This is my first build. It is primarily for school and gaming. So far it works pretty well. While trying to install windows 7, I did run in to a slight problem. The installer was too old to recognize the SSD without the proper driver. I did not know how to load a driver (at least, the few things that I tried did not work) so I just installed a copy of windows 8.1. I then upgraded to windows 10 and everything works great!

Also, yes I know that there is no graphics card yet. I will get one at a later date. This build should be able to handle some light gaming but I guess we shall see. On the bright side, I can play Rocket League! Once I get a graphics card, I will also add a WD Black drive to hold all of my games.

For now, I have a 3tb WD Red that will be used for music and movies.

Part Reviews


Runs great even without any over clocking!

CPU Cooler

Huge pain in the *** to install. Having to awkwardly hold the fans while trying to put the radiator on and then screwing everything in is...fine. The part that really got me was screwing the CPU end in. The metal bits that aren't supposed to move in the back just keep rotating! I had to use needle nose pliers to hold them! And then I couldn't even fit all four corners in the screw holes because of the stupid plastic pieces that I had to put on. I ended up taking those off.

Everything is attached now, with the exception of those plastic bits. The fans are a little loud but overall it works well and keeps the CPU cold.

Thermal Compound

I'm not sure why I bough this. I didn't even need it. Yay for backups!?


This was bundled for free with my CPU. Not bad. There are a good amount of USB ports and such. The led strip is kind of cool, although it doesn't match the red and black that I was originally going for. But hey, free stuff!

Oh and lack of SLI...kind of narrows down my GPU choice...


It's a nice ssd that looks great for a red and black build! Too bad it's hidden in the back of my case.


Great case! I only wish that the led color was changeable.

Optical Drive

If it wasn't for window's lack of support for playing blurays/DVDs natively, this drive would be a no brained! I purchased the bare bones OEM drive, so I had to go about grabbing my own software. Luckily there are a few free ones out there that aren't too bad.

The best part about this drive is that its pretty much silent. I haven't heard it once yet! Also the build quality is great. The drive tray doesn't shake at all like many many other disc drives out there.

Wireless Network Adapter

I wasn't expecting much from it's fine.

Fan Controller

The lack of color options is upsetting. Also wish that it wasn't powered by molex, although not a huge deal. It would be nice if I could have multiple sets of linked fans rather than only one set of linked fans. But overall it works pretty well. No problems so far!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

You're pictures do not show the ram.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah. I guess I forgot to update it once the ram came in. I'll update it tomorrow.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build but you say I'll update it tomorrow 11 months later still hasn't been updated

Ha plus 1 for that

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

No gpu?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you really get the 8gb of ddr4 memory for $35?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! I don't remember how or when but they were on sale. I would suggest

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