Description

This is my new gaming rig that replaced my old one after it's power supply failed and took out all of it's components. I use this machine for video editing and gaming and it is able to perform very well.

PROS: Quiet Looks Cool Easy to upgrade Great for gaming, locks all my games at 1080p 60fps CPU temp monitor on motherboard Lots of ports/USB3.0 Etc...

CONS Video card runs hot, could probably barbecue on it under load.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic CPU, entirely capable of running any game on 1080p, given the GPU can. This CPU can also edit, and render videos smoothly, in any resolution. The only reason why I didn't give this CPU 5 stars, is because it can have a hard time streaming and gaming at the same time, but that can be expected for a CPU of this budget range.

Motherboard

Can't go wrong with this motherboard, it fully supports any hardware that I have wanted to install in it, including M.2. I really like the CPU temperature monitor on the bottom of the board, definitely recommend this product, 10/10.

Video Card

This GPU is fantastic, but there are a few reasons why I am not giving 5 stars. Firstly, this GPU can run most games on ultra at 1080p, excluding a few newer titles. The card looks nice, and stays mostly quiet unless under heavy load. The only issue I have with this card, is that it draws a lot of power, which in turn keeps it running hot. Also, even though I love this card, there are cards that perform better, for a lower price, such as the GTX 1060. Overall great product, but there are better options.

Case

Great case! Love everything about it! Has 5 spots to mount 120mm fans, and can support any standard size radiator as well. 2X USB 3.0 on the front is certainly nice, and allows for 6 3.5 in drives, when you use the removable drive bay. There is a filter, if you wish to install your power supply with the fan facing out of the case as well. PCI covers can be reinstalled, and the window is very nice. Plenty of room for cable management, thumbscrews that are attached to the side panels so you won't lose them as well. Fantastic Case, would definitely recommend!

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

If you haven't already, enable FRTC on your GPU using Crimson, setting it to 60FPS, after all you game at 1080p60Hz and you should see some temp drop. It's preferable to have an AIO liquid cooler when using GPU's with axial fans imo, that should help in keeping case temps lower too. Also when you have the chance flip you PSU upside down, as that's competing for cooler air with your GPU, you should have vents at the bottom of your case for the PSU to pull its own fresh air.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that advice, I enabled the FRTC and I will see if that makes a difference.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool..let us know how that worked out for you. thanks

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

After gaming with it for a little while, I can confirm that my card does not run quite as hot, thanks for the advice!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

dat RAM though...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the memory isn't that great. I'll just stick with what I have though until I upgrade to Skylake in a few years and start using DDR4