First build ever. Started with the CPU as most people I talked to raved about the price to performance and it kind of spiraled out of control from there. The GTX 970 memory thing knocked the MSI R9 290X lightning down to an easy buy at 299$ when I grabbed it and the MOBO has great support for overclocking. Currently the system is running great. I have not overclocked it yet but am planning on trying to get the CPU up to 4.6ghz in the next couple of weeks. It was a fun build and is handing all the games I throw at it with ease. Might not be the coolest thing ever but I'm happy with it and hope to get 4-5 years out of it
This processor in the year since I've built my computer has been great for what I'm doing. It's plays games just fine and other than being pretty hot doesnt cause too much of a fuss. 8 cores sounds great but realistically you're only using like 2 at a time so this gets wrecked by the i5 in most workloads but if you actually get to use all 8 it really goes. Minor complaint mine only OCs to about 4.4 GHz without going a little unstable. A bit of a bummer but whatever. All in all, great price performance and I would give it 4 stars for my experience with it
UNFORTUNATELY I cannot recommend it with Skylake out and Zen around the corner. Looks like we're moving to DDR4 and this platform is a little long in the tooth but if you need a build right now and dont mind some of the shortcomings this is great chip that wont let you down
The NZXT Kraken X61. Great cooler, keeps the temps down and isnt actually that loud. You still have pump noise and I'm sure if I swapped out the fans it would get a little quieter but the stock fans actually arent bad and I like the white and black theme going on there. The LED is just OK but not why I bought it and the control software is similarly just ok but that doesnt change the fact that the assembly was easy and after install I've had rock solid performance and not a single issue with this AIO water cooler. The only thing I might knock it for is the price but I'm not going to. I wanted a premium AIO water cooler going in and was not disappointed in my choice
After competing my build I thought I had wasted my money. My CPU isnt a heavy overclocker and what was I going to with all those SATA ports anyway? I have say though overtime this has really proven itself to be good purchase. The intel gigabit port performs like a champ and the numerous expansion slots have come in handy already having added a network card for a home server and I had to go wireless for a minute. I've also added 4 more drives since I built my PC so those SATA ports got used after all. Great board over all
This RAM for the money is pretty good. Not spectacular or anything but good. I had this in my system for a while before upgrading to 16GB and it never let me down but I found its performance to be pretty unremarkable over all. It WILL do the job but its not going to be super fast or sexy looking while it does it. Decent RAM at a decent price
So I have some mixed feelings about this. Like it works fine I guess despite getting out performed by my 500GB Samsung SSD and is fine for having an OS and not much more but I've had some issues with not being recognized once or twice and just being slow a couple times. Ultimately I'd recommend saving your money and going with a larger size on different brand. This might work for you but as prices have fallen it might be wiser to look elsewhere
Love this card. Runs most games max setting at 1080p at upwards of 60FPS which is exactly what I bought it for. Overclocks like a champ. The GPU I'm getting about 20% on the VRAM just goes. It's a triple slot card so it is huge, it moves a lot of air but it still runs kinda hot and is hard to recommend with new chips right around the corner but, if you find one at a decent price it's a great card and offers a ton of performance.
If this was the build I started in this would be a 4 to 5 star product but the fact of the matter is I like to tinker with stuff and this is just not the case for me. Not enough drive mounts and cable routing is tight. The bracket that hides all your cables as you route them to back is great idea but it takes like 6 screws to get it out and for installing the water cooler was almost needed. It's a great case for the money but couple the above issues with an easily scratchable plexi side panel window and I'm a little frustrated. It looks great and wasnt hard to build in it was the upgrading after the fact that really soured my view.
Typing on mine right now. MX Blues are my favorite and the red lighting is nice. I prefer red because it doesnt sting my eyes in the dark. Lighting settings are great with a custom profile built in and 4 levels of light from the keys. Included keycap puller works great. Best of all this keyboard has super solid construction. Metal plate holding all the surface. Thick braided cable and the USB pass through is super nice. Corsair has my business for life on the keyboard side of things if they can maintain this level of function and quality. Highly recommend