Built this computer for a friend who works for NFL Films (Mic'd Up)- If you watch NFL football I'm sure you've seen it. He's a big Eagles fan (hence the name) and hadn't had a new personal desktop since 2001. HE wanted something viable to do light work projects in 2017 that could also be upgraded to an overclockable I7 in the future. With a $1000 budget (including peripherals) we set out to get him into something decent that would last a while. He did specify that he didn't want an AMD system. He already had the monitor and speakers so we technically did manage to stay within budget.
During the build we encountered an issue with the DRAM and even RMA'd a (different) motherboard because I thought that was the issue. Turns out the RAM was the issue and worked fine with a 16GB Corsair kit that I already had. We are still working towards either getting the TEAM RAM to work or finding another solution, but for now his memory is a 16GB Corsair Vengeance 2666Mhz kit. (Any help or suggestions on this issue would be most appreciated.)
Meh... not bad for the price but not NEARLY as fast as my I5-6600k and doesn't multi-task as well either. Skylake was a better chip than Kaby (with exception of the 7700k) Every computer I've built over the last two years points that direction.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this motherboard. GREAT features, great look, award winning BIOS still going strong. MSI really did well with the gaming line in the Z270 chipset. I wasn't a fan of the Pro series board we tried first (brown pcb and greatly downgraded from the gaming and higher lineups). Still the same bloatware but if you dont check and install it when uploading drivers it wont be there... simple as that and it really is a moot point to me. Love MSI and their products.
Meh... not great but not horrible for what it is. I've had faster sata SSD's and its significantly slower than any NVME SSD I've used but for the price it serves its purpose as an OS drive. This part will be upgraded in the near future to an NVME SSD.
Love Toshiba HDD's. Quality drives at a decent price. 1TB was plenty for this build considering that it wont be used to download games or other high volume content.
Decent GPU and considering its VERY low power consumption, TDP, and lack of external power cable I would highly recommend this card for most budget to mid tier computer builds. Especially considering the current gpu market and ridiculous overpricing of higher end models. Until crypto-currency is dead (or more dead than now) this is the card to get in the budget to mid-tier.
Love Phanteks cases but I really think this one missed the mark in a few areas. For one, this model should be on sale at around the $50-$60 price point considering the options available. Second point - the partial acrylic window is laughable. Scratches easily, only shows part of the computer and was replaced on the newer models by a full tempered glass case front which would make this much more appealing. Third is the thumb screws. I dont know if Phanteks purposefully made the holes extremely snug but the thumbscrews on all of them that I used didn't fit quite right. 4th - it only came with ONE cheap 120mm fan. Should have atleast came with an intake fan in the front. Things I liked: rubber grommets, moveable SSD storage trays, velcro tie down straps, magnetic dust filter on top & bottom and slide-in filter on front vent included, sleek understated look, WHITE indicator LEDs, has the feel of quality you'd expect from a Phanteks case at a much lower price than other models. I give this item 3 stars mostly because of the window and price point. It should be a $50-$60 case or add $ for a full tempered glass window. I dont think I would purchase this exact model again but with those two things fixed I can see how this case would be the very popular model that it is.
LOVE this power supply. It is perhaps a little overpriced but everything about SeaSonic's PSU's screams quality. The packaging is incredible, the cables are 100% ALL BLACK, the labeling is unique and correctly oriented for standard builds (unlike some EVGA psu's I've used in the past), and all in all I dont think paying $50 for a QUALITY, adequately powered, fully modular psu was the wrong move. I would definitely buy this unit again in the future.
Purchased this unit from OutletPC (among other items). Item literally came with no box, manual, software, warranty card, etc. NOTHING except some padded wrap. Perhaps this review is more about the seller than the item but I wont be purchasing it again in the future (or anything) from OutletPC.
Decent keyboard and for the $40 price special I think it was a good purchase. Its user didn't want a mechanical keyboard but did want a quality RGB keyboard so this was a natural choice, particularly since I already own one and could vouch for its features, value, and quality.
First time using or purchasing this mouse and I'm honestly a big fan. It doesn't have quite the feel or functionality (with extra buttons) of its big brother the M65 Pro but for most users and a lower price tag ($30), I like it a lot and would purchase it again.