This is my first attempt at building a PC. I have used MacBooks since my Dell XPS laptop died back in college. Given current GPU prices at the time of this build, I opted to go with an APU. I do plan to upgrade to a dedicated GPU once prices normalize in the future. I have an upcoming wedding and attempted to focus on a relatively budget-friendly build using sales and mail-in rebates as able. All prices shown are what I paid including any mail-in rebates. One change to note is my SSD is actually a Team Ultra 120 GB SSD with a different model number which was unavailable on PCPartPicker at the time of the build, however the price remains the same. Overall, I am pleased with the quality of the build and the PC performs as expected given all components involved. Please feel free to leave any comments you feel would help improve the build now or with upgrading in the future. The name comes from the 40-foot funnel my buddies and I set up in college.
Great APU for the price. Plays all of my games with the FPS I expect out of AMD's newest APU. It also allows me to upgrade to a dedicated GPU in the future once prices come down from the 7th Ring of Hell they currently reside at.
Given this is my first build, this motherboard really helped to avoid too many unnecessary complications. It arrived with the "Ready for AMD 2000 Series" sticker which I was not expecting given the relatively recent release of the AMD R5 2400G, however I did have to flash the BIOS to the most updated version to improve my APU performance. It was also one of the few budget motherboards which supported my RAM according to the QVL.
Excellent RAM however the price was not quite what I was hoping to spend. Given my APU's need for faster RAM and my desire to upgrade to a dedicated GPU in the future, I was satisfied with spending a bit more on memory. I was able to run @ 3200 out of the box upon enabling XMP 1 in the BIOS.
It was cheap and a SSD which were my two main goals when purchasing storage. I plan to use this for Windows 10 and current games I play. I realize the risk I am taking using this brand of SSD, however I regularly back up my computer and am not overly concerned if it does fail.
Came highly recommended from a friend who works in IT. Easy set up and large enough for what I need. No complaints.
The hidden gem of my build. I cannot rave enough about how much I enjoy this case. The newer addition comes with a USB 3.0 on the front and the design of the case allowed for a relatively easy, spacious build with good cable management throughout. I would highly recommend this to any first time builder. It is a bit big/bulky and the "H.A.F." on the side panel seems a bit childish, however for the price and the quality, I can't bring myself to deduct a star.
I was a bit lost when deciding on a PSU, however after doing some research, SeaSonic seemed to be a reputable company and the fact this is Fully Modular really made cable management a breeze. I will say I did have to take some time to figure out how to connect the right cables to the right spots on the PSU, but I chalk this up to the fact this is my first build.
I'm not the best person to ask for a Windows 10 review as I've been using predominantly MacBooks for the last 5+ years and am unfamiliar with how this version compares to previous years, however I did opt for the Full/Retail version with provided USB as the extra $20 was worth the insurance of Microsoft support if I screwed something up on my first build. Still seems a bit high to have to pay for an OS though.
Keeps my components nice and cool. I didn't go for the Red LED look on purpose as these were the cheapest 200mm fans at the time of the build, however given the red power light on the case and the red lighting on the motherboard, I guess I inadvertently ended up with a cliche red/black theme. Good or bad? I'll let you decide. I was just happy with the price.
It types. It's cheap. Will update if issues occur.
Originally had a wireless Logitech mouse from college that always served me well with my XPS, however when I went to plug it into this build, it did not work as I'd hope. Given its age and lack of warranty, I opted to save some money in the mouse department, especially given I had not anticipated buying a mouse at this time. I will say I am impressed with this and feel it may be an underrated gaming mouse, but I have only used it for a few days at the time of writing this and will have to see how it works as time goes by. I'll update after I get some use out of it.
I thought my Bose speaker was playing when I walked into the room only to find I had left my music playing on this build through these speakers instead. I could not tell the difference for the life of me. Given the price, that's a huge deal.