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This was my very first time building a computer. I understand that the graphics card is not very good at all for high end gaming, but it fit the budget and what i needed it for. Just wanted to install something for video rather than using the mobo. I know the Cable management is very bad, but i was up til 3 in the morning and i was just trying to complete the build and make sure everything worked and load the Linux OS to get it up and running. I ordered a cd/dvd drive, and when that comes i will redo the cables to make it much cleaner. I purchased an 850 watt power supply because i learned "you don't skimp on your PS". I am currently using around 180 watts so when i upgrade in the future, i wont have to buy a new one. I am new to the overclocking thing but i am going to mess around with that to bump up the speed which is why i grabbed the 3000 mhz dual channel ram. I love this ssd drive, it is everything i will need for quite some time. I won't be storing much on here, but i will be creating a vm and i want to give it a good bit of storage. Please give me all your opinions and what you think. Right now i will be primarily using it for linux and some windows vm's and practicing writing some code and trying to master python. I will eventually try out some games as I have always been a platform user, but there are a ton of games on the PC that look good, so i will be getting into PC gaming soon. Again, please let me know any good graphics cards to upgrade to (for when i can afford it) any anything else i should add/do. I noticed my mobo has an m2 wifi key(never heard of it before a couple weeks ago. I will be adding the m2 key soon (unless I stick with buying a WiFi card for the PCIE slot) and a cd/dvd drive soon.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

there are a lot of things that i like about this build and there are some things that i would have done differently. I understand why you picked the g5400, its not a bad chip for 61 dollars brand new. I personally for that price range brand new would have went with a 200ge since the onboard gpu would out perform the gt 710 and it would have the same cpu horsepower, however i don't know the compatibility of vega with your distro of linux (ubuntu is pretty good about drivers) the videocard i question and i understand you wanted a dedicated gpu, but at least on passmark the gt 710 is worse then your integrated graphics. Like if you used your HD graphics you would get better performance. I don't mind the motherboard, but its a bit pricey of a board for a g5400. I understand you want to get the most out of your ram with the OC so you want a quality motherboard and memory, but you would have been better served by purchasing a 65 dollar board along with a few different cost cutting measures. (the power supply). The power supply i consider to be overkill completley. I understand the value of buying a reliable power supply, i never want people to skimp out on that, but the problem is an evga 600B bronze power supply is 55 bucks and will power 99 percent of the gpu's on the market. (aside from some really over the top crazy cards like an rtx 2080 ti with 3 8 pin connectors, but even then the majority of 2080 ti's only have 2). by doing those 2 things you would have taken 100 dollars of the budget of the build, that plus the cost of the gt 710 is 140 dollars. an rx 570 4gb on amazon is 130 dollars. Im not really worried about the cable management because it doesn't matter for temps at all (especially in a case with good airflow like that) and the only other complaint i would have is going with a usb wifi card over a pcie wifi card. (however the wifi card is nitpicking) Im not sure if you are able to return any of your purchases, but i would try to return the gpu and the psu, those 2 parts wouldn't be annoying to pull out and its honestly the biggest improvement you can make. 126+46= 172 with that rx 570 for 130+ a Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ White Certified PSU for 41 dollars is 171. if you cans squeeze the 10 dollars additional seasonic makes a 500 watt power supply for 50 dollars which is 1. reliable, 2. power your gear and 3. give you an upgrade path for both gpu and cpu (can power an rtx 2070 no problem). I don't mean to tear into you, i mean this as constructive critism, i just think you would have a much better experience with the suggestions I made.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Jeez that’s long

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man, I don’t take it personal at all. I am very new to ALL OF THIS. So I appreciate feedback and opinions, it’s a good way to learn. The PS originally was going to be a seasonic 500 watt but i was urged to at least get 750 watt for future stuff since I am interested in gaming eventually. I also got greedy because I wanted an RGB and fully modular one and it was $110, but it was sold out I so just grabbed the next one up which was 850. I don’t know if Best Buy will let me return or exchange but I will check. The graphics card thing I still don’t really understand and I grabbed a cheap one (because I honestly didn’t know I didn’t need one unless I was gaming lol, I didn’t check to see if the motherboard had hdmi 🤦🏾‍♂️) so I was already planning to return the card but then the thought of running two monitors crossed my mind and I believe I need two different sources to do that? (If not I’ll return it). For me the CPU should be more than good enough to run Linux and practice coding. The WiFi usb was just to get it started. I will eventually a much better pci card that is capable of the 5ghz. I was pretty sold on the motherboard because again, I do want to game and I thought it was pretty decent. My biggest complaint is that it didn’t have WiFi built in. I really do appreciate the feedback. It’ll be good for the next one I do

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh . . . if that G5400 does on-board graphics then the GT 710 does look pretty unnecessary. Each port on the motherboard would be a video source to support a full screen. I guess you rushed into some of your choices. The trickiest part of PC building these days is the shopping. Did you start by planning your part list here on the site?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The reson i recomended the 600b from evga is because its 55 dollars. RGB is cheap to add later. your motherboard has a displayport as well which will run a second monitor. I personally think modular PSU's are over rated since most cases on the market these days have great cable management options and losing a proprietary cable for your PSU sucks! (from personal experience). The official PSU reccomendation for a rtx 2080 ti is 550 watt so a 600 watt will power everything on the market. for sure if you can return the gpu. you will actually gain performance by taking it out of the computer. If you want take the money from returning the gpu and power supply and buy some RGB fans the gpu would pay for 3 rgb fans. and you would see them better then the PSU.

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

When they say don’t skimp on the psu, they mean on the quality and brand, not wattage. :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know. I was going to get a seasonic fully modular 600 watt but I thought it better to get 750 because it was a $10 difference. However the 750 was sold out at Best Buy so I ended up paying $20 more to get the 850. All the reviews for the brand say the tough power line up is really good and this PS should be able to handle whatever in the future since it is way higher than I would ever need. What is your preferred brand? I like to know all options for the next computer I build.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Neet build, but I would've purchased a 2200g or a 2400g and removed the dedicated card. Vega integrated massively outperforms a gt 710

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Why don't you want to use the on board video when it is clearly better?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

To be completely transparent and honest. (I’ll probably get ripped for this)I didn’t even know that it was capable to do it without a graphics card. I just always assumed you HAD to have a graphics card when you build computers and wanna do any kind of gaming. Do I need it to run two monitors or can I just use the mobo to do that without the extra graphics card?

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

the motherboard has two outputs, HDMI and Displayport, along with a USB C that can be adapted into Displayport. the iGPU is in fact a GPU, and is in this case, more powerful than the add in card you are using. And yes, it supports dual monitors

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, as long as i can run two monitors then im all good

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

correction, it isn't more powerful, however you could just return the GT 710 and put the money towards a good GPU

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

all the benchmarks i found put the igpu at about 5 percent faster the the gt 710

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah based on all the feedback, i am going to see if i can return it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah. With a little bit more research, you could've saved on the mobo, PSU and RAM and put the savings into an RX 570.

Good build in the end.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i was a little hype to start my first build so i wasn't overly focused on each individual item, just wanted to make sure they were decent and all under my price range. It also needed to be available at Best Buy and Amazon. I bought my case from New Egg but everything else from those two places

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for posting this! I'm building my first PC too so it was helpful to read everyone's comments and see the choices you made. I'm sure I'll make mistakes too haha.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem lol. I am just glad i was able to get it done. but the feedback helps and i learn from my mistakes so i should be good to go next time. Good luck on your build!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You won't be blown away by 3D rendering with the GT 710, but it's not a bad start if motherboard output isn't an option. Also fine as a secondary card if/when you add a powerful gaming GPU. I use a GT 710 to draw 3 other screens while my RTX card is dedicated to the e-sports monitor. Your power supply is certainly ready for more action. If you're like me, your first build will keep evolving for years.