My Computer Build
I love computers and hardware, and I've done the best I could with everything I have. This is my daily driver for gaming and everything else I do, which I also do some video editing too. I got into computers around the age of 13, but I've always had a passion for technology since I was in kindergarten. I'm 15 now, and this is what I have to share with you all today. I've had almost a year to reflect on most, if not all of these parts barring the keyboard and case, which I purchased in the last 3 months. Let's begin with my processor, the Intel i5-6500.
CPU: Intel i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core I somewhat regret only getting a 6500. I have a Z board (which I'll discuss the circumstances on how I ended up with one) which opens me up to using a K processor for overclocking. Unfortunately, the 6500 is locked from overclocking (barring BIOS modifications, which I could do but I'm refraining from due to risk of damage) which means I can't get the full potential from my motherboard. Regardless, it still holds up to this day to just about everything I throw at it. I don't really play super demanding games (most demanding game I've played with this is probably Fallout 4 or DOOM) and it crushes it combined with the RX 480.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid I really don't have much to say on this cooler. For $60, it's quite the steal for an AIO cooler. It keeps my CPU cool under load and that's pretty good. My only gripe is that it was infuriatingly difficult to install, but that's probably just me. I really don't know. Moving on.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170 HD3 ATX LGA1151 This has a fun story attached to it. In Christmas 2016 I received the i5-6500 and the GA-H170 Gaming 3 motherboard. A few weeks later I got RAM for my birthday (my birthday is close to Christmas). To my dismay this is where I learned the Gaming 3 had somehow got bent pins. I installed the CPU right so the bent pins were a surprise to me no doubt. My dad and I began negotiations with Micro Center (where they got the mobo) and eventually we haggled them down to 50% off on the same board. We went up there, bought the motherboard, and had them put it in front of us, just to be sure. Got dinner, then went home. I didn't go to bed until 1 am because I was troubleshooting. It was dead for a second time! The next day I went back up there and they just gave me a new board outright. That one worked obviously. Story time over though, let's talk my opinion. My opinion is a bit blunt: I don't like it as much as I used to. The IO is somewhat limited, with only 6 USB slots compared to some more modern boards with more. The coloring somewhat fits my design, with the case being black and red, but the LED on the side is an ugly yellow, so that's not too great. Other than this, I really can't complain. It works well and has a UEFI BIOS, so that's nice.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-3000 It's RAM. I had to do an XMP profile on my BIOS for it to run at 3000 MHz, but that's not exactly the fault of the RAM. What amazes me is how much it costs now - $200! I was lucky to get it for $100.
Crucial MX300 275 GB SSD This is actually a great SSD for the price I got it for. Actual size is roughly 250GB. Speeds range from 450 MB to 500 MB for both read and write, which is an outstanding speed. Right now prices are a little high though, so I'd wait to get it.
I'm going to skip the hard drive part, because I don't actually own a WD Blue. (well I do but it's not in this PC.) I just put it in for a placeholder. Actual HDD is fast and good. No further comment.
MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB Gaming X
Seriously, this GPU is amazing. For $220 (HAHAHA that's the MSRP, I'm sorry please don't hurt me) it crushes literally everything I throw at it. It's perfectly capable of playing even some AAA titles at 144hz with medium to high settings, and ultra for everything else. Not to mention the Gaming X variant has the highest factory overclock at 1303 MHz, with plenty of room for more overclocking at home. 60 C is my load temps, and that's with no fans running. The Gaming X has PWM fans on them so they will control themselves based on the temperature of the card. 10/10
NZXT S340 Elite (Black/Red) ATX Mid-Tower See now I could post the same Zoolander clip again but I won't. This case is seriously stunning. Very easy to work in, and looks great. The Elite variant was very much worth it for only 15 to 20 dollars more. The cable puck is very handy for a spare phone charger, and the full glass panel is beautiful. My only gripe is that I'd like some more HDD spots, but I know that's next to impossible without ruining the aesthetic of the case.
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX It hasn't exploded yet and burnt down my house, so 10/10 - This PSU is really good though. Plenty of modular options for a good price point too, backed with superb service from EVGA.
I'm going to skip reviews of the case fans and my monitors, and instead opt to finish off with my keyboard and mouse.
Kingston HyperX Alloy Elite Wired Gaming Keyboard This is a seriously good keyboard. In the short time I've had it (<3 months) I've really enjoyed it. Cherry Blue switches were the right choice for me coming from my old keyboard. For a full analysis from me, you can check out this video I did on my channel.
Corsair M65 Pro RGB FPS Wired Optical I don't have much to say on this one. I like the customization options granted with Corsair CUE software, but wish it had at least one macro key.