Description

I built this machine for gaming, although it is not yet fully complete, this was a test for me to see if I could do it. After working through various troubles I found myself with the machine not turning on. Although I had everything setup properly (or so i thought) i could not turn on my PC. I later discovered that one of the power button's two wires were not fully connected. I fixed this by simply pushing the wire into the jack further then reconnecting. The build works fine now, so i installed Windows 10 and found myself scratching my head after about 24 hours when a watermark appeared on my desktop. It was telling me to activate windows 10. So, I thought that my account was not added, so i then went to go do that but soon realized that my windows 10 key was NOT attached to my account but rather my old laptop. I had originally gotten Windows 10 as a free upgrade from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as part of a deal. Now i need to buy windows 10, but that will have to wait for now as I cannot afford it just yet. I will update this build when i get additional parts.

Update 1: I added a graphics card. It only has 1gb dedicated video RAM though. Hopefully it should be enough however.

Update 2: OK, so i had put the graphics card through its' paces, and it works very well compared to what i had setup before. I can even run GT V at about a solid 30 FPS. Which for the record, is more than playable.

Update 3: I upgraded my GPU to the AMD Radeon RX 580. Loving every second of it. It can run games like Destiny 2 flawlessly! It now even enables my PC to run VR games.

Reminder: Test the parts you get before the warranties run out, or else you might get stuck with a dead component when it comes time to build.

Part Reviews

CPU

Pretty decent CPU for the price. Nothing too spectacular though. It can run games from about 2-4 years ago fairly well on it's own. It also has built in graphics, so you can surf the web or whatever without needing to buy an expensive graphics card. I had heard that it runs about as well as the previous generation Core i5. This is actually surprisingly accurate. But it still has it's trouble. If you have a little extra money, I would highly recommend at least a Core i5.

Motherboard

Better than expected! I had dropped a screwdriver bit into this once by accident during assembly, and it still functions flawlessly! "TUF Gaming" lives up to it's name. Good job ASUS. Side note: Love the lighting effects.

Memory

It's RAM. Nothing special. It does it's job. Can't take off stars knowing that it functions well, and looks cool. Other than that though, it's really just RAM.

Storage

A very good SSD, not quite the best, but to be fair it's the only SSD I have ever had, so I can't really compare it to others... but other than that it helped me speed up my PC.

Storage

I had bought this off my brother, and it works well despite having taken a beating from repeated accidental drops.

Video Card

Love it. It is a great graphics card, it's VR ready, and boosted my pc performance significantly. 8GB of VRAM is more than enough to run my games. I can play Destiny 2 the highest settings without any issues. Still putting it through some tests, but so far it's the best graphics card I could afford, and I am very happy with it!

Case

Very nice case, especially for the low price tag. That being said, it does not have a window on the side, but rather a spot for two 120mm fans. It comes pre-installed with one 120mm fan in the front, and also a spot for a 80mm fan exhaust on the back. I deducted one star for the simple reason that it comes with almost no information on the button next to the HDD Light. For the record, it is the reset switch.

Optical Drive

It's an okay starting DVD drive, it does what i need it to. Nothing really wrong with it, but i had to pay a little more to get the installation kit. It really should come with them.

Wireless Network Adapter

Not the best Wi-Fi card in the world, but for the price you can't go wrong. It can connect to both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz networks. Which is a major bonus for gaming and streaming in HD. It is plenty fast enough for me, but if you can afford it, i would recommend a faster one.

Case Fan

Pretty cool. Matches my the color scheme of my build.

Monitor

Better than expected in every way! I bought this cheap monitor from Amazon and it came with much better features than what was advertised! Not sure if this was by mistake or not, but i got the 75Hz model. It also has 2 HDMI ports as well a standard VGA PC port It also has built in speakers, with audio-in and audio-out ports. Overall, worth my money and then some!

Keyboard

I love this thing! Each key is individually configurable though it's software, "Razer Synaspe." It comes with really cool effects you can assign as well.

Mouse

Love it! Really wish i had gone with the a more up to date chroma version though, as i can not configure it in Razer Synaspe 3. Only in the legacy software.

Headphones

Amazing headset! A bit loud though, I often find myself at a constant 4-8% volume.

EDIT 1: I have since discovered an app for Windows 10 called "EarTumpet" which you can adjust the volumes of specific applications individually. This has made my experience much better.

Custom

I don't know why some people are having trouble with this card reader... I mean, I have only had it for a short time, and so far every single port works with no issues. My only complaint is that the USB port is upside down... Other than that it, works very well.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice first build. I like it.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Throw an ssd for boot drive and a inexpensive GPU and you're golden. I find great deals on Offer Up for used graphics cards.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was actually thinking that as well, but I need to get a little more money and get good one. As for the graphics card, with prices so high right now, I think I'm better off just waiting for now. Especially since i want a good gaming card.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

you should clean up the work area

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This is actually a pretty old photo. I have since moved it to a different location. It is in a better spot now. Still working on a spot for a desk though...

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest with you you should have gone with a cheeped motherboard and gotten a better gpu and cpu

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe, but I did forget to update this build with the latest parts. I did that just now. And the 8th gen Intel i3 isn't that bad. It runs about as well as I need it to. Sure I could have gone with a better cpu, but I didn't really feel the need just yet.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

If you do stick with i3s you should look at a 8350k. My friend loves it because he can overclock it and it's a fair price.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I do plan on eventually upgrading to an i7, but for the time being, not yet possible. I also have no current interest in overclocking, since it reduces the expected life of the device, and also requires a better cooling setup. I do appreciate the advice though.

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