Description

College-Student-Who-Doesn't-Want-to-Study-and-Would-Rather-Play-Games's computer.

If that doesn't sum up the main reason why I purchased this computer, I don't know what would. Another reason I bought this was because I have always, always wanted to build my own computer. At least always, always started back in my freshman year of high school when I took an IT class and learned more about computers and how they work.

What pushed me further into wanting a desktop PC was the lack of capability my laptop has (MSI S6000, don't judge, I scored it for free!). I wasn't able to play online games, such as Rocket League, with my friends. Games like League of Legends was alright to play but I wanted more! So I began to look at options and form a list of what I wanted.

The retailer that made me jump on a deal to buy this build was Newegg.com. About 3 or 4 weeks after creating the list of the parts I wanted (I used newegg to find the parts and PPP to see the best deals) I went on newegg to look for more parts and possible changes. When I viewed the AMD FX-8350 it had a 7 part deal that was EVERYTHING I had on my list already, so I hopped on the deal right away saving me about $80. I just had to purchase the SSD, CPU cooler, CD/DVD drive, and I went for an extra case fan. Those five things I had purchased from OutletPC.

The Parts came in 3 deliveries, starting with the 5 items from OutletPC. About a day later came the case. With these deliveries I started throwing some parts together like the drive and set the SSD in place. I also spent time trying to understand the case wiring to make sure I knew what I was hooking up. And finally after the brutal next 2-days wait (they seemed to have been the 2 longest days of my life), the remaining package full of the fun toys came! I immediately opened the box and got to work rushing to get the build done as soon as I could.

When building this PC I did not run into many issues, most of them just time taking. The holes in the case for the standoffs in the were not threaded very well, but eventually they went in. The CPU cooler was a bit tricky with the retention clip but eventually it went on and i was able to seat it well. Some screws were tricky to get the MoBo down and in place but that just took time. After that I went into the little things, like cable management and began installing the OS.

I left the SSD to be the only connected storage drive and had decided to install Windows 7 (figured it's cheaper and they still have the free upgrade to Windows 10). Everything went well and I went and plugged in my other drive. But that's when I noticed one huge issue, and it's the only reason I have the Seagate Barracuda (which I stole from a computer back home not utilizing it) on the list and it was that my WD 1TB drive WOULD NOT WORK!! I went through all sorts of troubleshooting things and tried my best IT skills but nothing could get the OS to read it. I have sent it in to be replaced and I'm sure it'll be working when the new one comes. And hey, I guess I have an extra 500 GB if I really need later on (those games get bigger and bigger, but just as well get better and better).

Continuing on using the 500 GB drive I installed all the drivers, programs, and games I wanted. It has been running amazing and very snappy. I'm sure it will have slightly better load times will come when my drive returns, but I am still impressed with it's current performance and definitely how the whole thing looks (the lights are freaking awesome!).

I'm also happy with the free game I recieved from AMD, DiRT Rally. And likewise from MSI the 6-month license for X-Split (which I am now starting to stream www.twitch.tv/cobaltcrusader56 ). Can't complain about free stuff.

After I receive my rebates back (Newegg - PSU, MSI - GPU, OutletPC - CPU Cooler) I do plan to purchase an extra stick of ram (it will be identical to what I have now) and later on a webcam.

UPDATE!! The new HDD arrived in timely fashion (thanks Newegg!) and works excellent as storage. Definitely quieter than the Seagate Barracuda when being used. Also purchased Acer 25" monitor for a steal on Amazon, which displays wonderful colors in full 1080p.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works great for gaming, designing, and rendering.

CPU Cooler

Keeping the CPU at a low temperature at all types of loads.

Thermal Compound

Haven't been let down, seems to be making good contact.

Motherboard

BIOS is really nice, I enjoy the fast boot utility. Killer LAN is great, seen improvements in network connection. Design is definitely a big plus.

Memory

Working really well on single channel, a second one can only be a whole lot better!

Storage

Only using about half for my OS and favored programs but it has been running great and booting them super fast.

Case

Included fans are actually quite quiet. The black color all around is nice. The screwless drive spots are really handy. I like the fan control switches on top and also the push to remove filter pieces on the front and top.

Power Supply

Quiet, cool, and doing what it's suppose to do.

Optical Drive

A sturdy optical drive.

Case Fan

Actually quite a bit louder than expected... My fans included in my case were quieter

Keyboard

Love the breathing backlight function.

Speakers

Super happy with the price to performance. Not the loudest but they do enough damage to the ears.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the most majestic MSi logo I've ever seen!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job on the cable management! Nice build, a couple parts are iffy,.... but I am sure this is because of your budget. Besides that good job +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely my budget... I didn't want to be spending too much on this when I already am halfway through this semester.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Those cables though. Clean it up if you can.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll definitely work on it more when my drive comes back!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is kind of a strange question, but what color were the base LED fans on the case? I can't seem to find that anywhere else.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Red, for the front LEDs, and they are surprisingly bright, by that I mean it in a good way. The additional fan I purchased with LEDs in it was much dimmer and disappointing.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Do the 2 GPU fans spin together at 60c? or only 1

and did u had any issue with it?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

do you still have this PC? how is the psu holding up? just bought it and its hard finding any info on it

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Still have it. Working like a charm! Only have changed fans, case, GPU and RAM since I've first assembled.

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

Sick build, but my suggestion would have been to scale back with the GPU to a FX 6300 and the add some of that money saved to a better GPU. Other than that, cool build! +1

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

HAHAHA just realized that. facepalm

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ik

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

heh, heheheheheh, yes, you can.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I made this mistake a few times in college and paid the price. It was fun at the time though!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Please keep it polite.

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