This PC was built for the purpose of moderate gaming and just for build practice. I figured, if i could build my first PC in an older stock case, basically handicapping myself to less room and odd constraints, that i would be able to build a better PC with newer, more accommodating cases.
I had a couple of issues that were a little hard to troubleshoot, being my first build. For one, i had a micro ATX case which made me think i needed a micro ATX psu. I was wrong, i had to go to best buy and grab an ATX psu, which was a happy accident because... Problem number two was that i didn't have enough power to my system. Jack wouldn't post, which troubled me. I checked the RAM, i checked the pins on the CPU, i checked all my connections, and i couldnt figure it out. The system would boot, LEDs would turn on but no power to my keyboard, and my monitor showed no signal. It looked like the USB and HDMI ports were getting power though, so i plugged my phone into a usb 2.0 slot and got a pop-up that said there was a shoddy power transfer to the phone. When buying my ATX psu from best buy, i went for way more than needed and sure enough, everything posted!
Installing windows 10 from my boot drive and making the partitions for my SSD and HDD was extraordinarily easy. Honestly this was a lot of fun, sure i ended up spending $720 on a system that was ultimately only worth $650 after shipping, but it was a nice learning experience and i have a lot more confidence for when i go to build my next computer.
Also, theres no cable management and i had to basically tape the SSD down because there arent any 2.5" brackets in this 13 year old case. So theres that
This is a great CPU. Runs quiet and cool. I'm not an overclocker but it runs perfectly fine at core speeds. The stock cooler is a bit ugly but its inside the case and i dont have to worry about that ;)
A great skylake cpu, would definitely recommend for a budget build
My first Micro ATX board and it was really easy to use. The red LEDs are a super nice touch that sprawl throughout the board. Aesthetically speaking, this board is great.
functionally, its a great board, im only giving it 4 stars because it doesnt support 8th gen intel CPUs so upgrading CPUs means upgrading mobos
As far as RAM goes, it was pretty straight forward. Got it in the DIMM slots and they were instantly recognized in the bios. Patriot makes some good RAM for a reasonable price
It feels kinda cheap, but it works fine. Was able to install my OS to it and partition it out without a problem.
Your standard cut and dry WD HDD. Can never go wrong with this one
Honestly a great card, it plays 1080p 60fps on high without a hitch. Theres no need for a separate pci-e cable, so you just pop it in your pci-e 16 slot and its ready to go