Description

So I have been PC gaming ever since I was 5 believe it or not. My dad introduced me to World of Warcraft and the original Call of Duty Modern Warfare. I had a blast playing these games and when I was 10 I built my very own PC (with some help of course). I decided it was time to upgrade this year (2 and a half years since last build) because my old build had an AMD FX 8320 processor and R9 270x gpu so my room got hotter than and oven and because of AMD's trash stock cooler it sounded like I was gaming on an airport runway. Today I went to Micro Center and bought all of the necessary parts (I had been researching what parts to use for the prior month) and 2 and a half hours later I had built my new PC. I couldn't be happier, the PC boots in less than 5 seconds and under full load my rig is actually quiet, something unheard of when using a stock AMD cooler. Game performance is also phenomenal, the GTX 1060 is amazing for the price (definitely a rx 480 killer) and paired with the i5 7600k I am seeing very, very respectable frame-rates. All in all I had a lot of fun making this build and I plan on continuing to be a member of the PCMasterRace as I grow and build more.

Part Reviews

CPU

Stupidly fast and great for gaming!

CPU Cooler

Very quiet and keeps cpu temps respectably low!

Motherboard

Very good motherboard with features like usb type c and m.2 support, also rgb lighting. I had to knock off a star because the rgb fusion app isn't even worth installing on android...it simply wont work.

Storage

Insanely fast, boots in less than 6 seconds.

Storage

Stupidly fast. Best 2.5 ssd you can get.

Video Card

Temps get pretty hot and card doesn't look too good. Performs great for the cost and is definitely and rx 480 killer!

Case

Good case for a beginner like me. Standoffs are pre-installed and there is a post in the middle for easy motherboard installation. Cable management is pretty good.

Power Supply

Nothing too special and it's not fully modular. I just had it laying around and that's the only reason why I used it.

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Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the build up till the PSU, good job though.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I just had it laying around and thought why not?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

you should have got an evga g2 if you were paying that much for your comp

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I would've liked to use a modular power supply but this one was laying around and since it's made by corsair and has an 80+ bronze rating my house shouldnt burn down.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, but the parts you chose were not the best you could have gotten. The price for the PC is not put to good use when you have a 1060 and air cooling. You could have used the parts better, but it's still a good build, just not for the price

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I already had some of the parts and that's why I decided to use them. In fact the three parts I bought new were the i5, ram, the 500gb SSD and motherboard. Other than that everything is from the previous build. The only exception is the GTX 1060 which was laying around without my knowledge.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1060 isn't a rx 480 killer, after the new driver updates, the rx 480 is outperforming the 1060, and the the deals on 480's have been crazy (8gb rx 480 for under $200).

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll check that out, I was going off of older benchmarks but I'm still happy with the gtx 1060's performance.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend an rx 480 or a 1070?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1070 since it's a sweet spot for 1440p gaming but if you're gaming at 1080p then the rx 480 for sure

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

A little late on the response...lol but I upgraded to a gtx 1070 and it is amazing.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

great job! :D +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I like how you've kept a simple colour scheme!

Just a quick question since that is the same motherboard I am planning to buy. Is the patterned strip down the right hand side of the motherboard removable? or is it fixed. I like the LED's but in my opinion the pattern that the LED's shine through is kind of naf!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's fixed to the motherboard and on android for some reason the rgb app doesn't work so you can't change the colors of your motherboard. Other than that it's a good motherboard to use.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I am thinking about buying this motherboard, any more opinions on it?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It only has 2 SATA 6gb per second ports so that was a letdown, the RGB fusion app doesn't work but other than that the lights are very, very nice and they light up my whole case even though I was expecting them to be much softer. I would recommend buying another motherboard, save your money this one isn't anything special.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot...I think building this PC was the most satisfying thing I've ever done!