Description

This is my first build for my personal computer, which was updated later in February 2016 where the MSI r9 390 was added. the purpose of this build at the time was to have a powerful PC that can handle a gaming, coding, multitasking and photo editing.

Part Reviews

CPU

Overall an excellent processor, The 4 cores plus hyper threading made coding a breeze, temps never went over 65 under load. sadly i got ok overclocking performance only able to get it to 4.3Ghz. in retrospect this processor is a bit overkill, but i dont regret buying it.

CPU Cooler

Its an ok cooler, heat sink is really good and it kept my cpu pretty cool on stock speeds, i wouldnt recommend it for overclocking.

Motherboard

I love the asthetic of this board, the integrated POST indicator was very useful and not a feature you'd think about until something happens to your computer, the wifi adapter/Bluetooth is good however ive noticed drops in internet speed while Bluetooth is being used, the uefi was pretty simple as well allowing a novice like me to overclock with just a couple of clicks. the integrated sound on the board had nice features but i honestly can't say weather its good or not , same can be said about the cross chill feature as ive never used it.

Memory

not much to say, great ram, good speeds, support xmp, thats all i really want

Storage

I wish i had payed attention when i bought this, i would have bought a better one. its....not...terrible??

Video Card

best card u can get for under 400, plays any game on max setting on 1080 and mid - high at 1440p. temps are around 30-35 on idle and 70-77 under load from my personal use.

Case

bought this mostly because of the asthetic, give my build a very clean look and the shroud hides the PSU and cables. if u want good air flow your going to have to install some fans though

Monitor

I bought this refurbished for 160 at newegg. Colors look great and the integrated speakers are surprisingly loud, theres some light bleeding out from edges that you really notice when the screen is black but nothing too serious.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 5400 RPM drive should be upgraded as soon as you can, will really help with load times
  • Cable extensions like this bitfenix one would help with the aesthetics
  • You need a bigger desk
  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

my room is tight on space the desk is all i have for now, thanks for the link btw

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

the lead image got me. i was like "huh why is a all in one pc on main page?" and why was it only $279........ oooh its the monitor.....

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

i actually tried to install it in the first pci slot in the, but there wasnt enough room between the cpu cooler and the graphics card, i plan on upgrading to liquid cooling later this year and when i do, ill adjust it accordingly

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

performance is actually pretty good for the most part, my monitor's 1080p 60Hz and the 390 handles titles at those settings maxed out with easy. had to check my manual, yeah its a 8x slot now i defiantly want to get a different cooler

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 is the one i've decided on, and i moved the card to the x16 slot

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

this was my very first build which a did in 2014, i didnt pay any attention to the rpm only the size and price, a mistake i learned from