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