Description

Built this as a replacement for a six year old Republic of Gamers laptop. Manufacturers aren't supporting Windows 7 on most new hardware. Anytime I ask someone if they like Windows 8 or 10 the answer is always the same, "no." This should allow me to keep running a operating system I like rather than switching to one I don't as many have done. This system was built six months ago but the software install got delayed after a Windows certified family member told me to take it to BestBuy. Their attitude regarding my request for help never changed. Some really need to learn how karma works. The Windows install proved to be more challenging than any system I've ever built. After two days of attempting to code USB drivers into the ISO file I found the ASRock Windows 7 Patcher. After that it was easy

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU posted 7.6 in the Windows Experience Index before overclocking. Changing the speed from 3500 to 4600 did not effect the score much only increasing it to 7.8. Might be more gain with better tuning.

CPU Cooler

Had my temps climbing at idle after first installing this. Removed the pump and found a dime size area in the center where the Corsair thermal paste wasn't making contact. Cleaned all the paste off and added a pea size drop of Artic MX-4. Temperatures dropped from 80C and climbing to 45C at idle.

Motherboard

Always happy with the bang for your buck of ASRock motherboards. Wish they would improve their product support though. Finding the tools to get this system up and running was more difficult than it should have been. Never did find the "your not loading WIN 7 without it" patcher on their install disk. Nor on their motherboard download page. Found it on a thread where one of their reps posted a link.

Memory

These seem to be really good quality. Picked them over other brands due to height, price, performance, and compatibility. Can not find any Avexir on Newegg now which leads me to believe they may be out of business.

Storage

Impressive so far. Originally was going to install a Intel 600p M.2 SSD. Returned it due to NVMe install hurdles, high operating temps, and data that showed this drive would outperform it on most tasks.

Case

Love this case. Unfortunately I overpaid for it. Cyber Monday price minus rebate was about half of what I spent.

Power Supply

One of the few components that survived from my original budget build. Voltages appear stable however it was making some noise a couple of days ago.

Case Fan

Better special effects than the SP120s. Probably even more impressive running on a Corsair Commander yet I still like the way the SP120s illuminate the fan blades better.

Mouse

Better fit than any mouse I've ever used.

Custom

Very nice keyboard, especially for the price. The ones using higher quality switches might be more durable, but for the amount of typing I do this should work fine.

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Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 6 points

Well.. i like windows 10. never had any issues with it :D

  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

Same, I used windows 7 for around 2 years on an old crappy laptop, (I was on mac before then) and around a year ago I switched to windows 10 on a prebuilt ibuypower laptop and it was a million times better IMO.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah windows 10 is objectively better than windows 7. Who did you ask? I feel like who ever you DID ask you shouldn't ask for PC advice again....

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  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I've not had Windows 10 on my personal computer, but it works flawlessly on my Surface Pro at work. Really the only complaint that I have with Windows 10 is that it wants to default to opening things in MS Edge. But that's a minor issue that doesn't take long to resolve. I'm looking forward to using the gaming features that Windows 10 offers (if my case ever ships). I've barely had any experience with Windows 8, but in that little bit of time I've determined that it is utter garbage.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

You know you can change your default browser in application settings right?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Hence the sentence, "But that's a minor issue that doesn't take long to resolve."

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, it just sounds like you do it manually every time worded that way, but maybe that's just me.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I've not had any problems with windows 10 and the software compatibility issues your going to have with 7 down the road just doesn't seem with or to me.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I loved my Windows 7. I upgraded to Windows 10 with my new PC because it was better optimized and I had trouble getting Windows 7 on it. I had the same error like you with some odd driver issue. Happened on my new PC and my mother's so we were forced to upgrade all our PCs to Windows 10.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Might have to reconsider windows 10. Looking through the current line of games the most promising one I've found is Forza Horizon 3. Xbox or WIN 10 only. Don't really want anymore hardware so Xbox is out. Would be nice if these software developers would expand their platform compatibility. Just a few months ago I needed a new console to run Uncharted 4 and there is already buzz of the next gen releasing soon.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

People who say no are trolls, windows 10 is great

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are looking for someone to judge find a mirror.

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow lots of 10 fans here. Y'all might be more tech savvy than my friends, family, and I. My only experience with Windows 8 or newer was on a dell XPS12 laptop. Barely used it the entire first year I had it. Had geek squad remove 8 and install 7 because navigation was not very insightful. Maybe should have gone the other way and tried the free 8.1 update but I really did not want anything more to do with 8 after that. Hopefully 10 is considerably better than 8 is or was.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard mixed things from people mostly in that demographic, but I do like 10 and prefer it over Win7. Windows 8 was a huge mistake for Microsoft, 8.1 repaired some damage (which is where I came in) and then Windows 10 really tied it together, bringing back the traditional desktop design. Yes, it's different, but I would be cautious to say Win7 > Win10. Start Menu search is far more effective in 10, I'd be happy to hear any counterargument, but for me finding settings, info, etc for non-tech saavy user is pretty straight forward.

Bottom line, use what you like :-) Glad you assembled some hardware to do what you want!

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say that for most people windows 10 is better but for people who want to have a more "manual" feeling when adjusting and finding things windows 7 is better. Windows 10 also seems too phone like for my tastes but again, most people would rather have the ease of use and control windows 10 offers over the more manual control and less streamlined use of windows 7. These are still all opinions but I feel that it is a pretty good summary.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I am 100% a windows 7 fan, though.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL. Had to have the last word against yourself? Always good to be a diplomat ;-)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a program/mod for Windows 10 called Classic Shell. It modifies the Windows 10 UI and makes it look like Windows 7/XP whatever your preference is. I have mine set to 7.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I like Win10 an awful lot more than Win8.