Description

This build was created for gaming in mind. The core of my system is an I5 8400 which kills anything that I would ever want it to. It rests on a B360 Aorus Gaming 3 WIFI motherboard. The chipset is limited as far as features go but it meets my needs. RBG flare never hurt anyone either and like the ability to control it if I want to turn it on or off. To run games, I use a RX 580 from MSI. The backplate looks very nice and because my monitor has freesync, I can use it fully. If I am going to be honest, I could have bought a GTX 1060 6gb but it would not have freesync. This is my first time ever a gaming PC but I have heard that it makes a big difference. My monitor is 1080p but the colors but the colors do look right. I have messed around and made it as good as it can get but, in the end, it still looks great. The computer is fast and boots in seconds because of the SSD. I also have more than enough ram for my needs. The build it all held in the p400s which was a breeze to work with. I may add a couple more fans later but they are not necessary. Cable management in the back is not super clean but it gets the job done. I absolutely love my g810 keyboard and g pro mouse. The Logitech lighting software is very easy to use and I would definitely recommend the Romer G switch.

As far as performance goes, I have only tried out rocket league and fortnite. It crushes rocket league and after tweaking the fortnite settings I am able to hold high resolution and receive 144 frames. I use MSI Afterburner to track performance.

The build went smooth. I have been obsessed with computer builds for almost a year so I did not need to look much up except the motherboard manual to plug in the front panel connectors and to find which channels to put the ram in. I built the whole system a couple days early before my ram came and then I plugged them in. I pressed the power button but nothing happened... I felt sick but all it took was unplugging and replugging power cables and the system booted up. For the OS I just copied my laptops SSD and put it on this one. I have a little "Activate Windows" logo in the bottom right but I don't really notice it. In the future, I plan on buying a key of one of those shady key sites.

One question I had for anyone was if they had similar experiences with their monitor not producing the best image. I also was wondering if people think I should get a new air cooler. I know it won't do much but I think that it will look much better than the stock intel cooler. Also, I just switched from PS4 to PC so I do not have any people to play RL with. I have heard of sites you can use to find teammates but I was wondering if they work. I have no problem solo queueing but sometimes it is nice to meet people.

Actual price paid CPU- 169 Mobo- 99 Ram- 145 (used) SSD- 105 GPU- 299 Case- 59 total = about 935 monitor -169 keyboard- 65 (newegg refurbished and sold on flash sale) mouse- 47 Watch for those deals and check for Newegg promo codes. If you don't mind used Ram eBay is the best and eBay also has good deals on new SSDs and ram.

Part Reviews

CPU

Best budget gaming CPU, unless you plan on going for 1444p this is the one. People will always say Ryzen is better at heavy workloads but let's are honest, this is a gaming PC and even if I did some casual video editing I would not mind the 30-second wait.

Motherboard

It worked, had enough features for my needs, and even gave me some LEDs to play with. WIFI cable/tower system is a little dumpy looking but it works.

Memory

My board only can go up to 2666 but this kit was cheap on eBay so I picked it up. 10/10 would buy eBay ram again.

Storage

It is fast and works, its hidden away so looks do not mater.

Video Card

MSI+ Backplate+ Freesync+ I was worried because every benchmark I saw said that this would get like 90 fps on fortnite but I only had to change on setting down and kept the rest to get 144 fps. No need to mess with overclocking right now.

Case

Tempered glass+ white accents+ velcro straps+ removable HHD cage+ RGB+ I am happy with my case and this that it is arguably the best looking $60 case. I recognize the potential for chocking the fans at the front but I am not overclocking and temps are all low so I am not worried.

Power Supply

Black modular cables <3. It seems to be a little loud and it definitely is a big PSU but nothing you can handle. The 10-year warranty gives me comfort.

Monitor

Not the exact same as mine but close enough. Dirt cheap and 144hz. Color look off but I think it is just something that comes with this price point. It is curved and has good viewing angles from any side. I sure there are better monitors out there but probably none better for the price.

Keyboard

First mech keyboard so I cannot speak to the quality much. I think it feels quick and easy to use. The RGB is kept under the keycaps because of the switches design and it looks very clean and is not in your face. I enjoy the volume scroll wheel as well and the other media playback keys for listening to music. Logitech software is great and easy to use. No fancy wrist rests or USB pass threw but I am not sure I would use them.

Mouse

Feels natural and looks clean. It doesn't scream gamer and is easy to sync with the keyboard.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

What a fantastic first build! very clean work there

+1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Replace that stock cooler imo. Better cooler also makes your cpu run at lower temp. One cheap and good is "be quiet! DARK ROCK 3 SilentWings CPU Cooler 190W TDP" It's also good looking and it's black for black case!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the advice I will check it out.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm going for something very similar to this, i5-8400 + RX580 and even the same mouse xD. Picked up a Strix RX 580 for $260 on eBay, just waiting on Ram and the Monitor. Very hyped to get my rig; We can both enjoy 144hz with no tearing!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you help me out please? I’ve just made my first build which includes this motherboard and I’ve installed windows on my SSD; just wondering what the names of the drivers were for your internet/Ethernet connections. I can’t seem to find them online

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. If you still need assistance I recommend https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B360-AORUS-GAMING-3-WIFI-rev-10#kf this site. You will click support and then navigate through the drivers to find the ones you need. All you should have to do is download them to a flash drive and drop them into you computer.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

did you get your drivers sorted out??

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! Thanks

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

whatsa up nice build man.. first thing i have that same monitor but mine is the white version and its great no funky pic with mine at all i absolutely love it man, played with the settings just a bit though but still even out of the box it was pretty nice pic. 2nd thing def get an aftremarket cooler, you say it wont do much but i think your wrong from what ive heard those intel stock coolers are crappy as fk. you can get a deepcool gammax for like 24 dollars and the rgb's on it would look great in your case :) and should be perfect for an i5 or if your mnot into rgb's a coolermaster 212 evo is cheap and you can absolutely not go wrojng picking one up. anyways gfood luck brother enjoy that beauty an take care.

edit... just noticed you was rocking the i5 8400 so ya since you cant overclock that chip you are right a new air cooler wont help that much although it would still help get you a few degrees cooler cpu but not that big of a deal tbh if your not going to be overclocking. intels fan should atleast keep that chip below its boiling point i would hope so as long as your chips not cooking you can leaving the stock fan but it would make it look alot sexier if you swapped it out. entirely up to you though so long as your chip is running at a decent temp. if its getting too hot for your comfort then def switch it out.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

lol, I ended up upgrading the cpu cooler just because it bothered me to look at the stock cooler.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice. Damn... i wish my first pc was half that great looking . :D

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

This is really a great computer you have here. I bet it's been a blast to use. Plus one for your hard work and for a lovely computer.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your 50 free time?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

lol i swim breast

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ditch that stock cooler, get something like a Hyper 212 or a Cyborg H7. Clean Build though. Great for the price point.

+1

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Already did, I felt pain every time I looked at it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

in the 580 you commented on the only reason that is so low is because they are running it on very high or high setting thats when it at its max.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure I understand

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

when you set your setting and pick what fps and how clear you want every thing to be it goes low medium high and epic or very high they have it set on very high for each one they are stressing the gpu out if you have it on the setting you want it will be a lot higher do you understand know.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha i know how that works. Quick update, I now have the card overclocked as well to 1460mh on the core

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm slowly getting together an AMD build for my first PC and am planning on using that same card. Does it perform well? I have heard mixed reviews but it looks great and it is in my price range. BTW nice home screen, I swim as well.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I started with stock fans and stock clock speeds and the temperatures were plenty low enough. After overclocking my card, things got a little warmer I bought a 5x120mm pack for $20 and that was enough to get them back down below 70 celc. As far as the case features go, it's easy to build in. Lots of room to hide cables and plenty of room for a first time build. I like that it comes with an rgb strip and you don't have to mess with software and can just control it with a button. The case is sturdy as well and does not feel cheap. Also it is fully covered in anti-dust sheets to keep your rig clean. I mean the case is not the best out there but I think it is the best by far in that price point.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

It may be worth looking at phanteks new line of cases called metallic gear. I think they are good options as well.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi i know some of these comments are from 9 months ago, but if you see this, I am looking into the RX 580 you are using and just wanted to know, what is the best fps you can get on fortnite with that card at low settings and 100 percent resolution?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You can easily get 144hz, I overclocked and had most on medium and high and had 120-140 fps

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't believe how your story is just like mine! I come from ps4, ive been into pc building\gaming since one year now and just built one a few weeks ago. I have an i5 8400 with a stock cooler (and I am also thinking of replacing it but for now i put some black electric tape to cover the wires), i have the same mobo with the same ram and I have an rx 580 armor. I was reading it and was like OMG thats just like me!

Oh and btw how do you play games with such small mouse space?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a bigger desk now. Haha funny though about how we have similar stories.

  • 15 months ago
  • 0 points

Ok, I think that the mouse and keyboard you chose are very overpriced for what they can do. No extra buttons and you can even get a "red dragon perdition" mouse for quite a bit cheaper that would take care of everything that mouse can and has 12 buttons. Also you can't overclock that processor so I personally think that is a waste, and you are gonna need something better than that super bad stock cooler. For motherboard and cpu i would change to "Gigabyte - GA-AX370-Gaming K5 ATX AM4 Motherboard" and "AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor".

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

The g pro has a highly accurate sensor and minimalistic look that does not scream gamer. I would not want 12 buttons either because they would not be used and my large fingers would struggle to find them. I paid retail for that but got the keyboard for over half price. I'm not sure you can find a better keyboard with solid linear switches and media controls for $70. I also like the romer g switches because it keeps the light inside the key and prevents RGB spill. As for the chip, an r5 1600 is a great deal right now but I went with i5 8400 because of the benchmarks I have seen between the two chips show the 8400 outpacing the 1600. Also, Intel is not picky with ram. I think it would have been fun to overclock a CPU and push the limits but that would require a better board and cool which requires more money. My focus was the best bang for the buck performance.