Based on AU prices (1AU : 0.71US) For work, gaming and WHATEVER needs to be thrown at it. IMO is the perfect $1100US/$1550AU build for me as of October/November 2015 (except PSU)
I don't have anything really to say, it's simply f** fantastic mate, 9.5/10
Case, fans, HDD, mobo were picked up locally. Everything else from PCCASEGEAR, great customer service and reliability
Great for everything, one of the best for gaming, cutting edge, overclock to i7 performance (w/out hyperthreading), FANTASTIC temps.
It didn't come with a stock cooler which is good to save costs. Recommened getting at least a H7 CRYORIG or HYPER 212 with this CPU.
Looks and performs slightly/considerably better than the popular HYPER 212. Same price range. 212 would not fit in my case as well. Noise level and tone surprised me, really liked it. Looks amazing, makes me smile whenever I look at my PC
As a first time builder I had some trouble installing it.. but it was ok in the end, just a bit scary lol
I had to hang the mobo off the edge of a table to screw install/screw it in, otherwise it would of been very difficult. Sort of like how a mechanic works underneath a car.
My initial thoughts: For the price, it is definitely a quality motherboard capable of at least decent over-clocking. No frills version of the more expensive boards . Great bios for nooby like me. Still has all necessary features i.e. all usb 3.1 gen2, 2x max speed SATA ports, m.2 and more (see image 10, back of box). very helpful and clear manual showing locations of each power sockets etc.
Only comes with 2 SATA data cables, so if you have SSD+HDD you will need another sata cable from an old computer/ebay to have an optical drive :) But when first booting/installing things you can always just swap out cables.
It is brown when put under white light but it just looks like a nice very dark brown/black normally, a good option for black schemed colour builds. (Google and/or see my pics)
CAUTION: However do NOT use MSI Live Update to update bios or any of that. Everyone says to avoid it and if you don't need to update then don't do it.
I actually got the DDR4-2400 version of this but it isn't listed. It was the same price as well for me.
Looks great, feels great and performs great. Much easier to install than I remember installing DDR2 (Man that crap needed like 50 megatons of force to clip in)
Definitely is functional and cheapest DDR4 on the market right now(AUS).
Fantastic, minimal packaging for cost-savings. Best cheap 120GB SSD on the market. Do not get the Kingston alternative due to their dodgy tactics. The read/write speeds are great for the price as well.
Must have for any non-purely gaming build, even if you're on a budget.
Going from only using laptops the past couple of years this just seems way faster at reading/writing and all that. Great, seems silent. Nice and shiny lol
But I'm sure other brand equivilents are the exact same. Get whatever is the cheapest good rep 7200rpm hdd
Nothing short of amazing. Slightly better and cheaper than the NVIDIA equivalent, but consumes more power and has less overclockability. Looks great too. Doesn't sound bad at higher RPM's. and RPM's below 35% aren't noticeable in my computer at idle fan speeds. 50% doesn't bother me at all either. I'm sitting right next to my computer. Will have you covered for the rest of this generation of games. I am using 1080p 144hz monitor and works great in combination with this GPI
Great temperatures if you turn the fans on a little more. At idle, without afterburner or anything it sits at 61C @25C ambient
Having afterburner on at idle (at 16% RPM) I have a temp of 48C
I had trouble with GPU installation - no output, couldn't update drivers or anything but all i had to do was disable integrated GFX in device manager and reboot. Works fine now. It hangs at a bit of an angle as well, it’s a heavy card.
I also get some weird fairly-annoying coil whine sometimes from the DVI-port connection on my GPU but I have to position it so it doesn't make that noise (you know how your headphones stop working but works when its only in 1 spot? it's a bit like that just not as bad). But it's not bad and is very manageable right now. It's probably just a bad cable, I'm yet to test that but will update.
Fantastic size and airflow I think and best looking case for a budget price (but I bought 2 fans, only 1 incl.) .. but it is like vegemite - you hate it or love it :) It's functional and serves it purpose well. A great option for first time builders who dig the aesthetic.
If you have a lot of drives and/or lots of big inflexible cables, this probably isn't the case for you. And it i think most cards wouldn't be able to SLI/XFIRE because the drive bay is in the way of the 2nd PCIe. That isn't the purpose of this case however.
For most people though with a standard set up (SSD+HDD+1xGPU), the case was great to work in despite the reviews complaining about cable management, I had no problem at all except when closing the unwindowed side, I think its basically impossible for me to close it fully (bulges out a little at the front-middle, see pic 19&20) because the drives are so close to the edge+satapower sticks out considerably. But if you have flexible sata power and data cables then you should be fine.
Oh and taking the front off is the hardest thing I've done in my life, when you finally get it off I swear it feels like you broke the front header. Wish there were screws or something.
DO NOT BUY! The G2 (and its equivalents) are light-years ahead than this G1.
All the reviews on PCPARTPICKER led me to believe this was actually a great PSU. It's terrible. Look at the technical reviews, there are better for this exact price point, and years better for a few more dollars. Literally every forum has the consensus of 'DO NOT BUY THIS PSU, get < x > instead'. Do not let the GOLD+ rating, modular and price point etc. deceive you. This PSU is just bait for first time builders like me.
And on top of this, mine is FAULTY from a reliable distributor. For me it makes constant electrical noise like a zzzzzpzppzpz and it's fairly annoying when you're pretty much sitting next to the computer. You can even hear it when you put your ear next to the socket when the computer is turned off!
The worst bit is.. it has random&intermittent coil squeal where the electrical noise just amplifies and it's considerably loud with slightly ear-piercing flickers.
The external build quality is great, cables seem really strong and it’s modular, the installation was fine but SATA cables are a tiny bit to inflexible for tight SATA drive connections against the wall of your case. The fan is fairly silent as well.
I'm going to return this ASAP and getting an EVGA G2 750W instead. The 1 mistake of my first build.
Have had a great experience on windows 10 so far, love the look and snappyness of it, especially impressed considering how Microsoft tends to just throw dirt at their market early in their products’ life cycle. Considering how new it is, it is only going to get better as time goes on.
Performs/benchmarks better than all other windows OS's, esp. Win. 7, however is a little buggy but I haven't noticed anything except some trouble indexing/searching things on my computer despite completely troubleshooting it.
Very cheap, very quiet/sounds nice, looks awesome. Would be excellent for red/black theme builds that have an overall low luminosity aesthetic.
Using as an exhaust fan, it makes my computer overall around 1.8x louder (perceived) when above 44% fan speed. And it is an annoying noise differing and overpowering from the rest of the build, but i think it's from the vibrations or something - because the youtube videos and that, it just sounds normal. My screws are tight but maybe I stuffed something up, I'll try reposition it or refit it within 2 weeks and I'll update this review.
It has an excellent build quality and moves a lot of air, great for cooling. The silencer/extension cables in the box were extremely useful for my SickleFlow intake fan, it would not of reached the mobo otherwise.
Great monitor. Cheapest 144hz monitor on the market right now. Very bright (even at lowest brightness) which is annoying at times, not very good if mainly using at night/low light environments. Lack of multiple custom user profiles. Pretty well calibrated out of the box, nice menu. Many features for the price, and the stand is amazing, being able to adjust height , angle and even rotate 90 degrees is great for adjusting cables etc.
Great mouse functionally esp. for CS:GO players or other twitch or competitive eSport games, but I have a feeling it's going to wear away fairly quickly. Definitely not going to last many years like most mice. The rubber grip on the side feels like that's gonna wear away as well + it's difficult to clean/wipe with alcohol.
If you have very small hands do not get this mouse, or at least go to a retailer at your nearby mall and you can open the Velcro case to see/fit your hand on it.
Looks awesome without the LED's and looks even better with them on. Customisable for any colour scheme set up.