Description

This build has been a work in progress since December of 2017, but preperations for it had began long before that. My ultimate goal for it is to get an RTX card and a custom loop, as well as a 3000 series Ryzen processor. So far, it preforms abolutely beautifully, and I am very much so glad that I moved on from consoles. I would like to get an SSD in the future, as well as a decent audio setup, but for what I have now, it never ceases to impress me.

Part Reviews

CPU

Sub 200 dollar hexacore processor with hyperthreading. Im absolutely in love with it.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my Ryzen 5 2600 under 70c using Prime95 at 4GHz, and keeps idle temps in the 30s

Motherboard

Looking back on it, I probably should've found a board with better VRMs, but from what I've saw, this board is an amazing budget Full ATX board with overclocking capability. Just don't expect much RGB capibility from this board. Mystic light sucks ballocks.

Memory

Beautiful, fast, and 16 gigabytes. Performance wise, this RAM slays, after upgrading from 4gb DDR4-2400, I've saw about a 10-15 FPS jump in more RAM hungry games, and about a 5-7 FPS jump all around. Not to mention it makes multitasking a breeze. Aesthetically, i personally think it looks better than the Trident Z that most people go for. RGB functionality is a breeze if you already have Corsair peripherals and are familiar with iCUE.

Storage

Quiet, fast, doesn't grind, and rarely goes above 20% usage.

Case

This is actually a very recent addition to the build (~ April, 2018), before that I was running it caseless and turning it on with a screwdriver. Tempered glass is absolutely gorgeous, and the rgb fans are beautiful to boot. It is a bit chokey airflow wise, but that's about it. Cabling took less than 10 minutes and the case came with zip ties. EDIT: Didn't realize this until recently, but the acryllic front panel cover is easily removed, and can even be replaced by the mesh one included with the MasterBox 5 regular, which completely changes my negative thoughts on this case relating to airflow, although it doesnt look nearly a pretty without the included acryllic front panel.

Power Supply

Absolutely wonderful budget fully modular PSU by the highly acclaimed SeaSonic. I shan't buy from another brand until either they reach this level of expertise and have the same level of customer service, or until SeaSonic fails to live up to my expectations. Bravo, SeaSonic. Bravo.

Operating System

I personally preferred windows 7, But it came on the hard drive, and AM4 didn't have any patches for Windows 7 functionality at the time.

Monitor

Decent monitor i got for $20. I cannot complain for what it is. Colors are kinda wonky compared to IPS monitors, but its fine for me.

Monitor

Bought it off a friend quite a while back. Works, looks decent, but isn't IPS unfortunately, but for $15, who can say no?

Mouse

Wonderful entry-level mouse by Corsair. I have no complaints at the price points.

Custom

Decent budget USB microphone. My only quarrel other than a cold recording sound to it is the included stand.

Custom

Absoulutely beautiful keyboard with blue switches. Can't go back to membrane now.

Custom

Nice little mic stand for a bit more elevation. One of the legs has a tendency to come loose, but that's nothing a screwdriver can't fix.

Custom

I was honestly questioning buying these at first, as ive never been a fan of IEMs or earbuds, but my Skullcandys dying forced me to pull the trigger. And let me say this first. WOW! These earphones are absoulutely amazing for the price, They have a rather U shaped sound, but mids are surprisingly fine. These earphones are a bit bright, and it can be offensive if you listen to music (such as rap or EDM) with prominate electronic hi-hats at louder volumes. Bass is perfect by my standards, non-distorting, not overpowering at all, and very warm sounding. Nice little pluses with customization available in the way of faceplates, as well as these being included in a carrying case, instead of a bag, like similar priced IEMs. They are also extremely comfortable to wear for hours on end, and this is coming from someone who downright refused IEMs in the past as an option on account of the insides of my ears being incredibly sensitive, The only issue i really have with them, if you can even call it an issue, is the fact that they're incredibly isolating, but thats to be expected with IEMs, of course.

Custom

These keycaps are abosolutely gorgous! I absololutely love both their aesthetic and feel. My only complaint is they came strewn all over the tray when they arrived.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

Maybe you should stop licking keyboards.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

No

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a bad build. The Quad Core Athlon is actually not a bad choice. However, I favor the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 more and also, you should've gone with 8GB as you stated. Also, you should've gotten an SSD and maybe a 500GB Hard Drive, or if you can afford a 1TB Hard Drive and a 128GB SSD. But this build was made in December, so I can't complain.

EDIT: Also would've opted for the cheaper Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's the thing: I didn't spend a dime on either storage or the OS. And how I got the card was through a couple trades. I was working on an incredibly strict, as well as small budget (~$250), so i didn't see an SSD as priority, nor did i see 8GB of ram in the same light as i did a good PSU and motherboard. I do plan to snag an SSD as soon as I can, as well as jump up to a 16GB kit. Thanks for the comment!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I understand now. It was a good build for the budget though. Maybe I’ll consider the Athlon in future builds. Thanks!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

for builds right now, i would say the new apus would problably hold a better value because while the athlon was great at getting you on am4 for a low price; you could save even more now with a 2200g which is $100 for cpu and gpu together. graunted the gpu performance would fall behind a doscreete card but the cpu part would beat it and you can invest some of that money you saved into later getting a card when prices calm back down.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah im just saying for yhoundz, he said he was thinking about using the athlon, which wouldn’t make too much sense with the apus unless i guess he got the gpu for free then it might

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

in case you haven't come up with an edgy name, i've got one for you: Karl with a C

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I am a first time builder so I have no experience in cable management. I wanted to buy a nice full tower case however I havent been able to find any. This one looks perfect for me but Im worried about the size. How big is it and would you recommend it to me knowing I have never built a PC before?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

If im being honest, this case is fairly easy to cable in, just making it look good is a concern, i just redid my cabling, and i will post pictures of it shortly, but to answer your questions. This is NOT a full tower case, this is a midtower. It's a fairly large case, but not big enough to cause major space issues. It is 19x8x18 inches (or 500 mm x 223 mm x 475 mm if you dont use freedom units). With you being a first time builder, i would recommend it to you comfortably if you can easily catch on to how to shape wires and stuff, otherwise I'd recommend something like the Phanteks P400 in the same price point.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I will be looking at the P400 as well as this one.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Im quite late, but how is the 460 keeping up?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite well in the games i play actually, Im surprised at how it performs. The only games I've had any issue running are GTA 5 and Rising Storm 2. I definiately wouldnt recommend it for a new build though.