Description

YAY! This is my first ever PC build. I originally planned for this to be an upgrade for an eleven-year-old PC. It would've been a cool sleeper build but the case only had one case fan so I decided it was inadequate and just built a new one. I intended this build for mostly productivity (like work and surfing the web) but also to have some light gaming here and there. Here is a list of all my parts and why I chose them.

Processor

Yeah...I bought an Intel Core i7-8700K. Maybe that wasn't my best choice. Originally when I thought of building this computer, I didn't really know about how incredibly important the GPU was and decided to just spend as much as I could on the CPU. By the time I realized that I had already received the processor so... yeah. But to be fair, it is a really good CPU even without overclocking (which I didn't). The stock speeds work great and are fine for me. Perhaps in the future, if I plan on upgrading the PC. I can spend some money on an AIO (or maybe even custom) water cooler so I can overclock. But now, I'm fine with the stock speeds.

CPU Cooler

Surprisingly, this CPU cooler is fine. I bought the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cooler. The temps never surpass what I consider dangerous (65 o C at full load). It really is a great deal for the price. And it even comes with some thermal paste! Don't worry, I just used the recommended amount of a rice grain. I didn't smother the CPU with it unlike some gaming PC tutorial on youtube that I could mention... (cough The Verge cough).

Motherboard

I decided to spend a little extra on the motherboard and went with the ASRock Z370M Pro4 motherboard. I know that the chipset can support overclocking and I plan to in the future it's just right now I have a limited budget and can't exactly afford to buy a water cooler (but mainly I bought it too early before I considered buying a water cooler).

Memory

I just went with whatever seemed to be the standard with ram today and 16 GB seemed to be the most common so I just got the Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB at 2400MHz (and yes, of course, I used DDR4. What did you expect?). Nothing fancy and not the fastest but suits my need while not being overly expensive.

Storage

Yep... I got a hard drive and not a fancy SSD or M.2 drive. Go ahead and shun me for getting a Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200RPM hard drive. But still, it's not too bad and the load times and boot times could be a lot worse. Plus 1 TB is probably all I will ever need and it's going to take me a while to fill it up with data.

Graphics Card

Woah. The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Aero ITX 4GB OC is a solid graphics card. It can run Fortnite (not taking sides here in an argument over the best battle royale game or just best game in general, I just chose it because most people have heard of it and I can use it as an easy reference) at over 60fps on max settings at 1080p. That is enough power for me and my needs.

Case

I chose the Fractal Design Focus G Mini Micro ATX Mini Tower primarily because of its size. I like a mini tower because of the fact I can tuck it away under a desk or put it on a counter and it still won't look out of place. And overall, it's a really good case with a nice simple design. Plus the two included white LED fans were a nice touch. Since they were both intake fans, I decided to put an extra exhaust fan in the back. Plenty of space for cable management also with no sharp edges. The only problem (more of a nitpick) is that the clear panel isn’t actually tempered glass and actually is more of a clear plastic.

Power Supply

The SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular power supply beat my expectations. Not only does it give out plenty of power for my needs, but it's also fully modular (but from dealing with a fully modular PSU, I decided that next time, I'm gonna go for a semi-modular just for ease of use). The one thing that I didn't like was the 20/24 motherboard cable. It was incredibly stiff and impossible to bend (okay maybe I'm exaggerating but still, it was hard). But besides that one nitpick, everything else was fine.

Operating System

I got Windows 10. What else did you expect? I went with the home edition because I didn't see the point in spending an extra 60 dollars for some features that I'll probably never use.

Case Fan

Yep, I bought this last fan as an exhaust fan. The Arctic P12 does its job well by simply moving air. Nothing fancy was wanted so this is what I ended up with. Right now, I don't exactly want any RGB lighting simply because it's my first build and I don't want it to be too complicated. I could upgrade to some RGB lighting in the future but now, it's enough.

Monitor

For my monitor, I didn't really want anything fancy. So I went with a simple 1080p 60Hz monitor. That was the Sceptre E225W-1920R monitor. Even though it may only be 60Hz, it still looks buttery smooth in games.

Mouse

I didn't have a mouse on me so I decided to go with the Logitech M100 mouse. Simple optical mouse with 3 buttons and scroll. Nothing fancy, but it's got all that I need.

Keyboard Go to Edit December 9, 2018

This keyboard is super old. I got the Gateway KB-0532 keyboard with my old PC. It's got membrane switches and a built-in palm rest. My favorite thing is that the media keys work even without installing drivers (couldn't find it since it was too old).

Miscellaneous

Yeah...whoops! I might've not had enough case fan headers on my motherboard. That meant I had to buy a cable splitter which was the Rosewill RCFC-16002 Case Fan Splitter.

Well, that's all folks! I would love to hear suggestions about things that I may have done wrong or future upgrades. Thanks for reading!

Edit November 17, 2018

I just recently overclocked my GPU (because it was easily the largest bottleneck in my system) using MSI Afterburner. It was pretty fun and took a lot of work and time. I finally got my Core Clock boosted by 175 MHz and the Memory Clock boosted by 1000 MHz. Also, if you're wondering why I didn't overclock the CPU... well, I don't think the Hyper 212 Evo can handle it. I did a tiny overclock on it (0.2 GHz) and ended up having it thermal throttle under load.

Edit December 9, 2018

Keyboard

I did some Black Friday shopping and decided to get a new keyboard to replace my old membrane keyboard. I decided to go with Cherry MX Brown Switches as they seemed great for typing and weren't loud like Cherry MX Blues. I went with the G.Skill 570 RGB keyboard as it was on the cheaper side but also had some nice RGB lighting. Overall, the keyboard feels okay but coming from a membrane keyboard, it feels a bit weird as the force required was much less than my old membrane keyboard and I keep on bottoming out. But hopefully I'll get used to it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor! can run most games and software perfectly fine as long as it's paired with a good GPU. It might be a bit pricey but it make it up with the performance.

CPU Cooler

I know that this cooler already has lot's of people saying that it's the "best air cooler for the price". I would totally agree. Even though it may look cheap, it's plenty good to keep even an i7 at stock speeds cooled.

Motherboard

Great motherboard! It has enough ports, ram and PCI-E slots for my needs. The only problem is that it doesn't have enough case fan headers so I had to buy a splitter.

Memory

Solid ram for a solid price!

Storage

Definitely not nearly as fast as an SSD but it makes up for that with it's capacity and mainly price.

Video Card

Great card for the price! Never throttles and the performance if fine for lower demanding games.

Case

Great case! Simple yet nice design. The included two intake fans were a nice touch so that meant I only needed to buy one extra exhaust fan. My only problem was that the side panel was actually plastic, but considering the price, I won't judge too harshly.

Power Supply

The cheapest fully modular power supply I could find. 520W is plenty for most builds and the 80+ Bronze Certification is surprising considering the price. The only problem is that the cables (mainly the 24/20 cable) are incredibly stiff and hard to bend.

Case Fan

A simple cheap fan that pushes air.

Monitor

Solid 1080p monitor at 60Hz. Even though it's only at 60Hz, most games still look fine.

Keyboard

Nice and solid Cherry MX Brown Keyboard! Keys feel great and it has plenty of media and extra function keys. Only problems are that there isn't too much customization with the RGB Lighting and the Macros feel kind of limited without a dedicated key for it. Instead, you have to replace the function of a key which I don't really like doing.

Mouse

Simple, cheap mouse with nothing too fancy.

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Dont be too butt hurt about getting a i7 8700k, that CPU is a beast. GPUs are easy to upgrade, CPUs can need new MoBo's to support it, so really going for a high end CPU will last you 4-5 years.

You'll be good dude, wait till Black Friday and get something nice w/ 144Hz monitor, there should be some solid deals. You'll definitely feel the difference in game when you get there.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok you said you will be doing light gaming so the GTX1050ti is dine with me.

But you def spent too much on the CPU.

The i5 8600K might still be alright.

But your PC def needs a SSD

It night and day difference with a SSD vs a HDD in terms of boot times. Games loading and even Windows updates.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. I had the same problem as you did when I built mine and opted for a 1060 3gb, not realizing how important it is. But what you did build yourself is a very futureproof and easily upgradable pc. If I were you I would get a better mouse or keyboard as the first upgrade.

Cool Build +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

If I could offer some advice, you don't really need an AIO water cooler. Although high-end ones may be more effective than a high-end air cooler, the differences are often marginal. Additionally, air coolers sometimes will perform better than an AIO. They are cheaper not because of performance, but manufacturing cost. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 is likely the most popular cooler on the market because it is very effective and very affordable. You can easily overclock your CPU right now quite a bit, perhaps to 5 GHz. The best kind of consumer-grade cooling, however, uses a custom water cooling loop and is extremely complex. However, the cooling differences are night and day (I don't recommend it to a first-time builder at all). In conclusion, your current cooler is more than enough for a mid-range stable overclock. In fact, you could do an overclock with a stock intel cpu cooler, albeit a minimal one at that.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry i meant 4.0 GHz not 5.0 lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU overkill as you stated in your review of it, for this case and GPU selection you could have saved probably about $200 by grabbing an 8400 instead. Definitely the first upgrade that actually should be made is a 120GB SSD to boot the OS from instead of the mechanical drive, which will free up additional storage for your game library. Tidy up the wires a bit more perhaps, but that is more of a nit pick of mine than a need. Additionally Corsair sells a great optical mouse for less than $30, wouldn't hurt as an upgrade (if you play using keyboard and mouse in any games).

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice first budget build. I know you already mentioned it, but a graphics card upgrade would be a great idea, as it's underpowering your processor a bit. Also it's not a bad time as the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080TI have just come out so prices are dropping.

Like the case and overall just a solid build

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Big cpu for such a small gpu, but you know that already.

My only real gripe is the fact that you bought a 60hz monitor and it seems your content with keeping it. This cpu paired with a higher end gpu would give you tons of fps. With that monitor, you'll always be capped at 60fps. So, when you say you're getting over 60fps with the 1050ti, you're actually not. You're limited to what your monitor can handle. 60hz=60fps, 120hz=120 fps and so on.

Also, for $30 you can buy a SSD. Get it, even if it's a small capacity just for your operating system, it'll make all the difference.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you you spent to much money on your cpu but overall a good build

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Bruh I have the same case (but full size) and monitor wuuuttttt

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with dragoon

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You could resell the 8700k. Maybe OC it and then sell. But then you can get in i5 or something and sell your 1050ti and use the combined money for a 1060 6gb or rx580 8gb. Just an idea.

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build! Intel gang +1

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