The build was initiated based on interest from my Uncle for a new computer. It was slated to replace his old Athlon X2 645 build (Cinebench Score: 245) currently running Win 7. The computer is still running fine, but it’s starting to show its age in more CPU-intensive tasks.
The prices are discussed in terms of Canadian dollars and Canadian suppliers. Know your conversions. The dollar was approximately at 1 CAD = 0.75 USD, attributed to oil supply, demand, and political influences.
So, here comes in the new build. The items are discussed in order of decision. My Uncle and I coordinated on the part decision, he would be the deciding factor, and I would check for compatibility and economy.
I ran a quick benchmark, and the Cinebench Score was 1035 on the cpu, and it shows compared to the old Athlon build.
A few days later, I checked the Ram speeds, and noticed they were 2133 MHz. A quick bios update, and they successfully ran at 2933 MHz.
In future builds, I've got to get myself together with the B-Roll. The pictures are typical cell phone photos with too little white balance. I apologize for this, I can do better. Also, some steps were neglected.
Case: Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case This item was recommended by me based mainly on its price. It was on sale for 25% off, with an additional coupon code on Newegg. It had USB 3.0 front connectors, one included case fan, 5.25" bays, and an attractive front finish. The case was excellent to build in, with very few hiccoughs worthwhile to mention.
SSD: Intel 600p Series 256GB M.2 Again, this item was on sale. My Uncle mentioned this, and asked if it was a good choice, and value. A quick search, cost comparison, and I was decided. For such a great price, it was a no-brainer.
GPU - Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Windforce OC The main features that were discussed here were+ price, and VRam capacities. My Uncle wanted a good performing card in the 200 250$ price range. Given the CPU choice, budget, and YouTube product reviews the 1050ti seemed like a great card choice. This model was chosen because it had two fans (most had one) and added very little to additional shipping costs.
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 With Ryzen, it was apparent it favours some memory more than others. Out comes a trusty Sub-Reddit, some Tom's Hardware pages, and a bit of price-comparison. The highest recommended Ram priced well over this model, so I had chosen something that was slated to be okay, and then confirmed that the model had worked well with others. With current BIOS/UEFI updates, Ram compatibility had exponentially increased, so I was less concerned with B-Die than upon its initial release. Also, the sale on Newegg couldn’t hurt the decision on this Ram.
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Semi-Mod ATX I’m running this particular brand in my current PC, and I’ve had no issues therefore I’m partial to EVGA. The finish is also nice, with no gaudy red or whatnot on it. The main decision with this supply was the semi-modular design at such a good price-point. Initially, and non-modular choice was proposed, but with the open PSU location, I knew it would be a cable management nightmare. I picked this up at Memory Express for a better deal, and similar shipping to other vendors.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor I did not want to be the one to make this decision, so I brought up a list of possible CPU’s in the 200 – 300$ range along with 2-3 logically paired motherboards (chipset, price, quality). In the end, the decision was made by my Uncle, on his preference for core count and cache over core clocks. I picked this up at Direct Canada for a bit cheaper than other vendors, and it was shipped with the optical drive for no cost.
Cooler: I read that the OEM cooler was sufficient to cool the 65W part. Plus, this is an item that can easily be ordered in the future with no present obligations (think: 20$ extra for 15% improvement on an items 200$ now)
Motherboard: MSI B350 Tomahawk ATX AM4 Motherboard This choice relates very closely to the CPU choice. I knew that uATX or ITX was not a wise future decision because the offered reduced, or no upgradability. I originally thought the grey stripes weren’t aesthetically pleasing, but they grew on me, and overall the motherboard looks very nice, and offers plenty of PWM and sata connections. Also a plus, the location of the M.2 slot allows the green PCB to be hidden behind the graphics card. I had originally chosen a slightly cheaper B350 model, but upon reading some user reviews it was noted that there were some funny problems with the model. Sata connectors disabled, and such a low sata count was disheartening so I chose to spend an extra 10$ and go with this model.
Optical Drive: Asus DRW DVD/CD Writer Choose Optical Drive > Sort by Rating > Add. Need I say more? Yes, I probably do. My Uncle wanted a new Optical drive, since his existing PC was refusing to read CD’s. This was understandable, since a few of his games were still on CD’s. I chose this part based solely on the magnitude of positive reviews.
Very clean looking motherboard, with plenty of PWM connections for fans, which is nice. This Mobo goes well with black/grey builds despite the product info picture showing red LED's
The ram works as advertised after a Bios update. The heat spreader has a cheaper stamped and bent metal feel, but nice nonetheless.
I feel that with current memory compatibility concerns with certain CPU's, manufacturers should update their product pages to ascertain which memory module manufacturer was used, which leads to a reduction in rating.
Despite other cards in this price range, this card has two fans, additional 6-pin power requirements and a plastic backplate. While this might be inconvenient for OEM upgrades, it gives a feeling of quality and improved stability. Below temperature thresholds (55oC-ish) the card is silent, which is nice.
A very clean looking case, with included PSU dust filter. There are fan mounts on the front, top and rear, which is nice.
The external orientation of the PCI slot screws led to some difficulty in installing the video card with the MSI B350 Motherboard. The included case fan is not PWM. The case seems to attract smudges with its matte finish. The 8-pin CPU power had no cable routing on the back to avail of, leading me to route it at the top of the mobo