Description

Intro

So for years I have been using the laptop I bought for school for gaming. And for a few of those years it was actually okay. Until I pre-ordered Dragon Age Inquisition and tried to run it. I didn't have the time or the money for a PC at the time (but damnit I was going to play that game!) so I bought I PS4. But my heart was always with PC, and I finally did it! It took a lot of research because before today, I knew nearly nothing about what was required. I even thought I was going to have to hire someone to do it for me. But enough about me =P

Here is the laptop specs that I am upgrading from:

CPU: AMD A8-4500M APU >1.9 GHz [4 Cores 4 Threads]

Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7640G 512 MB

RAM: 8 GB DDR3-1600

Storage: 640 GB 5400rpm HDD

Display: 14" 1366x768 60 Hz

This laptop would play at about 20 FPS during minor combat on lower settings. So you can imagine what larger scale scenes would be like.

The New PC

I built the new PC with the a few things in mind.

1.) Upgradability

2.) Overall Visual Experience over FPS

3.) Form AND Function

4.) Semi Quiet (at least compared to the turbo jets in the laptop)

5.) For under $1000 CAD

So I bought almost everything when it was on sale, so it took several weeks for everything to come together. But in the end (minus the peripherals I need to get) the build came to $940.19 CAD with GST.

What's Next / Peripherals

So my boyfriend just bought the monitor for me for my Birthday, which was amazing. I will be getting the Logitech G513 keyboard. I want to order some custom sleeved cables, so the cable management you see is temporary.

And I haven't picked a mouse yet. I have quite small hands, and finding mice is not easy. I like having a thumb button and being able to adjust the sensitivity a little bit. Other than that I'm not too picky. So any suggestions are welcome.

So that's that! I will keep updating here as we go! Thanks! Comments/Suggestions welcome =)

Part Reviews

CPU

UPDATE I DID try to overclock it and it did not go well for me. I don't really know what I am doing however. But even small amounts got be lower scores in the tests I was running. Its stock boost works better for me. I am sure if I had more experience I could get it balanced, but for me it is not worth it.

So far so good! I haven't tried to overclock yet, so I will let you know!

Motherboard

UPDATE Obviously quite happy with my choice now with the new chips that are coming out. I won't be needing an upgrade any time soon, but there are great options for the future.

I definitely over-bought my motherboard. I felt that this would last me longer, plus I wanted Wi-Fi. Things were labelled really nicely, so I would say it was pretty beginner friendly. Aura is easy to use, and the board looks nice.

My only thing is I don't know if this board comes with jumpers. I also don't really know what I am looking for because this was my first build, but I could only find the two open pins.

Memory

No complaints! Looks great without being too flashy.

Storage

Seeing as I came from an HDD and now everything I have so far is on this SSD..

It. Is. Amazing. Super quick. I looooooove it. Never ever ever ever going back lol.

Video Card

I bought my card used from Ebay for just under $190 CAD. It was used for mining for four months prior, and overclocked to 1430. This is my first PC, so I don't have much to compare to, but so far the experience has been lovely.

Case

This case is not a shiny white, so at first I was a little put off. But after staring at it I am really happy that it is not. Feels more durable, and easier to clean.

The struggle with this case was the included fans (partially because I am a noob lol). I wanted to move the fans to the top as exhaust, and order 140mm fans for the front as intake. But the screws that currently mount the fans are specific to the bracket that is included in the case. You cannot move the fans without buying new screws, and you cannot screw new fans in with the screws they come with (the easy solution was buy two more fans, use the screws they come with for the included fans, and mount the new fans with the bracket and screws that came with the case). Which sounds simple.. but .. noob lol. The included fans are quiet, however on lower RPMs the lights dim and flicker just slightly.

The case really needs the 140's in the front if aesthetics is important to you. They fit beautifully, and I am really happy with it.

Cable management went well. I would have liked a few more spots to tie zip ties to, but I still made out fine, and it looks clean.

The window is clear. The HDD tray is removable. And there is a spot behind the mobo for another SSD.

All things considered I love it. It looks great, is affordable, and semi-beginner friendly. Super friendly if you just add a 120mm fan at the back for exhaust. I just had to make things difficult for myself.

Power Supply

Got this for $30 CAD.

All black cables and sleeves. Shorter cables, which I prefer and appreciate. Quiet.

No complaints!

Case Fan

Nice, bright white LED with no flicker. Easy install. Quiet at moderate speeds. Nice airflow. Great fans!

Monitor

UPDATE2 I've had it for a few months now. And I love it even more now. That is all lol.

UPDATE I looooooove it. I was worried about the curve bothering me. But now flat screens bother me and I've only had it a week or so. Everything looks great, feels great.. I'll never be able to go back now.

Defaulted at 60Hz but an easy fix. I haven't been able to play many games yet, but just overall use so far is so enjoyable. Granted, I am biased because I came from a 14" glossy laptop screen. I'll update after more use =)

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That is the shiniest desk I have ever seen. Beautiful build! Very well done. The sideways corsair fan is triggering me.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! It's bugging me too. I will either take them off or paint it or cover it with something else. SOMETHING haha. Anything. It's definitely distracting. But it did made cable management prettier.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an amazing build! Thank you for sharing!

Am about to build (almost) the same machine. I love the Fractal Design case. I will stick to a 570 however. I don't need to get more than 60 fps :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment!

Fractal makes some great cases so I am glad they made a budget friendly one.

Good luck with your build! =)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build nice desk and nice monitor that will make you an happy gamer :) i recomend you to attach the gpu cable higher to make it more nice

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure! I'm itching for some custom cables too.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

i really like your build. in terms of a mouse im sure u already found one but if u haven't i would recommend the the logitech g305 wireless

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I am thoroughly enjoying it.

I actually haven't found a mouse yet. I'll take a look at your suggestion =D

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey you got a great build going on there. The fact that you went with the X470 chip set for your first build is pretty smart. It has a lot of room for future upgrades. Now that the new line of AMD chips are coming out you don't even need to buy the new chip set (X570) because you got that covered already. The new chip works with the X470 boards too. https://wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-3000-series-and-x570-chipset-compatibility-quick-guide/

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was really hoping that was the way it would turn out, so I am definitely happy =D

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to try! I'll let you know =)

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