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All I can say is that this thing is a beast. Some friends questioned why I did not get an overclockable processor and why I would consider purchasing an H110 chip set motherboard, as those are usually the lowest quality. The reason for not buying the 6700K was simple: I don't know how to overclock nor do I want to overclock. Now to the other complaint from friends: the motherboard. H110 doesn't mean low quality. This motherboard has a ton of features such as fan control, power settings, and much more. Though the placement of the chassis fan plug was not great, it isn't the end of the world. My only complaint about the board is that the RAM slots are very finicky. I couldn't get a post, so I went on a forum and found that I didn't push the ram far enough in. I had heard a click, but missed the second click. If using this board, watch for that. The cooler was a pain in the you-know-what to get in, but that's because the directions were not very clear on how to keep the fan/heatsink locked down. 8 gigs of RAM is more than enough, unless you are doing heavy video editing. The 850 EVO is incredibly fast and probably the best choice out there. The WB Blue drive is a reliable drive with decent speeds, so no complaints there. The case looks very cool, though cable management is a bit of a nightmare in it. Be warned, thought, that this is my first build and the cable management may be on me. Speaking of cables, the CX550M is a great choice for a PSU. It is semi-modular, which gives the builder a lot of freedom. It was on sale when I purchased it, so that was a big plus. The optical drive is an optical drive. The adapter is fine, no complaints. The GPU is now technically outdated, so i would recommend a 1060 or 480. I had the card from an old pc and didn't want to spend the money on a new one. Overall, this computer really hits the mark between budget and high end. It has a very powerful CPU and plenty of RAM. The storage is great and the video is fine. I use this computer as my editing rig as well as my gaming pc, as I am a YouTuber. For anybody looking for a powerful yet conservative computer, this would be a great choice.

Part Reviews

CPU

With the exception of a slightly lower clock speed and being locked, this is one of the best CPUs on the market for consumer gaming. I have had this for a while now, and it has not slowed down at all. It is a great processor and I highly recommend this to just about anybody.

CPU Cooler

It keeps the thermals low, but installation was a huge pain. The instructions did not make the procedure of locking the legs in place clear, as it took me over half an hour to figure it out. It may be my ignorance that led to a timely installation, but something with a back plate would have been much easier to install.

Motherboard

When most people think of an H110 mobo, they think low end. This mobo is pretty far from low end. The BIOS features, such as fan control, are great. Only complaint is that the RAM slots are finicky.

Memory

RAM is RAM. This does a fine job under load and at idle.

Storage

All i can say is WOW! Incredible boot times, great read/write. This is one of the best if not the best consumer SSDs on the market.

Case

I like the LED fan a lot. The overall appearance of the case is wonderful with its brushed aluminum and red LED power button and strip over the button. My only complaint is that cable management is a bit of a mess.

Power Supply

I got it on sale, and I am glad I bought it. Being semi-modular has a lot of pluses over a non modular PSU. It is relatively quiet and has not let me down.

Wireless Network Adapter

It does its job and stays at the IO of my pc, so I don't see the flashing light.

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Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a very nice build! You do seem to have room for a cpu cooler upgrade if you wanted a few degrees less though. +1 from me for the 960!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I fully agree with the cooler, but my view is I'm not overclocking so it isn't worth investing in a 120 or 240 rad for me.