Description

After 30 years I've finally decided to ditch consoles and switch exclusively to a PC. After floating a few ideas around in my head for a something cool to do for my 30th, my wife convinced me to build a PC. I'm primarily using it for gaming and as a home workstation for Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premier. I started researching and picking parts back in October of 2019 and would buy parts here and there when sales would kick in through Christmas. I built it Christmas day, but just got around to finally completing it after some RAM issues that involved an exchange with Newegg.

In hindsight, there are a few things I would have changed after having already bought parts. I definitely would have invested in a nicer board and a 3700X. I'm more than happy with what I have, especially with a 4.2 ghz overclock on the 2700X, but the 3700X isn't that much more expensive in the grand scheme of things and getting a board with WiFi 6 and a little bit more RGB would have been nice. It would also have been good to be able to use the USB-C port on the front of the case since the Gaming Edge WiFi doesn't have a header for it.

All in all though, it's a fantastic performer and miles ahead of any other computer I've had... You can see the 2016 MacBook Pro I'm upgrading from in the last picture.

Part Reviews

CPU

A fantastic chip, especially at the price I got it for during the holidays. I probably would have bought a 3700X if I'd done a bit more research, but the price on this one was so good at the time that I went ahead and pulled the trigger. I had no problem overclocking this to 4.2 ghz.

CPU Cooler

The fans are pretty quiet, it keeps my CPU nice and cool even with an overclock and under load, and the RGB looks great with my RAM. No complaints here.

Thermal Compound

It's thermal paste and it works. I didn't bother testing with the stock paste that came with the H115i so I don't really have anything to compare it to, but it seems to do the trick.

Motherboard

Not a bad board by any means. WiFi works great, overclocking was simple and straight forward, plenty of USB ports... My only complaint is the lack of a USB-C header.

Memory

RAM was kind of a nightmare in my build. I didn't know originally that there can be compatibility issues with Ryzen CPUs or that buying two sets of 16GB to have 32 can also cause issues. I could not get the previous RAM I had to work at its rated speed, either with XMP or a manual overclock. I finally found out that this set should work, and it did right away with my 2700X. XMP ran everything right up to 3200 mhz without any issues.

Storage

A great secondary drive to my NVME. Stores a bunch of stuff and runs fast.

Storage

This is such a beast. My computer boots in seconds and games load so much faster than I've experience before. I used to use loading screens as bathroom breaks... Can't do that anymore with SN750!

Video Card

An absolute mammoth of a card. The RGB looks great even if Dragon Center is kind of a pain to use when compared to iCue, but that's not a knock against the card. Even with the out-of-the-box overclock, the huge heat sink and fans do a great job of keeping it from overheating even during long gaming sessions. The build quality is also fantastic and the card looks awesome.

Case

A great case to build in. It came stock with 3 Fractal GP140-BK 140mm fans. I didn't want to go overboard with the RGB in this, so I just kept those three. I moved the two front intake fans to the top for exhaust. I bought another GP14 and mounted it in the bottom and use that and my H115i as intake. Everything is cool and quiet. The front USB-C is also a nice addition, but I'm not able to use it with my MSI Gaming Edge Wifi board.

Power Supply

Corsair makes great power supplies. I use them for all of the computers I build at work and haven't had any issues and this one is no different. With a 10-year warranty I plan on using this PSU for that long so I gave myself a little headroom for future part upgrades.

Case Fan

Using as another intake fan. Works great with the other GP14s that came with my case. Quiet and reliable.

Monitor

It's hard to believe these monitors came out so long ago... After finally getting the colors dialed in and the 165hz overclock working, this monitor is amazing. I can't imagine going back to a 60hz display ever again. The color accuracy is also good enough that I can comfortably edit photos and videos as well.

Keyboard

It took a little bit to get used to the Cherry MX Speed switches, but now that I am it's hard to type on anything else. One word of advice though... Be careful of your fingers sitting too heavy on the keys. Because they don't click it's easy to be pushing something without even knowing. The RGB looks fantastic and the volume roller and dedicated media keys are super convenient.

Mouse

The DPS settings work perfectly, it's super comfortable especially with the swappable thumb rest, and the RGB looks great with my other Corsair components.

Headphones

The battery life is awesome if the RGB is left turned off, not that I'd really use it anyway since I can't see it when I'm using the headset. The audio quality pretty good too. The only complaint is that it is a little wide so it doesn't stay on my head quite as well as I'm used to, but as long as I'm not looking straight down it's pretty comfortable.

Speakers

These speakers are so insanely loud. I usually keep the volume knob at about 50% and adjust the system volume. 16% in Windows is about the sweet spot. Bass isn't the most powerful I've heard, but is more than enough for gaming or watching videos. Setup was simple and straight forward and I didn't need to do any EQ adjusting.

Custom

Looks good and holds up my graphics card. I wish they would have packaged it with black screws to match my case and the finish comes right off when the screws are tightened down so be sure you have it exactly where you want it before screwing it in.

Custom

They're black cables that look really nice and I didn't have any issues with them. 10/10.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Super nice build, components, peripherals and write-up! You should have years of enjoyment over this black beauty. Thumbs up from me. Enjoy!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! I'm loving it so far!