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The AM Motorsports shop computer build started as more of a budget-oriented build. It was made for light content creation/video rendering/etc for the shop. We occasionally post videos of local racing events, dyno days, autocross events, CCA meets, engine builds, etc. This pc will also be used for general office use and light gaming on breaks. However, like all builds certain aspects/parts weren't sitting right with me so I upgraded. (Case, memory, cooler)I did manage to re-use a lot of components from this computers predecessor. (gpu, ssd, hdd, monitor, mouse, keyboard)
Pics show a DIYPC case that I got for $20. It was horrible and looked like about $20 worth of case and had to go. I watched a youtube video on Black Friday deals (Tech Deals if any of you guys watch him) and he suggested the Coolermast Masterbox 5 lite RGB. It was on sale for $59.99 which seemed decent. (Pics of the CoolerMaster case start at the 11th picture. The DIYPC case has a red rear fan.)
Stock cooler was the original intention but found an AIO for dirt cheap during BF specials.
Not counting peripherals, (and the $20 case I didn't use), I've got $800 into this build so I think I did pretty well for what it is.
More pics on the way when I can get some time to set up a room for a photo shoot.
Best value cpu of 2017. Loved its performance so far. Honestly I had my doubts and didn't want to purchase an AMD product because of previous bad experiences (bulldozer, etc) but this thing hasn't disappointed so far. I left it at stock speeds for now.
Its a pretty motherboard but after reading some reviews of others I think I could have gotten a better motherboard for less money. Asus also rooked me into one of their "free game" promotions (which I was going to sell) then decided they didn't want to honor it for me or an interested party. Considering I have always preferred MSI's bios to Asus', this will probably be the last Asus motherboard (maybe product in general) that I purchase new.
Had to RMA the first set I got. (Ordered new from Newegg) When I finally got the new set it seems to be working great and I was able to get the full 3200 Mhz out of it. The heat spreaders on this memory are insane! Very heavy, thick, and durable. Not to mention beautiful with the lighting. Wish I hadn't had to go to the trouble of RMA'ing them but it was worth the wait.
Love this gpu as it provides the perfect amount of return on investment for me. The Twin Frozer cooler from MSI is one of the best (if not the best) air coolers on the market for Pascal and previous gen cards. Its stays very cool and I haven't had any issues. MSI's included gpu software (Afterburner) is a GREAT program and works flawlessly with it.
Cons- only con I can give this gpu is the RED color scheme. I would personally like to see MSI move the red color scheme onto their less expensive line of gpu's and move the black/white theme to the more expensive line (kinda like the Titanium Gaming X). MANY other people have requested the same thing.
I decided to mod the color of mine and do a custom white paint job but the fan leds are still red and I dont think there is anything I can do about it within reason.
For the price I payed this is a decent monitor. I prefer larger sizes because I tend to use monitors from further back than most people do. 32" 1080p looks just fine to me for what I mainly use them for. This monitor comes with VESA mounting and a software disc to be able to adjust PIP and multiple programs at the same time. Love and use both of those features often. Cons- only con I can think of is that the power cable is rather short. (3-3.5 feet)