AcIDc0r3's "Palladium Glass" Computer Build [My Next Build Log]

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Well it's come that time that my computer is in need of an overhaul. A new build is in the plans. My last build (2013) HERE was pretty good but this one I plan to delve deep into the lining of my pockets to get it going. It's going to take me quite some time actually to save up to pull this build off, in fact what I'll probably have to do is buy a component or two at a time as the components are pretty pricey.

My last rig was a behemoth, the case is enormous (a super tower). I plan to change all that this time around by going the way of a micro-ITX case or (mITX). I'll be using the NZXT Manta case which is an mITX case but it's a little bit larger than most mITX cases. Even though it's smaller than a mid-sized case it is still considered a SFF case.

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So far this is what I have in the works.
  • Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler
  • Asus ROG STRIX Z270i GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard
  • G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • Patriot Hellfire 480GB M.2-2280 NVMe Solid State Drive
  • (x2) Kingston Savage 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drives (Configured for Raid 0)
  • Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB STRIX Video Card
  • NZXT Manta Mini ITX Desktop Case
  • EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
  • NZXT Hue+ LED Controller
  • NZXT Aer RGB140 (3-pack) 71.6 CFM 140mm Fans
  • NZXT Aer RGB140 71.6 CFM 140mm Fan
  • NZXT Aer RGB120 61.4 CFM 120mm Fan

I plan to run the Patriot M.2 as my boot drive and the two 960GB Kingston Savage SSD's I plan on configuring for Raid 0. Also plan on doing RGB lighting throughout the case. Depending on how the budget looks I might kick the GTX 1070 up to a GTX 1080, it just all depends on timing and money.

This time around instead of painstakingly sleeving my own PSU cables I plan on shopping at CableMod.com and replace all the PSU cables for custom sleeved and lengths.

Anyways here's my build list at PcPartsPicker. Pretty neat service as it finds the best deals on the internet for my custom build.


To be continued.......
 
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I don't know what I'm looking at once we start getting past a few components but it looks to be blazing my friend
Here's my current progress on my build so far.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($376.37 @ Newegg Marketplace)
CPU Cooler: Fractal Design - Celsius S36 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (Purchased For $119.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($198.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($118.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung - 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $469.99)
Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $119.99)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC2 Video Card (Purchased For $776.98)
Case: Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $179.98)
Power Supply: Corsair - 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $184.99)
Case Fan: Corsair - LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.2 CFM 120mm Fans (Purchased For $119.99)
Case Fan: Corsair - LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.2 CFM 120mm Fans (Purchased For $119.99)
Monitor: Asus - ROG Strix XG32VQ 31.5" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor ($699.00 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech - G13 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $57.76)
Keyboard: Logitech - G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $79.99)
Mouse: Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $49.99)
Headphones: Beyerdynamic - DT1990 Pro Headphones ($599.99)
Other: Microsoft Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (Purchased For $24.00)
Other: Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller (Purchased For $124.99)
Other: [Upgraded Version] Anker USB 3.0 4-Slot Card Reader with Built-in 0.4ft Cable for SDXC, SDHC, SD, CF, High-Speed CF (UDMA), MS, Micro SDXC, Micro SDHC, Micro SD Cards [Support UHS-I Cards] (Purchased For $15.99)
Other: Corsair Link RGB LED Lighting Kit CL-8930001 (Purchased For $29.99)
Other: Mailiya PCI-E to USB 3.0 5-Port PCI Express Card with 15-Pin Power Connector and 1 USB 3.0 20-Pin Connector for Another 2 Ports [ Include with A 4pin to 2x15pin & A 15pin to 2x15pin SATA Y-Cable ] ($26.99)
Other: Corsair Fan Controller Commander Pro (CL-9011110-WW) (Purchased For $64.60)
Other: CORSAIR RGB LED Lighting PRO Expansion Kit (Purchased For $39.99)
Other: Schiit MAGNI 3 AMP ($99.00)
Other: Schiit MODI 2 DAC ($99.00)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - SATA Power (Purchased For $18.19)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - SATA Power (Purchased For $18.19)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - SATA Power (Purchased For $18.19)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 14-Pin PCIE (6 + 8pin) (Purchased For $55.30)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 8-Pin EPS (Purchased For $38.01)
Other: Custom Sleeved SATA Cables (Lava Orange) (Purchased For $7.99)
Other: Custom Sleeved SATA Cables (Lava Orange) (Purchased For $7.99)
Other: Custom Sleeved SATA Cables (Lava Orange) (Purchased For $7.99)
Other: 1/4" TRS Stereo A/B Switch Splitter (+ shipping) ($42.90)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 24-Pin (Purchased For $86.03)
Other: PSU Shroud for Corsair Crystal 570X Replacement Shroud (Purchased For $104.02)
Other: PYST CABLES RCA 6" ($20.00)
Other: Waveshare 5inch HDMI LCD Touch Screen (Purchased For $50.99)
Other: 3m Replacement upgrade Cable For beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO ($21.90)
Other: AmazonBasics Premium Dual Monitor Stand ($189.99)
Total: $5910.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-19 22:05 EST-0500
 

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@AcIDc0r3 looks sick, only thing I question is the video card. I mean I know the video card is a key aspect but 11GB? Are there games out there that would really test this or is that for show.

I like the Samsung EVOs, when I got my laptop I threw in a Samsung SSD EVO 840 1TB, was pricey but so worth it for the laptop
 

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@AcIDc0r3 looks sick, only thing I question is the video card. I mean I know the video card is a key aspect but 11GB? Are there games out there that would really test this or is that for show.
It's not for show, some folks are pushing 1440p on dual monitors or even 4K monitors. Just for reference that I found on another forum.
I saw a benchmark where shadow of mordor at 4k was using 11gb with a titan x...
I like the Samsung EVOs, when I got my laptop I threw in a Samsung SSD EVO 840 1TB, was pricey but so worth it for the laptop
Just found out a little tidbit actually yesterday on the Samsung 840's & 850's Evo's & Pro's that if put into Rapid Mode you can make your SSD go to insaaaane speeds. Watch the video below.
 
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Completed all my final purchases and will be finally building soon. I'll be making a photo documentary of the build process. Here's my completed build list.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor (Purchased For $150.98)
CPU Cooler: Fractal Design - Celsius S36 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (Purchased For $119.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AX370-GAMING 5 ATX AM4 Motherboard (Purchased For $169.99)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (Purchased For $439.99)
Storage: SK hynix - SL308 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $59.99)
Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (Purchased For $119.99)
Storage: Samsung - 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $469.99)
Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $119.99)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC2 Video Card (Purchased For $776.98)
Case: Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $179.98)
Power Supply: Corsair - 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $184.99)
Case Fan: Corsair - LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.2 CFM 120mm Fans (Purchased For $119.99)
Case Fan: Corsair - LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.2 CFM 120mm Fans (Purchased For $119.99)
Monitor: LG - 32GK850G-B 31.5" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor (Purchased For $799.99)
Keyboard: Logitech - G13 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $57.76)
Keyboard: Logitech - G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $79.99)
Mouse: Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $49.99)
Headphones: Beyerdynamic - DT1990 Pro Headphones (Purchased For $599.00)
Speakers: Mackie - MR524 0.05W 1ch Speakers (Purchased For $107.99)
Speakers: Mackie - MR524 0.05W 1ch Speakers (Purchased For $149.00)
Speakers: Mackie - MRS10 0.12W 1ch Speakers (Purchased For $399.99)
Other: Microsoft Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (Purchased For $24.00)
Other: Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller (Purchased For $124.99)
Other: Corsair Fan Controller Commander Pro (CL-9011110-WW) (Purchased For $64.60)
Other: CORSAIR RGB LED Lighting PRO Expansion Kit (Purchased For $39.99)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - SATA Power (Purchased For $18.19)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - SATA Power (Purchased For $18.19)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - SATA Power (Purchased For $18.19)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 14-Pin PCIE (6 + 8pin) (Purchased For $55.30)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 8-Pin EPS (Purchased For $38.01)
Other: Custom Sleeved SATA Cables (Lava Orange) (Purchased For $7.99)
Other: Custom Sleeved SATA Cables (Lava Orange) (Purchased For $7.99)
Other: Custom Sleeved SATA Cables (Lava Orange) (Purchased For $7.99)
Other: Custom Sleeved Corsair® Power Supply Cable - 24-Pin (Purchased For $86.03)
Other: PSU Shroud for Corsair Crystal 570X Replacement Shroud (Purchased For $104.02)
Other: Waveshare 5inch HDMI LCD Touch Screen (Purchased For $50.99)
Other: Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 Portable Card Reader (Purchased For $15.99)
Other: Monoprice Dual Monitor Adjustable Gas Spring Desk Mount (+Shipping) (Purchased For $110.34)
Other: JDS Labs: The Element - AMP/DAC (Purchased For $299.00)
Other: JDS Labs: OL Switcher - Passive Attenuator (Purchased For $45.00)
Other: Mimic Cables Custom Headphone Cable For beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO (Purchased For $109.33)
Total: $6522.68
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-25 04:03 EST-0500
 
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Wow that’s some list :thumbs: looking forward to seeing the build :D.

Alsways wanted to have a custom build but really don’t have the time to put into the research.

Gonna be an awesome build.
 
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Well after 4.5-years I decided it was time to build another rig. I was using an AMD FX-8350 Black Edition, an Asus Sabertooth motherboard, 32gb of DDR3 in a Cooler Master Cosmos II with a custom fabricated acrylic side panel so this new rig was a good step up.

When I was putting my components together I initially had picked out an Intel Core i7-8700K and a Gigabyte z370 Gaming 5 motherboard. I had come to realize that if by getting an Intel chip that to have the temps that I wanted I was going to have to delid it and that was even more money. Another expenditure I wasn't really looking forward to. Huh! Speaking of money, I originally had budgeted $3000 for this build and when it was all said and done I wound up spending $6500- OUCH! Thank goodness for tax refunds!

At the last minute though, maybe a week before I was going to make all my purchases I decided to get the AMD Ryzen 1800x and a Gigabyte x370 Gaming 5 motherboard. I knew that AMD chips ran quite a bit cooler than the opposing Intel chips do but I was still weary because I had read so many troubleshooting threads on the forum and most involved Ryzen chips and other incompatibility issues with the memory or no display issues.

Man I certainly know my understanding of components because once it was all put together and I first clicked that power button, everything booted just fine, in fact the motherboard immediately recognized the NVMe SSD installed on it and the Windows 10 installation was a breeze.

For those wondering, the mini display will cater to an assortment of Rainmeter widgets keeping me informed of CPU and RAM utilization as well as GPU. It will keep me updated on network monitoring as well as drive usage. If your interested in doing this for your rig THIS DISPLAY is only 5” and is what I used. It has an acrylic border/frame that’s bi-colored. I needed the frame black so I just bought some Krylon satin black spray paint and painted that and the white plastic screws to keep the frame together. If you don’t want your HDMI and micro USB to stick out on the side I bought THISHDMI with a hard 90 degree angle on it and THIS mini USB with a hard 90 angle on it.

In case your wondering or come across any mention that these displays can be powered by HDMI only... NO, unless you solder a couple of leads together. I didn’t want to mess with solder and being powered by USB was no problem since I have two USB headers on my motherboard. You’ll need a USB header plug to standard USB Type-A plug to connect to your motherboard and THIS adapter is what I bought. I also bought a HDMI Coupler and this Ultra Thin HDMI cable for ease of routing purposes. Here’s a VIDEO of the possibilities of a mini display running your stats.

I also got the JDS Labs: The Element AMP/DAC & OL Switcher PreAmp. Nice crisp, clear sound. The Element has a pair of line outs that go to the OL Switcher PreAmp that controls volume for my studio monitors and sub. With the switch of a button on the back of The Element it switches it over to my headphones. I couldn't have a nicer setup, I love it.

I only had one issue after setup and it was driving me crazy. After leaving the computer for a while or a long while like when I was asleep and I'd come back to it, my mouse cursor would drag or catch ever few inches. This drove me absolutely bonkers and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why. I'd have to restart the computer and then all was fine again.

Usually when I sleep on a pondering question it will come to me once I wake up, don't ask me how it just does. I thought of the 'USB selective suspend' in the Power Advanced Settings, it's kind of tricky how to get there but once you do it's got a lot of useful settings in there. I decided to deactivate the 'USB selective suspend' which can cause some squirrely behavior to some USB peripherals and sure enough it fixed the issue. It's mainly designed for laptops so it's not draining your battery keeping all that power going to the USB ports but on a desktop computer it's not really necessary.
 
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CPU
AMD - Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor
This CPU is great. It OC'd quite well to 3.9GHz and it stays relatively cool all the time, even under load. I got it to 4GHz but stepped it back a tad just for the hell of it, besides I'm not looking to try and push the max out of it. While encoding in Handbrake the temperature never rose over 53°C. Man I can encode a video fast with this thing.

I bought the 1800x because I only ever upgrade between 4-6 years so it's pretty much future proofed. What else can I say other than it performs like it should.

CPU Cooler
Fractal Design - Celsius S36 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
This cooler is awesome, it keeps my temps well within reason. Aesthetically, it's pretty neutral but performance wise it's very good at what it does. I took the stock fans off and replaced them with Corsair's LL120 fans in a push configuration.

It's very convenient that the cooler has it's own little fan hub and because of that I only had one cable to have to deal with and that was the one coming from the block. That was easy enough to manage as it conveniently came off the bottom of the block and was easily routed behind the video card and terminated on a AIO header on the bottom of the motherboard.

All-in-all I'm very happy with this cooler.

Motherboard
Gigabyte - GA-AX370-GAMING 5 ATX AM4 Motherboard
Well, I’ve had Gigabyte motherboards in the past and they’ve performed quite well actually. The board itself is designed fairly decent but the only caveat I have is that the M.2 slot sits directly under the video card which could possibly increase heat to the SSD but I haven’t researched that yet so I’m not quite sure on that aspect.

All the connectors are well placed and it’s nice that it has a dedicated AIO fan header that’s rated at 3A. That was actually one of the deciding factors because the ASUS board I originally had picked out, only the CPU_FAN header was rated at 2A. Since I changed the fans out on my Fractal Design Celsius s36, the pump and the three Corsair LL120’s rated a little over 2A so I needed a board with a higher amperage rated fan header and this Gigabyte board fit the bill.

One of the deciding factors on buying this board was that it included a dedicated Sound Blaster X-Fi software suite specially designed for this motherboards audio chip. I was sorely disappointed when I tried to use it though as my JDS Labs: The Element AMP/DAC connected via a USB cable so The Element became my default playback device and the X-Fi software required the audio chip as the default playback device so it didn’t work. Was a little disappointed to say the least.

Storage
Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
I decided to buy this drive for my OS drive and the motherboard immediately recognized it and because of that my clean install of Windows 10 Pro was seamless. Unfortunately it sits behind my video card so you can’t even see it but at least it’s there and working great.

I throw all my installation files on it and relocate all my user folders to various drives including my Dowloads and Pictures directories to my HDD data drive inside my Dropbox directory so it will sync up to my gaming laptop.

Storage
Samsung - 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
This drive was a carryover from my previous rig as it used to be my OS drive. Now it’s main purpose is to house my Steam, Uplay, Origin & BattleNet games as it gives them a slight loading increase and quicker access times. I have noticed a dramatic improvement over having my games on it rather than on my HDD from my last rig. Old but true to its purpose.

This drive serves just as a storage based drive and to house all my Dropbox files.

Video Card
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC2 Video Card
What can I say about the GTX 1080 Ti, it’s a fantastic video card to say the least. Presently I have two 144Hz, 32” monitors as was as my mini display hooked into it. So far it has done me well. The pictures don’t show it but i’ve ordered a custom RGB backplate for it but I haven’t received it yet. You can find those over at JMmods where they’ll custom design just about any design you can fester up and they’ll put it to custom fabricated acrylic and RGB goodness.

As far as games are concerned, this will play all my games at either high or ultra setting and I’ll get anywhere between 70-120 FPS in them. In The Division at Ultra settings it’s buttery smooth and I get no jerks or stuttering whatsoever.

Case
Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case
It’s difficult deciding on what case to go with don’t you think? At first I loved the look of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass case but then I kept seeing review after review of its restricted airflow so I decided not to buy it. There are literally thousands of cases to sort through in order to find just that special one because it’s your centerpiece, it’s the first thing people see when they get a glimpse of your computer so it has to be an eye catcher.

About that time a couple of cases started emerging with all tempered glass and boy was I hooked. I must have watched every single video on YouTube about this case and I definitely wanted it. The only thing that made me pause in getting it was that the PSU shroud was open on the end and that there was only one cutout at the bottom of the motherboard in the shroud and I’m sorry Corsair for saying this, that’s poor designing on your part.

I set out to find someone that can custom fabricate a better designed PSU shroud for it and I hit gold with a company called Savant PCs and they will customize a better PSU shroud for your Corsair 570x. I had two slots placed at the bottom of the motherboard and another placed front and right for the GPU cables all with grommets. They also put an end cap on it so my PSU cables don’t come through the side. They also made a cutout for the Corsair logo in the front and topped it all off with a nice flat black powder coating. When I got it I drilled out the rivets on the original PSU shroud and riveted in the new on, you can’t even tell it don’t come stock that way.

Power Supply
Corsair - 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
This power supply was a carryover from my last rig. It has a 7 year warranty and I’m only 4-years into it so might as well make the best of a good thing and continue using it.

I still had the ugly black braided cables for it and I asked myself do I want to design my own custom cables or outsource for some, I decided on the latter. I started looking at CableMod then stumbled across Ensourced and started looking at completed builds that used Ensourced cables and I kept seeing issues with uniformity where the cable bunch looked disarray. So I looked some more and went to my old source for supplies at MDPC-X and noticed that they now had online resellers and found Mod-One located here in the USA. I was in hog heaven being able to get all the nice rich colors and they did the sleeving for me and for my PSU too.

The custom cables we’re expensive that’s a given considering they’re the best so I bought my SATA power cables and EPS cable first. Then on another order I bought the VGA cable and on my last order I finally bought the 24-pin motherboard cable and that one was expensive as hell to get.

Case Fan
Corsair - LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.2 CFM 120mm Fans
The pictures show some be quiet! Silent Wings 3 fans but I ended up returning them and getting two sets of these Corsair LL120 RGB fans giving me a total of six fans. I couldn’t be happier. I’m quite sure that they wouldn’t have been as quiet as the others but with my Custom fan curves set to quiet I don’t even hear them.

Wow! They are definitely loopy, RGB in all its glory. Unicorn fodder to the fullest.

Monitor
LG - 32GK850G-B 31.5" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor
Wow! It took me a long time to finally decide on a monitor that I actually liked. Like PC cases, there are so many out there to choose from that it makes deciding very difficult. When I bought this it had only been released 2 months prior so it's a pretty new model.

LG make some damn fine monitors and that was a big deciding factor when I bought this. At first I thought that it was way out of my price range and there's no way in hell I'm going to be able to afford to buy it but once I seen how much I was getting back on my tax refund I was like "Hell Yeah!".

I needed a 32" because it sits kind of back a little ways up on a raised platform on my desk. Also it has G-Sync and it's 144Hz overclockable to 165Hz. The colors are rich and vibrant and it definitely helps at content creation and editing as well as gaming.

Now I have two 32" monitors and a little 5" mini display as my stat screen.

Keyboard
Logitech - G13 Wired Gaming Keyboard
I was looking at this and the Razor Orbweaver Chroma and ultimately decided on this because this was way less expensive and I've had issues with the Razor Synapse software and consider it to be a little buggy.

I play a lot of Diablo III and this thing rocks with that game. I don't have to drag my full keyboard out from the sliding tray and place on my desk, I can just connect my G13 and go at it, it's very convenient.

Keyboard
Logitech - G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard
Coming from a wireless HP keyboard that worked off the 2.4Ghz frequency where every little thing interrupted it's signal and I had so many mistypes that it's not even funny, in fact it's downright infuriating. The G1810 is a great keyboard, I love the Romer-G switches. This is the best keyboard I've ever had.

Mouse
Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse
You just have to admire the complexity of a Logitech Gaming Mouse. This G502 is just Wow! I do admit that some of my past Logitech mice have had a case of double click issues but not this one. This mouse is built like a tank. I know the RGB isn't that great on it and I'm coming from a Razor Chroma Naga with all the bells and whistles but the Razor Synapse software is very buggy and I just had to get away from it. I love my G502 though, it's awesome!

Headphones
Beyerdynamic - DT1990 Pro Headphones
This is my first "audiophile" grade headphones and they are superb! I'm mostly a movie buff, but I also enjoy music. While my Sennheiser 598 HD's have been great for gaming, movies and music for the last 2 years, the music was meh. After countless hours reading and watching reviews of different DAC/Amps and headphones that would be great for both music and gaming, I found these, recommended by most sites, but especially Zeos.

I cannot find a fault with these headphones. The craftsmanship is superb (German made) and the sound is stellar. They are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time and are very sturdy. I wouldn't worry if they dropped on the floor. They feel that solid. They come with two sets of pads. I switched out the Balanced pair and attached the Analytical pair due to more softness and sound presentation. Paired with a good DAC/Amp ( I use The Element), they have been a real joy to listen to.

When I bought them from the Musician's Friend online store they were taking forever to ship, I had paid for them with PayPal so I couldn't figure out why. I made a big mistake when I bought these. I had never ordered from Musician's Friend before and I forgot to check the reviews on them before I made the purchase. I got on the Reseller Ratings website and looked them up and I was like "Uh Oh" they have a 1 out of 10 review rating. I thought "damn I'm going to get burned on this purchase", but low and behold they finally shipped and then a few days later I received them. I was like "Whew!".

Bought a custom cable for them too at Mimic Cables.

Speakers
Mackie - MR524 0.05W 1ch Speakers
I felt like I was taking a risk with these Mackie MR524's. There are very few reviews online (newly released product?), but the price was right ($108 for one and $150 for the other one at the time (each sold as a single unit), and the specs seemed just a tad nicer than the Swan M200MKIII set which is what I originally was going to get.

The frequency response is very even, there's no noticeable resonance, their volume is pretty strong, and they have some controls to adjust some of the tweeter/woofer gains. The LED isn't terribly flashy, which is a good thing. It's a single green light on the front (which maybe turns red when it clips? I haven't experienced that yet).

They sound pretty great: The highs are crisp, the lows are full-sounding, but everything is very well balanced. As a reference monitor, they are top-notch. There is also no residual noise like in some monitors when no sound is playing, it's almost weird, you can't even tell they're on.

Speakers
Mackie - MRS10 0.12W 1ch Speakers
I added this sub to my pair of MR524. All that I had to do was adjust the crossover a bit. It blends so well with the rest of the audio spectrum. I am very happy with what I am hearing out of the MRS10.

Looks like Mackie's thought process behind this sub worked out pretty well because you won't see flattering specs w.r.t freq response or wattage but it excelled when it actually came to its performance. Used some Richard Elliot's tracks to tune it and sure enough I'm a happy camper.

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Corsair Fan Controller Commander Pro
Awesome piece of hardware, I control half my fans speeds and all my lighting throughout the case for the exception of the motherboard. Was a little tricky getting it setup as you have to upgrade the firmware right out of the box and you have to add each fan individually to your setup and no it doesn't auto detect until after you add each fan and each light strip.

Pictures are to follow!
 

Savage Clown

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@AcIDc0r3 is it fast! I'm sure that thing can handle everything you want to throw at it!

so when can I expect it in the mail? :LOL:
Is it F A S T !? You have no idea. I can encode a 2hr video in under 1.5 hrs encoded in h.265 in Handbrake and the processor only reaches 65% resources and that's not throttling either. I can run ALL games I throw at this thing in either ultra or high and still run at about 95-120 fps. In the mail huh! A picture maybe. LOLOL
 

Savage Clown

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@AcIDc0r3 but will it let me watch netflix

in all seriousness if you are happy with it i'm happy for you. its a bit beyond my league but i'm going to share this with a friend and ask his thoughts
hrm I don't know about YT videos, maybe; just maybe. LOL Cool share it with everybody I need more publicity and user comments about it, good or bad. Like 45 viewers have viewed this since I posted it and not a single one had replied to it. Go figure???