I and my friend built this for his first PC ever at home. Since his budget at $1500 with monitors, I decided to pick these parts, some of them were on sale, such as R9 Fury.
Since my friend is not too tech savvy, I would just go with locked CPU and mobo so that he doesn't need to care about it. At first, we did not plan to with 850 EVO, but the SSD came in D.O.A, so we just said "Screw it" and went to Bestbuy grab a Samsung one. Other than that, everything went well, the case was not too hard to build in.
It was fun to build this and see my friend smiling while playing Overwatch on his glorious 144Hz Freesync.
Works perfectly, handle multi-task. It's locked, but that doesn't spoil the cake at all if you don't plan to overclock. To be frank, as having another build with CPU unlock myself, I would say the gain is not extremely beneficial compared to what you are paying for the heat.
$20, possibly the best entry CPU cooler you ever need if you don't plan to overclock. Load on my 6700 at around the low 60s. Idling at 3xs. Very easy to install, and quite lightweight, small and much beautiful compared to the popular 212 EVO. Seriously people, just move to this already.
So far no problem with the 6700. Have all things I would ever need.
RAM with blue motive backlit. Looks very attractive, and so far no problem.
The most popular consumer SSD on the market. Very reliable and great longevity. That's being said, other brands are good too: Sandisk, Adata, Muskin, etc. If they are cheaper, just come for them. You won't miss much.
When you can get a R9 Fury at the same price at RX 480, you know you get a good deal. Target temperature at 75C load, which is pretty normal on GPU card, and you can even undervolt the card for better efficiency. At 40% fan, it hardly makes noise. Totally destroy 1080p, but greatly shine at 1440p. The only things to nitpick on are:
- Huge! (12 inches) You might wanna consider about those sags.
- Can get coil whine at times.
- Beautiful case
- Quite roomy to build in
- Affordable glass case under $100
- Pretty sturdy materials in general
- No rubber grommet
- Prefer more cutout, or at least bigger holes.
- Negative pressure airflow
- I/O shield is positioned kinda hard to put into
Overall, A good case, but with flaws.
At $60 without rebate, this PSU is a great choice. Cables are quite stiff, but that's to be expected.
Blue LED, not into your eyes, but attractive enough. That's aside, it's very silent ~17dB.
For $105, I cannot ask too much. I like the finish on the bezels, look very good. It has AMD Freesync, 48-75Hz range tho. The stand is very basic, can't adjust the height, only tilt. The color is decent. It has VESA mount too.
Good 144Hz 1080p TN Freesync monitor. Has everything at this price range. Not many things to say, really.