Description

This is my very first build, and I use it mostly for gaming. So far, it performs incredibly well, playing Witcher 3 at virtually max settings while maintaining buttery-smooth framerates.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a great CPU that does the job. Obviously, nothing top of the line, but surprisingly can still most games today on high settings.

CPU Cooler

It's big, it's ugly, it's a bit loud, but it does the job, and it's very cheap. Great for a first time build. Not going to use it in my next build, though.

Motherboard

In my experiences, anything Asus is toxic, especially their motherboards, which are prone to a lot of USB issues. Also, some issues with RAM placement in the slots. Asus in general is extremely terrible at updating their products (BIOS, drivers, etc). Definitely the last time I will ever touch anything Asus-branded.

Storage

Great SSD, crappy software (especially with version 5+). Still worth buying. Just make sure to downgrade to 4.9.5.

Video Card

Great GPU with cool lighting effects, though it has a tendency to run a little bit warmer than expected. All in all, though, definitely worth it.

Case

This case doesn't do organization as well as other cases in its price range, but it still is a pretty decent case. I like the see-through panel on the left, and the compatibility for a LOT of fans (albeit kinda overkill, I think). Lots of room for storage, very little room for wires on the right side.

Power Supply

It's a PSU. It works great, no issues at all.

Optical Drive

To be honest, I have never actually used it. It just sits in my case (I have it just in case of a blue moon). But it's an optical drive - I don't think there are bad optical drives out there.

Monitor

Good monitor, has good colour and contrast. Power button sometimes don't respond right away. Minor issue aside, it's a decent monitor, though I'd recommend getting it on sale. Not really worth full price.

Keyboard

One of the worst pieces of hardware I have ever used. The mouse is tiny and feels awkward. Also has terrible tracking. The keyboard is great for the first week and then starts exhibiting lag issues and whatnot. A year later, the issues have gotten much worse. Definitely never buying Logitech wireless products ever again.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

I clicked for the name. Care to explain it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I remember typing something in a group on FB, and FB auto-translated it as Candle-Eggs. Can't remember what it was. It was so absurd I decided to just go with it, ha ha.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

that makes more sense(?) lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

My friends and I are crazy, ha ha.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that GPU, I also have the same desk!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha ha, yeah, my MSI R9 390 is wonderful. I absolutely love it to death and I don't think I'll need to upgrade it anytime soon.

This desk is nice, but to be fair, it is kinda small. I need to buy something a bit bigger.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the AMD love! Team red baby!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Hail to the king, baby!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I have the cx600m and an i5 6500 but I wanted to know if I could upgrade to that gpu with only 600 watts. Cool case btw.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

With my current PSU, I have absolutely no power issues, so I think you should be good. And thank you! ^

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

By the way, my rig, under full load, consumes only about 499W so my 600W PSU is more than enough to run everything I have.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for answering, I received my parts around 5 days ago and I'm just waiting on my CPU which is supposed to arrive tomorrow! I think I'll wait a little for Polaris though.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you going to cook the eggs and light the candle with your 8350?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

the 8350 is not really hot with the 212Evo. He should worry about the 390. I have an 8320 overclocked to an 8350 and it idles at 29 degrees celsius; 54 degrees on load. My R9 290 on the other hand... oh boy. Idles at 45 degrees and goes up to 80 degrees while gaming for longer than half an hour. OP what are your temps? Looks like they should be similar to mine even though your case is probably better than mine. But who knows. + for AMD only!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

R9 390 temps are just as good as the gtx 970. Besides the V-ram that was the biggest improvement from the 290, better temps for better overclocking headroom. The sapphire edition maxes out at 71 C when under Heaven benchmark. (Gtx 970 at 77 C)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine maxes out around 70~71 usually while playing Witcher 3, though more often than not, it just stays around 67 or so.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The hottest my 390 ever got under load was 75, but that was because I had the heating on and my room was warm.

EDIT: Normally, it will go to about 67 under load, like when I play Witcher 3.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

My FX 8350 stays fair cool with the 212 EVO, even while playing Witcher 3 on max settings.