Description

After roughly half a year of total research, I came up with my first build. The PSU and HDD were bought from Centrecom, the rest of the build was bought from CPL. All prices are in AUD.

CPU: I chose an i3 8100 simply because it was amongst the best budget Gaming CPU's at the time, it deserves that title. It provides great performance across every game I've played and it hasn't gotten above 65 degrees Celsius. I rate it 9/10. However, nowadays I'd recommend the i3 9100f as it performs slightly better and it's much cheaper due to not having integrated graphics.

MOBO: I got recommended this by CPL... it has various features for the price (such as an M.2 slot) and works well. One of the USB 3.0 ports is very stiff and the other one feels wonky when you plug in any USB device. I wouldn't call this an issue because it still works fine. 8/10.

RAM: At the time I bought this, Memory prices were stoopid... I bought this 8GB DDR4-2400Mhz kit from Kingston for $110, I can get a 16GB DDR4-3000Mhz kit nowadays for that price... and I did. Nothing is or was wrong with it though, it's aesthetically pleasing, feels high quality and performs how it's supposed to. 9/10.

Storage: A standard 1TB HDD from Western Digital. Performs as it's supposed to and is pretty fast considering it's a HDD. 10/10.

GPU: I chose a GTX 1050 Ti (the Gaming X version from MSI) for it's insane performance for the price... I got it for $250 I believe, and it shreds through 1080p gaming at high settings at 80+ frames (not that I even play high settings). It also stays extremely cool and quite. 10/10.

Case: I chose this case for the price and reviews. It's a good deal. A very nice tempered glass side panel, great cable room, no sharp edges, it's very future proof, looks decent, etc. 7/10.

PSU: I was going to buy a Cooler Master MWE 500w PSU but Centrecom didn't have it in stock. They gave me this one from Thermaltake which is basically identical but has RGB (I turned it off because it looks ugly on a PSU in my eyes). It performs well and stays cool and quite. 8/10.

I have the temperatures of these parts in the temps section, check them out if you're interested. I have slightly overclocked my GPU.

I followed a guide from TechSource to build it. Everything went smoothly. When I powered it on everything was working fine, however there was no display. I was slightly panicking because I was worried I messed up my first build. I researched for some troubleshooting tips and came across one I thought would help. 'If it powers on, you've done everything right. Just check everything is plugged in properly and redo some wiring if you have to.' I unplugged almost every cable and made sure everything was plugged in correctly. After all that, it posted. I then installed Windows 10 via USB Flash Drive, installed drivers and programs such as Chrome and Discord, and lastly, games. It was a great experience and I'm proud of myself for it.

Here are some quick benchmarks if you're interested :) (max settings) CS : GO: 130 - 300 FPS (high settings) R6: 80 - 140 FPS (very high settings) GTA 5: 70 - 90 FPS (high settings) Fortnite: 70 - 100 FPS

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazing for the price. Stays quite cool under load with stock fan cooler as well. Would recommend this if you need something cheap with good performance.

Memory

All Ram sticks are almost the exact same in performance. But Kingston Ram looks so clean. I would give it six stars if I could.

Storage

Fast for a HDD. Nothing I can say but it performs well.

Video Card

While I don't like red as a color, MSI absolutely smashed it with their 1050 Ti Gaming X. Looks cool, stays cool and is super quite under load. Fans turn off on idle so that makes it even better. I would give it 6 stars if I could.

Case

Unbelievable for $60 (AUD). No sharp edges, plenty of cable room, looks amazing and has a full tempered glass side panel. I would give it 7 stars if I could!

Power Supply

Nothing to say other than this performs great, and the RGB is a nice addition. 5 Stars.

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Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

MEMORY: Works great and best looking non-RGB ram you can buy in my opinion.

PSU: Great PSU with nice RGB coloring, 500w is enough and 80+ rating is great. Stays cool as well.

Are you pro or anti RGB?

Either way this build looks pretty cool and has a nice price to performance ratio.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd consider getting RGB if I had the money, but I didn't decide to for this build. And thanks for the feedback! Yes, it is high performance for the price. <3

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yikes at the PSU but looks good otherwise :)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I can sorta agree on that. Thanks for the comment and feedback :).

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a 1050ti? You could pick up an rx 570 for $200 AUD and get a 240Gb SSD as a boot drive and game storage with the money saved. Rx 570's also outperform 1050 ti's.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Not the biggest fans of AMD GPU's as there are differences... I love there processors, and would consider one in the future. good point about the RX 670 though.

SSD prices have sloped downhill tons lately, so that's a bonus for me! Thanks for the advice :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I like amd gpu's because of freesync, it's much cheaper to get a freesync monitor than a gsync. Nice build btw

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment and feedback! Have a nice day :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

stock cooler?!?!?!?!!?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... lol... Actually Works very well, never goes above 70 degrees, I now have two monitors, one plugged into my GPU for gaming and the second one into my CPU using the intergrated graphics, still works amazing and averages 60 - 65 degrees temp.