Description

I built this system as a replacement for my wife's reception computer. The old one was a discount electronics purchase with very anemic specs and daily complaints about hang ups and slow performance. I talked her into letting me build a system and she gave me a $500 budget. The price listed doesn't include $30 worth of rebates.

Everything went together very easily and I have to say this is BY FAR my favorite cheap case to date. My previous cheap favorite was another Rosewill but this is better by leaps and bounds. There are still odd quirks, as with all cheap cases, but other than the giant plexi window, this is really a very nice case. Good cable management options, clever placement for drives and nice port availability on the front.

I designed the system to be expandable in the future (adding another 8GB RAM stick, wide range of CPU upgrade options, etc) but this should fulfill the short list of requirements needed for the system.

Part Reviews

Case

For the price, I don't think this case can be beat. It has very good cable management options for such an inexpensive case, it looks nice, and comes with the necessary fans. I could take or leave the plexi side panel but for what I paid ($10 after rebate) I am very happy. Much better than any other inexpensive case I have used.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a little question: Why did you add a gt1030 when tis got integrated graphics considering the purpose of the pc in mind?

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Probably a bit overkill but for a couple of reasons. They may start doing some very basic video editing for marketing purposes, I didn't want the amount of RAM to become an issue since they tend to have MANY things running simultaneously and 8GB is kind of a reasonable minimum now in my mind, and I didn't want there to be any issues with lag/stuttering/quality if they were watching videos. Most likely there wouldn't have been a problem with the iGPU, but I didn't want to allow for an opportunity for her to say the system was flawed and it was my fault :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats fair. And oh my god, how the hell did I write that badly in the first comment

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Not sure, me writes goodly in all the times.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

the reason why is because the CPU integrated graphics are not the best for gaming us if you are more the a person that uses it for your home office then that a hole different story.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have just gotten a Ryzen 2200g. It's got graphics power that almost equals a 1030 and I think has better performance than the pentium.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, that is fair, this setup would probably be pretty comparable to that, and probably with very similar upgrade potential as well (something I am always keeping an eye on).

My only issue with APUs is that the RAM is shared and when multitasking and putting demands on the GPU I think the differences would probably become more clear between the two setups. I can see more easily getting away with less quantity and slower speed RAM on a dedicated GPU without performance degradation than with an APU. I am also not a fan of the power draw and heat output of AMD systems, or messing with BIOS updates when I don't have another chip available.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The Ryzen 5 2400g has the APU that is almost to the teir of a GT 1030. The Ryzen 3 2200g has a cut-down APU, so it's weaker than the 2400g.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you are definitely right, but since the market for the Ryzen APUs is budget, the 2200G is usually the smarter buy in my opinion.

...and now GT1030 prices are creeping up. What the hell kind of backwards un-world are we living in?!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know, the new graphics card prices are *** now.

I'm going used with my graphics card, I'm planning on getting either a GTX 660, or a GTX 570. Whichever I can get for 40 bucks local cash using reddit.com/r/hardwareswap.

I'd recommend the same too, going used now is almost a must-have. If you upgrade in the future, I'd strongly suggest the EVGA blower card, either 660 or 660ti. You can get those for 70 or less on /r/hardwareswap, and the power connectors will actually fit your case. (I have the same case IRL, did the measurements too) You can also try a 570, the EVGA single fan one that isn't a blower. Great sub 50 dollar video card!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I use the 3.6 ghz? It's just a little more money. I'm kinda new to this fresh build

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you talking about the G4600? Yes that should work no problem. As long as the socket is the same, most of the time you are going to be fine on non-OEM systems.

Honestly though, unless it is very little more money, I would do a cost/benefit assessment on it because I doubt in real world applications you are going to be able to tell a difference in a tenth of a gigahertz. I would personally save the money, unless the price difference is less than $10.

It has a slightly lower TDP and slightly better integrated graphics, so those are things to take into account, but again, they are very minor differences and right now the price difference between a G4560 and G4600 is about $30. Wouldn't be worth it to me for sure, but you have to weigh all the options yourself. I would personally save that for a future upgrade to either the GPU or CPU.

If you are talking about the G4520, then you can use it, but I wouldn't buy it over the G4560. It has no hyper-threading so you are stuck with 2 cores, 2 threads instead of 2/4.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

And could I also just double the crucial sport LT, or is it not expandable