Description

I always wanted a desktop gaming PC. I was stuck with an old gaming laptop that couldn't keep up very well with modern games. I finally got the opportunity to make this PC, and I'm very happy to have this system be the result. CS:GO runs very well on 4:3 resolution as expected, I can run PUBG anywhere from 60-144 (which is the built-in frame cap) FPS depending on the environment on Very Low preset (I can run the game on Ultra with constant 60+ FPS without dipping under but I prefer FPS to visuals to take advantage of my 144Hz monitor). Rainbow Six Siege with the Ultra HD texture pack and Very High preset runs 150-250 FPS in the benchmark and on all maps. Ghost Recon Wildlands with Ultra textures and a mix of Medium to Very High settings runs around 90-100 FPS. War Thunder on Max preset runs 100-250 FPS depending on gamemode and number of players. Overall, every game I've played on this PC has impressed me greatly. I realize i could've had SLIGHT FPS gains had I gone with an equivalent i5 or i7, but the 6 cores and 12 threads on the 1600x makes all the difference in any multi-tasking scenarios. I ORIGINALLY PAID $190 FOR RAM AND $500 FOR GTX 1080 DUKE (which came with Destiny 2). I would also highly recommend the Phanteks P400 TG for any budget build. Cable management is very good with velcro straps and rubber grommets for guiding cables. There's also plenty of options for cooling on the front and top panels, and HDD's and SSD's are stored in the power supply shroud and behind the back panel so you don't have to show them. A great case to build in that looks elegant and clean with a tempered glass side panel for $60-$80. SORRY FOR THE TERRIBLE PICTURES

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent for anyone who wants to stream games for a budget. $220 for 6 cores / 12 threads is an insane value for anyone who wants good gaming performance and multitasking potential. Gaming performance is excellent, and it is only outperformed by comparable Intel CPU's by a small margin. A 10-15 FPS gain by using a comparable i5 or i7 does not justify losing 2 cores and up to 8 threads. I would say the Ryzen 5 1600 (non-X) is a better value because of the cooler though.

CPU Cooler

This cooler looks amazing. It's sleek and clean with cool RGB lighting built into the heatsink. The RGB fan looks clean as well. Keeps my Ryzen 5 1600X pretty cool even with overclocks at 4 GHz, with temps under stress test in AIDA64 in the high 60's, which is very respectable considering this cooler is on the thinner side.

Motherboard

Looks very nice, one of the top B350 mobo's you can buy. BIOS is easy to use/navigate, and overclocking is easily done with the offset voltage feature. The RGB lighting on the heat sink is pretty much entirely blocked my by GTX 1080 though, but I'm not suprised considering how massive the card is.

Memory

I originally thought I was going to have compatibility issues with my B350 Strix mobo, but using the XMP profiles to get 2933 MHz was a breeze. Zero issues overclocking, and it looks pretty damn sexy.

Storage

Considering this is one of the cheapest SATA SSD's you can buy, this drive is very impressive. Boot times are lightning fast for what you're paying for. Boot time and load times in games are identical to a friend's system with a Samsung EVO 850 SSD. Very excellent storage unit

Storage

Reliable drive that's recommended for any PC build. Paired with an SSD, this drive is perfect for storing huge games and whatever junk without slowing down.

Video Card

This card looks sick and performs amazingly. This was the CHEAPEST GTX 1080 I could find, and that's why it's constantly out of stock; it looks great, performs great, and is very cheap. I originally didn't realize it had a factory overclock and only 3 heatpipes, so the temps were somewhat scary to me out of the box. After setting a custom fan curve in MSI Afterburner, the card runs at 27 degrees idle and always under 70 degrees while gaming. It's also a very quiet card. Just keep in mind that custom fan curves are recommended because it has 3 heatpipes rather than 6. But it slaughters any game in 1080p on maxed settings. The backplate looks hella good as well as the cooler itself. The RGB lighting kinda sucks because I can't figure out how to change the colors, but at least it stays white all the time to match the rest of the black and white theme of the card and backplate

Case

One of the best looking AND functioning cases for its price point. The tempered glass panel is very clean, and it even includes a controllable LED light strip. Cable management is very thoughtful and efficient. I love that the 3.5" HDD bays are hidden in the power supply shroud, and the SSD sleds are hidden behind the back panel. Cable management is very good; the velcro straps and ziptie tie-off spots are very useful

Power Supply

Works exactly as you'd hope an EVGA power supply to. Fully modular cables are very useful for good cable management.

Wireless Network Adapter

Easy to set up and install. I run my PC on Ethernet now so I can't give a good long term review

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Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean cable management.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! I have the exact same card in my build and it is a beast in both looks and performance. I find this build very relatable to my own since my reasons for building my PC were extremely similar to yours (old laptop that was sh!t, wanted to upgrade). Awesome work on your build :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Where there any fans on top or it wont fit?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I just haven't bought any more case fans, it can fit two on top though

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any issues with the Duke 1080 fitting in the case?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all, I don't have any extra drive bays installed so there's plenty of room for monster-sized cards