Made the decision to jump from console to PC after becoming sick of the prices of new consoles every 3 years. Was thinking about doing something in the $1500 CAD category but then I started having too much fun with the ideas and figured go bigger. I did a bit of internet and youtube research and found some builds that I really liked looking at and worked towards it. I started buying the pieces in March and now just last week I got it all together and built to how I like it.
I picked up the desk from IKEA by purchasing a countertop, table legs, and a drawer for it to rest on. Also found a cable type tray from IKEA and attached it underneath to help keep the wire and blocks off the floor.
I'm pretty happy with myself, but I never understood what the big deal was about cable management and making everything look clean until it was finally all done and saw that it looked like a mess; inside and outside. Picked up some cablemod cables with the coupon code from the motherboard and also tried out the AIO sleeves just for stuff* and giggles.
One thing I didn't look carefully at was that the Asus Maximus IX Hero only has one internal USB 2.0 slot. This turned into a problem when I found that the Hue+ and the Kraken both need a USB slot. NZXT made a good move by building these little internal USB hubs and so the problem was solved after a few more dollars.
I'm certain it might be a bit overkill in some areas, RAM for instance, but I hope to have this setup for a while and keep it updated as time goes on. I am using the computer primarily for gaming and some report writing for work. I can say that it handles Microsoft Word without any issues.... and it has done spectacularly on games too. I've been in love with the way BF1 looks on PC after playing so much of it on Xbox 1. PUBG is another great game that I am finding no issues with. Getting used to keyboard and mouse instead of a controller is another user-only issue that I am tackling.
I went with 2 1440p Dell s2417DG monitors, first reason was for the G-sync, 144hz and 1 ms, and the second reason was so that there is no difference in picture, the mouse can travel to the next monitor without a hitch, very minimal edges , and it just seemed easiest. The picture has been great and I have no complaints.
All in all, I'm loving the PC. Thanks for any comments.
Keeping everything nice and cool. Haven't had any issues and the CAM software is very nice and keeps track of everything. Easy to install. Hiding the wires is a bit tricky, but I don't know of any way that you could not have them.
I've had my eye on this board since I first started the build. It is a great board and feels very sturdy and reliable. The packaging was excellent and installing it into the case was a breeze. The holes all lined up (unlike the TUF 2 board that I was originally convinced to try out) and the IO plate design makes everything look clean. Wish there was another internal USB 2.0 port, but can't really fault them for it. BIOS was simple and easy to understand and go through. Awesome board.
Easy to install, is there RAM that isn't? Feels like it is made well though. No clicking, no pieces separating or moving. The RGB is very nice and it synced up to the motherboard and the ASUS Aura software very easily.
So fast. So nice. So pretty. Looks excellent in the board and the boot up time is lightning fast.
No surprises out of the HDD so that is five stars for me. Runs without any issues.
This case is very nice. It was easy to open up and install all the components. It has room for 140 mm fans at the front and top and plenty of room to slide the motherboard in nicely. The standoffs were sturdy and set up properly and took little effort to install the motherboard. The tempered glass beautiful and rubber pieces makes the case appear that it was really thought out when it was designed.
These monitors are the best. 1440p at 144hz and 1 ms is a lot better than what I was used to. Everything is clear and crisp. G-sync is a game changer too. What I found most interesting was the box and the interior packaging. I was able to unfold the box walls so that the stand could be installed while the monitor was still in the packaging and protection. I thought this was genius and made me much more confident in the monitor's designers.