Description

This is my first computer that I get to keep. I got discounts at NCIX when I worked there last year as a co-op student. I am very impressed with what I got, since it is my first build after all. I suck at cable management but it's what I can do.

I received the RAM from my sister's bf for free, since he had one laying around. As for storage, I received the SSD for my birthday and free storage for free, again from my sister's bf. The reason why he gave me 3 hard drives is that he works as an IT at CAT (Caterpillar Inc) and that they have a stack of them. When they order laptops, they switch out the hard drives that came with it , and replace it with a SSD instead. He decided to give me 3 since why not, and i'll most likely use all three anyway.

I'm reusing the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and a wireless adapter cuz they work fine, I'll prob upgrade them in the future.

Total after tax (Canada): $876.88

The games that I have mostly run stable at 60fps, sometimes even higher.

For some reason, the temperatures won't show ranges, so I'll list them below:

CPU Temp under load: 45-65 (It can vary on what application or game I run)

GPU Temp under load: 50-60 (It can vary on what application or game I run)

Sorry If camera quality sucks, I took the photos from a Galaxy S3

My Steam acc, just in case you want to check it out.

Part Reviews

CPU

Good cpu, it works smoothly.

Motherboard

Solid mobo, haven't had any problems with it at the moment. I couldn't flash the BIOS though, but it's not really necessary.

Memory

It works fine with no problems.

Storage

Amazing SSD, it boots my OS and startups in a few sec.

Storage

It works fine, and it was free for me.

Video Card

Love the design of the card. It runs most games on High, haven't had any problems with it so far.

Case

I like the design of the case, but I kinda wished they would add more 2.5'' trays and a speaker, but with a cheap case, I can't really argue about it.

Power Supply

Hasn't died on me yet, that's a relief. Wished it was modular though, that way Cable managing would be easier.

Wireless Network Adapter

Works fine for me, I get around 5mb/s everytime I download something on Steam. Allowed me to write this review on my computer without it dying on me.

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Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Having connections is a great way to get more for less! +1

  • 50 months ago
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It is the best.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!

Want to hook a fellow Canadian up with your discounts? ;)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What province do you live? Sorry for late response

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in Alberta, yourself?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ontario, sorry i can't help you. D:

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing I didn't like about SPEC series case, is the fact that they don't a hold near the top of the motherboard mount that allows you to wire the ATX 12v connector from the back. But in your scenario it doesn't seem that bad, my board have it's 12v ATX connector near the IO shield, that was quite a nightmare...

It seems like your sister's bf is the real mvp here, nice set up man!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I would be a little weary about this PSU and watch it closely. It is only a 384w unit and not a good quality one at all.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks for the advice. it was the only 550W in stock at NCIX.

  • 50 months ago
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Unfortunately it is not 550w. It only makes 384w as far as usable power.

  • 50 months ago
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thanks again, I will look closely to the PSU, but it shouldn't die on me, most of the time i'll be gaming, homework, and browsing the internet anyway.

  • 50 months ago
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I mean, it is not a good unit. I'd really consider replacing it. Why risk the whole PC>

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Durn Canadian prices, but overall great deal +1

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

yep. i love knowing people