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I have a tendency to monologue so I'll try and keep it short and sweet.
I desperately needed a new computer but I didn't feel it extremely necessary because all I use computers for really is browsing dank memes and playing league of legends terribly (I wish I could say it was my old computer but even after building this I'm still terrible lmao). Also I have very little pc knowledge, I had no idea how to build a pc nor did I really care that much about pc build culture, but after a month or so of pleading my partner convinced me to join her in making a budget build each. (mine of which has turned out to be not so budget friendly lol)
Skip forward 2 or 3 months and I have utterly immersed myself in tech youtube channels, Instagrams, facebook pages and this site etc. It's safe to say that it's become somewhat of a hobby of mine now.
So like I said this build is just for casual internet surfing and as for games all I really play is league of legends and this does it fantastically. I'm getting fps in the mid 100's which is better than my last computer that would hover around 15fps, but considering this is the first semi decent computer I've had that has given me the possibility to do so, I have started looking into other games too. Like when the open beta came out for Overwatch from the 5th-9th, I played that and I was super happy to be getting around 80-90fps on high settings. I don't know how it will handle more graphic intensive titles but I guess we'll find out.
I am uploading this now even though it is not finished to my liking. I still have some more things to buy and even then I will probably end up swapping out some components too now that I have become a slight bit more knowledgeable. But I just wanted to post this to see what people thought!
I'm excited to show you the end plan for this! I will be sure to update you ASAP
(As I stated, this is my first build and I had/ still have very little understanding/knowledge of computers and building them so please don't be too mean in your comments. Also, yes, I realise i have probably spent more on unnecessary RGB LED's than actual important components, that's just who I am as a person. my bad lmao)
EDIT: here's a juicy gif of it in action for you all (please be careful if you have photosensitive epilepsy) https://media.giphy.com/media/l396IRGYunHy498g8/giphy.gif
Great APU. Bought it and used it to play league while I saved up for a GPU and it did way better than I expected. Also I'm not sure if this is super bad or not but since I downloaded NZXT CAM I've been getting notifications every now and then (sometimes when I'm only browsing the web or watching youtube) saying that the cpu temp has exceeded 90C. So yeah I would probably suggest investing in a aftermarket cooler. (unless it is just CAM software being weird and unreliable, in which case ignore this lol)
I have no complaints other than IO shield is really weird, it might just be me, because this was my first build but it has these weird prong things on them and they were annoying as hell and I just ended up snapping a bunch of them off. also the yellow dims and sata ports are kind of ugly, but that's more my personal preference than a fault of the board.
aesthetics and annoying IO prongs aside, this motherboard is great.
This is the first ever SSD I've had and I just... can't believe it. The first time I booted up my pc I just laughed for a minute straight. It was so god damn fast lmao. Samsung are super reliable and I haven't had any issues with it and when I inevitably fill this SSD with memes I will definitely be getting a second, probably larger EVO.
I don't know if this review will hold much salt as I am mostly a league of legends player but this graphics card is pretty friggin good. I'm getting fps in the mid hundreds on maxed out settings on league, and when the beta came out for overwatch on the 5th I was getting decent on high settings. I'm only getting into pc gaming just now because the build this graphics card is in is the first pc I've ever built and the first pc that could run anything more graphics intensive than minesweeper (exaggerating a little haha). Also I'm not very savvy when it comes to overclocking but a monkey could overclock this thanks to OC GURU, So I was very thankful for that.
I just want to give a heads up to other potential novice buyers, don't believe pcpartpicker when it says this is freesync compatible. It's not, which is disappointing considering I spent $250 on a freesync capable monitor.
This is such a sexy case. I don't really know what else to say. I open and close the side panel like 4 times a day just because I can. The power shroud is awesome looking, the grommets are really nice and it's over all minimalist look is so good. it looks so elegant. I love it so much well worth every cent. The only thing I could fault might be the SSD bays at the back getting in the way a bit, but that could be my own fault because I am terrible at cable management
Honestly for a membrane keyboard at this price with this many features this is just so worth it. I love the macros, While its not full rgb you do have at least 3 colours to chose between, which as I said at this price range you honestly cant complain. The software for it isn't the greatest but it's not the worst either. This next bit is where it loses a star. For some weird reason the black on my keys is scratching off and has been since about the second week after i got it? It is most certainly the way I type (with the tips of my fingers, so i guess my nails hit them too) because my partner bought this exact keyboard and hers is fine, but it is disappointing none the less because I've been typing this way for a long time now and even my old generic keyboard that I had for 2 or so years never had this problem? I don't know. Regardless, this is a great product for its price.