Description

https://youtu.be/9OcvRscvegI for a simple build video and some good music 8)

This is a computer that I built for my girlfriend's first Windows gaming PC. She used to play League of Legends on her iMac but we finally got her to convert.

This is a somewhat budget-friendly build. Some parts do not have prices cause I already had them on hand, bought for the lowest price on PPP.

Most of the parts are middle of the road. Not designed for overclocking just playing almost any game on medium to high graphics. So far it has ran great on H1Z1, league (max) and Overwatch.

This was my first modular PC build too and I heard some decent things about the PSU. However my wiring skills could use some work and the cables were a little bit short... The LED cables and one of the cables routed to the mobo BARELY fit, and I mean I had to work the plastic in the cable to get it to bend and fit. Overall decent.

I love this motherboard, the BIOS is clean and friendly and it has the right ports in the right spots. Not too flimsy either like some others. One gripe is that the screws to the case on one of the corners didn't match. Might have been the cases fault!

If you have any questions about the build let me know! I might write more about this build later or in the comments. Thanks for looking!

EDIT

10/20/2017

Swapped in an MSI GTX 1060 and some new ThermalTake RGB Fans

Computer runs amazingly well still!

Part Reviews

CPU

Not unlocked but that's not why I bought it. Works great under load with proper cooling.

CPU Cooler

A great, quiet cooler. HUGE pain to install, the screws do not like to match up and the instructions might as well be in an ancient transcript. If you have a little patience I would 100% recommend this because it is so cheap and functions EXCEPTIONALLY.

Motherboard

Beautiful BIOS, good ports and not very flimsy!

Memory

Good ram speed at a great price. Not too tall either.

Storage

cheap, works, not as fast as others but really good. PC boots in under 10s...

Case

Awesome case with two built-in fans. Works well with custom wiring and modular PSU's. Great slots for HDD and SSD's also.

Power Supply

Cords tough and maybe a bit short. Overall great for the price.

Monitor

Ultra thin bezel, good colors. What more do you want for 100 bucks...

Mouse

Clean and smooth feeling optical mouse. Slightly larger sized.

Headphones

Good wireless headset. Could use some Bluetooth updates as my old mobo failed to like its USB Bluetooth dongle... Bass can get really loud, good range.

Custom

6 stars. Great mount for an SSD to be dropped into a standard HDD slot. Simple screws lock it in place, has holes on top or sides for mounting.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Which camera were the pics taken with? I'm interested in photography :-)

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

It was all taken on my samsung galaxy s7 edge! A few pictures werent the best because the light was really dark and fluorescent but overall its an AMAZING camera and its a phone =p

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm buying an s7 on december

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! I can safely say it will not disappoint. Can't wait to see some pictures

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice! You are very nice to treat your girlfriend with a well capable gaming PC.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Birthday came early for her this year haha

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Overall, this is a very great build! I was just wondering, you said it runs H1Z1 great, and I was just wondering if you had some FPS measurements for the performance? Again, great build! Hope she likes it! :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

When we played earlier today she was around 70-80 in cities with medium settings. The biggest downside to H1Z1 is how un-optimized the game is. Just pull down your render distance and put FOV to 51 - don't know why but that's the magic number. If you want more settings help just let me know! (I'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT FOR WEEKS FOR ALL MY FRIENDS)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Made an account just to comment, haha. Would love to see that video and pics of the finished product! Really want this case for my first build, what are your gripes with it? I was wondering how comfortably that evo fit in this case too, is it a really tight fit?

+1 for uploading on my birthday lmao.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for joining! Happy Birthday first and foremost.

I'll upload the video to YouTube tonight and message you it on here and paste the link in the description. To be honest it's my favorite case I've used out of about 10 builds I have done thus far (not all posted here). It was definitely a tight fit with evo... maybe a cm above the fan to the case window, but it fits! The cable management is there, just make sure you get flat cables on your PSU IMO, I got tubes and it was difficult, but manageable. Get some zip / twist ties (probably get 10 of these from the packages of PC parts), some electrical tape and a some patience =)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

OK awesome, sold on the case now knowing it can at least fit a cooler like that lol. Looking forward to that video! :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

https://youtu.be/9OcvRscvegI ITS UP...nothing special just a little music and some clips and pics of what I did

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Going to buy that mobo. Why you chooses ram with 3000mhz when mobo supports only 2666?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

overclock. and it was cheaper than 2133 at the time

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to ask, how well does this run overwatch? Fps wise, also what settings do you play the game on? I'm pretty interested in the build for the game.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Slaughters it to be honest. Full 1080p with pretty much every setting except different sampling formats like MXAA or whatever. But you don't need that on OW.

This achieves anywhere between 80-120 FPS depending on the map, situation and heroes.

We haven't ran into a problem yet either since this build started. Absolutely amazing for budget gaming, and I'm sure it's even cheaper now with the AMD graphics cards plummeting because of 1080ti (etc) and the Skylake drop because of Ryzen.

I'd suggest getting a 480 in your build over the 470 I chose. Because they're so darn cheap now...

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Hopefully they stay cheap for sometime as I can really only purchase my final build in may, thank you though! Great help!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries! Good luck =)

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

why is the psu so grossly overkill? did you know that the higher the psu capacity, the worse it is during idle compared to a lower rated psu?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

First off - no need to be rude about it. And also, I am an electrician in an electrician family and this is a complete myth. Literally google it and you will find your answer.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2228533/power-supply-bad.html

Several top PC builders have hit this topic and debunk your claim. Also, we have since added a bigger graphics card and a few more drives. So yeah, we do use a lot more anyway.

  • 27 months ago
  • -1 points

goodness, there was nothing rude about anything & i wasnt trying to be either... is it the 'grossly overkill' part? how else can i describe large numbers with a bit of color

the best answer in your link is already saying "you will draw more power out of the wall", that's what my point is (not sure how a user forum means 'top pc builders')

the efficiency curve on a psu drops down on the lower end of requested load, so if an idle 50w load on a 400w psu is 80% efficient yet the same load on an 800w psu is 70% efficient, this would make the 800w psu waste 5 more watts from the wall at all idle times

this example is math according to specifications & has been measured in reviews of sibling psu models

i only asked 'did you know' because obviously i dont know who you are or what your background is or anything, all i had to go by was a 65w cpu & a 130w gpu, this isnt personal

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