Description

Works great!

Update Oct 15 2016: This computer has been a workhorse for me. I've used it for many games, shelling out money during steam sales, and additionally used it for work. I haven't had a single RMA to deal with...HOWEVER, I should comment that a friend gave me a brand new cougar fan (one of those orange ones) and within 2 months I was hearing the bearings. His aren't overly silent as well to be honest, compared to my choice of fans. It was bad enough I just threw it in the garbage, so just something to be aware of.

Between the fractal design case and fans, this PC is incredibly silent and stays very cool even using the stock cooler. Never exceeds 60 celcius, with a mild overclock on the gpu and locking the cpu at its boost (4.1, as I don't like any wait time for it to adjust).

My next step is installing an AIO to overclock this fx-6300 to a much higher clock speed. The purpose is to get better speeds in vector graphics and photoshops applications, even though I don't see much issue now. I also want to increase the overhead for the gpu in games with high physics needs.

Apologies for such late replies on your comments! I had checked back a bunch of times for a few months but didn't see any messages so assumed I wouldn't have any to reply to. I'll check in here more often if anyone else have more questions or follow-up questions.

Part Reviews

Case

Love this case! Love the airflow and the window is nice and large. Makes cable management a breeze, and is nice having the backside hiding my SSD and HD. Lots of fan mounts and has removable module on the top to use fans or reduce noise. Each module has sound dampening material on the backside. I've tried having it open with a fan, or closed and having a fan on the bottom and the sound dampening is very noticeable. My only complaint with this case (and thus the -star) is the headphone jack next to the power button doesn't work right, however it's not worth it for me to RMA.

Case Fan

Incredibly silent, even on higher RPM. I used this as my exhaust since it has a higher airflow rate than my other fractal design fans. I have to say, the rubber mounts really do make a difference, and investing a little more in fans is well worth it if you don't enjoy a noisy PC. The cable has a nice plastic woven sheath and is overall a very high build quality.

Monitor

I debated a lot between TN panel or IPS.. 24" or 25", 144hz or stick with 60hz.. Eventually i settled on this beauty of a monitor.

I don't notice any ghosting with the 5ms refresh time, and I don't even use "gaming mode". I love the 25" screen size, and it works perfect for my desk size. I have no dead pixels or light leaks, and the contrast and colours are incredible! I play MOBA games, and high graphic games such as subnautica and ARK, but not very much in terms of FPS. I did however use this monitor to play Overwatch and still had no ghosting issues. I highly recommend this monitor, and my only complaint is no height adjustment (only tilt), and for some people no VESA mount may be a deal breaker.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

It's a wonderful thing when the death of a mac brings a custom pc to life, it reminds me that there is still hope in the world ;).

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly am a Mac fan, but I recently built my custom PC and I love it. No hate for macs, they are amazing productuvity machines even if they are a bit high. My rebuilt 2011 Macbook Pro is even good for a few games.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly dont hate apple products, i just hate not only how overpriced they, how everyone who doesnt know about tech that much thinks they are the best, and how misleading apple can be.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

apple seems to have people convinced that the majority of IOS games aren't horrible

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah well what can you do, btw there are dun and addicting games, just not next level you know what I mean.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Macs are yes overpriced but solid reliable and good work horses

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

true

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but most apple products are extremely reliable. You may not be paying a premium for raw speed, but spending 2000 on a Macbook for 10 years, is in my opinion, better than paying 500 on a Laptop PC every other year or so. I've never liked windows laptops anyway, just a personal preference.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely agree that apple products are reliable, I very much doubt they have sold a DOA product. BTW I think that most laptops would last a bit more that a year.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

True, I just find it hard to maintain any laptop regularly, due to the vast amounts of dust and such getting in the already packed chassis. I try to stick with desktops when I can.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, especially with the changes their making after the death of Jobs. I don't like the direction they are going now!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha- that's a lot of case for those components. I like that you didn't screw around with it though. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup! I really liked how quiet the case said it would be, and its lived up to it too! I also got it was a really good deal, and planned to use an AIO cooler in the future.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Good no nonsense parts list. Welcome to the PCMR :D. Did you run into any issues with the build?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, sorry late reply! I haven't had any issues. Maybe not having enough money to buy an AIO cooler, hah. Thats my next purchase. Other than that the performance has been very impressive, and the case is honestly incredible.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is relatable, MacBook Pro crashed just last week. Noobie here, would it be alright if I used this: http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E16819113284 processor instead?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but you may need a bios update.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I feel this is probably way late now... but I don't see anything wrong with that cpu.. I choose the 6 cores because based on tomshardware benchmarking.. the 6 core seemed to work best for gaming compared to other 8 cores offerings at that time from AMD.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any significant bottlenecking between the FX 6300 and the GTX 970?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I've only noticed on games where physics puts a lot of pressure on the cpu. For example... planetary annihilation: Titans, and a game i've been playing recently and I ran hdwmonitor in the background and all cores capped at 100%. This would be elevated with a better cooler and some overclocking.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you should have gone with the R9 380 or 380x which has better price per performance and better performance than the 970 also with 4 gb of frame buffer instead of 3.5 or the 4 that it is said to have which is not true it can only make it to 3.5

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

the 970 has 4gb or vram, its just that 3,5gb runs at normal speed and the remaining of the vram (0,5gb) runs a much lower speed.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What would have been the best option is the r9 390 which price varies but you can find it for like 450

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Or even like 375 for 8 gb of frame buffer

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i would go for 390 everyday over the 970 but to say that the 970 only has 3.5 gb of VRAM is a little bit uninformed. and i don't know where you live but 450 seems a little bit expensive for a 390?(Canada i guess ?)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This was a huge debate for me actually. I really liked the future proofing of the 8gb, but the nvidea software is just too good for me to pass off. In the past I went with a high end AMD GPU and just wasn't satisfied. There are also some games where some graphics won't be shown unless you use nvidea (however there are probably few).

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello , i just bought same psu for gaming , how are this psu doing with ur specs ?? i'm afraid because this psu is rated tier 3 in tier list but i hope i don't regret it.

greetings from brazil

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The power supply has been working great for me actually. I haven't had any issues yet. This one fit my budget and as a bronze plus I'm satisfied. If you need more power, want it to be fully modular, or a better efficiency rating then you'll want to look as higher priced models.