This is my first ever computer build. I use it mainly to surf the web and play basic games like Minecraft and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum, mainly so that I have . It has handled everything I've thrown at it remarkably! I was able to operate a 40-piston lag machine in Minecraft (singleplayer, of course) with 20 fps minimum. Sure, I may not be using very intense programs, but it works great for my purposes. I can run Minecraft with over 100 MODS with NO lag. I tested this build on Cinebench, and it managed to beat the Intel Core i5 3317U by 99 points in the CPU test! I even beat Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 in the OpenGL Reference Match (by only 0.21 points). This is the fastest computer I've ever had, so my first build turned out WAY better than I expected.
P.S. AMD is my new favorite brand! ;) P.S.S. I'm not sure EXACTLY when I built this, but it was on a Sunday some time near the date I put in.
This processor, for the price, is an absolute STEAL. I tested it on Cinebench and it kicked the Intel i5 3317U's butt, by 1 point in single-core and 99 points with all cores. The results show, too. My build involving this CPU always feels faster than our family-shared i5 tower.
I'd rate the motherboard itself 5 stars, but the drivers that come with it tend to lock up my build on the Windows 8 boot screen. MSI Command Center is a handy tool, though, which earns the drivers a 3-star rating, so it averages out to be 4 stars.
This hard drive does what I need it to quickly. What else can I say?
If I could rate this GPU 6 stars, I would. I picked it up as an emergency GPU because I'd forgotten that the CPU I was using didn't have integrated graphics. I expected poor performance from this $40 GPU, especially with the constant "booing" of low end GPUs from the computer enthusiast community. However, I get FPS pegged at 60 on Minecraft with all high settings. Not all low-end GPUs are the same!
This case worked well, but could be better in a million different ways. The integrated PSU, which is apparently usually deemed the worst part, actually was the best. It handled all my hardware just fine. However, the case itself had absolutely NO cable management and the all-metal drive bays (which completely lack screwless mounting hardware) scratched up the sides of my hard drive and disk drive. The most disappointing part was that the power and hard drive lights were standard LEDs whose wires got in the way of the front fan area, so the only thing that would fit was the super tiny fan that came with the case (which, of course, was originally installed in the back of the case). I'm lucky I only needed to keep one hard drive cool! So bad, in fact, was the aforementioned lack of cable management that there weren't even any holes to tie-wrap the cords to, so I had to use MASKING TAPE. However, on the bright side, this case looked good on the outside and worked well after I managed to cram in all the guts.
This disk drive made it a breeze to install 5 or more software disks on the first day of completion. It works fast, works well, and looks good in the case.
Windows 8 is my favorite OS. I installed a program to make sure it didn't update to Windows 10, and it has served me well ever since.
Wireless Network Adapter
This WiFi card is great as far as network speed goes, but the range could be better.
This fan has everything a computer enthusiast wants: It looks good, it works well, and it's almost completely silent.