Description

Needed to build a fast work PC for dad.

The PC would be primarily used for working with big sized vector graphic files in Illustrator and Corel Draw and Video Editing and Processing.

This is my first build so I wanted to be on the safer side of things and not overclock. This is currently not intended for gaming but in case required, I will swap out the GPU for a higher one later. Though I think this will easily give 30+ FPS at 1080p on most games at ultra to high settings.

CPU Intel - Core i7-8700 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor Since I wasn't going to do any overclocking, it made sense to go for the Non K version and save a couple of bucks. I did consider AMD but ironically enough in my country, AMD Ryzen processors were priced higher than Intel when I bought it. So far no complaints. Works like a charm.

CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 LED 66.3 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler Originally wanted to go for the Hyper 212 Evo but that is difficult to get in my country. Note that I am not overclocking, you might want to go for another cooler in case you do want to overclock.

This works fine, quite silent and you get an LED as a bonus. Was quite easy to install. The fan can be attached to either side and as such has room for two fans if required.

Motherboard Gigabyte - B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Went for this one because I needed on-board WiFi, slightly expensive for the price but cheaper than a MoBo+PCIe Card combo. I've not checked this but I've heard installing the WiFi card disables one of the USB ports.

Gave some minor issues: The CPU Error LED lit up and stayed on a week after I bought it. There was no problem with the CPU and everything was working fine. It went away after restarting a couple of times. I had already updated the BIOS. The onboard LEDs also reset to default colours arbitrarily and I had to customise them again. The LEDs can be customised both from the BIOS and from Gigabyte's software though.

Downloading and installing drivers was a pain since Gigabyte's website has two versions up there. Had to do some research to find out which ones were for me. And then I had to download each one, unzip and install one by one. Other than that has worked fine.

Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory No complaints. Good RAM. Fast. Does the job. Bang for buck.

Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Your standard HDD. Works fine.

Video Card I actually bought the GALAX GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EXOC version. PcPartPicker does not have that listed in its database. The Extreme Overclock Version has a slightly higher turbo clock speed at 1.468 GHz and comes with two fans. Looked pretty cool in black and blue. Works fine. Stays quiet and cool. Pretty happy with the buy.

Case Antec - P8 ATX Mid Tower Case I live in country where dust is a big problem. This one came with a top and bottom magnetic dust filter which is very easy to remove and clean. Comes along with 3 LED fans so airflow is not a problem at all. Quite roomy and more than enough for my requirements. Was easy to work with and has a tempered glass side panel.

Power Supply Antec - Earthwatts Gold Pro 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply This was more than what I needed for my build but bought in case I need to swap out for a higher gaming GPU in the future. Nothing to complain about. Does it's job efficiently. Has a couple of extra cables which I did not use.

Part Reviews

CPU

Since I wasn't going to do any overclocking, it made sense to go for the Non K version and save a couple of bucks.

I did consider AMD but ironically enough in my country, AMD Ryzen processors were priced higher than Intel when I bought it.

So far no complaints. Works like a charm.

CPU Cooler

Originally wanted to go for the Hyper 212 Evo but that is difficult to get in my country. Note that I am not overclocking, you might want to go for another cooler in case you do want to overclock.

This works fine, quite silent and you get an LED as a bonus. Was quite easy to install. The fan can be attached to either side and as such has room for two fans if required.

Motherboard

Went for this one because I needed on-board WiFi, slightly expensive for the price but cheaper than a MoBo+PCIe Card combo.

I've not checked this but I've heard installing the WiFi card disables one of the USB ports.

Gave some minor issues: The CPU Error LED lit up and stayed on a week after I bought it. There was no problem with the CPU and everything was working fine. It went away after restarting a couple of times. I had already updated the BIOS. The onboard LEDs also reset to default colours arbitrarily and I had to customise them again. The LEDs can be customised both from the BIOS and from Gigabyte's software though.

Downloading and installing drivers was a pain since Gigabyte's website has two versions up there. Had to do some research to find out which ones were for me. And then I had to download each one, unzip and install one by one.

Other than that has worked fine.

Memory

No complaints. Good RAM. Fast. Does the job. Bang for buck.

Video Card

I actually bought the GALAX GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EXOC version. PcPartPicker does not have that listed in its database.

The Extreme Overclock Version has a slightly higher turbo clock speed at 1.468 GHz and comes with two fans.

Looked pretty cool in black and blue. Works fine. Stays quiet and cool. Pretty happy with the buy.

Case

I live in country where dust is a big problem. This one came with a top and bottom magnetic dust filter which is very easy to remove and clean.

Comes along with 3 LED fans so airflow is not a problem at all.

Quite roomy and more than enough for my requirements.

Was easy to work with and has a tempered glass side panel.

Power Supply

This was more than what I needed for my build but bought in case I need to swap out for a higher gaming GPU in the future. Nothing to complain about. Does it's job efficiently. Has a couple of extra cables which I did not use.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Way to take care of your dad.

Thumbs up!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Sir. God bless you :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

I can only hope one of my kiddos would think to do this in the future.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build overall and good cable management, +1 for helping out dad

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!