Description

 Hello! This has been a build that I've been working on for 3 years now. It started off as a simple machine that my dad gave me to play Minecraft on (I was 14 at the time) - containing an Intel Pentium CPU @ 2.6Ghz, an AMD Firepro GPU of some sort, and 8Gb of G.Skill Ripjaws @1066Mhz. It was far from being special, and definitely couldn't handle any other games, but it wasn't supposed to.

The case that I was using wasn't really cutting it for me. It was a stock Asus case that my dad threw the parts in, and my CPU was getting too hot. So, I ended up getting an Antec 1100 (Horrible choice) and an Antec 630W PSU (Even more horrible choice). My CPU and GPU got much cooler after the switch, but I still regret selecting these specific parts. I could have saved much more on a better power supply and case, but I guess you can't learn without making mistakes.

Once I started playing more demanding titles (like BF4 and Bad Company 2), I needed to upgrade my parts in my system. This will be one of my biggest mistakes when upgrading that I've made. I ended up getting an AMD A10-6800k as the CPU, and an MSI A88X-G45 Gaming motherboard, along with some Corsair Vengeance ram and a Hyper 212 Evo cooler. This was a mistake, because the A10-6800k is a very hot CPU, and isn't very fast. For a couple bucks more, I could have upgraded to my FX-8320 instead, a whole year earlier. But again, you can't learn without making mistakes.

 After some more time passed, I upgraded my GPU to an Asus r9 290. This was actually one of the better choices I've made when upgrading. However, this card got REALLY hot due to some controversy regarding Asus using NVidia coolers on AMD cards. Perhaps the choice of brand wasn't the best, but an R9 290 was definitely an upgrade from the old Firepro.

 Some more time passed and I decided that upgrading my case was the next thing to do. My Antec 1100 was falling apart and the fans were breaking, so I ordered a Corsair 760T. I still don't regret this decision to this day, despite the large price. This is the same case I'm using today, and I'm very happy with it. Only con is that the side panel window is completely obliterated and scratched from shipping, and from me "trying" to fix it.

 Due to my freakishly hot idle temps with the 6800k, I went and picked up a Corsair H55 cooler to replace the Evo. Haven't had any problems with it to this day, and I freaking love Corsair's products. My next upgrade from this one will most likely be the H110i.

My keyboard at the time was a Logitech K800 that I found at my local Goodwill. It was overall a great keyboard and a great find, but the "C" key came off after a month or so. I continued to use it just fine, but over time the membrane completely came off and I needed to get an upgrade. I originally wanted to get a K70 RGB from Corsair (and I wish I would have, instead), but that was out of stock and I decided to settle with a Razer Blackwidow Chroma RGB. At first it seemed like a good upgrade - and it totally was, but paying 10 dollars more than a K70 for this was a complete and utter ripoff. Still can't believe there are Razer fanboys out there, because this keyboard has given me nothing but trouble. Random disconnects, broken standoff feet, damaged keycaps, sticky keys, and a pain in the arse to clean. My next upgrade (believe it or not) will be *another* Razer keyboard, but will be the Blackwidow X Chroma Tournament Edition. I actually think Razer fixed all of the major flaws with this keyboard. It's made out of metal instead of plastic, it not longer has a shell around the keyboard so cleaning keys it much easier, etc.

 My next upgrade ended up being a good one, and that was the CPU and motherboard. This time, I got an FX 8320 and a Gigabyte 990FX-Gaming. I have a lot of respect for AMD as a company, and my next upgrade will most likely be a Zen CPU of some sort.

 More recently, I upgraded my power supply from the Antec 630W to a Corsair CX850M. Now I know what you're thinking, "Oh that power supply sucks, it's terrible quality blah blah blah" - but hear me out. This is the *gray-striped version*, which is basically when Corsair revamped the design and the parts inside to be much better quality, which is why the logo is no longer green and the cables are no longer spaghetti.

 And finally, the most recent upgrade - the GPU and SSD. The R9 290 was finally kicking the bucket from thermal throttling and a broken cooler, and it eventually officially died. I turned it on one day to be greeted with crazy artifacting and screen glitching, and an immediate crash when booting into windows. 2 weeks later (last Thursday) my new GPU arrived. I was extremely excited, but I couldn't just install it, install drivers and be done. No, it wasn't that simple this time. As it turns out, my Windows 10 OS has been stuck on build 10240 for the past year or so, and I couldn't update it no matter how much I tried, and I needed to update in order for 1070 drivers to work. So, I ended up with my dad's old Intel 520 series SSD and completely reinstalled Windows, and started from scratch. It only has 180Gb on it, but I plan on upgrading to a Kingston X400 M.2 SSD next.

Now, I'm here. I'm extremely proud of where I am today with this PC, and I plan on doing more with it in the future. The only thing left to do is upgrade the SSD, cooler, and remove the bottleneck caused by my CPU by upgrading to something Zen related later this year. I hope you enjoyed this build, and I'll come back next time with my next major upgrade.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast, runs cool, and is very powerful for the amount you pay. Will be upgrading this to a Zen CPU eventually.

CPU Cooler

Inexpensive, quiet, keeps my CPU very cool. No real complaints, but occasionally you can hear some gurgling / liquid running through the tubes. Mounting hardware is pretty meh, but it works.

Motherboard

Overall, a really great motherboard for what you pay for. M.2 20Gb/s, USB 3.1 and Type C, reinforced PCI-E slots, VRMs run really quiet.

Bios is absolutely terrible. Mouse cursor is extremely buggy, so if you try moving it quickly it will glitch out and not move correctly. It's also pretty much impossible to get my RAM to run at stock frequencies. They're currently stuck at 1600Mhz, when they're advertised to run at 1866. Trying to overclock them results in a boot failure / crash.

Memory

Not much to say. It's RAM, it's 8Gb, it's red, it's fast. Just wish I could run it at the correct frequency, but that's a motherboard problem.

Memory

Same as the other set. It's fast, 8Gb, 1866, etc.

Storage

Reads are pretty fast, writes are decent. I honestly can't see a noticeable difference from my WD Blue drive. I think boot times are actually slower. Regardless, still pretty fast and a good upgrade from my mechanical drive.

Storage

I've had this for about 3 years or more. Don't really have an cons, because it's reliable and fast. The OS is the only thing broken on it, not the drive.

Video Card

I love this thing so much. A true noticeable upgrade from my old R9 290. I went from getting 30 - 60 FPS in BF4, but now I get 55 - 150 FPS and rarely dips into the 40s (which is due to the CPU bottleneck).

I can't get MSI's crappy gaming software to work. I just want change the RGB LED and set it to OC mode, but it won't detect my card and says "The platform doesn't support this application", despite all of my drivers being installed.

Case

Beautiful case. Sleek yet sexy, lots of cable management support, 140mm fan support, etc.

Just wish it came with a basement / PSU shroud. Kind of hard to rout some cables in the back. If corsair would make an updated version of this case, I would buy it. One that has the same exact design, but with better cable management and a PSU basement / shroud.

Window scratches easily and was scratched when it arrived.

Power Supply

Nothing special. Just a power supply, has a lot of power, modular, etc. Not the same model that's pictured, but the updated version with better capacitors and more pleasing aesthetics.

Optical Drive

It's an optical drive. The end.

Operating System

Fast, simple, clean.

Buggy, no privacy, random "F*** YOU MICROSOFT" moments that happen from time to time.

Case Fan

Quiet, doesn't move a lot of air. Looks cool though! :)

Case Fan

Quiet, moves a lot of air. Doesn't look cool though! :)

Case Fan

Quiet, moves a lot of air, looks cool! :)

One of the fans has an atrocious noisy bearing / rattling problem. Dropping some WD40 didn't help, but machine oil should work.

Monitor

Found for $10 each at my local Goodwill. Great find, no dead pixels, good for multitasking.

Monitor

Also found at my local Goodwill. AMAZING find, ultrawide, no dead pixels, great for gaming. 2560 x 1080 is just a little bit more demanding than 1080p, and setting resolution to 1080p makes the resolution look very stretched.

Keyboard

Please don't buy this. Buy a Corsair or go with the new Blackwidow X version. This old edition is very terrible, yet people still obsess over Razer.

Mouse

30 dollars, tons of programmable buttons, weight control, up to 16,400 DPI, RGB lighting, and so much more packed into this product. Sensor isn't the best, especially for FPS gaming. However, I still don't have any trouble playing BF4 and getting lots of accurate kills with it.

Food

Delicious, cheesy, only had a heart attack once.

They seem to attract to my fingers, making my keyboard and mouse all gunked up. Will RMA this bag for a new one and see if it helps.

Food

Pretty decent quality cans, sturdy aluminum. Only complaint is that it's not made out of real dew from mountains, just a carbonated beverage mixture of flavoring and sugar.

Food

Terrible for overclocking. I ordered the 4 cheese version, but these came instead. Run way too hot.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

You've clearly been though a lot with this PC, but man, those Totino's Pepperoni Pizza Rolls really screwed you over. My condolences.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. Should be getting a new bag of them sometime next week, but it really was a shame.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Question: Why is the entire description format messed up?

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Not a clue

I think it looks kinda snazzy

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a bit late, but if you add four spaces before each line, I think it does that.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL Powerful? It performs worse than a 2600k. You created a bottleneck. AMD CPUs are a ripoff. Buy an i5 and not worry about bottlenecking. Also Corsair coolers are garbage. Buy a Swiftech or an EK. Intel > AMD

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you just rma the 760t. Corsair probably would have sent you a new one, or at least a non scratched sidepanel.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't think it was worth it at the time. I'll probably just order a replacement side-panel online, but I'm not 100% sure where to get one.

Your avatar really fits your comment, lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything and more that you would need ;)

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/parts-and-accessories/case-parts-and-accessories?accseries=Graphite|&accmodel=760T|

You could still probably RMA it, Corsair has some really awesome customer service so I wouldn't be surprised if they replaced it for yah

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Your RAM probably isn't running at full speed because you don't have the same RAM in the slots and the Timings and CAS latency may be different

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I was thinking.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool comp and a detailed description. +1 from me

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I am hyping over the food more than the PC

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  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Of course! :P