This was my 11 year old's first custom build as an upgrade from his budget laptop. He wanted a PC that would easily play ARK and Subnautica etc. Budget was a huge consideration, and this build actually went over what we were hoping to spend but it was worth every cent! He is extremely happy with the way it looks, and the fast performance. While serious gamers might not consider this to be a "true" gaming build, it performs beautifully! He can play all his games with graphics set on high or epic, and we've not had a single problem. I debated an SSD but we couldn't afford it, and seeing how much better this performs compared to my computer and his old laptop I am totally fine with skipping those sorts of extras. The kid thinks he's got a million-buck computer because it does everything he needs. I would highly rec this build for anyone looking at an entry level multi-purpose computer that's easily to upgrade in the future.
Really happy with this as an entry-level CPU. While there's obviously faster/better around, this more than covers what we need.
This was a really easy mobo to install. I had just finished building another PC with the MSI Gaming Pro mobo, and I wish I had of learned on this one! It has everything labeled, and the instructions are clear. Looks really nice!!!
Does the job.
This is a tad noisy to be honest. Not a deal-breaker, but something that I have noticed. In hindsight the 2TB would have been better seeing as it's not much more money.
Got this on sale for AUD$199. Really happy with that price and hope to get another one on sale. For those struggling to choose a graphics card and weighing up price vs performance, this card runs all the kids Steam games with ultra high or epic graphics with no problems at all.
I'm giving this one 5 stars simply because for the price and the market that its aimed at, it's a great case. Obviously it's not going to be as nice as case that costs $150, but for a cheap case I was really surprised by how good it looks and feels. This was my first build and I had heard cable management would be tricky. Not the case with this. My PSU was non-modular, and I still had no dramas. Heaps of room for cables, clear instructions, space for everything.
It's hard to review this... I know it's only 80+, and we've only been using it for a couple of months, but I'm happy with it. I read heaps before buying because there were no reviews here for it, but the Thermaltake website was informative, and the kids were really keen on the LEDs! It looks great in the case, and I'd buy it again.
Wireless Network Adapter
Meh. Not sure if there's nicer options for these things. I'd probably research these better next time to see if I can avoid the external aerials. But wifi reception is great so I can't complain.
A monitor was a tough choice for us seeing as we had a small desk area to work with that had a shelf above. I actually had to choose based on a small height to start with and then look at other options. In the end, I was really happy with this. The tilt and swivel options are great! Having the additional USB slots on the monitor has been useful. Great view angles. Clarity seems fantastic and we have no complaints.
Keyboard arrived with the spacebar stuck down. There was a fair bit of flex to the keyboard and when pushing down I could get the spacebar back up, and then it seemed to be fine except the spacebar made a squeeky noise. I contacted the suppliers and they swapped it for a new one, but makes me wonder how sturdy it will be longterm.