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I LOVE this computer! It is by far the fastest thing I have ever used.

Pros: Max graphics on everything I play with no notable FPS drop, 5 second startup time, and all the USB 3.0/3.1 I could ever want. The 3200 mhz ram makes this thing fly!

Cons: First I should say this was built on a budget with the intention of upgrading down the road. In no way is this the final revision, just a starting point. Though this may seem like a long list, its just because I tend to want to point out all the downfalls. Overall I highly recommend doing this build, just get a different case!

  1. The case has almost no room for cable management, comes with very low power fans. The fan controller it comes with handles 4 fans, and it comes with 5. It has room for another drive caddy that they just decided to leave out. And the top cover over the front USB ports / fan controller is in no way attached, no hinge or anything, just kinda hangs out.
  2. Needs a bigger cooler to get proper OC out of it. 3.The onboard Killer NIC had some issues at initial install with driver compatibility through MSI, but was able to resolve. 4.Though the GPU makes games run smooth as butter, it is running near 100% while gaming, so I plan to run the 960's in SLI eventually. 5.Also I HATE windows 10! Decided to get it at the last minute as it is necessary for DX12 support, but it has more bugs than an ant farm!

Notes on images: Any logos on the case were added by me from the parts that came with the build. The power button and card reader picture is on the top of the computer, under a removable cover. The Blue Ray writer is also under a cover on the front of the machine, just behind the red MSI logo you can see in the picture.

I also tried to show two different internal pictures from the same angle: one with the fan controller on high, and one on low (to show the difference in light brightness), but its not all that evident in the pictures. As you can see it is incredibly bright inside that case with all the lighted fans it came with!

As i mentioned before since it comes with low power fans they will be replaced eventually, not sure if the new ones will have lights or not, but will probably add some to give a nice view through the side window.

The plate that is shown on around the rear ports is what comes with the MB, no stickers added or anything, which I thought was pretty awesome.

Still trying to decided what to put in that 3 1/2" slot in the front, just seems a waste to have nothing in it. If anyone has any cool ideas let me know! Also if anyone has any ideas for how to cleanly cut away the case to get access to the other 5 inch bay.... Thought not sure if I want to go cutting up this beautiful case!

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome parts! would love to see more pictures! :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

More coming today!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures are up!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

More pictures of internals please

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I will try to get some more posted today!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Pictures are up!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you could've done without an i7 and just gone with an i5...Also I don't think that you need a 1tb SSD, thats a bit overboard. You could've used this to significantly upgraded your GPU and run other games at over 250-300 FPS.

Nevertheless it is a pretty good build but im sure you will improve in the future.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, with a bit of cutting back on certain products of disputable necessity, this build could potentially have greater gaming capability. I noticed that he mentioned DX12 support, but DX12, Asynchronous Compute Support, Driver Updates, and Vulcan only work against the performance of ALL Nvidia GPUs. An AMD GPU, like an R9 390x, which could be easily purchased with some item changes, has gained performance, even to the level of a GTX 980TI in games that support features like the ones mentioned above. In terms of longevity, I don't feel Nvidia GPUs focus on that aspect in the greatest (planned obsolescence possible, to make GPUs useless faster to sell more products). Please don't take this personally, this build will run well currently and a choice is a choice, but in the future you may not be the most enthusiastic about your choice of items.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I first have to say I'm not a supporter of AMD. Have had huge reliability issues with them. And having to upgrade my gpu at some point will not make me question my choice of items. As mentioned this is for more than gaming, and works perfectly for everything I use it for. Perhaps others may want something else, but that's what other builds are for.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I use this for much more than gaming. Video editing, work, ect. Hence the i7. Also I already had the 1tb ssd. And there's no need for 250-300 fps. It plays at around 90 on most games which is plenty.

This machine worked perfectly for my needs , though it may be overkill in some cases, or not enough in others, it gives a great starting point for anyone who wants a versatile machine.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That case looks really nice, but a case doesn't make the build. I'd love to see the internals to get a real picture of how it looks.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

More pictures coming today!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures are up!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! And I will post some internals pictures today!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures are up!

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