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Let's start off by saying this PC is a steal, absolutely. It is my first build, and I love it. for $1,500, I can max out any games I play. 4 GHz and a GTX 780 for $1500? Wow. This crushes my laptop which I previously owned (now in its case, crying alone due to its lack of use). I got a lot of hate from some guys I know because I got an AMD processor, but now they envy it. One of my buddies got a Haswell/Intel processor for $100 more than me, and it runs at 3.5 GHz. Also, the GFX card can max out Crysis 3 and Arma 2, so, I am alright with that.

I use the machine for a variety of purposes. I want to be able to max out games like Arma and Crysis. I also want to be able to do simpler things like play Minecraft with the shaders mod (a really intensive mod that looks pretty).

There were quite a few issues while building. There were no clear instructions on where to plug the LED's, power switch, ETC into the motherboard. It took about an hour of troubleshooting to find the right wiring that would plug in. Also, the USB slots in the front of my case had wires too short to reach the motherboard, so I can only plug things in to the back of my PC.

The giant problem with my build was the RAM. My RAM is kinda stocky and large, so when I plugged it into my mobo, heard a click, and saw that the clips didn't close all the way, I thought nothing of it (keep in mind, this is my first build, so I didn't know any better). I turned on the build and got no supply to my monitor. I ordered my current GFX card instead of my previous MSI Radeon R9 280X, because that was out of stock. I replaced it because I thought it was a faulty card, not being my RAM not plugged in. Three weeks of solid troubleshooting later, I reread my mobo manual for the 5th time. I looked at the RAM space for no reason, and saw that it should close around my RAM all the way. I shoved until it felt like my mobo would crack, and then I heard a promising clicking noise. That is what finally fixed it.

I would definitely recommend this build to any and all of you, if you want a medium build with amazing results. If you want a slightly better build and have a bit more cash to spend, go with more RAM and more storage.

Just a few more issues:

My main case fan did not fit due to my cooler master CPU fan getting in the way.

The pictures of my case made it seem like my entire build would be green and black, but without the case fan, the only green is tiny little fan dials.

My SSD didn't fit in my storage slots, so I had to attach it to a different part of my build.

Either my SSD or my regular hard drive didn't include data cables, so once I installed windows and the drivers through disks onto my SSD, I unplugged my disk drive and plugged in my regular hard drive. I don't have enough data cables to run all 3.

Due to my large case/ short cables, I broke 2 different power cables trying to plug in my hard drive.

Due to my giant GFX card, the power cables attached to it smash up against the side of the case and block a couple LED's.

Other than these issues, I CERTAINLY say you should get this exact build, and only upgrade the RAM and storage.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Move the GPU up to the top slot closest to the CPU.

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

UGLY CASE! +1!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU cooler is bacwards.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The fan itself is pointing the opposite way because it blocked the RAM slots facing forwards.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

the Evo works much better when pushing air. You could move it so that the Evo is pushing across heatsink towards the top fans where the hot air is pulled out. I think that'd cool your CPU better.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

what a mess

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a great build as it is. Cable management could use a little work. A few thoughts though:

  1. I would have personally gone for an 8320. It's more or less the same CPU as the 8350 but with a lower stock clock speed. With a bit of over clocking, you will have the same performance as an 8350.

  2. You could have gotten away with a 600w PSU. Speaking of PSU, I prefer having my PSU intake facing down. I've never worked with the case so I wouldn't know if there's enough gap under the case for proper ventilation so I could be totally wrong.

  3. Make sure you look at your CPU cooler's fan. If I remember correctly, the default set up for the fan would be on the right side of the heat sink. You can make it so it would face the other way, and I can't exactly tell from the image if you flipped it or not.

  4. It looks like the case has some grills on the side panel. It might have been better to get a GPU with an open cooler as opposed to the blower. Your case seems to have a nice option for air flow. You can make use of that for better GPU temperatures.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. I agree. 8320 is better choice for the money.
  2. PSU is facing up. I agree, it should be facing down since this case has a bottom vent for intake.
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Any idea how I reorder the pics? I dont need the first picture to be my processor fan and motherboard.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

mmm spaghetti cables. Now i am hungry thanks.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Rockin' the blue snowball... great mic. Anyways, only thing I would change about this computer would be the case (personal preference), everything else looks like this was well thought out. Cables could use some (a lot) of work tho...

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, cables are a mess cause I literally had no idea where anything plugged in, it was trial and error. The case looks better with a big green LED fan, but the processor fan was in the way :/

And DON'T bring up the cpu cooler. The installation system for thag was awful. It was not too far off as screwing in both sides of a seesaw at once.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

that is one beautiful table, you have just inspired my next venture as a carpenter. Oh and nice build too

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of curiosity, were the covers for the WASD keys stock, or did you purchase them separately?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to renove the keys on the board to place those in, but they did come with the keyboard.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Terrible cable management, and why the hell is the GPU in the bottom slot?

I'm sorry to say the first paragraph's ignorance really irritated me.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh that poor baby! Nice build, but those cables need combed out.

Edit: Also, Haswell doesn't need to run a high clock. AMD cores are much weaker than Intel, which is why the higher clock is there to supplement them. Intel seems to also have a slight advantage in NVidia GPU's, but that is unconfirmed.

A good way to look at AMD vs. Intel is: 80% the power for 60% the price.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I understand this is a first build but..... Those wires! they are ****** everywhere! Ad when did you build this because it costs about 1800$ now. Nice build do.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I built it around the black friday/cyber monday area, so sales

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

You can overclock a intel to 4.0 Ghz -_- and it will always run better than that fx-8350 clocked at 4.0Ghz even at 3.5Ghz it can run better

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  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

its unique... cause no one else bought it :P sorry OP. Clean up the cables a bit but the components look good.

EDIT: also, put the sub on the ground.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Case preference is highly subjective. Even if we don't find the case attractive, doesn't mean OP shares the same view.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

In the actual case, it isn't nearly as bad, but the flash on my phone makes it look god-awful haha.