Description

This machine was build for my main place of employment as a replacement for an aging prebuilt. It will mainly be used to run quickbooks and other office and accounting type software. Everything worked really well and it should blow the old computer out of the water. Most of the programs used are single threaded so 4 cores is more that enough with clock speed being more important. Biggest problem during building was the PSU cords where a little short so I couldn't route things the way I wanted too.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent price to performance ratio. Easily matches and outperforms the last gen chips in the I3 and I5 series. Runs fairly cool and overclocks well so far.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my CPU under 50C under stress test at base clocks and it peaks at about 70C with a 4.6 Ghz overclock. The one I received didn't have any thermal paste with it, but that is probably due to the seller and is not a product flaw.

Motherboard

BIOS is great, everything works well and it keeps stable overclocks on both CPU and RAM no problem.

Memory

Enabled XMP and it went right to 3000 with no stability problems.

Storage

Much faster than the old 5400 RPM HDD that was being used in the old computer. I have no complaints.

Case

One small plastic clip that held the front panel on was broken when I received it with no damage to the box so I believe it was shipped this way. Not a massive problem so I didn't bother with a return and replace. For the price this case worked fairly well. Decent cable management and lots of drive bays. It seems to have plenty of airflow as well.

Power Supply

Hasn't exploded yet so no complaints. The cables are a little on the short end so I had to route them in an odd way but it worked out.

Optical Drive

Loud but it works.

Operating System

Needed Pro version due to the networked environment it will be used in. 1709 Update is horrible but it should hopefully be ironed out soon.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually like the build because the i3 is just a i7-7700K without SMT and you can upgrade anytime! Nice Build +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

7700k is muuuuuuch better

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, in few years you can upgrade to an 8700k :D

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Very true

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it really? I overclocked my 8350K to 4.8GHz and did a CPU Userbenchmark and scored 110%. The reference point of 100% is based off of a 7700K. Yeah, an i3 being 10% better than one of the best CPUs of all time. Bravo intel on this generation. The highest i3 8350K bench is 115% and the highest 7700K bench is 113%. Coffee Lake is powerful.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Just me but I would recommend to add a tb especially if you are using it for some type of work and also what monitor you got?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

We run off of a network for all our mass storage. The SSD is just for OS and the programs we use. All large files are stored on a server in the back so we got tons of storage.

The monitor is just a generic HP 1080p 60Hz.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Was curious how well the H7 performs,glad that it keeps the CPU below 70

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man. Does the mobo have an rgb fan header?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have the computer near me right now but I don't remember seeing one.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. +1 but man i hate that case. Deepcool is no Bueno.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya it is not the best but I had a very tight budget so I had to go cheap in some places. It has decent airflow though which is always my main concern with builds. It is functioning flawlessly so far and I even got a commendation at a board meeting for all my tech work for my company so I am quite proud even with a sub par case. Who knows when my CAD computer bites the dust maybe they will let me build the new one :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

"High Speed LOWW DRAAAGGG"

Red Alert 2 baby, one of my all time favs!

  • 19 months ago
  • 0 points

u could have taken an i 5 8400 for the same price as the i3 and the cooler so yeah

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Needed high frequency not core count thats why the I3.

  • 19 months ago
  • 0 points

your power supply is the wrong way vent should be facing down

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

It is purposely vented upwards to give a little extra airflow to the internals. The PSU isn't being taxed much so the air it puts out isn't heated up much so it is actually helpful. It takes the CPU temps down by 3C in this config compared to the other way during a stress test.