Battlestation Review – Custom Liquid Cooled Gaming Rig
We are in for a special treat today here at Battlestation Reviews, all thanks to Reddit user warplane. This build was planned in mid-January and extended all the way out to early April. It is quite apparent that this battlestation was well worth the wait! Check out the part list below to see everything that this battlestation is packing.
Performance [ 9.2 / 10]
This battlestation surpassed our expectations for performance and is one of the best machines that we have had the luxury to review. This thing is seriously packing some heat! Rocking the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core CPU, one of the hottest CPU’s on the market right now. It has been debated that Intel is a better choice over AMD, but with this amount of slugging power, we think that it compliments this machine just fine.
On top of the beast CPU, graphics are pushed out at an alarming pace with the MSI Radeon R9 290X. This card is specifically designed to handle 4K content with ease. Packing a punch with 32GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400, leaves plenty of room for multitasking and intensive tasks.
Handling the operating system and frequently used programs is the ridiculously fast 256gb M.2 SSD Samsung SM961. For larger storage needs, warplane set this beast up with two 500gb Samsung 850 EVO‘s. Holy smokes, storage on this thing is undeniably fast. But is it enough storage?
All of these intense components are hooked up to the Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO ATX AM4 motherboard. This board offers plenty of dependability and a number of component ports. It doesn’t hurt that it also looks great! Powering all of the components is the SeaSonic PRIME 850W 80+ Titanium PSU, which provides plenty of reliable juice.
Aesthetics [9.5 / 10]
We didn’t think it was possible for anything to score higher than the performance of this beast, but we were wrong. The aesthetics of this machine really set this battlestation apart from a typical tempered glass build. The custom red liquid cooling and custom braided PSU sleeves really pop through the beautiful tempered glass side panel and is the centerpiece to the battlestation. Honestly, look at that beautiful white reservoir pumped up with Mayhem Red pastel; truly a thing of beauty and passion. Mad props on a great looking build from us here at Battlestation Reviews.
Check out the video below of warplane filling the beast.
All of these components are housed in the fairly priced Inwin 303 Mid Tower. The tempered glass panel on these really allow an enthusiast to get away with an incredible build like this.
In addition to the beautiful build, plenty of matching white accessories really help to compliment the centerpiece PC. The 27″ BenQ display is a wonderful display capable of handling the most of the best visual content.
Practicality [8.3 / 10]
The practicality of this machine may be overkill for some users. For any PC enthusiast, this build is something worth working towards. Capable of handling any task with ease, a clean desk setup, and a beautiful machine on display lend to a top tier practicality score. We would like to see a larger mousepad if this PC is to be used for gaming.
The large monitor is nice, but doesn’t always play nicely with multi-tasking like a multi-monitor setup would. The speakers are a nice touch, and the added bluetooth functionality really makes them a practical choice.
In total, this machine tallied in around $4k, and that is not including the cost of the custom watercooling configuration. Not for everyone’s budget, so maybe not the most practical battlestation of the bunch.
Overall [9 / 10]
|Item||Description (Click for details)||Price|
|Case||Inwin 303 White ATX Mid Tower||$95.00|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core||$319.99|
|Reservoir||Heatkiller 150DDC (with white plastidip)||$113.95|
|Radiator||360mm Darkside LP360||$135.00|
|Alphacool NexXxos 420mm ST30||$157.95|
|CPU block||EK Supremacy Evo||$86.02|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic PRIME 850W 80+ Titanium||$199.00|
|M.2 SSD||Samsung SM961 256GB||$155.00|
|SSD||Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500gb x2||$176.05|
|Graphics Card||MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB||$700.00|
|Motherboard||Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO ATX AM4||$254.99|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB DDR4-2400||$219.99|
|Monitor||BenQ XL2730Z 27″ 2560×1440 144hz||$549.00|
|Keyboard||Corsair K70 RGB Wired Gaming||$139.99|
|Mouse||Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO X Wired Optical||$195.00|
|Headphones||Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (White)||$189.00|
|Speakers||Kanto YU3 Powered Bookshelf Speakers w/ Bluetooth||$283.99|