Description

So this build was something I did with some extra money I had. I wanted something that had power, but had deceiving looks. Overall, it runs pretty well for what it is, it got a score of 98.62 fps in the OpenGL test on Cinebench, and a score of 1229 on the CPU test. While it does have old tech, seeing as it has a HD 7870, it does what I need it to (Some gaming and a bit of light CAD stuff), but it gets the job done. I plan to eventually get an upgrade to a GTX 1070 when I get the money, but with the budget I'm on right now, that may be a while.

Case: So this case is a huge mystery to me. It was unbranded, I managed to find one picture of it on the internet, but no information. It's from about 1998 (as far as I know) and it's got a ton of space. Cable management is a large issue, I intend to use zip ties to clean up everything. The back panel is completely flat. I intend to take the front of this case to be cut so I can install plexiglass and view the inside. I could use some help identifying it however.

Part Reviews

CPU

The Ryzen 5 2600 was my first choice, however around the time I was buying my parts, it's price went way out of my budget, however I found that the 1600x could do about the same job, with a higher clock speed.

CPU Cooler

Cooler: So I went with an AMD Wraith Spire Cooler, I know the listing is the Max, I just didn't add the custom part. It keeps things cooled quite well and as I probably won't be doing any overclocking, it should work fine.

Motherboard

Motherboard: The Asus PRIME B450M works perfectly with the case I chose. My only complaint is the yellow LEDs, although I know they can be shut off in the BIOS. This board gives me space for RAM upgrade ability in the near future.

Memory

RAM: I went with the Team T-Force Delta RGB. It's the cheapest RGB RAM on Newegg, and it works perfectly. It uses Aura Sync and the effects run smoothly. I will most likely get another set, as I do end up with a high memory usage quite often.

Storage

Storage: I went with the Kingston A400 120 GB SSD and The WD Blue 1 TB as my storage devices. Nothing much to say, they work great.

Video Card

GPU: I went with the HD 7870, it was a card I was able to get my hands on for a very cheap price that I knew could do the jobs I was going to use it for. While it is an old used card, it runs great, only needing a contact clean and a thermal paste replacement.

Power Supply

PSU: It's a PSU, it runs silent, not much else to say.

Optical Drive

Disk Drive: I went with a "close" alternative to the drive I'm using, however in reality I'm using a Lightscribe disk drive I had lying around. I know they aren't necessary, but I use a lot of optical media and play a lot of older games. I also have a lot of CD's which I use often.

Case Fan

Fans: Do you know how hard it is to find PWM 80mm fans that aren't specifically made for CPU cooling? Very. These are not the fans in the pictures, they are my planned fans.

Custom

This keyboard is great, I got it at Fry's Electronics for $60, and it looks amazing, feels great, the only complaint I have is that the software is a little strange, but overall, the key switches have a great feel and it's very responsive.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Neat sleeper, if I had the money to, I would make make sleeper out of a 2000-2005 OEM case. I would advise against a GTX 1070(unless used), the RTX 2060 or Vega 56 would be a better option in that range. Also, I would reccomend you find another fan for the Exhaust or cover it up, so you don’t have Air recirculating through the empty exhaust. Also, can we have a pic of the internals but with the lights on please?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the info, I'll look into either of those cards, I totally agree with finding an old OEM case, I've got an old Dell Dimension case lying around, that would make for a pretty discrete sleeper. And yes, I can get some pictures with the lights on!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks neat

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo man sick sleeper but i think the rgb ram was overkill

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

noice +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the Intel wallpaper lol. Cool build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

nice sleeper build, dude

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