Description

Purpose: Gaming

Priorities:

  • GPU
  • CPU
  • Boot speed
  • Air cooling and ventilation
  • Simplicity
  • Efficiency

Non-Priorities:

  • Memory
  • Lighting
  • Noise level

Results:

Works well for every game that I have ever wanted to play on it at 60 fps, usually on ultra settings and very quietly. Haven't tested it out on many FPS games though, and as of 2018, it can't play Path of Exile on the absolute highest settings, but it still gets close.

Issues

In early 2018, this started having an issue where the motherboard would sometimes display the error code 0A and not display anything on the screen, either after returning from sleep or upon starting up. Curiously, this problem usually (but not always) doesn't manifest itself when the computer is laying on its side, and I can usually get it to start up again by turning it off and pushing on the cpu cooler, which leads me to think that this might be a problem of the cooler pulling on the cpu due to gravity. But I have tried re-seating the cpu, as well as dusting off everything and unplugging everything from the motherboard, and the issue still persists. I have also tried re-seating the memory and the video card, to no avail. I tried switching out the video card, and the problem is still there, so I know it's not that, and I have also tried running with just one stick of memory, so I know it's not that either, so at this point, I've isolated it to the cpu or the motherboard. Unfortunately, I do not have an extra AM3+ cpu or motherboard to use to test, so that is as far as I have gotten in diagnosing this problem.

Part Reviews

CPU

An excellent processor. In most cases, you'll get bottlenecked somewhere else in the system before this.

CPU Cooler

Crazy huge cooler. Keeps things nice and frigid. It does tend to cover up ram slots though, so if you ever need to replace your ram, you might end up needing to remove this. For me, every time I did this, I ended up ripping out the cpu as well and needing to put that back in, because the cpu sticks to the cooler a lot more than it sticks to the motherboard.

Video Card

This is pretty much the best graphics card you need in order to play most things on ultra settings on a single 60 hz, 1920x1080 monitor, with a few exceptions. Like Factorio requires at least 4 GB vram for its ultra settings for some reason, and I can't get to 60 fps on Path of Exile on ultra settings.

Case

Pretty dope case.

Pro-tip: This doesn't come with a filter on the bottom front intake, so to help prevent dust from getting in, cover the bottom front intake with part of a furnace filter attached with packaging tape. You won't see it anyway once you set the thing upright. Also, the front panel does come with a filter, but you can dramatically increase its effectiveness by wrapping it in pantyhose. You also won't be able to see that, because it is covered by a panel. Also, the bottom back filter for the power supply intake tends to vibrate and make noise, so I taped it, which stopped the issue.

Power Supply

This has been quite a solid power supply unit. It does have a small eccentricity though, which is that the switch on the back is upside down, so that off is up and on is down.

Optical Drive

A good blue ray player, though one should note that it does not come with any blue ray playing software, and VLC does not support blue rays yet, at least last I checked.

Monitor

Good standard monitor. It would be nice if you could adjust its height though, but you cannot. The power button is also super annoying, because there is none - you have to touch the bottom right of the front panel somewhere above where the sensor is, and this is hard to find and unreliable. Classic case of form over function there. Also, the speakers are crap.

Headphones

Cheap, good sound quality, and the right shape for a human ear, but the microphone doesn't work, and if there is no sound coming out of them and you have their volume control turned up too far on the cord, then you can hear a bit of static noise. Still, knowing these things, I ended up buying a second pair for work anyway, just because of the aforementioned pros.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

love it~ the old fx series seem to catch a lot of flack here for being outdated, but they still perform well.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's been a good little computer.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this build and I game on the same set up as you do!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi five!