How the Killer Spectrum Was Born
I was wondering what to ask for Christmas and couldn't think of anything. I thought long and hard and then it came to me, computer parts. My old system was getting slow and wasn't reliable. A new system would cost too much to ask for for Christmas. I decided to upgrade my system. Many of the parts in my system were good parts, there were just some that could definitely use an upgrade. I decided to ask for these items.
I like AMD Ryzen processors and found this one on sale for $150 at the MicroCenter. It was a great deal so I looked at the specs. It had eight cores and sixteen threads. It seemed to have good specs. I looked up reviews on this processor and it seemed really great so I decided to ask for it.
This was a decent cooler. I don't need top of the line right now. I plan to upgrade it in a few years so I can overclock but for now, I'll just use the processor at its stock speeds.
This thermal paste had great performance and is pretty cheap. My other option for the MX series would be the MX-4. The MX-4 was runnier and harder to apply, so I decided on the MX-2 instead.
This motherboard is awesome. It supports 2-Way SLI and 3-Way CrossFire. It also is a full ATX board. It supports Aura Sync so I can sync up all my RGB components. I found it on sale at the MicroCenter for $139.99 after bundle savings.
I was actually not expecting this memory. I asked for G.Skill Aegis 8 GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3000 memory. I was surprised to see this under the tree. I love this RAM. It has an addressable strip on the top of the memory. It is super high performance. I love the heat spreader design also.
These SATA cables fit my purple and black theme. They weren't too expensive also. I needed two of them for my SSD and HDD.
These case fans look nice. I was actually not expecting this either. I was expecting one Cougar Vortex RGB fan. Instead, I got these. They are a great deal. They look nice and perform nice.
This was a big surprise for me. I never asked for a new case at all. When I was done opening presents (at least thought I was done) my dad said he had to go get something. He brought back a giant present for me. I opened it up and it was a new case with a side panel window!
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I was blown away with this processor. On a regular working load, this processor never gets fully loaded. This might not be enough for people who are doing things such as bitcoin mining, but for tasks such as photo editing, this is absolutely amazing. I would have gone for a 2700X, but it was almost double the price, so it wasn't an option. It was a huge upgrade from my previous processor. It is even unlocked for overclocking. I was able to get it to four gigahertz on all cores. Be sure to get a good cooler if you plan on overclocking because this processor needs a lot of voltage. Voltage makes heat, which can destroy components. Be sure to have lots of case fans also, because the VRM will get very toasty at high voltages.
This cooler is amazing! It is ultra quiet, even during a stress test, and gets decent temperatures. When overclocked, my processor doesn't get past 75 degrees. It looks really nice, too. The RGB ring around it adds a lot of beauty to this part. I wish the AMD logo on it was RGB also, but sadly it just appears white and there is nothing that you can do about it.
This motherboard is a beast. It has support for dual graphics and triple graphics setups, two M.2 slots, and always-on USB ports. It looks very nice in the case and the RGB is amazing.
I wish I could rate it five stars, but I can't. I have tried for days to get this memory to run at it's maximum speed, but cannot. I really don't think I should blame it on G.Skill, though. Many other people with Ryzen processors can't get their RAM to run at it's rated speed unless it has Samsung B-die chips. It is kind of disappointing, but the memory looks nice and is still good memory.
This SSD is awesome. It doesn't hit exactly 600MB/s, but it gets close. The read speed and write speed of this drive is impressive. I plan to upgrade to an M.2 SSD in the future. When I do, this will be put in RAID with the hard drive to speed it up.
This drive gets five stars because of it's price. It didn't cost me anything. I pulled it out of my grandma's old laptop and I decided to put it in my build. It is actually a very quiet drive.
The only reason I rated this five stars is because I got it for free. My dad found a computer in the garbage can and this drive was in it. I decided to put it in my build because why not? It actually worked out well because I needed a drive to back my files up to. It is not the best drive, but it is much better then having no backup at all.
I got this hard drive while it was on sale for thirty dollars and it works great. I will always be buying BarraCuda hard drives from now on. This might not run Windows well, but for just simple data storage, this thing is a beast!
It is not the best graphics card, but I needed something that would work before I got a beefy graphics card, so I chose this. I really don't do anything graphically intensive such as gaming, but I just want something that looks nicer.
My favorite computer case. It has great cable management and a clear side panel window. It is very simple, clean, and compact. The dust filters don't filter all the dust out, but they do a pretty good job. I can see dust in the fan heatsink, but not enough that I am going to clean it immediately.
I had to get a new power supply because my previous power supply did not have all the necessary connections. It is a very nice power supply and I am very satisfied with it. The stock cables are a bit bulky, but not all that bad. The fully modular design is a nice touch and makes cable management a lot easier. I know the wattage is a bit overkill, but I plan to use multiple graphics cards in the future, so I might actually end up needing more.
It took me a long time to figure out how to transfer this product key over, but I finally got it. It is the best operating system I have used in my life and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Wireless Network Adapter
This card did not come with the necessary cable that it needs to work. It is currently sitting in my build doing no good at all. It worked in my old build so I do not understand why it won't work in my new one. I was really great while it lasted.
Great deal for a three fan pack. These fans are a bit noisy, but they perform well. If noise bothers you, these might not be the fans for you, but if you are looking for cheap budget fans, this is a no-brainer. I plan to upgrade to the RF140's for more airflow, but these will work fine for now.
Decent paste for the price. It has good cooling performance as far as I can tell. It is really hard to put a review on thermal paste, because you really don't know if the cooler or the paste is dropping your temps.
I wanted to do a purple build at first, so I asked for these cables. Then, I decided I wanted a red build. It is no big deal though, because I can't see much of them when they are installed in the case. They are great cables for very little money.
My only concern about this product is that it will breathe out a little fire every once in a while and the fans have to spin a lot harder then they usually would. It is very detailed and fits my red theme. It has silver and gold on the top and bottom also so it gives my build something more interesting.