Description

As a Student and Video Game Designer for a small Company, I had always dreamed of building my own, custom PC for School, Work, and Gaming, ditching the prebuilt computers and laptops I have used in the past. My laptop's GPU started slowly dying out on me due to being strained 16 hours a day on work and gaming, and one day I just said "F*** it" and bought the Case, and Motherboard. For Christmas, My Parents bought me the Power Supply, the reason its listed as $0.00. Then I made an Impulse buy (or rather quite a few), and bought the Cpu from SuperBiiz. Gathered two WD Scorpio Blue HDDs I had Lying around and started to build. I just really couldn't wait to see this thing turned on so I made my second Impulse buy and went to my nearest Best Buy (Theres no other electronics stores I know of that sell components in Connecticut) and bought the only DDR4 Ram kit left (Which surprizingly matched with the color scheme).

The build was a breeze as I have researched building PCs for numerous hours and days. This case has enough cable management space, but not the best either so I was able to cable manage pretty OK with the ammount of space (Also Considering the Power Supply isnt Modular).

Only thing missing right now is the Graphics Card, I will update the build and give benchmarks once thats in.

Some things I noticed - RAM - Overkill for CPU and Mobo PSU - 650W is a little Overkill for a ~280W system. I would also recommend a modular PSU for this case. Case - Perfect size, looks nice, though cable management is not the best, it is definitely more than workable and has nice LED Fans as well as USB 3.0 included for about $35 before shipping.

I will also replace the HDDs later with an SSD boot drive and a 1 TB HDD

Overall I'm really proud of it for my first build so let me know what you guys think!

EDIT: Replaced the 1050 Ti for an RX 470 for $20 more.

Part Reviews

Case

Great little MicroATX case with Included Usb 3.0 and much more. Great looking case, doesn't feel cheap compared to some of its more expensive competitors (and also better looking that its competitors), and even though cable management could be a little better, for the price and size you can't really get better. Also included some really nice and QUIET blue led fans that support 3 pin mobo fan connections or 4 pin Molex. Couldn't ask for more.

Power Supply

Great PSU, an Incredible ammount of different plugs for all types of builds. 80+ Bronze rated with a 5 year replacement guarantee. Non-Modular but simply amazing for its $55 - $60 suggested retail price.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 4 points

Congrats on your first build...I was very excited and I actually could not believe I was able to build my first PC after years of buying store PC's with very little customization! Warning though: building your own PC is highly addictive!

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I'm glad all the parts I chose have a great upgrade path for the future!

  • 35 months ago
  • 4 points

Congratulations on your build. It's a great feeling when the pc clicks and hums into life.

Thumbs up.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank You!

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

This will work! Nice build!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

dope case

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

650 watts is extremely overkill for this build. My build uses about 80-112 watts at idle, 200 watts when gaming, and 277 watts when stressing everything (CPU, Cache, FPU, RAM and GPU.

Amazing build though.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The PSU Is overkill but it'll come in handy when I upgrade it later on + I got it for Christmas so no complaints here

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I am interested in the results when you get the 1050 Ti looking at getting one.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ill update the build page with Benchmarks once the Card comes in on the 11th but it should run most games on fairly high settings depending if the game is very CPU intensive or not.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Case is spot on...but 3 parts you got were free... should be a 500-600 dollar range...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

The PSU is $55 retail (but I got it as a Christmas Gift) and you dont really need such an overkill PSU so you can get an EVGA 430W for about $35, and Hard Drives are like $30 each but you can get a 1TB for $50, so

$413 + 35 + 50 = $498

You can easily find a 1050 ti for around $140 (I just ordered it from Best Buy which is $20 more because of the convenience of store pickup) )

so About $478 would be the price for this kind of build. Maybe $430 - 435 if you get 8gb of ram?

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job being able to be able to fit in current gen graphics card and CPU with that budget.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

quick question from a pc noob here... Can this build handle medium to high grapichs on most games right now and perhaps be used for streaming and video making. thx in advance.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

It should handle most games on High to Ultra Settings depending if the game is very CPU intensive or not. Streaming it can more than definitely handle, but it might take a little longer to render videos.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

i suggest replacing that pentium g4400 with the newly released pentium g4560, yiu will really benefit from the hyperthreading

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

assuming you installed the already, where the hell are the ram sticks in picture one, anyway nice build

+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered that exact same MB. Never again. I tried to return it but was too late. The metal was flimsy, the pins on the bottom were bent, it had no stands to sit on & it didn't fit the IO shield. I'm not sure if you had these problems aswell. Despite all that, the next thing I'd upgrade would be the MB so you dont have to worry down the road if you upgradeanything else.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I really didn't have any of these problems. Everything was really sturdy and feature rich (and the bios is amazing ). I think the stands and IO Shield Fitting had to do with the standoffs on the motherboard? But I didn't have any problems whatsoever but otherwise it works really well and I didn't find any problems on it except only having one fan header. Ill be upgrading to a Z270 motherboard and a better CPU during the summer.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

what'd you do for the os?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You can get Windows 10 for free from the Windows website but it will just have a watermark, which doesn't prevent you from doing anything except changing your background.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10