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I built this computer for my wife (first time build for me) as she likes PC gaming, I do as well. It was her turn to get a new PC so this is what I ended up with. I started out thinking a $600 budget would be enough but after doing some research I realized quickly that wasn't going to be good enough. I upped the budget to $800 and still blew past that mark. I spent $911.92 total but after rebates my final costs will be $861.92.

I used all the parts listed and a old copy of Windows 7 (used the product key) that I had to put a fresh copy of Windows 10 on this PC so that saved me around $100. I also decided that a optical drive wasn't really needed and if I really want one I'll pull one out of a retired PC we have here at home as well as a 1 terabyte HDD for picture/video storage. I currently using a HP2310m monitor I purchased new at a local store that had it on clearance for $40 which I just couldn't pass up!

My wife plays World of Warcraft and more recently Star Citizen as well as other games. Well to be honest she was trying to play Star Citizen but her old PC wasn't handling it at all and was locking up and crashing all the time. This current build runs both of those games and all the other on the highest setting with no struggles and I haven't even started messing with overclocking yet. So all in all it meets our needs and my wife is thrilled with it and that's the most important part!

This is by no means a high end ultra computer but it's the best system we have ever had and so far everything is working flawlessly! I look forward to any feedback!

UPDATE: I am on day 12 of running this complete system and have not had a single issue. I will post more updates as time passes.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Water cooler may have been unnecessary, but overall, great build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree and knew from the start the water cooler was more than I needed but I do have intentions of over clocking and I wanted no worries when I did. I was going to use a Corsair H60 or something real close to that but she wanted a "red" theme and the Deepcool Captain 120 fit perfectly. So really it's more for looks which is silly but hey Happy Wife... Happy life... ;)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

don't think you will be able to overclock as intel might be banning non k's from overclocking http://wccftech.com/intel-forcing-ban-nonk-oc-feature-skylake-motherboards-bios-rolling/

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes sadly I have read about this :(

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice system. I personally would of gotten the faster 850 EVO for the same price, but that is still a good SSD.

Just like others have said, the AIO is overkill, however it will last you a long time and you'll never run into cooling issues. :)

That PSU is not great at all for that system. When you get a chance, your first upgrade needs to be a better PSU.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I had looked at other SSD's and when I purchased this one it was the cheapest for the amount of storage. Also my understanding even those there are many more choices that are faster coming from a traditional HDD this is amazingly fast and does the job. Thanks for the input!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely forgot to respond to the PSU concern. Being this is my first build I had read up a bit on PSU's etc. I went with a much larger 750W and this build doesn't come close to drawing the max which is what I wanted. What is your suggestion? Again I'm new so I'm learning.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

PSUs are trickier for the newer tech guys since it is a bit complicated. None of the gold ratings or bronze ratings mean a thing on a vast majority of PSUs. They could have a gold rating, but also be extremely poor.

The problem with the CX750 is that the capasitors are extremely cheaply made, so for it to blow from a lot of wattage (even if your only pulling 500W) is not uncomon.

I suggest EVGA, Seasonic, and Antec. They make some of the best PSUs on the market.

For more info: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info I'll definitely check into this!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Really liking the build. The r9 380 is a great piece. I have one in my build as well. The PSU is fine. Not the greatest but more than sufficient for the build. Not worth any hassle taking apart and buying another.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

first off the title speaks for itself. +1 I am currently in the same boat... Wife and I both need new PC's ...guess who's getting one first? Anyway the build is simple nice and clean...Perfect. Despite everyone saying the AIO is overkill ... it's light years better then the stock cooler and it's what you wanted so roll with it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

It's what my wife wanted and my wife rarely asks for anything and I felt compelled to give her what she wanted. She is thrilled!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Best name on pcpartpicker. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I was very close to buying the Deepcool Captain for my current build, but was turned off by some bad reviews...How has your experience been with it thus far? What's your temp range like? I realize people are more inclined to leave a negative review rather than a positive one, but most of what I read was basically "saw bubbles is CPU block tube and later the pump died" The price and aesthetics are just right for my use but I really don't want to trust something that's known to fail due to lack of quality control. Have you experienced any issues?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't actually checked my temps to much but the game I am playing right now is Civ V. I have been playing for a couple hours today and I haven't seen my CPU temp go above 43c or my fan cooler speed go above 550rpm. And it only hits those higher temps/speeds when tabbing back over to check things going on in my browser. So I am going some light multitasking. My system has been up and running for 10 days now with 0 issues. So I can't speak on the longevity of the cooler. I will have my wife keep a eye on temps when she next plays Star Citizen as I know that puts this computer under a lot more load.

I read the negative reviews myself and wasn't really deterred by them. In the past I have worked in retail and my wife currently works for one of the biggest online retailers. From both experience just like you said people are very willing to leave a bad review or complain than give a compliment. That being said that is why I didn't let the negative reviews bother me.

One thing I did take note of that reviews had stated was in being careful not to over tighten the pump. I read reviews where people said they broke something don't recall now but I didn't have any problems with that.

The reasons I choose the Deepcool Captain 120 was visually it is stunning and that is what my wife wanted. Silly reason but it makes her happy. As you can see in the photos it looks great in my build. Also the price was right. I haven't received my rebate yet but my final costs will be $49.99. On the technical side of things I was intending to overclock but I just recently read that Intel has locked the Skylake from being overclocked unless you have a K. I wish I had known that because I would have spent the extra 50ish dollars and purchased a K.

I hope this has in some small way helped you out. I will in time leave reviews for all the items I purchased and installed in this build. I generally don't do that right away because time is the true test. Right now I'm thrilled and all my reviews would be glowing but a month... 2 months from now... who knows? ;)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, the information is much appreciated. I'll be on the lookout for your reviews. Was going to go the same route with the non-k Intel OC option, which is why I looked into this AIO to begin with. Went a different route and tried to build a more entry level system, but I've since caught the bug...

Aesthetic wise the cooler is just to sweet looking to pass up, so when next gen cards finally drop I think I might pull the trigger and build something enthusiast grade with this thing.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

If I have any issues I'll post them here so be sure to check in from time to time!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build.

Just want to ask the performance of your r9 380? I have newly purchased r9 380 but when I'm going to use the MSI Gaming application it's automatically stopped/Stop working.

Any idea or advise? Much appreciated

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no issues with my system at all to date. Performance wise it runs everything fine that my wife and I run. Currently Civ 5, World of Warcraft, and Star Citizen. Star Citizen being the most demanding out of the 3. My wife also streams at times while playing Star Citizen and everything runs smoothly. We haven't jumped into overclocking yet. As far as your MSI software giving you issues I have no idea. I didn't install a optical drive in this system and went with a fresh install of Win 10. I then went to the MSI website and downloaded all the software. I hope this helps!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for your reply. I uninstall then reinstall the MSI gaming app and it is working now properly also when I go to the device manager it says that my R9 380 driver is up to date.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey what did you think about the motherboard from MSI?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it. It has LED lightning that can be adjusted to different colors. That maybe important to some people. I have had 0 issues and it's been up and running for nearly 3 weeks.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I am having no issues with any of the components I installed in this PC so far. Love it all!

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