I'd been toying with the idea of building a gaming PC for a long time but never really had the spare cash to do it. Last year the funds were soon used up when I had to buy a new laptop. I opted to spend a little more on a Laptop that would be reasonable at gaming to get me by. And it has served it purpose for the last 18 months or so just fine. I needed the laptop for it's portability, which is why I chose to buy that over a PC.
For those of you interested it is an MSI GL62-7QF i5 with GTX 960m graphics, 120GB M2 ssd & 500GB HDD and 8GB DDR4 RAM. It cost just under £600 at the time (on offer from £800) and would play most games at 1080p, 60fps combination of medium and high settings. And of course I could take it anywhere I needed to when using it for work.
Well this year my cousin was selling his GTX 1060 6GB, and he saved me about £50 buying from him.
So I took an old beat up case I already had, a 3TB HDD I had spare, the GTX 1060 I'd just bought and decided to try and make a pretty decent PC with them. With Ryzen coming out last year and offering some great performance for the money I thought that was a good place to start. Then I had the issue of choosing a motherboard. It had to be Micro ATX to fit in the case and I didn't want to go as small as a mini itx because the price seemed to jump up and I was losing out on some PCI slots I wanted.
The Case will be replaced at some point to make it look alot nicer but it meant i could get started building it sooner rather than later. The cable management was difficult due to the cases layout and design but I tried to ensure I wasn't effecting airflow, again something limited by the case only having 2 120mm fans.
I'm yet to put this through it's paces and get any meaningful temp readings out of it but so far its been pretty spot on. I've only tried a few games so far, Rainbow 6 Siege, Battlefield 1 and GTA V. It plays all of them on maxed out settings with ease. Siege was averaging 105fps on Very High settings (incomparison to 55-60 on medium to high on the laptop) and, despite not having fps counter on (d'oh) for battlefield 1 (with ultra settings, again laptop limited to medium/high) it was so much smoother and better. And again on GTA V, this sat at around the 100 fps mark on max settings.
These are all on stock clock settings for the CPU and GPU. I will be overclocking both after running for a little while to ensure temperature in this case won't be a problem. I haven't had much time to play over the weekend so want to ensure there are no cooling issues for prolonged gaming periods.
Highly recommend this combination of hardware to anyone as it has plenty of headroom for future games at what I think is a pretty good price. Also with the 6 core Ryzen 5 and 16GB RAM it should make for a pretty good workstation. The Samsung NVMe SSD is so quick as well, boot time is literally a couple of seconds.