Description

This was my first ever build; I needed to upgrade my computer from my Sony VAIO laptop(intel i3 2.5 Ghz, 500gb HDD, 4gb RAM, intel 4000 graphics). For Christmas, my parents had gotten me a 27" pavilion monitor and 250gb external SSD(Thank you so much btw :p). I then ordered my keyboard(Razer Blackwidow) and started finalizing my parts. My parents have been trying to get me to go apple, but for what i wanted to do(graphic design and gaming) I needed this. I started saving for a new computer about 2 years ago, and finally had the money around January. I started purchasing parts January 20th as a birthday gift to myself(which was January 26).

I had little problems, only problems i did have are: 1. the cpu cooler was a pain in the ***. It wouldn't go on properly so i had to get a screw to go in at an angle. 2. My computer wouldn't boot for a while(i had to unplug everything from the motherboard and re do it to get it to work again) 3. the front panel I/O audio ports don't fit 3.5mm(unless i'm doing it wrong) so it was a shame for the 2 weeks i didn't have speakers :\

CPU: Amazing is putting it lightly, there seems to be nothing i can't do.

CPU cooler: good cooler, but i can't give it a good rating because of the problems i had with it and the awful instructions

MOBO: bang for my buck, i wish i could have gotten another one with more pcie 1x ports and sata 6gb ports but oh well :p

Memory: 8gb is great, will be upgrading to 16gb in the future and possibly 32(because why the hell not!)

Storage: I was worried about this one for multiple reasons. I was originaly going to get 120gb of ssd and then 1tb HDD, but ended up switching to 250gb ssd. I will probably add 1-2tb more in the future but i don't need to now. Another problem was that it came on a very cold day and it was frozen when i opened it! I was more than worried it was broken but thankfully it works

Case: AMAZING case, Awesome cable management and looks pure awesome.

Video card: I love it, i can run anything on ultra settings with no problem.

PSU: great, i was confused on a few things but got it all sorted away in no time

OS: No matter what people say, windows 8.1 is superior to windows 7

EDIT

I changed out the 212 evo for a corsair h60. The 212 was a pain to install and very noisy. Also added white PCI-E 6 pin and 8 pin extensions for the GPU and a white motherboard extension.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk about the ssd ... for me it dosnt worth it for now , win 8 boot very very fast even without ssd so ... maybe you should have go with 2x 120gb so raid 0 but its your choice ;p

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean exactly?

2x120gb would have been less storage for a higher cost. And windows boots in less than 5 seconds for me right now.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

But 2x faster ... anyway

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

eh, i see your point but this is still insanely fast compared to my previous computers

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The first part I checked on this build was the mouse.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I love my mouse :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking at your parts you could get another hard drive and install Mac OSX and make it a hackintosh! I suggest you follow guides at tonymacx86.com

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to get another hard drive, but i was going to use it for extra storage. For a hackintosh, what harddrive would i need?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Any traditional hard drive would work but I would make sure you follow all of the guides at TonyMacx86

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

+1...though Win 8 may be 'superior' in some instances, it's not superior in the intuitive and functional categories :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally love it :p

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

to each his own OS haha

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It's thunderbolt + usb 3 + very durable. It's great, i can use it on my family's macs and my windows :p

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

My dad got it for me at christmas :p