Description

This was my first time building a computer. I really wanted something that wouldn't be slow and could handle anything I would throw at it. I'm not an avid gamer but I decided to buy a nice graphics card anyway, whoops! Everything is stock at the moment (no overclocking). Stock fans (ugh) still on everything.

I plan to water cool this build eventually and add a blu ray / DVD RW, better monitors, and more RAM so I can have 16 gb.

I made a mistake with my RAM by buying DDR3-2400 which runs at too high of a voltage. So it's running at 1600 speeds, which for me doesn't make much of a difference.

The SSD is real cheap but works great! My restart time (from clicking the restart button in Windows to the login screen after bootup), my computer took 29 seconds and at times was even quicker!

In love with the case. The button on the top feels great and makes turning the computer off and on enjoyable (weird, right?).

The monitors are from my basement and are probably only 720p (maybe 1080p but I doubt it). But hey, they were free! As were the mouse and keyboard.

The speaker on the right is a Sony speaker (http://store.sony.com/hi-fi-music-system-zid27-RDHGTK33IP/cat-27-catid-EOL-Home-Theater-Speakers-Components) I had for college that is plugged in through an aux cable.

One key thing to note about the graphics card, it has three display ports, one hdmi, and one dvi. This is the reason I purchased it. It has the potential to run five monitors and I also have displays off the motherboard. Currently, I'm running one hdmi and one display port off the graphics card and one hdmi off the motherboard for the third monitor (TV really) on the top.

Part Reviews

CPU

Not much experience with CPU's but this one is amazing! Turbo boosted as high as 4.3 GHz out of the box! Haven't overclocked yet due to insufficient hardware cooling but I'm sure it'll be great!

Motherboard

The bios on this motherboard is just simple and easy to use. It was so easy to set everything up and determine what everything meant in the bios as a beginner.

Memory

Does its job but since it can't run at its proper speed due to motherboard incompatibles so I can't speak to how it performs at normal speeds but at 1600 it works great!

Storage

Cheap and quick! Restart time 29 seconds!

Video Card

Nothing stops this monster. I especially love how many ports I have in the back. 3 display ports, 1 hdmi, and 1 dvi. Just ridiculous. It works without a hesitation.

Case

Super easy to use for building a simple build! Can't wait to see how it is when I water cool.

Power Supply

Don't know much about power supplies but it does the job consistently and effectively.

Wireless Network Adapter

Works great right out of the box.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for reference gtx 960 and i5 4690k! :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get thats ssd for 20$

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I made a mistake. I was wondering why I had 94.70 missing from my total so I just attributed it to tax & shipping but now that I updated my SSD price it makes sense. Thanks for the tip!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

no prob

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

why not a 960 4 gb ???

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably because more money but idk really. No reasoning in particular. Like I said it's my first build

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Hm, I was able to get a good deal on a 4GB 960 version but again that was quite some time ago in my case. I think some of them have become cheaper again with the rebates included but if anyone has issues with rebates then it's understandable to avoid it, and it's also something not to rely upon too much.

So far I had like one issue on a rebate because I didn't double check hard enough if they allowed two of the same product when purchased, which they didn't, but someone was fast on their toes with their response in email. Oops my fault, human error. It's a constant watch of when something drops in price, but those rebates can be a blessing when taking the time to do it. Yet it's also a curse with the hoops one has to print a rebate form, write a signature, date it and make sure you have UPC barcode, invoice and/or package listing and make photo copies. Along with the limited options on how you get the money back in return because it varies on what is allowed at the time.

Edited: If have a Microcenter, I'm sure that's all a different situation. Or some other local shop who gives special deals but frankly I don't have a such thing, local that is.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is 3 greater than My First?

Ok enough with bad jokes.

I'mma go now. Nice build btw lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the awkward, but well appreciated laugh. Glad you like!