Description

I've always wanted to build my own PC, but up until recently it was far out of my reach. Then, my uncle upgraded, lending me his CPU, motherboard, RAM, and PSU. At that point I finally decided that I was going to work towards my goal of building a gaming PC. After several months I was able to afford the rest of the components, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Storage wasn't a massive priority for me, since I only play a few games, but I do plan on getting a 2 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD once I have the funds. I also hope to get a new 144 hz monitor to get the full potential out of my GPU. So far, with my CPU overclocked, I haven't noticed any bottlenecks, and I find it so satisfying to play games and see framerates in the hundreds.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a really old, underperforming processor, but I was still surprised at what I could squeeze out of the thing. Overclocked to 4.3 ghz this thing does just fine for my uses, but I really can't recommend it to somebody building a new PC.

CPU Cooler

Very easy to install, and the AMD mounting mechanism means that it worked fine with my AM3+ socket. Some coolers will use a backplate that will only work with AM4, so I was very happy with this. Even the stock thermal compound keeps my CPU at a comfortable temperature.

Motherboard

This was my first time doing some serious BIOS work, and I absolutely love the Asus BIOS. Everything is laid out neatly and is easy to manipulate. At first I was worried the blue accents might clash with the rest of my build, but they're quite subtle behind the rest of the lights in the PC.

Memory

Decent kit of DDR3 memory. Haven't tried any overclocking on it, but I don't feel I need to either. If you've got an older motherboard, I could recommend this as an upgrade, but it's also possible to get lower frequency memory for cheaper and OC it.

Storage

First time experiencing the speed of an SSD and I find it astounding how responsive everything is. I would recommend the L5 LITE 3D line to anyone looking for a budget boot drive. Thank goodness I was able to relocate them to the back panel, though, since the gold finish is not ideal for many builds.

Video Card

This is an absolute beast of a GPU. It's big, and it shows it in performance. The cooler is extremely good, and while it may only be an RX 580, I am very glad I paid the premium for a Strix card. In addition to this, the custom PCB makes overclocking very nice, myself using GPU Tweak II.

Case

A nice mid tower with decent features overall, but not perfect. The construction is nice, mostly being metal with some plastic for the front panel. The tempered glass side panel juts out from the side a little, which I am not a fan of aesthetically but it does make it easier to remove. The front panel has relatively mediocre IO, with two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0, the latter of which was DOA. The front panel feels kind of cheap when you pull it off, and since it's closed off there could be some airflow issues but I haven't been experiencing anything major. Cable management is pretty good, and I was able to hide my thick sleeved cables with relative ease, which would be better if I had a modular PSU.

Power Supply

I can't really give this thing an awful review, since it gets the job done, but it's pretty obsolete at this point. The cables are thick and can get in the way of each other when trying to manage, but it's quiet and is 80+ Bronze. I wouldn't recommend it for most people, as there are higher quality PSUs available at a lower wattage for the same price.

Mouse

I guess what I can say here is you get what you pay for. The mouse is okay. It's light, but it doesn't feel cheap. The RGB does have some software, but the single color modes don't work for me anymore. In the end, it does what it was designed for, and I haven't had any issues actually using it, but it could've been made better.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You should set those SSD's in raid 0 my d00d, and when you move up swap them for some nvme drives also in raid 0 lmao.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

instead of your current cpu you should of got something better that is in the ddr4 area and you could of got a cheaper rx 580 for the same performance and i would've put a little more tim into cable management overall though really nice build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

I understand where you're coming from, but the money I would've saved on other parts wouldn't have been enough to go through on a brand new motherboard, CPU, and RAM. I really only got the expensive Strix card because I knew it had very high manufacturing quality (and I like how it looks). Cable management isn't that easy since the PSU is non-modular, and one of the front fans had a cable that I had to reroute to get the the motherboard.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 6 points

It was free so why not use it until you can afford something better.

  • 7 months ago
  • 5 points

I know, but I’m saving up now for Ryzen 3000. That said I’m not having any issues so far.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't see any builds under your belt? What are you using?

P.S: The chip was given to him. That chip isn't trash for 2019 either.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

"Not trash for a free cpu, and can still hold its own.