This is how the story goes: Back in September 2016, when the 6th generation Intel CPUs were still the mainstream, that's where I got into the whole thing of a PC and getting to know brands and components (regardless, my PC was 3+ years old at the time I've already built my new PC). But after such a long time of researching and knowing what I need, this is the build I ended up with (which I've had more other builds in mind, but this one is the most relevant to me). I figured why stay behind the 6th generation CPUs and Motherboards and whatever they can support... so I finally made it!
Funny thing is, I wanted to build my PC with my younger brother and sister, but instead my older brother and father joined and got everything else (I just installed the GPU and the FireWire card, hehe!). So my first experience of building a PC wasn't the best.
Now, the only thing that I would have issues with this build would be the Zalman products - personally. I bought this build from a local PC shop - trustworthy people and close friends to my parents. However, when I wanted to go with Corsair since they're more known and reliable when it comes to Cases and PSUs, the shop recommended Zalman instead, and aren't associated with Corsair or other known brands - as of not working with them to ship their items into their shop. So that's where I said to myself, why bother? When I'll have the right budget and time I'll eventually get the most aesthetic build in my mind, but for now what's important is a PC that can run games at MAX and can do well in music production. Additionally, I wanted to add other custom parts to this build that I'm using/working with.
When it comes to future upgrades/future-proofing this build a bit, the Motherboard is the main key feature to all of it. If I ever want to I can upgrade to one/two M.2 SSD/s, extra RAMs, SLI, and the only other components would be for replacement if anything happens or I would just like to get something new to replace would be the Case and PSU (if it'll blow up sooner than later and won't fry all of my PC as well).
In conclusion: I've never been more happier for the last two years! This machine literally rocks and serves me well! I'm very proud of it because this is from my own money I worked for (even when I got some help). I'm opting that this build might be upgraded somewhere in the future or just use some of its parts for other machines.
NOTE Before I get down to the reviews let me just break the pricing down: It may look exaggerated and overpriced but that's not what you think. This is just how the pricing works in my country. It may looks a lot, but the reality of it is it's almost the same as paying for these components in actual USD.
The CPU came with the Motherboard, RAMs, and the WD BLACK SERIES storage. I asked if there was prices for each components but there wasn't, so it came in like a bundle all four components and this is what you get. As for the rest of the components that are priced, again, this is just how the pricing works.
When you scroll down to read the reviews for each components you can start by reading the reviews for the custom parts first:
PROSOUND - PR-1950 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System - I think I've had this one for like a decade and it still works perfectly fine. FIVE STARS
Mackie. - Micro Series 1202 12-Channel Mic/Line Mixer - Have not idea where this Mixer came from, but my father gave it to me so I can use. Not much to say. FIVE STARS
MOTU - 828 MkII Firewire Audio Interface - Love it! FIVE STARS
Hama - CS-461 Table Microphone - I don't remember when I got this Microphone, assuming it's over five years old, but didn't have any problems with it. FOUR STARS
Razer - Cynosa Pro Bundle - I've never put out money on an actual gaming Keyboard & Mouse before. Bought it exactly on my parents' 25th anniversary and it feels good to have something that works for your gaming needs! FIVE STARS
Logitech - B170 Wireless Mouse - I never liked wireless Mouses, but my mother actually received it, along with a few other components from a friend at work so I took it to work it later. FOUR STARS
Texas Instruments - STLab 1394b FireWire - I'm not sure when my father bought this for me. I think it's probably over a year old or so, but that's what I use to work with the MOTU - 929 MkII Firewire Audio Interface and it serves me well! FIVE STARS
What can I say... it's the latest 1151 Socket of the i5, it's doing its job, and I've had no issues with it as of yet. Perfectly happy with it! Every i5 user should get it.
I've read some arguments about the Cooler Master and be quiet! brands, about who is being the better brand for a CPU Cooler. But this CRYORIG baby stood aside and I've had a lot of recommendations of picking that one up. The fan (I think) reflects RGB colors (specifically from my GPU - so I guess that's a cooler feature), and I've had no issues installing it.
A good fan the does the job is all you need. GET IT.
I fell in love with ASUS the moment I got to know their products, and the TUF Mark 2 is just heart-warming and pretty - prettier than Mark 1 (just my opinion).
This pure beast of a Motherboard is my new love of life. I wish I could give it five more stars, or even 20/10.. It has all the features I opt to upgrade in the next couple of years, or for anyone else in general: SLI support, two M.2 slots, it also has four 3.0 USB ports and two USB 3.1 ports + two regular ports, and I need my USBs.
For its price, it's a little bit expensive, but this was the perfect choice in everything this thing features!
I don't know about the speed RAMs have, but 2400Mhz seems enough, and it's 16GB - you don't need more than that for an everyday gamer.
Finally owing an SSD makes life easier! Samsung is pricey, but this was definitely the right choice! I installed all the programs on the SSD, as everyone should, and they start in no time. Oh yeah - the boot time is like seven seconds. GET IT.
Got it from my older brother's old computer, and I needed the storage to store my work, and still working just great after all these years!
I've read/heard somewhere (also by research) the black version is... stronger, you can say, than the blue version of Western Digital. A bit pricey, but I need a strong HDD for my games.
When I saw this card for the first time, I never looked at any other cards from different brands again. I mean, I've searched for other brands, just to see how their cards look, and heard that MSI and/or EVGA are better (performance-wise?), but all the brands out there are practically the same, just different utilities and even one's decision of which brand he likes.
I think this card is a beast! Nice RGB lights, three fans for better cooling, and I'm literally speechless of how good this card is. No words to describe this card (coming from someone who've been using a four-year-old GTX 650Ti).
I'm giving this Case two stars for the following reasons:
I guess it more depends on your Power Supply; non/semi/fully modular, where you shove some unwanted cables into the drive bays, for example, or try to tie everything nicely and not have that much cables loose or left in between components or just the inside of the Case. It's not the best when it comes to cable management. But I guess one must be creative for that matter.
When I first used this Case for my new build, it was decided that it was impossible it manage the cables. But after I got myself a new Case for hating this one, and giving this to my younger brother, I started to realize more about managing the cables and the possibilities of making his build into this Case look clean, and I managed to do the job the best I could with a non-modular PSU.
Fans are simply noisy... it's not that of a big deal when you turn your PC off at night, though, or whether one doesn't mind the noise. But they're bad, and maybe this Case fits for people who are on a budget or play on low-end, that one wouldn't heat his components that would force the fans to work at full speed, despite all the fans are not PWM except the exhaust at the back.
The window is plain ugly aesthetics-wise. If anyone would take advantage of its aesthetic, then it's better for those who use short graphics cards, or even a stock cooler - something that doesn't block the interior of the side-window.
Lastly, the front and/or top panel can easily break. The six stands in the front panel that are attached into the Case, the bottom right one actually broke. Not only it's hard to take the front panel apart, but it can easily break. Same goes when I tried installing the Optical Drive.
The price in my country for this PSU, the quality, the design - it's a piece a junk!
First things first: NEVER CONSIDER A PSU THAT HAS NO RATING WHATSOEVER. NEVER CHEAP OUT ON YOUR PSU.
I couldn't find any information or ratings for this PSU - not even jonnyguru, and I only found a couple of foreign languages' from different sites, that they've stated this PSU is... fine. Luckily, I found a few people who shared their builds on PCPartPicker, and one of them replied to me and said he had no issues with it and is still using it for the last year.
This PSU also created a coil whine. After I replaced a different and better PSU, no coil whine whatsoever. Whenever this PSU was made, it was definitely not meant for GPUs like 1070s and whatnot.
So, eventually this thing might blow up - and I hope it will, to justify what a junk it is...
I have no clue for how long I've had this Optical Drive. It's one of those simple ones, I guess. It's working, but noisy.
I easily got to handle the new Windows 10. It's working, no issues, heard it has DirectX 12 (?) and also great for games, AND a fresh start.
Wireless Network Adapter
Can't tell the difference of which wireless network adapter is better, but I guess this one does the job.
A co-worker in my mother's job gave us his PC - including this Monitor. I gotta say, replacing my Samsung Monitor, who's eight years old, this is better in both size and quality! Will be pairing it with a gaming 1440p Monitor!
Got this Monitor about after two months since I've bought my PC.
Pros: Cheap, 1440p, 144/165Hz, and G-Sync.
Cons: Very bright and needs adjustment, but I think anyone can get used to it, low screen sharpness unless you overclock to 165Hz which adjusted some sharpness and fonts, but still not the best, and it doesn't come with the screen protector that you take off the screen, which means once you assemble the Monitor into its post MAKE SURE not to hold the screen but grab it by its sides.
Overall, this is an amazing gaming Monitor for the price - you actually get something worthy that you pay for, guaranteed!
Standard, but works!
Long and neat! The freaking box almost made me cut the whole packaging. But in all seriousness, it's a good pad!
You could say this is my first gaming Keyboard & Mouse. They're not special in any kind, but they work and I love the blue LED that I applied - even though it took me more than a year to apply it until all of a sudden it did by itself.