Let me fist start by saying that to most computer builders on this site, this doesn’t even come close to the greatest computer build ever, but to me, nothing can compare. It is my first build and I absolutely love it.
CHALLENGES THAT I FACED
I started this build with two things in mind, budget and gaming, I needed great power to manage today’s modern games, but at the same time, I had to keep it on a budget. But to be honest it went way over my budget, but once you start it’s kinda hard to stop. The main reason it went over my budget, is the customs charges, I live in Jamaica and the charges to clear things through customs here is ridiculous, most times I’ll have to pay like 70% or 80% of the cost of the item. I did most of my shopping on Amazon and eBay. So for instance at the time I purchase the hard drive and the power supply, I paid about 100 USD, when they got to Jamaica, I paid about 80 USD to clear them. Complete nonsense. So when uploaded my build to PC Part Picker, I modified the prices to reflect the added charges by customs.
I got a great deal from a friend on a possessor (AMD A8-3850), a motherboard (Gigabyte, I don’t really remember the model) and a CPU fan cooler (I have no idea what brand or model this is, but it works great), and those started my build, and I got them all for 50 USD. But after about 3 months of use, I started getting beep codes and it would boot up, I think it was an issue with the motherboard. Guess it wasn’t such a great deal after all. So I had to set out to get me a new motherboard and possessor, I still use the same CPU fan cooler though. New motherboard is great and the processor is even greater, processor doesn't run too hot under heavy pressure and is great for overclocking. Motherboard is neat and has all the components ill need if i decide to upgrade anything in the future.
Now the Xcribe might not look like much, but it’s a beast. The main issues or cons that I have experienced lays with the case. My case is only good looking on the outside, it has very poor cable management on the inside, I just can’t find anywhere to run cables. Another issue with the case it that it is completely made of metal, so more metal, more heat, this was my first build so I leant that the hard way. Another issue with the case is the location of the front USBs ports, they are located all the way at the bottom of the case, most time I have to bend down to plug in a cable correctly.
MY FAVORITE PARTS
My favorite part I would say would be the graphics card, it was the last part I purchased seeing that I was the most expensive. I took a risk and bought it used from eBay, it runs any game I throw at it on high or ultra settings. I can play Far Cry 4 on ultra with great FPS, no lags. GTA 5 on high, with no issues at all.
The keyboard and mouse are another strong point on the Xcribe, Cooler Master really did well. Keys are solid and nice to press. Blue LEDs on the mouse and keyboard looks great. The mouse it very precise, it has back and forward buttons on the side and a button to adjust the speed on the top. Only issue with it is that the wheel has started to squeak when I roll it, I’m probably gonna have to clean it or something.
Now on to the custom parts that I included in the build list, because they are not so popular so they could not be found on PC Part Pickers list. My monitor and the CPU temperature controller. For my monitor I’m using a 24” Blackpoint TV, I paid about 200 USD for it here in Jamaica. I know the brand is not very popular, but it’s a darn good TV, colors are great, supports 1080P, uses HDMI, it has some awesome built in speakers, the image quality is just exceptional, and another plus is that when I’m not using the machine, I can just watch some TV. The TV is so uncommon though that I couldn't even find a URL for it online. Next is the CPU temperature controller, I bought this from a Chinese site called Banggood, for about 16$, it displays the time and date, the temperature of the CPU, the system and the HDD and it beeps when any of them starts overheating and I can also adjust the speed of the fans, and I gotta say it look pretty good on the front of my case.
The name Xcribe came up when I was telling a friend about my build, while telling him about it, I accidentally fused to words, explain and describe, "let me Excribe it to you" I said. and from that day on, my machine was known as the Xcribe.
PLANS FOR UPGRADING
The Xcribe has gone over my budget already, but in the future I plan to add a Solid State Drive and also water cooling for the processor, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen for now though.
To round it all off, I absolutely adore the Xcribe, and I’m proud of myself for building it. It is extremely silent even under heavy use, the lights on the case really shows off its beauty, it handles any task I trough at it with speed and power, and did I mention how much I love it lol.
All questions, comments, or inquiries are welcome. Thanks for viewing.
Great Possessor, powerful and fast. doesn't overheat easily.
Has All the component for future upgrades. Ultra Durable for real.
Just ram memory nothing special really, it does what ram is suppose to do i guess.
Has a few bad sectors i guess, so sometimes i'm unable to copy from it.
For just a plain hard drive, it is pretty fast, great transfer speeds.
Amazing card, price is reasonable, performance is exceptional. runs every game i throw at it.
The brand might not be very popular, But its an excellent PSU, I have no issue with It at all. cable are good in length, and the design is excellent.
Nothing special here really, it just does what a CD drive is suppose to do, it reads pretty fast. i don't really use CD drives that much anyways.
I prefer 8.1 over 7, so to me its pretty good. still cant wait for windows 10 though.
Love them. LED lights are beautiful. keys are solid and feels nice to press. Mouse wheel squeaks.