I built this computer mostly for looks. Its a great entry level computer for someone that wants a cheap computer that looks like an expensive machine. There were some things that I should have spent more money on, such as the graphics card, however I am pleased with it. I did have some of the parts given to me for free/discount from another person that was upgrading their rig. The total is around $500 for me, however, I did get Windows 10 for $20 dollars, from my brother. Huge shout-out to him!
Runs well with most games
Runs fairly quit
Fairly power conservative
Overclocked by 5% absolutely no problem
Hard drive rattles a lot
Releases a lot of heat with computer and monitor
Graphics card bottlenecks performance due to overheating
LED lights can be obnoxious at night time
Hidden cable management is a disaster
Side panel had to be bent in order to close over the screw for the water cooler radiator fan
All in all this computer is a great little machine. Good build for first-timers. I will need to add another fan blowing onto the graphics card to improve performance, and allow overclocking
Excellent CPU, I run it through some pretty strenuous tests and never had this CPU bottleneck or struggle. However, the stock cooler fan is mostly an expensive paperweight. I will use that for a cheap build (or as an emergency cpu fan while another one is on its way.) The cpu handled the overclock rather nicely, looking at overclocking it more.
This cooler is amazing! The highest ever recorded temp that I have gotten is 55 deg. Celsius, after running the cpu for 30 minutes at full speed on a Prime 95 test, in direct sunlight in a pretty toasty room (at least 85 degrees or higher) room. during normal use, it keeps the cpu down to 20 to 30 degrees, with a mere 11 idle and light usage temperature. This cooler runs quiet, and cool - everything you would want! The only con is that is uses two separate cables for the water pump and the fan. On a lower end motherboard like mine, it uses up every fan slot.
What can I say? It does the job, no problems yet.
Great little motherboard. It has essentially every slot that I would need it for. It runs quite well, no problems with it. Overclocking is not the easiest, however it is simple enough. The BIOS could be better, but it does its job. The only con is the motherboard having only two fan slots (chassis fan, and cpu fan). Other than that, it works great. I love the dark board with the bright blue heat sinks (and light blue PCI-E slots)
Beautiful blue heatsink color. I have not experienced any problems with the ram, but it runs relatively fast, however it does seem that there could be a better value for the price.
Awesome little graphics card. This card allows me to run a few games on max settings, and most games on medium settings with no lag. There seems to be a little bug (not sure if it is my card or the software) that sometimes causes the fan to run at full speed, sounding like a throttled hair drier, even when the computer is idling. Other than that, it .runs quite well, and relatively quiet (at normal speeds). Other than that, the software is gold, easy overclocking, easy recording software, settings, etc...
It is a cheap case, but it works. The side window scratches very easy, even with a cloth. A few expansion slots on the front of the case appear to be falling out, even though I have not removed them before. The "cable management" is really not all that nice, and I ended up stuffing a few wire groups into an empty storage bay. The metal is also thin, and flimsy, so it bends quite easily. On another note, it looks nice, the fans works well, the leds are bright and the noise is muffled pretty well. Excellent for a cheap build, but not much more than that.
No problems with the PSU itself, however I regret not getting a semi or fully modular supply. For how many cables it has, it does not seem to have as many useful ones. It only has a few molex ports, and absolutely no pwm fan ports, so i had to order an adapter on ebay. It runs quiet, and for the price, it is an excellent power supply. I would recommend this over similar low end power supplies.