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Belladonna

by King_Christian

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23 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 28, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.34GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

Built on Christmas. Think it didn't come out half bad.

CPU- Hopefully upgrading to an i5 6500 soon, but I have nothing bad to say about this CPU, I've been playing GTA V with it and their hasn't been any issues running the game. But an upgrade to a true quad core will satisfy me with this build.

CPU Cooler- Where do I even begin... I didn't want to reuse the stock cooler that came with my i3, so I turned to amazon for a HSF solution, only to find that my aunt bought me the liquid cooler that I was joking around about when I saw her. Their's absolutely no point in cooling this CPU with the H60, but i'll take what I get. Installation was a nightmare and took me about an hour of lining up screws with the radiator and fans. I cant tell you how many times i had to hear "Hi, Jeff here with Corsair." from the installation video on youtube.

Motherboard- Huge upgrade from the H110 board i was using before. plenty of fan headers, Nice heatsinks, and the red lighting is another touch I quite like. Overall, solid and reliable motherboard from MSI.

Memory- Pulled 8 Gig's from my old PC and saw another 8 gig stick on amazon and thought "Why not? I like to have 47 tabs open at once in google chrome." But in all seriousness I really just wanted to have 16 GB in my system.

Storage- Pulled from my old PC, its nothing special, but it gets the job done. Definitely need to get another HDD and possibly an SSD later on. Im running out of room XD

Video Card- Came from the GTX 950 and I notice a pretty significant difference in games with the 1050 ti. I went from playing Doom at the low preset to maintain 60 FPS to the Ultra Preset with pretty much everything maxed out and almost always at 60 FPS, very rarely dropping to the 50's. Overwatch is completely maxed out at Epic with a locked 60FPS. GTA V is on Very High/High and it maintains a consistent frame rate at 55-60. Im very happy with this card's performance for the money.

Case- Was limited when picking a case. I wanted something that didn't look like a cardboard box with holes in it, but I wasn't looking to spend a fortune for something to hold my parts (Im looking at you Lian-Li) So when I saw the Spec 02 I figured "Meh, doesn't look terrible and it does it's job." Good case to work in, standoffs are already installed. Small problem, The cutout at the top of the case for the 8-pin power connector was blocked by the motherboard after I inserted it, and I know it couldn't have been my fault because the rear IO lined up fine with the Mobo and I heard the Board catch the post and fall into place. I ended up routing through one of the side cutouts and across the top. It may trigger my OCD, but in the end. it gets the job done.

Power Supply- Extremely Overkill. I originally planned to buy a 500 watt unit from Microcenter, but when the rep came out with 2 different PSU's and told me that the 750 watt was the same price as the 500 watt, I was sold. Works good, no issues with it.

Operating System- I'll take 7 over 10 any day, and I honestly hate windows 10, but I'll save you the headache of my rant. Its windows 10... That's about it. Gets the job done.

Wireless Adapter- Isn't it great when your old adapter stops working and you have to run out at 11 at night to best buy to get this? Not fun, i'll tell you that. But in the long run, it was worth it. works very good and easy to setup.

Case Fan- I couldn't resist the temptation when I was at Microcenter.

Monitor- Reliable 1080p display that has never done me wrong. Would recommend. No dead pixels, and great IPS Panel.

Keyboard- Friend bought this for me for Christmas. coming from the cheap membrane keyboard I was using before, this is heaven to my fingers. I'm more of a Corsair guy, but beggar's cant be chooser's and I'm not ungrateful.

Mouse- Friend also bought this for me with the keyboard, works like a mouse should.

Headphones- Good sound, and mic isn't bad.

If you have any questions, please ask. I'm more than happy to respond.

Sorry for the Potato quality photos, i'm not the best photographer and i'm using my phone for the pictures

EDIT: Picked up my second display. An HP 25es. Blows my Acer display out of the water in terms of sharpness and picture quality. Having two displays is pretty awesome. Unfortunately I had to move my PC to the nook under my desk to allocate the space for my second display. However, the sacrifice was minimal compared to the luxury of two displays.

EDIT #2- My HyperX's died on me and I was in need of another headset, so team Corsair saved me with the VOID RGB's. Their probably the most comfortable headset I've ever owned. excellent sound quality and RGB is a nice touch. I know I know, I have a Corsair headset with a Razer mouse and keyboard. At least I can make the logo green in the Utility App XD

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent Price-To Performance CPU and the LGA1151 Socket allows for a good upgrade path to something like a Core i5. GTA V runs great on this CPU when paired with the 1050 Ti

Memory

Cheap and gets the job done. you really don't need Heat spreaders, really just aesthetics.

Storage

Solid HDD. Nothing fast, but really isn't meant to be

Video Card

Amazing card for the money.

Case

Corsair cases have never let me down. Easy to work in, decent cable management and a nice windowed side panel.

Comments Sorted by:

CRS10114 7 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Have you considered using applications like W10 Privacy or Spybot Anti-Beacon? W10 Privacy allows you to remove/deactivate a ton of aspects of Windows 10 (like, y'know, the Microsoft spyware programs running in the background).

Perhaps it's something you should look into. Just search either of those as I typed them, you should find them fairly easily.

Cheers, CRS10114

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

I deactivated a lot of the spyware crap that windows 10 has on, That's one of the many reasons why I hate Windows 10. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to look at my build. It means a lot to me.

CRS10114 7 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

You're welcome. Not sure what way you deactivated the spyware for Win10, but if it was through simply turning things off in the settings, then I recommend checking out W10 Privacy because Microsoft has the settings reset themselves after a certain amount of time. W10 Privacy is a nice registry editor application with a pretty straightforward UI.

Anyway, you've got quite a decent build, and I'm sure it will serve you well.

Cheers, CRS10114

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

I'll definitely look into the W10 Privacy. Thanks Again

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I used Spybot Anti-Beacon. Great decision. Thanks for the recommendation.

CRS10114 7 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

You're welcome! Glad I could be of help.

FACUNDO 12 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Hi, Jeff here with Corsair.

Jeff the killer

right?

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

XD I had to watch that video like 15 times, so maybe it was Jeff the killer lol

LatamirDigital 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

RWBY Fan?

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Huge RWBY fan. Blake is my love XD

LatamirDigital 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Jaune is my favorite character, sucks they have a WOR between every episode :(.

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I know it sucks. I just watched episode 7 on the roosterteeth site and now I have to wait until episode 8. RIP Pyrrha Nikos. I know Jaune misses her.

LatamirDigital 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

RIP Pyrrha Nikos

Why u have to remind me ;-;

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Im sorry XD I miss her everyday

BoHofmans 2 points 2 months ago

Totally off topic, but I like the way you write. XD Most builds that I find have a half-assed description. Appreciate the effort.

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you! I think that it's the most important part of any completed build because it gives some backstory as well as insight to the part choices. I've seen plenty of builds that are a thousand times better than mine and their just like "here's an i7 and a 700 dollar graphics card, i'm gonna go make a sandwich now." XD Thanks for checking out my build. I really appreciate it.

NWholycow 2 points 2 months ago

Hey, I also have the same set up as you do. But I couldn't fit my H60 into the spec-02 case. Can you post more pictures of how you mount the fan and the radiator? Thanks.

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Its difficult to take pictures after its been mounted, and I didn't take any photos while I was installing it because you probably would have seen me flipping off the radiator in the Picture XD. I can assure you that it will fit inside the Spec 02, it just takes trial and error to get the screws to line up.

Biowarejak 2 points 2 months ago

I always find it funny when a build with an i3 has a cost over $1000 :P

You have a good rig here it looks like, and your description was well written. The photos actually aren't too shabby either. +1

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Thank you,Im upgrading to an i5 pretty soon (selling my xbox one,ps4, and all the games) so their will definitely be some edits made to this build. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to look at my build.

Biowarejak 1 point 2 months ago

Sounds like a plan. And no problem, fun to spend time looking at builds around here

ichigoose 1 point 2 months ago

How much frame do you get playing overwatch max settings and 1440p

King_Christian submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I only play at 1080p. with everything completely maxed at the Epic preset I get a locked 60 Fps. I've never seen it drop below 60.