Description

This rig is the first Desktop PC that I have ever owned as well as it is my first gaming PC. For a 16 year old it is all that I need and it has room for upgrading in the future. I use it to play modern games like Battlefield and DayZ (see below) but it will also handle some designing/school work. There were no problems in building it besides the PSU not seating correctly (I fixed this by using three screws). I studied much before and spent probably the whole 2 - 3 weeks previous constantly watching YouTube videos and reading guides and reviews. In the end, my fears of faulty parts were quashed and the whole process including Windows setup and installing drivers was very easy. The PC loading into BIOS the first time I hit the power button was an awesome feeling.

Basic Gaming Benchmarks:

At 1080p max settings in Dayz I roughly get 55 - 75 fps

At 1080p max settings in Battlefield 4 I get about 80-90 fps

At 1080p very high texture settings, standard anti aliasing and effects in Arma 3 is about 45 fps average

Part Reviews

CPU

A powerful but not too costly mid level CPU, works perfectly.

Motherboard

This motherboard has all of the basics for a first time build like 1 x16 PCIe slot although you might need a fan splitter

Memory

8GB of RAM is standard these days and the heat-sink/cover is not too big and flashy like some others.

Storage

A basic but valuable component, 1000 GB of mass storage is usually enough.

Video Card

This is one of the best cards for the price to performance ratio. This card works perfect to max games out at 60 FPS

Case

This cases outside is black and minimalist, the inside is also all black and it comes with two nice fans the front having an LED. Finger prints sometimes linger on the case and I also had a bit of trouble getting the PSU and motherboard to seat properly. Cable management consists of pushing cables into unused drive bays but its a mini tower that was expected. Overall its a great mini tower case.

Power Supply

For most mid ranged builds, 550 watts is all that is needed. It comes with all of the cables that you need if your buying a 550w PSU. Its a high quality supply, the cables look nice inside of any case and I have not had any problems with this PSU.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Good deals you got there, awesome job.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an amazing build congratulations on your build. i'm three years younger and i made mine, now i have to buy it.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I shall soon join you on your adventure of gaming fellow teen.. once i get a job ofc lol

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Good Job on your 1st build. +1 from me.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome PC for the money, way better than I did for the money. +1

A few things I would have personally done is get the i3 6100 + cheap z170 mobo + cyorig c7. Reason being is that you can overclock locked processors on the z170 with a specific bios, giving you the same performance for the money and the option to get an unlocked processor for the future. Another thing is that the z170 motherboard allows to overclock the ram as well, which will lead to a more stable fps in game.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

i used to suggest that too but the bios is irrelevant now

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Irrelevant how? I've got a z170n-wifi board. Straight out of the box, no updates, overclocked my 6100.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

the bios is pretty damn old and its preffered to get the newer one for stability

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

First off it's not old. Was released 3/11/16. And other than a beta bios, it is the most current bios. The bios for most boards supporting non K overclocking are either current bios, or previous.

And second...

It's never recommended to update bios unless there is a legitimate reason. And it's usually to resolve a problem that might be happening or to update the board for a new gen of CPUs. The only update my board has seen is an update for XMP support, which I've had 0 issue with. It will see a new update when Kaby Lake rolls out.

Updating bios won't improve performance for a machine experiencing no issues. It might even make a stable system unstable.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

also you may have gotten it when they still advertised BCLK, now they are trying to get rid of any evidence of bclk

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought my board two months ago.

No they aren't. Both asrock and Gygabyte still support it to the point of modifying their boards to improve stability. Asrock is far more vocal about it, but Gigabyte is supporting it. They've even updated a number of boards to include external blck generator on the board. They call it Turbo-b clock.

But all the major brands can still do it. And the bios to do most are the previous version from current bios.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

How so?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Its an old bios so it might have issues mate

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

wasted money on parts if you wanted you could have gotten a NVidia gpu and saved about 40 dollars. Anyway nice specs could you run some benchmarks.

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