I've managed to lose a whole load of pictures of systems, hence jumping straight to build 5. I will have build 4 going up soon (it's not yet finished as the power supply arrived dented).
So, the build...
Originally this system was going to be an intel build, but their processors are crazy expensive for whatever reason at the moment, so I sacrificed a little bit of single core performance and added a whole load of multi core performance.
I hadn't built an AMD system before this one, so that's a start! The case was easy to build in and cable management was a breeze - apart from the CPU power cable barely reaching, but it's all good, I made it work.
I initially though the RAM wouldn't work because of the website not listing the specific sticks as a compatible model, but that worked out fine, it's running at its stated speed and is running solidly. I did a run in test over 3 hours after doing all the standard updates and driver downloads etc and it held up fine with no issues whatsoever.
I only had time to test one game out for performance, so I figured I'd make it the god awful but insanely popular: Fortnite (ugh) as it seems to be a good benchmark at the moment. It ran at a minimum of 56FPS and a max of around 96FPS on the maximum settings, motion blur off (who even uses motion blur anyway?!?).
I was pretty surprised by this seeing as my G4560/GTX 1050Ti build runs around the same, but I guess that's the single core performance and hyperthreading doing its magic. It had a better minimum FPS though so it meant that gameplay was much smoother - I guess it was probably being held back by the graphics card at this point.
Overall the build took about 2 hours including cable management which isn't too bad considering the annoying cables of a non modular PSU.
The temps were great, although it was cold where I was testing it, but I'm pretty pleased with them. The fan noise is incredibly low - I set a custom fan curve and it runs quieter than the hard drive for the majority of the time.
Sorry about the picture quality, they were taken at night, I did my best! :'D
Solid chip, but apart from a few instances is similar to a Pentium G4560 in my testing (obviously not in the multicore tests though).
Gaming saw some slightly higher FPS but nothing to rave about, look into what games you'll be playing and go from there - it did have a better minimum in Fortnite obviously down to the extra physical cores.
I want to get a better graphics card to test one with eventually.
Great motherboard, only giving it 4 starts because the auto updates utility doesn't work so I had to go and install everything individually - a bit old school for modern standards but hey ho.
It's also a brown PCB, but you get what you pay for!
It's RAM, it does its job. It also responds well to a pretty hefty overclock so that's always fun.
Good amount of storage at a low cost, that ticks off my checklist.
You get what you pay for. Obviously is still a great card, but the plastic shroud lets it down. Performs as well as any other GTX 1050Ti at its stock clocks.
I haven't tried any form of overclock as the system isn't for me.
Great case, easy to build in, included fan is quiet and it even comes with anti vibration fan screws!
Only giving it 4 stars because of the fact that theres a few, shall we say, unfinished spots - like on the right hand ride of the PSU shroud there and the ends of some screws sticking up a mm or two.
Other than that, excellent for the money, even if the side panel is only acrylic glass.