This is my first ever PC build. I have been a console gamer forever and I finally gave in after a few of my buddies told me I could build a"budget" PC. Well I started off with a $500 limit and that soon doubled after doing plenty of research and coming to terms with my need for RGB.
The build overall went pretty good. I did have a noob moment like I'm sure every 1st builder has had. I had the PC running for a few days but it would run decently warm....around 80C. I decided to re-apply the thermal paste to the CPU/cooler. When I removed the CPU cooler, I realized I never removed the protective plastic from the back. Thank god it didn't melt on.
Overall, I'm extremely impressed with how this turned out. I love gaming on PC and I'm sure I'll never go back.
Great for the price. Easy to install. No issues.
Great low-profile cooler. It does a good job, however would not do well with any sort of overclocking.
BIOS is super easy to maneuver. Very user-friendly. Decent aesthetics for anyone looking that as well. It doesn't affect the review at all, but I'm not a huge fan of the orange LED strip on the left bottom edge.
BEAUTIFUL RAM. RAM is RAM, but if you want something to really POP on your build, look for this to be the centerpiece. Even without RGB fans or lights, this is a great addition. 4 stars just because the software is really buggy at the time of this review.
Great little SSD. Quick boot times. I'm using this as the main HD on my build, but will only use it for boot when I upgrade with additional storage.
Great bang for the buck with this! If looking to go budget with good performance, this is your best bet IMO.
Great looking case with a huge side window to view all the components. The case makes cable management a breeze. There isn't a true PSU shroud, but there is a cover that essentially make a "basement" with the tinted part of the acrylic panel. The tinted part of the acrylic panel can also be removed. Lots of fan space, one in the rear, two on top, two in the front. Can hold 120-140 mm fans.
The only con I have with this case is that it is pretty large for a micro ATX. Easy as big as a NZXT s340. As you can see in the photos, there is a lot of unused space.
Decent enough power to do what I need it to do. However, for about the first 15 hours of use, the fan was EXTREMELY loud. Like very unnaturally loud. I thought I would have to send it back, but after time it is now virtually quiet.
The more I use Windows 10, the more I like it.
LOVE THESE FANS. Honestly, go with the 140's if you can. I love the look they give to this build. Even at 100%, they are extremely quiet. The only gripe I have is that the LED only faces one way and it pulls in air from the LED side. So if you have them the way I have them oriented in my case, they can only be exhaust.
I like this keyboard. I would like it more if it had dedicated media keys though. The settings are basic, but they work. No included software, only uses programmed keys.
The mouse would be considered "small" for most people, but I have small hands so I love it.
The mem-chanical claim they make though is false. Although this keyboard sounds mechanical, the feel is very very noticeably membrane.
The controller works fine. However, the CAM software for this controller is shotty. The curves are pretty agressive and if you create your own (which you can easily do) it seems to make the fans "pulse" they speed up and down repeatedly from 25%-100% every few seconds. Very annoying.
If you stick to the pre-set ones, though, you'll be fine.
I went with the white one because NZXT was having a deal on the white. Otherwise, I may have gone with the black. New CAM update allows you to turn off the LED on the controller which is a HUGE bonus to me. Otherwise the LED stays on on the controller even after shutdown.
The lights are very vibrant and bright and the settings are awesome.