Description

Im 16 and I have divorced parents. I switch houses every other week so I could have gone with a gaming laptop but desktops would get me more bang for my buck. I've been saving money for awhile and I finally pulled it off. Runs PUBG [Shadows medium], Rocket League , BF1 ultra well over 60. The SSD was scrapped from my dying laptop and the hard drive I had laying around for additional storage.

http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/4616393

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs well, I didn't try overclocking it but I don't need to. The included heat-sink keeps it cool.

Motherboard

The cheapest mini ITX AM4 board I could find. It does its job. It also has a neat RGB led panel near the back that you can fully customize with the included software or in the bios. -1 star because the BIOS layout is a mess but you can still work with it.

Memory

Cheap and has a heat spreader, no issues.

Video Card

You can run any AAA+ title on ultra 60+ fps. Under full load using the stock fan curve it runs a little hot so you will need to adjust it. You cannot even hear the fan till it reaches about 60% speed. 100% speed isn't that loud but keeps my card around 71C under full after 3 hours of playing PUBG on ultra around 50-70 FPS.

Case

Good build quality, and not that expensive. The included fan is a little noisy but keeps the inside cool. I was able to get a full sized, non-modular PSU and a 6.8 inch GPU inside. -1 star because some of the mobo standoffs were hard to screw in. Also some of the pictures showed an included internal speaker which mine didn't come with.

Power Supply

A very cheap, yet reliable PSU. It also comes with a self tester so you don't need to use a paperclip.

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Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but to save money on the graphics card I would go on ebay or craigslist and look for cheaper used cards for a better value.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I originally wanted to go with an RX 580 for 200$ but the big mining boom made it out of stock everywhere, I actually spent 260$ on the 1060, I still need to update this page. Also I just felt more comfortable buying from reliable websites and all new parts.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, brethren. That "PSU blocking the cpu fan" thing is interesting which also I'm struggling with. Ever thought of turning the PSU upside down so that the fans face each other? How did the heat levels perform so far?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It is blocked by about 70% and when I was building I thought about turning it upside down but I didn't want to cause any issues with my PSU getting hot. But at stock speeds and full load only gets to about 70c. I've been pretty impressed with the Spire cooler even being blocked.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried OC'ing your 1600 yet? I hear that the Spire cooler can take it to 3.9 Ghz.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The heatsink is blocked by about 70% from the PSU. I've got it to 3.8 with light gaming, but as soon as I ran cinebench the temps hit 100+ and it shutdown. I believe the Spire can with proper airflow though.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

If you could save up, you can sell the PSU and get an SFX PSU, like the silverstone 450 sf that comes with an ATX PSU bracket, this might help you with the cooler issue,

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome details. curious to see how the stock cooler would handle a few hundred mhz extra

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

*Update 11/11/2017

My computer has been randomly shutting down, I move this computer every weekend so I reseated the ram and it stopped. While I was inside I completely rerouted all my cables and it looks a lot cleaner. I also removed the case fan and my temps are about the same.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Mines been getting random blue screens lately too, I think it may be the ram. Maybe it's not seated correctly, or maybe it's corrupt. Did reseating it fix it for you?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I just reseated it, maybe try a different slot. My wouldn't bluescreen just completely power off with no warning. But no issues since.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried reseating. Turns out it needs to be RMA'd so I bought the exact same single stick and will RMA it eventually. Just haven't gotten around to it. Had a blue screen loop one night while running both sticks, removed the one I thought was bad and haven't had a problem since.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

A better HDD would be a bit useless with the SSD.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

^

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The I5 7500 is way behind the Ryzen 1600. The Ryzen 1300x or oc 1200 is like the same as an i5 7500, so he went with the right parts.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen 5 1600 has 6 cores and simultaneous multithreading, and it is unlocked , but the i5 7500 has 4 cores, no hyperthreading, and cannot overclock.

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-7500-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-1600/3648vs3919

Good purchasing descision.