Description

I use this machine for Video editing on YouTube and for light gaming, Minecraft, Fallout, gears of War 4, etc.. I actually just got this build. I have the processor OC to 4.20Mhz and runs stable. The MSI 1070 ti graphics card isn't OC at the moment (Still searching for the best stable OC settings). I literally payed $625 for this complete build. Also includes RBG Led lighting. The original blue ring around the case has been painted silver; looks way better. The thoughts on the Red and Blue RGB lighting in the case and on the keyboard / mouse, is to reflect the conflict with Darth Vader (My favorite Character). Red for the Dark Side and the Blue for the Jedi Light side. Its a fun build that runs with these components fantastically. A great cost, for a good build.

PS.. Something I noticed, on the parts list price, it doesn't include the video card. I guess an average price new is around $489? as of this date, Thanks :)

Part Reviews

CPU

Pretty fact CPU for it's age. It overclocked, runs very well. and stays cool wit the right cpu cooler. Decent CPU for its age

CPU Cooler

I have to give this CPU cooler some cred. It keeps the i5 I have running pretty cool and is decently quiet.

Motherboard

For a DDR3 LGA1155 Motherboard, It's works great! What can I say, it's a MSI, love taht brand!

Memory

Quick, and keeps cool with the huge heat sink. 16gb's is more than enough to do my task. I do light video editing for YouTube and it gets the job done, then some!

Storage

Its a small drive nowadays, but works fast and hasn't failed me yet.

Video Card

I love this card. Fast and works well. Fans are super quiet, they don't even activate until right at 60ºc. Only thing I would say is Price. Its as you would think, in between a 1070 and a 1080, but leaning more towards a 1080. If the price is right, Get it. You wont be sorry.

Case

You know, I hadn't heard of this model case before, but I have to give it some props. Its large enough for any of my upgrades. You can remove the middle HD cage to put in a huge graphics card, and It has plenty of cooling options. Only issue is the acrylic window on the door. I prefer glass (Less static etc) the rear panel comes out just enough for cable management. Overall: A very workable case that comes with LED lighting, Red or Blue The item # tells if its BR (red) or BL (Blue) LEDs in the two 140mm fans in the front. Also comes with one 120mm fan in the rear. You can add water cooling to the top. up to 280mm cooling. Black screens under to keep dust at bay. Decent ATX midtower case. Also has USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, along with a 3.5mm audio and microphone port, a power, reset, and LED fan lights off/on buttons on top of the case. 3 optical drive bays that are click in tabs.

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Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 5 points

The ugliness of it actually looks kind of cool. +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually agree with you lol. I like it lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

Highly suggest replacing the psu

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  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

What hardware was it running?

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

But would you use it to run a gtx 1070 ti tho?

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  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks good. But the 3570k is showing its age, even with 16gb RAM. Are you gonna upgrade the monitor to a 144Hz? At only 60Hz you are missing out on what the 1070ti can do.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the plans are to upgrade the PSU and the Monitor soon as I can.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I had that Asus monitor and it was fast, compared to my other monitor that was IPS panel. Then once I got 144Hz I realized....wooohh, it doesn't get any better. So, focus on getting that first.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a possible candidate now, a MSI - Optix G24C. How much of a difference will it make though? Did you notice a significant difference? TIA

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Huge jump. I play fps games so I need that higher refresh rate. I used to get 60fps, but now I average 100fps. It helps so much for fast action.

I really like that MSI monitor you chose. It is fast and it is a VA panel (better colors than TN). I told my brother to get one. I mean, $200, and fast and looks great.

If you play fast action games like fps then you will notice a massive difference.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I am really into RPG's mainly. I play MC allot, so to me, the current setup works pretty good, but I am wanting to get into FP shooters too. So, gonna need a few upgrades. I would like to see the difference in monitors now lol.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Highly suggest replacing the psu

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

what is your cpu voltage under load? is it overclocked? Your cpu could go up to 6GHz if its a god roll. However it should easily achieve 4.5 unless you got a bad batch.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

When testing the CPU, the cores run about 1.46v average under load using Prime95. Max temp is around between 58-86ºC after 15 mins with Prime95 running at 100% load. I am overclocked at 4.20 GHz so averages about 4.17 GHz. It's a really good little CPU for it's age. As for a higher OC, I really have no need to push it any further than that, I can edit videos, and render at 1080p 60FPS very quick for YT, and my games I play stay consistently at 75-135 FPS. So I am quite happy. However I do have plans to upgrade the PSU and the Monitor soon as I can. Eventually I will change out each component one by one. Just got a new SSD and since I live at 9,000 ft elevation, It always stays cool as well. So normal use operating temp is 36ºC on GPU. Just a decent little pc that only cost me a total, with all the input devices was $650 with the new SSD. So, not to shabby. :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Your PSU is also not gold+ rated so every pc whisper, snob, prophets of silicone, & whirling dervishe will sneer at your bronze rated one. EVGA does makes a fairly affordable 750w gold rated one if you do heed their sacred divining. Not really needed though unless you plan to go dual graphics cards or get a single 980Ti, 1080Ti, or RTX.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Plan on dual 1070 ti's soon enough, but I will replace the PSU before then. I have my eye on a Corsair RMi Series, RM1000i that a friend has available if I am interested. So, big future plans lol oh the price he is asking for that rm1000i is only $75. So I will get it soon as I can lol. Its prob overkill for what I have, but the price is right and gives me room to grow.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I would suggest not going with dual 1070 ti and try for the 1080 ti. 1070's and 1050 titanium are very underwhelming. It is kind of like the new RTX cards, they are all a hot mess but the 2080Ti.

Sadly you did not win the silicone lottery with that CPU. I have a i5-3570k at 4.2ghz and 1.15v with a max temp of 64C, I have not even delidded or lapped the IHS on that particular one as well yet. That is why i was so interested in you stats while wanting a model number. Thank you for the response and good luck on your build.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I thought about just waiting and upgrading later on. The PC is a decent one for the price I paid I feel. Plus I like it. I am debating on just doing another build. I have one I saved as a potential build anyways. I like the MSI RTX 2080 Ti, but going to wait until it comes down in price first. I am not going to do to much with this current build. I want to spend my time on a new one, with newer components anyways lol. Just going to buy one piece at a time, and then boom! lol Thanks for the info. I have a i5 6600k skylake I could exchange this one for? Whats you thoughts there? TIA