Description

"10/10 title" - IGN /s

Computer's Usage:

I do a lot of things with this computer. I stream, edit photos, create spreadsheets, browse Reddit and PCPP, play games, edit videos, fail at After Effects, overclock, create websites, attempt and fail to use CryEngine, and more.

Overclocking:

CPU:

The farthest I've gotten my CPU to is 4.6GHz, which is really the crappy motherboard's fault. I will be replacing it soon with something else.

GPU:

I run my GPU at 1.2/1.6GHz at all times. It's a really, really, really nice GPU for overclocking, and the cooling is quiet and top tier. <3 Sapphire

RAM:

I don't think the RAM is overclockable. I tried to overclock it and I couldn't, then my friend tried to and he couldn't.

Q&A

Q: Why do the SSD, 2.5" HDD, PSU, and GPU cost so much?

A: The SSD was bought a year ago from Amazon, and it was much more expensive then, and I also added in the shipping costs to the original price. I traded my old Epic 4G Touch for the SSHD, and that's how much the phone costed. The GPU is just an estimate on how much my friend paid for the GPU, but I don't know how much it was and neither does he. The PSU I actually got for free (plus $30 shipping), but that's how much it originally costed according to Corsair's website.

Q: Did you pirate all of the software?

A: Actually, no. My mother bought both of us Photoshop CS6 (we both use it), and my ******* awesome friend bought me Sony Vegas. I bought Office myself though.

Q: Where's the wireless network adapter? You have one in your parts list, but it's not visible in your desktop.

A: I did buy it from Amazon a few weeks ago, but they canceled my order and I'm too lazy to reorder it or update the parts list.

Q: Where did you get your parts?

A: Here's this:

  • Newegg:
  • CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard
  • Case
  • Fan controller
  • Amazon:
  • CPU (I think)
  • Thermal paste
  • RAM
  • SSDNow V300
  • 2TB HDD
  • Wireless card (still have to re-order)
  • Cougar Vortex
  • The Samsung TVs
  • Logitech M570
  • Friends:
  • Seagate Momentus XT 500GB
  • GPU
  • PSU
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • A-DATA SP900 64GB
  • Sony Vegas Pro 13
  • Best Buy:
  • Keyboard
  • Logitech G303
  • TigerDirect:
  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB
  • Optical Drive
  • Fan Controller
  • Old Computers:
  • Seagate Barracuda 160GB
  • Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB

I probably forgot a lot of things.

Q: Do you have any tips for a PC building noob?

A: Yes, quite a few actually. Here they are:

  • Don't EVER cheap out on the PSU. It's the most important part of your PC.
  • If you're considering any of the following, here are some better alternatives:
  • Any AMD CPU - the closest priced Intel equivalent
  • CRYORIG H7 - Thermaltake Frio Silent 14 and the Cooler Master Hyper D92
  • CRYORIG H5 - Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 POWER, Phanteks PH-TC12DX, Thermaltake NiC C5, and the Cooler Master Hyper 212X Dual Fan
  • CRYORIG R1 or any high-end liquid cooler - Noctua NH-D15, Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 POWER, Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Noctua NH-D15S, and the Scythe Mugen MAX.
  • Corsair H55/60 - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, Thermaltake Frio Silent 14, and the Cooler Master Hyper D92
  • Kingston SSDNow V300 - literally anything else.
  • Crucial BX200 - same as the SSDNow
  • Samsung 850 EVO 120gb - the slightly more expensive 850 EVO 250gb.
  • WD BLACK - Seagate Barracuda
  • Full towers - a mid tower
  • Corsair case fans - Cougar Vortex, Rosewill Hyperborea, Fractal Design Venturi, etc
  • Don't overkill on your PSU.
  • Don't buy Arctic Silver V.
  • If you can afford the R9 380 and above, you should have an SSD.

I'll add more soon.

Part Reviews

CPU

Four stars because mine is weaker and hotter than it should be. Benched worse than a 7850k in single core performance. :(

CPU Cooler

Pros:

  • Quiet
  • Looks nice
  • Cheap

Cons:

  • Outperformed by a few coolers within that price range.
  • Can be a ***** to install.
  • Cheap feeling heatsink
  • Heatsink scratched my 280x's backplate

Memory

Pros:

  • Kingston!
  • Amazing looking
  • DDR3L

Cons:

  • Can't overclock to save its life.

Storage

Pros:

  • Doesn't feel like a cheap piece of crap.
  • It's an SSD.

Cons:

  • Reaaaaaaaaaaaally slow.

Storage

Pros:

  • Mine isn't a bait and switch one.
  • Matches my red and black theme.
  • It works.

Cons:

  • People think I have one of the ****** ones when I actually don't. I compared my benchmarks from CrystalDiskMark to a non-b&s one.

Storage

Five words:

It's a god damn tank.

Video Card

Pros:

  • Great cooling
  • Great overclocker
  • Two BIOSes
  • Sapphire
  • Sapphire's customer support
  • Benched better than some people's 390s on UserBenchmark.

Cons:

  • Murders my color scheme

Case

Pros:

  • Giant
  • Fits my 280x with some room
  • So many HDD bays.
  • Tons of space for aftermarket coolers.

Cons:

  • Cable management sucks.
  • Sometimes too much airflow (dust)
  • Literally nowhere to keep my SSDs.

Power Supply

Looks great, it's quiet, provides enough power for right now, semi-modular is love, and it comes with SO MANY CABLES.

Case Fan

Pros:

  • Really good.
  • Silent
  • Nice looking cable.
  • Fairly cheap.
  • Better than Corsair's crap fans.
  • The orange looks great in my build.

Cons:

  • Cougar's customer support is probably bleh.
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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of speeds do you get on your V300? Unfortunately I got stuck with the crappy version when they started using poor quality NAND.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Like 600Mb/s on sequential, next time I get the chance, I'll test the 4k.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The Motherboard - I Bought this board 10 months ago, I didn't see all the bad reviews until around 4 months ago but for me using the FX-9590 I achieved 5.4Ghz no problem just had to go into the settings and change some things around; For me it's not been that bad of a motherboard software wise but take that as a grain of sand because I haven't got a motherboard newer than LGA1156 besides it but I've had an all around good experience with it.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, I got the SSHD for my old phone, the Ayy-Data SSD was free, and the other storage I ripped out of old desktops.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

If you can avoid brands like ASrock, Kingston, Adata and corsair

There is no reason to avoid ASRock and Corsair unless you are just biased and the only reason to avoid Adata is if you don't want a budget product.

. I got 990FX Extreme 3 and was total garbage system was so unstable, i even get from friend the Extreme 4 and was the same

You do realize that a DOA or defective could happen to any brand? Just becuase you was unlucky and two defective boards doesn't mean everyone else is like that and you are a very very small minority.

With ram i got problems with corsair ram, some friend got dead brand new vengeance ram that was on 5 months.

You do realize Corsair uses some of the same OEM as G.Skill and Crucial does right? Once again you just got a unlucky and are a small minority.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Please don't do the brand name memes using profanity, okay?

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