Description

This is the result of a 14 year old with a part-time job. I use this rig mainly to either play games in my spare time or edit video for a couple of my friends with YouTube channels. I salvaged the SSD with OS, hard drive, and all my peripherals from my old build which I sold to a friend to help fund this (put in a old 1tb hard drive I found lying around.) The only parts I bought new for the upgrade were the CPU, motherboard, cooler, ram, case, GPU, and PSU. I was going for white with electric blue accents, I achieved the look quite well.

Taking the front and top case panels off was a bit of a pain. Took a lot of effort and it seemed like the case would flat-out snap at any moment. Good looking case, though, so was worth it.

Motherboard BIOS was a pain to navigate. Worked out in the end, though. Not really a big issue, I don't need to access it each time I boot up.

I installed the cooler with the wrong standoffs first try. Long story short: I figured out the proper standoffs were mixed in with four other ones that were in the same bag, not in the bag with only four identical ones. I had issues mounting the radiator properly with the fans at the bottom because of clearance with the motherboard's IO ports. Instead, I mounted the fans above the top, and the radiator below. I had screws going into the fans, through the top of the case, and down into the radiator.

At first, the PC didn't POST so I tried swapping around RAM sticks and after a couple of minutes it booted to the desktop. Haven't had an issue since.

The LEDs on the motherboard look really nice, along with a blue configuration on the cooler and GPU. I'm going to be putting in some Corsair ML fans when I get the chance, running the stock ones right now. Temps are really cool, was expecting a bit higher than 15-18 idle.

Part Reviews

CPU

Blazing fast processor. Not much to say here, it works and fast.

CPU Cooler

Keeps the CPU temps very low, had a problem during installation due to how the bags of screws were shipped.

Motherboard

Great looking board, no issues so far, BIOS is a bit annoying to get around.

Memory

Great RAM, nice metallic blue look, fast.

Storage

This thing is really fast. Using it as a boot drive with no complaints.

Storage

Originally bought this about a year ago as a fast solution for video recording. Works really well to this day, looks cool as well with the heatsink.

Video Card

Great card, bought it a couple weeks after the aftermarket versions came out. No complaints so far, runs everything I throw at it 75+fps 1080p on high/ultra.

Case

Nice looking case, tons of fan mounts, hard drive bays, and a neat SSD mount behind the motherboard. Lots of opportunity for cable management, tons of loops at the back to put your cable ties through. Only gripe is that the top and front panels take a lot of effort to pull off, seemed like it would snap at any second. Worked out in the end, though.

Power Supply

Good unit, keeps my computer running. Modular, so little to no cable clutter.

Operating System

Its Windows. Installed Candy Crush and Farmville on my computer without my permission, thanks Microsoft.

Monitor

Good monitor, snagged a deal on it a while back. Overclocked it to 75HZ and it's been working flawlessly. Great colors.

Keyboard

White LEDs on this as well as the MX Brown switches are great. The D key falls off every now and then, not too big of a deal. Has lighting control for WASD and arrow keys separate from every other key. Macros are good, you have three profiles to choose from. USB port on the back, convenient for pen drives.

Mouse

Great mouse, used it to replace my G602 Wireless that was reaching the end of its lifespan. Nice braided cable, good sensor, no problems with the mouse. LEDs are nice and help me find where my mouse is in the dark. You can put different configurations of 3 gram weights that they send with the mouse to make it feel just how you like it.

Headphones

Great headphones, snagged these on sale for about $120 CAD about a year ago. Pairing them with a Blue Yeti mic is a great option. They sound amazing, could not recommend more.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

The only parts I bought new for the upgrade were the CPU, motherboard, cooler, ram, case, GPU, and PSU

Isnt' that like the whole build basically? Looks sweet - looking at getting that motherboard for my next upgrade and this build makes it look pretty damn cool. Maybe next upgrade being a case without ODD bays, or some Thermaltake Riing fans? Looks kinda wierd with the radiator fans above the case like that but +1 all the same.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It might as well be, but from what I've heard using a computer without an OS or monitor might be pretty hard. Still essential parts of the build! I like how the fans are on top, looks nice from the angle at which I sit at, I've uploaded a picture to the post to show what I mean. Thanks for the upvote!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

OS? Monitor? Nah, you don't need those do you? And who even uses a keyboard and mouse these days?

And yeah I can see what you mean with the fans. And you're welcome - Everybody deserves something from completing a build, whether you're a beginner or a pro! :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

if you have trouble making money why don't you just stream on your PC? it's a much better way of making money and it gives you a reason to stay on it til 3am in the morning hahahaha

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't know, never really considered it. I'll look into it lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you looked into it, because I would seriously recommend anyone to stream escpially with a Build like that, if you do stream don't let people put you don't becaseu you a "squeaker" or some ****, just say to them "if you don't wanna hear, me don't watch me" basically don't take anything anyone says on the Internet to heart. And you will be set to go

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! I have a lot on my plate right now with school and such so I don't really have too much free time, but I'll definitely try soon.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, apart from you might want to replace that PSU with a better one in the future, Corsair's CX line's only really meant to be for budget builds.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

The CXM is a good PSU, zero need to replace it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely, my first build had a FX-8320 and a R9 270, I bought the 1070 about two months ago when it originally came out to replace the 270. I needed a slightly larger capacity PSU to go with it, so I bought the 650M to replace my CX500. I carried over the 650M and sold my old PC with the 270 and CX500.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Your PSU is fine, no need to replace it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice white/blue build. Keep working...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Is your PSU still running well? Ive heard its got big failrate. I have purchased almost the same build as you, except the GPU is a 1080.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/n3TYwV

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, it works perfectly.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a bit complicated, my mom owns a cleaning franchise here and she lets me tag along with her like a regular employee, same pay. Night shifts for 2-3 hours every night during the summer and Sept-Oct helped me pay for this. Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha same for me. My mom runs a house-cleaning business and I used to tag along when work slowed down in the summer.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Restaurant jobs are what I recommend. Bike to work, eat at a discounted or price-free rate, do simple, repetitive tasks and build reputation as a hard and responsible worker. One restaurant I worked at when I was 19 (last year) liked to send the dishwashers to the local community college and pay to have them trained to make desserts, so keep in mind even the minimum wage jobs can grow into something a lot better if you want.

I would say make a simple, classy resume and print out 10, put them in a folder and go to 10 restaurants in person. (I don't recommend fast food). Ask if there's anyone there you can briefly speak to about employment. For this reason, try to come in while it's slow (Monday-Thursday 2-5PM)

Also try Snagajob, I actually got a pretty decent sales representative job through the website.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That's why you work in highschool while school is easy and boring and buy everything you want.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks lol, was a pain to remove the apps.