Description

My little brother (age 13) wanted a custom gaming pc for Christmas. As soon as I heard that, I started texting my parents frantically “Do not buy the parts yourselves. Give me a budget and I’ll do the shopping for you.” I told them to let me know before Black Friday. Yeah they didn’t give me the go ahead until afternoon on Cyber Monday...

“I thought you said it would be cheaper if we let you do it.” “Yeah, it would have been if you stuck to my deadline, guys. Everyone and their mother has been grabbing components all weekend!”

But anyway, I finally got it built up. The only issues I had were with the damn heat sink. It was abysmally difficult to put in due to cheap pins, but hell it was abysmally cheap too so you get what you pay for.

The PSU’s PCIe cable was too short to reach both ports on the mobo & GPU, too, but that just had to do with positioning for each device. I had to buy a cord extensor for it so that it reached. Already had Win10 key from previous build which is why $0

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Takes a little time to install, but rather easy after finding video guides online. The quick start guide is helpful but doesn’t include a lot of detail. Comes with pre-applied thermal paste which is nice. Also the backplate is adjustable, even though it doesn’t say so in the guide. Good budget liquid cooling.

Motherboard

LAN only, needs WiFi adapter card if you intend to use it with wireless. That was my own fault, though, since I didn’t make sure I was getting a MB with a wireless network card. I’m not really for the Aggressively Gamer Red/Black Aesthetic but it was the cheapest on the market at the time. Also the clips on the HDD/SSD trays are really delicate, easily break if pressed at the wrong angle.

Memory

Casing on one of the sticks wasn’t very secure. But got it at a good price and does what it needs to do.

Video Card

Power cord insert is on the far end, so if your mb has its power port more toward the back of the case, you might need to get an extender depending on how long the cord that came with the psu is. Otherwise, good gpu

Case

Very little cable management space. But comes with LEDs in the front which is pretty, even if it’s only red.

Wireless Network Adapter

Does what it needs to however it will make the network run REALLY slow until the drivers are updated. I recommend downloading them on a USB before installing the part and running them from the USB to get it set up as quickly as possible.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

noice

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you orientate the CPU fan to suck air from the GPU?

Isn't it better to orientate it to take air from the side?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I read, I was supposed to have the metal bit facing toward the holes in the case since the heat would blow out that way. It was my first dealing with this build of cooler (bought for ratings and price though wishing I went with a different kind).

If I orient the intake to the top, that would push the heat onto the gpu and if I orient it to the back, it would push the heat to the front of the case which wouldn’t let it go anywhere really.

Your feedback is appreciated, though, and actually I would like if you had a recommendation based on that info.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

You can orientate it in a way that it will exhaust air to the back - that is how I did it.

If we look at the 3rd picture you took, then the air would flow from the right to the left.

See https://pcpartpicker.com/b/nyzMnQ as an example

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I see. So the air would come in from the vents up top? And then push out the back right? Thanks for the help by the way. Still new to building ^^;;

Edit: okay so no emojis on pcpp...

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

you bought an unlocked CPU but cant overclock it on that mobo

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

what would he need to be able to overclock?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

He'd require a motherboard with Z370/390 chipset in order to overclock the CPU.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Because he spent an extra $60 on a CPU meant to be overclocked. Pretty sure it wont even run at spec on that board.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU wasn’t bought bc of OC capability. Bought because of price. Was the cheapest Intel i5 or higher available at that time.

Honestly I don’t want him to have OC capability. He has a tendency to think he knows what he’s doing when he doesn’t. Could **** things up and since I dont live with them, I wouldn’t notice. He wouldn’t tell our parents and they wouldn’t notice bc they don’t understand tech.

Though, indeed, I’m not impressed with the mb. If you read the desc, I was given a rather short time frame to try to snag Cyber Monday deals and I wanted the components to arrive around the same time so I had to buy all at the same time. From reviews the mb seemed alright but yknow.

Also all prices include tax (7%) which, in my state, does apply to all online sales as well, used or new.