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I first built this computer in a Corsair Spec-02 case with the red LED fan in the front back in like March of 2017, and later upgraded my motherboard, SSD, power supply, CPU cooler, and case in March of 2018. So I've had this computer for a little while now and it has served me well for the most part. The old computer that I came from was an old Gateway pre-built with an AMD Phenom II Quad-core and an HD 5450 (only like half a gig of DDR3 RAM in the card), and it only had 6GB of DDR2. It was a good machine and lasted me for a couple of years before I got this one, but this one, I have to say, is significantly better (obviously). So, as you can see, I got the i7-6700K because that was a little bit before Ryzen came out and I was eager to get a faster computer (the hard drive was dying in the gateway), so this computer happened. So, now on to the parts.

The i7-6700K has served me well and is really fast compared to any other processors I've ever used. It handles video editing very well and doesn't really struggle at all when I'm playing any games. It is on the turbo setting so it is running at 4.2Ghz, I really haven't done any manual overclocking and I don't really see a need to.

The H60 was something I added when I did the big upgrade in March of 2018. I didn't really choose the parts very well because I was still new to computer building then and I kind of rushed the research that is needed and ended out cheaping out on too many things. The CPU cooler I had before was a Hyper 212 Evo by coolermaster, but I wanted to get something with a little but more cooling potential so I could overclock the CPU a little bit. The CPU is barely overclocked anymore, for temperatures sake (it is only a 120mm rad), but the H60 is still doing its job well and it was at least a little better than the Hyper 212 evo.

The motherboard is kind of a double edged sword. The old motherboard I had was a puny H310M motherboard that didn't have many features but everything ran well on it. I didn't notice a difference at all other than looks when I switched to the Z270 board that I have now. The Z270 board, on the other hand looks a whole lot better, all of the SATA ports and things are actually placed in convenient areas, and the BIOS is a whole lot easier to navigate. But, the audio really struggled on the motherboard. When I was in games the audio would get static-y if anything loud was going on and then would just crap out and I would have to restart the computer for it to work again. That was really the only issue I had until recently, when I have been having random crashes, but that might not be a motherboard issue.

The RAM is just RAM. It was a nice upgrade moving from 6GB of DDR2 to 16GB of DDR4, but it's been so long I don't even remember what it was like using the old computer. It has served me well so far, and I haven't had any issues that I know of. Another thing interesting to note is that I got these for $90. Definitely was before RAM prices skyrocketed.

The SSD is nice, it has served me well. I ended up selling my old SSD (it was a 120GB ADATA one) and getting this one because I didn't feel like plugging in any hard drives at the time. Now I have a 2TB seagate hard drive because I ended up needing more space (I'm working on a video dedicated to Oblivion (4th elder scrolls)).

The RX 470 has served me well and was a gigantic improvement over the HD 5450. It runs the games I play at high framerates and I honestly won't need an upgrade for a while probably. But, this could be the issue as to why my computer has been crashing. When my computer crashes, my monitors just turn off all of a sudden, and an annoying sound starts playing. The computer itself doesn't turn off, but I have to do a hard shut down to get it to work again. It seems like a graphics card issue and I am still troubleshooting to see what the issue is.

The case was a whole lot better than my old one. Cable management hole things were in way better spots, and it was just easier to work in. Plus I like the minimalist design, I prefer that over the gamer-esc weird looking cases that seem to be so popular now.

The power supply works great. Don't know what else to say.

The sound card is what I used to fix my audio issue. Hopefully it will last me until I get my next computer. Works well and sound quality is great. I will say that there is a mode on it called GX mode that you will want to turn off. There are only a few games that support it and it doesn't really change much, but it will make other games crash. I couldn't play Oblivion on my computer until I turned it off because it kept making the game crash, and it took me a long time to find that out (because who would think of a sound card as being the reason for a game to crash?).

I do have one other monitor but I couldn't find its listing. It's really old anyways, it came with the gateway prebuilt. The 144Hz one is amazing. Well, just 144Hz in general. Never switching back to 60Hz, even if it means sacrificing higher resolutions.

I use the computer for video editing sometimes, but mainly video games. The main games I play are CS:GO, Oblivion, and a few other games, but mainly just CS:GO. I average anywhere from like 190-250FPS depending on the map on the maximum settings in the game, and changing the resolution doesn't really affect it much for whatever reason. Wow this is a long post. Hope you like it I guess, give me feedback please! I would love to know what you guys think about it.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

How is this dumb?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

All of the issues I've had with it makes it dumb. Or me dumb. One of those.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe it's crashing because you're hurting it's feelings by calling it dumb ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a possibility I guess... But too bad.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build, I would recommend a new gpu, you're holding back your cpu from its potential...

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the GPU for free and it works for what I need it for. I mean I pretty much only play CS:GO, and all the other games I play it runs them just fine. I agree the CPU is limited, but for what I do, having the extra graphics power would probably be wasted money.

Of course I wouldn't turn down a free 2080 though...