Description

This build was not a bad build for my first system. Looking back now, though, I'd've much rather just waited, like, a year to save up more money and get something better. Anyways, let's look at the details.

This has been my build for a year now. When I built the thing, it was one of the most exciting things in my life, seeing it come together. The build was quick and easy, and I was on my way to installing Windows that night. The games ran quickly, the web pages loaded snappily, and all in all, it just ran at a good speed. At least, compared to our AIO we bought from Lenovo a few years back.

The growing pains were not that bad, to be honest. I didn't really have too many problems. Probably the biggest **** storm I had with it would've been when I tried out that Windows Insider Program. I had green screen after green screen with that thing. So, I rolled it back to the more stable release.

Then there's Linux. I've been trying Linux distros on the side for a while now, and then recently I merged it over entirely. I've used Arch, Ubuntu, Debian, a bit of Feren, and now Ubuntu, although I plan on switching again to #!++ and sticking with that, since it's a light weight system. The reason I dropped Windows entirely is because of the walls there are between you and the system, the constant forced updates, and the UI is static, there is absolutely nothing you can do to change that. Whereas with Linux, I can throw open a Terminal window, type in a command to download a different UI, wait 30 minutes at max, reboot, and boom, there we go, different UI.

All in all, this computer was pretty nice. Totally worth the money, although I'm extremely salty that you can now buy 8 gigs of RAM for the same price or cheaper than what I paid for 4 a year ago.

Part Reviews

CPU

With its hyper threading, it's pretty great for multitasking and typical use. Quick installation (like any other processors) and speedy processing.

Motherboard

It provides 4 RAM slots and a little orange LED by the I/O ports. The BIOS is easy to use. I'd buy again and again.

Memory

This was a gift, so it'll be easier to give it a good review. It's pretty quick, and installed in a flash, bringing my RAM amount from 4 gigs up to 12. Same speed as the other, so that's nice. The games I play now (specifically ROMs on Retroarch, lol) have a decent performance boost, so I'm pretty pleased in the product for sure.

Storage

Fast and has a high capacity of 1 TB. It's a great deal for $45.

Video Card

For $85, this is a steal. Sure, not fancy like the RTX or even GTX cards, but still good for the price. It runs my games well, and I haven't noticed any large dips in frame rates or the fan being extremely loud.

Case

A little difficult to build in, but it looks quite nice. It's a bit bigger than I was expecting for sure, but not too shabby at all. The built-in orange LEDs match the ones on my motherboard perfectly, making it look great. Honestly, knowing that this is a knock-off of another case makes me a little sad, but it's not that bad. My biggest complaint is how hard it was to build in and how I cannot change the fan speeds with the built-in fan controllers for some reason. Other than that, not bad!

Power Supply

Quiet, powerful, and it's shaped like a brick. What else could I say about it?

Operating System

Windows has been with me my entire life, starting with XP. It's changed a lot, and I feel that it's getting a bit worse than the XP days. XP was the best and forever will be the best. But this is about Windows 10. It's sleek, runs okay, and now that I have 12 gigs of RAM, it's better.

Edit: I switched to Linux, Windows just has too many blocks and forced updates are a serious pain. So, if you like Windows, go for it, but if you don't want to spend $100+ for an OS with walls and a stale UI, go with Linux, most are free, and the ones that aren't aren't too expensive.

Wireless Network Adapter

This is a decent piece of tech for $12. It connects quickly and easily, sure, but not that great all around. Honestly, get yourself something better that plugs into a PCIe lane rather than USB. I've had disconnects and it does affect my Fortnite performance for sure.

Custom

The memory chosen looks great and performs great. I haven't had any problems.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Farming Simulator 17 at ultra graphics with no stutters

Probably my favorite benchmark ever! Nice build too :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's a great benchmark!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget build. An ssd would be a good upgrade.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

It would, but it just didn't fit in the budget.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice little budget rig.

I'd be interested if you could actually get that asking price for it considering you can build a 2400g system with an SSD for less new.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I purchased the motherboard first on sale in December, so automatically Ryzen goes out the window. As stated above, an SSD just wouldn't fit in the budget. Maybe a future build?

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  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Me too. It's a good system (besides the forced updates).

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It just didn't fit in the budget at the time. And, a 1050 around January (that's when I bought everything) was actually around $200 rather than $150 and a 1050 Ti was $250 rather than $200.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a beast for the price! It kills lower-spec games. Thanks for the nice comment.

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