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Update: I have tuned the settings in my games a bit and maintained a mostly high level of graphics and the card has come down to a steady 57-58 degrees under load and dropped from always being at 100% usage to about 70-80%. much quieter now, near silent in my opinion too (Custom settings 5 ever). CPU oc and temps coming soon. Currently dont seem to be able to track temps reliably.


I built this machine as an upgrade to my 2012 Macbook Pro, which just wasn't cutting it in any respects. I am an engineering student and needed something that would be able to do some 3D modeling or design work. I have always done my gaming on Xbox but decided when I needed a new computer that I would build something that I could game on instead. I mostly play FPS games and Runescape.

I have only had the computer for a couple days and have not tried overclocking yet. I want to make sure the system runs smoothly and I think of everything before I try it since this is my first computer. Some of my parts are a tad overkill (mobo and cooler) for the price but I just liked the parts a lot and had the extra money. I am also saving now for a 3440x1440p monitor to pair for productivity and RS. I will also be adding a mass storage drive in a few weeks. (2TB probably)

I also have a 24" 1080p smart tv from walmart as my monitor, Logitech G710 keyboard, and G700s mouse.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Keeps my system very cool, working as an intake on the front panel it definitely is affected by ambient temps in the room. Under load, it definitely has a hum but is very reasonable. (also my PC is about 1 foot from my face in my current set up haha, very small desk)

Motherboard

So far, amazing. Can not comment on overclocking yet but everything else works brilliantly. Aesthetics and LEDs are on point. (although the gaming pro and MSI logos on the I/O and chipset covers are covered up by my rear fan and GPU) BIOS is very easy to use and provides every option you could need. I have not had a custom PC before but had heard that on the x370 GPC board post times are slow? may be the case here as well but for me is still very quick. I love the upgraded audio chip, which is the same as the x370 board. All the headers and connections are well organized and accessible. My only complaint is the M.2 slot.... as you can see in the pictures of this board there is a somewhat large gap at the bottom of the board where I guess PCIe lanes are on higher end boards, and MSI really messed up by not putting the M.2 mount here. BUT they made the terrible decision to put the ONLY slot directly under the GPU slot... (face palm). Other manufacturers now at least place it above the GPU slot, but it does get hot especially under full load inside the M.2 shield cover. The X370 board has a second M.2 at the bottom in this location, so I don't see how it would have been that hard to use that location instead. Will still give it 5 stars but this really should have been thought of for a $135 board.

Memory

Runs perfectly, no problems or issues with the mobo or CPU. Black, minimal design, Low form factor isn't really needed in my system but I can see this kit being very useful with larger air coolers.

Storage

Works amazingly, super fast and temps stay very good even though it is directly under my GPU. The form factor is super convenient too. Also, a great price considering its 275gb instead of 250gb like most drives, it's not much but its still a bit more!

Video Card

Was going to get the 8GB version but it was $60 more expensive at the time of purchase and I really wanted the MSI card for aesthetics and I really don't need the extra VRAM. Runs the few games I play wonderfully at 1080p high detail, will see how it does at 1440p in the future but I am the type to put it on minimum settings for frame rate so I'm sure it will be very playable. Very quiet even under load and stays at a cool 57-60 degrees in games too.

Case

Looks absolutely amazing, very very easy to work in, has cut outs everywhere you could need them and they are big enough for any cords you would need. Tempered glass panel tint is a bit darker than I thought but is still beautiful. LED included strip, led control, and front fans panel switches are also super convenient.

Operating System

It's Windows 10, does its job, pretty much all there is to say!

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you tell me more about that motherboard? How do you like it? Have you overclocked since you posted this? I'm considering buying this board for my future ryzen build and I'm leaning towards the msi gaming pro carbon boards in general.

Very nice build btw! I'm a fan of black and red.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I really love the board, I have not overclocked the CPU quite yet, but I have played around with the BIOS and other features it has, and I love the board. The aesthetics are amazing and it has plenty of headers for anything a mid-tier build could use. The only real complaint I have is the M.2 slot, it is placed (like most other MSI boards) right under the GPU, but the board has a large gap near the bottom where it would have been much better suited, temps get a tad warm but only when the GPU is under load, normally it stays very reasonable. I have a few days off this next week where I will probably play around with the clocks and I will update the build with what I can get to! I also wanted this board since it has the upgraded audio chip ALC1220, over the very common ALC892 on all the other b350 boards I could find, very nice.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply. Agreed, it's a great looking board. M.2 placement is typical, meh. Would love to see your OC results if you've had any success with that.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You can change most of them yes, except the one right about the CPU that's always red.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Why would you get an RGB PSU when your case has a PSU shroud?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Basically, the PSU has a full 120mm RGB fan for intake. I have the intake pointing down out the bottom of the case (where the case has an air filter) and I have a glass desk so the fan LEDs are visible to me especially when the room is dark. The sides of the PSU are just black and have a couple standard stickers so there isn't anything really else to look at. And lastly, it was a 650W 80+ Gold rated fully modular PSU for $89, it was a great deal, very highly rated on toms hardware.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, thats why. I didn't quite understand because I typically find the thing for 120+ dollars

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC is a Ryzen-ing move from MacBook Pro! Even when no GTX cards there are coolers using that name.

Probably you gonna like the Carbon performance! And the Vengeance is just perfect! It's so crucial that you're gonna Radeon-ing the room.

Speaking of Radeon-ing the Eclipse is coming! Luckily you are in "Home"!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

haha even the first power on with no drivers or updates it was such an improvement. I had heard moving from HDD to SSD was the biggest change you could make and omg its night and day. I am also a sucker for "gaming products" haha. Gaming Pro Carbon mobo, msi rx 580 gaming x, the cooler just looks cool, RGB case and even the RGB power supply is awesome haha.

P.S. splendid puns, absolute top notch chap

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Congratulations! Thinking to buy this board for 2nd pC for my sister! Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

For some 3D modelling or design work, i think 1600 is a better choice than 1500X.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree for modeling alone it would be a much better chip, but I dont currently do it very often (It will be in the future and idk I may upgrade at some point too) and I am gaming on the system as well and I wanted the 1500X for the higher clock speeds. And even though yes the 1600 would probably still be better, the 1500X will do what I need, plus I saved $30.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

10-4 Cap'n.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you try overcklocking ram, beacause i was thinking of getting similar parts and cant decide between 2400 and 3200? Nice build by the way! Great color match.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

For gaming and my needs, 2400 is plenty fast, I have noticed little or no difference between speeds as I don't do video editing or that kind of intensive work. Plus I saved like $30 over the 3200mhz kits. Thanks! Pretty soon I will have a new desk and setup that will all be black/red to match! :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

For my first build, I am getting a P400S, and I wanted to ask if the interior LED's are noticeable, and if they can sync to software on ur mobo.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, love the build

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The led strip is very noticeable but it comes hooked up to the front panel and it can switch between several colors, I would imagine you could disconnect the strip and plug it into the mobo but idk if it is full RGB or just the colors it comes preset with.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I did my first build recently and it's very similar components. Just a heads up--if you ever upgrade your monitor you should get great results at 1440p. Some of my 1440p benchmarks were even better than my 1080p and our rigs are really similar.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds excellent! Gotta get my savings back up before I can buy any more gear though haha!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

wow thank god the cpu fan cooler on the back covers the mobo's aio cover.With this my father wont be able to see the "gaming pro" led,and my father hate it when I play game.TQ!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah the rear fan mount will definitely cover your I/O area and the gpu will most likely also cover the chipset on a normal board too.