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This is my first gaming rig and many months went into this.

First, I decided to finally switch to the world of PC gaming after the announcements of the Xbox One and Playstation 4. The XBone's attitude toward DRM really turned me off and I wasn't quite ready to jump for a PS4 until other exclusive games came out. Instead, I wanted to finally get rid of an artifact that was sitting in my room and make something much bigger.

You see, I have been stuck with a Dell Dimension 2400 that a friend had given me for as long as I can remember. While I was gracious to even have a computer, and it being gifted by a friend at that, it was... a detriment. Always locking up or crashing, never being able to handle more than two processes, play anything other than Half-Life 1, or even render footage properly, I was starting to become fed up with it.

I had several friends who were PC gamers and they were more than happy to start helping me with this project. They took into account my rather strict budget and desires, working together and helping me pick my case, graphics card, and everything else. I went through several cases until I found the X-Trooper, which I can honestly say is nice, but it was a nightmare trying to figure out.

The X-Trooper's manual is horrible. My friend and I spent at least an hour trying to pop out the optical drive bay covers while reading the instructions. Pushing inwards while pinching the inconveniently-placed means pinching the tabs while pushing the cover from the outside. It might sound simple in hindsight, but you must use considerable force when pushing, and we did push on both sides, hurting out fingers in the process. Also, removing the front of the case to clean the dust out is a bit difficult to do, but possible. The right side of the case where your stray wires go is far too cramped when everything is in there, even with zip-ties. So much so that it becomes difficult to close that side of the case when your wires are present. I also hate that the PCI slot covers permanently come off when you remove them, as I miscalculated where my video card would go and now have an empty slot in the back, just there. This is a nice case when it is all put together, but the process of putting it together is a nightmare, especially if this is your first time building.

One last note about the X-Trooper case is that the colors on it are nice and the fans are almost silent, which is really good for me, as I like it to be quiet when I work on projects or am just browsing the internet.

My 650 Ti is awesome. I really love it and have no plans to upgrade it anytime soon. It can handle anything I throw at it, although it should be noted I have not tried games like Battlefield 4 or Crysis 3 on it yet. It does however, handle emulation really well, except for when it comes to Gamecube games. Unfortunately, I do not yet own a monitor capable of 1080p or above resolutions, so I can't really get the full experience of HD.

My CPU is quite nice, being able to render videos and not have any problems during. I have no complaints. The same also goes for my motherboard.

My CPU cooler is... nonfunctional. Partly my fault, I did not notice that the mount was missing when it first arrived, forcing me to use the stock CPU cooler that came with my CPU. I'm pretty sure that it is far too late to contact Cooler Master about the issue, considering that this is the one part I can't find a receipt for and it has been several months since I initially ordered the part.

I really don't have much else to say about the rest of the parts. Everything is working perfectly and far exceeds what I thought it would be. I got Windows 7 free from a friend and the keyboard from another. My friend got me a second HDD after I won a bet with him. The wiring in this build is a little messy because of the case, but I can't complain, other than that.

I primarily use the computer for gaming, but also use it for video editing and podcasting, so I do a lot of audio editing, as well. Being a high school senior, this was partly a Christmas present, graduation present, and part of it came out of my own pocket. I honestly couldn't be happier. I don't really know what else to say about this build, but I'll be happy to answer any questions in the comments.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management needs work, why not get an SSD for OS? Also if you are video editing you may wanna double the RAM to make things smoother. I would also recommend a 700 series GPU over the 650.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

All good points but if you read the post...

  1. He said the cable management was very difficult in this case

  2. He said he was on a budget, and an SSD, more RAM and a 700 series card can only mean more money.

I would have tried to save a bit in the CPU and put it elsewhere, but that's the builders choice and it looks like it won't be wasted anyways judging from what he said he plans to use the computer for.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I definitely plan to get an SSD one day for the OS among other things, but yeah, right now I'm trying to manage college into my budget, so I'm saving up. I do hope to get a second stick of RAM but for now, everything is smooth as is. Also, the X-Trooper is a real pain when it comes to management. One day I'll probably end up fixing the fan cables, but it is a very big hassle for this non-compliant case.

I will also probably end up upgrading to a better card, but my budget really didn't allow for much wiggle room. I don't really stress my computer too much though, considering that I do have quite a backlog of games to catch up on, which none of them actually stress out my computer any, besides Bioshock Infinite, and barely. Thank you for the feedback!

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Shame about the case an CPU cooler! Oh well, stuff happens. You were that close to a +1, but you didn't get a 'k' model CPU, so the Hyper 212 would be pointless.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually your wrong.. Just because one doesn't have a "k" cpu doesn't mean they can't OC.. they still can but not like how you can OC a unlocked cpu.. Plus any cpu cooler is better than a stock one.. Does it hurt to have a cooler cpu? nah :P Anyways decent build but it kinda looks dusty, bee sure to keep that baby clean so the dust doesn't bung that sheeet up!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair point. Ok, the 212 wasn't pointless, but still...