Description

Picked my parts with a couple of ideas in mind, I wanted reasonably low power consumption, I wanted it to run as quiet and efficiently and possible, and of course: HD gaming with high specs. This build has delivered.

One variation in my actual PC: the Seagate Hybrid drive is for my old PC, I took the Samsung 840 Pro SSD out of my old PC and put it in this one.

Only problem I ran into is in picture #4: the CPU Cooler is so big infiltrates the RAM area. The GSkill TridentZ ram is huge, it has a lot of cosmetic scaffolding which is admittedly nice looking, but it takes up a ton of space. Fortunately I am only using 2 of the 4 RAM slots. Regular ram would probably fit, but fancy RAM with huge cosmetic scaffolding doesn't.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

It's definitely great. It keeps the CPU cool and it's quiet. Fan is detachable so that you can pick which direction air flows. One thing I didn't expect: it's huge. It actually infiltrates the RAM area, so if you're planning to fill all 4 RAM slots + this fan then it may not fit.

Motherboard

Some of the connectors were in weird, impractical places but I made it work. This is my first MOBO and build so I don't a basis for comparison if that's normal or not. The BIOS menu is pretty awesome, the only thing I found annoying is that it always boots from HD #1 and doesn't seem to be configurable, so you have to pay attention to which SATA port you plug your drive into.

Memory

It's perfectly good RAM. It looks cool but that's actually sort of a problem... because of all the cosmetic additions to make it look cool it can cause spatial problems. If I was planning to use it in all of my RAM slots it would have ran into my CPU cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 which is pretty common/highly rated) which would be annoying.

Video Card

Make sure you got room in your case, but otherwise it works fantastic.

Case

Plenty of room in the case. Easy to open, love the drive bays, comes with two fans inside the gays. Air flows through it nicely, plenty of wide open spaces.

Power Supply

The modular aspects make it so easy to power everything. It's quiet and effective.

Monitor

No review seems to explicitly mention that this monitor doesn't have HDMI input. That was a real annoyance to me, I just assumed it would have HDMI since it supports 1080p resolution. Just make sure your graphics card has DVI/VGA and you're fine with that over HDMI, otherwise it's cheap and such which is nice.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice part choices, and without it costing a million dollars.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You got the Titan Z RAM like I did. I love those things. Right now they are the only RAM that can be overclocked higher than the others. I would go back and rerun some of the wires. Your case has a side panel for all the wires to run. The only thing that should be shown is the end connectors. Your case is made to do that, so I would utilize that feature. it will give it a much cleaner look and easier to troubleshoot wires.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... I did the tiny wires from the front panel to the mobo pretty much last, I think at that point I was just like "damnit I want to turn this thing on" and didn't think about routing. I was able to run some of the cables through the back but sometimes it didn't make spatial sense.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Added point: completely silent while playing The Division, and it runs great.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand if the cooler gets in the way of your ram, but ram is in wrong slots to begin with. Check your manual for proper placement.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Geez, you're right, it says position #2 and #4 should be the first ones filled. #4 is blocked by the CPU cooler so... not sure what to do about that. My PC is reporting 16GB of accessible RAM, what's the impact of it being in the wrong spot?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Going to take away from performance. Spikes in ram usage %. Made that mistake on my first build. Your manual says 2 and 4? Any pc I've done is normally 1 and 3. Never had a MSI Mobo either. Lol. Going to check my manual now. Make sure my main rig is correct.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I took a picture of the manual page: http://i.imgur.com/vXTbSHk.jpg

Now that I look at it again it says #2 and #4 but if I'm reading it right #1 is the one that's closes to the CPU and blocked, but I can just move from #3 to #2 and be good. I was thinking of it upside down.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my gosh you sent me on a dark trip trying to fix this!

Moved the memory module from #3 to #2. Wouldn't boot, error code 55 (Memory initialization error). Internet tells me to reset the CMOS. I took out the battery (behind the graphics card which I had to remove), shorted the leads, and put it back in. Didn't fix the boot issue.

Moved the stick back, didn't boot with the same error.

Just took out the 2nd stick all together... booted just fine with the single stick in bay #4 but now I just have 8GB of RAM... I am a disappointed panda right now.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Just looked at your manual. You should be 2/4. I was saying that I've never had a mobo like that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would suggest the Cryorig H7 over the Hyper 212 Evo only because it is a bit smaller. It should solve or help with your ram problems. I had the same issue in my computer with the Hyper 212 Evo. It overtook 1 slot completely and the other slot partially which (if I out the ram stick in the second slot) would make it lean against the cooler.

Anyways, glad to see that people aren't only making computers that cost $2k+

Also, with my ram, I WAS able to use the last two slots and I don't have any problems whatsoever.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to check it out, thanks for the suggestion! I realized I need slot #4 for best performance so it's maybe not a bad idea to trade out.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there i have a question for u does i5 chip bend under cooler master i've reading many bad reviews about this plz answer,THANKS.