Description

I got into pc gaming 3 years ago when I bought a prebuilt. I started regretting that pretty quickly once I realized how easy it was to build a pc. . . So as I've started doing 3d cad and rendering, I figured it was time for an upgrade. After acquiring parts for the better part of 3 months, I finally built my first pc.

-All the prices are what I paid (yes I really did get a $100 case for $8)

-I carried over the hard drive and the graphics card(purchased later) from my old pc

-The interior of the case is custom painted. I think it turned out pretty well for my first time using spray paint.

My Rationale:

CPU: I wanted a powerful cpu for cad applications and rendering, and you cant beat that killer Black Friday combo deal at microcenter. I plan on overclocking once the warranty of the cpu runs out to get some extra performance.

GPU: The 780ti is about on par with a 1060 3gb for half the price(when i bought it). Shopping for used hardware requires more research, but you are rewarded with better performance per dollar.

CPU Cooler: A great low price cooler that is rated up to a tdp of 200W, and its black as a bonus. Cools my 1700x like a champ with plenty of thermal headroom for overclocking. The CPU only hit 49C in Prime95, which is way more taxing than any game

Motherboard: The cheapest B450 board at the time, saved $30 with a combo deal with my cpu at microcenter. Originally I wanted to build my own small form factor mATX case, so I got an mATX board.

Ram: At the time this was the only 3000MHz kit around $100, I wanted the grey variant but newegg was out of stock, guess I have a red color scheme now.

PSU: Corsiar's TX750M is a well-reviewed, semi modular power supply. To me it seemed like the sweet spot between price, quality, and features. Note the MasterWatt Maker 550 in the first picture is not the psu in my computer, I originally carried that over from my pervious build but it could not provide the power required

Case: I couldn't pass up the lancool one for $8, hence why I have an ATX case for a mATX motherboard. I found this case at a store returns auction in perfect condition, but it was mislabeled as a "Lian power heater", guess whoever inspected it wasn't very tech savvy :P! Since I had no warranty to void, I decided to make it my own with a custom paintjob. In the end I spent more on paint than the case itself ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Case Fans: Artic's fans were cheap PWM fans with fluid dynamic bearings, which are more durable than your standard sleeve or ball bearings. They are not loud, but definitely audible if you game without headphones.

I spent a lot of time trying to make my first build look good and cable managing my pc and setup, hope you like it! Let me know what you think! :)

10-27-2019 Update: I finally got around to posting some decent pictures of the finished build.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

A great low price cooler that is rated up to a tdp of 200W, and its black as a bonus. Cools my 1700x like a champ with plenty of thermal headroom for overclocking. The CPU only hit 49C in Prime95, which is way more taxing than any game. It is a bit difficult to mount, and only has an online manual, but a great performer.

Motherboard

Not the best board in terms of of overclocking potential and features, but a solid cheap option

Case

The perfect size for most builds. The case is a little wide for my liking, but comes with plenty of room for activities and solid cable management.

Power Supply

Corsiar's TX750M is a well-reviewed, semi modular power supply. To me it seemed like the sweet spot between price, quality, and features. Comes with a 7 year warranty to boot.

Case Fan

cheap PWM fans with fluid dynamic bearings, which are more durable than your standard sleeve or ball bearings. They are not loud, but definitely audible if you game without headphones.

Case Fan

cheap PWM fans with fluid dynamic bearings, which are more durable than your standard sleeve or ball bearings. They are not loud, but definitely audible if you game without headphones.

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a hanger bay for TIE Fighters.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

hello, nice build, i have a question about the case, does it come with fans or do you need to buy separate ones?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The case comes with 2 120mm fans, one in the front and one in the back. I swapped the included ones out for the artic ones because they are better