Description

General use build: photo editing and storage, gaming and such.

Overall, this was a great build because of two things: First, the Cooler Master HAF-XB is an outstanding case! It's very roomy inside, has great tool-less features everywhere, and the double-decker design makes cable routing and system layout a breeze. It's compact enough to fit under my printer stand on its own shelf and it's built to last.

Second, MSI's MPower Max is not only a full-featured board that has almost anything you could ever need to put together a killer system, its layout is flawless in my opinion! Everything on the board makes sense and is exactly where you'd want it to be. This made putting the system together quick and straight-forward. MSI touts its "Military Class" components and construction and the board certainly doesn't disappoint in this regard...it's over-built in many ways. As for functionality, just search for reviews of this incredible board...every review has been top marks all the way. I have used Asus almost exclusively for every rig I've ever built, either for myself or for friends and family. But I just had to give this MSI board a try as the reviews were simply too good. I'm glad I did as the comparable ROG board from Asus would have cost me at least $100 more.

Lastly, another highlight to this build are the Samsung 840 Pro-Series SSD's. The reviews are correct: these are blazing fast SSD's, perhaps the fastest on the market as of now. I can't say enough about the performance, especially as one holds my OS, the other holds my Adobe Lightroom 5 and Elements 11 programs and their catalogs. If you know anything about editing off of a catalog in Lightroom, you can appreciate when I tell you that these drives make it a real joy!

As for dislikes, there really is only one and I'm nit-picking: I expected a lot more from the on-board audio solution. MSI took great care in isolating the sound circuits from the rest of the board and includes a comprehensive suite of tools to configure the audio. But, while powerful, a true audiophile or serious gamer would probably need a discrete solution.

I figure this rig will be good for the next 3-4 years, with upgrades probably 6 years. I plan on adding a second MSI GTX-760 for SLI action. Also, the Cougar fans (2 for intake at the front, 1 to replace the stock fan on my radiator) were installed after the pics were taken.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build! p.s. you can input the prices you paid manually (just an FYI)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, fantastic build! Amazing pictures, and the horizontal-look is very unique! Solid components, can't wait to see a picture or two once you get the 2nd SLId 760?

Very cool! +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought that keyboard about 4 years ago for $60 on Amazon

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  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

Posted in wrong spot...using a tablet, zoomed in too close, wrong touch, oops (thanks for the heads up)

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  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man. Very clean for that case. +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello everyone!

Sorry...I'm new here. Prices updated, rounded off to the nearest whole dollar AFAICR. Oh, yes...$800 for any keyboard (including the infamous LeBedev Keyboards) is very much overkill.

Too bad Microsoft stopped making the full-blown X6 and X5 peripherals. I bought these 3 years ago at Best Buy on clearance at the time and paid just over a $100 for the both of them.

Thanks for all the kind comments...it was great building a nice, new...and FAST...machine for myself again!

Arvin

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that GPU treating you?

  • 76 months ago
  • -2 points

This is a very nice build. All high quality parts. Was that keyboard really $800? Seems a little excessive to me.

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  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Still seeing a ridiculously high price. $300

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Get it used for 80.00 bucks

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  • 76 months ago
  • -2 points

It is a ridiculous price lol. Submitter: How much did you ACTUALLY pay for the keyboard?