Description

This was my first true "gaming" rig. I previously had a few laptops with intigrated graphics cards which didn't last long, so I decided to take the plunge! I don't do any serious gaming, but I wanted the ability to play most games on high-max settings while getting 60fps, and for what I play at the moment, it's more than enough. (Runescape, Minecraft, Diablo 3, CS:GO, Hearthstone, WoW, Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth, Civ 5)

When picking parts, I wanted something that would last a while. I had no issues when building this for the first time. Everything posted the first time, nothing shorted out, and everything seems to work greatly!

Part Reviews

CPU

I am really happy with this CPU. It has plenty of processing power to handle everything I do. The built in turbo is super sweet, and the ability to overclock is something I wanted to do in the future, but isn't currently possible in this build.

CPU Cooler

This was recommended to me by my friend, and I can see why. With overwhelming good reviews, and it being so reasonably priced, I couldn't say no. I noticed a difference immediately when putting it under a stress test. When my CPU was under load prior to this, my cores were in the mid to high 70's, and now they rarely creep into 60ºC. 5/5

Motherboard

This motherboard does what it does for a fair price. The board is what you'd expect for a $50 price tag. Could use more ports for more fan controllers and such, but decent job. Not blown away however. 4/5

Storage

1TB is more than enough for me at the moment. Great price for storage, and I have no problem booting it. 5/5

Video Card

The bread and butter of the build. I love it. It's at a great price, and I haven o problems. The card does run at 75ºC under heavy load, and does become pretty noisy. I honestly don't care about the noise. I love that it has a back plate on it, and it looks pretty nice. I has ran everything I have at 1080p 60fps while supporting dual monitors and YouTube. I will add that I don't play anything intensive yet, just waiting for things to go on sale on steam! Couldn't be happier. People say that you need a 750w PSU for this card, but it doesn't pull that much power for me, and it runs fine on a 520w silver PSU. 5/5

Case

Sadly, this is my least favorite piece in the build. While I do like the design of the case, and the front and back fan with LED's, it does have some shortcomings in my opinion. The rear fan cable is really short. I had to run the cable over my GPU instead of behind the case due to the short cables. The front fan cable is a little short as well, but manageable. The side window feels like cheap plastic and scratches super easily. If you want fans on the side pannel, then you will need an extremely low profile aftermarket cooler, or run the stock one. It does have space for 4 fans, 3 if you use an aftermarket cooler like I did. The USB 3.0 cable reaches the mobo no problem. However, if you don't have the front port for your 3.0 right next to your main one, then your front 3.0 port is useless. Overall, the case is fine, bit this is the first thing I'm going to upgrade. 3/5

Power Supply

I honestly can't say much about this power supply. I love that it's fully modular, it looks neat, and reviews are great. Despite this, mine blew a capacitor in the first hour of having it powered on. I had to RMA it. I look forward to reinstalling it and replace the Insignia 520w Silver I had to grab from bestbuy. 3/5 due to EVGA being extremely helpful, but still it going out so fast. Due to change when I reinstall it.

Optical Drive

Disc drive that works, can't say much.

Operating System

It's windows, and it works. Comes with 3 codes, which is awesome.

Monitor

This is a really sweet monitor. I wish I had enough money to get a 2nd. I love the look of it. It's extremely slim and light weight. The speakers are only decent, but have enough kick to hear when I'm in the other room doing something while I listen to a podcast. Not going to judge based on that since I use headphones 90% of the time anyway.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

If you are still playing Minecraft and using that GPU, please oh please try out the shader mods... Playing Minecraft with dynamic shadows that follow the sun is a whole different experience.

Also, I'd highly suggest getting a more sturdy table do put your case on. Those TV dinner trays aren't exactly meant for long-term use...

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

That was part of the idea :P. I haven't gotten around to it yet though since my friends got me back into Diablo 3 pretty hard right now.

I plan on it. Looking to get a legit side table for my desk, as I upgraded from a desk that had a tower slot to the glass one pictured. Thanks for the tip thoughs :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I went to download a shader mod, and I can't because it hasn't been updated to 1.9 yet :(

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 I was actually going to buy that case when i did my build, but it was gone when i went to buy it.... Ended up with the rosewill galaxy02 instead (posting build soon)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

The case is neat and does look cool. For a budget, I find it perfectly acceptable for a first build, and have no intention of "upgrading" in the near future.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I must admit, I have the same GPU and that thing will haul *** on any game out there, no problems. Good choice.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it so far. I'm waiting for something more difficult to run to go on sale on steam so I can give it a real test. So far, it can run everything max settings at 60fps. I love it. Thinking of getting a 2nd one next year

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats what I am thinking about doing this summer, and its nice because in the AMD drivers they can see that you have more than one installed, so it will automatically go to crossfire mode, no need for a SLI bridge. But what is the hardest game that you have thrown at it? I'm doing Planetside 2, 1080P at ultra and getting well over 60 FPS.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, not much. Probably CS:GO which I was getting 290 FPS, or Bioshock which was 60 the entire time. I've mostly played Runescape and Diablo 3, but those both are more CPU intensive than GPU.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this case good for a 980ti i7 6700k 8 gigs of ram 850 watt. Powersupply And can i Sli in the future And how do you like it so far with temps?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't know the answer to any of those questions other than the temps are more than fine, and the air flow is pretty good.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

whats with the power supply switch in the piks. The evga is cool but the ketchup and mustard with that other one...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

When I put the EVGA one in and within an hour it blew a capacitor. So I went to Best Buy and picked up a 520w they had there until I got the EVGA one RMA'd

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, good build, just wanted to know how many USB ports are on your case altogether. Surely there is more then 2 right???

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

On the case itself there are two ports. 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 which are both on the front.