This is my first build and I will be using it for moderate gaming and video/photo editing. PLEASE COMMENT WITH YOUR THOUGHTS, FEEDBACK, and RECOMMENDATIONS.
This computer boots within 20 seconds of powering on, without fast boot on. I have played TF2, CS:GO and DOTA 2 and had no issues, other than being terrible. I have ActivInspire (interactive lessons creator), STEAM, Camtasia, Pinnancle Studio 12, Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11.0, and Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection installed and they work seamlessly.
I should have bought a 500GB SSD boot drive or two different SSDs. Windows 10 fills up alot of the 250 GB SSD currently installed.
Building this computer was rather easy using all the features of PC Part Picker. I ordered all of the parts except for the CPU and fan controller by using the links on PC Part Picker. The remaining components were purchased from either Newegg or Outlet PC with easy price monitoring features. All parts were received within a week of ordering and shipped right to my door.
After testing the motherboard, CPU, RAM, and graphics card outside the case (using the power supply and a monitor) the build could commence.
First, I installed the power supply and plugged it into a surge protector that was plugged into a grounded outlet. I made sure the surge protector was off and the power supply was switched off as well. Once installed I used an anti-static wrist band connected to the metal part of the case to avoid ESD. Then it was time to truly build.
MOBO, CPU, and RAM: Installing the motherboard (CPU and RAM pre-installed from testing earlier) into the case was a breeze. Since I didn't use an aftermarket CPU cooler there was plenty of space. I had to remove the power supply when connecting some of the cables from the case header to the MOBO because my fingers were too fat. A couple of screws removed though and it was no problem.
STORAGE: Installing the SSD and HDD was a breeze. The red trays supplied by DEEPcool had holes for both SSD and HDD on the 3.5" slots. I decided to install the SSD on the top 3.5" tray and the HDD on the bottom tray. I also removed the 2.5" tray bracket and the middle 3.5" tray in order to increase airflow from the front LED case fans. Removing the 2.5" bracket also created more room for my GPU.
GPU: Installing the graphics card was a bit trickier though. Originally, I wanted the card to be the top PCI slot on the back of the case, but quickly realized that was not possible. The graphics card had to use the 2nd and 3rd slot, but it also covers the 4th slot. Also, the thumb screws were a bit tricky to put back in because the board on the graphics card extends passed the slot by about an inch (magnetic screw driver solves this issue).
OPTICAL BAYS: Installing the Blu-ray burner was a little disappointing. I think the disc drive looks better in the top slot of a computer and this just wasn't possible due to the cables from the case header. So, I installed the fan controller in the top bay and the disc drive in the second bay. Ultimately, this made more space for cable management for the controller and case header cables.
WIRELESS: Installing the PCI wireless network adapter was easy after finding the correct slot, which happened to be the top slot. Since my graphics card was already installed, this became a little tight. (RECOMMENDATION: Install wireless adapter before GSU on this build)
CABLE MANAGEMENT (first timer): After connecting all the components above, the fun was really about to begin. The DEEPcool KENDOMEN does not have grommets for a professional appeal, but had plenty of holes. The back also didn’t have very many cable management hooks built into the case either. With those two things being said, I found myself spending the most time trying to manage the cables correctly. I did manage to get the case cover to be put back on, but there is a bulge. However, I do think that if I were to take a bit more time I could close the case cover without a bulge. It is a bit tight though regardless.
CPU COOLER: Installed the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO well after the original build. It was really very simple to do even with the MOBO already installed in the case. I took off the case covers and installed the back plate with ease. My method since it was in the case was to loosely installing the spacers just enough to hold the plate up in one corner and then installed the diagonal corner. After tightening the spacers with the provided tool, I then set the screws in the appropriate grove and slid the adjustable bracket through the gap in the radiator and the pipes. Instead of trying to install the radiator upright, I turned the case on the cables and applied Arctic Silver 5 High Density Silver and tightened the cooler down. I was pleasantly surprised how easy installing this cooler was. The DeepCOOL Kendomen provided plenty of space for me to install the fan closest to the back in a pull configuration, which aligns with the exhaust fan on the back of the case. I was even able to connect the fan into CPU_fan1 which was one of my worries (Thank you ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 board). Since this install was well after the first completion of the build I then replaced the covers and the cooler fit perfectly.
Install the Noctua DH-15, decided against water cooling after realizing fans are easier to replace than gpu or other components if it leaks. Temporarily installing a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO until I need it for a build for my sister (Photo editing build).
Replace RAM with more appropriate red ram.. the pinkish has got to go (that will make it in my sister rig when I build it)
Try to over clock after all parts replaced (comment with helpful links please)
**UPDATES BY DATE**
10/28/15 - Internal red LED strip connected to 6th fan control slider (probably should have installed a white LED instead). Remove case cover bulge due to cable management
11/2 /15 - Installed additional A-Data XPG 8 GB memory (less choppy video preview)
11/12/15 - Swapped red LED strip with a white LED strip.
11/25/15 - Removed and replace i3-4170 with i7-4790K, currently using stock CPU fan, no over clocking yet. (Video preview issue resolved completely)
12/6/15 - Removed and replace Corsair CX600M 80+Bronze semi-modular PSU with EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2 80+Platinum fully modular PSU. Of course with replacing the PSU, I also made some cable management adjustments. Posted updated photos of build (last three are original build photos). Yes, I realized the LED was hanging in the second picture (stupid Velcro)
1/7/16 - Removed stock CPU cooler and installed Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO in pull configuration aligned with rear exhaust fan with Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver thermal compound.
3/9/16 - Purchased the Razer KRAKEN 7.1 Chroma headset. These headphones were on sale and I was tired of not being able to talk in games and will probably use them to not type again as well.
3/27/17 - Purchased the ASUS MG28UQ 28" 4K Gaming monitor with Freesync compatibility. I didn't know how I felt going with 4K vs 2K, but I love this thing. I still get 120+ fps on max settings on CSGO. I also used Photoshop and love it as well. The only issue I am having is that some programs don't scale with Windows 10, which means font sizes are ridiculously small in some programs. I would buy it again in a heart beat.
Beat the crap out of the i3 3.7 Ghz I had bought for cheap at the beginning of this build. I couldn't have asked for a better sale from Fry's either. Well alright, I could always ask for a better sale, but got it for $250.
Installed this on a "completed" build and it was a snap. The install literally took 10 minutes and that was mostly because I was watching a video online while doing it. If I wasn't watching the video and trusted myself it would have taken about 3 minutes to install.
After installing this in a pull configuration aligned with my rear exhaust my temps were 24 degrees cooler at load. I can't believe this cooled my CPU a degree/dollar spent.
I would recommend this to anyone that has a stock cooler and room in their case.
Helped my Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO take my temps down 24 degrees. I don't know what the temps would have been with the other thermal compound, but I wasn't willing to waste my time applying compound over and over.
Simply the best, so why bother with the rest.
Love this motherboard for my red themed build. The features and easy BIOS platform make this motherboard easy to use for even the newest of DIYers. The PCIe locations were not ideal for the Radeon R9 390 due to taking up three slots. I also do not like the placement of the USB pins, but that would have been fine if the 390 didn't cover the PCIe slot under the graphics card.
Very cheap 8 GB RAM. WARNING: The red is more of a pinkish.
Bought another 8 GB RAM (totaling 16 GB)for my build.
This SSD is all its hyped up to be. Extremely easy to install and has very fast read/write speeds according to running benchmark test.
Loads of space and cheap, what else can you ask for.
Exceeds expectations as far as temps and noise. I can't wait to connect this to a 4K monitor or TV. A little disappointed there is not a full cover liquid cooler for this card. I don't want to install a universal cooler and have half the card exposed.
This case is asthetically pleasing and comes with 5 pre-installed fans. Installing components was very easy and has been very easy to update components.
Originally 4 stars because the cable management is a bit tight, but I did manage to get it closed without any bulging, after a fair amount of time.
Installed the Hyper 212 EVO while components were installed in the case, with ease (first timer on EVO as well). I also was able to work through the cable management issue and get the case to close with no bulging or gaps. I am changing my rating to a 5 star because this has simply been easy to work with and I am a first timer.
I am very pleased with this PSU. I upgraded from a semi-modular CX600M to this fully modular Platinum PSU. One thing that really stuck out was the cables that were supplied. The 8-pin CPU cable was split it 2 sets of 4 and made it very easy to slide through the top cable management whole even with my motherboard already installed. I also love that it has a 10 year warranty.
Oh yeah... I got mine for $99.99 on Nov. 30th, which makes it even better for the price. I could of got the 1000W version on black Friday for the same price, but missed out.
Had to RMA the original unit due to the ECO feature not working. I am still not going four stars because replacing the unit, since fully modular, took 45 seconds with no new cable management. I was 1 day passed the 30 day registration and EVGA gave me a complimentory RMA, no cost at all. EVGA handled this extremely well with no questions, even for a first time RMAer like myself.
Works great, but is loud while reading discs.
Easy to install, high security features and looks great
I am sure once I get used to it there will be no cons, but for now here are mine:
Doesn't allow for WEP wireless security (can't connect to network error) Makes using programs more difficult until changing settings to open as administrator by default
Wireless Network Adapter
Easy to install and connects very easily to wireless network. I have not use bluetooth yet sorry
Looks great if you want an audio equilizer appearance. Great versatility when controlling internal case tempratures. Also created space in top bay for header cable management.
It took me awhile to decide to finally buy a display and this one has not dissappointed me yet. This has opened my eyes in games and Photoshop to details I was missing on my HP monitor from 2004. I would definately recommend if you have an AMD GPU. This MG28UQ is for mainstream gaming and I can see why. It is very well priced and the on screen widget you get through ASUS is awesome for changing display settings for any application.
I am giving a 4 star rating because the display port cables and USB pass through were not the easiest to plug in. After turning the monitor vertical it wasn't as bad. I still had to squeeze my fat fingers in a small area though, which shouldn't have been that hard. I could have hooked up the cables before installing the stand as well, but then connecting the stand would have been harder.