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Review

Today we have a simple and clean apartment battlestation inspired by a love for gaming and the ability to work from home from time to time.  A recent heavy investment in a custom gaming PC has elevated this battlestation into the ranks of the heavy hitters, but still has plenty of room for growth and misses on quite a few important aspects.  Today, we will score this battlestation in three different areas:

Performance [7.5 / 10]

Taking advantage of Intel’s new Kaby Lake chipset, this machine is sporting the Intel i7-7700k overclocked to 4.8GHz.  This machine is not lacking the CPU processing potential and is paired up nicely with an Asus GeForce GTX 1070 (ROG STRIX OC Edition) GPU, which is VR ready.  This VR ready video card certainly compliments the NZXT S340 Elite case well, as the case has a VR port routed to the front of the case for easy access with a VR headset.  The CPU is kept cool by the visually appealing and effective NZXT Kraken X62.

The PC is currently utilizing 16gb of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000MHz memory, and is complimented by a Toshiba OCZ TR150 solid state drive measuring in at 480gb storage for the operating system and commonly used games.  Additional 2TB storage on a 7200rpm Seagate hard drive keeps up with most storage needs.  Holding everything together is the Asus Z170 motherboard which provides plenty of ports and opportunity for M.2 expansion in the future.

Aesthetics [4.5 / 10]

The looks of this battlestation screams potential, but is lacking in several areas.  The large desk with plenty of side drawer storage is great for the working class user with lots of gadgets.  This battlestation does get extra points for the WALI dual monitor mounted arms, providing extra desk space and a great avenue for cable management.

While the LED’s are enjoyed by many, it could be argued that this battlestation has went overkill with lighting behind the desk, in the case, as well as LED peripherals.

The speakers are a nice touch, but may be seen as clunky.  A lower profile sound system would help to add a more minimalistic feel to this battlestation.  The white walls are lacking proper artwork to compliment the battlestation, and the Chicago Blackhawks flag should be left to frat boy in the college dorm.

Practicality [8.5 / 10]

With the open desk space and ample storage – this battlestation scores well in the practicality category.  Monitor mounts really takes this desk from cluttered to open and spacious.

The performance of the build also lends well to the practicality score.  For some, this machine would break the bank, but undoubtedly this machine will be able to handle any intensive tasks for years to come.

Overall [6.8 / 10]

Item Description (Click for details) Price
Case NZXT S340 Elite (White) $99.99
CPU Intel i7-7700k $345.99
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X62 $164.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2 $99.99
SSD Toshiba OCZ TR150 480gb $149.00
Graphics Card Asus GeForce GTX 1070 (ROG STRIX OC Edition) $456.77
HDD Seagate 2TB BarraCuda 64MB Cache $76.99
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX $159.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16gb DDR4 3000MHz (LED) $124.99
Mouse Razer Deathadder Chroma $47.99
PSU Cable Sleeves EVGA White G2 PSU Cable Set, Individually Sleeved $89.99
LED Desk Backlights Sunnest 16.4ft Waterproof Flexible LED Strip w/ Remote $19.99
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Chroma $118.99
Microphone Blue Yeti USB Microphone $129.00
Headset HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset $119.99
Speakers Logitech 5.1 Surround Sound $46.95
Monitor Mount WALI Dual LCD Monitor Mount $43.99
$2,294.60

(Prices listed are from the time of this post, please click link to see current pricing)

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