[Editor's Note: Gaming PC of the Month is a revival of last year's Gaming PC of the Week, a recurring feature where we spotlight a PC build from a member of the community.]
This month we have a special new PC build to share with you. We spoke with Frederic, a PC gaming enthusiast hailing from New Brunswick, Canada. He recently spent over three months putting together his “White Zenith” build, which is composed of top-shelf liquid cooling and a sleek two-toned color scheme that speaks for itself.
GameRevolution: How long have you been building PCs? How did you get started?
Frederic: I started building PCs in 2012 because I had an old PC with an AMD Athlon 3200+. My first build had an Intel i5 2500K with a GTX 560 Ti. I looked at a lot of prebuild at the beginning, but I chose to build it instead because it looks easy enough and I had the feeling the community was friendly and helpful—it was. Since 2012, I've made almost 20 PC’s for myself, friends and family members.
GR: What are the specs of your new PC?
F: Featured in PC Part Picker’s April edition of completed builds, as seen here.
Case: InWin 303 White
CPU: Ryzen 1700
Mobo: Asus Crosshair VI Hero
GPU: MSI R9 290X
Storage #1: Samsung SM961 256GB
Storage #2: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB
Storage #3: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB
Reservoir: Heatkiller 150DDC
RAD: 360mm Darkside LP360
CPU Block: EKWB Supremacy Evo
GPU Block: EKWB
Cablemod Magnetic RGB
Cablemod Custom Cable
Coolant: Mayhem Red Pastel
GR: How did you decide which components to purchase?
F: I'm always looking at deals online, when I found a great sale with a good performance/price ratio, I'm usually buying it if it's an upgrade. I'm reading a lot of reviews to be sure it will fit my needs. For this build, I always wanted to try an Asus motherboard, so I bought the Asus X370 motherboard available right now. Also, it's not always the prettiest product the pricier. Just look at my case, for example, it's by far the best case I bought so far and it's also the 2nd cheapest one I bought for my personal build.
GR: What is your favorite part of your PC setup?
F: It's hard to say, the way I built it was to make everything look good to my taste. I really like the Heatkiller reservoir and the InWin 303. the quality/price ratio is amazing for both of them. I feel it's unjust to only name one product because they are all amazing parts, but if I have to name one product, I would say the Ryzen 7 1700, the fact that AMD can offer an 8 core at a third of the price of Intel's current offering is amazing.
GR: What was the first game you played to test your new hardware? Have you run benchmarks?
F: I played Mass Effect Andromeda, but I didn't like the game at all. It feels off compared to the old trilogy. I did a couple of benchmarks versus my old i7 6700k that I gave to my girlfriend.
F: Injustice 2, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, and probably Destiny 2.
GR: What are some things you enjoy doing on your PC outside of gaming?
F: Watching movies, photography and building it.
Thank you Frederic for sharing your PC with us! You can follow Frederic on Twitter here.
Next month we will have another high-end PC for you to feast your eyes on. See you then.