Description

Budget minded (but not cheap) 4K and VR capable rig for gaming, content creation, multimedia and productivity.

Part Reviews

CPU

Ever since Ryzen launched and I built my first PC I do not see a reason to go team blue. Yes, I know, better single core performance, potentially higher FPS gaming when paired with good GPU but still. Ryzen may not be the world's best gaming CPU but it is still plenty good and for lots less money. If you are budget minded as I am then Ryzen is for you. The price difference between Ryzen and say Coffee Lake is not indicative of the performance difference. Ryzen can hold its own and it has been proven time and again by every tech reviewer out there.

CPU Cooler

I am a NZXT fan. This is a great AIO and reasonably priced. Easy to install. Works with both LGA1151 and now includes AM4 adapter for AMD Ryzen systems. RGB is highly customizable. Keeps core temps in check even overclocked to 4.2 on my Ryzen 7 2700X

Motherboard

Best of the budget minded X470 boards. Has all the features you will need to successfully overclock your system. Easy to use and navigate BIOS. It's a tough board and even though it is a the cheap side price wise you could not tell by its performance.

Memory

Just remember Trident Z CL16 is Hynix, not Samsung "B" Die. That being said with DRAM prices dropping if you had a cheap-O kit and are looking for a little more performance then the Trident Z CL16 will do that though I would recommend you pay the extra money for the CL14 with Samsung modules if you want top tier performance. RGB look cool.

Storage

Great NVMe M.2 SSD. Durable and lightning fast.

Storage

It an 860 EVO. Nough said.

Storage

Actually not a bad HDD. Makes a good addition to a gaming rig as a data drive if you can't afford (or would rather not buy) expensive high capacity SSDs. You can pick up a cheap 256GB SSD to Run as your boot drive and toss one of these in your rig to hold to bulk of your data.

Video Card

Its a Reference 1080 branded as msi so it will get the job done. Will achieve 2100 MHz on the core with GPU Boost 3.0 but unless you have aftermarket cooling in mind the effective clock speed for sustained gaming at or close to max load is closer to 1700. The blower style cooler is less than ideal, especially for the price of the card, but then again all 1080s run hot so not an issue to worry about too much unless you have really restricted airflow in your case. Price is a bit crazy, lots of fluctuation so I would not pay over $500 for this card. I paid $400 for mine a ways back and that was a decent price. Don't know how they are asking $600-$700 when you can get a 2080 for $800.

Case

Love this case. Minimalist design with great functionality. Plenty of room for cable management, a nice PSU shroud with 3 SSD mounts. I especially like the tempered glass panel. If you have a build you want to show off this is a good case to do it. Only con is air flow could be better and especially if you are using water cooling you have to front mount the radiator. It is adequate however and I have not had any major overheat issues.

Power Supply

What can you say. This is about as solid a 650W PSU as you can get. Fully Modular and comes with every cable you will need and many you probably won't.

Monitor

So I have downgraded my initial review of this product after I had to RMA this monitor after a week of use. I found a dead pixel right in the center of the screen but that is not why I am downgrading my review. After getting to know the monitor I realized I was duped. Aesthetically the monitor looks great and when you see the demo in store the picture looks awesome. That is because they whack up the "VividPixel" tech that makes some video look a bit crisper but makes most everything else look like garbage. Contrast is horrible and lots of ghosting. Has a very washed out look. Was wondering how a 32" IPS 1080P monitor could be $200. Well I found out and also there is not one review of that monitor to be found anywhere online that I can find (aside for the few on here). I RMAd it and got credit toward a more expensive Acer 32" 1440P 60Hz IPS (EB321HQU B). What a difference. Beautiful picture, 2K resolution, and has height adjust, something the Asus monitor was lacking. I know Asus has some good monitors out there but not for 200 bucks. I recommend sending the extra money to get something decent.

Monitor

It a good monitor, I think it is a little pricey for what you get to be honest. The picture quality is not amazing its average and it is a curved panel but not IPS just plain ol' LED but it is 144Hz which is great if you need those extra fast refresh rates for twitch shooting.

Keyboard

I really like this keyboard. It's a nice mechanical Keyboard, durable and is no frills but tons of function. It does has a USB passthrough which comes in handy also has a function button for media control. Has the feel of Cherry keys

Mouse

Best mouse under 20 bucks. Hands Down. Who needs a $150 gaming mouse when this one does most of what a gaming mouse would do for a fraction of the price.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

You realize you got a cooler right? And this CPU includes a cooler lol

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted a Liquid Cooler since I push a modest overclock on the CPU and although the Wraith cooler is decent just wanted that little extra. Plus I like the way the Kraken looks.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The MSI GTX 1080 will hit 2100 (Overclocked) with GPU boost. I know GPU boost has nothing to do with the CPU :) Yea, the MSI monitor I have a bit of buyers remorse but not the worst monitor I have had.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta invent TeraHertz THz

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL I realized that after I responded. Yea no GPU hitting 2100 GHz though hopefully soon. Im sure they will have Ray Tracing too. ;)

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

My name is JP but my friends all called me JIP and I worked in Rehabs for many years so I became RehabJip and have transferred that moniker to my builds.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Likewise :)