Just to provide a bit of backstory, I've spent the last 4-5 years gaming on a Dell XPS 8500 (which was pretty okay TBH) and some crappy old Gateway desktop. Before that, I just borrowed my dad's laptop. Starting around mid-2015, I spent countless hours on YouTube and tech forums educating myself about how to build a PC and how to select components. Numerous changes have been made to parts list over the last couple months. Just to list a few, GTX 970 to R9 390, i5 4690k to i7 4790k, an addition of an SSD, and NZXT S340 to an NZXT H440.
Originally, the goal of this rig was to crush most modern games at 1080p 60 FPS, but I forgot that I don't actually have a 1080p monitor. Oops. Currently, it's crushing all games at 900p 60 FPS. I plan on picking up a 1080p, FreeSync, 144hz monitor fairly soon, so I'll update this post when that happens.
As for components, I'm pretty darn happy with the stuff I picked up; although, there were a few hiccups. The i7 I got was purchased from a local Frys, which was great because I didn't have to wait for it to ship. The major downside to that was the i7 came with the heat spreader literally ripped from the actual chip. To add insult to injury, when I received my replacement, I accidently bent several pins in the CPU socket while attempting to insert it. For storage, I chose a 1 TB WD Blue (which came dead, RIP) for mass storage and a 250GB 850 EVO to boot from. I absolutely love the look of the Black/Red H440, BUT the USB 3.0 connector did not get along with the USB 3.0 socket on my MOBO. The grommets did not line up evenly with the socket on the MOBO, and due to the large size of the 3.0 connector, it made it incredibly hard to plug it in while the MOBO was in the case. After about a week, I got so sick of the fact that I had no 3.0 ports on top of my case I took everything out and routed the 3.0 connector through the drive cages and plugged it into the MOBO before I screwed it back into the case. My power supply was sort of a miss buy. I didn't realize there was a difference between the CX 750 and the CX 750M. Oh whale. Thanks to the H440's awesome little power supply bay thing, I had no issues routing the cables I needed through the case.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the build. It boots and launches Steam lightning fast, and is great for gaming and photo editing. In terms of future upgrades, I hope to pick up another 8GB kit of RAM along with some more HDD storage along with a spanking new monitor.
Beast of CPU. Doesn't bottleneck games and handles rendering incredibly well.
Great bang for the buck CPU cooler. Does what it's supposed to. Warning make sure to put this cooler in BEFORE mounting your MOBO. It will save you a lot of time.
Great MOBO except for the fact that its USB 3.0 header is mounted in a weird direction making it extremely hard to attach the case connector when the MOBO is mounted.
Does what it's supposed to. Haven't had any problems.
Boots Windows in seconds. I absolutely love this SSD.
No problems so far. Decently fast for an HDD.
Crushes all games at 900p, hopefully when I get a new monitor I'll update this review.
Beautiful case, easy cable management. A bit tight to work in though.