Hi guys. This is my new computer after a decade of only playing consoles and using a problematic Toshiba laptop. It did last nearly 10 years, so I shouldn't complain too much. Disclaimer for those thinking I'll abandon consoles: never! Just bought a PS4 Pro to replace my normal one and FFXV is beckoning.
Onto the build itself then. I consider it a powerful mid-range mini-ITX that will serve gaming and hackintoshing purposes. I've never tried the latter before and I'm typing this on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, but this computer represents my definite cut off from Microsoft, a company I never liked. Call it a pet hate if you want, but I'm not looking back. I shall be one of those weird computer gaming types that only do it on restricted platforms like Linux/Mac. But hey, variety is the spice of life, right? ;D My gaming life did start on PCs - I'm 34 years old - with gems such as the original Civilization, a game series I still play today, and Commander Keen, to name a couple of examples.
Sorry if you were expecting numbers and stress loading, but I have yet to install macOS Sierra on it and only finished building it the day before yesterday, while also having to go to work. Might update it in the future if anything is unexpected, but I did a good bit of research before choosing the components so I'm expecting a great performing computer for many years to come. Hope you've enjoyed reading this and that you find the build cool. Cheers! :)
Haven't stress loaded it yet, but it seems to be lightning fast. I intend to overclock it a bit in the future.
This thing is pretty awesome. Cheap, easy to install and handle, runs silently and keeps the CPU at around 30 degrees Celsius in normal load. Very impressed.
Excellent build quality, integrated WiFi, easy to handle, breathing LEDs, high quality feel, lots of inputs. The only thing missing is a Type C USB, but nothing's perfect. a 4th connector for fans would have been great too, but probably asking too much of a mini-ITX motherboard.
I seem to be having some trouble with Asus' bios to get it running at 2400 instead of the default 2133 it runs on at the moment, but the DIMMs themselves look awesome and were a breeze to install.
Lightning fast, what else is there to say? Capacity is low but for now I won't need more. I refuse to use HDDs anymore and when the prices of SSDs come down to HDD prices I'll get a large capacity one.
What a card! Haven't stress loaded it yet, but it feels high quality, is easy to install and it's smaller than some other RX 480s made by other brands like MSI which wouldn't fit in my case. It comes pre-overclocked, has 8GB and is an excellent mid range card like reviews show, capable of running everything at 1080p 60fps and also future proof'd due to Vulkan capabilities. Fingers crossed!
Look at it. Just look at it! I'm in love! Ahahah Paired with the front 200mm fan with blue LED lights that I got, it gives off an "ice cube/Lich King Arthas/Hackintosh Not Quite a Mac" feel. I'm so glad I went with white in the end, even though I was skeptical at first wondering if black/red would have been more aesthetically pleasing. Nope. I'm very pleased with it. Everything is easy to install, it looks great and there's lots of extra screws, ties and space for cable management. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a mini-ITX configuration.
Wow, this feels premium quality. The cables, the materials covering them, the extra stuff included in the box like separate bags for carrying everything around... And whoever does with power supplies? Cables are very good to work with, fully modular and there's plenty to install everything if one needs, plus more. Very impressed and would also recommend to anyone.
Thermaltake Pure 20 Blue LED 200mm - The looks are incredible and go amazingly well with my Snow Edition case, but boy is it noisy! It's a 3 pin connector that I had to connect directly into the power supply so it's always at full whack. Not even sure if it would work in PWM mode if I got a 3 to 4 pin adaptor and connected it to the mother board. Another problem is that I connected the two 80mm back-of-case fans plus the CPU cooler fan to the motherboard and the latter only has 3 connections for fans, all 4 pin ones. Might replace it at some point if I find an alternative that looks as good but is more silent. It'll probably drive me nuts soon!
Arctic F8 PWM 80mm - These things are lovely. They feel solidly built, easy to install and run silently in PWM mode under normal stress. Also were quite cheap and do their job well.
Mine has a darker area on the lower left corner that is clearly different from the rest of the monitor even under different brightness settings. It's always there and darker than the rest of the image. It's not quite the light bleed these monitors seem to suffer from commonly. Already asked for a replacement from Amazon and will send this one back once that arrives. Other than that it's a good size, looks great and I love the bezel-less design. The buttons underneath are indeed too sensitive, so that needs a revision from Asus. All in all, I think for an ASUS monitor and for the price I was expecting better. The buttons and the faulty panel have disappointed me. despite the good looks.
They're good enough. I have a 5.1 system for my consoles, so this isn't as good as that obviously, but still miles better from the speakers on my retiring laptop. Happy with the purchase as they also look wicked.
A mechanical keyboard that doesn't break the bank from this chinese company. I quite like the sound the keys make when typing, but it is a bit loud. Pleasingly so though. It's a full keyboard which I also like, but they have a more compact version. This is the US version of it even though I bought it from Amazon UK and am actually Portuguese living in the UK. My retiring laptop has a Portuguese keyboard. No matter, as it's easy to adjust to the different configurations. It's meant to emit blue LED lights too for each key, but only if its software is installed, which is only available for Windows. Never going to see those then! Ahahah
Has a good weight to it, buttons and wheel are satisfying to use and the standard DPI emits a blue LED light, how convenient for my build! ;) Different DPIs have different LED lights. Was cheap and while it doesn't look high quality, seems solid. Happy with the purchase.
Love it! It's smooth as butter on the side where you lie your keyboard and use your mouse, making it slide easily and comfortably, but also has some weight to it, like slightly heavy fabric, to make sure it stays in place at all times. The stitched all around edge in blue also goes along great with my build's colour theme. Very happy!