This is a build I started because I moved from another country and I lost my previous PC which had an Athlon II X2 and a GT 430.
This feels like a 400% improvement over that one
(pictures coming soon when I get a non ****** camera)
I saved up 450$ over the course of 6 months to buy everything but the GPU since I wanted to have the computer even if it is to play some older games in Intel HD 530
This build is supposed to be a budget 1080p gaming build, and it might do very well (Wait hold on a minute why do I say might? Well the answer is quite simple, as I wrote this (12/16/2016) I haven't installed the OS due to some stuff that is going on)
I won't really review much until I can get it up and running but I'll talk about the building process and the shipping and all that for those interested to hear some random dude's story about their first build
I began thinking about purchasing a new computer since I arrived to my new apartment. Mainly because I was often extremely bored and I needed the distraction that a PC could give me and has given me during a long time despite the fact that I had relatively old hardware
I did my research and I talked about it to my brother. At first I had an AMD build in mind (300$) using the A10 APU which seemed to could give me a satisfactory gaming experience in light titles. Then I went the intel/nvidia way due to better performance and it seemed like a better option due to the better upgradeability compared to AMD
One day I was really happy because I saw this little box under my bed with 450$ that I had saved over time.
I went on this website and checked my part list and began clicking on newegg links (Which by the way, is a really really good website). Then I did the purchases, I was both happy and sort of worried if anything was DOA at the time I began building.
Oh god, I give newegg and fedex so many points for this. I ordered everything on 4-7 day shipping since well, I can sort of wait. The next thing I know, my parts arrived on a Wednesday and I ordered on a Monday. Since there were different shipping times I got the rest of the build on a Thursday and I built it the same day I got it
Onto the fun part
This part was relatively easy I have to add, but I had some difficulties like the motherboard not receiving any power and some motherboard standoffs that were a bit off so well
When I saw my computer POST, i was full of joy, since I expected something to go wrong
Performance As of today (12/17/2016), I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 and this build is great, even though I'm missing the GPU, I can play some games well enough, including world of warcraft
The CPU runs cool enough, but the HDD is too noisy for my taste
As of today (9/18/2017) It has been running amazingly, it's cool enough and I installed a GTX 1050 Ti which has been making me happy everyday. **** that HDD though
Great processor for the money
Great motherboard for the price, nothing really much to say
I like the LEDs so much because my case is blue as well :D
Noisy as hell
At this price point, I can't ask for more
Great PSU, sleeved cables but taking off two stars because it's not modular, but for this price, it's great
Great monitor, big enough for my taste, It needs to include a DVI instead of vga