the work to be a competitive gamer. The case is spacious and easy to work in. We found a power drill and bits really helpful. It was stressful to try to be sure all the cables went to all the right places. We almost missed seeing the upper left power sockets for the Aorus Master. For art, we wanted the interior to be white where possible, to reflect the light in the many RGBs on the fans, board and GPU. It looks great, we love it.

Performance: 13,600 on 3DMark free, stays <40C. No instability. Overclocked on all CPU cores to 5.0GHz, memory at 3600. Didn't try yet to tighten the memory timings because we get 240fps at 1080p solid on Modern Warfare with ray-tracing and everything maxed.

Things we learned

  • read the motherboard manual several times, looking at where everything will plug in
  • CableMod cables would have been worth it; we thought about it but wanted to see what it looked like with regular cables but once its all set up it's hard to get excited enough to tear down and redo it
  • magnetic trays for screws are great
  • thermal paste is easy to put on with no air bubbles if you put a pea-sized dollop and then put the liquid cooler on straight down
  • our case is bigger than we nee
  • Aorus EasyTune was an easy way to overclock
  • we now have to use four different programs to set the RGBs in the keyboard and mouse (Logitech), motherboard (Aorus), MSI GPU (Mystical something?), cooler and fans (iCUE); that's not at all ideal, it makes changing the look a big hassle and makes us wish for an uber-program to run the others
  • a refurbished motherboard is scary to use because if it doesn't work there are so many potential problems and it's a hassle to set it up and tear it down without damaging anything
  • the plastic CPU socket cover goes on top of the clamp mechanism, not under it; should be obvious but wasn't to us
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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

imagine having a 2080ti i9-9900k and a 240 Hz monitor as your first rig dude i cant even afford modern warfare lol.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It is over the top, no doubt. I'm fairly old so I can afford it and don't have much time to do a second build. Anyway, I've had many previous years of having to take out a loan to buy a burrito. :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

also what games are he playing professionally?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

None yet, sorry I wasn't clear. He's put in the time and effort to win a lot of his games in Fortnite and R6 and usually leads teams of older players. As far as I know, he can't play competitively until he's 13, so we have time.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

oh thats really cool im 15 and do ESL for pubg and am getting my mate a new mouse so he can do r6s with me. tell him ik said good luck with his games.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I read the rules and anyone over 6 years old can play ESL. My son's R6 username is Leonovichski, he'd love to play if you're up for it. It would also be great to hear any tips you have for playing in ESL. My Discord is P0ppski#1415.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome man will send some tips over the next few days.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job! Nice rig ya got there. I used Thermal Grizzly too. Loved the little tool it came with.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's fun to see how everyone does their builds. It reminds me of 1960's hot-rodders, mixing art and engineering.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful. You have a great build. You should add more photos especially night photos.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

So nice of you! Ok, will do.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I have ordered this case and I'm going for a similar build style. Which fans are exhaust and intake in your build and how have the temps been?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I'm slow. I didn't think anyone would comment after the first day. All fans are intake except those on the back. This lets cool air flow over the radiator and the GPU. We never have heat problems at 5GHz overclock.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate been scrolling through some builds for awhile and first thing I gotta say is this one has knocked my socks off. Very clean and love the use of the white with the rgb. I'm in the market for a new pc and wanting to build one similar this. So was just wondering seeing as this is your first build was it easy? Could a dummy like me pull it off I have watched a few vids and tutorials online. Cheers

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to be slow! Thanks, that's nice of you to say. Yes, I think anyone can do it and it's fun. The hardest part was understanding the motherboard manual (boring but read it twice our more) and putting in the CPU (watch videos carefully). Otherwise, a power screwdriver makes it all easier.

I'm glad to offer tips as you go, cheers!

S

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