Description

This is my primary gaming rig. It also doubles as my home office system & a general every day PC. I originally built my first PC "Father and son" as my gaming rig and decided to upgrade my video card in it from a 270x to a 290. Well one thing led to another and by the time I was done I had a new system (case, processor, GPU, ram, everything but the orange cables and fans are new. I reused the old parts in another build for my nephew.

I love everything about this machine. It is by far the best PC I have ever owned and plays everything I want (I mainly play FPS games like Bioshock, Farcry & Portal - Crysis is next after I finish the third Bioshock) The only thing I may do is try my hand at water cooling just to see if I can get a better OC (at 4.6 now, it can go higher but not stable). I also want to learn how to install a custom water cooler since I think they look so cool but that is long down the road.

I went with A 750 power supply However, think I should have gone higher in the event I wanted to add a 2nd GPU, I will have to cross that bridge when I come to it. Other than that the only other problem was finding parts I liked to keep in line with the orange color scheme so I had to bust out the spray paint a few times.

The NZXT Hue is awesome, you can change it into almost any color and blinking patter.

GPU back plat is just for aesthetics Firestrike - 9329, 3d mark - 11,759, unigine heaven - 2,335, Amd Overdrive sytem test - 13,262

Part Reviews

CPU

I my opinion the best bang for your buck currently out there.

Motherboard

It does what I need it too and is all black which fit the color scheme. If I didn't can about the color scheme I would have went with a higher end Asus board but this works ok.

Storage

Not the fast out there but great price to performance.

Video Card

I love this card, can't say enough good things about it. The best one I've ever had and it was under $300.

Case

Everyone should build in this case at least once so you know haw a case should be laid out. It is as good as the reviews say.

Power Supply

I know people say Corsiar is the that great of a power supply but I have always used them and never had a problem. I just wish I would have gone larger. If I upgrade it I will go with a Seasonic.

Optical Drive

Only used it to load the operating system & burn my CD collection onto the PC. It did those two things well.

Operating System

I really liked 8.1 but have since upgraded to 10 which is fantastic

Wireless Network Adapter

This thing works great and has excellent range.

Fan Controller

Simple and easy to use. You can also change the led colors.

Monitor

$138 for an IPS monitor, there is also no bezel so it is perfect for a multi-monitor set up (which I plan on doing). Picture is very sharp.

Mouse

Customization is easy with the software provided. I'm left handed and this is one of the few mice that have side buttons on both sides and can be used by either hand. If your a lefty this is the mouse you want.

Headphones

Christmas Gift from my son so I love them but it you plan on doing a lot of recording the mic isn't the best.

External Storage

Works like it should.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 13 points

I would really replace the PSU with a better unit. The CX750 is crap and not meant for this kind of use at all. http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/01/21/corsair_cx750_750w_power_supply_review/9#.VgLVj8MYqUk

change it for an Antec, XFX, Seasonic, EVGA (G2,B2,GS). It seems very silly to spend this much on a high end PC to use a crappy low quality PSU in it when it is the single most important component.

  • 50 months ago
  • 6 points

By now tiny I think you have this whole post memorized xD

  • 50 months ago
  • 6 points

copy paste or a shortkey set? lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 6 points

I say shortkey set

  • 50 months ago
  • 5 points

Nah. Tiny has much practice in telling the masses about the CX series. Prolly has a bookmark/macro for the link/post.

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Probably a Marco...

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Gotta agree here. The build is good so don't let that psu spoil it!

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

as I was reading down his reviews.... I immediately thought, "I wonder what tiny is gonna say"

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

I have learned my lesson

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, I plan on getting a Seasonic just trying to figure what wattage

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

650w is plenty here. If you want to CF go for 750-850.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info I was thinking 850 incase I add a second GPU

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Then try g2 850 probably the best atx unit for the price point and wattage

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

For your build I would get a at least a 1000 watt psu since a overclocked FX 8350 is capable of using over 300 watts although that cooler you have isn't capable of handling that and two R9 390's at full load would use around 600 watts.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on eventually water cooling and getting a 2nd GPU so I will take the 1000 watt to heart.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I would recommend the Evga GS 1050 watt psu, the OEM is Seasonic and it is a very quiet psu.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, Seasonic is what I am going to replace it with. I appreciate all the advice I certainly do not want a crap PSU to ruin all I put into this system. I am pricing them out now,

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I say he should just take out the PSU and not even use one, you know, since the CX-series blows *** apparently. I mean not even having a PSU is better than having a CX-series PSU right tiny_voices?

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

It is a really nice build, but I agree, you really should use a different PSU. I would personally recommend one of the Cougar CMX series, I have one currently that has survived for 3+ years in my current rig. And, it would match your Black/Orange color combo.

  • 50 months ago
  • 5 points

No definitely avoid the Cougar CMX. They are low quality HEC/Compucase built PSUs. Not very goodat all. Corsair CX quality at best.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Disagree. With my experience, it's worked great.

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Do you have an oscilloscope and proper voltage testing equipment? Just because it is powering your PC, doesn't mean it is a quality unit.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think of XFX PSU's?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I hate when people say its great just becasue its works for them and they haven't properly tested it. 1+

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, but with my personal unit, I haven't had one problem.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Not seeing Cougar listed on my go to hierarchy chart. http://i.imgur.com/tgrbCnr.jpg

OEM for the Cougar CMX is HEC. http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page1439.htm

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

The problem with a picture is it never gets updated.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 5 points

+1,000,000 for orange

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Favorite color

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

same here.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

I just upgraded from an 8350 to a Skylake build. The 8350 is still a great CPU. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have it posted I would like to see it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Original 8350 Build - https://pcpartpicker.com/b/bfLkcf

Recent Skylake Upgrade - https://pcpartpicker.com/b/6hccCJ

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish Asus made a mobo that fit my color scheme because I love their boards. They both look great but that skylake build is out of this world, man I bet it screams. Nice job!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick build! 10/10 Would envy again.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like the use of the EK backplate for your GPU and I like the color balance in your build too

+1 from me :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I really like that back plate too.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Loverly. Good balance on the colors. :) My high schools theme actually. Haha. +1 m8.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, would have loved it if my high school colors were orange

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet build +99999

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, especially for when you are going AMD in both COU and GPU the CX really isn't good, I usually don't talk about it unless somebody asks but other then that do change the PSU

+1 Great build

I also looked down on the comments and if you need a 850w PSU go EVGA g2 850w, maybe even more if you are overclocking

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd be watching that SSD and make sure you keep a backup ready because they are known for having a high failure rate. Otherwise, this is a really awesome build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely this. I had one in my wife's new pc, and it died 2 weeks in. Replaced with an ADATA.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I keep my Adata plugged in 24/7. Didn't know that about the SSD I will watch it. Wanted a Samsung but I was already over budget. Will upgrade eventually. Thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

great looking build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build, one recommendation I would make is to get a backplate and paint it orange

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about painting the GPU back plate orange but thought it might be to much orange.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That's true. In my next build I'm going to have an orange gpu backplate because that area of the case is going to be lacking in color, but I guess that's not the case here haha

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The back plate really made the different in aesthetics here, getting rid of that green pcb for a smooth black back plate was a very fine choice. Just looks so slick.

Very nice build +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I have always wondered why GPU makers do not do something with the top like MSI did with the 980.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I will be getting the MSI R9 390 for my build soon which also has a nice back plate, not as smooth of a finish as yours but it does have a dragon so that's a plus. :D

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice I have same monitor

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Such orange, many wow, much awesome.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I ask where you got them orange trims for the corsair fans?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I painted them

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

ah okay

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

how does the nzxt hue thing work? dont u need seperate led strips that plug in to it that have to be rgb for them to work or what? :P sorry i dunno this

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the Hue comes with led strips that you stick around the inside of the case. The unit then has rgb switches that you can increase or decrease the intensity of the color to get what ever color mix you want. It also has different modes like pulse, blink, fade, ect.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

i looked a video on it, might grab some for my self :P thanks for sharing this build with us

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It works really well.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Have u ever seen the bitfenix alchemy 2.0 strips? those were the first ones i was gonna buy but i cant find them anywhere xD

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, Bitfenix makes excellent products. My cables are the alchemy cables. Super Biiz has some in stock check them out. I like the fact they are magnetic but I went with the Hue because of the different lighting options like being able to dim or brighten.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice system man! Good clean look

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

not the biggest fan of your part selection, but i like what you did with the looks of it all. Flipping through the images, i half expected to see that backplate orange also, but am glan you didnt do that to it. The side facing out on the gpu cooler fins would be sweet to do orange though. just the fin edges.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

that is a good idea

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man :) which paint did you use by the way?

cheers

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Orange Is The New Black.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

speaking of the recent Fantastic Four movie

that movie is a let down :(

i still prefer the original cast although the original ben is not as good looking as the current version

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't been impressed with any of the fantastic 4 movies which sucks because the comic is great and they could do so much with them.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

All of the Fantastic 4 movies were not as good as they could have been. After watching the Avengers, Ironman and Thor there is no reason the Fantastic 4 should have been great. They have so much material to work with and the comics are awesome.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

A piece of art!!!! So damned great!!!! Just curious, do you feel any difference between 270x to 290? The other 270x was also 4Gb? Another question. What you used to paint the fans?

incredible machine and love the pics. 5 stars rig.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I had the Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card, so I can't comment on the 4 gig version. However, the 270 was a great card but doesn't compare to 290 at least the 2gb version. As for paint it was Krylon high heat spray paint from Ace Hardware. Thanks for the nice words I really appreciate it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks too Dam Yes, in did there's not so much "talk" about the Asus Radeon R9 270x 4Gb (my GPU actually) but i really play everything i want in high/ultra levels with no problem at all. Can't see visual big differences, only the benchmark numbers... Was really important your answer

Enjoy and have really fun with your tech pearl :-) I leave you with my modest project few months ago https://pcpartpicker.com/b/ZctJ7P

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a nice clean build, the chrome pipe on the 270x look awsome.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Dam still clean... i try to keep clean against dust :-) Modest build but still working fine and giving me hours of pleasure and entertainment. i bought yesterday that spray you told me. let's see how it looks

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Post some picks after you paint. I have seen the back plate and it looks sweet.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Work!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the Hyper 212 Evo and I want to paint it like you did but I was wondering why you didn't paint the entire heatsink.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You can, for the look I was going for it wasn't needed.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

One more question how did u get the top off?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean to paint it? I didn't take the top off I taped off the rest of the unit and only left the top exposed for painting.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I see it now I just painted the top of mine blue didn't go so well it ended up having little veins I guess you would say.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you clean the surface first?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How do u get that aftermarket fan on the hyper 212

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I just took the clip from the 212 fans off and put then on the new fans. The size are pretty much universal.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

K thanks will try that

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

For the price of your CPU/cooler/mobo you could have had a locked i5 that would perform better in games than an overclocked 8350, but +1 for doing something different.

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah but I still would have to get a Intel mobo and cooler. Plus I would not go locked even on Intel (I know they are better and I'm saving to build using a i5 4690k.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The cooler you have would still work on Intel.

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

That is an old CPU now. Go for the new i5 6600k and a Z107 motherboard.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I am not really up on Intel (only use has been in my laptop) so I appreciate the info, looking forward to building one.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not going to be in a position to build one (unless someone else pays for the parts and needs help building) for some time as I have a family that take away from my PC funds :). However, as I have never gone the Intel route I would like to try at some point. I am also looking forward to the Zen cpus - better competition = better products for us.

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

If you went Intel, you could have use the gigabyte phoenix for a little bit more orange.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, there were no orange AMD boards so I went black. Much more choice going Intel - next time (green & white)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, why did you go AMD?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I have used AMD more than Intel so I know about the part and what they can do or not do and I like the price to performance of the 8350 (overclocked). However, like I said I never built an Intel system and want to so as soon as I save up I will start.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It has been done, it doesn't really make too much of a difference but you tend to have to make it kinda thick and it would be heavy. You could use vinere on an existing case and stain the accents a different color

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you can make a cube, look at the corsair air 240 for how everything would be placed.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw a guy make a wooden case. It looked great.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

faps?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

if you dont know, you probably dont want to know... lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Come on I can take it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I found a nice definition of it actually lol, http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fap

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha that is funny as hell, I will be throwing that out in conversation to see how many of my friends know what it means.