I was feeling quite salty about the fact that Sony was selling the PS4 version of Kerbal Space Program even though it's been broken since day one. They refused to give me a refund, so I refused to give them any more of my money. The only reason I chose to buy a PS4 over a gaming PC in the first place was the simple fact that I never wanted to have to wonder if a game would work or not. I thought that I could feel secure knowing that any game I buy in a PS4 case or from the PS store would always work properly on my system. Sony has shown me that this is not the case. By removing this sense of security, Sony has also removed their relevance to my life. This PC was funded partly by the sale of my meager holdings of Sony stock.
This PC is by no means top of the line, but is still superior to my PS4 and 2009 Macbook Pro.
Also the combination of flash and the angle I used makes the optical drive look really bad in the photo. Looks much better IRL.
So far no complaints about this CPU. Not too loud, not too hot. My only disappointment is that it seems that this processor does not meet the minimum requirements for Battlefield 1, but whatever.
I ended up getting this motherboard for only $4.99 after rebates so I really can't complain. There's no SATA III and no USB 3.0 headers, but I am a simple man and do not need these things at this point in my life.
The only complaint I have is that PCPartPicker did not catch one minor incompatibility on my part list, which is that this motherboard only has one connection for a chassis fan, but the case I bought came with two fans. Not a big deal, as it was the only issue I had when building this PC so I'll chalk it up as a success.
Insert generic "It's ram, it works" review here.
I bought a single 8GB with the intent of slapping in another one down the line.
My motherboard doesn't do SATA III, but this is my first SSD and I am blown away by the speeds.
The only game I've played so far is New Vegas and I haven't had a loading screen that was longer than 1-2 seconds. Feels good, man.
This is my first video card so I lack the knowledge and experience to provide any sort of in depth analysis. The only game I've had the chance to test it on thus far is New Vegas, which it runs at Ultra High settings with no problem. Not loud, not hot. No complaints.
Oh, there's an LED on it that you change the color of, but the guy at Microcenter said that this feature doesn't work if I'm running AMD, so the LED just stays red.
I chose this case because it was one of the few that I could find without stupid jagged-edged designs or obnoxious LEDs. The fact that it was also the cheapest case was just icing on the cake.
The silver trim is actually darker and more grey than it looks in the photos, and the little strip towards the bottom that looks whitish is actually chrome. The lower piece of silver/grey trim has a corner that does just not want to snap fully into place on mine, but it's not too noticeable so whatever.
My only gripe is that there isn't a whole lot of room for cable management. I would definitely recommend a modular power supply if you get a hard on for pristine cable management.
I had minor difficulties installing the motherboard due to the tight fit. Even after removing the rear fan, the motherboard didn't quite clear the HDD bays when I was trying to put it in place. It was a scary experience as a first time builder, but there was no apparent damage to the motherboard and everything seems to be working fine.
No complaints here.
I've only used this for installing windows and a few drivers so far, and have had no problems. Haven't tried to burn anything yet. I like the way the eject button feels when pressed, very satisfying for some reason.
This probably the noisiest part of my whole build when it is in use, but doesn't strike me as excessively loud or even louder than average.
The photo on Amazon was showing a white logo and text on the front of the drive, but the one I received has a black/unpainted logo and text. I was pleased by this because aesthetics.
I haven't used Windows since Vista, but this seems alright. Took a little getting used to.
It just seems like Microsoft tries to simplify certain things to appeal to average/below average users, but it ends up just making things less intuitive for people who were familiar with older versions of Windows.
Wireless Network Adapter
I bought this thinking it would be superior to using separate dongles for Wifi and Bluetooth. So far it seems that this was a good decision. This card does require a connection to a USB header on your motherboard so make sure you'll have a spare. Due to the layout of my motherboard, I have to basically rainbow the usb cable over the video card and zip tie it to other cables so that it does not make contact with the video card. Other motherboards may have better layouts but it seems to work fine as is.
Wifi - Works just fine, though I did have to raise my computer about a foot higher off the ground to get decent reception, but I'm pretty sure that was just due to my ****** network. The antenna has a magnetic base, which is nice.
Bluetooth - I haven't done much with the bluetooth. I did manage to connect my DS4 controller (running DS4Windows) and tested it briefly in game. Seemed to work fine.