Description

I put this together for my friend about a month ago. To finally help him build it was quite a struggle through hell. Here's why.

Note: sorry for the lack of pictures, wasn't thinking of taking many pictures during the build :(

Build Experience

First off, because of the low budget, there are bound to be some issues. The motherboard we chose happen to be discontinued, so he ended up buying a used one for a good $25. It didn't come with an IO shield so he had to find one on ebay for that exact model - and it apparently was really hard. Once we started building with this motherboard, its definitely something not many people would recommend.

The front IO connections are directly under the graphics card causing it to slant/disproportion itself. It seemed dangerous at first but it still worked with all of it connected securely. Secondly, the 4-pin power connector is right next to the cooler, so took nearly thirty minutes to squeeze our hand between the cooler and the backside of the case. It hurt... Like hell. Speaking of motherboard connectors, installing Gigabyte wireless network adapter needed some improvising (unless this is how it was meant to be installed). For one, it uses an internal USB 2.0 connection for the motherboard, causing the case's front IO's USB 2.0 to be unemployed. Then, for some reason, the PCIE slot on the adapter was a "small piece of metal." It wasn't a PICE bracket/slot, but more of a smaller strip of metal. It definitely couldn't fit in the case's expansions slots so we had to cut some of the metal in order for it to fit. It's still a little crooked but frankly nothing can be done. Nonetheless, the connection is fit perfectly and the receiver goes through perfectly. Finally, the only fan case fan header available just so happens to be under the H7 cooler, uninstalling the motherboard and cooler just to install the 3-way fan splitter added a good 25 minutes to our build time.

On the bright side, the case was surprisingly easy to build in. It's sturdy and small, the perfect size for his desk. Although the cable management space in this chassis wasn't too great, the lack of the GPU PCIE cable was definitely appreciated.

This build is near dead silence to the point where I had thought the computer didn't even start up when I pressed the power button.

Overall, this shouldn't have taken the near 3 hours it did.

Performance

For my friend, he's coming from a 2012 HP laptop with a duo core processor at 2.1 GHz. Not the best. He played League of Legends at 15-20 FPS along with the occasional crashes. CSGO at 30-35 FPS, again, with the crashes; and tried playing WoW and played at 0 FPS with a Blue Screen of Death.

Being able to play the games he wanted at the highest settings 1080p, he was astounded.

  • 200-350 FPS on League of Legends
  • 200-400 FPS on CSGO
  • 40-50 FPS on WoW (medium-high settings)
  • 60-70 FPS on Overwatch (high-very high settings)

He hasn't played any of the newer titles such as Witcher 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Division, etc. but he definitely plans to.

I know there are better builds than this one for 600$. The CPU cooler wasn't entirely necessary, nor were the two extra Fractal Design Fans; but he decided that the i5 6400 (2.7GHz), a better graphics card (originally going for the 470) and even an SSD were redundant compared to what he planned on using this setup for. Besides, upgrades are finally possible for him with a tower PC.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

To be honest I would say this a great build for the price. It strikes a perfect balance between money consciousness, style, performance, and a good upgrade path. +1 For the sexy build, hope your friend loves it!

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

I like it. The 1050ti without the extra power is really clean looking.

Thumbs up.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Very awesome little budget machine :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great to me, I hope he enjoys his pc, it appears to be the perfect balance and performance, it appears to me that you have hit the sweetspot

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

1050 Ti is the best GPU for the price, imo. +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the name :P

You've really got an awesome budget gaming rig, nice work man, hope your friend enjoys it. +1 :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build though I found that case to be one of the worst to build in. You will be able to play Witcher 3 and other titles on 1080p at medium settings at around 50 fps.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with everybody else. It's awesome. I love the little case too.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

An admirable build considering the hardships you faced in building it. Your friend is a smart person to forego unnecessary components for the sake of being practical with his money.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

your friend has joined the mast3r rac3

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems awesome. I'm going for a similar build, maybe just opting for the newly-released i3-7100, keeping pretty much the same parts just as in your build. Not looking to play a lot of the newest games, primarily a bit older ones that I missed because of older hardware that I had till now, maybe then moving to the newer titles. Anyway, I'll see how it pans out, but I've heard some praise for these similar builds using i3 CPUs. That is why I'm going with something similar as well, it also fits my budget really well.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

This might be a little late, but is there a filter in the front?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

There is :) the whole front panel is filtered.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude where did you stick those case fans? I can't find out where to put them, before I order the case.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

You can mount 2 120's on the front, two on the top, and one on the back. :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

How come you need the two case fans and 3 way splitter? I'm asking because my build is very similiar to yours (specifically your GPU and CPU and case). Also, how are the GPU, CPU and case like?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend was worried about the temperatures so he invested in some extra fans -- however, we tested the rig without extra fans and it ran perfectly fine. The Case and GPU and CPU are all fantastic and ran as they should; but since this is a rather old build, he had recently upgraded to an i5 6500. No overclocking - pure raw performance.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I might go with the 1050Ti but not sure yet. Thank you though for the quick respond :) (no sarcasm lol).

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I would definitely tell you to go for it, especially since the case has a less friendly cable management system, the lack of PCI-E cables really helps make the build look cleaner. Also, I'd recommend getting the Windowed version of the case if you haven't bought it yet.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm relatively new to building pc but would the wireless adapter play a majour role?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for a late response, I hope you've found the answer by now, but I'll still give it to you.

For him, it was necessary because he had no Ethernet cable for internet, along with Bluetooth featured devices such as his keyboard and mouse.

For others than him, it really depends. If you need wireless internet connectivity, got Bluetooth speakers, mouse, keyboard, or anything else, you can either get the wireless card or just a wireless USB adapter.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Im going to get the same case as you and I wanted to ask, will there be trouble to install the graphic card and wireless network adapter? Im going to buy a 1050 Ti compact with tp link ($39.99 one) and i just want to see if it will fit in the case without a problem.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for a late response. The 1050ti was installed perfectly, no hassle, no cables, just simply push it into the right slots. However for the network adapter, the PCI-E slot didn't fit the case (the metal piece that slides into the case was) was smaller than the general PCI-E slot you'd see on a case, so I wouldn't recommend getting this adapter.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Was it with the pci e slot (on the adapter) or the cases fault? Also I'm grtting a different adapter, do you think I will have the same problem?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It was the adapter at fault. Getting another adapter most likely won't present you with the same problem.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

THANK YOU!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That build bangs all your bucks

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

The cryorig fan makes in a pain to plug the cpu power cable in, it took me a long time too

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would you get a huge cooler on a locked processor?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build, I'm surprised you found the room in your budget for a 1050 ti! That's a great little case there too, is there any room for mounting fans in the front?

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm excited for you!

I tested this PC out for myself today and I know you'll be pleased. :)

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Good call :) it's done.

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