Currently upgrading, I'll update when I get my new fan controller.
About two years ago, I had grown bored of console gaming. My friend moved on to computer gaming which I honestly didn't even know was a thing lol So! I sold my Xbox (HUGE regret to be honest) and put the money toward buying a computer at my local WalMart!
Woo! So many things I didn't know computers could do! All these games, all these programs! PC master race! But wait a minute... Why can't my computer play some games? I looked into it and found that prebuilt computers are pretty much from the devil's loins... Oh god what have I done... New goal!
I saved up about $1800 and went to CyberPowerPC and designed up a rig and shipped it to me. Oh boy was that a mistake. I paid for the expert cabling and all those goodies. Came with a broken SATA and the wiring was horrid! After toying with it, the video card apparently was bad as well. It would randomly crash and go to my integrated graphics. Terrible! I RMA'd it, paying out the butt for return shipping. Lost quite a bit on that escapade :P
New idea, build one myself from scratch. A few months of learning about parts, a week of hesitation and reading reviews, and finally bought all my parts. I went with Win8 despite wanting 7, because it was on sale. I wanted the Rosewill Lightning, but only the 1000w was in stock! In retrospective, I don't honestly know why I chose the 4670k over the 4690k. Kinda still wonder about that... I got a free 4GB stick of RAM with one of the specials, and it just so happened to perfectly match my other 2x4 sticks. I picked an SSD for my C: drive, and used my old prebuilt's 500GB HDD for my main storage. Any excess data I would put onto an external 1TB drive I had. Unfortunately I didn't know about PCPartPicker yet, so I bought them all from NewEgg and probably overpaid a considerable amount. Oh well, they have decent RMAs, I hear.
I got it put together with much trouble, gutting the parts from my old prebuilt and it started up like a charm! I felt pretty proud of myself and the computer ran great! Anything I threw at it was handled ez pz lemon squeezy B]
Over time I decided to get another stick of RAM to make an even 16GB, instead of 12. Then bought some new case fans to add a blue lighting in my case. Crap! The old fan controller built into the Stryker seems to oscillate power to the fans, instead of just decreasing to lower the speed. What a headache it was, my fans clicking on and off, and the LEDs flashing like a rave in my dark room. I bought the FC9 fan controller because I didn't want to put those ugly probes inside my case, and most touch-screen controllers use them. I moved in with a couple buddies of mine, and I didn't really enjoy having a cable running through our room to my computer, so I bought a WiFi PCI card to go wireless. Yes, I know wired is faster, but I have the Nighthawk router, and setting it to 5G basically makes it the same as wired speed since I'm rather close to it. Over time, my expanding game/music/video library exceeded my storage, so I went with a 2TB HDD. I bought an Hitachi for their great price:size, and OH MY GOD WAS IT A MISTAKE. It sounded like the click of death, even though it still worked, and the read/write speed on it was horrible! I RMA'd that and had my mom send it back since the post office was a bit aways from me. I had to compensate her about $30 for shipping, god knows why it cost that much, but oh well. Lost about half of what I spent on the drive itself... Replaced that with a Seagate Barracuda 2TB despite wanting a Western Digital, but it works great! Then I bought a BluRay drive to replace the noisy slow one from my old prebuilt. Later I realized I had neglected to replace my top 200mm fan. I lingered a while on whether to replace my CPU fan with a H100i and put that in place of my 200mm, but decided not to, since I enjoyed the blue LED on it and the controller it comes with (I put it on the back, see in the picture).
As of yesterday, I installed that fan and declared my computer finished :D Yayyyy! My first custom built all-around rig! It was an expensive adventure, but so much fun! I enjoyed it thoroughly and am glad to have experienced it -^ I plan in the future to sell my rig and rebuild a newer rig when the time comes.
I've actually never seen it at 100% usage yet, other than in stress testing. It renders quickly and all my programs are quick and responsive. I'm a bit squeamish at the idea of overclocking, so I don't know much about overclocking reliability, but OCGenie automatically set mine to 4GHz no problemo. I usually idle at 1-3% usage and it never goes over 60 or so degrees with my plain fan cooler. No problems with it at all
Plenty of airflow and keeps my CPU cool as a cucumber even at it's lowest RPM. Love the blue LED on it and the fan controller is pretty neat. I hooked it up to the back of my case and put the wires in the watercooling port, looks fancy imo. This thing is LOUD, though! (Unless you keep it at the lowest setting, which I do) And I've cut my hands up on it quite a few times just bumping it. It's also pretty bulky.
Great mobo - looks sick, too. Huge problem with it is the location of the CPU power connector. It was literally JUST far enough that I couldn't reach the cable to it. I had to wrap the wire under my PCI cards to reach across and plug it in properly. Plenty of space on it but no physical auto OC or BIOS reset buttons buttons. I just personally find them convenient. BIOS interface is nice and easy to use, and the mobo's layout is generic and simple.
Looks fancy pantsy and does what it does, what do you expect from RAM reviews
Super fast, as should be expected from an SSD. Loads up quick, no noise, keeps cool (31 degrees usually), and hasn't had any sign of failure yet. In use for about half a year.
Nice and quiet. Bumped it around a few times and still worked good.
The only games I have that didn't run at full graphics were Advanced Warfare and Minecraft's maximum render distance. Great for basic gaming at 1080p 60FPS. Lately I've noticed it's starting to sag in my case, I guess the weight is more than the card's support. Also the left fan has been clicking on occasion as of late. No coil whine and never gets FPS drops. Temps even at full stress only peak 70 degrees.
Sturdy as a tank, I love Cooler Master after buying this thing. Some people have had issues with the colors of the panels being off, so beware of that but mine was fine. The handle on top is sturdy and never budges. A panel on the bottom front comes off to reveal a hidden container for various needs, I use it to put my smaller tools in. There's a variety of dust filters across it, and the right side panel sticks out to make hiding those annoying back cables easy peasy. The build in fans cool it fine and run quiet. Dust tends to build up on the front, though. It's pretty big and spacey, so there's lots of room for modifications and changes as you please, and even the drive cages can be moved around in different ways. You can make it so the air blows from left to right through the vents and not into your actual case. The HDD/SSD cages also include little contraptions to make installing the drives a lot simpler. There's plenty of ports all over the inside and three on the back for watercooling purposes. It has wire hooks to keep them safe from LANs or to prevent drag, and includes plenty of little loops to hook zipties to. It's pretty much super convenient for installing things with ease. HOWEVER, if you plan to install LED fans, make sure they're compatible with the fan controller built in the front of the case, otherwise they'll blink rapidly or have to run at full speed. The other option in that case (pun hehe) is to buy an aftermarket fan controller to keep the fans powered right. Regardless of it's smaller issues, it's an absolutely amazing case.
The LED lighting is really the standout of this PSU, and mine had one of them not working. I didn't really notice it at first, though, because the LEDs only come on when a cable is plugged into them (other than the fan LED). My CPU power connector was too far for the wire to reach around the back of my case and back up to the pin slot, so now there's an ugly cable running across the front of my board. It is a full-sized case and the pin slot is centered (god knows why), though. So maybe I'm being picky about that. One of the wires inside were bumped up against the fan blades and making an awful racket when turned on, so I had to unscrew the grate and push the wire under one of the edges to prevent it from popping back up. No issues with shorting or any such disasters. Beware of dropping screws into the fan hole. Hasn't happened to me yet, but it looks like it'd get stuck in there good
Sounds like a fan, decent speed.
Tired of Windows 8 lol
Wireless Network Adapter
Sometimes disconnects. The antennas spin off easier than they spin on, so they come loose if you toy with their direction too much. Fast connection, though. Paired with my 5G router they're pretty much the same speed as wired.
WRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Yeah it gets loud if you turn it all the way up. LEDs are a brilliant blue! Love the color on this one
Somewhat loud when at full speed. Plenty of airflow, though. The LED looks pretty nice and illuminates a lot.
Quiet even at full speed! Good airflow but the LED doesn't illuminate a lot despite it's size...
Seems to be made cheap, the handles are kinda crooked and one comes off if pulled. One of the fans will either be at max speed or completely off, not pleased with this but it gets the job done. LEDs on it are hardly visible. Looked fancy when I thought it worked lol