Description

This will be a joint Christmas present for my girlfriend from both her dad and myself. Originally the budget was made without thought for a GPU which we thought could be added in later but since she's in her final year of college and got a remarkable result in her placement. We included a GPU, a modest Sapphire Nitro OC+ 4GB 480 :)

She's a huge fan of Heroes of the storm so obviously we needed a capable CPU, also I wanted one that didn't have a very high TDP rating so it would help the system from generating too much heat. Other than that she'll be using it sort of like a HTPC sort of system, Netflix and what not I guess.

Edit: I gave up on installing windows 7 and installed windows 10 instead, surprisingly my key works for windows 10 as well for some reason?

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Very nice packaging, easy to mount and most of all I'm surprised with how quiet this thing is! No where near as noisy as my CM TX3 evo!

Motherboard

Make sure to add drivers for installation of Windows 7, I spent a night trying to figure out why I couldn't install it on my HDD but other than that the board is nice and sturdy, good layout and works perfectly otherwise

Video Card

This GPU really is honestly fantastic, performance wise. The default factory settings has this card running at at 15% rpm for the fans until it hits 60c, I had it chance to 35% after it hits 20c and it holds idle at 30c which is great honestly unless you're sitting right next to the rig you can't hear a thing. however let the fans hit 70% and you start hearing it loud and clear but the temps haven't gone over 60c so that's pretty good in my opinion.

Case

I really only have small things to complain about, like how I wish the additional GPU bracket was just a couple mm longer and I would be able to fit it or how I wish I could have gotten a HDD in it. Other than that this is a nice little case to work in, plenty of space for the components I have listed and space for a few more! The RX 480 from sapphire definitely fits

Power Supply

Originally I was abit sceptical about buying this PSU since people were saying that there were issues with eletrical whine but it seemed that 2.0 version remedied that problem by having the fans operate all the time. So far, so good. Nice and quiet, cables were flexible, flat and easy to work with. Albeit a bit on the short side but it worked out better that way for cable management

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice little system. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Currently running a few games to get some numbers for people to see :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nicely done. Excellent job on putting all that power in a small case.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It feels awesomer working with a good quality case this time round and modular cables :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Insane you can fit all that into a tiny case. +1 awesome gift I'm sure she will love it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Fingers crossed mate!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

kinda romantic in a nerdy sorta way ; ) lol, very nice of you and dad. +1 on nice build + cool story!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! So my girlfriend is finally on her way to the PC master race!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Neat build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you do the BIOS trick to unlock the additional 4 GB of VRAM?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried yet but I'm going to wait away so even if I break it she won't cry XD

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this build m8! I'm also thinking of using the RX480 4GB Nitro+ in my build, as it outperforms the RX480 4GB (normal). However I searched now for 30 mins, and I can't seem to find the difference between a RX480 Nitro+ or RX480 armor (both 4 GB). Does it make any difference performance wise?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Oh do you mean the MSI armor 480? Because if you do then the base clock speed for the armor is 1291mhz, while the nitro+ would be 1306mhz. So in technical terms, the nitro+ will perform a little better. My girlfriend has been using this PC for a while now and tbh, at full 100% fan speed the nitro+ can be abit noisy. So if that's an issue for you then maybe try the Gaming X version of the 480? I'm not sure about the armor. What case are you building it into?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

;) If only but if Silverstone decides, they'd like to start sending me stuff to review then I wouldn't mind :D