So after buying a "gaming rig" pre-built off-the-shelf from Best Buy, returning it due to malfunction, getting a replacement which was also returned for malfunction, my sister decided to let me pick parts and build her a PC. She said she needed it for coding, 3D modeling, and gaming. Oh, and she also needed a DVD burner so she can burn cd's. She had a budget of $900 but it was ok if we went a little over. I tried keeping it under budget as well as not cheaping out on quality parts. But with the limited selection of AM3+ socket motherboards these days and the lack of cases with external 5.25" drive bays, I hit a snag. Now, I am going to replace the case and the motherboard. I didn't even think of the motherboard not being compatible with Windows 10 as it isn't very old or anything so I overlooked that and completely forgot to check if it had enough headers for the 3 case fans I purchased to go with the case and my air-flow pattern I had in mind. As if that wasn't bad enough, the case was a disaster. The motherboard would not sit properly in the case and the screw holes would not line up. I had to kinda force it while trying not to break anything. Not only that, but there are even parts of the board on the end that have no support so when plugging/unplugging things into those ends, the board bends. Then, once I got the board lined up and screwed in, the video card would not line up with it's screw hole. I had to put even more force on the case to get that to line up. Yes, I checked the PCIe slot and it was in correctly and all that. This case was just a disaster. Since this motherboard does not support Windows 10, I went ahead and installed Windows 7. I went to all the manufacturer's websites to install the appropriate up-to-date drivers but none of them would install. Fail after fail. I went to install the drivers from the CD that came with the motherboard and half of them would not install either. WTF? I expected better from ASUS. So now, I have to replace the motherboard and case but those 2 items seem to be difficult to find anymore for this compatibility. It should also be noted that the heatsink I got for this build was a tad too tall for this case. I mean it fit but when you put the door on, it bends the heatsink a little causing it to lose contact with the CPU and the computer will shut off and back on. I even went back and made sure the heatsink was screwed down securely as well as the brackets that came with it. Same issue remains. Why are there no AM3+ mobos anymore?!
PS: I will update this when we fix the said issues.
UPDATE(7/20/18) My sister has decided to go with a 1080 and a Ryzen build instead. Newegg wants to charge us over $50 in restocking fees on top of the shipping we have to pay to send back the CPU and video card. They then told me they would reimburse me half of the restocking fee but only if we bought another video card from them. Like how shady is that? So I have turned to eBay to sell these parts. They were just opened to build this PC but not overclocked or pushed to their limits. Hoping to get back what she paid for them.
All the parts we are replacing are as follows:
Can't go wrong with AMD. Affordable. Reliable.
I always hear about this brand being top notch. We will see. the fan color doesn't match with the other fans, but people say they are the best.
Not compatible with Windows 10
Drivers for the board will not install
Drivers for the graphics card will not install
Not enough screw placements for sufficient support, or placed incorrectly
Annoying I/O shield
Virtual memory is virtual memory. Have no reference here other than sometimes you get a bad stick, most the time you get good ones, speaking about ram in general. No problem with these. Computer read all 16GB's. I figured 16GB was more than enough for gaming and a good amount for 3D modeling and whatnot. So not a bad choice for this particular build.
Western Digital. Solid State drive. This one is even faster than my Sandisk I have in my build. Like quite literally, the instant I release the mouse button, whatever I clicked on opens up or activates. Actually impressed. Oh, and boot times.. Time? What's that?
Always go with Western Digital. Sure, Seagate is cheap but it's cheap for a reason. Sometimes you get what you pay for and this is especially true with hard drives. Oh, and nothing short of 7200RPM when it comes to mechanicals.
I'm sure this is up there with the heavy hitters. I have a 1080 in my rig. Haven't been able to see this baby chuck, as mentioned above with the mobo not accepting the drivers.
This case looks cool but is horribly designed. The screw holes do not line up properly for the motherboard or the GPU. You really have to bend this case to get the holes to line up, so much in fact, you risk breaking your components. NOT GOOD!
Single Rail, baby! I could have gotten away with getting the 500watt one, or maybe even less. But this one was the exact same price as the 500watt so why not, right? Also, this leaves room for upgrades.
You have to think 4th dimensionally!
What can I really say about this? It's a DVD burner drive. It does what it's supposed to.
Will upgrade to 10 once the new mobo and case arrive.
These fans have great reviews. Will see.
Ok I guess. I prefer something more premium but this was a good price without being too cheap.