Description

I was trying to remember those golden years when we played Vice City and CS 1.6 on the PC, so I decided to re-enter the Master Race even with an ultra low budget. Got a few used parts, but also got great offers for new parts, for example, the V10 cooler @ 20$ and the keyboard @ 40$, among others. I'm thinking in a possible upgrade on the next months, but let's see, haha.

I'm actually using this big ol' baby for PUBG, Overwatch, FIFA 18, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Rocket League and more.

We use USD here in Panama as official currency, so this was the exact price.

Part Reviews

CPU

Relatively old quad-core, still moving games pretty decently.

CPU Cooler

This thing is enormous! I wasn't sure about buying it, because I thought it wouldn't fit my case, but here we are. (According to In-Win, 301 supports heatsinks up to 161mm, and this monster is around 163mm and stuff). I love the RAM-cooling fan, and CPU temperatures are very good, considering I live in a tropical country with average temps above 30°C. (It also helps to hide my ugly RAMS, yay!)

Motherboard

Had some bad experiences with Asrock mobos before, so I was skeptical about buying this one. Seems to be pretty good though. My only complain is its layout, hell, who wants SATA ports almost at the half of the board? Luckily, I was able to manage that issue with a few zip ties. I used to complain also about the PCI x1 port above the PCIe x16 one, but once I installed the sound card, I just fell in love.

Memory

Not the most beautiful ones nor the fastest, but they do the job.

Storage

Recycled it from an old desktop. Was my primary storage until I got the SSD.

Storage

This HDD actually is from a laptop I just fried. Now it stores almost all my games.

Video Card

Got this card used, I think I chose this one just for aesthetics. But its performance surprised me, it moves just like a 1050ti with less VRAM. Works for almost all my games in 1080p high (excepting NFS Payback), I use to get some drops on PUBG due to VRAM.

Case

Cable management is kinda complicated if you do not owe a modular PSU, but you can do some magic with a few zip ties. It is b e a u t i f u l, one of the best price/quality cases you can find. Premium materials (metal and tempered glass), not as big as an ATX, not as small as an ITX.

Power Supply

Wanted to invest more in a better PSU, but I was on a tight budget. It does the job, too.

Sound Card

I thought sound difference between mobo and this sound card wouldn't be noticeable, but I was wrong. Sound is really crisp, deep bass, higher volume. And it looks gorgeous. At this price, I couldn't let this offer pass through.

Case Fan

They are beautiful, and static pressure works as a charm. But after a few months, I've noticed some of them has lost their brightness.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build. +1

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it, it's a bit out dated, but that gives it an old school vibe

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks, I will try to update next year though.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That cooler is weird...

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed haha. But it is different to any other cooler you will see, that's why I like it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

where did u get ur graphics card from?

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Well, my issues with Asrock were with different LGA775 mobos, so it was a long time ago. They used to suddenly die, first time I thought the problem was my PSU, but I replaced it with a new certified one, and another Asrock mobo died a few weeks later.

Sorry to hear about your issues with MSI products, have you tried to contact a customer service agent by phone? Maybe they can assist you better if you explain them your situation. Tbh, I've heard about a lot of problems with MSI products, in fact, a friend of mine had a MSI 1050ti and it broke within a few months. If they refuse to give you a solution (I don't think so, though), I recommend you to get Asus or Gigabyte for your next mobo.

Hope you get your motherboard replaced soon, cheers!

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