Why the name?
I really like dragons and I though the naming scheme would be a nice way to show the progression of my PC, and a dragon is a good metaphor for how beastly powerful my PC is. Hatchling is just a brand new dragon, new to the PC gaming world, it grows fast with a new GPU and PSU to become a Young Dragon, and finally becomes a full on beast called___ by upgrading __
Why and how I got this
I have saved for this for about 3 years, all my money for my birthday, Christmas, and money I earned by doing extra chores. I did a crap job with the budgeting because it was fluctuating often, and I bought many parts early when I was on a tight budget, leading me to get some pretty nice components for upgrading once I got a lot more. You live and learn, at least most the parts I got from the start were high quality with little to worry about.
How it performs
This build runs pretty well, the integrated graphics do tend to struggle occasionally. I can typically run several programs at once with little issue, unless I am doing a very intense game like Overwatch, then I need to be weary of the 8 gigs, which is why I upgraded to 16, and now I have no worries.
Problems while building
The only problem I had when building I got a RAM error (thanks to my motherboard debug LED I could figure that out immediately) so I just took it out, blew on it, and put it back in, and it worked! The process was pretty easy, the H440 is a good quality case!
Due to my GPU's drivers being so outdated I was forced onto using integrated graphics if I want to play games such as Overwatch, I also decided to buy an extra stick of RAM because I was occasionally crashing because I had too little. I can just simply restart (it's quick too because of the SSD) and enter the BIOS and set initial video output to be the iGPU or PCI-E slot 1 and swap between the two when necessary.
I do not plan to overclock yet, because it is so highly unrecommended because of this PSU I chose, but once I get a new one I will do that and see what I can do.
EDIT: After getting a quality PSU I managed a (102.23 BLCK and 45 core clock) 4.551 GHz OC on 1.38V stable, seeing some marginal performance gains, temps never above 60, idle around 40
I painted the vents at the top red by unscrewing them and paint them, I started with taping off the screw holes, then I taped off most of the back section of the back vent (so I don't see it) and painted it red, then seeing how I liked it I decided it was too dark, so I uncovered a little more covered it with white primer, then 2 coats of red and really liked it, so I did that with the rest and I love the results
I painted parts of the black on the lids red, and I am fairly satisfied with the result. I might do a logo or something on the windowed panel, but I doubt it
If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
It does pretty well, overclocking helps. It can run AAA games well, but with a card that is meant for 4k running at 1080p the resolution and CPU become a bottleneck. It handles applications like PS and Solidworks very well.
I wanted to go for the i7, but I see now that I have no need for it now.
It seems I didn't get too great a chip I can only manage, 4.551 GHz on 1.8 V. It does help quite a bit with my GPU capable of 4k running with a measly 1080p and the CPU/resolution becoming a slight bottle neck. Trying to get any higher requires the voltage to be bumped too high for my tastes
Very cool and quiet cooler, the installation was pretty easy, except for that I got the screws backwards, I realized this after about 5 minutes of struggling
The warranty card is pretty neat too
The thermal paste is pretty decent so far
It keeps my i5 6600k at 4.551 GHz on 1.8 V and keeps it at around 60 under usual high loads, it is audible, but hardly noticeable woth headphones
Awesome motherboard! I like that the debug LED helped me figure out what was wrong when building (I had to reinstall the RAM) and it was fine after that.
It looks really sweet, but the colors aren't that common, so I have modded my case to match it (a little) and it has plenty of connectors for my needs, almost too many wishing I had gone with a MATX mobo, would suit me just fine.
Tip: Go to Gigabyte's website and download the app center for 170 chipsets and install system viewer and the one where you can edit the LED without needing to go into the BIOS, as well as anything else that you may want, who knows if you may need it. There is also the overclocking utility that allows you to adjust BLCK, core multiplier, and voltage without needing to enter the BIOS and restart.
-1 star because the tab on the first PCI-E slot is broken, you have to pry the card so hard to pop out the tab to get it out of the slot, it's really nerve racking, good thing I don't have to do it much
I does what it needs to. I wanted to upgrade, so I got a second stick. I am also able to overclock the two DIMMs I have to at least 2666 with no problems. Having 16 gigs is really nice I have 500mb dedicated to a RAM Disk and 1 GB as a cache for RAPID mode for my SSD. I never need more than 8 gigs normally anyways
It's a really fast SSD and boot and load times are amazingly fast, I am very glad I got this SSD because I often shut down my PC during school and when I'm away.
Having 16 gigs of RAM helps, you can enable Turbo Mode, it takes a gig lf RAM and uses it as a fast Cache (similar to Intel's Optane) and you can see speeds far above SATA, it just doesn't help withboting since it activates 1 minute after logging in. If your system needs RAM it does take from the Cache.
Works great, I can barely hear it once in awhile and things are pretty fast to respond and load, great for what I paid for
Pretty awesome case, I will start with the bad, the side panel window scratches fairly easily and the foam on the side panel is a pain in the butt to get on with even good cable management
On the other hand it is very quiet and looks pretty snazzy, I did some modding and it looks pretty sick. The cable management is pretty decent and there are appropriate rubber grommets.
I would rathee go with a more recent case, the 'silence' is mostly useless since there is a plastic window. It is heavier and bigger than needed, and there is a drive cage
Good for the price, it works for the budget I was in when I bought this and it worked, but it isn't that great of quality as I have been told by many of the forumers
It's a good OS, not really much to complain about. It has a lot of features I don't want though and sometimes finding where something is can prove to be pretty hard for some reason. With the anniversary update I now can get notifications that are on my phone to show on my PC, which is really nice
Pretty nice panel, the 144 hz is totally worth the extra money because games are as smooth as butter and look really nice
I do not like the mount, you are very limited on your options for mounting, I wish it was taller, but the fact that you can change the angle is okay
The inputs are pretty good and I have some decent options, and the menu and navigation is pretty average
The mouse is decent and the design is pretty ergonomic and fits my large hands okay. I noticed that recently it has gotten too small for my 8" by 4" (20 cm by 10cm) hands and I now naturally use a claw grip, despite finding palm more comfortable normally, which in the few contact points I make have become slick due to the coating wearing and becoming smooth.
A complain lies with the total lack of customizing of the lighting, you only have spectrum or static for the wheel, or spectrum, static, or breathing with the logo, very disappointing how limited your options are.
After owning this mouse for about 8 months the right click is starting to wear out and it feels like a membrane switch instead of the clicky tactile feel it's supposed to. I had to RMA for a new one.
The RMA process was fairly easy and decently fast, new mouse is fine so fat
Good for the price that I got them
I got these with a rebate at Micro Center for $15 total, which is pretty good
I am not an audiophile, but they do sound pretty decent, except for when in virtual 7.1 surround sound mode, then everything is really echo-y and hollow, and there is almost no difference between virtual and stereo. The mic is pretty good (or as I have been told by my friends on Skype and Discord who I chat with for a few hours a day after school)
A problem I have is mostly because the software doesn't save the 'I want 7.1 on' when I shut down, so it is too bothersome to open the software every time and turn it on, even though it isn't worth it because of how weird it sounds
These headphones are almost too large for me, the gamer-y aesthetics looks ridiculous and make them fairly uncomfortable after 2 hours or so of gaming because there is a lot of pressure on the headband, and my ears rub against the inside of the headphones, causing irritation, wearing a winter hat helps, but then it gets hot, which brings me to another point the leather ear cups need to breathe every half hour to avoid too much discomfort.
After about 6 months the cord has become terribly tangled on itself, it is twisted an a nightmare to try and manage, almost want wireless now.
After about a year the right ear cup no longer works, and the cable is becoming atrocious. I RMA'd it for a new headset, fairly fast and very pain free
Overall the headset is pretty decent for a budget, the extra add ons like a inline controller and virtual 7.1 is neat at this price point
I honestly never use these, the only times I have they sounded decent for the price, that is all I can say.