Description

I’ve always wanted a powerful pc and last year I decided it was time for me to build it, so I did my research, I watched countless component reviews and bought the parts (the parts that say 0 dollars I already had them, or they were a gift from someone)

I built this pc for gaming and school work and it is fast the 1060 is a beast and it’s a major upgrade from the AMD A8-6410 Notebook APU that I previously had. The stock intel cooler its loud but its tolerable and the GPU cooler its surprisingly silent in many games like GTA V I get 75+ FPS in 1080p in very high/Ultra and in Battlefront 2 I get 75 fps with drops to the high 60s.

The building process went pretty smooth the only challenge I had was when I was installing the fan due to the design of the node 202 case it was difficult to remove the bottom panel.

After finishing the build and closing the top panel I installed windows and installed my drivers the next day I was ready to start playing with it but the PSU decided it was its time to die so I had to wait till the new PSU arrived (RMA was really difficult due to the place I live in, so I decided it wasn’t worth my time and I bought a SF450 from corsair) and since then the pc still going strong.

Edit: Added new SSD, extra 8gb of ram, Corsair Strafe keyboard and a new cooler.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast processor it destroys games and its four cores make multi tasking a breeze.

Motherboard

Great mother board, the UEFI its easy to navigate the only thing that bothered me was the placement of the HD audio header.

Video Card

Fast card for its price.

Case

I love how it looks, i wish the bottom panel wasn't that hard to remove and sadly the psu that came included died. otherwise great case.

Case Fan

I can't hear it... and that is a good thing. I love it.

Mouse

Great mouse, it's comfortable to hold in the hand for extended periods of time and its software allows for a lot of customization.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the OG soundlink mini

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice setup, man. 2 suggestions: replace the stock cpu cooler with something aftermarket, and get yoself a m.2 ssd(that motherboard can actually support TWO). +1!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, it makes a lot of sense to have an ssd, they are much faster than hard drives. Thing is, the stock cooler should be fine for this build as its a locked cpu.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Aye I agree the stock cooler will be sufficient for the i3 performance-wise, but it can get kinda noisy, and the retention system for pretty much everything else is way higher quality as it actually screws on instead of using cheap plastic push pins which, from my own experience, tend to break. I keep my stock fans around in case for whatever reason the fan on my LP cooler dies, but they're just that- backups. Something like a noctua nh-l9i would be a very good investment.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I will as soon as I get money to buy them :p

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Do yo thang, man, not trying to be a zealot, just giving my 2 cents, overall i think its a very nice setup. I've always wanted to use the Node 202. Fantastic choice on the replacement power supply, honestly really surprised your fractal psu just worked one day and was shot the next, though. O_O

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build man, one question. Why did you opt for an i3 instead of the i5?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I was limited by my budget and the 8th generation processors seemed like a great idea

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice picks for your parts :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

nice setup. Would have been better if you got a slightly cheaper case and 16 gigs of ram instead of 8.

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