I made this pc build for gaming and video editing for our youtube channel. It has worked great so far. I am really pleased with the motherboard. The build is exceptionally quiet, which is not something I expected from such a powerful pc.
For a full video of the pc build from start to finish, check out:
The Asus monitor is very soothing to my eyes. I tried a 23" Lenovo IPS LED, although found the screen too reflective and for some reason it gave me a little bit of a headache. The Asus VX228H seems to be the perfect fit for me --- I can work on this monitor for hours and there is no glare/reflection what so ever.
If I could go back I may have gone with the Samsung EVO since they are $40 cheaper and pick up a 500GB HDD to go along with it, while staying in the budget.
At some point, I may add 8GB more of RAM --- however I haven't pushed my PC past 6GB yet. If there is a need, it's definitely an easy upgrade. :)
The Cosair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower case was perfect for me. It was $40 after rebate and it feels and looks much more expensive than what I paid for it.
Overclocking is super easy in the MSI BIOS! Although, I haven't fiddled with it much yet.
Looking for a better cooler now --- open to suggestions!
Check out my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/savannahandjohn for a complete build guide from start to finish for this PC.
Savannah & John
An awesome CPU and a really great choice for gaming. Definitely no worries about bottlenecking. I paired this with a GTX 970 and am easily getting 60+FPS in every game I throw at it. No regrets, just excited about getting some aftermarket cooling so I can overclock :P
Love the intuitive BIOS and has all the features you could really ask for out of a motherboard. I'm really glad I went with this one --- I can definitely tell it's a high quality board. And it looks sick. I made an unboxing video of it here: https://youtu.be/RKW6GknX8j0
Gets the job done and are low profile. They don't stand out aesthetically, which is a good thing because it goes well with looks-wise with any board.
Transformed my experience on my computer. Coming from a 5400 RPM HDD, this makes me feel like I stepped 30 years into the future as boot and load times are virtually non-existent.
Went for the reference card because of its blower style cooling and its nice aesthetics. In love with the green GeForce GTX on the side of the card --- looks awesome from the side-panel. Oh and did I mention it's also a beast of a GPU --- 1080p 60+ FPS just about any game.
Liked that it came with 2 fans and a red LED. A great price for a quality Mid Tower Case. It's a little narrow, but have read that it can still fit a Hyper 212 EVO. Easy to bulid in and a nice side bulge that aids in cable management. Side-window panel is a nice feature that I'm really glad it has --- personally unless I was going for a silent build I love to look at the components through the window.
A nice power supply at a great price from the reliable EVGA. No complaints whatsoever. I did a quick unboxing of it here: https://youtu.be/3KDWafqHYww
Got it for 120 at Best Buy and am really pleased with it. It's a matte display that I really appreciate since my room gets a lot of sun those reflective panels make a lot of glare. For games that have dark scenes I can see really well without having to squint through a glare. 21.5" is great size for 1080p, pixels don't look bloated at all and you still have plenty of room. I did a quick unboxing of it here: https://youtu.be/7-XKHUxe5u4