I use this machine mostly for gaming, browsing, multimedia, etc. I live in Russia, so I converted prices into USD. The build is not completely finished, as I wanted to add another 4Gb memory stick or even an SSD along the way, but the prices went up quite a lot, so I couldn't afford it anymore. To be honest, I was really lucky to build this system before the drop of RUB.

I wanted it to be compact and silent but powerful at the same time. I think, for the most part I managed to pull it off. The aesthetics of the case are really nice. It's small but can house all of the components. I wouldn't actually mind having a side window in it, but the colors of my hardware are somewhat mismatched, so it's all for the best. I made rubber feet for it to be a bit higher, so that the PSU doesn't choke. 500w 80+ bronze seems to be enough to power everything up. You can see that there's some dust, but that's after using this pc for half a year. So I'm really greatful for the case filters.

The CPU cooler does a pretty good job. It cools the CPU itself, RAM and a part of the motherboard. By the way, it is not M4, it's SF524, I just couldn't find it in the list.
I bought this RAM kind of by accident. I actually wanted to get a 2x4Gb kit of Corsair XMS3, but before I had a chance to do it I went to help my friend to return a part that wasn't working, and instead of giving us back the money they made us buy something else. So I bought this dimm stick. But it was working well, so I left it be. The video card is overclocked, so it produces some noise under load, but it's not whining or anything like that, so it doesn't bother me while gaming. In idle it is silent.

The only thing that buggs me is the fans. I expected them to produce a substantial airflow, but it is barely noticeable. I think, I should've gone with SP120s. But the overall airflow is good. All the intakes are filtered, and I beleive I have positive pressure, so there's little dust inside. Overall the rig is silent.

I like this mouse. It's not 747, it's x-748k. The difference is that it's optical, so no acceleration or anything weird. Just a solid mouse.

EDIT. Added some of the photos of the whole setup. As you can see, I got a white IPS monitor from ViewSonic. That's why I went for the black and white. Again, I'm sorry for the quality of the pictures, was using my phone camera.

All in all, it was my first build. I hoped you liked it. Thanks for reading!

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have gone with an AMD cpu to save a couple of bucks for 8GB ram and a bigger CPU cooler something like the Hyper 212 EVO from cooler Master. I have that one right now and I really love it. But everyone has his thing, looks like a pretty good PC.

How is the the monitor? He looks really stylish and I'm planning on buying a 23" one, is it a recommendation?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Sorry it took me so long to answer, but yes, the monitor is good. I'm pretty happy with it. It's IPS, so the colours and the viewing angles are great. You can set its responce time to advance and ultra fast, but frankly, I didn't see any difference. It only has tilt (no rotation), but that's enough for me. But I did encounter some issues when I came to pick it up from the store. The first monitor they gave me had a cluster of pixels that were brighter than the rest right in the middle of the screen.The second had a dead pixel in the right left corner. But it was practically unnoticable, so i decided to take it. I don't know if that's the issue with all of the monitors or just the ones that were in the store, but if you are planning on getting one, check it before you buy it.

Overall, it's a nice and stylish monitor, definitely a recomendation.

  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice hardware, except for that seagate BREAKacuda, I would recommend any other brand over it. (I like WD) Also, the mouse and keyboard don't look like they are really suitable for gaming. A cheaper and way better combo would be the CM Storm Devastator, it comes with either a blue, red, or green backlight for both the mouse and keyboard for like $30 on Newegg.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I actually considered WD green as well, but decided to go with seagate for some reason. Thanks for the M/KB combo, it looks sweet! I'll try to find something like that here, although I doubt I will. It's Russia, after all. The current keyboard is actually not new, I've had it for some time. And I had several A4tech mice before, they were okay. And I rather like this one. It's a Deathadder rip-off :D