Description

Budget gaming computer with a decent bang. Not a great upgradeability path, but for <$800 (no storage included in this build since a previous drive was already owned), it's going to do great in gaming. Got the gtx 970 second hand, so a great value there. Everything else was basically just put in to fit the budget and be reliable. No problems with the build, pretty standard/barebones.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

You can get better for the money if you want to go with an ASRock board. I tend to stay away from them since I have had far too many QC issues with their cheaper boards in the past, they don't tend to last long. With that said, this board is ok. It only has 6 proper spots to screw in the motherboard, leaving the right edge hanging, which is fine, it just makes it awkward to plug in things on the right side of the board like usb 3.0, sata, and mobo power since you will put major flex on the board unless you support it. The I/O shield is about as cheap as it gets with this one, and the I/O options aren't much better, but it works which is the main thing.

Case

The materials used to make the case look and feel cheap, as expected from a cheap case like this, so lets move on from that first and foremost. The aesthetics of these cases aren't too bad and it packs a surprising amount of value for how cheap you can pick this up. It comes with 6 stand offs pre installed which is nice, and it also has a single usb 3.0 port (along with USB 2.0) which is great for this price point. My biggest complaint with this case is that there is no hole above the motherboard for the CPU power cable, and the fact that there is no vibration handling for the 3.5" drives. Other than that, for the price, everything else is great. It comes with plenty of screws and even a 5.25" inch bay to 3.5" bay adapter which I definitely wasn't expecting for this price. There's fairly ample room for cable management behind the motherboard tray.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like this build, so nice and simple!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build. The upgrade path may not be as limited as you think, the i5-4690 or the i7-4790 would be a pretty handy upgrade later on (granted the i7 will be better). The i7-4790 would max this board out, I don't know if the i7-5775c will work on this board.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you put the hard drive at on this case?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a hard drive cage below the 5.25" bays