Description

This build is currently being used for gaming and some lighter workstation tasks (mainly VMs).

I am upgrading from a potato computer, so this is much faster in pretty much all respects.

Update (11/13/18): Multiple upgrades made since last update Acer P238HL (1920x1080, TN) Upgraded to a BenQ GW2765HT (2560x1440, IPS) DVD RW Drive, pulled out of an HP e-waste desktop, now added to this PC (a TSSTCorp CDDVDW TS-H653R)

New Mouse (Reddragon M711 RGB)

RAM Overclocked to 2666Mhz @1.35V

CPU Overclocked to 3.7Ghz @ 1.3125V*

Certain upgrades in the near future (Christmas or around then): - AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

  • Samsung 970 EVO 250GB

  • Another 8GB stick of RAM

  • New Headphones (The DS502 is falling apart)

  • Dual Monitors (will likely grab a ViewSonic VG1930WM, a 1440x900, while I wait for a friend who is upgrading who might give be his BenQ EW2420)

  • New Keyboard (I don't like MX Reds, gonna go for MX Blues)

Upgrades in the farther future (don't know when I'll be able to get them): - New Graphics Card (don't know what it will be or when, maybe an RX 470 that my cousin has laying around)

  • New Desk (Already have it, our family is moving in the next couple of months so I'll set it up then)

*CPU Temperature testing was done through Prime95, Small FFTs for 1 hour. Results came back stable

Part Reviews

CPU

It's a fairly fast CPU. I give that part 5 stars. but the included Wraith Stealth cooler, while a very effective cooler considering that it's a stock cooler, is very hard to mount compared to other coolers I've mounted before. You do need to apply alot of pressure when mounting this CPU cooler. This took me a few hours to figure out (since I did not want to put so much pressure as to break my mobo). I got this for $139.99 at Canada Computers

Motherboard

It's a decent motherboard. Wish it had better placement of the 2 fan headers though since I coulden't reach the 2nd one that I needed to plug my fan into. I got this for $89.99 CAD at Canada Computers

Memory

It's a bit pricey, but the low profile ram can make a difference if you are using a big cooler. It also has a heatspreader too. I got this for $99.99 at Canada Computers

Storage

It's a very good hard drive. It's quiet, has a decent amount of storage, and is fast enough. for a $50 CAD drive, you really can't go wrong. Would advise spending $30 if you can, but If you can't, this is still an excellent option. I got this for $49.99 at Canada Computers

Video Card

This card plays most games at1080p High very well. However, the 1 fan on this particular model might be a concern for some, however, the 1050 Ti is a very cool running card and the fan should not spin up at all during normal use. This was the cheapest 1050 Ti they had there, the RX 470/570s were horribly marked-up, and they had no 1060 3GB cards, so this would have been the best option. I got this for $194.99 at Canada Computers

Case

Mine came damaged due to poor packaging, which might influence this review a bit. This case has a nice amount of room for cable management, but that is the only good thing about it. The biggest problem that you might encounter is if you are using a mATX mobo (like I am) it is unclear where to mount the mATX standoffs. I eventually got them, however, it does not say on the case nor in the (terrible) manual where you would mount them. I got this for $36.99 on Newegg

Power Supply

Yes, this PSU is overkill for a rig like mine, but it gives me peace-of-mind that I don't need to get a new PSU when upgrading to better components, and I got it for a very good price. It runs very cool, It has very low ripple, Japanese caps, It's modular, and it's 750W. I got this PSU for $134.99 from Canada Computers

Keyboard

It's a very good keyboard. Does the job very nicely. Wish I got MX Blues though.

Headphones

It's pretty much everything I need in a headset.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

*Ryzen from the ashes.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang this build should've only cost about 500.These gpu prices and that power supply . What are your upgrade plans?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

to get a Ryzen 7 1700 (or whatever is the Ryzen 2 equivalent), and OCing it I also plan on grabbing a GTX 1070 or 1080 Ti aswell (or whatever the next gen counterpart is). I think that this PSU should be fine handling such upgrades. Also keep in mind that the prices I gave in my reviews are in Canadian Dollars, which is going to be quite a bit more then American dollars.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

word of advice i would eventually upgrade your ram to another 8 gb because amd cpus work even better with 2 sticks rather than one

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

that is something I'm planning on doing anyways because currently my biggest bottleneck on VM performance is the amount of RAM I have right now. 16 would be nice, but ram is expensive right now, so might have to wait on that

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

You could have gone with a 2 TB hard drive instead for about the same price

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

the cheapest 2TB HDD at the moment is $71 Canadian Dollars, and If I had spent a similar amount of money on a hard drive, I would just get a 3TB model instead.