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CowMachine

by kyle4790k

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 16, 2017

Date Built

April 15, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.708 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

This is my second gaming PC I've built. I spent a long time deciding these parts and I believe I've achieved one of the best dollar per performance computers for this budget ($1200 USD). The building process was relatively easy and the only problems I had were due to lack of experience and adequate knowledge, which I eventually fixed.

I made some decisions some would definitely consider odd, but I think I made the best decisions for my personal needs.

(Photos shot on an iPhone 6, so sorry for not so great quality.)

Part Reviews

CPU

Lots of people on forums gave me flack for not going with a unlocked processor for overclocking. In my case I'm too much of a baby to overclock in the first place, this saved me like $100 if you include the fan. In all honesty this thing does what it needs to do, the fan works well and keeps the CPU from throttling, which is always a good thing. Overall it's 8 threads, 4 cores, and a whole lot of power on the cheap.

Motherboard

Very decent motherboard, I can't say its the prettiest thing with the ugly yellowish LED strip on the side, but it does what it needs to do for a B250 Motherboard, had no hiccups with it and the bios is easy to use, click-bios is a nice touch.

Memory

There isn't much to say about this honestly, it's average speed DDR4 ram for a average price. But it lives up to what it should, so I have no complaints.

Storage

Not much to say, sturdy 1tb hard drive with good packaging. Works like it should with no hiccups. I didn't go for an SSD due to budget issues, and this thing does it's job fine for now.

Video Card

If I could give 6 stars I would. I centered my build around this part and I have no regrets whatsoever in doing so. People say it's a bit overkill for 1080p games, but I like that, gives a sense of reassurance knowing you can smash pretty much anything at 1080p. This thing destroys any game I've thrown at it at 1080p on ultra, always at or over 60fps.

On another note, EVGA has fantastic support. Due to my lack of knowledge I thought I had to use the adapter included, but it didn't fit the GPU right (Probably defective). So i called them, the guy offered to send me a new one, but also told me I can use the 6x2 connectors from my power supply (Duh). They are all nice people, and that's why I recommend EVGA forever and always.

Overall fantastic card, looks nice and performs great, no regrets on the hefty price tag.

Case

Good case and everything, good airflow and the thing that blocks off the drive bays and PSU is cool, but it makes getting to a Modular/Semi-Modular PSU a pain in the rear. Would have liked some USBs on the front, but for 70 dollars you cant have it all I guess.

Power Supply

Hmm, well this thing isn't the greatest. It does what it should but the CPU cable is a bit short, I ended up having to install it upside down to fit my case and its still quite the squeeze. Honestly if it had like 2 extra inches on the CPU cable this wouldn't be such a problem, but honestly it's $70 bucks, so cant complain all that much.

Comments Sorted by:

EvanRedman 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Insane performance per dollar! I almost didn't think that anyone could end up with an i7 and a 1080 for only $1200! Very impressive. Only thing is that in the future I would certainly upgrade that cpu cooler. +1 ;)

kyle4790k submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Yeah for sure, while it's def not the greatest it holds its ground for now haha :)

EvanRedman 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

yeah lol!

RowanJ22 7 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

You can turn off that ugly yellow LED on your MoBo, with the MSI Mystic Light app, nice build.

kyle4790k submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Oh, I never knew that. Thanks man!

RowanJ22 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

no prob, glad I could help.

Vamp734 1 point 19 months ago

Did u get the case for no cost because on my screen it says that u had no cost for it or is something wrong

kyle4790k submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

No, I payed $60 for it. Idk, shows up for me.

boe1 1 point 16 months ago

How is the build holding up so far? Did you replace your cpu cooler?

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