Description

A friend asked me to help him build a computer, and I had wanted to build another pc (haven't posted personal build yet) for awhile now. So, we sat down and I taught him what all the components do and we budgeted out a well-rounded pc. Fast forward a week, and we have all the parts, ready to assemble. The building process went well, except for a hiccup with the HDD LED header being plugged in wrong and causing the computer to not start, but that was easily fixed. He should be able to play any game he desires at 1080p with the 6-core 8400 paired with an RX 580 from AMD underneath the (figurative) hood. Cable management was a struggle with a non-modular PSU from EVGA (great value by the way) and the lack of a beneath-the-GPU cutout caused the PCI-e cable to look a little strange in the Versa H17. The rest of the front cables were made a little cleaner with some good-ol' zip-ties and some routing through the middle cutouts of the case. This PC should last him awhile with that much horsepower, and I'm glad to see it all up and running (and installing about 50 Windows updates). I'd appreciate no cable management comments, but please give me your thoughts!

Edit: My build is up at https://pcpartpicker.com/b/BkyXsY, please check it out!

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

Cable management isn’t even that bad

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

That's probably the best you could possibly do in that case.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

The cable management is good though like not even joking

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I just don’t like the way I had to route the pcie cable ;) thank you though

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea since the opening under the motherboard is small and the cable would’ve touched the gpu fan. I tried!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have went with a micro atx motherboard instead of the itx one. Could of had two upgrade paths for crossfire and more ram slots. I see the case having more potential but over all great build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

This board had everything he needed, with plenty of space left in the case. He went with 16gb of memory to future-proof that part and a single graphics card is all he will ever need. Thank you for your feedback.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Sli/ crossfire u=in current year LUL

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management isn't flash btw.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You got a nice deal on the CPU!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn’t tinker with the prices, so they may not be accurate. I even saw an 8500 on sale at frys lately. My friend purchased the parts, and I didn’t think I’d bother him about what he paid :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build bro, just take off that intel sticker lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Oof good point

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s good to see that somebody else understands that it is wrong to use windows for free. I give major props to buying it at full price!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Before you read this I just want to say your build looks nice and its definable a great all around PC build. The following is just my opinion on budgeted build from my own previous experiences.

Could've saved a little $ in storage and ram with a Kingston SSD and a 8gb kit of ram. Then put those savings towards a better GPU, like a 1060 6GB or even a used 1070. Just my opinion though. Unless he's doing a ton of multi-tasking or CAD/3D modeling 16GB is too much. That kit will never be used at even half power for just a gaming rig with a 8400. I have 16gb of ram in my personal PC with much higher specs and I only when I'm doing some work from home in Katia do i even hit 50% memory load. (and the drawings I'm loading and working on are big).

Again this is just my opinion on budgeted builds. Besides that everything is nice and I like all the other parts picked! Great job!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your feedback. The thing is, he really doesn’t need tons of graphical horsepower. He barely knows what games he wants to play yet so I made a logical decision that should serve him well. He came from a MacBook Air with 8gb of memory and noticed some limitations (probably with multiple programs running) and the Corsair kit was a good price. I made my best judgement and he is really excited to start gaming, so I would call it a success. Thank you for complementing the build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! If he ever felt the need to downsize, I can definitely recommend the Silverstone SG13 which, I think, will fit everything in this build except for the rear case fan. I've got my sister's R3 1200, 1060 3GB build in that (with SFX PSU) and everything fits great and works fine (would be great if I could ever get around to tweaking her settings properly). Good on you for helping your friend out.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like you could have saved some money buying a real hard drive for games and a smaller ssd for os and drivers. You only have 250 gigs to run all your driver's, windows, and any games.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

He has a external drive to use already, and I thought buying a hard drive would be pretty cheap down the line so there is the reasoning for that.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, nice build

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Some questions though, how is working with a non-modular power supply? I'm thinking about possibly using one in the future to lower costs. Another question is, how are the thermals? I know that the Intel cooler is notoriously bad at cooling so I was just wondering.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s fine just with extra bulk, so have extra room in the case. I didn’t get a chance to test thermals, and I still need to go over and install some drivers for him.

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

y no rx 590

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It wasn’t necessary and the gpu was purchased before the release. I think the 580 will serve him well for what he wants to use it for (assorted 1080p gaming)

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

true, but mentioning this is discouraged round here, so comment may get deleted...

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

...and a $20 off Amazon is legit? Doubt it. MIcrosoft wouldn’t be ok with that would they? There used to be a “builders version” of Windows available, but I’m not sure if they are still available for purchase leagally?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

whoops, sorry! I did my research, and i found that these keys are risky and are often counterfeit, you probably should just buy a proper copy of windows if you're worried about being illegal.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I don’t consider inactivated windows which has a watermark (and I’m pretty sure it has a 30 day trial period)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Well okay I was proposing a solution. For example Linus tech tips and jayztwocents always use these versions and have explained that it is 100% legal and is good if youre on a budget.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

They also get a bunch of stuff for free for review, and they aren’t always right

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