Description

I decided to upgrade my GPU in anticipation of getting a 144hz monitor; one thing led to another, and I ended up replacing everything except my CPU and storage.

Part Reviews

CPU

Even after the release of Ryzen 2 and the Zen+ architecture, this mid-tier cpu remains an impressive bang-for-the-buck option -- with decent performance in gaming, cpu intensive workloads, and fantastic overclocking support with AMD Ryzen Master.

CPU Cooler

The cooler performs decently for a budget AIO, but for the money you're really better off putting $50 towards a solid air cooler.

I also had to link my RGB header to my motherboard, which meant using AsRock's proprietary software to control them, which was a pain.

Motherboard

Decent motherboard with overclocking support and an easy to use BIOS.

AsRock's RGB software sucks though.

Memory

I understand what the hype is about. These dimms look amazing, and they're certain to turn some heads at your next lan party. That being said, the white isn't as clear as I would like it to be considering the price. I understand the difficulties in that, but given the cost premium, it doesn't seem completely unreasonable.

Storage

Works, and is a fantastic deal right now considering what I paid for this SSD when I first bought it.

Video Card

Really awesome card that I'm glad I was able to get my hands on for a reasonable price.
The RGB is tasteful and easy to control, the backplate has a cool design without going over the top, and the dual fan + heatsink combo keep the card cool -- even under load.

Case

This is the second NZXT case I've worked with, and it likely won't be the last. The design (for the most part) just works. There's an abundance of dust filters, the case comes with two stock fans, there's a tempered glass side panel, the motherboard tray has plenty of cable management. It's a dream to work in. My biggest complaint is the back side panel, which is a little bit finicky to mount, but given the price point and the other positives, I would buy this case again in a heartbeat.

Power Supply

Got this for $70 during EVGA's holiday sale, and it feels extremely premium. It comes in a normal looking box, but when you open it everything is in a cloth bag, the cables are sleeved and taped, and it's packaged very professionally. It comes with Velcro cable ties, extra cables, high-density foam for transport; all the bells and whistles. The best part about this PSU is that I can run it with the fan off when my system at idle, which makes it dead quiet. Would recommend.

Case Fan

Decent fans for the price, but I wish that there was more customization in the modes and patterns beyond what you can do with the controller.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How does this setup do with the 144hz monitor, and at what resolution are you running? Does the RX 580 push frames out at 144hz or does it struggle?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I tested it with overwatch at ultra detail, 1080p and I got an average of ~150fps. I could also get up to 220 or so at high detail. I can't really speak for more demanding games, but given its performance in competitive titles it's fair to assume you'll be able to push out enough frames to take advantage of the high refresh rate without reducing the settings significantly.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats awesome, i hope AMD makes big strides in this next year

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didnt you get the ryzen 2600 for $159-$169

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I reused the CPU from my older build, which was before Zen+ launched

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: Is the water cooler fan come with it or did I buy it?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Are they RGB

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It comes with an RGB fan but I used a corsair SP120 instead

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

we got a very ****** similar computer man

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really haha. The only components that are the same are the CPU and mobo

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

used to have a rx 580 but only paid 100 and got offered 240