Description

Im 14yrs old, and before the hate comments come in, I have been saving vigorously for the past three years to make this rig. I had a perfect 4.0 gpa since when i was 11 years old, no console, only a macbook. I needed a upgrade, since my MacBook was showing age. And didnt keep up to my school standards.

I needed a rig that would suit my gaming and my school needs, which includes intensive coding for ROBOTC. I wont play games more than Minecraft, COD, LOL, and CS:GO.

This, being my first build, had lots of issues during my build phase. My case came with five preinstalled fans, and my mobo only had 3 system fan headers. So that made me plug my 2 other fans directly into the molex (molex connectors take so much pressure to plug in correctly, and are annoying to hide). First boot came, and the power flickered between the case fans, cpu cooler, gpu light, etc. Took out my gpu, only kept one ram dim, and did a post boot. Everything worked, I dont know what i did wrong. I installed back my gpu, ram dim, etc. Installed a fresh copy of windows 10, and went to control panel. I had to update my ethernet controller drivers in order for my ethernet to connect to my router (took me ages to realize why my computer isnt connecting to my router). Another problem came up, my pc showed that it only had 4gb of ram, and I thought i installed an 8gb kit. Unplugged my pc, took the 2 dims out, and installed them back in. I guess one of the dims wasn't in all the way? Anyways, it showed that I had 8gb of ram, yay! Installed my gpu drivers, a few games, and BOOM, my rig is born!

Part Reviews

CPU

Had no issues with this cpu so far. The best i5 made, obviously, from intel!

CPU Cooler

Cant complain, this cpu cooler got me an overclock that i wanted, for an affordable price!

Motherboard

Works perfect, had no problems with it! Looks nice and I LOOOVEEEE the easy boot. I just had to install my windows usb and it went straight to installation! Great work gigabyte!

Memory

Looks nice. Got my xmp profile loaded easily, works like a charm!

Storage

Great hard drive for the price. Im getting boot times of 5-10 seconds with fastboot! Working perfectly at the moment!

Video Card

I wish there was a 6 star option, this gpu is amazing! I love the led pulses, adds some spice to my boring build. Drivers were sooooo easy to install. Getting high 70fps on 1440p for gtav! People say this card gets near 90c underload. You must be using the computer 24/7 playing 4k games to get somewhere CLOSE to 90c. the highest I get this card from 2-4 hr cod sessions was 69c. Great work asus!

Case

This case is great, I love the led fans this case came with. However, be careful, this case came with 5 preinstalled fans. Which, more than likely, you will need molex connectors to power some of them. And hiding those molex connectors are annoying!

Power Supply

This psu is very nice! Working like how its supposed to. Took off a star because the 24 mobo connector has an ugly rainbow kinda wire. Which throws off my build's color scheme.

Operating System

Coming from a mac, windows 10 is very complicated. It took me and hr to find out how much ram/ cpu speed my system is running at. Once again, Microsoft failed at making a simple os!

Keyboard

I love the keyboard, looks nice and performs stellar. However, it gets a little noisey, and the red led back light is a little bit hard to see. The mouse is good, but isnt as comfortable as other mouses that i had.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

That's not a good PSU... You should really consider changing it for a better one and get at least a 650 watts PSU.The EVGA GQ 650, B2 750 are both great options for your build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, the CX PSU's are very poor quality. A complete rip off for it's price.

Antec HCG 650W

Seasonic M12II 620W

XFX TS 650W

EVGA GS 650W

The above would be far better options.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

better psu if my psu is good enough.

that's the point... It isn't. :(

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, I don't think you get it. ;)

Eventually, without warning that PSU could potential die and kill ALL your computer components, just like that! So invensiting into a better PSU is almost mandatory for you.

However, you can use that PSU for a little bit, but once you hit half a year with that PSU, definantly try upgrading it ASAP.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

wow, i didnt know this. Why couldnt anyone tell me about this earlier!!! Urg i gotta save for a new psu now, since by the time the psu breaks, i should have a better one up and running.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't worry, the PSU is still brand new, so you still have some time left to use it.

Basically, with cheap PSUs, how it works is that over time of being loaded up to really high levels (which your graphics card will do since you have a power hungry GPU), the capasitors will get warm (heat is one killer) and gradually degenerate. Typically you can go up to a year with a ok PSU like the CX, but I'd not risk that if possible. Once you hit 6 months max, replace it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh and one more thing, PSU shopping can be a nightmare for newer builders like you which don't know which PSUs are good or bad. So use this PSU tier list to help you out:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

I recommend tier 2.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

ok, thanks! Your a life saver lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

seems like you haven't heard enough horror stories with bad psu's

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Always never cheap out on a power supply and consider it an investment! In the future if you wanted a better looking case you may change the case, if the gpu/cpu gets old you might upgrade but a quality PSU can last you more than 10 years. EVGA G2 or Corsair Rmx/Rmi are the premium ones that i would personally go to.(you could go get EVGA P2 expensive as hell because their rating is platinum but you really don't need it same goes for corsair AX/AXi/HXi)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I wish i can go back in time purchasing my psu. I will keep this in mind for future builds!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, that was exactly what my brother told me about PSUs. He has the overkill AX1200i while I went with RM1000x AUD $180 cheaper at the time that i upgraded. getting 850-1200watt will cover you in the future in terms of SLI/crossfire - overclocking both cpu/gpu. EVGA G2 or Corsair Rmx/Rmi just basically go for the cheapest on those 3.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

oooo county boy

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, i will get a better psu, dont worry :)

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

More pics please! Looks good, similar to my build with the cpu and graphics card. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Mm working on making a video, stay tuned!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I personally, apparently unlike many others on here, think that there is no issue at all with having a system that is too good for what you are currently using it for. All it means is that in the future you could play the higher end titles if you really wanted to. I would only have an issue if your gpu was too high end and was being bottlenecked by other components, which yours doesn't appear to be. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks buddy!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice parts and good job really earning this build!

Just wish there were more pictures.

Out of curiosity, why a 390 if you're not playing too graphically intensive games? There's nothing wrong with it as a strong GPU now will future proof you, but you probably would've been fine with a 2GB 380.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

future proof, i want this rig to last me some time :)

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's looks aight.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :)!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a swell build m8! +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate! Stay tuned for my vid about benchmarks for this build ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

isnt it a great day to see your rig being born? after the first few days they always are fun, then after 1 year they seem like they grow up soo fast

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha true!!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice gamer. Good job +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Gooberdad, I appreciate it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey enjoy your homebuilt pc.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

the r9 390 does get hot, really hot it is that cod is super easy to run and no gpu should be breaking a sweat for a gtx 950 and up, run some benchmarks and the temp is going to be at 95c, and more intensive game which you do not play will heat it. those i think that r9 390 looks the best it has the worst temps, on pro is it isn't as loud as a reference cooler. nice build

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Well then, the 390 is perfect for me then, isnt it? Stays cool for the games i play, thats all i need! I used open gl and tested the gpu for 40 minutes, and only got the gpu to high 60c. I will take caution when playing future titles if they are gpu intensive!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

good idea, just wanted to mention it

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for doing so!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Sapphire r9 390 and playing the latest titles on highest settings my temps do not go much over 65 degrees.....

The r9 390 is only a few degrees hotter than a GTX 970 and is not a HOT card....

Just saying, look at some comparisons/reviews and you will find out.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

the sapphire r9 390 is like the best one out there so expect lower temps, he got the asus one, the 970 is way cooler, if you haven't noticed, jay2cents on a video on how far he can overclock both the r9 390, and the gtx 970, and with the gtx 970's lower temp he did a major overclock. And the temps depend on what you are doing.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Majority of the benchmarks/reviews are done on the MSI version but I did read somewhere one of the versions (perhaps ASUS) isn't cooled all too well as the Heat sink is slapped on there from a different card (Correct me if im wrong)

Sure the GTX 970 has better overclocking headroom, but as far as real world performance goes the difference is close to Naut. 8GB GDDR5 will win at the end of the day.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I respect you dude, and that you are also really active on PCP(i just don't comment that much). I like amd gpu's more, i always have i love the 290/390. just saying that the asus cooler is not too good, they tried to have a long and skinny gpu like the windforce gpus, but they do not have the right fans. green team always has cooler gpus, but i personally would pick the r9 390 niro, best price to performance/cooling. 970 1080p, 390 1440p...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man appreciate it, fully agree with your points.

And yeah Nvidia has cooler GPU's but im just saying its not a black and white thing, its more like Grey and slightly greyer grey haha.

If cooling was that much of a difference then I would have a GTX 970 right now, but its really not.

The Asus cooler must have been the one I was reading about some time or another then, that its cooler is shoddy az.

P.S. Passing the respect right back atcha pall :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and have you got a build/PC that you haven't posted? kuz I do and im just too lazy to turn it off and do a photo shoot :/

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

congrats on the really nice completed build and hope it doesn't affect your school grades :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I I'll make sure that it doesn't :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, mate! Absolutely nothing wrong with it, as far as I can see :)

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean?

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried overclocking with the board? :) If so, how was it?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeap i did. I got 4.3ghz on my 6600k with STOCK VOLTAGE!

Cpu idled at 25c and doesnt go above 75c under prime 95.

Great board!

  • 40 months ago
  • -1 points

pssssssshh......a macbook? what a loser now likes macs 'cept for hipsters =)

  • 40 months ago
  • -2 points

If ur gonna play games like mine craft and CSGO why get a r9 390 u coulda saved 1000-200$ or get a better cpu

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Dem future proofing goes far with said padawan. +1, his father/mother should be proud.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

yeap, I dont want to risk performance or buying a new gpu if my rig cant handle future titles.

  • 40 months ago
  • -2 points

He is playing mine craft and CSGO those games don't need any future proofing at all. With a 950 u can get 80 fps on mine craft even with the shaders n skins. CSGO is an easy 150 fps. No need for that powerful of a gpu unless u are playing triple aaa titles

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

The games I listed are just a few of the main games I play. The 390 will really help me play future titles without an issue. If I went with a 950, I MIGHT be at a disadvantage with future titles. This will make me get a better gpu if I wanted to play those future titles, so mind aswell get a good gpu that will last me than to upgrade to a better one in the future.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Alrighty

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Since when could u take college lvl classes in 4th grade? I hope this is a joke.. Lol

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Then how could u have a 4.89 gpa since 4th grade?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

weird grading system...