Description

Hello, this is my first custom pc build and i wanted a mid ranged gaming pc. It all went together fairly well but i will review each part just below :).

Cpu- So far so good, i haven't had chance to over-clock it yet but i am planning too. Its very fast and i can notice a bit improvement over my old pc cpu.

Cpu Cooler- Very quite and effective. A bit hard to install( the instructions were not clean at all)

Motherboard- Very nice design, everything fitted on it nicely when installing but the problems came in the drivers. The CD that came with it didn't have half the stuff that was needed but after downloading the drivers onto a portable drive it all worked fine. Looking forwards to over-clocking with this board and maybe even sli in the future ;)

RAM- Nice looking ( even though it doesn't match with the red mobo) and easy to instal. Will be doing some modifications to it in the bios to get the most out of it.

SSD- Nice value for money, very fast. HHD- nice a speedy for a hhd and just enough space for everything i need :) I had problems with the whole ssd and hdd combo. OS went on the ssd fine but then everything else went on it too. After a bit of messing around in bios and the system its self i managed to get it so files download to the hdd first, making it easier for me.

GPU- Very nice card. Went in without a problem, fans working and fitted nicely feeling solid in the case. The gaming app doesn't seem to be changing the clock but im planning on doing some manual over-clocking to it so that's fine with me.(Edit: it's does change it now, just takes a while and its a difference of 50 so looks like I'm oc it my self)

Optical Drive- Easy to install and looks nice in the case. Cheap and does its job!

OS- Windows 8 is something people have been moaning over. So far i dont see any problems with it. While im still getting use to it is very nice to have a multiple desktops in one way. It can be annoying trying to get to the desktop while playing a steam game but there are ways around it :)

Case- The coolermaster 400 was on sale when i got it. It can with 2 fans (intake and out-take) with the intake having a controllable LED. Both fans are reasonably quite and keeping the case cool. The filters are in awkward positions because you would need to remove the psu to get to one. It would be a tight space to get to the top one with the cpu fan there meaning you may need to take the fan out :. The 'pit' where the mobo sits is awkward as well. When i was trying to get the SATA 6 cables in the would not go in strait unless they are forced in quite hard since they were rubbing against the edge of the pit.

PSU- Nice wattage for what i need and the fan has a blue led which is epic. The cables where massive and hard to keep tidy in the case though.

Mouse- The razer deathadder is a very nice mouse for the gaming i do ( dota, lol, cs:go, tf2 ect) The increased dpi is great for fast reactions and the side button are great on desktop to open a commonly used programme as well as use items in dota or lol.

Keyboard- The razer deathstalker is a very nice mid costing keyboard as it gives everything a gamer wants ( apart fro macros if you sue them alot) The back lit keys look epic and the wrist rest is comfy ( but i am still having to get use to this as my hands are lower down the keyboard as normal) The gaming mode allows for 10 key presses at the same time, very nice for typing. The keys are responsive and i loved using this keyboard for typing this review :P

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

-1 For lack of paragraphs in the description

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Good part selections, clean up the wires if you can and then i think your set. :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The case doesn't offer a lot of options for cable tiding, but i can see what you mean:)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

it looks pretty good anyways, just try to get some of the cables routed behind the motherboard.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

No alot of room behind sadly :(

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice computer and Merry Christmas!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey great pc build, I was wondering since I have the same mobo, which drivers you needed to download from msi's website. I know you just go to the product then the downloads then to drivers, but when there which do you download?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I just downloaded all of them to make sure but as long as you download the chip set, LAN ect everything should work fine, I haven't had any problems with it.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

do you face any problems using 1.65v ram with haswell ? did you set the speed as xmp profile or manually? did you lower your ram to 1.5v ?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

So far no problems with it. I am going to do the xmp profile when I oc but that won't be till next weekend.