Ah, 7th gen, the build that I did in 2017 is finally kicking the bucket. I started this build with one simple goal in mind: build a decent computer for my school and gaming needs. Of course, that was two years ago.
I started with the G4560, still a pretty nice chip even today, 8GB of ADATA memory, the MSI H110M Pro VD, a GT 730, and an EVGA 400W PSU. When I built it, even with a major problem on the motherboard, I still had much fun with the computer running a bunch of games, and all the school stuff I do including AutoCAD, MATLAB, Arduino and all that sorta thing. The motherboard problem started to kick in at early 2018, when I started to use software like Premiere Elements, Guitar Pro, and Reaper, the computer becomes extremely slacky (no that's not a word but you get what I mean), sure, the G4560 was never designed to do these kind of stuff, but based on what I observed on YouTube, using these software in a practical world should not've been a problem.
Then I suddenly realize that the motherboard was purchased in Mainland China, where the max voltage is 220V whereas 110V in Canada, though not professionally trained on how motherboard electricity was designed, but based on P=IV and I is constant, theoretically speaking, my processor is under powered.
To fix this issue, an upgrade is absolutely necessary, I looked into the red team, for the budget I have, all I can go for is the R3 1200, and it's still a bit out of my budget, so I decided to go used and bought an i5-7400 for 150 dollars (yes, I did not pay the full price as the part list shows), and upgraded the motherboard to a - mind you, still used - B250M, which saves me somewhere around 100 bucks.
In case you ask, why not just go for the Ryzen platform and upgrade it later on? Well, 2 factors
- Again, going that route means I need to go at least 150 dollars + tax out of my budget
- For the extra price, I only get 1% performance increase, why would I...
Okay, after quite a wait, I finally have all of the parts and built the PC.
Couple hiccups that I had to deal with in this one: 1. The G100M's back plate did not fit with my motherboard, weird, but I don't have much time to figure it out, so I changed it to the Deepcool Gamemaxx 200T. 2. The used motherboard I got seems to have a bit of problem on the main power's connection, but I had it sorted out. 3. I bought an NVMe drive, only to realize it is part of the ADATA XPG series, which.. does have the history of failing, but I'm too lazy to travel back to CC again... 4. I scraped the top layer of the skin on my right thumb off when trying to get the old motherboard off.
One thing to keep in mind for those who wants to build in the Line-M, the B250M board I have is the largest the motherboard can go, it in fact barely fits in mine.
The i5 I bought is an ES model, aka the downclocked model, aka the ****** model, but it's definitely quicker than the G4560, and a lot cheaper than the full priced i5-7400.
As far as a motherboard goes, this is it. It has 1+2 fan headers, which is the exact amount I need, an armored PCIe x16 slot, an M.2 SSD/Optane slot, and 6 SATA ports (which I only need one, and hopefully none down the road).
For about the same price as the 1050Ti - sometimes even cheaper - you get 22.5% benchmark gain, like... why not? And it has RGB logo built in, something the green team's budget cards cannot do.
It has all the bell and whistles except some cable management space, which I don't happen to need in this build because I barely have any hard drives and not even DVDs, so I just hide all the cables at the front. Plus, I custom made a side panel windows which makes it look even better!
The only complaint I have on this unit is lacking of 80+ certification, I mean, seriously, from all of the reviews I read, none of the negative reviews are based on its performance (most of them are complaining about shipping, jeez complain that to the postal office!), and under room temperature, this unit can theoretically supply 480W of power, if you ask me, that seems like 87%. But, I do not know what's actually being supplied when under heavy load, that might be the reason why it's not certified, however, am I going to use all of those power? Probably not.
This is probably the cheapest ultra wide monitor you can buy, brand new, on the market, period. It is obviously IPS and the color accuracy is absolutely - I'm not sure, I'm a color deficient so it straight up doesn't matter to me. But, it does make my setup look good, which is good, good.
Another lesson learned, when you are thinking of upgrading, always check if the new motherboard has an M.2 slot. The drive is great, just the fact that my stupidity of not checking before buying piss myself off...
Great expansion card, still have to use a SATA cable to transfer the data though, at least I don't have to worry about the power cable hanging around in the case.