Short Biography I am a sophomore studying biomedical sciences at Arizona State University. (GO DEVILS!) I will be transferring to Washington State University in the fall to pursue a nursing major, so if any of you attend WSU I will need new friends! :) At ASU I also work with our sustainability engineering and built environment school as a laboratory and Information Technology Aide. I pretty much fix computers and make sure all the labs are stocked with supplies and the equipment is working properly. I also represent Arizona State University by playing Ultimate Frisbee, currently we are in the top 100 teams in the nation and striving to wiggle our way to nationals. Alright enough about me now lets talk about the computer.
The Computer (aka The Trashcan) Since I am a college student who makes a minimum wage earning I had to build this computer over the course of a year. This build started off as my first build called The White Sapphire and I've steadily upgraded it. I only use this computer for gaming not much else, and you maybe wondering why I chose the 3800x as my cpu when I could have gone with the 3600 and it would preform the same. My answer to that is I wanted the 3800x and it was on sale one day (for $300 i believe) and I just said "screw it" and bought it. I know I don't use the full potential of this cpu and I am fine with that because it gives me headroom to do pretty much whatever I want since this cpu is a beast. Now my case wasn't a necessary upgrade either, coming from a H200, but when the H1 was announced I just said I needed it and bought it. I wanted something that was "true" small form factor and the vertical orientation of this case is pretty amazing because it makes the footprint on the desk tiny. The biggest downside to this case is the thermals. I am using a reference 5700xt which has a blower style cooler and man this thing get hot. I swear if you touch the side panel next to the gpu you could burn yourself, hence the name. While playing games this card initially stays around 80C but since the gpu exhausts into my desk the hot air recirculates and the gpu hits about 85C. Compared to the H200 this case is definitely worse in both thermals and noise but that is to be expected because it is a more compact case. My 3800x stays around 78C but it is being water cooled by the 140mm AIO so the temperature isn't as affected by the recirculated hot air. If you plan on getting this case definitely don't get a blower card as the thermals are pretty bad and the thing sounds like a jet trying to take off under load. Although when idle my computer is practically silent and I can hardly notice it when it is right next to my monitor. My favorite thing about this case was it makes the building process so much easier. NZXT routed all of the cable and the psu and AIO are already installed, so all you have to do is put in your motherboard and gpu then plug everything in. Assembling this computer took 15 minutes and when compared to the H200 (which took and hour) NZXT really outdid themselves with the ease of use of this case.
Performance This computer performs amazing as expected with a 5700xt and a 3800x. At 1440p I can run most games at high setting with a frame rate around 100. Compared to the 1080p monitor I used to game on this is definitely a hit to performance but the clarity that comes with 1440p is definitely worth it. Looking at text and comparing the two monitors is like night and day the 1080p monitor looks grainier than I remember.
Overall I am really happy with my computer and It should be good for the next five years, that is if I don't upgrade it within another year because building PC's is like an addiction. I included a couple of pictured of my setup with the H200 so you guys can see the size comparison. As always if you guys have any questions about anything, doesn't even have to be computer related, I am more than willing to respond. I love interacting with you guys and answering your questions. Have a great rest of your day/night and I hope you enjoyed my build! :) -PhatChickenz
PS- My mouse mat isn't actually that dirty, I built my computer on top of it and it just left marks that took a couple of days to fade away :)
By far the most powerful CPU I have every used. I 100% don't even use like half of its power because I mainly only game. For gaming this CPU is overkill and should last for the next 10 years. Definitely pleased with my purchase and hey who knows maybe I'll start doing 3D renderings or something...
I think this is the perfect AM4 ITX board if you are looking for something basic and something that works really well. I have had zero issues with this motherboard. The only problem I have was something I did because I broke the USB 3.0 port on it so I cant actually use the front IO on my case. :( Not the motherboards fault though.
These RAM sticks make you feel like your building the most expensive computer in the world. They are so beautiful and honestly mesmerizing to look at. When I first got them I literally just stared at them instead of actually using my computer.
Before this I was inexperienced with the powers of an SSD. I had no idea how much of a difference an SSD would make on my computer and now everything is blazing fast. Now I do know that this isn't the fastest drive out there and I really want to look into NVME m.2 drives, but if you don't have an SSD or are looking for a cheap one definitely buy this one.
Its a functional HDD that stores my games. Not the fastest drive in the world but it is cheap and it works.
It is powerful, it is very hot, and it is loud. The way I look at it is more noise = more fps.
I might be the only person ever to make a part review on windows... or I'm just exaggerating I don't know.
excellent at being a quick 144hz 1080p monitor, however the out of the box picture quality sucks and takes a bit of tuning to get to your liking. When everything was tuned properly the monitor was amazing and I still use it as my 2nd monitor.
Going from 1080p to 1440p is incredible. The clarity difference is astonishing and the out of the box picture quality was really good. The monitor did seem a little dull on the colors though so a did a quick tweaking of the settings and everything is how I want it to look. I love this monitor and it works great with my 5700xt.
Probably the best 60% you can get that is hotswappable and doesn't cost $300+.
Lighter mice are better than heavier mice. That is the statement that this mouse makes and I totally agree with it. Also the hexagon pattern looks cool.