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My first gaming / video editing desktop. Got most of my components on a good discount. I was able to build a great desktop just under CAD 900 (Update: I have added parts since then so cost has gone up). It was great fun building this and I've learned so much about computer parts going into the future.

Other useful links for building: http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/ (this site can give you detailed performance results of various computer components. It's mostly good for comparing products to each other, which provides good insight into information on parts you don't see from retailers.

Most recent benchmark: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/15848721

I used to have an r9 290x, but recently switched it for a gtx 1070.

Part Reviews

CPU

While it is marketed as an 8-core processor, this does not mean octacore, it has 8 logical processors/ 8 threads but only 4 cores. a real octacore, like the Ryzen 7 chips, would have 8 cores. That said, the performance to price ratio for the 8350 is a steal and is more or less a quadcore. Have this overclocked to 4.2GHz no problem. I do wish that I waited and bought a ryzen instead though, but overall build price would have been more expensive, but will wait for 3rd gen Ryzen. I built a PC at a bad time. This build is now $200 cheaper and I can now build Ryzen what I paid for this.

CPU Cooler

I did find the installation a bit finicky, but again because I didn't take the motherboard out of the case- the instructions suggest you take the motherboard out. The fan for the heatsink isn't easy to remove, but I guess that's actually a good thing. The heatsink comes with rubber strips (2) installed for both sound and vibration. this thing is SILENT. compared to the stock cooler it's practically inaudible. It cools well and sits 15 degrees idle minimum. The fan even has a good quality black braided chassis cord. cheaper than the EVO, and comparable performance. It also isn't anywhere near as big, doesn't cover my RAM and with these factors (plus the fact it's very aesthetically pleasing) it gets my 5 stars. The fan comes with brackets and rubber strips if you wish to install another fan, thought that was a plus too.

Motherboard

It's clear that I should have went with a 990 series motherboard, but the budget value for the 970 series was too appealing. That said, the board is actually very user friendly, has a great BIOS, and can run with minimal problems, apart from the RAM, which I'll get to. I wish there were more fan and USB 3.0 connectors. Overall, I'm pleased with the motherboard's performance for the price, it looks great- matches my blue theme, and the heat sinks are very effective. There is a lot of on board text that will help first time builders, like myself. Even though I would prefer a 990 series mobo, this does its job just fine and is still a value for money. Edit: the screws that came attached to the AMD bracket are horrible. I advise people looking to buy an aftermarket cooler to be cautious before trying to unscrew them, or you'll strip them like I did. This motherboard is not great for overclocking and will really damage your CPU VID like it did to mine. Can't go above 4.2, used to be able to get 4.4 but over time it can't handle it cause of bad VRMS

Memory

While the RAM definitely looks cool, it doesn't test extremely well on benchmarks being ddr3 and is bottle-necking my system. I did get this stick of RAM for about 46 dollars on amazon. For the price, I can't complain and still unsure whether the RAM is under performing or if it's the motherboard.

Memory

Got 2 of these sticks for free from my friend and they were compatible. this isn't the exact same model. I have the KVR13LE9S8/4. it has the same Cas latency of 9. it's running at 1866 OC by changing the voltage from 1.35V to 1.5V MHZ. free 8GB RAM. nuff said really.

Storage

Never heard of PNY until seeing this SSD. This thing is great and performs well for almost every task. the only area where it falls short- which you can check at user benchmark, is it's 4k random and mixed IO speeds. it can handle 4K read and writes well otherwise, and as my boot drive, is amazing. I salvaged a 1TB Toshiba HDD from a laptop to fit into another 2.5" SATA bay and it works just fine. probably going to get a 3.5" HDD at some point for improvement in speeds, but actually tested out the laptop HDD and it performs just as well. Great price to performance for an SSD and would recommend people to look into their CS2211 series. very competitive prices with performance that rivals samsung and kingston. If I had more money, I'd have gone for the 240GB version.

Storage

Amazing SSD. The cheapest I've found, even cheaper than my first one. Also performs better than the first one I bought, probably because it's newer. I was disappointed with the lack of screws and SATA cable in the package, but those were easy and cheap to get. No instructions on how to partition the drive to use it, but I know how to- just had to refresh myself.

Storage

One of the most bought hard drives for PC builders for a reason; it works well and it's reliable. Although I wish I had gotten 2TB.

Video Card

Got this card used for mining on ebay. Works great and worth the price! Replaced my r9 290x- funny that both my GPUs have been reference designs i.e. blower fans. The FE 1070 isn't as good as other aftermarket brands, but I can overclock it to 2000MHz on Core Clock and Memory Clock on 20127MHz (or 4153MHz with MSI afterburner) and it achieves the same performance. Handles everything I've thrown maxed out and video editing is smooth on it too.

Case

Good quality case, decent cable management and good LED lights and design. Pretty lightweight and sturdy. easy to clean. not premium quality, but good for its price.

Power Supply

700W is all you need if you have a build like mine. I had read a lot of bad reviews on this particular model on newegg so was a bit reluctant to purchase it, but on sale at $94.99 for a 700W Gold efficiency PSU is a competitive price and went ahead and purchased it. The cables, for the most part are good, but some are a bit too short and the power connector is pretty rigid. But it does its job and while cable management wasn't the best, despite it being semi-modular, I have very reliant and efficient power feeding my beast GPU and the fan actually does a decent job.

Case Fan

Thought that this fan would be the same colour of blue LED seeing as it's a similar model (the 2 pre installed case fans have a transparent body, while this one is black-translucent), the blue light is a slightly different colour, but isn't too much of an issue. the worst part of this case fan is the screws that came with it. so difficult to screw them into the case fan screw slots as they aren't threaded. It was the most difficult screwing job I've done and damaged the screw heads because they are a cheap material. Not only that, but they aren't black screws, and being on top of my case, it's noticeable. Overall, it has improved airflow, but you get what you pay for.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Value Value Value!

Great Job!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it! Thank you!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah the classic Tesseract. When I saw it was blue and black, I was hoping to see a Vapor-X card in here. DARN FOILED.

Still though, nice build!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha i wish i could get my hands on a blue\black GPU to really solidify my theme, but thank you!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Try Ebay or something. The Sapphire R9 290 and 290X Vapor-X cards can be found pretty cheap I think.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

hey same processor and case how is the cooler you got for it i really need an upgrade my stock cooler is running the 8350 hot so i have to have it full blast all the time is that cooler quieter and better?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, yeah the cooler I bought works a LOT better. have the CPU overclocked to 4.3 GHz constantly. cooler is 50 degrees Celsius max. you can tweak with its settings. I set it to be at 100% spin when the heat goes to 60 degrees and above, but it hasn't gotten there yet. It's much more silent than the stock cooler and works better too. stock cooler was going 62 degrees on 4.3 GHz overclock.