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