Description

My first computer was a pre-built Acer with an i5 6400 and a GTX 1050 which my parents got for me. I'm finally old enough to have a part time job, so I saved money to finally build my very own pc.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very good cpu for streaming and gaming, but the stock cooler is terrible. At full load, my cpu reaches 83C. This doesn't affect performance as it still maintains a 3.6 ghz all core speed but I will definitely get a better cooler soon.

Motherboard

Bios layout is user friendly and hasn't given me any troubles. Recognized my memory with ease.

Memory

Fast, 16gb is the sweetspot for gaming.

Storage

Coming from a HDD that takes 2 mins to boot up and load all my apps, this did it in 30 seconds.

Video Card

Really good value and performance, but runs very hot, the max temp I get is 84C but I only keep it at 60% fan speed because it's loud after that.

Case

Cheap case with fairly standard airflow, I have all fans at max speed and the noise doesn't bother me.

Power Supply

Cables are really stiff but this was the only psu available at my town as I live 3 hours away from any major retailer.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

That equipment should serve you well for 1080p gaming. I'm always impressed by first-timers saving up for very reasonable PCs. Next to the bling-toys of older consumers with money to burn, I see more genuine determination in a build like this.

Also, brown motherboards are seriously growing on me. I don't know what it is.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the feedback. Maybe brown motherboards would look good with Noctua lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Going into this build i was thinking. Man its a decent budget build but im not sure if i would have started from scratch when you have an i5-6400 and 1050, then i looked up trying to go to a skylake i7. The prices on that (both new and used) really is a joke. 300 bucks CA for an i7-6700? lol. I understand why you started from scratch. I REALLY like this build. Nothing super expensive and all really good price to performance parts. The case is cheap and good enough airflow (120mm intake 80 exhaust means at least decent cooling). This build will perform just fine for a long time.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man, i dont get why the prices of i7s are outrageous, i was thinking of the i7 6700 ES because thats the only reasonably cheap option but I dont know if its compatible with the Acer motherboard and plus the performance is reduced on the i7 engineering sample.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

i own an ES. I have an i5-4570es (2.6ghz turbo 3ghz) I will say this. The motherboard will let you set the clock speed to the max turbo speed or if you set it to high performance in windows it will stay clocked at the max speed. I have put engineering sample's in OEM boards (specifically an acer prebuilt that origionally had an i7-4770 and a gtx 645) and it worked just fine. here is my reccomendation, if you can sell the i5-6400 (say an ebay auction) its worth going to the i7 ES because they cost about the same and at least for mine it turboed pretty reliably. I still have the cpu in a sleeper pc i build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

My friend's going to buy the old pc. No auctions for me, Im just happy that it's getting a new place as I had a lot of fun memories gaming on it lol