This was my first true "gaming" rig. I previously had a few laptops with intigrated graphics cards which didn't last long, so I decided to take the plunge! I don't do any serious gaming, but I wanted the ability to play most games on high-max settings while getting 60fps, and for what I play at the moment, it's more than enough. (Runescape, Minecraft, Diablo 3, CS:GO, Hearthstone, WoW, Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth, Civ 5)
When picking parts, I wanted something that would last a while. I had no issues when building this for the first time. Everything posted the first time, nothing shorted out, and everything seems to work greatly!
I am really happy with this CPU. It has plenty of processing power to handle everything I do. The built in turbo is super sweet, and the ability to overclock is something I wanted to do in the future, but isn't currently possible in this build.
This was recommended to me by my friend, and I can see why. With overwhelming good reviews, and it being so reasonably priced, I couldn't say no. I noticed a difference immediately when putting it under a stress test. When my CPU was under load prior to this, my cores were in the mid to high 70's, and now they rarely creep into 60ºC. 5/5
This motherboard does what it does for a fair price. The board is what you'd expect for a $50 price tag. Could use more ports for more fan controllers and such, but decent job. Not blown away however. 4/5
Looks slick. Works. 5/5
1TB is more than enough for me at the moment. Great price for storage, and I have no problem booting it. 5/5
The bread and butter of the build. I love it. It's at a great price, and I haven o problems. The card does run at 75ºC under heavy load, and does become pretty noisy. I honestly don't care about the noise. I love that it has a back plate on it, and it looks pretty nice. I has ran everything I have at 1080p 60fps while supporting dual monitors and YouTube. I will add that I don't play anything intensive yet, just waiting for things to go on sale on steam! Couldn't be happier. People say that you need a 750w PSU for this card, but it doesn't pull that much power for me, and it runs fine on a 520w silver PSU. 5/5
Sadly, this is my least favorite piece in the build. While I do like the design of the case, and the front and back fan with LED's, it does have some shortcomings in my opinion. The rear fan cable is really short. I had to run the cable over my GPU instead of behind the case due to the short cables. The front fan cable is a little short as well, but manageable. The side window feels like cheap plastic and scratches super easily. If you want fans on the side pannel, then you will need an extremely low profile aftermarket cooler, or run the stock one. It does have space for 4 fans, 3 if you use an aftermarket cooler like I did. The USB 3.0 cable reaches the mobo no problem. However, if you don't have the front port for your 3.0 right next to your main one, then your front 3.0 port is useless. Overall, the case is fine, bit this is the first thing I'm going to upgrade. 3/5
I honestly can't say much about this power supply. I love that it's fully modular, it looks neat, and reviews are great. Despite this, mine blew a capacitor in the first hour of having it powered on. I had to RMA it. I look forward to reinstalling it and replace the Insignia 520w Silver I had to grab from bestbuy. 3/5 due to EVGA being extremely helpful, but still it going out so fast. Due to change when I reinstall it.
Disc drive that works, can't say much.
It's windows, and it works. Comes with 3 codes, which is awesome.
This is a really sweet monitor. I wish I had enough money to get a 2nd. I love the look of it. It's extremely slim and light weight. The speakers are only decent, but have enough kick to hear when I'm in the other room doing something while I listen to a podcast. Not going to judge based on that since I use headphones 90% of the time anyway.