Description

My friend Zach used to have an Alienware small form factor PC (i3 + 8GB DDR3 + GTX 645) that was on its last legs.

He was willing to spend about $1500 so I decided to spoil him with the highest quality of parts I could get him in his price range.

He already had a 1080p 60hz monitor, so I built it with that in mind. I almost got him a 1070, but I decided it would be a bit overkill for 1080p so I went with the 1060 instead. Still a fantastic card.

Also, if he was gonna spend $1500, I wanted to make sure it looked really nice. He fell in love with the Corsair Crystal 460X RGB. It was my first time working with RGB controllers and fans. so that was very exciting.

I chose all the parts based on the quality of them. His Alienware only lasted him about 3 years so I wanted to make sure this would last. I spoiled him with a Samsung SSD and he's blown away at how fast his computer starts up. Night and day difference from the mechanical drive he used to have. Also, to make his money well invested, I got him an 80+ Platinum power supply. Sure, it might be a little overkill, but it was within the budget and it's going to last forever.

Also, he didn't have access to an ethernet port where his computer is so I invested quite a bit of money into the wireless card as well. His Alienware could barely hold the signal with it's onboard wireless chip.

Overall, I'm very happy with how the build turned out. He can now enjoy playing Fallout 4 without having to turn the settings all the way down, haha.

Part Reviews

Case

Plenty of space to work in. It also looks really, REALLY nice. Plenty of options for RGB effects like cycling, breathing, flashing, etc.

The only thing that wasn't perfect were the plastic shrouds that cover the PSU and the HDD bays. They were kind of a pain to work with. I also felt like I was running out of room behind the back panel to route cables through, but that might have been my fault.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You can never go wrong with corsair cases they are just everything in life you need! <3

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, I have a BitFenix Shinobi Window and I'm temped to upgrade to some Corsair case. Definitely my favorite computer parts company.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you play Overwatch on this PC? If so, what FPS?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

No, he does not play Overwatch. I'm assuming you could easily get 60+FPS on ultra settings. I know an older i5 and 970 combo can get 144fps, and this build has better components.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for posting photos of the cpu cooler, I was looking around and couldn't figure out if the H7 would fit in this case or not.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! I love the H7.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need a skylake chip to upgrade the mobo bios for the kaby lake chip? Thinking of doing a very similar build

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I'm really late to this. Nope, it worked just fine.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe that this case looks stunning, I love it, nice build ! :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

is that a brown mobo PCB... ewww lol jp, looks good!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I did notice it looked kind of brown. You can barely tell though.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Should've waited for Ryzen

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Ehh, no use in waiting too long. Now he can enjoy this build now instead of having to wait.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

No. If the leaked Ryzen prices are true he could've of spent much more money elsewhere

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

I hear we are supposed to see big gains on the new ryzen stuff

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

That is true, but his old computer is no longer functional at this point. My philosophy is wasting time waiting for the perfect deal is time you could be using enjoying your build. But that's just me. That's also what my friend agreed on.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

You said it still worked? Which is it? He could've waited 22 days dude lmao

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It would work for like, 20 minutes at a time.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

I am not hating this build at all, the room for expandability and lots of good points that can be upgraded. +1 from me and i hope you plan to post upgrades!!!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks! I have no idea when he's gonna be upgrading, probably not anytime soon. It'll probably just a be a new graphics card. I'm assuming that i5 is going to last him quite a while.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

The i5 you are set, and depending on what monitor you have (I'm gonna guess 1080p) the 1070 will be overkill for 1080p, so i say go for it!!!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

+1 for reliability of Samsung SSDs. I normally don't recommend them but for a long lasting build they are a must!

Only CC would be the 1060 because a 1070 is NOT overkill for 1080p at ultra. Witcher 3 for example gets 80 fps at 1080p ultra and with hairworks it would be 60ish.

Still a GREAT build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! There just wasn't quite enough in the budget for a 1070, I really wanted to make sure he had other quality parts. Hopefully the 1060 will keep him satisfied for a while.