Description

when i found out fallout 4 was not going to be released on the Xbox 360, i had 2 options. i could either buy a newer console or build a PC. obviously i chose a PC. originally i wanted to keep the PC build under $500 to make it comparable with a new console, but i let it quickly get out of hand and it ended up being over double my original budget. all i can say is that this rig is a beast! i have not played many intensive games yet because i do not want to get wrapped up in a game with fallout 4 being released in 3 days now! the few games i have played run beautifully at ultra settings and scored a much higher benchmark than 2 of my buddies gaming pc's, although theirs are a couple years old now. the build itself was a lot of fun and i wish i had the funds to build another just to do it again haha. everything with my build went smoothly, the cable management on the spec 01 was quite challenging, but i knew that from reviews so i wasn't too surprised. the only thing that i found challenging, being my first time building a PC, was plugging all the wires into their correct locations. after everything was put together it fired up fine, and with some YouTube tutorials the OS installation and bios and drivers were pretty simple to set up. overall i am extremely happy with this build! i am using it with my TV so i did not need to purchase a monitor. thanks for checking out my first pc build! -Kyle

12/02/15 installed a liquid cpu cooler! went with the cooler master glacer 240l v2. have not tested it under load yet but it idles at 27c.

01/19/16 got a pci express cable riser and flipped the gpu up to show off the fans and the detail and beauty that msi put into it. i think it came out pretty nice! obviously i can only use this until i get a second gpu to run sli, but it looks nice for now! let me know what you guys think!

Part Reviews

CPU

fast cpu with overclocking abilities! have not had any issues with it yet.

CPU Cooler

good quality aio, but i can not change the pump speed and it constantly runs at 3500rpm and is very loud... it was also a pain to install, but besides all that, it looks great and my cpu idles at 27c.

edit changed from 3 to 4 stars because i realized that the pump plug had to be in the cpu header to control the rpm. that was my error and now it runs as quiet as any of my fans do! still only 4 stars because of the challenging install.

Motherboard

great quality mobo, looks very nice, the only reason it loses a star is because there is no digital audio output. i did not think to check the specs for that when purchasing so i guess it's my fault, but it's a con in my book.

Memory

low profile, sleek looking, does what it's supposed to. no complaints.

Storage

my first ssd. only use it for the os and cache. my pc boots up in under 10 seconds!

Storage

good solid hdd. does what it's supposed to. no complaints.

Video Card

amazing gpu! plays any game i throw at it in 1080p with max settings and never drops below 50fps

Case

nice looking case, and its good for the money, but if you can afford a little larger one i would recommend doing so because it is very tight inside and there is almost no room for cable management.

Power Supply

great psu, nice sleeved cables, does what it's supposed to. never had any problems.

Optical Drive

does what it's supposed to. no complaints yet.

Operating System

it's like a better version of 7. i hated windows 8, glad they did away with that style of os. loving windows 10 so far.

Case Fan

good quality quiet fan. does what it's supposed to, no complaints.

Case Fan

got this fan to go with the led fan that comes in the front of the corsair spec-01 case. the case only comes with one led fan and i wanted 2 to make it look nicer. basic fan, does what it's supposed to do, looks nice!

Keyboard

for the price, you can't go wrong. the keyboard looks great and the quality feels ok. the mouse looks and feels great.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

Good to see a person switch from console to PC. Welcome to the master race.

  • 51 months ago
  • 4 points

Welcome to proper gaming +1....the head light "why so serious,son"

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man! its been a good and rewarding switch!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man! glad to be part of the race!

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice build!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man! im happy with it :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

originally i wanted to keep the PC build under $500 to make it comparable with a new console, but i let it quickly get out of hand and it ended up being over double my original budget.

Story of my life.

How are you liking the motherboard?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, true that. the motherboard exceeded all of my expectations! msi makes some very high quality parts! the only thing i dont like about it is that it does not have a digital audio out for some reason. the gaming 3 does and i think the 7 does, but not the 5 for some reason... but i didnt think about that when looking at specs. its not a huge deal, just would have made hooking up my surround sound better since i have it plugged in via 3.5mm aux cable haha.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

MSi sure does know how to make a nice looking motherboard.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah they do! the box it came in was already over the top, and when i opened it up the mobo looked and felt so premium! honestly i chose this mobo to match my GPU, but im glad i did haha

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a heads up, you can still use a wired USB controller with fallout 4, so keep that in mind if you prefer a controller!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

i actually have a receiver for the wireless Xbox 360 controller, but i think im going to try to learn to play games with the mouse and keyboard now that im part of the master race haha. but i may use the controller just so its easier than leaning over my coffee table lol. who knows :p

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Not kidding when I say that I share the EXACT same reason and solution. Never really co suffered it a whole lot until I saw that. But hey, I hear of gaming is always better

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah thats true :) games do look, load, and play a lot better than on a console

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the input. i have it on my tv because it also serves as a home theatre system. my wife and i use it for netflix, and it has a 60hz refresh rate and 1080p, and that is all i really need. maybe one day ill move it to a dedicated pc room and get a nice 4k monitor, but for now, it does the job :) and i kinda went with a budget case to cut down on the cost since i went way over my budget, and i will be upgrading the cooler and adding more ram and storage when i get the funds. i had absolutely no idea what i was doing when i jumped into building this, so i have the product of a month of research and youtube lol. it does its job, and quite well in my opinion. just wanted to put it up here to see what you guys thought. thanks again for the input and suggestions! its all a learning experience!

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, i completely agree with you that its not the optimal setup for performance, but it does the job for what we use it for

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