As my mid 2014 Macbook pro 13" showed its incompetence at handling games(csgo at 20fps and mafia 2 at 10-20 fps) and video editing earlier this year, I started looking for a new computer. My budget gave me two options. I could either sell my macbook pro for 800CAD and pay 1500CAD for a new(but low end specs) macbook pro 13", which will be my only computer for the next 2-3 years in college, or I could keep my 2014 macbook pro and spend that 1500CAD on a PC. Hmmmm After 2 months of planning, nights of research, and multiple debates between parts, I bought all my parts mid August. Living close to the US border means that I can buy parts from retailers in Canada and US, which I did. As you will see in the price list, I am lucky to have bought those parts at those prices. On to the building part. After watching multiple build guide from numerous Youtubers, I finish my first build in less than 2 hours; however, there were a few things I could have done right. For instance maybe I if I weren't in such a rush to see what my build looks like, I could've connect the front IO and fan connectors first, that way I didn't have to remove my GPU shortly after installing it, that way I didn't have to pull on my GPU and then realizing that if I had push the PCIE slot tab all the way down the GPU pops out by itself. : ) Fortunately, my pc booted normally. I ran into a problem after I installed Windows. I wasn't getting internet from my ethernet port down in the basement. I tried many many methods I found online, I bought a power line but that was no use. After days of trial and error, I was able to get internet. But I still don't know what was wrong. Before the problem was fixed, I had to connect my PC to my macbook and share my macbook's internet with my PC. I am planning to purchase the NZXT kraken x52 rev 2 as it has an awesome rgb cpu block. I am also looking at a few Noctua fans but I don't know if I still need it if I have a CPU cooler. But overall everything looks good and I absolutely love my PC and gaming on it or just using it feels like a charm. I am so glad I didn't go for a new macbook pro.
Haven't tried overclocking yet as I am still using the stock cooler, but so far a very capable CPU.
Nothing wrong with this, but the support for this mobo is unbelievable. The issue is that I couldn't set my ram to its advertised speed even with XMP profile on and I couldn't change the ram voltage for some reasons. I emailed Asrock a week ago and haven't heard back and I couldn't find anything online. Another thing to keep in mind, if you are using a m.2 ssd, the bottom m.2 slot is the only slot that supports that, the top slot is for Nvme.
Good looking ram stick, the cheapest 3000mhz I could find in August 2018.
Speed is good, everything runs hella fast.
Cheap storage at good speed.
People freak out when they see the DT version and some even say it is less capable. But let me remind you that the DT versions are just as fast as any 1080 at base clock, they are labeled DT simply because they aren't stable at overclocked speed. If you see a DT card at a good price, buy it, it is a 1080. I bought this card from B&H for 429.99 USD with no tax, and it also came with a FREE EVGA G3 750W Gold+ psu(around $100). At the time of writing this review, you could have this 1080 or a 1070ti with no psu. However, don't have high hopes if you wanna try overclocking. This is my first time overclocking so I went by the books. After many hours of heaven benchmark, I got a stable 210/600. But when I launched Division and CSGO I was getting instability and glitches.So I tune it down to 170/500, but then GTA 5 won't work properly. Then I gave up overclocking all together.
but everything else works great, love the RBG.
Great case at great price with good look. Although it is a mAtx case, it is still larger than some mATX cases. Pros: Cut outs for cable management The mesh at the front provides great air flow while keeping the looks Has air filters all around Overall just very easy to install everything Cons: if you need to remove the hard drive cage, which you kinda have to do to make room for psu cables, you can only install one hard drive.
Great power supply, I wish the cables could be a little bit less stiff.