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​This is my first actual build. From a young age, I've been fixing computers. I even took apart older computers and just to put them back together. This time, I actually did months of research to determine what type of parts I needed while staying within my budget of $1000 Canadian. Even though it was a little over, due to taxes, it's still a great machine. Check the part breakdown to see what I used for this build. Check my part comments to see what I think so far of the parts I have.

​Just a little bit of a background as to why I named my computer The Hub. She's named The Hub because I am the only tech guy in my house. Problems with the Internet, solution comes through me. The printer isn't working, solution comes though me. Another computer in my house isn't responding, solution comes through me. My 5 year old laptop did most of the heavy lifting in my house. She was the go to computer for fixes, my University computer and my gaming computer. Even though it had an integrated graphics card, it still preformed many games well above the min. requirements, even though I had to put them on low. But like many things, it was getting old and I wanted to treat myself. So I bought all the parts, put them together and built my first computer. Even though my older computer will still be used for Tax Season and light web browsing, it was a good computer and I hope the same performance and durability will come from my new computer.

On to what this computer is gonna be used for, it's gonna be doing double duty. It's my personal/gaming computer, mainly going to do some web browsing and causal gaming with a couple friends after work. It is also going to be my go to computer when problems arise with other computers, my internet and many other technology in my house.

So far, everything works great, despite a few nervous moments, for the most part, its been a great computer. She started on her first try and she's been quick. quiet and cool through initial setup of all my programs and games. What really stands out is the MSI Command Centre and EVGA PrecisionX. More on what makes them so great in their respected part comment sections.

The only thing I am disappointed in is the case. It's a good case, but it does feel a little cheap and no CPU Power hole behind the motherboard makes cable management a little hard. Other than that, its a good case and my full review of the case is found in the Case Review.

That's it for now. I do plan on changing the case fans, 1 green exhaust fan in the back and 1 blue intake fan in the front. I also want to put a green intake fan above the motherboard for full cooling. That will happen later on.

Anyways, hopefully you enjoyed looking at my build. Checkout my review of the parts and if you have any questions about my build, feel free to comment.! :D

Part Reviews

CPU

Pros:

-Stays relatively cool while idle (around 30C) and while under load (mid-50s to low 60s), even though I am using the stock cooler.

-Very nice performance while performing CPU based applications.

-3.3GHz to 3.9GHz speeds making it a cheaper alternative to the 6600K, if you don't plan on overclocking, this processor is great for you.

Cons: - None at the moment.

My Final Evaluation:

It's a wonderful processor and a perfect one for me. Yeah the 6500 is probably a better alternative if you have a strict budget, but for me, this provides a lot of power for a little bit of extra money and it doesn't need to be overclocked, unless you need to go over 4.0GHz.

Motherboard

If I could, I would give it 10 Stars! :D

Pros (I Don't Even Know Where to Begin)

-Motherboard feels really high quality.

-Mostly everything was easy to install, one of the RAM sticks needed a little bit more of a push to get in.

-Nice layout of the components. Everything is in the right place which lead to good cable management.

-Relatively easy to install the motherboard software.

-My favorite part of this motherboard, the Command Centre. Let's me control the fan speeds to keep the system cool and has sensors on the board that tell the current temperature. Also, has a Cooling Feature. One push of the button and all fans go to 100% and the temperature drops from 60C to 30C in less than 2mins.

-The three debug LEDs are perfect in identifying hardware problems. Just a note, the Graphics LED will come on than come off when the computer starts. It's normal and it's initializing the digital output.

Cons (Does not affect my overall 10 Star Rating):

-Red LEDs at the back of the motherboard gave me a scare at first. Thought they were the Debug LEDs, but they were for design. Should make the Debug LEDs a different colour so it isn't totally confusing.

-MSI Gaming App doesn't give me the options to see my GPU speed and temperature. Also, it doesn't appear while in-game. The investigation continues! :D

Overall Review:

It's a fantastic Motherboard. Originally going to go with a ASUS Motherboard, but it was sold out and this was the next best thing. You can say it was like we were meant to be. Anyways, if I could give it 10 stars, I would. It's just that great. It looks pretty, it feels like high quality and the components are in great positions which make it great for cable management. My favorite part of the motherboard is the MSI Command Centre. It gives me the options to control the fans and has a neat feature where I can cool the system down with one push of a button.

There's only two Cons, but they're not deal breakers.

Other than that, it's a really really great motherboard and well worth the money in my opinion. :)

Memory

RAM is RAM. Easiest and cheapest thing to replace in a computer build. It works fine for its purpose. No bonus points for looks, but it works fine. If you don't really want to spend a lot on RAM, this one is perfect.

Memory

RAM is RAM. Easiest and cheapest thing to replace in a computer build. It works fine for its purpose. No bonus points for looks, but it works fine. If you don't really want to spend a lot on RAM, this one is perfect.

I only got this one to get the free SSD. I originally only had 8GB of RAM, but my local store said buy more than 8GB and get a free SSD. That's why I bought this one :)

Storage

I got this free with a purchase of 8GB or more of RAM from my local store. That's a definitely a plus 1! :D

Anyways, it's a great drive. Boots up my OS is less than 10 seconds and is quick when loading essential programs and the few games I have on it. Works as intended :)

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Congrats on the build, looks great! The mobo looks so tiny in the case!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

"The Hub"

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Looooooool ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) In all seriousness, awesome build that case is beautiful.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You need msi afterburner to change the gpu speed/clock and to show it on screen

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fan headers does the mobo has?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

There's two, one for the front, one for a rear fan :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fan headers are there? on your motherboard, I'm thinking of getting the same one.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

There's two, one for the front, one for a rear fan :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

If I have 2 case fans and one CPU fan, would it work?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah because there's two case fan inputs and 1 CPU Fan input. :)

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