Description

This is my first time building a PC. It's mostly for gaming and since I'm gonna study Computer Engineering in college this year I'm gonna need a good PC also for programming.

CPU: Really satisfied with it. I got one with no k chip because the i5-6600k had no fan and I was out of budget. Plus, I decided that I may actually not overclock, since I do not want to risk shortening the life of my components. However! There was a small drawback, which was a drawback because I am a beginner and It made me very anxious at first. The heatsink fan's cable was too short and couldn't reach the cpu fan header. I installed it in the orientation shown on all videos, but I had that problem. So I removed it and placed it again with the Intel logo upside down. Hope it isn't a big deal?

Motherboard: Really nice mobo. I love the LEDs. It's great.

RAM: No comment. Works perfectly.

SSD/HDD: No complaints yet.

Video Card: Haven't tested it yet but I'm sure It will play most games perfectly. I will update with more comments.

Case: Alright so first things first. It's an exceptionally good looking case. Sleek, not cluncky like most out there, with just enough color to suit my scheme. I also love the side window and the In win logo is really cool. The mirror-like face of the case is absolutely goergous! Other than that It's my first build so I can't possible judge if there actually are better cases for the price range but I can say that with my little experience the case could be better for its price for the following reasons: First of all a thing that weird me out was the slots where the gpu comes out from the back of the case. Except for the first slot panel, the other 6 were of the "breakable type", meaning there are no screws to take them off but you actually have to BREAK THEM OFF and you can never put them back! I though that only old cases were still like that, and I couldn't see anything similar in tutorial videos so at first sight I had no idea what to do and I was to afraid to push them hard in fear of breaking them. But that was the point lol! Also another weird thing is the case fan cable. Well the cable ends in 2 connectors, a 2-pin one and a 3-hole one. I guessed that the "3-hole" one connects to the 4-pin fan header on the mobo. There other is still a mystery and I have yet to connect it somewhere but at least the fan and the leds work fine. Also In Win's site suggests that the case has plenty of space in the back for cable management but I can say that I had some trouble fitting the cables and then putting the back panel on without squeezing everything. And to top all that the manual provided is kinda vague...It mostly has intrigate pictures with no text explaining them and It's very hard to make out what it means, not to mention that there are no instructions for the case fan cables.. Overall It's a goergous case and I guess it was worth the trouble but I'm scared to suggest it to a beginner like me.

PSU: Love this Psu! Works fine till now and I really like the way it's packaged. All the cables are stored in a small bag and the PSU is protected in a cute pouch with the coolermaster logo on it. You can definitely use this for putting other stuff in it in your home lol. My only complaint ( I hate this) is that the cpu power cable is too freaking short! I ended up not routing it from the back and it just goes in front of the mobo all the way to the header...Fortunately I managed to put it in place without it looking ugly or being in the way of the components but I hate that I couldn't route it from the back...

Monitor: Great monitor but it was the reason I couldn't reach the bios on the first boot, something that causes enormous anxiety to all builders. Well the package came with a cable that connects vga to vga. So normally as the usual noob I am I connected the monitor to the mobo as it was quite obvious since it was the only cable provided. Well to my surprise when I boot my pc the screen was black and no BIOS coming up. I searched it up a bit and I found out that if you have a gpu you should connect the monitor to that. But the thing is the gpu has a DVI and not VGA plug and I only had a VGA to VGA cable provided in the package. Well then I run to the tech store and I got a DVI to VGA adaptor. It wasn't a huge problem obviously but it freaked me out at first ( Imagine your pc not booting and you have no idea why!) I think the package should have had an appropriate cable from the start. I'm not sure if you guys had one included when buying this monitor but mine didn't.

Keyboard/Mouse: Really nice combo. My complaint is that the LEDs on the keyboard aren't very visible from an angle and it's hard too read the letters if you're not very experienced with typing. Thankfully I got used to it. The buttons are quite smaller and taller than I expected, as I was used to typing on a laptop all this time with pretty big and flat buttons. Also typing is veery loud something I am also not very used to. I love the mouse it looks really cool and it provides me with everything I need. I think the combo is really worth the money if you can't afford spending much on the peripherials.

Headphones: Really great sound, absolutely love them. The design is also really nice, without frills, minimalistic and professional looking. Awesome for the price.

Speakers: Well I didn't want to spend much on speakers anyway so I got the cheapest decent ones. I don't have any complaints. They do their job and they have decent sound, just what I need. Good for their price.

Bonus: The Headphone stand is actually a...Barbie stand LOL! I happened to clean some desk cabinets in my room to open up some storage for my PC stuff and I found old toys. Well if you're on a budget you gotta be creative.

Part Reviews

CPU

Really satisfied with it. I got one with no k chip because the i5-6600k had no fan and I was out of budget. Plus, I decided that I may actually not overclock, since I do not want to risk shortening the life of my components. However! There was a small drawback, which was a drawback because I am a beginner and It made me very anxious at first. The heatsink fan's cable was too short and couldn't reach the cpu fan header. I installed it in the orientation shown on all videos, but I had that problem. So I removed it and placed it again with the Intel logo upside down. No big deal

Motherboard

Really nice mobo. I love the LEDs. It's great.

Case

Alright so first things first. It's an exceptionally good looking case. Sleek, not cluncky like most out there, with just enough color to suit my scheme. I also love the side window and the In win logo is really cool. The mirror-like face of the case is absolutely goergous! Other than that It's my first build so I can't possible judge if there actually are better cases for the price range but I can say that with my little experience the case could be better for its price for the following reasons: First of all a thing that weird me out was the slots where the gpu comes out from the back of the case. Except for the first slot panel, the other 6 were of the "breakable type", meaning there are no screws to take them off but you actually have to BREAK THEM OFF and you can never put them back! I though that only old cases were still like that, and I couldn't see anything similar in tutorial videos so at first sight I had no idea what to do and I was to afraid to push them hard in fear of breaking them. But that was the point lol! Also another weird thing is the case fan cable. Well the cable ends in 2 connectors, a 2-pin one and a 3-hole one. I guessed that the "3-hole" one connects to the 4-pin fan header on the mobo. There other is still a mystery and I have yet to connect it somewhere but at least the fan and the leds work fine. Also In Win's site suggests that the case has plenty of space in the back for cable management but I can say that I had some trouble fitting the cables and then putting the back panel on without squeezing everything. And to top all that the manual provided is kinda vague...It mostly has intrigate pictures with no text explaining them and It's very hard to make out what it means, not to mention that there are no instructions for the case fan cables.. Overall It's a goergous case and I guess it was worth the trouble but I'm scared to suggest it to a beginner like me.

Power Supply

Love this Psu! Works fine till now and I really like the way it's packaged. All the cables are stored in a small bag and the PSU is protected in a cute pouch with the coolermaster logo on it. You can definitely use this for putting other stuff in it in your home lol. My only complaint ( I hate this) is that the cpu power cable is too freaking short! I ended up not routing it from the back and it just goes in front of the mobo all the way to the header...Fortunately I managed to put it in place without it looking ugly or being in the way of the components but I hate that I couldn't route it from the back...

Wireless Network Adapter

Great. Plug-and-go very easy installation, fast internet connection. No complaints.

Keyboard

Really nice combo. My complaint is that the LEDs on the keyboard aren't very visible from an angle and it's hard too read the letters if you're not very experienced with typing. The buttons are quite smaller and taller than I expected, as I was used to typing on a laptop all this time with pretty big and flat buttons. Also typing is veery loud (not as loud as mechanical ofc). I love the mouse it looks really cool and it provides me with everything I need. I think the combo is worth the money if you can't afford spending much on the peripherials. Edit: I recently got a mechanical keyboard and I must say if you have the money it is much better that the devastator.

Headphones

Really great sound, absolutely love them. The design is also really nice, without frills, minimalistic and professional looking. Awesome for the price.

Speakers

I don't have any complaints. They do their job and they have decent sound, just what I need. One thing: When you turn the volume too high from the button it has a weird continuous squeeky sound. If you turn the sound up from the computer this does not happen.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

MY best advice...get a 212x..might do a differrence..i think only 30£

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) I'm checking the temperatures with a program and they are ok. If I see there's a problem in the future I will definitely get one.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! 1k is a great price range for beginners. I might just actually replicate this build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Did the motherboard come with that World of Tanks branding on the chipset? On all the websites it shows pictures of it branded with G1 Gaming. Really nice motherboard, but if it comes branded with World of Tanks on it, that's a big turn off.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah unfortunately haha. I don't really like world of tanks too :/

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Re-paint with thermal friendly non electrically conductive paint. Paint it pink with pretty flowers... Anything beats World of Tanks.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you mean Rouge? Because according to google rogue means a dishonest or unprincipled man.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah rogue i just liked the name and it reminded me of assassin's creed. Lame i know haha :p

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have personally gone for an r9 380 of some sort. Not only can you find them on newegg for under $200 but they also have better performance in my experience. I'm a little biased because in general I like the AMD gpu's better but this is just my opinion.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha it's alright! I was actually thinking of the r9 380 after some people suggested it to me, but I have to admit ny nvidia bias as well lol! It's a never ending match actually and It tired me a lot searching for which is better on the internet because people had such different opinions. So I just asked a friend in real life to just tell me what he thinks and I think he is pretty nvidia biased as well so we just agreed on gtx960 and went for it. Amd has absolutely great cards but I think in the end people will just choose the one they like most and that's ok. :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

As someone who has used both brands, I can safely say they are both good enough. The only reason I prefer nvidia these days is the faster clock rates and lower standard deviation regarding frame rates. I like a high clock rate to VRAM ratio, as it seems to suit my purposes nicely.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have two questions. First how is that motherboard. Is it any good. Did you have ant issues with it. And my second question is where did you buy the motherboard from.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard is absolutely great so far. It has all the futures I need and it looks great (though it has a World of Tanks logo unfortunately but I'm sure you can find a version that does not.) Well I'm greek and I got it from a greek shop so I'm not sure it will help you...It's called e-shop.gr

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I was actually gonna get an evga but I live in Greece and we don't have much variety...also the prices were way higher, I actually payed 1300 for it x_x

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Location can be killer. A buddy in Turkey has staggeringly different prices for parts I can get on the cheap here in the US. And international shipping is ridiculous. I once considered shipping Australian products to the US, and it just wasn't worth it. Missed out on some great hardware, but the price just did not match the shipping price. I forget exactly what it was, so it must have been somewhat unimportant in the long run.