Description

This is now the main PC that I use for most of my gaming and normal work. It performs very well in most new games as well as photo and video editing and programming (which is my actual job). The smaller case allows me to fit it on my desk with the monitor.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is a great budget mid-range processor. The 6 cores have done nothing but help me get things done as well as staying cool when under load. The overclocking headroom is great because it will save me money later so I can make my CPU like new again even though it will be older, not that the CPU hasn't saved me enough money already :).

CPU Cooler

This is a great budget cooler. Although mine is not the quietest I have ever used or seen, it's still quiet and performs well for what I need it to do. My CPU temps are low even under heavy load or while overclocking. If you don't plan on doing heavy overclocking work on your PC, but need something other than the stock cooler, I would recommend this if you're under a budget constraint.

Motherboard

This is a really nice Micro ATX AM4 motherboard that packs a lot of punch but won't break the bank. The 4 RAM slots allowed me to put in just what I needed now and have room for upgradability later on in life. The board came working right out of the box and looked very nice and professional. I just wish that you could change the audio trace light and the PCIe slot light because the bright orange didn't really match with the black/grey/white colour scheme I was going for.

Memory

This is some of the best and smallest RAM that I have used. The heat spreader looks really nice and matches nicely with my colour scheme. I have had no issues with them so far and the little bit of overclocking that I did worked just fine without any problems. Would definitely use again or recommend to a friend.

Storage

This is a great SSD with a large enough capacity for running the programs and OSes that I need. Speeds have been nothing but fast so far and the installation was super easy. My only complaint is just a cosmetic one, and it is that the white/blue label didn't really match the colour scheme I was going for - probably would have been best to get a WD Black SSD instead :)

Video Card

A great budget gaming card. It doesn't have everything, but it is able to do photo and video editing as well as run games at 1080p cleanly. The fan is not super quiet, but for the budget power, I can live with that.

Case

This is an amazing case! It not only looks good but is completely functional. The case fits almost anywhere you would think of putting a case and the airflow is really great. I used it on a build that will be going somewhere dusty and the magnetic dust filters kept out almost all of the dust that was around the case. Cable management wasn't the easiest but other than that Cooler Master has done an amazing job with this case.

Power Supply

This is a great power supply that provides a lot of wattage while not emptying my wallet. It's not modular so you do get a little of the ketchup and mustard look but it does exactly what it is meant to do very well.

Case Fan

They are quiet, cheap fans that get the job done while looking good doing it. They sound good too!

Monitor

This is easily one of the best monitors I have used. It is massive, comes with amazing colour that makes 4K desktop backgrounds look really good. It's super easy to set up and comes with an included cable which is awesome. Freesync is very useful as I used this temporarily on a rig with an AMD GPU beforehand. Definitely would recommend!

UPS

Great UPS that had more than enough power for the purposes of this rig. Adds an extra layer of comfort and safety knowing I won't lose everything if the power goes out in one of our crazy BC storms.

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Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

fantastic build, I was going to go for the 1660 but I decided to go for the RX 580 because its just cheaper and is pretty much the same performance.

However I am getting the ryzen 5 3600x.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard that the RX 580 has a pretty large power draw and I didn't really want to worry about that. Plus, Nvidia cards have a little bit more of a reputation between me and my friends.

I wanted to get a third-gen processor, but I ordered these before they came out. I probably should have waited a little bit. Well, once burnt, lesson learnt.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

That ketchup and mustard in the pic...... Will there be more pics?

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

It is a very odd pic, I don't know why the plastic zip tie holding those front panel cables gets all the attention...

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

This was the first one that I took, and I was kinda in a rush while uploading the images. As you can see I didn't finish all the part reviews either.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to upload more today!

What do you mean by ketchup and mustard??

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Meaning basic PSU cables that are not modular “ketchup and mustard” is a term that means those cables because that’s what they look like

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I get it now

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

How hot did the microprocessor and graphics card reached?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

The CPU gets about anywhere from 60-80 degrees, the higher ranges of course when doing CAD work. The GPU temperatures are pretty much the same and they follow the same rules.